BRIAN CELEBRATES THE LIFE OF BRIAN

The eccentric star will be appearing alongside Elton John, George Martin and Heart in New York...

BEACH BOY BRIAN WILSON is to perform at a tribute gig for himself, which will feature ELTON JOHN, BEATLES producer GEORGE MARTIN and ANN and NANCY WILSON from HEART.

The show, billed ‘All Star Tribute To Brian Wilson’, is to take place at New York Radio City Music Hall on March 29.

And according to reports on [url=]www.billboard.com the veteran Beach Boy will perform the entire ‘Pet Sounds’ album at the gig, accompanied by the Radio City Music Hall Orchestra.

The show is scheduled to be broadcast in the US on the cable channel TNT in the summer. Stars who have previously been honoured in the series of tribute programmes have included Johnny Cash, Bob Marley, Burt Bacharach and Joni Mitchell.

The Beach Boys received a lifetime achievement award at the Grammys last month. Sixteen digitally remastered albums from the band’s back catalogue are to be re-released by Capitol records across eight CDs this spring to celebrate their 40th anniversary.

Four will be released on March 26 and a further four on April 10. They are being coupled:

‘Surfin Safari’/’Surfin’ USA’

‘Surfer Girl’/’Shut Down Vol. 2’

‘Little Deuce Coupe’/’All Summer Long’

‘The Beach Boys Today!’/’Summer Days (And Summer Nights)’

‘Party’/’Stack-O-Tracks’

‘Smiley Smile’/’Wild Honey’

‘Friends’/’20/20’

‘Beach Boys Concert’/’Live In London’

The albums will contain new sleevenotes and bonus tracks.

Meanwhile, Dennis Wilson is to be the subject of a book, ‘Dumb Angel: The Life And Music Of Dennis Wilson’, with a foreword by REM’s Peter Buck. It is to be published in the US by Creation Books in June.