Brian Wilson has today (Tuesday) announced that he will follow his June/July tour of North America with a UK arena schedule in September.
With his much-anticipated ‘No Pier Pressure’ album out on April 6 (a day later in North America), Wilson has confirmed eight UK concerts, with support from melodic US rock favourites America and Scottish indie tastemaker Edwyn Collins. Fellow original Beach Boy Al Jardine and Blondie Chaplin, from the group’s 1970s line-up, will be part of Brian’s band.
Brian Fest, the special all-star concert to celebrate Wilson’s music, takes place at the Fonda Theatre in Los Angeles on March 30. Tickets sold out within five minutes of going on sale, and featured artists include Norah Jones, Brandon Flowers, Boz Scaggs, Wilson Phillips, Ann Wilson of Heart, Wayne Coyne and Steven Drozo of Flaming Lips and many others, with Wilson himself due to make a guest appearance.
Following that, Brian’s North American tour begins on June 18 in Saratoga, a 17-date run with support on all but one of the shows by “rediscovered” American folk artist Rodriguez, of ‘Searching For Sugar Man’ fame. ‘Love & Mercy,’ the Brian Wilson biopic, will be out this summer, directed by Bill Pohlad and featuring Paul Dano, Elizabeth Banks, Paul Giamatti and John Cusack.
Collins, the former member of Scottish 1980s pacesetters Orange Juice, has his own film about his battle to recover from a life-threatening stroke, ‘The Possibilities Are Endless,’ due in the autumn. He’ll give acoustic performances at screenings of the film around the UK in October and November.
America, featuring Dewey Bunnell and Gerry Beckley, will precede their UK visit with a tour of Australia and New Zealand in May, with special guest Sharon Corr. They also have shows in Argentina and Brazil booked for June, and will release the album ‘Lost & Found,’ featuring newly-available archive material, in May, available at their concerts.
Wilson’s UK tour dates are as follows:
Friday September 18th – Liverpool Echo Arena
Saturday September 19th – Cardiff Motorpoint Arena
Sunday September 20th – London O2 Arena
Tuesday September 22nd – Birmingham Barclaycard Arena
Wednesday September 23rd – Nottingham Capital FM Arena
Friday September 25th – Leeds First direct Arena
Saturday September 26th – Manchester Arena
Sunday September 27th – Glasgow Hydro