On Thursday evening, Brian Wilson appeared on The Late Show With Stephen Colbert to perform a solo rendition of The Beach Boys’ ‘God Only Knows’ from his home piano. The remote performance was part of the Late Show’s quarantine-era segment, “Play At Home”.
Following the timeless song, off The Beach Boys’ pioneering 1966 album, Pet Sounds, The Grammy Award-winning legend offered viewers a warm message, saying, “I love you all, love and mercy to you all”.
In a web exclusive, the co-founder and creative leader of The Beach Boys also performed ‘Love And Mercy’, off his 1988 self-titled solo LP. Ahead of the song, he said, “I just want you guys to know that we’re all in this together” to the audience at home.
Several weeks ago, Wilson shared a stunning rendition of ‘God Only Knows’ by Crowded House frontman Neil Finn, who recorded the song from his home in Melbourne.
Wilson, meanwhile, has been staying busy throughout the pandemic. The artist recently shared a previously-unreleased rendition of the jazz standard, ‘What A Wonderful World’ along with Van Dyke Parks, and offered another intimate performance from his home as he kicked off Rolling Stone’s IGTV series In My Room back in March.
The artist is also the subject of the forthcoming documentary, Brian Wilson: Long Promised Road. The anticipated film was set to premiere at this year’s Tribeca Film Festival, which was ultimately postponed amid COVID-19.
While an official release date has not yet been announced, the film promises to take a rare look at the reclusive artist in recent years. The intimate portrait captures Wilson and Rolling Stone Editor Jason Fine in conversation, as they drive around the artist’s native Los Angeles. The film also features input from a cross-generational collection of talking heads, including Bruce Springsteen, Nick Jonas, Elton John, Jakob Dylan and Jim James.