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