Brian Wilson Turns 80: Watch Bob Dylan Cap a Star-Studded Video Message to the Beach Boys Icon with “Happy Birthday” on Guitar


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Today, June 20, legendary Beach Boys mastermind/musical legend Brian Wilson celebrates his 80th birthday.

An icon of the utmost degree, Wilson has earned the respect, love and appreciation of countless music fans over the years, Wilson’s collected songbook more or less becoming ingrained into the cultural consciousness. Along the way, Brian has inspired legions of his musical peers, many of which teamed up for a video tribute shared by Wilson’s team to commemorate the milestone birthday.

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Here’s the clip, which features well-wishes sent in Brian’s direction from the likes of Sir Elton John, Barry Gibb, Carole King, Graham Nash, Joe Walsh, David Crosby, John Fogerty, Micky Dolenz, Danny Hutton, Stephen Bishop, Jeff Bridges, Cameron Crowe, John Cusack, Don Was, Lyle Lovett, Al Jardine, Blondie Chaplin, the Brian Wilson Band, Chuck D., Jim James of My Morning Jacket, She & Him, Questlove, Fleet Foxes, and even Bob Dylan, who closes out the video with an acoustic rendition of “Happy Birthday”:

An additional birthday tribute video is up at Wilson’s official site, featuring many more of his musical colleagues, including:

Tony Asher: Songwriter and lyricist for Pet Sounds
Don Randi: Beach Boys session musician
Henry Diltz: Photographer and friend
David Leaf: Filmmaker, friend and author of God Only Knows: The Story of Brian Wilson, the Beach Boys & the California Myth
Brent Wilson: Director, friend and producer of Brian Wilson: Long Promised Road
Jason Fine: Writer, editor and friend
Andy Paley: Producer, collaborator and friend
Joe Thomas: Producer, collaborator and friend
Mark Linett: Engineer and friend
Stephen Kalinich: Poet, songwriter and friend
Rodney Bingenheimer: Disk Jockey and friend
Mark London: Graphic designer and friend
Jerry Weiss: Friend
Ray Lawlor: Friend
Fred Vail: Original Beach Boys concert promoter and friend

Brian Wilson and band are currently out on the road with Chicago on a co-headlining tour that simply can’t be missed. The remaining dates:

Mon Jun 20 – Kansas City, MO – Starlight Theater
Tue Jun 21 – Rogers, AR – Walmart AMP
Fri Jun 24 – Dallas, TX – Dos Equis Pavilion
Sat Jun 25 – The Woodlands, TX – Cynthia Woods Mitchell Pavilion presented by Huntsman
Tue Jun 28 – Tampa, FL – MIDFLORIDA Credit Union Amphitheatre
Wed Jun 29 – Alpharetta, GA – Ameris Bank Amphitheatre
Fri Jul 01 – Charlotte, NC – PNC Music Pavilion
Sun Jul 10 – Mansfield, MA – Xfinity Center
Mon Jul 11 – Holmdel, NJ – PNC Bank Arts Center
Wed Jul 13 – Camden, NJ – BB&T Pavilion
Thu Jul 14 – Bethel, NY – Bethel Woods Center for the Arts
Fri Jul 15 – Wantagh, NY – Northwell Health at Jones Beach Theater
Sun Jul 17 – Saratoga Springs, NY – Saratoga Performing Arts Center
Wed Jul 20 – Noblesville, IN – Ruoff Home Mortgage Music Center
Fri Jul 22 – Burgettstown, PA – The Pavilion at Star Lake
Sat Jul 23 – Cincinnati, OH – Riverbend Music Center
Sun Jul 24 – Tinley Park, IL – Hollywood Casino Amphitheatre
Tue Jul 26 – Clarkston, MI – DTE Energy Music Theatre

Happiest of 80th birthday greetings to Brian Wilson — one of the most gifted songwriters who’s ever picked up the craft.

Revisit writer Steve Rosen’s Behind the Curtain entry regarding an experience with Wilson as a further tribute to the man:

As I was leaving, I turned around and caught his eye. Wordlessly he said, “They tell you things about me. From time to time I am afraid of the questions. I run from the reality of them. But I liked you and I think you liked me. Was I who you thought I would be?”

Oh, yes. You were everything. My mom, my dad, my dog, my first guitar. You were hope. You were magic.

You were Brian Wilson.



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