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Brian Wilson to play UB Center for the Arts

The Brian Wilson "Pet Sounds 50th Anniversary Word Tour" will visit the University at Buffalo Center for the Arts for a show at 7:30 p.m. Sept. 28. Joining Wilson are his former bandmates Al Jardine and Blondie Chaplin.

The concert features the classic Beach Boys album "Pet Sounds" performed in its entirety, plus music from Wilson's solo career.

Tickets are $6o to $90 and go on sale at 10 a.m. Jan. 29 through the UBCFA box office, and by calling (888) 223-6000. A limited number of VIP packages go on sale at 10 a.m. Jan. 27. for info, visit or

Last year was a busy one for Wilson. He released a solo album "No Pier Pressure," toured and also was the subject of the critically acclaimed film "Love & Mercy" starring John Cusack and Paul Dano.

Brian Wilson owns the piano with the Beach Boys at Darien Lake in 2012. (Robert Kirkham/Buffalo News file photo)

Brian Wilson owns the piano with the Beach Boys at Darien Lake in 2012. (Robert Kirkham/Buffalo News file photo)

In his review of the film, News Pop Music Critic Jeff Miers wrote “ 'Love & Mercy' operates as an unconventional love story with a happy ending, but there is much more going on here, of the sort that will satisfy lovers of Wilson the artist. Scenes depicting the recording of the 'Pet Sounds' songs are handled with a graceful verisimilitude, and Dano is believable as the young Wilson, a man struggling to break free from his overbearing and abusive father, manager/producer Murry Wilson (Bill Camp)."

Wilson was last in the area for a concert in the Seneca Allegany Casino Events Center in October 2015. "The man has one of the finest songbooks in existence, and he and his band pulled from that book liberally, touching upon every phase of Wilson’s career, whether he was leading the Beach Boys or working as a solo artist," Miers wrote in his review.

In an interview before the concert,  Jardine described Wilson to News Staff Reporter Tim O'Shei as "an unfiltered, pure soul. He has no pretensions. He is what he is. It’s a refreshing experience, sometimes. It can also be kind of uncomfortable.”

Wilson told O'Shei he is still writing music and draws inspiration from himself. "I say, 'Come on Brian, you're getting older. Let's keep young, keep making music," Wilson said.

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