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    Written by Jeff Levenson

    Toronto, Ontario (April 25th, 2012) - Assembling high-octane talent on one stage is usually the province of dedicated presenters and promoters whose simple aim is to put on a show. Introduce too many moving parts, and there's a good chance that some unexpected rattle will shake or roll down the production. The wheels fall off, the train runs amok, skid marks, scorched earth, children in tears... Oh, the humanity.


    In 1999, when Brian Wilson toured without the Beach Boys for the first time and made his celebrated "comeback" from years of reclusiveness and stage fright, he opened his New York show at the Beacon Theater with "The Little Girl I Once Knew." An interesting choice, I thought, at the time. "The Little Girl..." is well known among Beach Boy enthusiasts; less so, among pop main-streamers. It is an unusually crafted song and record, distinguished by timely silences not favorable to mid-'60s radio programmers mandated to fill precious seconds with winning content. Here, on this special night, Wilson chose to re-launch himself with a song less connected to his reputation as hit-maker than songwriting craftsman.

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