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« on: August 28, 2017, 08:44:18 AM »

New article about the Pet Sounds tour:
http://www.rollingstone.com/music/features/the-beach-boys-brian-wilson-on-pet-sounds-depression-w499614

I love this exchange between Brian and Al.

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"Alan, I'm so proud of you," Wilson says. "Your voice is a natural wonder. We've been through a lot, and look at us, we're still here and we're still kicking ass. I love you, man."

"Well, thank you, Brian, it's all because of you. I love you too."
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« Reply #1 on: August 28, 2017, 09:46:47 AM »

Wow, what a great article.  Brian has so much strength and perseverance. 

The last line in the article really got to me.  Don't worry Brian, I have faith that you will go to heaven one day.
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« Reply #2 on: August 28, 2017, 09:51:11 AM »

Lovely article. Thanks for posting.
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« Reply #3 on: August 28, 2017, 10:22:08 AM »

What a great article!
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« Reply #4 on: August 28, 2017, 10:45:10 AM »

What a sense of humour that man has, despite everything:

"He asks what I do for exercise, and I tell him I play tennis and lift (very light) weights. 'Really?' he asks. 'Like your pectoralis? Are you building up your tits?'" LOL

Priceless! Heaven was made for him.
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« Reply #5 on: August 28, 2017, 10:50:20 AM »

What an uplifting article and interview! Thanks to Jason Fine for writing a great piece on Brian. And it is great to see Brian behind the scenes like this, in real life. It's a very positive example for people dealing with issues of depression to see someone like Brian keep going, doing what he does, and making people happy along with finding happiness in his own life and family. It's a daily struggle to come out of those dark clouds of depression, but here is a man who is still beating all the odds - It's a great example of someone especially hitting age 75 still making a difference and doing it with style and aplomb.

And I couldn't help but think after this article - among other reports and accounts from people who actually know - how foolish it is and has been to hear a cadre of ersatz "insiders" who haven't spent any personal time with Brian in years, various internet commentators with shared agendas and axes to grind, and even his own cousin continue to repeat how "controlled" Brian is, how he's being forced to tour, how he's not happy doing what he is doing, etc etc etc, blah blah blah...

At some point there has to be an acceptance that this report in RS, along with what has already been said by those truly "in the know" to borrow a phrase, is truly how it is in real life. On many levels, including all the talk about the "Beach Boys" getting back together and Brian's state of mind and personal life. Accept no substitutes for the truth and reality, no matter how good the salesmen are trying to peddle the snake oil for various reasons.

Go Brian! We love you!  Smiley
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« Reply #6 on: August 28, 2017, 10:53:34 AM »

Great interview. It's so good to see Brian in a lively mood. I love that entire interchange between Brian and Alan.

This little tidbit caught my eye:
"...Wilson has performed 165 shows in 24 countries, with more dates being added into 2018."

Atlanta in 2018, please!

And this one is classic Brian:
"I honestly don't know what happened," Wilson says in his dressing room, with a shrug and a soft smile. "I thought I was gonna hang it up. But then I changed my mind. I said, 'What am I gonna do? Sit around and watch TV? No way!' Nothin' was really happening back in L.A., so I figured I might as well go tour. I just said, 'Well, f**k it, I might as well get off my ass and tour.' So I got off my ass and toured."

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« Reply #7 on: August 28, 2017, 10:56:19 AM »

Jason Fine must have so many cool stories in his notepad that never made it to print.  It must be awesome to just hang out with Brian and have conversations with him like this. 
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« Reply #8 on: August 28, 2017, 11:38:47 AM »

wow, I really loved that article.

pleasantly depressed  LOL LOL
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« Reply #9 on: August 28, 2017, 11:47:34 AM »

Really wonderful article, from the beginning to the pictures (loved the one of Brian with a hose) to that beautiful closing:

"As I say goodbye, Wilson holds onto my hand for several seconds, then leans over and kisses it. "I hope I give a good show tonight," he says quietly. "And I hope I go to heaven.""

You sure are, Mr. Wilson! We love you so much!
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« Reply #10 on: August 28, 2017, 12:11:00 PM »

Even better if you read Brian's quotes in his voice!
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« Reply #11 on: August 28, 2017, 12:17:11 PM »

Did anybody notice the article's vintage photo of Mike, with Carl on the phone in the background? Whoever wrote the caption to that photo has mistaken Carl for Brian.
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« Reply #12 on: August 28, 2017, 12:33:30 PM »

"I don't have valleys or peaks anymore. I don't get too high or too low. It's been a long time since I've had serious depression, or elation. Mostly I'm just pleasantly depressed."

"Pleasantly depressed" - love that! Made me laugh because that's exactly the kind of thing Brian would say.
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« Reply #13 on: August 28, 2017, 12:58:20 PM »

Did anybody notice the article's vintage photo of Mike, with Carl on the phone in the background? Whoever wrote the caption to that photo has mistaken Carl for Brian.

I saw that too. In their defense it is sort of a weird pic of carl. My thoughts were “thats carl not brian. Wait, is that carl? I think it is?”
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« Reply #14 on: August 28, 2017, 01:11:39 PM »

"Hey, it's Al Hard-On," Wilson says,  deadpan  LOL LOL LOL
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« Reply #15 on: August 28, 2017, 01:23:59 PM »

Did anybody notice the article's vintage photo of Mike, with Carl on the phone in the background? Whoever wrote the caption to that photo has mistaken Carl for Brian.

Sack the sub-editor
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« Reply #16 on: August 28, 2017, 03:14:55 PM »

Version I'm reading seems to have a changed vintage picture so must have been picked up.
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« Reply #17 on: August 28, 2017, 03:52:43 PM »

"Hey, it's Al Hard-On," Wilson says,  deadpan  LOL LOL LOL

Okay, does anyone get this joke? "Al Hard-on" doesnt rhyme with his "Al Jardine"....usually those kind of names rhyme or are a pun....for example recently in the news reince priebus at the white house had a nickname as reince penis....maybe im just over thinking this i guess? haha
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« Reply #18 on: August 28, 2017, 03:53:21 PM »

Seems to me that Brian's recent autobiography would have been a much more interesting read if the writer of this article, Jason Fine, had been the cowriter of I Am Brian Wilson, as originally planned.



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« Reply #19 on: August 28, 2017, 06:09:49 PM »

Wonderful article. This is the second or third time Jason Fine has profiled him, and Brian is obviously comfortable with him. Great mutual respect between Brian and Al.

That last part is so moving. Impossible not to love Brian.
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« Reply #20 on: August 28, 2017, 07:57:33 PM »

"Hey, it's Al Hard-On," Wilson says,  deadpan  LOL LOL LOL

Okay, does anyone get this joke? "Al Hard-on" doesnt rhyme with his "Al Jardine"....usually those kind of names rhyme or are a pun....for example recently in the news reince priebus at the white house had a nickname as reince penis....maybe im just over thinking this i guess? haha

It makes sense if the J is silent, like the name Julio. A former co-worker who actually gave Al a lift in his station wagon outside an early 70's gig in the NE pronounced Jardine as "Hardine", so who knows. Maybe it's an inside joke or the way some pronounce his name!
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« Reply #21 on: August 28, 2017, 08:03:43 PM »

After re-reading that article and interview, again the obvious hits me square across the face...It's amazing how wrong some of the fanbase really is and has been about Brian, like who he is, what he does, etc. You know, the basics of everyday life and his touring in recent years. He's having a grand time and he has a kick-ass band along for the ride, along with Beach Boys Al and Blondie. So much for insiders and experts.

And it's also striking to consider why would this man at this point in his life want anything to do with a redux of the C50 bullshit? He's riding high at age 75 and doing what he wants...good for him!
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« Reply #22 on: August 28, 2017, 08:21:56 PM »

Great interview. It's so good to see Brian in a lively mood. I love that entire interchange between Brian and Alan.
Yes, I like seeing/ reading dialogs between Al & Brian. I'd like to say that usually I don't read interviees, they usually ask same questions, it's boring. Imo the best interviews used to be from any BB except the main - Mike & Brian. Al esp. insightful interviewee. Decided to read this after seeing praises, it's indeed very good. I like that Brian jokes, btw if Needleinthehay didn't get the joke regarding Al's last name, it seems it's Brian's half-humorous/ half-serious plea "Don't be hard on Al", it's good friendly standing for old friend.
Mr. Fine seems to be good at bringing out the best/ most from who he interviews.
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« Reply #23 on: August 28, 2017, 08:43:24 PM »

Is that really Brian motherfucking Wilson talking in that fucking article/ I mean, dammit, this guy sounds positively hyper, dammit! And I have to love how every couple fucking years, the press writes this bullshit  about Brian being on a comeback. Brian hasn't gone anywhere, he's been out on tour regularly since 1999. I guess that's how you sell fucking magazines, though, always gotta be in fucking hype mode. There was at least one revealing moment in the article, though: "I haven't written a song in 5 years."
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« Reply #24 on: August 28, 2017, 08:44:08 PM »

Seems to me that Brian's recent autobiography would have been a much more interesting read if the writer of this article, Jason Fine, had been the cowriter of I Am Brian Wilson, as originally planned.

25% better?  Grin
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