NEW YORK• The Beach Boys' Brian Wilson has announced what he says will be a final tour of Pet Sounds, often called one of the most influential pop albums ever.
He said on Monday he planned more than 70 shows to mark this year's 50th anniversary of the release of Pet Sounds, starting on March 26 in Auckland, New Zealand.
The 73-year-old rocker said in a statement that the tour would mark the last time he plays Pet Sounds in its entirety, which he will do at each show.
Although it was released as the 11th album of The Beach Boys, pioneers of the California pop sound, Pet Sounds was essentially a solo work by Wilson. He spent months writing and recording songs and incorporating special effects that ranged from a ringing bicycle bell to a barking dog.
After the innocence of earlier Beach Boys albums, Pet Sounds turned introspective with Wilson ruminating about the loss of youth and shifting to the psychedelic rock that would soon define hippie culture.
After Pet Sounds, he suffered worsening mental health problems and drug dependency and retreated from music, re-emerging in full force only in the 1990s.
Pet Sounds is widely considered one of the most influential works in pop history: Rolling Stone magazine has ranked it as the second greatest album of all time, after The Beatles' Sgt Pepper's Lonely Hearts Club Band.
For the 50th anniversary tour, Wilson announced 11 dates in Britain. He will play in the United States, Australia (with two dates scheduled at Sydney Opera House), Israel, Japan, Portugal and Spain, his management said. He will perform on his tour with another founding Beach Boy, Al Jardine and Blondie Chaplin, the South African rocker who joined the band when Wilson's health was declining.