Brian’s Song: Q&A with Beach Boy Brian Wilson

In the 1960s, musician and songwriter Brian Wilson cofounded The Beach Boys and went on to write most of the band’s greatest songs, including “I Get Around” and “Fun, Fun, Fun.” After personal recoveries from drug and alcohol abuse and mental illness, in 1988 he was inducted into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame, and in 2007 he was honored with the Kennedy Center Honor, the highest American performing arts accolade. Wilson will perform at the Sunrise Theatre for the Performing Arts in Fort Pierce on December 6 (Tickets cost $79/$89; 772-461-4775) with fellow former Beach Boy Al Jardine. The legendary singer caught up with PBI about his latest projects and passions.

Brian Wilson - Co-Founder of The Beach Boys - in concert at Sunrise Theatre for Performing Arts

What fans can expect from his Fort Pierce show: We’re going to do some Beach Boys classics and some things off my new album. I hope they like us.

His greatest professional achievement: Writing “God Only Knows”

Where he heads for inspiration: My piano

Favorite Beach Boy memory: Recording “Good Vibrations”

His latest project: I’m currently working on a new song. No lyrics yet.

How he spends his time off stage: At a park doing exercise. I like to walk.

His greatest indulgence: Eating veggie burgers

His advice for rising musicians: Don’t write half a song, write a whole song.

What he hopes audiences gain from seeing his 2014 biopic, Love & Mercy: It was important that people could see my life and how it really was. I hope they can identify if they’re going through something rough.

How he’s helping those living with mental illness: I’m working with the folks at Give an Hour. Know the five signs and learn more at

Three words that sum him up: Very nice person

The best part of being Brian Wilson: My singing. Hahaha … of all things.

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