Brian Wilson has just finished touring for Bluesfest 2016 and luckily for me he played a sideshow in Melbourne. Bluesfest is held every year in Byron Bay over the Easter long weekend.
I’ve seen Brian Wilson perform a few times and I’ve loved every show. I was talking to a friend before the Melbourne show and she was saying that while watching soundcheck she found herself crying, his music moved her that much.
Over the years, I’ve seen thousands of live shows but there’s something special about a Brian Wilson show that I find extremely hard to describe. I’ve never experienced that feeling so deeply at any other show.
After photographing the usual first 3 songs I left the venue to cloak my cameras before heading back to my seat. I could hear the classic songs filtering out into the foyer of the Palais while I packed away my camera gear. Walking back into the venue to my seat I was drawn in by the staggeringly talented band, the singing, the songs, the audience, the music, the whole feeling throughout the venue.
I stayed mesmerised, enjoying every bit of the show right up to the final song (Love and Mercy) that almost brought me to tears! Of all songs to hit me so deeply was the song I knew the least. There was something about Brian’s voice, the way he sang that song, the way his sound resonated around the beautiful old Palais Theatre brought chills to my body, covering me in goosebumps.
Everything combined led to an incredible show that will stay with me forever.
If you want to read more about Brian Wilson’s Melbourne show, here is a link to the Noise11 Review.