Brian Wilson & Jeff Beck’s Good Vibrations

God Only Knows What Music Would Be... without them!

Just when you thought you had seen it all, here comes Brian Wilson; a legend, a songwriter and a musician that defined the soul of Southern California during the early 1960s. Touring alongside original Beach Boys, Al Jardine and David Marks, the Wellmont Theater welcomed devoted followers bearing witness to rock’s old guard. At 8pm sharp, through the soft lighting, emerged the songwriting mind behind the Beach Boys, one of American music’s most heralded producers and the creator of Pet Sounds.

Joined by British blues legend, Jeff Beck, the double bill served as 3 hours of euphoric rhythms bringing out as many famous faces in the audience as on stage. In attendance was Steven Van Zandt of Bruce Springsteen’s E Street Band, 80s Alt-Rock figures the Smithereens, and sporting their classic black frames, Weird NJ publishers Mark Sceurman and Mark Moran.

Wilson & Co. took the stage first and harmonized through catalog choices of “Wild Honey,” “I Get Around,” “Surfin’ USA,” “Fun, Fun, Fun” and “Good Vibrations.” Wilson, who could only be described as propped up at his piano, seemed comfortable with the material and his surroundings. Wilson’s personal struggles with drugs and eventual regression in the 1970s are as well documented as his music, but even with a far away look in his eye he had no trouble indulging in the single song that Paul McCartney credits as his all-time favorite, “God Only Knows.”

After a short intermission Jeff Beck took to the Wellmont stage and dropped the tone-bomb of soaring electric guitar vibrato. Beck, who used to live in a stray London van with Eric Clapton while Wilson was topping the charts back in the States, owes his own success to the influential grit of American blues artists such as Buddy Guy and Skip James. His style is a reflection of his soul and that was no more evident than on a cover of Jimi Hendrix’s “Little Wing.” Additional selections included “Rollin’ and Tumblin’,” and “A Day In the Life.”

Wilson joined Beck before a double encore.

The Wellmont Theater will be busy this fall with upcoming shows that include “Third Eye Blind,” “Megadeth,” and “The Cult.”


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Brian Wilson Setlist:


Their Hearts Were Full of Spring
California Girls
Do It Again
Don’t Worry Baby
Little Bird
Old Man River/Cottonfields
Sail On, Sailor (with Blondie Chaplin)
Wild Honey (with Blondie Chaplin)
Darlin’
Marcella
Heroes and Villains
Pet Sounds
God Only Knows
Sloop John B
Wouldn’t It Be Nice
Help Me, Rhonda
I Get Around
Good Vibrations
Fun, Fun, Fun

 

Jeff Beck Setlist:


Eternity’s Breath / Stratus
Even Odds
Little Wing
The Pump
Yemin
You Never Know
You Know You Know
Where Were You
Big Block
How High the Moon
Rollin’ and Tumblin’
A Day in the Life

Wilson & Beck:


Our Prayer
Child Is Father of the Man
Surf’s Up

Encore:


Barbara Ann
Surfin’ U.S.A.
Danny Boy

Montclair State | New Jersey
10.17.2013

Martin Halo

Martin Halo is a music journalist who founded TheWaster.com in 2006. He currently lives just outside of New York City and is the Director of Publishing for WASTER Inc., Halo Media Group, and Wired Jersey at Montclair State University.