2015 is definitely turning into Brian Wilson’s year. His new album, No Pier Pressure, is out on April 7th and has already garnered the Beach Boys‘ creative genius the hottest buzz surrounding a new work in years — and the rave reviews are still rolling in for his upcoming biopic, Love And Mercy, coming on June 7th. In addition to an 18-date theater and shed tour this spring and summer with fellow Beach Boys Al Jardine and Blondie Chaplin, Wilson and his crew have also just announced an eight-date UK arena tour — playing some venues even bigger than where the reunited Beach Boys performed back in 2012.
Brian Wilson admitted that hearing his classic works from the ‘60s inspires him today — just the way that it still inspires his fans: “When I hear ‘California Girls’ it inspires me a lot. Y’know, they were cut fresh and the vocals were timeless, y’know what I mean? In, like, 200 years from now, you could play a Beach Boys record, or a Phil Spector record, or a Rolling Stones record and it’ll sound just as fresh.”
- On Monday (March 30th), Brian Wilson will be honored with a star-studded tribute dubbed “Brian Fest” at L.A.’s Fonda Theatre. The tribute, which is part of the ongoing Best Fest benefit series, raises money for Sweet Relief Musicians Fund.
- Wilson, along with Al Jardine, will participate in the show, along with Ann Wilson of Heart, Boz Scaggs, Wilson Phillips, Norah Jones, Brandon Flowers,Wayne Coyne and Steve Drozd of the Flaming Lips, Doyle Bramhall II, and many more.
- UPDATED: Brian Wilson — with Al Jardine and Blondie Chaplin — tour dates (subject to change):
- May 16 – New Brunswick, NJ – State Theatre
- June 18 – Saratoga, CA – The Mountain Winery
June 19 – San Diego, CA – Humphrey’s Concerts By The Bay
June 20 – Los Angeles, CA – Greek Theatre
June 23 – Austin, TX – Frank Erwin Center
June 24 – Grand Prairie, TX – Verizon Theatre At Grand Prairie
June 26 – Atlanta, GA – Fox Theatre
June 27 – Whites Creek, TN – The Woods At Fontanel
June 29 – Philadelphia, PA – Mann Center for Performing Arts
June 30 – Wantagh, NY – Nikon At Jones Beach Theater
July 1 – Holmdel, NJ – PNC Bank Arts Center
July 2 – Boston, MA – Blue Hills Bank Pavilion
July 4 – Toronto, ON – Sony Centre For The Performing Arts
July 5 – Detroit, MI – Fox Theatre
July 6 – Highland Park, IL – Ravinia Festival At Ravinia Park
July 8 – Broomfield, CO – 1st Bank Center
July 10 – Las Vegas, NV – The Chelsea At The Cosmopolitan
July 12 – Seattle, WA – Benaroya Hall