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Wouldn’t It Be Nice to Read an Excerpt from Brian Wilson’s Upcoming Memoir? Now You Can!


Da Capo PressI Am Brian WilsonBeach Boys mastermind Brian Wilson‘s long-in-the-works autobiography, will be published on October 11. An excerpt from the 320-page book, which was co-written with Ben Greenman, has been posted on the Da Capo Press website.

In the segment, the singer/songwriter discusses his apprehension about writing a memoir, noting, “My life has been written about over and over again, and that’s mostly okay with me. Other people can talk about my life. Sometimes they’ll get it right and sometimes they’ll get it wrong. For me, when I think back across my own life, there are so many things that are painful. Sometimes I don’t like discussing them. Sometimes I don’t even like remembering them. But as I get older, the shape of that pain has changed.”

Wilson also explains that he’s had many important experiences in his life that have both “shaped” and “scarred” him, including the formation of his band with his brothers, the difficult relationship he had with his abusive father, the relationship he’s had with the women in his life, the birth of his children and the death of his brothers.

The excerpt ends with Brian pointing out, “I’ve had a whole lifetime to take [those experiences] in. Now I have a whole book to put them out there.”

Meanwhile, Wilson recently launched a world tour celebrating the 50th anniversary of The Beach Boys’ landmark album Pet Sounds. The North American portion of the trek kicks off with an April 28 performance in Jackson, Mississippi, with dates mapped out all the way through an October 15 show in Sacramento, California. A number of new concerts were added to Wilson’s itinerary, including a run of August dates in the eastern U.S.

Here is the full list of confirmed North American shows on Wilson’s 50th anniversary Pet Sounds tour:

4/28 — Jackson, MS, Thalia Mara Hall
4/30 — Austin, TX, Levitation Festival
6/12 — Brooklyn, NY, Northside Festival – McCarren Park+
6/14 — Burlington, VT, Flynn Center for the Performing Arts
6/15 — Portland, ME, Merrill Auditorium  
6/17 — Boston, MA, Symphony Hall (with Boston Pops Orchestra)
6/18 — Boston, MA, Symphony Hall (with Boston Pops Orchestra)
6/19 — Lennox, MA, Tanglewood – Koussevitzky Music
6/30 — San Diego, CA, San Diego County Fair+
7/1 — Las Vegas, NV, The Joint – Hard Rock Casino
7/3 — Ottawa, ON, Canada, TD Ottawa Jazz Fest+
7/4 — Toronto, ON, Canada, Massey Hall+
7/6 — Burlington, VT, Flynn Center for the Performing Arts
7/7 — Montreal, QC, Canada, Montreal Jazz Fest+
7/9 — Phoenix, AZ, Celebrity Theater
7/10 — Los Angeles, CA, Hollywood Bowl
7/15 — Elizabeth, IN, Horseshoe Casino
7/16 — Chicago, IL, Pitchfork Festival+
7/17 — Council Bluffs, IA, Horseshoe Casino
7/20 — Kansas City, MO, Muriel Kauffman Theater
7/21 — St. Charles, MO, Family Arena
7/22 — Tunica, MS, Horseshoe Casino
7/23 — Bossier City, LA, Horseshoe Casino
8/16 — Bowling Green, KY, SkyPac Theatre+
8/18 — Asheville, NC, U.S. Cellular Center+
8/19 — Raleigh, NC, Duke Energy Center for the Performing Arts+
8/20 — Roanoke, VA, Elmwood Park+
8/22 — Newport News, VA, Ferguson Center for the Arts+
8/23 — Baltimore, MD, Hippodrome Theatre at the France-Merrick PAC+
8/25 — Pittsburgh, PA, Benedum Center for Performing Arts+
8/27 — Atlantic City, NJ, Caesars Atlantic City+
8/28 — Gilford, NH, Bank of NH Pavilion+
8/29 — Syracuse, NY, The Great New York State Fair – Chevy Court+
9/9 — Atlanta, GA, Fox Theatre
9/10 — St. Augustine, FL, St. Augustine Amphitheatre
9/11 — Sarasota, FL, Van Wezel Performing Arts Hall
9/13 — St. Petersburg, FL, Mahaffey Theater
9/14 — Hollywood, FL, Seminole Hard Rock Hotel & Casino
9/16 — Nashville, TN, Ryman Auditorium
9/17 — Nashville, TN, Ryman Auditorium
9/19 — Charlotte, NC, Blumenthal PAC
9/20 — Washington, D.C., Music Center at Strathmore
9/21 — Red Bank, NJ, Count Basie Theater
9/23 — Philadelphia, PA, Tower Theater
9/25 — Easton, PA, State Theater
9/27 — Wallingford, CT, Toyota Presents at Oakdale
9/28 — Buffalo, NY, University at Buffalo – Center for the Arts
9/30 — Detroit, MI, Fox Theater
10/2 — Minneapolis, MN, Orpheum Theater
10/4 — Denver, CO, Paramount Theater
10/5 — Salt Lake City, UT, Abravanel Hall
10/7 — Portland OR, Arlene Schnitzer Concert Hall
10/8 — Seattle, WA, Paramount Theater
10/10 — Arcata, CA, Humboldt State University – Van Duzer Theater
10/12 — San Francisco, CA, The Masonic
10/13 — San Francisco, CA, The Masonic
10/14 — Stateline, CA, Harrah’s Lake Tahoe
10/15 — Sacramento, CA, Sacramento Community Center Theater

+ = recently added show.

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