Sunshine-pop godhead Brian Wilson will be touring this spring and summer on what’s apparently being promoted as a "hits tour" that, in the words of Wilson’s camp, "will please everyone in the room." We’re not sure if that description is intended to reassure wary boomers that they won’t have to contend with any epic, orchestral-pop song suites, or to keep seekers of said suites from demanding their money back when they get "Little Deuce Coupe" instead of "Smile."
But at least Wilson has given "Smile" some stage time over the last few years. Whatever else happens or doesn’t happen on this tour, it looks like we damn sure won’t be hearing any more of his new son-of-Smile opus "Lucky Old Sun," which he aired in the UK awhile back and is said to be recording for a new album.
FYI for Brian’s Big Apple contingent: Both of Wilson’s New York dates are pricy benefits, so if you’re wallet’s tight, you may have to either hightail it to New Hampshire or hit the highlights on YouTube.
05/08 – New York, NY, Carnegie Hall Rainforest Benefit
06/28 – London, UK Kenwood
06/29 – Ipswich, UK Ipswich Regent Theatre
07/01 – London, UK Royal Albert Hall
07/08 – Niagra Fallsview Casino Avalon Ballroom, Niagra Falls, ON
07/11 – New York, NY Hammerstein Ballroom
07/12 – Highmount, NY, Belleayre Mountain Ski Center, Highmount, NY
07/13 – Hampton Beach Casino Ballroom, Hampton Beach, NH
09/12 – Los Angeles, CA Hollywood Bowl
09/13 – Los Angeles, CA Hollywood Bowl
09/14 – Los Angeles, CA Hollywood Bowl