Brian Wilson presents Pet Sounds

Oct. 2
6:30 p.m.

Fifty years ago, nerds delighted when NBC debuted Star Trek, jocks rallied behind the AFL-NFL merger, and the Beach Boys treated everyone to their magnum opus — Pet Sounds. At the time, the Cali sextet were already certified popstars, having given us 10 albums of beachy, harmonious bubblegum about girls, surfing, and school spirit. But Beach Boys mastermind Brian Wilson, then 24, was not satisfied. Inspired by the 1965 Beatles LP Rubber Soul, he set out to make his grand artistic statement, one that would become one of rock ’n’ roll’s first-ever concept albums. During its recording, there was plenty of infighting; there were lyrical assists from ad jingle writer Tony Asher; there were ghost contributions from the ace session players known as the Wrecking Crew. The end result was a masterpiece — an aching, emotional portrait of Wilson set to an ambitiously arty psych-pop odyssey. It’s also one of the best uses of cloven animals on album covers (sorry, Paul McCartney). Former bandmates Al Jardine and Blondie Chaplin will join Wilson at the Orpheum, where he’ll treat fans to Pet Sounds in its entirety “for a final time.”