Monday, September 09, 2013

Blondie Chaplin Added to Brian Wilson / Jeff Beck Tour

Forty years after they played together in the Beach Boys, Brian Wilson will reunite with guitarist Blondie Chaplin for select dates on the upcoming Wilson / Jeff Beck tour.  He will be joining former Beach Boys Al Jardine and David Marks who are also part of the trek.

Blondie Chaplin (far right) with the Beach Boys
Chaplin was originally a member of the South African group The Flame who would become the only act ever signed to the Beach Boys Brother Records. Chaplin and drummer Ricky Fataar joined the Beach Boys during a period when Dennis Wilson was sidelined with a hand injury and Bruce Johnston and left the band, becoming full members in 1971.

Chaplin appeared on the albums Carl & the Passions: So Tuff, Holland and The Beach Boys in Concert before leaving the band. He went on to produce David Johansen's third album, Here Comes the Night, toured with the Band during the 1980's and another group with Rick Danko and Paul Butterfield.  Since the late-1990's, he has been the tour rhythm guitarist for the Rolling Stones.

Wilson said in a statement "Blondie was one of my favorite singers in the 70s. He blew my mind with Sail on Sailor and he also sang on a song called Funky Pretty, on the Beach Boys’ Holland album. Until two weeks ago, I hadn’t seen him since 1974. It was great to see him again. He came into the studio and sang on one of my new tracks called He Come Down – and he sang it great. I’m stoked that he’ll be performing at a few of our shows."

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