Former Beach Boy rocks Christmas
Brian Wilson is a co-founder of The Beach Boys, a Kennedy Center Honors recipient, a Songwriters Hall of Fame inductee, a multiple-Grammy award winner, and a U.K. Music Hall of Fame inductee.
He’s also on tour for “The Christmas Album Live” and will perform at 8 p.m. Dec. 16 at the Wagner Noël Performing Arts Center.
As a member of The Beach Boys, Wilson was inducted into the Rock & Roll Hall of Fame in 1988 and honored with The Recording Academy’s Lifetime Achievement Award in 2001.
Harmonies, that’s what Christmas songs are all about, Wilson’s website details.
From the 1964 classic The Beach Boys’ Christmas Album to his acclaimed 2005 solo effort “All I Really Want for Christmas” Wilson has been bringing holiday cheer to the world for more than five decades.
This holiday season, for the first time, Wilson and his musicians and vocalists along with longtime bandmates Al Jardine and Blondie Chaplin will perform the Christmas Album in its entirety along with cuts from his solo Christmas album and other holiday fan favorites.
Fans can expect to hear Beach Boy classics “Little Saint Nick” and “Man with all The Toys” and a selection of Wilson’s favorite Yuletide songs including “Blue Christmas” and “Santa Claus is Comin’ to Town.” He will also perform songs from his critically acclaimed solo album “All I Really Want for Christmas” named for its Bernie Taupin-penned title track as well as “Christmasey,” with lyrics by his friend Jimmy Webb.
Wilson was barely out of his teens when he began to create some of the most played albums of all time. The Beach Boys had nine consecutive gold albums that featured such classics as “Surfer Girl,” “In My Room,” “I Get Around,” “Don’t Worry Baby,” “Fun, Fun, Fun,” “Help Me Rhonda” and “California Girls.”