A Wayward Word's Worth

June 22, 2011

Q&A: Brian Wilson

Filed under: Uncategorized — kylelawrence @ 1:35 am

The Beach Boys’ legendary leader may be happy to talk about his classic ’60s songbook or his recent George Gershwin tribute, but he refuses to a entertain rumours of a 50th-anniversary reunion tour with his estranged former bandmates. By Kyle Mullin for Toronto’s THE GRID, Monday June 13 2011

Something far more sombre always simmered beneath The Beach Boys’ good vibrations, as the California troupe pushed pop music to a new edge in mid-’60s, before the pressures faced by their chief songwriter, Brian Wilson, thrust him into the depths of depression. Years of drug abuse and mental illness followed, but by the new millennium Wilson had reemerged with acclaimed releases like 2004′s SMiLE, a revamped version of the intricate pop opus that his fellow Beach Boys had so steadfastly opposed nearly four decades prior. Now, he’s showcasing his latest album of covers dedicated to 20th-century master composer George Gershwin on a cross-continental tour.

In a recent interview with The Grid, the lead Beach Boy was unimpressed by rumours of a reunion with his former band mates for what would be their 50th-anniversary next year, curtly dismissing the possibility.






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