Music legend Brian Wilson has confirmed several Southern California appearances and concerts around Capitol/EMI’s January 27 release of his new That Lucky Old Sun DVD.
On January 13, Wilson will be interviewed by Steve Jones on Indie 103.1’s “Jonesy’s Jukebox” (12pm-2pm PST). The show is available for live streaming online at www.indie1031.com.
On January 15, The GRAMMY Museum, now open in Los Angeles, will debut its “An Evening With” signature public program with special guest Brian Wilson. Wilson will be interviewed onstage by the Museum’s Executive Director, Robert Santelli, before a brief, acoustic performance for an intimate audience of 200 people in the museum’s sound stage theater. Following the program, Wilson will autograph copies of his new DVD, which will be exclusively available for purchase that evening at the GRAMMY Museum store. For more information, visit www.grammymuseum.org.
Wilson will autograph copies of his That Lucky Old Sun DVD plus one additional flat item for each fan at three Southern California Guitar Center locations this month. On January 24, he’ll begin at Guitar Center Hollywood at 12pm, followed by Guitar Center Northridge at 5pm. On January 25, Wilson will sign autographs at Guitar Center La Mesa at 1pm. For more information, visit www.guitarcenter.com.
Tickets are on-sale now for two Southern California concerts by Wilson and his acclaimed band, featuring full-length performances of Wilson’s entire That Lucky Old Sun album, plus many of his classic hits. On January 28, Wilson and the band will headline The Wiltern in Los Angeles, and on January 29, they’ll perform at San Diego’s House Of Blues. Tickets for both concerts are available for purchase at www.livenation.com.
On January 30, Wilson will be a featured guest at the Santa Barbara International Film Festival, for the theatrical World Premiere of “Going Home,” a new feature-length documentary about Wilson’s return to Capitol Records and the making of his new album, That Lucky Old Sun. After the screening, Wilson and the film’s director and editor, George Dougherty, will participate in an audience Q&A. For more information and to purchase tickets for the premiere, please visit http://sbiff.org/site/.
A companion to Wilson’s critically-acclaimed That Lucky Old Sun album, released September 2 in CD, limited edition CD/DVD, vinyl LP, and digital album formats, the DVD features more than two and a half hours of content. In addition to the new “Going Home” documentary, the new That Lucky Old Sun DVD includes a full-length performance of his latest album, filmed live at Capitol Studios on May 19, 2008 in 5.1 Surround and 2.0 Stereo audio. The DVD’s bonus features include track-by-track audio commentary for the live Capitol Studios performance by Wilson and his That Lucky Old Sun lyricist and band member, Scott Bennett, behind-the-scenes footage from the album’s recording sessions, and Wilson’s recent interviews and performances for Yahoo! Music, MySpace and “Black Cab Sessions.”
That Lucky Old Sun has received rave reviews from top music magazines including Rolling Stone, Spin, MOJO, and Uncut, with Rolling Stone praising the album as “Brian’s strongest new work in years.” Wilson and his band completed a November tour of the new album to 11 major U.S. cities that earned accolades from fans and the media alike.
The dawning of a new California morning for Brian Wilson, That Lucky Old Sun continues the awe-inspiring concept album journey that he first began four decades ago. Wilson’s songwriting, arranging and producing talents came together in harmonious glory for The Beach Boys’ 1966 classic, Pet Sounds, and have continued to evolve during his solo career, highlighted by his 2004 critically acclaimed Brian Wilson Presents SMiLE.
Lyrically and in Wilson’s incomparably lush, evocative arrangements, That Lucky Old Sun adds a new chapter to Wilson’s conceptual presentations. Pitchfork Media’s album review rates Wilson’s That Lucky Old Sun as “his finest non-Smile album since the golden age of the Beach Boys,” and adds, “That Lucky Old Sun neatly closes the circle he began drawing in 1961 with the single ‘Surfin',’ returning him to an idealized Southern California..."
For more information, visit www.ThatLuckyOldSun.net, an interactive webpage devoted to the album and DVD.
Following numerous nominations, Wilson won a well-deserved Grammy Award for Best Rock Instrumental Performance (2004) for “Mrs. O’Leary’s Cow” and he was inducted into the UK Music Hall of Fame in 2006. Last December, he was feted as a leading cultural icon by The Kennedy Center Honors alongside Diana Ross, Martin Scorsese, Steve Martin and Leon Fleisher.
For more information about Brian Wilson, please visit www.brianwilson.com.