Brian Wilson radiates good vibrations at Minnesota Zoo

  • Article by: Jon Bream , Star Tribune
  • Updated: July 28, 2013 - 6:09 PM

REVIEW: The Beach Boys’ troubled genius gave excitations on an un-summery evening at the Minnesota Zoo.

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april24Jul. 28, 13 5:42 PM

I wish I could have been there. BW is one on my bucket list that I haven't seen yet.

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MplsSouthSideJul. 28, 13 7:45 PM

Nice review Jon, but your trademark shot at Dylan is missing. For a fine example of this please see the review from the Soul Asylum show at Target Field. At least it wasn't a 'Dylan mumble fest', Jon you write for a major market newspaper you should be able to avoid ripping other musicians while describing a show. Sheesh!

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rgoldserJul. 28, 13 7:46 PM

The energy was amazing. The band was spectacular. Jardine and Marks were also on top of their game. Glad we didn't get rained out. Few, if anyone, stayed away because of weather.

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dighollywoodJul. 28, 13 8:08 PM

Wish I couldve been there. Tickets prices were high. $80.00 for obstructed seating to $250.00? Arent't Republicans supposed to be the rich who can afford these high tix? I as a Repub, not a chance. How many big buck Dem's were there living on food stamps? Show of hands...

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uofm80Jul. 28, 1310:43 PM

What an absolutely brilliant show! I have seen so many interviews with Brian, and read so much about his fragile mental and physical state, I really didn't know what to expect. I was almost prepared to be disappointed. I didn't need to be. The show was way beyond any of my expectations. First of all they started on time. And I mean at exactly 7:30. They played for an hour, had a 15-minute intermission, and then came back for an energetic second hour plus. The song selection was perfect. Pretty much the entire catalog of the classics, sprinkled with some of the solo stuff. It's obvious the patter that Brian Wilson engages in from the piano is stiff and somewhat scripted, but that's okay. Al Jardine more than makes up for it with his sincerity, and it's a small price to pay for BW being out there. Jardine's voice is also in great shape, and David Marks' hot guitar licks added a lot. The rest of the backup band was great and the harmonies sounded unmistakably Beach Boys. I would love to know how lucid Brian Wilson is away from the stage these days, and what he thinks of his life and career. An undeniable talent and legacy though, and it was a pleasure and honor to be able to see them. The ticket prices were high, but worth every penny. A true memory that will last a lifetime.

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ghost78Jul. 29, 1310:47 AM

First for those complaining about Ticket prices, remember this is roughly a 1,500 seat venue and you are seeing a living legend. The concert was fantastic and made you forget how pathetic the weather was for a late July evening

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gallaghergalJul. 29, 1312:31 PM

Also attended the show in Dayton on Thursday night, and UofM80, I agree with you, it was a pleasure and an honor to see the man and this talentent group in person. An incredible catalog of songs, and our audience remained standing for almost the entire show. In fact BW had to tell us to sit during a couple of the balland. The amazing Wondermints help remind you what a genius Brian is with composing, melody, etc. I couldn't stop smiling the entire show.

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rjgronesJul. 29, 1312:54 PM

Hey dighollywood; I personally have no clue whatsoever what republicans, democrats and food stamps have to do with Brian Wilson, Al Jardine and David Marks at The Zoo Saturday; please try and get yourself some therapy. As for the show, I had tears in my eyes about 10 times.. I loved the whole evening.. What a pleasure..

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