Brian Wilson has spoken of the much vaunted possibility of the remaining members reforming the beach Boys to mark the 50th anniversary of their formation. After initially pouring cold water over the rumours, it now appears that the addled creative genius behind the band has had second thoughts – or more likely, he has been presented with a run down of the swags of money a reformed Beach Boys tour could make him.
He told BBC6 Music that he was considering playing with the band live for the first time in 20 years. When asked if he’d consider doing it, he said “I’m considering it. I don’t know yet but I’m considering it. 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. They’re crazy.” Wilson’s last performance was with the band in the studio for their Stars & Stripes Volume 1 album in 1996, but he has performed to much acclaim as a solo artist since, with well received tours of Pet Sounds and the Smile album.
Wilson spent much of the 1970s and 1980s struggling with drug addiction and mental illness, which saw his weight balloon and his voice deteriorate. He also struggled being under the control of controversial psychologist and therapist Dr Eugene Landy, who retained a svengali like control over him which he struggled to shake until his family stepped in to remove Landy from control over his financial affairs, with a court appointed conservator installed to oversee his financial affairs.