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Brian Wilson to bring ‘Pet Sounds’ tour to Sacramento

“Pet Sounds” by the Beach Boys.
“Pet Sounds” by the Beach Boys. Courtesy of Capitol Records

Beach Boys creative mastermind Brian Wilson will perform the seminal album “Pet Sounds” in its entirety Oct. 15 at the Sacramento Community Center Theater.

Tickets run $35-$125 and are available via pre-sale until 10 p.m. Feb. 18 with the code “SURF” at (800-225-2277). Regular tickets go on sale at 10 a.m. Feb. 19 and can be purchased through or the Community Center box office, at 916-808-5181.

Wilson and his band will tour the country this year in celebration of the 50th anniversary of “Sounds.” The Sacramento stop will include an appearance by Al Jardine of the Beach Boys.

Composed of elaborately, immaculately layered harmonies and orchestral flourishes, “Pet Sounds” was considered an avant-garde departure for the Southern California surf-rock band when it was released in 1966. American critics and audiences mostly shrugged.

But European critics and music fans loved the album, which eventually was embraced everywhere as one of the greatest pop albums in history. Rolling Stone ranks it No. 2, just behind the Beatles’ “Sgt. Pepper’s Lonely Hearts Club Band,” on its top 500 albums list.

The recent film “Love & Mercy,” a biopic of Wilson, charts the making of “Sounds” album and other key moments in Wilson’s sometimes-tortured life. Paul Dano was nominated for a Golden Globe for his performance as the younger Wilson. John Cusack plays Wilson in middle age.