Chicago, Brian Wilson 2022 tour opens in Phoenix. Here’s the setlist

Chicago launched their co-headlining tour with Brian Wilson of the Beach Boys at Ak-Chin Pavilion in Phoenix on Tuesday, June 7, the same day the horn-driven rockers announced the release of a 38th studio album called “Born For This Moment. “

It may not strike the casual observer as one of the world’s most obvious pairings for a summer tour — certainly not as obvious as recent tours pairing Chicago with Earth, Wind & Fire or Wilson with the Zombies.

But there is some history behind it.

In 1974, three Beach Boys — Al Jardine and Wilson’s younger brothers, Dennis and Carl — added harmonies to the Chicago classic “Wishing You Were Here.” A year later, the two groups launched the first of two Beachago tours.

Jardine and several other vocalists from Wilson’s 12-piece touring band joined Chicago on stage at Tuesday’s tour launch to revisit “Wishing You Were Here.”

And Wilson’s set featured a guest spot by three members of Chicago, who added horns to “Darlin’,” a soul-flavored hit from the “Wild Honey” album.

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Brian Wilson performs at Ak-Chin Pavilion in Phoenix on June 7, 2022.

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Wilson and his bandmates set the tone for their first appearance in the Valley since that Zombies tour with the Hollyridge Strings’ instrumental recordings of the Beach Boys’ greatest hits.

Led on stage with the help of a walker, Wilson took his place behind the white piano that for many years has served more as a sort of buffer separating Wilson, who turns 80 on June 20, from the audience that comes to see him than an instrument he might be interested in playing.