10 Questions with ... Brian Wilson
April 11, 2016
1. In March, you will head out on The Pet Sounds 50th Anniversary World Tour. Where are you most excited to play at?
Sydney, Australia. It's summer there, you know.
2. Do you get much free time in each city to be a tourist at all?
No, not really.
3. Since leaving The Beach Boys, you've gone on to release a number of solo albums. Now, what are the challenges you face as a solo artist?
Singing on key.
4. Is it hard to believe that it's been 50 years since you first released "Pet Sounds?" Did you think those songs would hold up as well as they have?
Yeah it's hard to believe. No, I didn't think so.
5. What does it mean to you to be able to perform with Al Jardine and Blondie Chaplin again on this tour? How do you think your shows have changed and grown over the years?
It's quite an honor; they're really great singers. They haven't changed much. They're about the same. I've been playing with the same band for almost 20 years!
6. I understand that Pet Sounds was inspired by The Beatles' album Rubber Soul and that their album Sgt. Pepper's Lonely Hearts Club Band is widely known to have been inspired by Pet Sounds. How does it feel to be an influence on The Beatles?
Are you kidding me? Very proud!
7. When you were first approached by the "Love And Mercy" filmmakers, were you ever hesitant to let them tell the story of some of the toughest times of your life?
No. My favorite part of the film was when Paul Dano played me in the studio. It was very, very accurate.
8. Did you spend a lot of time with John Cusak and Paul Dano?
We hung out for a couple weeks, so they could learn my mannerisms. And, we spent a lot of time together promoting the film.
9. Will you head back into the studio to write another album or will you take a break from it all after the tour
Maybe I'll make another album!
10. Your music has been part of so many people's most important days of their lives. How does that feel to you today?
It makes me very proud.
Interview by Leah Adams