• Brian Wilson Set For Dublin Return

    The legendary Brian Wilson will return to Dublin to play his and the Beach Boys’ Greatest Hits live later this year. Performing alongside Al Jardine, Blondie Chaplin and his band, Wilson will plays tracks spanning his 54-year career at Vicar Street on August 21 and 22. Wilson last played the city last year at Bord Gais Energy Theatre as part of the Pet Sounds 50th Anniversary World Tour. Tickets for the show are €92.50 (Steep, for sure, but come on… Brian Wilson) and go on sale on Thursday, April 26 at 10am.

  • Irish Tour: Brian Wilson

    The downright legendary Brian Wilson and his band live in Galway and Dublin. Words by Steven Rainey and Aoife O’Donoghue, photos by Aaron Corr and Sean McCormack. Festival Big Top, Galway There’s a moment in the 2014 Brian Wilson biopic Love & Mercy where Brian – played by the wonderful Paul Dano – starts playing ‘God Only Knows’ for the first time on the piano. It’s probably one of my favourite scenes. It’s a quiet and poignant moment of the film, and I remember getting chills, awestruck at how such a simple melody was having such a hold on me.…

  • Brian Wilson Set For Galway International Arts Festival

    Following news earlier this week that he’ll play Dublin’s Bord Gais Theatre on July 25, it’s been announced that Beach Boys’ legend Brian Wilson will stop off at Galway International Arts Festival on Sunday, July 23. Performing Pet Sounds along with rare cuts and greatest hits with special guests Al Jardine and Blondie Chaplin, the show will take place live at the Absolut Big Top. Tickets are €65, which go on sale on Friday, March 3 at 9am.

  • Love & Mercy

    The fidelity that musical biopics tend to have towards the chronology of public record – especially when the subject or their families are still alive, and liable to kick up a fuss over films playing fast and loose with their story – makes it difficult to know what parts to keep and what do ditch. Live fast, die young stories are good because you can fit everything in to a tight arc of glamourous decline. Complex, sprawling careers are more challenging, but can be can be reduced to a single period for convenience. Others take a more experimental approach, like Todd…