Blondie Chaplin to join Brian Wilson & Jeff Beck on tour



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:

DATE                       CITY/STATE                     VENUE
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)

Fans can expect a unique experience when they witness these two legends taking the stage together.  Brian Wilson, Jeff Beck, Al Jardine and David Marks will open the show together with both of their respective bands performing a string of hits.  From “Little Deuce Coupe” to “Custom Machine,” the show will then focus on eclectic selections from Wilsons’ vast repertoire, covering fifty-years of classics along with music from his rich solo catalogue. Beck will open the second half of the show backed by a four-piece rhythm section to perform selections from his solo career.  Wilson, Jardine and Marks who will add their distinctive harmonies to some of his classics will also join Beck.  All four will once again join together on stage for a massive finale that will bring together both bands again to run through their favorite songs from their youth and for the first time ever, some classic Yardbirds material.

Wilson is one of popular music’s most deeply revered figures, the main creative force behind some of the most cherished recordings in rock history. Indeed, it is no exaggeration to call Brian Wilson one of the most influential composers of the last century. Wilson was barely out of his teens when he began to create some of the most beloved records ever… nine consecutive gold albums that featured such classics as “Surfer Girl,” “In My Room,” “I Get Around,” “Don’t Worry Baby,” “Fun, Fun, Fun,” “Help Me, Rhonda” and “California Girls”…just to name a handful of the more than two dozen Top 40 hits Brian co-wrote, arranged, produced and performed on with his family band, The Beach Boys.

Known as one of the most influential lead guitarists in rock, Jeff Beck was ranked 5th in Rolling Stone’s list of the “100 Greatest Guitarists of All Time.”  He has earned wide critical praise and received the Grammy Award for Best Rock Instrumental Performancesix times and Best Pop Instrumental Performance once.  He has been inducted into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame twice; as a member of the Yardbirds (1992) and as a solo artist (2009).