Interview with a Beach Boy ahead of Greensburg show

The man who “really” writes the songs is coming Tuesday night to Greensburg, Pa. And he’s going to be joined by two all-stars.

Legendary Beach Boy Brian Wilson will hit center stage at 8 p.m. at the intimate Palace Theater and he’s going to welcome longtime fellow Beach Boy Al Jardine as well as Blondie Chaplin, whose resume includes time with the Byrds, The Beach Boys and The Rolling Stones.

In a pleasant, unrushed phone interview Jardine was happy to talk. Born in Lima, Ohio, Jardine, now 79, first met Wilson when he was the fullback and Wilson the quarterback at Hawthorne High School near Los Angeles. Jardine befriended Wilson and it’s been fun, fun fun ever since.

“No, not all,” Jardine answered when asked if he thought the run would last for all or parts of seven decades.

“We were just a group of guys who liked to sing together,” he said. “It’s funny. We were really an accident — but a good accident. And our first record seemed to be enough for us. We sure didn’t think we’d be recording into the next century.”

Regarding the upcoming show with Wilson Jardine said, “I’ll tell you. Working with Brian is like being back with The Beach Boys. Actually it’s better. When we get there we’re going to do a song called “Please let Me Wonder.” It’s really beautiful, a gorgeous piece.”

For some , Tuesday’s show presents the unique chance to see all three living Beach Boys — Brian’s brothers, Carl and Dennis are deceased — within a few months as Mike Love was in Youngstown this summer.

“We will go into our dictionary of songs,” Jardine promised. “Since we have about 400 (or maybe 409!) there will be plenty of good music. Plus there is no opening act so you’ll be hearing “California Girls” right off the bat.”

For the younger fans Jardine ended, “It’s an opportunity to hear The Beach Boys’ music the best way it can be presented — with the composer of the music. That’s really something. Brian made 90 percent of it. It’s pretty rich and a lot of fun. Really it’s a musical education.”

Ticket prices range from $39.50 to $125 and for those with more cash check out the front row or VIP soundcheck packages by calling 724-836-8600 or going to the website at thepalacetheater.org. Interested in lodging or food? Look at McCali Manor and Lobinger Pizza.

A performance will also be held this Wednesday at the Goodyear Theatre in Akron.


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