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)
- 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.
Preorder’s for ‘No Pier Pressure’
- iTunes Standard - http://po.st/NPPiT
- iTunes Deluxe - http://po.st/NPPdlxiT
- Google Play Deluxe - http://po.st/NPPdlxGp
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.