Brian Wilson started his “Pet Sounds” & “Greatest Hits” tour last Wednesday with some bad news. Long time guitarist and collaborator Nicky “Wonder” Walusko passed away peacefully in his sleep the day before. The band decided to carry on and honor Nicky with a large bouquet of flowers in his place onstage and his microphone was wrapped in a black cloth. Being the professionals that they are, the band promised to play the show as a tribute to Nicky. This tour had been scheduled to start last June and it was postponed due to Brian’s medical issues. The show was billed as the final performances of “Pet Sounds.” It was structured in three parts. The first part being Beach Boys hits and some personal song choices by Brian. The second section was the performance of “Pet Sounds” and the third section was a medley of the Beach Boys biggest beach party hits.
Brian Wilson’s music will live on long into the future. This night was a reminder of his genius and all who were there will never forget it. Carry on Brian, and thank you.