Variety Features "Love & Mercy" on its Cover

Variety, the leading entertainment publication, features "Love & Mercy" on this week's cover. The story features the film and its producer Bill Pohlad as well as Brian Wilson.

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Brian Announces UK Arena Tour for September 2015

Legendary performer, founding member of The Beach Boys and one of the world’s most revered figures within popular music, Brian Wilson has announced that he will be touring arenas across the UK this September. Already receiving praise for his upcoming ‘No Pier Pressure’ album out on April 6th, Brian will be bringing the sound of California to British shores for a limited run of shows and will be bringing classic rockers America and Scottish indie innovator Edwyn Collins with him to arenas in the UK.

For the eight UK shows Brian will be joined by fellow Beach Boys Al Jardine and Blondie Chaplin. Also on the bill are Classic Rock favourites, America. Marking their 45th anniversary after meeting at high school in London in the 1960s and going on to become a household name with hits like their #1 single ‘A Horse With No Name’ and ‘I Need You’. The individual band member’s composite sound of melodic pop rock and elements of folk, jazz and Latin inspired rhythms and image fuelled lyricism would go beyond their biggest hits and earn them a huge loyal following and six certified gold and/or platinum albums.

Also on the tour will be Edwyn Collins, one of the indie genre’s founding musicians and an ingenious songwriter, much like Brian himself. Edwyn was founding a member of the punk-funk hybrid band Orange Juice, who rose to prominence in the 80s before he embarked on a solo career. Honing this new sound Edwyn went on to have a worldwide smash with 1995 hit ‘A Girl Like You’, and after another decade and recovery from serious illness Edwyn became recognized as a great musician with the Ivor Novello Inspiration Award.

Tickets for Brian Fest, the California festival celebrating the music of Brian Wilson at the end of March, sold out in 5 minutes after going on sale. Brian is also touring the US in the summer with the sugar man himself, Rodriguez, before crossing the Atlantic.

Tickets are available from 9am on Friday, March 27th

Tickets London £ 75/ £65 /£55  & Regionally £65/£55/£45 (plus booking fees)

September 2015

  • Friday 18th - Liverpool Echo Arena
  • Saturday 19th - Cardiff Motorpoint Arena
  • Sunday 20th - London O2 Arena
  • Tuesday 22nd - Birmingham BCA
  • Wednesday 23rd - Nottingham capital FM Arena
  • Friday 25th - Leeds first direct arena
  • Saturday 26th - Manchester arena
  • Sunday 27th - Glasgow hydro

Brian will be joined by his full band and will be playing songs from his extensive discography spanning the last 5 decades. This will include many of the countless hits that he wrote and produced for one of pop music’s most defining bands, The Beach Boys, as well as the amazing arsenal of beautiful songs from his own 11 solo albums. Brian’s latest album ‘No Pier Pressure’, released April 6th, is arguably one of his biggest yet, featuring collaborations with some of his fellow Beach Boys, Kacey Musgraves, fun.’s Nate Ruess, Zooey Deschanel and M.Wards’ She & Him and Capital Cities’ Sebu Simonian to name but a few. Wilson started working on the new songs during The Beach Boys’ 50th anniversary activities in 2012, the same year in which Brian was awarded a GRAMMY® for the band’s long-awaited ‘SMiLE Sessions’ album. ‘No Pier Pressure’ was a venture for Brian to find talented young vocalists who have in turn been influenced by his work and to have them contribute to his visionary compositions.

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It’s no surprise that Brian’s amazing career and compelling life story has also attracted the attention of Bill Pohlad, the director and producer of ‘Love & Mercy’ the Brian Wilson biopic out this summer. The film, featuring Paul Dano, Elizabeth Banks, Paul Giamatti and John Cusack, is a detailed look at Brian in his early years with The Beach Boys and his life after meeting his wife Melinda. ‘Love & Mercy’ is an honest depiction of Brian’s whirlwind life, and has been praised by critics at film festivals.

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"The Wrecking Crew" now available in iTunes and theaters

THE WRECKING CREW is a documentary film produced and directed by Denny Tedesco, son of legendary late Wrecking Crew guitarist Tommy Tedesco. The film tells the story of the unsung musicians that provided the backbeat, the bottom and the swinging melody that drove many of the number one hits of the 1960’s. It didn’t matter if it was Nat “King” Cole, Frank Sinatra, Nancy Sinatra, The Monkees, The Byrds or The Beach Boys, these dedicated musicians brought the flair and musicianship that made the American “west coast sound” a dominant cultural force around the world. The film is a fun and moving tribute from Denny to his father and to the music, the times and to the secret star-making machine known only as “The Wrecking Crew."The movie is now available on iTunes and in select theaters.

Following is a note from director Denny Tedesco:

Growing up in the 60s, there was no way to miss hearing the sound of the Beach Boys.  Not only did they influence the music of the day and the music business in Los Angeles, they also influenced music all over the world.

My father and guitarist,  Tommy Tedesco was one of the lucky ones that worked with Brian and the boys. When Brian started using some of the session players on their albums, it allowed him to take his music in another direction. But he also knew that when he brought in Hal Blaine, Ray Pohlman, Don Randi, Carol Kaye, my Dad and many of the other players he would bring the best out of them and they always looked forward to those recording dates.  

This Friday March 13th, the story of the session players who came to be known as “The Wrecking Crew" will finally be released.  This film wouldn’t be here today if it wasn’t for the incredible support from Brian and the other artists in the film; Nancy Sinatra, Jimmy Webb, Herb Alpert, Cher, Roger McGuinn, Glen Campbell, Leon Russell as well as all the session players who were interviewed.  

It’s also the fans of the music that have kept this film alive over the last 19 years and for that I am forever grateful. It shows how timeless the music still is today 

Nothing can make a son more proud than hearing Brian Wilson talk about your father and his friends with such love and respect. I know it was mutual.  The film will be released in theaters starting tomorrow around the United States.It will also be released on ITUNES and Video on Demand.  Watch it with friends and have a great time!

For more information of additional screenings and The Wrecking Crew, go to: http://www.wreckingcrewfilm.com/

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Brian Wilson Announces "No Pier Pressure Tour" to more than 15 U.S. Cities

WILSON, CO-FOUNDER OF THE BEACH BOYS, WILL BE JOINED BY FORMER BANDMATES AL JARDINE AND BLONDIE CHAPLIN, PLUS SPECIAL GUEST, RODRIGUEZ

Wilson’s No Pier Pressure Album to be Released April 7 by Capitol Records

Hollywood, California – March 5, 2015 – Music legend Brian Wilson will hit the road this summer with his band, touring to more than 15 U.S. cities.  Wilson will perform songs from his forthcoming Capitol album, No Pier Pressure, as well as top hits and fan favorites spanning his 50-year career with The Beach Boys and as a solo artist. Rodriguez, star of the Oscar-winning documentary Searching for Sugarman, will open the concerts with a special set.  Brian will also be joined by former bandmates Al Jardine and Blondie Chaplin.  Onsale details for all of the shows will soon be announced.

For his 11th solo studio album, No Pier Pressure, Wilson has returned to Capitol Records, his original label home with The Beach Boys.  Available now for preorder, the album will be released April 7 in standard 13-track and deluxe 16-track editions, each in CD and digital formats, as well as a 16-track 2LP edition on 180-gram vinyl. No Pier Pressure’s digital preorder provides an instant download of its lead track, “The Right Time,” featuring vocals by Wilson and Al Jardine, and guitar by David Marks.  

In theaters June 5, Roadside Attractions’ Brian Wilson biopic Love & Mercy presents an unconventional portrait of the music legend. Set against the era-defining catalog of the music, the film intimately examines the personal voyage and ultimate salvation of the icon whose success came at extraordinary personal cost. Directed by Bill Pohlad, starring John Cusack, Paul Dano, Elizabeth Banks and Paul Giamatti.  Love & Mercy’s U.S. film festival premiere is confirmed for March 15 at SXSW Film.

Watch the Love & Mercy teaser trailer:  https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=OpGVVvkxjhI

Brian Wilson is one of popular music’s most deeply revered figures, a legendary writer, producer, arranger and performer of some of the most cherished music in pop music history. For more than half a century, fans have marveled at the sheer beauty of the music that springs forth from his imagination into glorious song. Wilson brings this ingenious vision to his own compositions, as well as to those for which he has collaborated, weaving a lush, vibrant tapestry of intricately nuanced vocal harmonies and instrumental arrangements for himself, his bandmates and others.  

Wilson began his career as a teenaged founding member of The Beach Boys, who signed with Capitol Records in July 1962 and released their first album, Surfin’ Safari, that same year. The band’s initial surf-rock focus was soon broadened to include other themes, and 1966’s Pet Sounds is universally hailed as one of the greatest albums of all time.  Wilson’s innovative vocal and instrumental arrangements for major hits including “I Get Around,” “California Girls,” “Wouldn’t It Be Nice,” “God Only Knows,” and the No. 1 smash “Good Vibrations” made The Beach Boys America’s preeminent band of the 1960s.  

Wilson has also achieved great solo success with 10 of his own albums released to date, including his acclaimed 2004 completion of an album he first began recording in the ‘60s, Brian Wilson Presents… SMiLE.  The album earned Wilson his first GRAMMY® for a recording, which was followed by his second GRAMMY® win for producing The Beach Boys’ acclaimed 2011 release, The SMiLE Sessions. With his own band, Wilson has performed major, sold-out SMiLE and Pet Sounds tours in recent years, and with The Beach Boys, he celebrated the iconic band’s 50th anniversary in 2012 with a major international tour and acclaimed studio album, That’s Why God Made The Radio.

Brian Wilson is a Kennedy Center Honors recipient, a Songwriters Hall of Fame inductee, and a U.K. Music Hall of Fame inductee.  As a member of The Beach Boys, Wilson was inducted into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame in 1988 and honored with The Recording Academy’s Lifetime Achievement Award in 2001.

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Get the Latest "No Pier Pressure" News Here

Brian's upcoming Capitol release "No Pier Pressure" will be released on April 7, 2015. Please check back often as updates will coming. Following is the latest:

Links to purchase:

PRE-ORDER ON iTUNES >
(and instantly download/play the complete track "The Right Time")

PRE-ORDER ON AMAZON.COM >

PRE-ORDER ON GOOGLE PLAY >
(and listen to samples of all tracks)

PRE-ORDER EXCLUSIVE BUNDLES ON BRIAN WILSON STORE >
(items include CD, digital & vinyl,  t-shirts, hand-signed lithograph, surfboard)


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Brian Wilson's "No Pier Pressure" Album Available Now for PreOrder with Instant Download of Lead Track, "The Right Time"

Hollywood, California – February 17, 2015 – Music legend Brian Wilson’s new album, No Pier Pressure, is now available for preorder across all of its physical and digital configurations. The album will be released April 7 in standard 13-track and deluxe 16-track editions, each in CD and digital formats, as well as a 16-track 2LP edition on 180-gram vinyl. No Pier Pressure’s digital preorder provides an instant download of its lead track, “The Right Time,” featuring vocals by Wilson and Al Jardine, and guitar by David Marks.  The new music video for “The Right Time” will premiere on Yahoo Music this Thursday, February 19.

For No Pier Pressure, his 11th solo studio album, Wilson has returned to Capitol Records, his original label home with The Beach Boys.  Wilson reunited with longtime collaborator Joe Thomas, and was joined at Hollywood’s Ocean Way Studios by talented musicians he personally invited to record with him, including his former Beach Boys bandmates Al Jardine, David Marks and Blondie Chaplin, as well as Kacey Musgraves, fun.’s Nate Ruess, She & Him’s Zooey Deschanel and M. Ward, Peter Hollens, Capital Cities’ Sebu Simonian, and trumpet master Mark Isham, as well as session all-stars Don Was, Jim Keltner, Dean Parks, and Kenny Aronoff.  Members of Wilson’s longtime touring band, including Scott Bennett, Paul Mertens, Darian Sahanaja, and Probyn Gregory also participated in the sessions, along with Matt Jardine, son of Al Jardine, and former bandmate Jeffrey Foskett. 

Camped out at Ocean Way, Wilson took a fluid, woodshedding approach to the recording process, deftly tailoring the vocal and instrumental parts and arrangements to each participant.  Wilson worked to hone the arrangements, often assembling pieces from various takes, a signature style of recording he has enjoyed since his earliest recording sessions.  In fact, several of the songs were written during the recording process.

Brian Wilson is one of popular music’s most deeply revered figures, a legendary writer, producer, arranger and performer of some of the most cherished music in pop music history. For more than half a century, fans have marveled at the sheer beauty of the music that springs forth from his imagination into glorious song. Wilson brings this ingenious vision to his own compositions, as well as to those for which he has collaborated, weaving a lush, vibrant tapestry of intricately nuanced vocal harmonies and instrumental arrangements for himself, his bandmates and others.  

Wilson began his career as a teenaged founding member of The Beach Boys, who signed with Capitol Records in July 1962 and released their first album, Surfin’ Safari, that same year. The band’s initial surf-rock focus was soon broadened to include other themes, and 1966’s Pet Sounds is universally hailed as one of the greatest albums of all time.  Wilson’s innovative vocal and instrumental arrangements for major hits including “I Get Around,” “California Girls,” “Wouldn’t It Be Nice,” “God Only Knows,” and the No. 1 smash “Good Vibrations” made The Beach Boys America’s preeminent band of the 1960s.  

Wilson has also achieved great solo success with 10 of his own albums released to date, including his acclaimed 2004 completion of an album he first began recording in the ‘60s, Brian Wilson Presents… SMiLE.  The album earned Wilson his first GRAMMY® for a recording, which

was followed by his second GRAMMY® win for producing The Beach Boys’ critically-lauded 2011 release, The SMiLE Sessions. With his own band, Wilson has performed major, sold-out SMiLE and Pet Sounds tours in recent years, and with The Beach Boys, he celebrated the iconic band’s 50th anniversary in 2012 with a major international tour and acclaimed No. 3 Billboard studio album, That’s Why God Made The Radio.

Brian Wilson is a Kennedy Center Honors recipient, a Songwriters Hall of Fame inductee, and a U.K. Music Hall of Fame inductee.  As a member of The Beach Boys, Wilson was inducted into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame in 1988 and honored with The Recording Academy’s Lifetime Achievement Award in 2001.

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Watch the No Pier Pressure trailer:  http://smarturl.it/NoPierPressure

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Brian Wilson's 11th Solo Album, Titled 'No Pier Pressure,' to be Released April 7 by Capitol Records

New Album Features Collaborations with Beach Boys Bandmates, Kacey Musgraves, fun.’s Nate Ruess, She & Him’s Zooey Deschanel and M. Ward, Peter Hollens, and Capital Cities’ Sebu Simonian

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Hollywood, California – January 29, 2015 – He is one of popular music’s most deeply revered figures, a legendary writer, producer, arranger and performer of some of the most cherished music in pop music history. Indeed, it is no exaggeration to call Brian Wilson one of the most gifted and influential composers of the past 50 years. For the release of his 11th solo studio album, titled No Pier Pressure, Wilson has returned to Capitol Records, his original label home with The Beach Boys.  The album will be released April 7 in standard 13-track and deluxe 16-track editions, each available on CD and digitally, as well as a 16-track 2LP edition on 180-gram vinyl. 

For the No Pier Pressure sessions, Brian Wilson reunited with longtime collaborator Joe Thomas, with whom he co-produced The Beach Boys’ No. 3 Billboard album That’s Why God Made The Radio for the iconic band’s 50th anniversary reunion in 2012.  In addition, Wilson was  joined at Hollywood’s Ocean Way Studios by talented musicians he personally invited to record with him, including his former Beach Boys bandmates Al Jardine, David Marks and Blondie Chaplin, as well as Kacey Musgraves, fun.’s Nate Ruess, She & Him’s Zooey Deschanel and M. Ward, Peter Hollens, Capital Cities’ Sebu Simonian, and trumpet master Mark Isham.  Wilson has also brought in session all-stars Don Was, Jim Keltner, Dean Parks, and Kenny Aronoff.  Members of Wilson’s longtime touring band, including Scott Bennett, Paul Mertens, Darian Sahanaja, and Probyn Gregory also participated in the sessions, along with Matt Jardine, son of Al Jardine, and former bandmate Jeffrey Foskett. 

Wilson and Thomas began collaborating on the new songs during The Beach Boys’ whirlwind 50th anniversary activities throughout 2012, a banner year for the band which also included a GRAMMY® Award win for Brian for The Beach Boys’ long-awaited SMiLE Sessions release.  He told family, friends, and journalists around the world that he looked forward to returning to the studio when he got back home to California.  

Always most inspired when creativity is given time and space to freely flow, Wilson initially envisioned the sessions for his new album with The Beach Boys in mind, but that was not to be.  Wanting to find the right voices to complete his vision, Wilson saw an opportunity to finally become hip with his kids and recruited some amazing young vocalists who have been inspired by his music to do the job.  

Throughout his iconic career, Wilson has brought ingenious vision to his own compositions, as well as to those for which he has collaborated, weaving a lush, vibrant tapestry of intricately nuanced vocal harmonies and instrumental arrangements for himself, his bandmates and others.  For more than 50 years, fans have marveled at the sheer beauty of the music that springs forth from Wilson’s imagination into glorious song.

Camped out at Ocean Way, Wilson took a fluid, woodshedding approach to the recording process, deftly tailoring the vocal and instrumental parts and arrangements to each participant.  Wilson worked to hone the arrangements, often assembling pieces from various takes, a signature style of recording he has enjoyed since his earliest sessions with The Beach Boys.  In fact, several of the songs were written during the recording process.

Brian Wilson began his career as a teenaged founding member of The Beach Boys, who signed with Capitol Records in July 1962 and released their first album, Surfin’ Safari, that same year. The band’s initial surf-rock focus was soon broadened to include other themes, and 1966’s Pet Sounds is universally hailed as one of the greatest albums of all time.  Wilson’s innovative vocal and instrumental arrangements for major hits including “I Get Around,” “California Girls,” “Wouldn’t It Be Nice,” “God Only Knows,” and the No. 1 smash “Good Vibrations” made The Beach Boys America’s preeminent band of the 1960s.  

Brian Wilson has also achieved great solo success with 10 of his own albums released to date, including his acclaimed 2004 completion of an album he first began recording in the ‘60s, Brian Wilson Presents… SMiLE, which reached Billboard’s Top 20 and earned him his first GRAMMY® Award for a recording.  Wilson won his second GRAMMY Award® for producing The Beach Boys’ acclaimed 2011 release, The SMiLE Sessions.  Wilson has also performed major, sold-out SMiLE and Pet Sounds tours in recent years with his own band.  Wilson is a Kennedy Center Honors recipient, a Songwriters Hall of Fame inductee, and a UK Music Hall of Fame inductee.  As a member of The Beach Boys, Wilson was inducted into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame in 1988 and honored with The Recording Academy’s Lifetime Achievement GRAMMY® Award in 2001.

BRIAN WILSON:  No Pier Pressure [CD, digital]

1. This Beautiful Day
2. Runaway Dancer [featuring Sebu Simonian]
3. What Ever Happened [featuring Al Jardine and David Marks]
4. On The Island [featuring She & Him]
5. Our Special Love [featuring Peter Hollens]
6. The Right Time [featuring Al Jardine and David Marks]
7. Guess You Had To Be There [featuring Kacey Musgraves]
8. Tell Me Why [featuring Al Jardine]
9. Sail Away [featuring Blondie Chaplin and Al Jardine]
10. One Kind Of Love
11. Saturday Night [featuring Nate Ruess]
12. The Last Song 
13. Half Moon Bay 

BRIAN WILSON:  No Pier Pressure (Deluxe Edition) [CD, digital]
(added tracks in bold)

1. This Beautiful Day
2. Runaway Dancer [featuring Sebu Simonian]
3. What Ever Happened [featuring Al Jardine and David Marks]
4. On The Island [featuring She & Him]
5. Our Special Love [featuring Peter Hollens]
6. The Right Time [featuring Al Jardine and David Marks]
7. Guess You Had To Be There [featuring Kacey Musgraves]
8. Don’t Worry
9. Somewhere Quiet
10. I’m Feeling Sad
11. Tell Me Why [featuring Al Jardine]
12. Sail Away [featuring Blondie Chaplin and Al Jardine]
13. One Kind Of Love
14. Saturday Night [featuring Nate Ruess]
15. The Last Song 
16. Half Moon Bay 

BRIAN WILSON:  No Pier Pressure [2LP 180g vinyl]

Side A
1. This Beautiful Day
2. Runaway Dancer [featuring Sebu Simonian]
3. What Ever Happened [featuring Al Jardine and David Marks]
4. On The Island [featuring She & Him]

Side B
1. Our Special Love [featuring Peter Hollens]
2. The Right Time [featuring Al Jardine and David Marks]
3. Guess You Had To Be There [featuring Kacey Musgraves]
4. Tell Me Why [featuring Al Jardine]

Side C
1. Sail Away [featuring Blondie Chaplin and Al Jardine]
2. One Kind Of Love
3. Saturday Night [featuring Nate Ruess]
4. The Last Song 

Side D
1. Half Moon Bay
2. Don’t Worry
3. I’m Feeling Sad
4. Somewhere Quiet

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Brian Live Q&A for Monday, JANUARY 26

Brian Wilson will be answering fans questions from around the world on Monday, January 26 from 11:00am PST to noon. The first half hour, Brian will be answering questions on the popular Smiley Smile Message Board. For the second half, Brian will be answering questions on his own Message Board. Note that everyone can view Brian's answers, but you'll need to sign up to ask questions.

SMILEY SMILE (11:00am PST – 11:30am PST):
http://smileysmile.net/board/
Click on "General On Topic Discussions" to enter the Q&A

BRIAN WILSON.COM (11:30am PST - NOON):
http://www.brianwilson.com/community/
Click on the "Ask Brian" link to enter the Q&A

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Brian Wilson & Friends at the Venetian

Brian Wilson performed  hits from his illustrious award winning career, as well as selections from his new album on December 12 at The Venetian. The concert was filmed for an upcoming episode of the acclaimed music series Soundstage, and will air next year on Public Television and AXS TV. The album entitled No Pier Pressure is scheduled to be released early 2015 on Capitol Records. Also appearing at The Venetian with Brian was  a variety of special guests who also performed with him on the album. They include fellow Beach Boys co-founder Al Jardine, Blondie Chaplin, Sebu of Capital Cities, Nate Ruess from Fun. as well as Jazz Trumpeter and composer Mark Isham. 

Setlist:

1) Our Prayer 
2) Heroes and Villains 
3) Sloop John B (Al Jardine lead vocal)
4) Dance, Dance, Dance 
5) Then He Kissed Me (Al Jardine lead vocal)
6) She Knows Me Too Well (Brian Eichenberger lead vocal)
7) Good Vibrations 
8) This Beautiful Day 
9) Runaway Dancer (Sebu Simonian lead vocal)
10) Don't Worry Baby (Sebu Simonian lead vocal)
11) Marcella 
12) Wild Honey (Blondie Chaplin lead vocal)
13) Sail On, Sailor (Blondie Chaplin lead vocal)
14) Sail Away (Brian Wilson, Al Jardine)
15) Don't Talk (Put Your Head on My Shoulder) (instrumental featuring Mark Isham on trumpet)
16) Half Moon Bay 
17) The Right Time (Al Jardine lead vocal)
18) California Saga: California (Brian Wilson and Al Jardine lead vocal)
19) Wouldn't It Be Nice 
20) Help Me, Rhonda (Al Jardine lead vocal)
21) Saturday Night on Hollywood Boulevard (Nate Ruess lead vocal)
22) Hold on Dear Brother (Blondie Chaplin and Nate Ruess lead vocals)
23) Darlin' (Nate Ruess lead vocal)
24) God Only Knows (Nate Ruess lead vocal)
25) Pacific Coast Highway 
26) Summer's Gone 
27) California Girls 
28) All Summer Long 
29) Barbara Ann 
30) Surfin' U.S.A. 
31) Fun, Fun, Fun

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Brian Wilson & Friends: A Special Las Vegas Event

Brian Wilson, co-founder of the Beach Boys will be performing  hits from his illustrious award winning career, as well as selections from his new album on December 12 at The Venetian. The concert is being filmed for an upcoming episode of the acclaimed music series Soundstage, and will air next year on Public Television and AXS TV.

The album entitled No Pier Pressure is scheduled to be released early 2015 on Capitol Records. Also appearing at The Venetian with Brian will be a variety of special guests who also performed with him on the album. They include fellow Beach Boys co-founder Al Jardine, Blondie Chaplin, Ricky Fataar, Capitol Cities Sebu Simonian, Nate Ruess from Fun. as well as  Jazz Trumpeter and composer Mark Isham.  Additional guests will be named in the near future.

More information, tickets and Book Package, including special room rates:

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Brian Wilson brings his iconic vocals to Tulsa December 4

The Beach Boys co-founder to perform at The Joint inside Hard Rock Hotel & Casino Tulsa

TULSA, Okla. – Legendary Beach Boys co-founder Brian Wilson is set to perform at The Joint inside Hard Rock Hotel & Casino Tulsa on Dec. 4.

Tickets start at $60 and go on sale Oct. 30.

Known as one of the most influential composers of the last century, Wilson’s musical journey began as co-founder of The Beach Boys.

The Beach Boys quickly became the rock ‘n’ roll voice of Southern California, with their perfect harmonies and original songs about surfing, beaches, hot rods and surfer girls.

Wilson was barely out of his teens when he began to produce nine consecutive “gold” albums that included such classics as “Surfer Girl,” “In My Room,” “I Get Around,” “Don’t Worry Baby,” “Fun, Fun, Fun,” “Help me, Rhonda” and “California Girls,” just to list a few of the more than two dozen Top 40 hits Wilson co-wrote, produced and performed with The Beach Boys.

The band continued to conquer the airwaves throughout the 90s with more than 30 chart-topping albums. The release of the band’s eleventh album, “Pet Sounds,” garnered enormous worldwide acclaim by critics and musicians alike and featured top hits like “Wouldn’t It Be Nice,” “God Only Knows” and “Sloop John B.”

Along with substantial success with The Beach Boys, Wilson has encountered his own success in his solo career.

In 1988, Wilson made his solo debut with the self-titled album “Brian Wilson,” which featured “Love and Mercy,” “There’s So Many” and “Baby Let Your Hair Grow Long.” Wilson continued to release hit albums and in 1999 conquered his legendary stage-fright by going on his first solo tour. The following year, Wilson began a series of “Dreams Come True” events when he kicked off his acclaimed “Pet Sounds” symphonic tour, which reviewers described as “the best concert ever.”

In 2012, the band reunited for the 50th anniversary reunion tour along with the release of the album “That’s Why God Made the Radio.”

Hard Rock Hotel & Casino Tulsa is located off Interstate 44 at exit 240A. Ticket prices and information on upcoming shows are available online in The Joint section of www.hardrockcasinotulsa.com or by calling (918) 384-ROCK. The Joint box office is open from 10 a.m. – 6 p.m. Monday through Thursday and 10 a.m. – 9 p.m. on Friday and Saturday. All guests must be 21 years of age or older.

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"Love & Mercy" Earns Stellar Reviews at Toronto Film Fest

John Cusack, Brian Wilson and Paul Dano at the Toronto International Film Festival premiere of "Love & Mercy." (Tommaso Boddi)

John Cusack, Brian Wilson and Paul Dano at the Toronto International Film Festival premiere of "Love & Mercy." (Tommaso Boddi)

"Love & Mercy," the upcoming biopic about Brian Wilson, and starring John Cusack, Paul Dano, Elizabeth Banks and Paul Giamatti, has opened to rave reviews after premiering at the Toronto International FIlm Festival on September 8 in Toronto, Canada.

Variety calls the film "a wonderfully innervating cure for the common musical biopic, Bill Pohlad's "Love & Mercy" vibrantly illuminates two major breakthroughs – one artistic, one personal – in the life of the Beach Boys' Brian Wilson.

The Los Angeles Times says "it's a surprise to find 'Love & Mercy,' a story about the pop icon Brian Wilson from two ends of his life, break the mold and den invigorate the form."

The Hollywood Reporter calls "Love & Mercy" a "deeply satisfying pop biopic who's subject's bifurcated creative life lends itself to an unconventional structure."

Following are links to the full reviews, and stay tuned as we post new ones.

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Brian to Perform at "George Fest" on September 28

Brian will be performing at "George Fest," a night to celebrate the music of George Harrison, on Sunday September 28 at the El Rey Theatre in Los Angeles, CA.

Along, with Brian, other artists scheduled to perform include Norah Jones, Ben Harper, Ann Wilson, Dhani Harrison, Ian Astubry, Matt Sorum, Jamestown Reviival, Gingger Shankar, and many other performers. Many more "Big Surprises" are expected to be announced in advance of the show. 

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"Love and Mercy" to Debut at the 2014 Toronto International Film Festival

"Love and Mercy," the much-anticipated film about Brian Wilson, will make it's debut this September at the 2014 Toronto International Film Festival. 

The film features Paul Dano and John Cusack playing the young and old Brian Wilson, respectively, with Elizabeth Banks playing Wilson's second wife, Melinda. Paul Giamatti has also been cast as the controversial therapist Dr. Eugene Landy, who played a major part in Wilson's life during the 1970s and 1980s.

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Rolling Stone Reveals Guest Artists for Brian's Upcoming Album

Rolling Stone's "Studio Notes" in its June 19 issue has a piece about Brian's upcoming album. Here's what they have to say:

ROLLING STONE: Songs in contention for Brian Wilson's next album range from the sassy "Sharing a New Day" with Kacey Musgraves to the space-age bossa nova "On the Island" with Zooey Deschanel "This project blows my mind," Wilson says. "I had no idea we could pull this off!"

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Brian headlines Hop Farm 2014 Music Festival July 5

Brian will be headlining the Hop Farm Music Festival, which takes place July 4-6, 2014 in Paddock Wood, Kent, England. Brian will take the stage on Saturday July 5, performing some of the most popular Summer hits in history, featuring stand-out Beach Boys songs. Performing before Brian on the main stage include James Blunt, Caro Emerald, Squeeze, Nerina Pallot, Paul Carrack, The Feeling, Noisettes and Moya.

Hop Farm Music Festival 2014 will see a fantastic 3 day line up packed full of artists from the past and present. With two stages and the introduction of several other areas like the Jazz & Blues lounge, Comedy Big Top, Kidz Field and Silent Disco, along with Themed Bars and Gourmet Food all make Hop Farm the place to be!

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Brian's Summer Plans

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Brian Wilson has uniquely been invited back to play at Cork for their 10th anniversary year, after he opened up this amazing series of concerts back in June 2005.

The series has, year after year, featured such iconic artists as Bob Dylan, Elton John, Paul Simon, Tom Petty, Sting, Dolly Parton, amongst others.

Together with headlining Hop Farm, that has previously featured Bob Dylan and Van Morrison, amongst others, these two shows will provide a unique opportunity for European fans to see Brian this summer. He'll be back in the fall to debut material from his new album and celebrate the release of his upcoming feature film. 

For more information and to purchase tickets to Brian's two shows this summer, visit the Songkick website.

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Brian Wilson to Play at the Marquee in Cork, Ireland

First Ever Artist to play Live At The Marquee
Confirms return to Cork for the 10th Anniversary Year

BRIAN WILSON, the first Artist to ever play at Live At The Marquee (30 June 2005), has confirmed he will return to play a Show on Friday 4 July 2014 - the 10th year of the popular concert series in Cork.  Tickets go on sale Thursday 27 February at 9am from all usual outlets.

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It is no exaggeration to call Brian Wilson one of the most influential composers of the last century.  One of popular music’s most deeply revered figures and the main creative force behind some of the most cherished recordings in recording history, Wilson will bring his unique and legendary sound back to Live At The Marquee this summer.

Brian Wilson’s illustrious career has spanned six decades and this Grammy Award winning composer, arranger, producer and singer-songwriter is often referred to as the ‘Mozart of Rock’ and the ‘Gershwin of his generation’. Wilson has been feted by many music icons including Leonard Bernstein, Sir Elton John, Sir Paul McCartney, and Sir George Martin and continues to dazzle audiences around the globe, collaborating with some of pop and rock’s most iconic artists.

Tickets for BRIAN WILSON at Live At The Marquee in Cork go on sale Thursday 27 February at 9.00am and will be available from:

  • All Ticketmaster Outlets Nationwide
  • Credit Card Bookings 0818 719 300 (ROI) / 0844 277 4455 (NI) 
  • www.ticketmaster.ie
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Brian Answers Fans' Questions in Live Q&A

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On Monday, January 27, 2014, Brian sat for a half hour and answered over 50 questions from fans around the world.

Due to the overwhelming response to the Q&A, only a fraction of the questions could be answered, but Brian did talk about his new album and career.

The event was a big success – Brian had a lot of fun and is looking forward to doing it again.

Following is a transcript from the interview.

Hi Brian, what’s your favorite new song you’re working on?
“Sail Away” (not the Randy Newman song) and “Last Song.”

Hi Brian, did you and Jeff Beck write songs together for the new album?
No, Jeff didn’t write with me - he’s playing on them.

Hi Brian. Just wanted to know, years from now, what would you like your legacy to be?
That I was a good singer.

Hi Brian, Which song from Rubber Soul inspired you the most to create Pet Sounds?
Yeah, Norwegian Wood.

Hi Brian! Throughout your musical career, what questions do you get tired of answering? What question do you want someone to ask you, and what is your answer to that question?
I get most tired of "how do you feel?"

What do you feel is the absolute best song that you've ever written?
God Only Knows.

Hi Brian, what is your most favorite Dennis‘ song? (besides Forever).
My favorite was San Miguel. It was a great record.

What are your three favorite "Brian Wilson" songs (don't count songs marketed as a Beach Boys song)?
Caroline, No and, let me think. Probably I Loves You Porgy.

Hi Brian! Friends is my favorite album, one of my favorite tracks from the album is Wake The World can you tell me the inspiration for this track. Thank you!
One by one, (sings) stars appear. It's one of my favorite songs – it really is. I love singing it.

Hey Brian, thanks for all of the wonderful music over the years. After all of these years, is there anyone you want to collaborate with that you've never worked with?
No, not really, no.

Hi Brian, which Beach Boys album would you say was your favorite and why?
Well, my favorite is Summer Days and Summer Nights because it had cool rock and roll songs like Salt Lake City, you know?

Hi Brian, what was the most challenging song of yours to arrange and sing harmonies for?
Good Vibrations - I really worked hard on that with the guys. I just wanted to make a great record – and I did!

Is there any similarity between the songs on your new album to your previous works like Friends and Sunflower?
Well just the harmonies are similar, yeah.

What is your favorite Sonny Bono song?
Oh, my favorite is the And The Beat Goes On.

What is your general reaction to last night's Grammy show - performances and winners?
I didn't watch it but I understand Paul and Ringo were on it. Taped it I haven't watched it yet. I heard Paul and Ringo were great.

Also, what's your favorite food?
Sushi. But I haven’t had it in awhile.

Hi, Brian! I'm from Japan. If you could return to past, when and what would you want to do?
I would not take drugs. No one should take drugs.

What is your favorite instrumental that you've written?
Let's Go Away For Awhile is my favorite.

What is your favorite song?
My favorite song is Be My Baby by the Ronettes.

What are your thoughts on the Friends album? To me thats one of the unheralded late 60s classics.. that and Wild Honey ...
Yeah, and my favorite song on it was Friends.

Hi Brian! Who or what was your inspiration for I'm Waiting For The Day? It's my favorite song on Pet Sounds!
No, there really was no specific inspiration for that song.

Almost two years after it was launched, what's your opinion on "That's Why God Made The Radio?
Yeah, I still like that song a lot. And Pacific Coast Highway and From There to Back Again. Very much so.

What do you think about Mr. Al Jardine?
I think he's a great singer and a good music guy. He wrote some good tunes.

Hi Brian. How does it feel to be so awesome?
I don't know - I cant answer that question.

Hi Brian.... Will you ever do an album with Paul McCartney?
No I don't think so, but you never know.

Brian - I heard that you wrote more than one song with Burt Bacharach, (aside from "What Love Can Do"). Will we ever be hearing any thing else from the two of you, and can you say what influence Burt has had on you as a songwriter?
Not very much actually. I love his music and he did teach me something about harmonies.

Are there any modern or more recent songs you're fond of?
I liked Take My Breath Away. A group called Berlin.

Hi Brian, I'm curious as to whether or not you're able to read or write sheet music. Do you, or did you ever use sheet music to instruct the musicians in your sessions on what to play, or did you just teach them everything by ear or using the piano?
Yeah, I write out manuscript music and sometimes I’ll teach them at the piano.

Who was the inspiration to your bass lines?
Phil Spector.

I Was Made to Love Her" (Wild Honey) makes me wish that the Beach Boys and Stevie Wonder could have collaborated on something. Did you ever have the chance to work with Stevie? (It's never too late!!)
He is one of my favorite music guys, Stevie Wonder.

Hi Brian - you ROCK!! I am wondering about the song Busy Doin' Nothing. It has an odd-for-Brian-Wilson Bossa Nova influence. The song also has odd-for-Brian-Wilson time signature fluctuations. I was wondering if you were listening to any Bossa Nova records at that time, or any jazz.
Yeah, Bossa Nova in general inspired that.

The story goes that when you first heard Strawberry Fields Forever you felt weakened by it. Has any song in the past ten years made you feel that way again?
No, that's not true. It was a very weird record, but yeah, I liked it.

I know how much you like Doo Wop and how much it influenced you, What's your favorite Doo Wop song?
Yeah, it did – it turned me onto writing songs and harmonies. It very much influenced me.

Hi Brian !! How long did it take you to write, Wouldn't It Be Nice?
I took me about two weeks.

Do you still meditate?
No, I stopped meditating. It stopped working!

Hello again Brian! Do you plan to work with Daft Punk?
You never know.

Hi Brian, what kind of music do you listen to these days?
I listen to oldies and goodies - 60s and 70s.

Hi Brian, I was wondering what are your recollections of working with Leon Russell on a handful of Beach Boys albums. He seems like a nice guy, great musician too!
He was my keyboard player - great keyboard guy.

Hey, Brian. What Beach Boys song (or songs) can you think of that you believe doesn't get as much attention as it should?
The Little Girl I Once Knew should've.

The Munsters or the Addams Family?
Addams Family - I don't know, I just do.

Have you ever thought about writing a classical piece?
No I wouldn't be able to.

Was Surfin' already written before you and the guys visited Hite and Dorinda Morgan at Stereo Masters?
No, it was written shortly after them.

What do you think of some of the newer artists saying you are their inspiration or covering some of your songs?
See there you go – “How does it make you feel!” It makes me feel proud.

Brian, what do you recall about meeting Dean Martin, and are there any particular Dino songs that inspire you?
Yeah, I met Dean Martin at a White House Party in 1984. And Frank Sinatra too. They were very nice to me.

Brian, who was your favorite Beatle? (as a songwriter)
Paul McCartney.

Hi Brian, what really inspires you these days, musically and sentimentally? I wish you all the best and let you know I cannot express what your music means to me, so just THANK YOU!
The past records that we made and my wife.

Who was you favorite baseball team as a kid?
Yankees.

I've heard you're a Dodgers fan. What's your favorite Vin Scully moment?
Yankees. Because of Mickey Mantle. I played center field in high school.

Hi Brian, do you listen classical music?
No, I really don't.

Hi Brian. What was the last concert you attended where you did not perform?
Yeah, Paul McCartney - great show

Brian - I think Lucky Old Sun is the GREATEST album I've ever heard!! - Thanks for it!!!!
Oh, great - thank you very much!

What was your favorite part about running the Radiant Radish Health Food Store? What was your biggest seller?
The cash register - I learned how to do it.

Are there any songs you think you could of done better on?
Help Me Rhonda - I would've made a better rhythm - it wasn't in the pocket.

Surfer Girl is a great song, what do you like about that one?
I was in my car listening to the radio and drove home and that song inspired me. But no, it wasn't When You Wish Upon A Star.

Brian– Sorry to post three questions in a row, but do you ever see Hal Blaine these days?
No, I haven’t seen Hal in a long time.

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Enter Brian's Facebook Contest for a Chance to Talk to Brian on Christmas Eve

Want Brian Wilson to give you a call this Christmas Eve? Share Brian's Facebook contest post with your Facebook friends and you'll be automatically entered to win the coolest Christmas gift this year. Three winners will be randomly chosen and announced on Monday, December 16 - and will talk to the man himself. Have Fun, Fun, Fun!

If you're not already a "Fan" on Facebook, become one now for the chance to talk to Brian!

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