Brian Wilson Says He's 'Gotten Better' As a Muso, Discusses 'Sentimental' Beach Boys Reunion
... said in a recent interview. Wilson is on a joint tour with Jeff Beck. It wraps Oct. 30 in Milwaukee and includes Al Jardine and David Marks.Brian Wilson Says Album With Jeff Beck Is 'Different Than Anything I've Ever Done' Wilson, the 71-year-old singer and songwriter, even said he's improved since the Beach Boys
' 50th anniversary tour last year: "It was a very sentimental experience, but the vocals are even better now." Wilson wouldn't talk about the drama with Mike Love surrounding the band or what the future of the group entailed. Wilson and Love, cousins and founding members of the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame band that helped crystalize the California sound of the 1960s, have been embroiled in a series of divisive lawsuits.Beach Boys
' Mike Love Denies Firing Brian Wilson Close to three hours long, Wilson and Beck's collaborative concert kicks off with traditional Beach Boys
hits, Beck's set and then an encore together. At one point, 17 people are onstage. "I was totally and utterly mesmerized -- the sound and the performance, all the harmonies, just mindboggling," the English guitarist said of watching Wilson and the others perform. Beck first performed with Wilson at his MusiCares Person ... [ read more ]
Former Beach Boys Offer Surprise Performance Of Pet Sounds
... Those attending last night's Brian Wilson and Jeff Beck show at the Beacon Theatre in NYC were treated to apreviouslyunannounced performance of the Beach Boys
' iconic 1966 studio album Pet Sounds byWilson and his band which includes former Beach Boys
Al Jardine and DavidMarks. According to a report by Andy Greene of Rolling Stone,Wilson dropped the bombshell news just before kicking off the performance of the album insequence with "Wouldn't It Be Nice." Wilson's set also included a guest appearance byformer Beach Boy Blondie Chaplin on "Sail On, Sailor" and "Wild Honey." Later in theevening Brian teamed up with Beck for takes on "Our Prayer," "Child Is The Father Of Man"and "Surf's Up." The encore saw both Beck and Wilson's bands combine forces for "Surfin' USA," "Barbara Ann"and "Danny Boy." Watch Beck and Wilson pair up on "Surfin USA": Here's a look at the setlist for Wilson's performances last night: Edit thissetlist | MoreBrian Wilson setlists Former Beach Boys
Offer Surprise Performance Of Pet Sounds ... [ read more ]
The Beach Boys interrupt wedding
... The Beach Boys
' Mike Love The Beach Boys
invited a bride onstage to apologise for interrupting her wedding. The 'Good Vibrations' band could be overheard rehearsing as Mark Kent and Jaime Diadiun wed in Cleveland, Ohio, last month and to make amends they invited the happy couple and their wedding party to their show that night. At the end of their concert, the band's Bruce Johnston asked Jaime up on stage, where she played tambourine with Mike Love standing next to her singing the track 'Fun, Fun, Fun'. Afterward she told Cleveland.com: ''I thought about trying to sing along in the mic, but it was ... [ read more ]
The Beach Boys (1961-)
Brian Wilson (vocals, bass, keyboards)
Carl Wilson (guitar, vocals)
Dennis Wilson (drums, vocals)
Mike Love (vocals)
Al Jardine (guitar, vocals)
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The Wilsons are brothers. Mike Love is their cousin and Al Jardine was Brian Wilson's classmate.
Brian Wilson was the creative force. He was tormented by drug problems and a difficult childhood. He lost most of the hearing in his right ear when his father hit him with a wooden plank. By 1965, he stopped touring with the band and focused on writing and producing their songs. He was replaced on tour by Glen Campbell, who played on their Pet Sounds album as well as "Good Vibrations."
In 1968, Dennis Wilson became friends with Charles Manson, who thought of himself as a songwriter. Wilson let Manson and his followers stay at his place and paid most of their expenses. When it became clear Manson was not of sound mind, Dennis was afraid to evict him, so he just let the lease end on the house and never came back to it. Manson and his "family" went on a notorious murder spree in 1969. Before he killed anyone, the Beach Boys recorded one of Manson's songs - "Learn Not To Love."
Dennis Wilson died in 1983 when he drowned while swimming near his friend's boat in California. US president Ronald Reagan gave special permission so his body could be buried at sea.
They became the first major American rock group to play in a Communist country when they performed in Czechoslovakia in 1968.
Along with Chynna Phillips, Brian Wilson's daughters Wendie and Carnie formed the popular early '90s group Wilson Phillips. Brian and Carnie were estranged for many years, but reconciled in 1995.
Carl Wilson died of lung cancer in 1998.
At one point when he was depressed, Brian Wilson weighed over 300 pounds.
Brian Wilson stopped touring with the band because he hated performing, but he also hated to fly. Much of the travel on their early tours was by bus.
The Beach Boys do not seem to enjoy being referred to as "Oldies." In their concert riders, the band explicitly states that no advertising or promotional materials should contain the word "Oldies" in conjunction with their name or logo. Another requirement of the band during touring is to be provided with a masseuse/masseur qualified in Swedish or Oriental deep muscle massage. Loyal to their environmental concerns, The Beach Boys also ask for recycling bins.
Dennis Wilson was married 5 times (twice to the actress Karen Lamm) and had 4 children. His last marriage was to Shawn Love, who was Mike Love's daughter. Shawn, who had control of Dennis' body when he died and had him buried at sea, died in 2003 of liver failure.
Steve Forbert - "Romeo's Tune"
"Let me smell the moon in your perfume..." It took a rough mix and an extra verse, but Steve found his "calling card" song, which is always
JJ Burnel of The Stranglers
JJ talks about The Stranglers' signature sound - keyboard and bass - which isn't your typical strain of punk rock.
Danny played guitar on Sweet Baby James
, and Running On Empty
. He also co-wrote many hit songs, including "Dirty Laundry," "Sunset Grill" and "Tender Is The Night."
Dean wrote the screenplay and lyrics to all the songs in Footloose
. His other hits include "Fame" and "All The Man That I Need."