Brian Wilson Fun Facts, Quotes and Tweets

23rd June 2015

Quote: "I can't write a song to save my life. I sit at the piano but all I want to do is rewrite California Girls. How am I gonna do something better than that?" Beach Boys star Brian Wilson on the gift and curse of having written some of pop music's most beloved tunes.

22nd June 2015

Quote: "It was hard to watch the first time. I felt exposed. But it's a factual film. Whatever the film shows, it was much worse in real life." Brian Wilson on his new biopic, Love & Mercy.

5th June 2015

Fact: Actor John Cusack had to miss his nephew Dylan's graduation ceremony on Thursday (04Jun15) to promote his new Brian Wilson biopic LOVE & MERCY on America's The Tonight Show Starring Jimmy Fallon in New York. He explains, "I sort of screwed up, my office screwed up, and this is the same day that my nephew is graduating from high school but I can't cancel on The Tonight Show, so I'm in a little bit of a bind..." The movie star subsequently asked host Fallon to send the teen a congratulatory message on air and sign a greeting card, which he was also encouraged to stuff a little money into.

2nd June 2015

Quote: "He had heard me sing at that point, I was so nervous... and he said, 'Paul Dano, you sing good (sic)'. I wanted to cry, it was the nicest thing I'd ever heard." Actor PAUL DANO grew emotional when he first met Beach Boys icon Brian Wilson, who he portrays in new movie biopic Love & Mercy.

29th January 2015

Fact: Beach Boys icon Brian Wilson has released the guest list for his new album No Pier Pressure and it includes tracks featuring Zooey Deschanel, Kacey Musgraves, Nate Ruess and his former Beach Boys bandmates Al Jardine, David Marks and Blondie Chaplin. Contributions from Frank Ocean and Lana Del Rey didn't make the cut.

29th September 2014

Fact: The Killers star Brandon Flowers and Beach Boys singer Brian Wilson hit the high notes at a George Harrison tribute concert in Los Angeles on Sunday night (28Sep14). George Fest: A Night To Honour The Music of George Harrison also brought out rockers Black Rebel Motorcycle Club and 'Weird Al' Yankovic. All proceeds from the gig benefited musicians' charity Sweet Relief.

23rd September 2014

Fact: Beach Boys star Brian Wilson has written the foreword for photographer and album cover artist Guy Webster's new book, Big Shots. The two men have been friends since Webster captured The Beach Boys on film in the mid-1960s. The book, which will launch with a gallery show at Mr. Musichead in Los Angeles next month (Oct14), also features contributions from Michelle Phillips and late The Doors star Ray Manzarek.

11th October 2013

Quote: "I was so excited because Pet Sounds (classic Beach Boys album) is one of my favourite records and it influenced pretty much all of my songwriting. All of the melody choices that I make are because of Pet Sounds." Katy Perry was overjoyed to meet Beach Boys star Brian Wilson backstage after they both appeared on U.S. talk show Late Night With Jimmy Fallon on Thursday (10Oct13).

5th August 2013

Fact: Beach Boys star Brian Wilson is heading off on a joint tour of North America with Jeff Beck. The musicians, who recently collaborated in the studio, will kick off the trek on 27 September (13) in Florida and visit cities including Washington, D.C. and Boston, Massachusetts before concluding in Akron, Ohio on 27 October (13).

6th June 2013

Fact: Beach Boys star Brian Wilson has returned to the studio the record new music with Jeff Beck and Al Jardine. The project, which will result in Wilson's 11th solo album, is the Good Vibrations hitmaker's first activity since he parted ways with the reunited Beach Boys following a 50th anniversary tour last year (12).

29th May 2013

Fact: Beach Boys legend Brian Wilson has teamed up with his former bandmate Al Jardine and iconic rock guitarist Jeff Beck to record tracks for a new album.

8th June 2011

Fact: Beach Boys star Brian Wilson is to receive the first Lifetime Achievement Award at next week's (beg13Jun11) Nxne Festival in Toronto, Canada.

11th May 2011

Quote: "I haven't written a song in four years. I've had a dry spell." Beach Boys star Brian Wilson is suffering from writer's block.

4th September 2010

Quote: "The Doors - man, they were incredible. I wish I got to see them live. I had the chance, but I didn't go." Beach Boys star Brian Wilson regrets missing out on seeing The Doors in concert.

4th September 2010

Quote: "They say if you eat a lot of blueberries, you'll stay healthy, so I'm doing that. I'm doing whatever it takes." Brian Wilson is keen to stay healthy at 68.

3rd September 2008

Quote: "I have auditory hallucinations, I hear voices saying derogatory things, like I'm terrible and I'm going to die, and they're usually worse in the afternoon." Beach Boys star Brian Wilson on his lifelong battle with schizophrenia.

23rd July 2008

Quote: "Hearing praise for Pet Sounds never gets old. The harmonies on that album are really good and the background orchestration stands out too. It was a great-sounding album." Beach Boys star Brian Wilson on why his band's ground-breaking 1966 LP has stood the test of time.

27th March 2008

Fact: Billy Joel, James Taylor, Brian Wilson and Feist are among the stars who will perform at a benefit concert for Sting and his wife Trudie Styler's Rainforest Foundation Fund at Carnegie Hall in New York City on 8 May (08).

10th November 2006

Quote: "Brian Wilson should be the f**king Governor of California." SIR Elton John believes the Beach Boys star would be a better choice than Arnold Schwarzenegger to run California.

9th November 2006

Fact: Prince has been named a late addition to the list of 2006 inductees for the UK Music Hall of Fame. The pop superstar will join Bon Jovi, Rod Stewart, James Brown, Brian Wilson, Led Zeppelin and DUSTY SPRINGFIELD, among others, on the honour role next Tuesday (14NOV06).

11th September 2006

Fact: Led Zeppelin, Brian Wilson, Rod Stewart and DUSTY SPRINGFIELD are among the acts who will be inducted into the UK Music Hall Of Fame at a star-studded ceremony in November (06).

9th March 2006

Fact: Brian Wilson documentary SMILE won top honours at the second annual Music DVD Awards at a ceremony in Beverly Hills on Tuesday (07MAR06).

6th December 2005

Quote: <p>"When it first came out, it blew my mind. I was smoking marijuana, and was stoned on a joint. I listened to LET IT BE and it blew me away." Brian Wilson explains why THE BEATLES' LET IT BE is his favourite album. </p>

2nd December 2005

Quote: <p>"I think it's the best thing I have ever done. I like the songs on it and it sounds real nice." THE Beach Boys legend Brian Wilson proudly counts his own album SMILE among his favourite discs. Smile was originally set to be the follow-up to 1966's Pet Sounds, but was only recently released. </p>

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