BLESSED BRIAN!

The Beach Boys legend joins a very select band of musical legends in receiving the honour...

BRIAN WILSON is to be made an ‘icon’ by songwriting organization, BMI.

The Beach Boys founder will be given the ‘Icon’ award at a prestigious gala dinner in Los Angeles on May 11.

Wilson joins a select list of writers who have previously received the title, including Isaac Hayes, Chuck Berry, James Brown, Bo Diddley and Little Richard.

BMI previously honoured Wilson in 1995 with the President’s award. He now becomes the first person to ever receive both the Icon and President’s Award.

Wilson is set to play this year’s Eden Project in Cornwall in July. Tickets go on sale on April 13.

The date is part of a previously announced tour, which visits:

Oxford Apollo (July 17)

Portsmouth Guildhall (19)

Ipswich Regent Theatre (20)

Manchester Carling Apollo (22)

London Royal Festival Hall (24, 25, 27, 28)

For ticket availability to the regional shows, [url=]click here or call the NME Ticketline on 0870 1 663 663.

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The shows follow the success of his recent UK tours which resurrected two of [a][/a]’s most famous album, ‘Pet Sounds’ and the still-unreleased’Smile’, over 35 years after they were first recorded.