Brian Wilson is keeping the Beach Boys' music alive on his current greatest hits tour. Wilson, who tours with fellow Beach Boys Al Jardine and Blondie Chaplin, had been performing the group's 1966 Pet Sounds album in its entirety over the past few years, but is now focused on tackling more of the band's hits and deeper cuts on the new dates.
During a chat with Washington's WTOP, Wilson saluted the Beach Boys' classic '60s lineup, recalling, “(My brother) Dennis (Wilson) brought drumming, (my cousin) Mike (Love) brought singing, I brought producing, (my brother) Carl (Wilson) brought singing (and) Al is a great singer. Dennis was a very, very nice person. Very, very friendly. Carl brought joy and happiness. The way he talked to us when we were recording, he’d say, 'OK, guys let’s get going.' Mike could sing bass or regular. . . I realized I was creating a (genre).”
Brian spoke about quitting the road for the most part in late-1964 for 12 years: “It gave me time to go in the studio. The psychedelic drugs helped me write my melodies. I close my eyes and I start playing the keys, then comes the melody, then comes the lyrics. We used bicycle horns, tambourines (and even) my dogs.”