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Brian Wilson Reviews

ConcertsIndie & Rock

Average customer review: 3.0 star rating (3.1 Stars)

Number of reviews: 29



5.0 star rating Terri from Louisville, Kentucky


Awesome Concert,All the guys rocked,great band.Pet Sounds is my favorite Album and Brian rocked it.Al and Blondie your awesome

4.0 star rating James Posta from Toledo, Ohio


Brian Wilson's band had an excellent performance at the Stranahan last night. HIs vocals were limited, though necessary to provide the BB harmony. The a'ccoustics at the Stranahan are much-improved or the BBs brought that stellar sound system to provide a great venue. The key player was singer Matt Gardene. His falsetto voice emulated the Mike Love component for the most memorable BB songs. The concert was non-stop with a short intermission. A number of the songs weren't well-known BB melodies, however, the 11-piece band was exceptional. The eclectic audience really enjoyed the reflective 60's sounds. Sad to see Mr. Wilson having help leaving and entering the stage, but his phrasing and harmonic sounds with other stronger voices is what the distinct sound of the BB is all about. It is unfortunate that the split with Mike Love eliminates a needed voice. Though not a Love-fan, it is apparent without the young Gardene the distinct BB harmony would be void of what we recall from the 60s

4.0 star rating Wayne Ashley from Winnipeg, Manitoba


Listening to Brian Wilson’s concert, from a musicians point of view, was a rare artistic treat. The quality and level of musicianship was outstanding, and the backing musicians’ ability to duplicate the Beach Boys vocals was astounding. Brian’s vocal ability has long deserted him, and he struggled when called upon to sing; however, thankfully the real heavy lifting in the vocal department was left to the rest of the band. The only weak spot in the concert was, in my opinion, the inclusion of Pet Sounds tracks. Although they were well performed, the Pet Sounds album generally falls far short of the brilliance of Brian’s hit tunes, like Good Vibrations.

3.0 star rating Keith Dyar from Indianapolis, Indiana


I purchased a VIP package to watch Brian perform live, & for a meet & greet before the show. For a professional he did perform at the best of his ability, and agree to take photos with his fans. Although you can tell that he was in some discomfort due to his back surgery and the busy touring schedule, he smiled for photos and performed on cue. The Palladium is a beautiful facility and the staff couldn’t have been any nicer. I’m proud that Brian has been a continuous touring musician for the last 20 years. And I would be thrilled to see Brian again in concert. Although at 76 years old it may be beneficial he slow down just a little bit.

1.0 star rating Ron from Kansas City, Missouri


My wife and I were also at the concert in Kansas City’s Kaufmann and agree with the other review. They helped him on stage, placed him at a piano and he basically sat there the whole time. It was sad to see. They also basically kept the lighting off of him and basically the band sang around or over him. A couple of years ago we went to the other Beach Boys group and thoroughly enjoyed it. For the price of the tickets this concert was a sham. Other venues should think twice about scheduling this .

1.0 star rating William from Kansas City, Missouri


Maybe I am not a dedicated Brian Wilson fan and therefore did not know what to expect, but I am knowledgeable of what Wilson has meant to American music and of an age that I first listened to Beach Boys in the 60's. But this concert was one of the worse I have been to. And at $100 a pop, maybe THE worse. Brian sang perhaps 5 songs and struggled to do so. The lighting crew kept the lights on everyone else and placed Brian in the shadows. It was a scam. I came to hear Brian, not watch an ill man/legend sit at the piano disengaged from all around him. And not playing or singing

1.0 star rating George from Northford, Connecticut


Went to the Oakdale last night and left after 4 songs and $300 dollars out the window. He sits in front of a fake piano and bearly sings a song. I haven’t been ripped off like that ever. If you think it good, you didn’t have very close seats to see what I witnessed. They are treating his body like a prop and calling it a Brian Wilson concert. Brian, you did great things once. This isn’t how you want you success to end. Stay home great one.


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