On Friday Night the Cabot welcomed Al Jardine for an unique intimate show. Al Jardine is a founding member of The Beach Boys and still tours with Brian Wilson regularly. The Brian Wilson and Beach Boys live shows are usually a slick produced show playing a lot of classic songs but minimal chatter.
The show in Beverly was completely different just a 3 man show with Al, his son Matt, and a third person on Keyboards and Guitar. The greatest hits of the Beach Boys were certainly still will represented during the show but Al was not afraid to play some rarer songs like Vegetables from Smile and works from his recent solo album.
Also want to give a shout out to Matt Jardine for his amazing vocals for songs like God Only Knows and Don't Worry Baby. But the old man still looks and sounds good and it was really cool to hear the original voice of Help Me Rhonda and Sloop John B.
But what made the evening so memorable was how personal and chatty they all were. Al shared stories about time with Annette Funicello, meeting the Beatles, and what it was like to be a Beach Boy and for Matt Jardine to grow up in the Beach Boys world. They used the video screen a lot to show lot of archival footage.
Did you know that Brian Wilson received a F in High School for a composition he wrote, it was Surfer Girl.
Al Jardine is also an author he was approached to write a children's book based upon Sloop John B and even played a bit of it and showed the illustrations on the video screen.
In the end it was a great intimate night of music to see a true legend and hear some of the greatest songs in pop music in such a casual and unique setting.
Story Written By: John Suslak
Wood Media Staff Writer
Wood Media Theater Reviewers are a husband and wife team which includes Mark & Nicole Wood of Beverly.