The star tells NME.COM he's delighted to be "blowing people's minds" performing 'Smile' in London...
Beach Boys star BRIAN WILSON has told NME.COM of his joy that’s he’s “blowing people’s minds” performing the ‘lost’ album ‘SMILE’ in LONDON.
After premiering the album live at the same venue earlier this year, the star has returned to the Royal Festival Hall for a six-night run as part of the Heroes & Villains event, with two nights remaining (July 30 and 31).
And Wilson was unable to contain his excitement about performing in the UK capital when he spoke exclusively to NME.COM.
He said: “I love being in London again. I feel like I belong here. Performing ‘Smile’ brings back lots of memories for me and I feel like the audience are all my friends, every night.”
He added: “We’re really blowing peoples’ minds. When we get to the encores, I feel like the roof is lifting off the hall and we’re all going to take off.”
Like previous shows the gig is split into two sections. Opening with a fifteen minute acoustic set, a ‘Greatest Hits’ show follows where Wilson is backed by an 18-piece band.
After a short interval Wilson then returned to the stage where ‘Smile’ was played in full.
The concept album was originally intended for release in 1967, around the same time The Beatles put out ‘Sgt Pepper’. However, Wilson had a breakdown and the album was never finished, giving it almost mythical status amongst fans.
The Heroes & Villains series runs until next month.
The remaining shows are: Brian Wilson presents ‘Smile’ (30-31)
Spiritualized (August 1)
Lee Hazlewood (4)
Badly Drawn Boy (6-7)
There are still a few tickets left for Wilson’s remaining performances. Contact the Royal Festival Hall box office on 08703 800 400 or [url=]click here.
There is a special online
offer of 20% off for tickets booked [url=]here for the Friday performance only.
Wilson also plays the Benicassim Festival on Sunday August 8. See NME.COM for reviews and picture gallery as it happens.