Tickets for Brian Wilson's Nov. 10 show at the Ryman Auditorium went on sale today at 10 a.m. In the clip above, a tranquil Wilson tells the Associated Press about writing his latest album:
"Writing for me these days takes quite a lot longer than it used to. But I still can finish a song sometimes every two weeks. Or a month even...It's something I have to do because I need to keep myself financially secure. And I want to make people happy, and I want to bring joy to people."
All things considered, Wilson isn't doing too badly. But in performance footage (see also his Black Cab Session) he seems nothing if not a bit distant. He remains a legend and one of America's most iconic musicians, but is it worth $50 to see a performer because of the impact he's had? My wallet obviously says no. But were I a man of means—as I'm certain so many Cream readers are—would I get my money's worth? Or is it slightly more likely I'd see a stageful of cheesy old studio types playing Wilson's tunes as he sings along and claps awkwardly here and there? Given, not every aging rock star can retain the mutant stamina of The Boss, but it looks like they just sort of prop Wilson up behind a keyboard and plow through the songs whether he keeps up or not. Anyone seen him in recent years? Is it worth checking out?