BILOXI -- The Beach Boys are among the most influential bands of the past 50 years. Credited with creating the "California Sound," The Beach Boys (Brian Wilson and his brothers, Carl and Dennis Wilson along with Al Jardine and Mike Love) have had more than 80 hit songs worldwide.
But the band has a tumultuous history of bad blood and breakups, the latest coming in 2014 when Love parted ways with Wilson and Jardine. He continues to tour as The Beach Boys with Bruce Johnston.
But Wilson's songwriting is synonymous with the group, and he continues to perform some of the many songs he wrote, including "California Girls" and "God Only Knows." He is currently touring with Jardine, his lifelong friend, and guitarist/vocalist Blondie Chaplin, who joined the group in the mid-'70s and sang one of their biggest hits, "Sail On Sailor."
Wilson, Jardine and Chaplin will bring the hits of The Beach Boys as well as some of Wilson's solo work to the IP Resort and Casino at 8 tonight.
"Blondie just rejoined the tour in St. Petersburg, he had been in Oslo doing some shows," Jardine said. "He adds an element to the show that is indescribable. He has the energy of 13-year-old when he's up there singing 'Wild Honey' and 'Sail On Sailor.' It's nice to hear that one again."
Wilson has become something of a mythological figure in music, from his competitiveness with The Beatles to bouts with depression. With the tour winding up at the end of the year, Jardine said Wilson is at the top of his game.
"Brian's doing great," he said. "He loves performing in front of all the people. He loves hearing and playing all of that music again."
Jardine said one of the highlights of the show is a performance of "Pet Sounds," the instrumental title track to what many music scholars consider to be the highlight of The Beach Boys catalog.
"Brian loves hearing 'Pet Sounds' every night because the band is playing it so well," Jardine said. "We just kick back and just watch it. It's a well-crafted facsimile of the album track. Brian recently reminded me that it was actually composed for a James Bond film."
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Jardine said "Good Vibrations" is another song in the set list that is an audience favorite.
"It's very good," he said. "That song is such a vocal song and everyone does a great job of performing it. Brian's voice is an instrument. He is definitely a singer on a different level."