Brian Wilson @ Hammerstein Ballroom last November (more by Tim Griffin)
Paul Zollo: You've been regarded as a musical genius throughout your career. Has that put too much pressure on you?Brian and his brain will head out on a tour of Europe and the US this fall. While his November 2008 show at the Hammerstein Ballroom featured "50 minutes of Beach Boys stuff" along with the entirety of That Lucky Old Sun, these shows, billed as "Greatest Hits Live," will be sure to focus on more classic material.
Brian Wilson: No, it doesn't put pressure on me. The only thing that puts the pressure on me is having to live up to my name, you know. As who I think I might be or should be or am. According to people, what they think I should be. You know, everybody goes through it. I'm not the only one who goes through that. Everybody goes through it.
PZ: But not everybody is the driving force of the Beach Boys. You had the pressure to produce sunny, happy songs, even if you didn't feel that way. What was that like?
BW: I was on the spot. You know what it was, though, that's when I was younger. Right? When I was in my twenties I was on the go all the time, producing, writing, you know, just creating all the time. It was such that it was a big burden on my shoulders. I took on a lot of karma and burdens on my shoulders. For some unknown reason, I just found myself involved in a name dilemma. After my twenties, when I was in my thirties and forties, I had age dilemma problems.
I say to myself, "I miss the feeling of being young." I say, "OK, so I do. That's established." Then I go through that, I get back on the track, and I say, "Yeah, but I got a great brain. Maybe I don't feel like taking a sprint every ten seconds down the street, but I have a great brain." Know what I mean?
There are no NYC shows on the tour (at this point), but four of the scheduled gigs are an NJ Transit or LIRR train ride away. Those dates are on sale now:
Brian Wilson - 2009 Tour Dates
August 28 - Valhall Station Tromso, Norway
August 30 - The Concert House Gothenburg, Sweden
September 1 - Concert Hall Glassgow, Scotland
September 3 - Roundhouse London, UK
September 4-6 - Stradbally Hall County Laois, Ireland
October 23 - Soaring Eagle Casino Mount Pleasant, MI
October 24 - Pabst Theatre Milwaukee, WI
October 26 - Count Basie Theatre Red Bank, NJ
October 27 - Bergen Performing Arts Center Englewood, NJ
October 29 - Keswick Theatre Glenside, PA
October 31 - Sandler Center for the Performing Arts Virginia Beach, VA
November 1 - Creative Arts Center at WVU Morgantown, WV
November 3 - The Capitol Center Concord, NH
November 4 - Lupos Heartbreak Hotel Providence, RI
November 6 - Carnegie Music Hall Pittsburgh, PA
November 8 - The Capital One Bank Theatre Westbury, NY
November 10 - The Egg Albany, NY
November 11 - Kirby Center Wilkes Barre, PA
November 12 - Lowell Memorial Auditorium Lowell, MA
November 13 - Community Theater at Mayo Morristown, NJ
December 3 - Canyon Club Agoura Hills, CA
December 5 - Harrah's Lake Tahoe Stateline, NV