Brian Wilson Teaming Up With Jeff Beck For 11th Solo Album
Brian Wilson is back with Capitol Records after a four-year layoff in which he recorded two albums for Walt Disney Records. The still untitled set is being self-produced by Wilson with contributions from Beach Boys co-founders Al Jardine and David Marks, Jeff Beck and his rhythm section, Vinnie Colaiuta and Tal Wilkenfeld -- along with members of Wilson's longtime ensemble, and studio vets Don Was and Jim Keltner. There's been no release date set for the new album, which is the followup to Wilson's 2011 collection, Songs In The Key Of Disney.
Wilson spoke about his admiration for Jeff Beck -- whom he recently appeared with at a Rock N' Roll Fantasy Camp, saying, "When I watched Jeff Beck perform 'Surf's Up' to honor me at the MusiCares Person of the Year event in 2005, I knew I had to find a way to work with him. He absolutely blew my mind and we've been friends ever since. Jeff's incredible guitar playing is exactly what I want for my new album and I'm also looking forward to performing live with him soon."
He credits the fans reaction to the Beach Boy's 50th anniversary tour last year for inspiring him to polish off some new material: "I was really moved by the fans' excitement about the Beach Boys' album and tour last year. It charged me up and my head was full of music -- I just couldn't wait to get back into the studio to let it out."
Brian Wilson spoke about his fondness for Capitol which was the home to all of the Beach Boys' legendary '60s classics: "Capitol Records is an old stomping ground place where I recorded 46 years ago. Which I thought to myself, 'Gee, what a sentimental experience it was to go back there to Studio A of Capitol. Yeah, I think the full circle is back."
Brian Wilson with Al Jardine and David Marks tour dates (subject to change):
July 20 - Atlantic City, NJ - The Grand
July 21 - Pittsburgh, PA - Stage AE
July 23 - Interlochen, MI - Kresge Auditorium
July 25 - Kettering, OH - Fraze Pavilion For The Performing Arts
July 26 - Highland Park, IL - Ravinia Festival At Ravinia Park
July 27 - Apple Valley, MN - Minnesota Zoo Amphitheater
October 20 - Los Angeles, CA - Greek Theatre
Photo Courtesy of James Minchin III