MUSIC NEWS- All is well ! Beach Boys legend Brian Wilson has returned to Capitol Music Group where's he currently recording and self-producing his 11th solo studio album at Hollywood’s Ocean Way Studios. Mr Wilson has been joined in the studio by talented friends he personally invited to record with him, including guitar icon Jeff Beck.
Wilson has also asked his former Beach Boys bandmates Al Jardine and David Marks to join him in the studio, as well as session all-stars Don Was and Jim Keltner. He has brought in Vinnie Colaiuta
and Tal Wilkenfeld, who for several years have toured and recorded as Jeff Beck’s rhythm section, and members of Wilson’s longtime touring band, including Jeffrey Foskett, Scott Bennett, Paul Mertens, Darian Sahanaja, and Probyn Gregory, have also participated in the sessions.
Last year’s Beach Boys 50th anniversary reunion made headlines around the world as one of the year’s top entertainment stories. The iconic band released their 29th studio album, That’s Why God Made The Radio, which debuted at No. 3 on the Billboard 200 (the group’s best-ever album chart bow), and embarked on their 50th Anniversary Tour, the band’s first major outing to include Wilson in more than two decades. The sold-out trek took Wilson and his former bandmates The Beach Boys to more than 70 cities around the world, including their first concert at the Hollywood Bowl since 1965, headlining performances at the New Orleans Jazz & Heritage Festival and Bonnaroo Music and Arts Festival, and tour-closing concerts at London’s O2 Arena and Royal Albert Hall.
Wilson continued to write new songs throughout The Beach Boys’ whirlwind anniversary year, which
also included a GRAMMY® Award win for him for The Beach Boys’ long-awaited SMiLE Sessions release. He told family, friends, and journalists around the world that he had a rock & roll-driven album in mind, and he looked forward to returning to the studio when he got back home to California.
“I was really moved by the fans’ excitement about The Beach Boys’ album and tour last year,” says
the music legend, Wilson. “It charged me up and my head was full of music - I just couldn’t wait to get back into the studio to let it out.”
With rock & roll in mind, Wilson looked to Jeff Beck, a guitar virtuoso named one of the top five players of all time by Rolling Stone and a friend whose music has meant a lot to him over the years. Wilson says, “When I watched Jeff Beck perform ‘Surf’s Up’ to honor me at the MusiCares Person of the Year event in 2005, I knew I had to find a way to work with him. He absolutely blew my mind and we’ve been friends ever since. Jeff’s incredible guitar playing is exactly what I want for my new album and I’m also looking forward to performing live with him soon.”
Installed at Ocean Way, Wilson and his hand-picked band of friends have taken a fluid, woodshedding
approach to the recording process, letting collaborative creativity drive the sessions. Wilson is working with longtime collaborator Joe Thomas to hone the arrangements, often assembling pieces from various takes. Details about the album and its release will be announced soon.
In the meantime, Brian Wilson will be performing select shows this summer with Al Jardine and David Marks-
20 – Atlantic City, NJ The Grand @ The Golden Nugget
21 - Pittsburgh, PA Stage AE—Outdoor Stage
23 – Interlochen, MI Kresge Auditorium
25 – Kettering, OH Fraze Pavilion
26 – Highland Park, IL Ravinia Festival
27 – Apple Valley, MN Weesner Family Amphitheatre
20 – Los Angeles, CA Greek Theatre