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Wilson considers anniversary reunion

Brian Wilson is thinking about singing with The Beach Boys for their 50th birthday

  • 16/05/2011
  • Georgie Rogers
Brian Wilson

Following recent news that Brian Wilson will stop touring soon, he has told BBC 6 Music that he has not ruled out singing with The Beach Boys again.

The iconic American outfit started out in 1961, but the founder has not performed with the band since the mid 90s or been in the studio since 1996, when he co-produced Stars and Stripes Volume One.

With the 50th anniversary approaching, we asked if he is thinking about singing with the remaining members again, despite their fractious history.

“I’m considering it,” he said. “I don’t know yet but I’m considering it.”

“Nothing’s really holding me back," he added. “I just don’t know if I want to be around those guys you know. They’re zany guys. They’re crazy.”

While he's said he'll stop being on the road soon, he will be taking his latest project on tour.

The record is titled Brian Wilson Re-imagines Gershwin and it sees him covering songs by the legendary American composer.

The UK leg of his tour kicks off on 10 September in Gateshead.

"Nothing’s really holding me back.  I just don’t know if I want to be around those guys you know. They’re zany guys."
Brian Wilson

Throughout his career, Wilson has penned hits such as Good Vibrations and Surfin' Safari, and has continued to be a prolific song-writer since his comeback over the past decade.

However, he said he hasn’t had the urge to write a batch of songs recently.

“I used to do that. About five years ago I wrote 18 songs in one month. 18 goods, not throwaways. 18 good songs.

“It’s slowed way down. I exhausted my creativity. The need to make music isn’t in me yet. I need for that need to come back in me.”

Hear all from the man himself on The Beach Boys, the Smile Sessions set which is coming out and his upcoming tour in the interview with 6 Music's Matt Everitt below:

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