Brian Wilson and Zombies Announce ‘Something Great From ’68’ Tour
Brian Wilson has announced the Something Great From '68 tour, with the Zombies as the opening act.
After spending much of the past few years on the road focusing on songs from the Beach Boys' 1967 masterpiece Pet Sounds, Wilson will now spotlight the band's 1968 album Friends.
The tour will launch on Aug. 31 at the Joint at the Hard Rock Hotel and Casino in Las Vegas and conclude on Sept. 26 at the Beacon Theatre in New York. Ticket information hasn't been announced yet, but you can see dates below.
“It’s been quite a year and I’m ready to go out and tour some music that makes everyone have a feel good vibe,” Wilson said in a statement reprinted by Rolling Stone. “The Friends album has always been one of my favorites, and I love the music from that time in history.”
In addition to highlighting Friends, Wilson will also perform many of the tracks from 1971's Surf's Up. The Zombies, who were recently inducted into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame, will play their own 1968 magnum opus, Odessey and Oracle. For all but the first two dates, the current version of the Zombies will be aided by founding members Chris White (on bass) and Hugh Grundy (drums).
Wilson's musical director, Darian Sahanaja, told Rolling Stone that “any fan of Pet Sounds should immediately identify with Odessey and Oracle. Rich harmonic tapestries, baroque impressions with an underlying melancholy … classicism with an emotional yearning that I find common in both Brian’s songwriting and that of the Zombies. To be able to perform with both entities on the same bill is a dream within a dream within a ‘hung up’ dream come true.”
Brian Wilson and the Zombies, Something Great From '68 Tour
Aug. 31 – Las Vegas, NV The Joint at Hard Rock Hotel and Casino
Sept. 1 – Indio, CA @ Fantasy Springs Casino
Sept. 6 – Phoenix, AZ @ Comerica Theatre
Sept. 7 – Pala, CA @ Pala Casino
Sept. 8 – Santa Barbara, CA @ Arlington Theatre
Sept. 12 – Los Angeles, CA @ The Greek Theatre
Sept. 13 – Oakland, CA @ The Fox Theater
Sept. 14 – Murphys, CA @ Ironstone Amphitheatre
Sept. 16 – Seattle, WA @ Paramount Theatre
Sept. 17 – Portland, OR @ Arlene Schnitzer Concert Hall
Sept. 19 – Sandy, UT @ Sandy City Amphitheater
Sept. 20 – Denver, CO @ Paramount Theater
Sept. 22 – Milwaukee, WI @ Riverside Theater
Sept. 24 – Detroit, MI @ Masonic Temple Theatre
Sept. 26 – New York, NY @ Beacon Theatre