Beach Boys Singer Is ‘Mentally Insecure’ And Cancels June Tour
Well it was “Fun, Fun, Fun” while it lasted.
But has Brian Wilson – songwriter and original member of the Beach Boys – played his last concert?
“God Only Knows” but if so, then myself and about 10,000 others saw him for what might turn out to be his last concert at the Redondo Beach BeachLife Festival in May earlier this year.
Wilson, who has long suffered with mental issues, has canceled his June tour. With no other concerts scheduled until August and uncertainty surrounding his return, then the “Good Vibrations” could well have ended right there in a parking lot next to King Harbor Marina at this inaugural Los Angeles music festival.
At BeachLife, Wilson neither looked nor sounded good. For the most part, he was almost hidden by a big white piano, and the video board showed him only sporadically, focusing instead on the other members of the band.
A few years earlier, I saw him at a Sunset Strip press event being escorted out of the Roxy and he looked frail. Now he describes himself as being “mentally insecure” and one has to question if he will ever return for another concert.
Here is a message Wilson posted to fans on his website, BrianWilson.com:
It is with great regret that I need to postpone my upcoming June tour.
It is no secret that I have been living with mental illness for many decades. There were times when it was unbearable but with doctors and medications I have been able to live a wonderful, healthy and productive life with support from my family, friends and fans who have helped me through this journey.
As you may know in the last year or so I’ve had 3 surgeries on my back. The surgeries were successful and i’m physically stronger than i’ve been in a long time.
However, after my last surgery i started feeling strange and it’s been pretty scary for awhile. I was not feeling like myself. Mentally insecure is how I’d describe it. We’re not sure what is causing it but i do know that it’s not good for me to be on the road right now so I’m heading back to Los Angeles.
I had every intention to do these shows and was excited to get back to performing. I’ve been in the studio recording and rehearsing with my band and have been feeling better. But then it crept back and I’ve been struggling with stuff in my head and saying things I don’t mean and I don’t know why. Its something i’ve never dealt with before and we cant quite figure it out just yet.
I’m going to rest, recover and work with my doctors on this.I’m looking forward to my recovery and seeing everyone later in the year.
The music and my fans keep me going and I know this will be something I can AGAIN overcome.
Love & Mercy,
Wilson is saying “Don’t Worry Baby” to his fans and “Wouldn’t That Be Nice,” but the driver of the “Little Deuce Coupe” may have finally run out of gas.