Thirty-seven years after aborting his most ambitious project midway through recording, former Beach Boys mastermind Brian Wilson, plans to resurrect the long-lost “Smile” album in U.K. concerts next year.
Boo-yah! The schedule only calls for these few UK shows, but I predict this will expand to at least a few American shows. At a minimum, we should get a live recording or DVD. Having seen him live (with Paul Simon) a couple of years ago, I’ll tell you he does not need the Beach Boys to do his thing. He needs them about like Simon needs Artie- which is to say not really at all, other than for sentimental reasons.
Some of this legendary Smile material we’ve already heard scattered to the winds, including “Good Vibrations” and “Heroes and Villains.” Some we haven’t. It will be fascinating to hear his most complete presentation of this material.