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Brian Wilson coming to Ruth Eckerd Hall in Clearwater

By Jay Cridlin
Published: December 18, 2017

Brian Wilson is a genius, okay? If he wants to extend his Pet Sounds 50th anniversary tour so far that it loops back around to some of the same markets more than once, let him do it.

The visionary singer-songwriter behind the Beach Boys has extended his anniversary tour celebrating the group's iconic 1966 album all the way into 2018, and it includes a stop at Ruth Eckerd Hall in Clearwater on May 18.

"But wait," you're wondering. "Didn't this already happen?"

Yes, sort of. Wilson brought his Pet Sounds tour to the Mahaffey Theater in September 2016, in what we all assumed at the time would be his final performance of that album in Tampa Bay.

But that show was so good, and the album is so timeless, that you won't hear us complaining about an encore. Here's what we wrote at the time:

"His fragile voice embodied the heart of I Just Wasn't Made For These Times and the album's devastating closer Caroline No ("Where is the girl I used to know? How could you lose that happy glow?"). And then there was God Only Knows — not only a perfect pop song, but the perfect pop song, full stop — with Wilson's voice reaching tenderly for the higher plane once occupied by his younger brother Carl. This is the stuff you don't get when you go to see Mike Love's Beach Boys. For better and worse, it is Wilson's."

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Wilson will be joined by former Beach Boy Al Jardine and longtime collaborator Blondie Chaplin at this show, just as he was in 2016. Tickets are $58.75 and up. Click here for details.

— Jay Cridlin