Archive for the ‘Brian Wilson’ Category

Lucky 77

Thursday, June 20th, 2019

Happy 77th birthday, Brian Wilson- this birthday takes place under less happy circumstances but still with much hope for the future, and thanks for all that Brian Wilson has given us. Have a look at what I wrote seven years ago on Brian’s 70th birthday.

Wishing Brian

Sunday, June 16th, 2019

Brian Wilson’s family have already thanked fans for the massive outpouring of support after Brian postponed his summer tour. If you do want to send a personal message of support, the place to send it appears to be Brian’s publicist at the following address

Get Well Brian Wilson
C/O Jean Sievers
2271 Cheremoya Ave
Los Angeles, CA 90068

You can also this email: GetWellBrianWilson@gmail.com

…Or Not

Thursday, June 6th, 2019

Murphy’s Law dictates that two days after I posted about Brian’s summer touring, his upcoming dates have been postponed. His statement on the postponement has been posted on his website and social media and is as follows

Dear friends,
It is with great regret that I need to postpone my upcoming June tour.
It is no secret that I have been living with mental illness for many decades. There were times when it was unbearable but with doctors and medications I have been able to live a wonderful, healthy and productive life with support from my family, friends and fans who have helped me through this journey.
As you may know in the last year or so I’ve had 3 surgeries on my back. The surgeries were successful and I’m physically stronger than I’ve been in a long time.
However, after my last surgery i started feeling strange and it’s been pretty scary for awhile. I was not feeling like myself. Mentally insecure is how I’d describe it. We’re not sure what is causing it but i do know that it’s not good for me to be on the road right now so I’m heading back to Los Angeles.
I had every intention to do these shows and was excited to get back to performing. I’ve been in the studio recording and rehearsing with my band and have been feeling better. But then it crept back and I’ve been struggling with stuff in my head and saying things I don’t mean and I don’t know why. Its something I’ve never dealt with before and we cant quite figure it out just yet.
I’m going to rest, recover and work with my doctors on this.
I’m looking forward to my recovery and seeing everyone later in the year.
The music and my fans keep me going and I know this will be something I can AGAIN overcome.
Love & Mercy,
Brian Wilson

We wish Brian all the best and especially some well-deserved rest – there is a clear intention to go back on the road, but even if he doesn’t tour again, it’s been a great 20 year ride.

Summer’s Here, And The Touring Starts

Tuesday, June 4th, 2019

Brian has already performed a one-off date at the Beachlife festival in California, but his summer touring starts off in earnest this Friday, with 31 dates scheduled until the end of September, including the dates with the Zombies.

Pet Sounds 53

Thursday, May 16th, 2019

Happy 53rd birthday to the greatest album of all time. I’ve written a bit about the album over the year; you can see some of my posts here, here and here.

Zombies Live With Brian

Wednesday, May 8th, 2019

Brian’s touring for 2019 has already started with the BeachLife Festival , but from August 31, he will be doing “something completely different.” In a transatlantic collaboration of note, he will be performing with the Zombies in a tour described as Something Great From ’68.  The Zombies will be performing their classic Odessey And Oracle album, while for the first time, Brian will be focusing on the Friends and Surf’s Up album (although the latter was only released in 1971). Brian will be joined by Al Jardine and Blondie Chaplin, while the Zombies will include their “original and current” line-ups. 15 dates have been announced across the USA for what should be some special shows.

Wilson Movie

Sunday, April 28th, 2019

A new Brian Wilson documentary is due this year -focusing on Brian Wilson’s late-career renaissance, and titled Long Promised Road. The movie is directed by the unrelated Brent Wilson , and the title is from a Beach Boys song which has Carl Wilson as the primary writer and vocalist. No specific release date has been set out, but it should be out at some point this year.

Brian’s Hidden Beauties CLXXI: In My Room

Wednesday, April 17th, 2019

The criteria for inclusion in my Brian’s Hidden Beauties series is any song written or co-written by Brian Wilson that I feel is underrated for some reason. Given that In My Room is a staple of many compilations, it’s inclusion here may seem odd -but since it was only a B-side, I am going to rule that it qualifies as not quite a top-tier Beach Boys hit, and therefore worthy of inclusion. And it gives me an opportunity to write about this song.

The very first Beach Boys music I owned was a copied cassette of a greatest hits collection- and this was one of the songs that really impressed me, and made me realize that the Beach Boys were not just a surf novelty band. For 1963, it was an astonishingly personal song and introspective song, matched possibly only by their soon to be transatlantic rivals from the Liverpool’s There’s A Place.

Given Brian’s retreat from public life in the 70s, this song takes on an additional poignancy, but it remains one of the most perfect of the early Brian Wilson songs, and a song that many people, especially those of us with a more introverted nature, can relate to always.

23 Instrumentals For Today

Wednesday, April 10th, 2019

1. The Mist Covered Mountains -Alan Clark, Eddie Gomez and The Acetones
2. Be Here In The Morning Darling -The Beach Boys
3. The British Opera -Bee Gees
4. Othello -Chilly Gonzales
5. Arrival of the Birds -The Cinematic Orchestra
6. Piano Variations On Thoughts Of You -Dennis Wilson
7. Eveningland -Hem
8. River Flow -Ken Bryan
9. Going Home [Theme of the Local Hero] -Mark Knopfler, Alan Clarke, Mike Brecker & Tony Levin
10.  …but we were happy -Paddy McAloon
11. A Country Melody -Roger Nichols
12. Getting That Way- Rory More O’Donoghue & Sarah Joyce
13. Little Chef -Saint Etienne
14. Swim Swan Swim- Saint Etienne
15. Church Pew Furniture Restorer -Saint Etienne
16. Breakneck Hill – Saint Etienne
17. Angel of Woodhatch -Saint Etienne
18. Yearning -Scott Walker
19. Finale -Scott Walker
20. Saturday, Sunday, Monday -Swan Dive
21. Rêverie -Claude Debussy
22. Spellbound Concerto -Rosza
23. Un Bel Di- Giacomo Puccini

A Tribute To Hal Blaine

Saturday, March 16th, 2019

In tribute to Hal Blaine, here is a song he features strongly on.