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Beach Boys legend Brian Wilson postpones tour due to mental illness

The Beach Boys frontman Brian Wilson has postponed a tour due to mental illness.

Brian Wilson, 76, has issued a statement to announce that he would no be able to go ahead with the Pet Sounds and Greatest Hits Live tour after a recent triple surgery left him “feeling strange”.

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Brian Wilson has had to postpone June tour due to mental illness. He remains positive, however, that he will overcome it and be playing again soon.

Brian Wilson has been openly “living with mental illness for many decades”, however, a recent back surgery has shaken him up a bit. The fragile genius and psychedelic pioneer crafted some hugely innovative and groundbreaking music before he became a victim of the very culture that nurtured his creativity.

Wilson issued a statement on his website saying: “As you may know in the last year or so I’ve had 3 surgeries on my back. The surgeries were successful and I’m physically stronger than I’ve been in a long time.” 

“However, after my last surgery i started feeling strange and it’s been pretty scary for a while,” he continued. ”I was not feeling like myself. Mentally insecure is how I’d describe it. We’re not sure what is causing it but i do know that it’s not good for me to be on the road right now so I’m heading back to Los Angeles.”

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Wilson added that he had been in the studio recording and rehearsing with his band when his mental health issues “crept back” and he began “struggling with stuff in my head and saying things I don’t mean… it’s something I’ve never dealt with before”.

He said he plans to rest, recover and work with his doctors, and that he was looking forward to recovery and “seeing everyone later in the year”.

“The music and my fans keep me going and I know this will be something I can AGAIN overcome,” he concluded.

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June 12, 2019