Featuring former Beach Boys bandmates and high-profile guests
Beach Boys’ Brian Wilson is to release a film of his Las Vegas for the PBS Soundstage concert special ‘Brian Wilson & Friends’.
Taking place on December 12, 2014, the concert featured appearances from former Beach Boys bandmate Al Jardine, fun.’s Nate Ruess and country music star Kacey Musgraves.
Former Beach Boys members Blondie Chaplin and Ricky Fataar also featured as well as singer Nate Ruess, Capital Cities frontman Sebu Simonian, She & Him and trumpet player Mark Isham.
Brian Wilson & Friends originally aired in America on PBS throughout 2015, was offered as exclusive DVD and Blu-ray sets as a premium gift for viewer contributions to the network’s annual pledge drive.
The CD version of the concert will be available for the first time and is to set to include bonus tracks, behind-the-scenes footage and guest artist interviews.
Brian Wilson is also set to launch a book about his life entitled ‘I Am Brian Wilson: A Memoir’ via music-leaning publisher Da Capo Press this October.
The co-founder of The Beach Boys – who is currently touring his band’s seminal album ‘Pet Sounds’ in celebration of its 50th anniversary – has teamed up with Ben Greenman, who also worked with George Clinton on his memoirs.
Wilson, who’s now 73, has recovered significantly in recent years from some difficult times after his interest in the Beach Boys faded in the 70s. He went through periods as a recluse, and an extended period during which he underwent treatment with a psychologist that helped him get over a variety of drug and alcohol problems and erratic behaviour.