Local Beach Boys fans who’ve lost interest in Mike Love’s many casino gigs of late under the band's moniker, take note: Love’s ex-bandmate Brian Wilson is staging “Pet Sounds” again this year to mark the album's 50th anniversary, and the tour will include an Oct. 2 date at the Orpheum Theatre in Minneapolis. Tickets go on sale this Friday, Jan. 29, at 10 a.m. via Ticketmaster or the State Theatre's box office for $63, $83 or $129.
Wilson, 73, also performed “Pet Sounds” in its entirety on a 2000 tour that hit Northrop Auditorium. This time around, he will have co-founding Beach Boys member Al Jardine in tow. He also plans to perform with an orchestra in each city – which was also the case in 2000, but a dispute with the local musicians’ union left him without orchestral accompaniment at the Northrop gig.
Released in 1966 and forever considered one of rock’s sonic magnum opuses, “Pet Sounds” includes the wedding-dance staples "Wouldn't It Be Nice" and "God Only Knows" as well as "Sloop John B," "Caroline, No" and lots of bells and whistles (literally). The album was reintroduced to the mainstream in 2014 via the Wilson biopic “Love & Mercy,” which centered around the making of the record as it coincided with Wilson’s descent into mental illness. The film was directed by the Twin Cities’ own movie mogul, Bill Pohlad.
Here's one of the best lesser-known outtakes from "Pet Sounds."