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Brian Wilson: Behind The Scenes At His New York Concert

December 12, 2008 2:41 PM ET

Brian Wilson's That Lucky Old Sun tour recently descended on New York's Hammerstein Ballroom and Rolling Stone was there for an exclusive look as the band prepared to take the stage. Watch as Wilson and his bandmates discuss their pre-concert rituals, catering tray favorites and Wilson's own desire to sit in the audience hours before the concert in order to "soak in" the environment. Plus, Wilson treated us backstage to intimate solo performances of "Long Promised Road" and the tune he deems as the greatest song he's ever written. Watch all this and much more as we take you behind the scenes at the Brian Wilson show.

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“Nightshift”

The Commodores | 1984

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