Beach Boy sends out good vibrations

A TRUE legend of 1960s pop culture surfed into Suffolk last night to showcase his enduring musical talent.

Elliot Furniss

A TRUE legend of 1960s pop culture surfed into Suffolk last night to showcase his enduring musical talent.

Former Beach Boy Brian Wilson appeared at the Ipswich Regent as part of a brief three-date UK tour and thrilled the audience with note-perfect renditions of some of the finest songs of the last 50 years.

As well as running through classics such as God Only Knows, Wouldn't It Be Nice and Good Vibrations, Brian and his 10-piece band of well-drilled musicians also performed a number of rarer tracks from his vast back catalogue as they celebrated the star's recent 66th birthday.


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Appearing at the newly-refurbished theatre for the first time since 2004, Brian showed why he remains one of the most unforgettable and inspirational musicians in rock history.

After spending many years as a virtual recluse, the renowned writer, arranger and performer has emerged as one of the hottest tickets in town and last night was no exception.

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Despite his lack of mobility and limited interaction with his adoring crowd, they enthusiastically showed their love for the California-based star with a real party atmosphere.

Other well-loved songs played during the show included surf-pop classics from the early Beach Boy days such as Do You Wanna Dance?, I Get Around, Don't Worry Baby and California Girls.

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