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Beach Boys Brian Wilson, Al Jardine and friends resurrect 1964 Christmas album at Rocksino

November 27, 2018

Beach Boys Brian Wilson, Al Jardine and friends resurrect 1964 Christmas album at Rocksino

NORTHFIELD, Ohio – Al Jardine’s last name may not be “Wilson,” but he was right there in 1961 when Brian and his brothers formed the legendary Beach Boys. Now, 57 years later, he and Brian are together to perform the 1964 “Beach Boys Christmas Album” live at the Hard Rock Rocksino Saturday, Dec. 1.

Brian Wilson, with Jardine, Blondie Chaplin and a full band, have been on the road for two years celebrating the 50th anniversary of the legendary “Pet Sounds” album. And there are more “Pet Sounds” shows in 2019, but in between, Wilson and friends will perform 32 Christmas concerts.

“There’s no rest for the weary,” said Jardine in a telephone interview. “We’re going right back out on the road again doing 32 shows between now and Dec. 22. At least we will be home for Christmas.”

The Christmas tour starts Nov. 28 in Minneapolis, makes a stop in Hammond, Ind., before coming to the Rocksino.

“This will be the first time we have played these songs in concert ever,” said Jardine. “We have been rehearsing them for a while to get ready for the show. They sound great.”

They will play the entire album, starting with side one’s “Little Saint Nick” (the single from the album) and ending with “Auld Lang Syne.” Included will be another hot from the album, “The Man With All The Toys,” which was another holiday song in 1964.

But that’s not enough to fill a 90 minute show and certainly not enough for Beach Boys fans.

“There will be more,” Jardine said. “Brian will be performing some of his songs and there will be Beach Boys hits. Also, Blondie is doing an old Chuck Berry song, ‘Run, Run, Rudolph’ and I will sing a song I wrote, ‘Christmas Time Is Here Again,’ and a ‘Christmas Day,’ a charming tune about walking up on Christmas day.”

Jardine has been Wilson’s wingman for a long time. After Brian’s well-known psychiatric problems at the hands of a conniving controlling California psychiatrist, Brian came back strong. He has been on the road performing non-stop. Jardine is right there with him. Also helping out tremendously has been Jardine’s son, Matt, who back’s up “Uncle” Brian’s vocals so flawlessly it’s hard to tell where Brian’s voice ends and Matt’s begins.

Unfortunately, Matt will not be at the Rocksino because he’s dealing with a family illness.

Still, Jardine looks forward to pulling out those century-old songs for a new generation.

“Our agency thought it would be a cool idea to go out and do a Christmas album,” he said. “We had to learn them all over again, since we had not played them in a long, long time.”

At a Brian Wilson (and friends) concert, the friends have to be the showmen.

“Brian is not a real holiday guy,” said Jardine. “He’s pretty stoic, no matter the season. Don’t expect him to jump up and down and put on a Santa Claus hat. He’ll stand there and play and sing, but we even wonder what is going through his head. He is a conundrum wrapped in an enigma, or something like that.”

And fans expect nothing else.

CONCERT PREVIEW:

What: Brian Wilson, Al Jardine and friends present the 1964 Beach Boys Christmas album live. When: Dec. 1, 8:00 p.m.

Where: Hard Rock Rocksino, 10777 Northfield Road, Northfield, Oh.

Tickets: $125.00, $79.50, $62.50 through the Rocksino box office or TicketMaster.

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