Sunday night Jeff Beck and Brian Wilson, Al Jardine, and David Marks played the Greek Theatre. Although this co-headline may seem unusual it actually goes together. Wilson is a genius when it comes to songwriting and singing while Beck is when it comes to guitar playing and writing as well. Both are legends from the 60's, but on different ends. Wilson with the Beach Boys brought incredible harmonies and a more pop sound, while Beck with the Yardbirds had a more grooving and bluesy sound. In the 70's Beck explored jazz/fusion and became a guitar legend in not only rock music but fusion as well. What started this collaboration was Beck playing an instrumental version of "Surf's Up" at Musicares Person of the Year in 2005 when Brian Wilson was the honoree. On Wilson's newest solo album he had Beck play as a guest which resulted in Beck being part of the tour. It was the ending of the Beach Boys 50th Anniversary tour with Mike Love and Wilson, Jardine, and Marks going back to where they were before the tour which was The Beach Boys with only Mike Love and Wilson with his solo band. Right at 7:30 p.m. Wilson and his band with Marks and Jardine took the stage and kicked off their 1 hour set with "California Girls." They also had a special guest join them on the next two songs former Beach Boy Blondie Chaplin who sang "Sail On Sailor," and "Wild Honey," which he did on the original recordings. After the first songs Wilson and his band went right into one of the greatest albums of all time "Pet Sounds," starting with "Wouldn't It Be Nice," and playing the album all the way through ending with "Caroline Know," which also included the barking and train sounds on the original recording. The first few songs of the show were a bit off key which may have to due to the problems with their PA/ In Ear Monitors. Following Pet Sounds was a song that was cut from the album, but became the biggest Beach Boys hit "Good Vibrations," which had everyone on their feet singing along which they did until Wilson's set ended with "Fun, Fun, Fun." There was a 15 minute intermission between sets and at 8:45 Beck took the stage. While Wilson has a band of around 10 members, Beck's was a 4 piece and instrumental. Returning to Beck's band is Rhonda Smith (Prince) who has been playing with him the last few years. Beck's latest drummer is Jonathan Josef who has played with Jazz/ Fusion legends such as Joe Zawinul, Pat Metheny, and David Sanborn. Joining Beck for this tour is violinist Lizzie Ball who also sang backing vocals with Wilson. On rhythm guitar was Nicolas Meier. Beck walked onstage and went right into Mahavishnu Orchestra's "Eternity's Breath" which transitioned into Billy Cobham's "Stratus." Next was a cover of Jimi Hendrix's "Little Wing," followed by one of Beck's greatest songs "The Pump." Beck is known for playing with some of the greatest musicians and this band is no different. After 9 songs, Beck was Joined by Wilson, Marks, Jardine, and Jeff Foskett from Wilson's band. Beck played The Beach Boys' "Our Prayer," "Child Is Father Of The Man," "Surf's Up," while Wilson, Jardine, Marks, and Foskett adding backing vocals. They also did Becks "Brush With The Blues," and a cover's of Afred Drake's "How High The Moon." For the next song "Rolling And Tumblin,'" members of Wilson's bands including Foskett and Chaplin added the backing vocals and percussion. The last song of Beck's set was his unbelievable cover of the Beatles "A Day In the Life," which he played at the Rock N Roll Hall Of Fame 25th Anniversary concert. The best part of Beck's playing his how he makes a cover of a song his own. It seemed as if the show was over, but then Wilson and his entire band with Jardine and Marks came out to play "Barbara Ann," "Surfin' U.S.A., and "Danny Boy." This was definitley an unforgettable concert. What set it apart for me since I've seen Wilson solo and with Beach Boys as well as Beck solo and with Imelda May was both of them together at the end. It felt like this wasn't the first tour of them playing together since they fit well with eachother.
October 28, 2013