Brian Douglas Wilson turned 77 in 2019, and he has lived many lives within his years. He’s one of the founding members of The Beach Boys, and he is hailed as a musical genius in many quarters. However, he’s also struggled with mental illness, drug addiction and long bouts of crippling depression. What’s more, Brian has revealed in recent years that he’s extremely unlikely to ever perform with the band again – and he’s explained exactly why.
The Beach Boys’ classic 1961 line-up consisted of Brian, his brothers Carl and Dennis, their cousin Mike Love and their friend Al Jardine. Brian wore many hats in the early days of the band. He was the songwriter, producer, bassist, keyboardist and co-lead vocalist alongside Love. And this effectively made him the group’s leader and creative focal point.