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:

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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!

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Paul Dano talks about Love & Mercy

Over the past few years, Paul Dano has established himself as one of the best actors of his generation and someone that can morph into any role. In the latest issue of Collider, Paul talks about his role as playing a young Brian Wilson in "Love & Mercy." Following are excerpts regarding the 2014 biopic."


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DANO: We did Love & Mercy this summer, and it’s some of the most fun I’ve ever had. He’s a really special man, Brian Wilson, and, not just the ‘60s and the music, but his spirit is really special and strong. And, I just fell in love with him and what he did. If you listen to Pet Sounds, there’s really nothing like it before or since, and it was just a joy filling up on that, and learning to play the piano. I got to work with these amazing musicians and, it was just a joy. I don’t know if I should say that since it’s a ways off but, I think he’s got a really great story. He’s a special guy. I hope that we do him justice. 

One of the reasons I’m so excited about the project, besides your involvement in it, is the screenplay by Oren [Moverman]. I loved Rampart and The Messenger He’s just a great screenwriter, and I’m curious what he brought to the table in terms of this script.

DANO: Well Oren is my friend now, and he’s a great guy. He’s a wonderful writer like you said.  I don’t wanna give away what he wrote, but I will say that, I think that he tried to capture Brian’s spirit as well as tell a story. I don’t think it’s a totally traditional biopic.  I think it’s gonna be a fun and accessible film, and I think it’s hopefully going to be interesting, like the man that it’s depicting. I think he did an amazing job cracking this story, and I can’t imagine anyone else having done it, aside from him. I know they tried to make movies about Brian for a long time, and I think music stories are tough to tell in an interesting way. The fact that Bill [Polad] got Oren to write it is really also a smart choice on his behalf.  

I know you don’t wanna talk more about it, but I have one more question on this particular film. I’m curious if you’ve heard that Atticus Ross was designing the film’s soundscape. I’m curious to know if you’ve heard any of the score of what he’s done?

DANO: I haven’t yet. I got to hang out with Atticus a little bit. He seemed super excited, and I think they’re approaching that stuff in a really cool way. I’m hoping to hear some of it soon actually, but we just finished at the end of August and I’m still detoxing, and trying to steer clear for a little bit. Then, I’ll be excited to see what they’re cooking up.

Read the complete interview with Paul Dano at Collider.com

 

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Brian Wilson to Perform the Critically-Acclaimed Album Pet Sounds in its Entirety Before a Hometown Crowd at the Greek Theatre in Los Angeles this Sunday, October 20

LEGENDARY ICONS BRIAN WILSON AND JEFF BECK ON CO-HEADLINING NORTH AMERICAN TOUR NOW

Los Angeles, CA – October 17, 2013 – Following a surprise performance of the critically-acclaimed Pet Sounds album in New York City at the Beacon Theatre earlier this week, Brian Wilson will again perform the legendary album in its entirety this Sunday, October 20 before a hometown crowd at The Greek Theatre in Los Angeles for the last time on this tour. 

The iconic duo of Brian Wilson and Jeff Beck have been on their co-headlining Brian Wilson & Jeff Beck Concert Tour, taking the legends’ historical musical collaboration through 20+ North American cities including New York, Washington DC, Philadelphia, Boston, Atlanta, and now Los Angeles. Wilson’s former band mates Al Jardine and David Marks are currently performing alongside Wilson on the Brian Wilson & Jeff Beck Concert Tour for all dates. Acclaimed singer and guitarist Blondie Chaplin will also join Wilson in Los Angeles to perform his classic signature song “Sail on Sailor,” among others. 

Live reviews of the tour have called the Wilson and Beck union “an unprecedented collaboration between two of the most brilliant musicians of the past 50 years”, a “thrilling” show, with the two garnering “equally enthusiastic receptions” before near sold-out crowds “rapt with attention and appreciation.”

Fans can expect a unique experience when they witness these two legends taking the stage together.  Following Wilson’s set, Beck will open the second half of the show backed by a four-piece rhythm section to perform selections from his storied solo career, including some classic Yardbirds era material.  Wilson, Jardine and Marks will also join Beck to add their distinctive harmonies to some of his classics.  All four will once again join together on stage for a massive finale that will bring together both bands again to run through their favorite songs from their youth.

Wilson is one of popular music's most deeply revered figures, the main creative force behind some of the most cherished recordings in rock history. Indeed, it is no exaggeration to call Brian Wilson one of the most influential composers of the last century.  Wilson was barely out of his teens when he began to create some of the most beloved records ever...nine consecutive gold albums that featured 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 name a handful of the more than two dozen Top 40 hits Brian co-wrote, arranged, produced and performed on with his family band, The Beach Boys. 

Known as one of the most influential lead guitarists in rock, Jeff Beck was ranked 5th in Rolling Stone’s list of the “100 Greatest Guitarists of All Time.”  He has earned wide critical praise and received the Grammy Award for Best Rock Instrumental Performance six times and Best Pop Instrumental Performance once.  He has been inducted into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame twice; as a member of the Yardbirds (1992) and as a solo artist (2009).

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Brian and Jeff Beck Perform on "Late Night With Jimmy Fallon."

Brian performed on Late Night With Jimmy Fallon on October 10, 2013. Here's Rolling Stone's capsule review:

Brian Wilson and Jeff Beck lent a dose of greatness to Late Night With Jimmy Fallon last night, taking a pit stop on their joint tour to play through the Beach Boys' "Our Prayer" and a version of the folk standard "Danny Boy." Joined by Beach Boys Al Jardine and David Marks, the tour mates soared through "Our Prayer" with the help of a large chorus, then drifted away on a breezy rendition of "Danny Boy," highlighted by wavy guitar licks from Beck.

 Photo copyright: Lloyd Bishop/NBC

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