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« on: June 06, 2019, 08:07:34 AM »

Dear friends,

It is with great regret that I need to postpone my upcoming June tour.

It is no secret that I have been living with mental illness for many decades. There were times when it was unbearable but with doctors and medications I have been able to live a wonderful, healthy and productive life with support from my family, friends and fans who have helped me through this journey.

As you may know in the last year or so Iíve had 3 surgeries on my back. The surgeries were successful and iím physically stronger than iíve been in a long time.

However, after my last surgery i started feeling strange and itís been pretty scary for awhile. I was not feeling like myself. Mentally insecure is how Iíd describe it. We're not sure what is causing it but i do know that itís not good for me to be on the road right now so Iím heading back to Los Angeles.

I had every intention to do these shows and was excited to get back to performing. I've been in the studio recording and rehearsing with my band and have been feeling better. But then it crept back and Iíve been struggling with stuff in my head and saying things I donít mean and I donít know why. Its something iíve never dealt with before and we cant quite figure it out just yet.

Iím going to rest, recover and work with my doctors on this.

Iím looking forward to my recovery and seeing everyone later in the year.

The music and my fans keep me going and I know this will be something I can AGAIN overcome.

Love & Mercy,

Brian Wilson
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« Reply #1 on: June 06, 2019, 08:10:52 AM »

Bummer.  Oh well the dude is pushing 80 years old.  Hopefully he recovers and can get back at it though.  I am intrigued at what it is he's been recording though...
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« Reply #2 on: June 06, 2019, 08:12:37 AM »

All the best wishes to Brian! I hope he'll be feeling better soon
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« Reply #3 on: June 06, 2019, 08:14:07 AM »

I question the "physically stronger" part...he was in a wheelchair during the streamed concert a couple of weeks ago, and at the Christmas show, he was struggling to walk, wincing in pain.
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« Reply #4 on: June 06, 2019, 08:17:16 AM »

Let the man retire with grace and grant him some peacefull last few years of his life.
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« Reply #5 on: June 06, 2019, 08:18:25 AM »

I'm glad he's taking this action.  I wouldn't be surprised if the Zombies tour is canceled too.  This doesn't sound like the type of thing you kick in a few months.
We shall see.

Prayers for Brian.

He's given us so much.. he's the greatest.. Put yourself first, bro.
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« Reply #6 on: June 06, 2019, 08:20:57 AM »

Knowing how back stuff works, while I always carry a healthy amount of skepticism, I woudn't pretend to know or characterize how Brian *feels* in terms of his back stuff. One can heal and have much better core strength but still have a level of weakness or take precautions that would dictate a wheelchair.

But I can't fathom that anybody would want to use mental/emotional issues as a cover story for a physical ailment.

I'm not saying anything here is a "cover story", but when that sort of stuff occurs, it would tend to be using a seemingly "normal" physical ailment like continuing back problems and surgeries (which is not to downplay the seriousness of back problems; it can ruin lives) as a cover for a more serious health issue, mental or physical.
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« Reply #7 on: June 06, 2019, 08:22:37 AM »

This is a terrible thought, and I hate myself for even entertaining the idea, but it almost sounds like the onset of dementia. I hope Iím completely wrong; itís just that the symptoms described sound familiar to those of us whoíve had to say a long goodbye to a loved one.
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« Reply #8 on: June 06, 2019, 08:25:00 AM »

This is a terrible thought, and I hate myself for even entertaining the idea, but it almost sounds like the onset of dementia. I hope Iím completely wrong; itís just that some of the symptoms described sound familiar to those of us whoíve had to say a long goodbye to a loved one.

I'll admit that I had that thought too. "Saying things I don't mean." But we shouldn't speculate. I'm glad Brian is doing what he needs to do to take care of himself, and I hope he recovers soon.
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« Reply #9 on: June 06, 2019, 08:26:54 AM »

No one else walks in this man's shoes and knows what's going on.

Maybe the best course of action is to simply wish him the best on the most basic human level, and let the public statement stand as what it is, rather than trying to find conspiracies or other hidden "facts" to challenge or dispute it. We've had more than enough of that nonsense to last several lifetimes in recent years...
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« Reply #10 on: June 06, 2019, 08:27:20 AM »

This is a terrible thought, and I hate myself for even entertaining the idea, but it almost sounds like the onset of dementia. I hope Iím completely wrong; itís just that some of the symptoms described sound familiar to those of us whoíve had to say a long goodbye to a loved one.

I'll admit that I had that thought too. "Saying things I don't mean." But we shouldn't speculate. I'm glad Brian is doing what he needs to do to take care of himself, and I hope he recovers soon.
Agreed. Health first!
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« Reply #11 on: June 06, 2019, 08:44:33 AM »

While I think wild conspiracy theories and specific armchair diagnoses are a bad idea, I don't think some respectful speculative discussion is out of line. Admittedly, there's a fine line to walk here, and there is a limit to how much we can even speculate based off of little information.

But I'm confident we can keep it respectful. I mean, to be honest, if there's anything many of us are trying to quash or suppress at this moment, it's not inflammatory conspiracy theories but rather a more pointed expressing of our deepest fears of what this could mean or portend.

But he's a friggin' human being and he's being surprisingly open about the situation, and that should always be respected.
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« Reply #12 on: June 06, 2019, 08:46:50 AM »

I am honestly glad to see this, even if it cancels the show I bought tickets to. It's been hard not to be concerned for Brian after some of the recent reports and knowing that another grueling summer/fall tour was starting up for him. I love the guy and he's brought us so much happiness. I'm glad to see he is putting his health first.

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« Reply #13 on: June 06, 2019, 09:14:07 AM »

Mike just posted on Facebook:

Today, I read a message shared by my cousin Brian. My heart is swollen with love, compassion, concern, and thoughtful well wishes for a speedy recovery. Brian, you have fought bravely your battle with mental illness, I have no doubts that you will triumph and move gracefully past this speed bump. Let the music that lives deeply inside you carry you to your highest beautiful self, I will carry you in music every night we perform. I am cheering for you!Ē

I Love You Cuz and I hope and pray to see you soon.

Peace & Love
Cousin Mike
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« Reply #14 on: June 06, 2019, 09:30:23 AM »

Mike just posted on Facebook:

Today, I read a message shared by my cousin Brian. My heart is swollen with love, compassion, concern, and thoughtful well wishes for a speedy recovery. Brian, you have fought bravely your battle with mental illness, I have no doubts that you will triumph and move gracefully past this speed bump. Let the music that lives deeply inside you carry you to your highest beautiful self, I will carry you in music every night we perform. I am cheering for you!Ē

I Love You Cuz and I hope and pray to see you soon.

Peace & Love
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Wow. I don't know where this Mike has been hiding all these years but we need to see more of him. That's a lovely sentiment.

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« Reply #15 on: June 06, 2019, 09:49:38 AM »

This is a terrible thought, and I hate myself for even entertaining the idea, but it almost sounds like the onset of dementia. I hope Iím completely wrong; itís just that some of the symptoms described sound familiar to those of us whoíve had to say a long goodbye to a loved one.

I'll admit that I had that thought too. "Saying things I don't mean." But we shouldn't speculate. I'm glad Brian is doing what he needs to do to take care of himself, and I hope he recovers soon.

I know it's nothing but speculation at this point but I took the "saying things I don't mean" to mean the pain has caused him to become irritable to the point that he's snapping at those around him. I'm hoping that's the case vs. the alternative. 
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« Reply #16 on: June 06, 2019, 09:54:38 AM »

Mike just posted on Facebook:

Today, I read a message shared by my cousin Brian. My heart is swollen with love, compassion, concern, and thoughtful well wishes for a speedy recovery. Brian, you have fought bravely your battle with mental illness, I have no doubts that you will triumph and move gracefully past this speed bump. Let the music that lives deeply inside you carry you to your highest beautiful self, I will carry you in music every night we perform. I am cheering for you!Ē

I Love You Cuz and I hope and pray to see you soon.

Peace & Love
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I could be mistaken, but this may be the very first time I've *ever* heard Mike publicly refer to the term "mental illness" with regards to Brian, without bringing up drugs. Like literally I don't think he's ever ever done that before. I'm really glad to hear him talk that way.

My own heart aches reading Brian's statement. I wish him well like the rest of us.
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« Reply #17 on: June 06, 2019, 09:54:39 AM »

This is a terrible thought, and I hate myself for even entertaining the idea, but it almost sounds like the onset of dementia. I hope Iím completely wrong; itís just that some of the symptoms described sound familiar to those of us whoíve had to say a long goodbye to a loved one.

I'll admit that I had that thought too. "Saying things I don't mean." But we shouldn't speculate. I'm glad Brian is doing what he needs to do to take care of himself, and I hope he recovers soon.

I know it's nothing but speculation at this point but I took the "saying things I don't mean" to mean the pain has caused him to become irritable to the point that he's snapping at those around him. I'm hoping that's the case vs. the alternative. 

Those are certainly two possible interpretations. I obviously hope for the best of interpretations, but my takeaway/interpretation upon reading that statement was not that pain is causing lashing out and saying things he doesn't mean. I hope it's not the "alternative", but that's where Brian's statement led me in my interpretation.

I think we can all agree that his statement indicates he's having more than physical problems, and in fact he seems to feel his back physically is doing better.
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« Reply #18 on: June 06, 2019, 09:57:37 AM »

Mike just posted on Facebook:

Today, I read a message shared by my cousin Brian. My heart is swollen with love, compassion, concern, and thoughtful well wishes for a speedy recovery. Brian, you have fought bravely your battle with mental illness, I have no doubts that you will triumph and move gracefully past this speed bump. Let the music that lives deeply inside you carry you to your highest beautiful self, I will carry you in music every night we perform. I am cheering for you!Ē

I Love You Cuz and I hope and pray to see you soon.

Peace & Love
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I could be mistaken, but this may be the very first time I've *ever* heard Mike publicly refer to the term "mental illness" with regards to Brian, without bringing up drugs. Like literally I don't think he's ever ever done that before. I'm really glad to hear him talk that way.

My own heart aches reading Brian's statement. I wish him well like the rest of us.

I think Mike has, to varying degrees, addressed Brian's mental illness and how the band/others back in the olden days weren't aware/familiar with those issues as much, and Mike has sometimes done so without bringing up drugs. It's usually only when he does a more thorough, thoughtful sit-down. Here's a bit from Jason Fine's 2012 C50 Rolling Stone article:

ďWhen we were younger,Ē Love continues, ďno one really knew what was wrong with Brian. Nobody knew about mental illness. We just had no clue about that as kids, as cousins and brothers, growing up. . . . I think thereís probably a tad bit more compassion that goes into our being together now. And I think thereís sensitivity to the fact that thereís only a limited amount of time left for this cast of characters to do what they do. Thereís a lifespan involved here.Ē
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« Reply #19 on: June 06, 2019, 10:01:17 AM »

This is a terrible thought, and I hate myself for even entertaining the idea, but it almost sounds like the onset of dementia. I hope Iím completely wrong; itís just that some of the symptoms described sound familiar to those of us whoíve had to say a long goodbye to a loved one.

I'll admit that I had that thought too. "Saying things I don't mean." But we shouldn't speculate. I'm glad Brian is doing what he needs to do to take care of himself, and I hope he recovers soon.

I know it's nothing but speculation at this point but I took the "saying things I don't mean" to mean the pain has caused him to become irritable to the point that he's snapping at those around him. I'm hoping that's the case vs. the alternative. 
This seems plausible, not dementia which definitely doesn't read like the right interpretation. In fact, it's wrong.
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« Reply #20 on: June 06, 2019, 10:11:19 AM »

My heart sank when I saw the message that the upcoming shows are cancelled.  For months I have been looking forward to seeing Brian, Al and the band in Burlington on Sunday.  I am really sad that that's not happening.  But I am far more sad about why it's not happening.  The message from Brian is heartbreaking.  It is definitely the right decision to prioritize health over work/touring and I sincerely hope that Brian gets better very soon.  
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« Reply #21 on: June 06, 2019, 11:23:23 AM »

Speaking as someone who has had mild depression and severe anxiety for 20+ years - sometimes the anxiety will cause me to lash out at loved ones and say things I don't mean and later regret.  When I read Brian's statement, I felt like that was what was happening to him - not pain or even dementia. 
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« Reply #22 on: June 06, 2019, 11:26:35 AM »

I really do no like this.

Take all the time you need and feel better Brian   Sad
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« Reply #23 on: June 06, 2019, 11:37:06 AM »

You know, I'm thinking that for those who are very worried (count me among them) it could be that Brian just mentally knew he couldn't handle these upcoming dates. He just didn't have it in him. I remember when I was 19 I knew that I wasn't going to be able to handle another college semester away from home. I freaked, I guess I'd say I had a breakdown. And that was that. I dropped out (just for that semester) and later went back to school after getting my head back in shape. Or shoot, just while typing this, perhaps it was another 1964 plane type deal for Brian. He just realized he couldn't do it. The brain is a crazy thing and who knows what pushes us to certain points.

Perhaps I'm wrong, but who knows?
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« Reply #24 on: June 06, 2019, 11:51:33 AM »

Iím at a loss right now and I really donít know what  to say really.  The manís my idol and not just musically, but  glad heís taking time for himself.  I could tell it wasnít just his back , that he was dealing with some sh*t.  I admire the fact that heís saying whatís really going on, because it wouldíve been easy to say it was his back.  But heís got this, I know he does.  From what he said it seemed like it got real bad after his third back surgery. I wouldnít be surprised if his pain medications were messing with his other medications. From current personal experience I know there can be interference , and if an adjustment had been made he may need time off for that. If youíre in medication for mental illness it can be a crapshoot.
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