Live review: Brian Wilson @ Royal Concert Hall, Glasgow

It’s a given that BRIAN WILSON is a bit bonkers so his on-stage antics at the Royal Concert Hall should come as little surprise. There he was, plonked on a stool in front of a giant keyboard, yet the only time he touched the instrument throughout the entire 135-minute set was to play a few bars of Row, Row, Row Your Boat. At least it made a handy table for his cuppa.

You could rattle on for hours about his strange quirks but the quality of the man’s music ensured that the mostly middle-aged crowd were in thrall. From the opening bars of California Girls, the mood was set – pure joy, nostalgia and Fun, Fun, Fun.

Surrounded by 11 adoring musicians, Wilson was like a sedentary conductor, waving his arms around and rocking back and forth. He still has a fine voice, though he opted for the deeper vocal parts, with the harmonies and falsettos provided by his backing band.

The first hour was filled with Beach Boys classics and more recent solo songs, with the brilliance soured only slightly by the odd saxophone solo. The second half of the set delivered the highlights of the night, a sublimely beautiful performance of God Only Knows and a mass singalong to Sloop John B, while all the surf hits brought some much-appreciated sunshine to a dreich night in Glasgow.

The Beach Boys – God Only Knows
The Beach Boys – Sloop John B

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