Acclaimed singer and guitarist Blondie Chaplin will reunite with Brian Wilson after nearly four decades, since Chaplin’s collaboration as a member of The Beach Boys during the early 70s. Chaplin will join the Brian Wilson & Jeff Beck Concert Tour on select dates including New York City and Los Angeles, performing on songs that include his signature tune “Sail On Sailor,” from the 1973 tour de force Holland, as well as other songs during his tenure with the band.
Chaplin’s long and storied musical career began as a member of the South African rock group the Flame in the late 60s-early 70s. The Flame would go on to become the first and only music act signed to Brother Records, besides the Beach Boys themselves. Chaplin eventually became a full-fledged member of the Beach Boys and recorded and performed with the band during the ‘71-‘72 sessions for Carl and The Passions – “So Tough” and the ’73 album Holland. Chaplin’s tenure with the band culminated with his live performances being documented during that period for the double album the Beach Boys in Concert. Following his departure from the group he would go on to perform with The Band and more recently the Rolling Stones among others, as well as record several solo albums.
“Blondie was one of my favorite singers in the 70s. He blew my mind with ‘Sail on Sailor’ and he also sang on a song called ‘Funky Pretty’, on the Beach Boys’ Holland album,” says Wilson. “Until two weeks ago, I hadn’t seen him since 1974. It was great to see him again. He came into the studio and sang on one of my new tracks called ‘He Come Down’ – and he sang it great. I’m stoked that he’ll be performing at a few of our shows.”
“It’s a pleasure to sing ‘Sail on Sailor’ once again with Brian,” says Chaplin.
Previously, Brian Wilson and Jeff Beck announced the addition of several new shows to their concert tour kicking off September 27 in Hollywood, FL. Throughout late September and October, the tour will also take the two legends’ historical musical collaboration through 20+ North American cities including Toronto, Washington DC, Philadelphia, Boston and Atlanta. Wilson’s former band mates Al Jardine and David Marks will also be joining Wilson and Beck on all dates. A complete tour itinerary is listed below.
Brian Wilson and Jeff Beck confirmed tour dates:
September 27 Hollywood, FL Seminole Hard Rock Hotel & Casino*
September 28 Tampa, FL Eckerd Hall
October 1 Houston, TX Bayou Music Center
October 3 St. Augustine, FL St. Augustine Amphitheatre
October 4 Atlanta, GA Chastain Park
October 5 Washington, DC Warner Theater
October 6 Bethlehem, PA Sands Event Center
October 8 Albany, NY Palace Theatre
October 9 Boston, MA Wang Theater
October 11 Wallingford, CT Toyota Presents The Oakdale Theatre
October 12 Westbury, NY Theater at Westbury
October 13 Philadelphia, PA Tower Theater
October 15 New York, NY Beacon Theater*
October 16 Montclair, NJ Roberts Wellmont Theatre
October 18 Las Vegas, NV The Pearl Theater*
October 20 Los Angeles, CA Greek Theater*
October 22 Oakland, CA Paramount Theatre*
October 25 Detroit, MI Fox Theatre
October 26 Toronto, ON Massey Hall
October 27 Akron, OH EJ Thomas Performance Arts
October 30 Milwaukee, WI Milwaukee Riverside Theatre
(*with special guest Blondie Chaplin)