Brian Wilson Tribute Concert Planned for Los Angeles
Beach Boys singer-songwriter Brian Wilson will be the subject of a tribute concert in Los Angeles at the end of the month in anticipation of his upcoming new solo album, No Pier Pressure. The show – officially titled “Brian Fest: A Night to Celebrate the Music of Brian Wilson” – will feature appearances by the likes of Norah Jones, the Killers’ Brandon Flowers, Heart’s Ann Wilson, Wilson Phillips and many more. Each artist will sing a Wilson-penned tune. The guest of honor, Brian Wilson himself, will also make a special appearance.
Other performers slated for the show include former Beach Boys member Al Jardine, the Flaming Lips’ Wayne Coyne and Steve Drozd, Devendra Banhart, M. Ward, Boz Scaggs, Best Coast’s Bethany Cosentino, Doyle Bramhall II and Joy Williams, among many others, as well as “many, many more surprises,” according to the show’s organizers.
Brian Fest will take place on March 30th at the Fonda Theatre, with tickets going on sale March 5th. Ticket sales for the show will benefit the Sweet Relief Musicians Fund, which helps out musicians struggling to make ends meet.
The organizers behind Brian Fest — the Best Fest — have also organized tributes honoring Bob Dylan, Tom Petty and the Rolling Stones (each with “Fest” in the name). Last year, they put together George Fest in honor of George Harrison. That concert includes appearances by Wilson, “Weird Al” Yankovic and Conan O’Brien, who all performed a mix of Harrison solo tunes and Beatles classics.
Wilson’s No Pier Pressure will contain 13 new songs and feature appearances by She and Him, Kacey Musgraves, fun. frontman Nate Ruess and his Beach Boy buddies Jardine and David Marks, among others. The singer, who will also be the subject of an upcoming biopic titled Love & Mercy, recently released a video for a tune featuring Jardine and Marks, “The Right Time,” showing them in the recording studio. The album is set for release on April 7th.