October 5, 2012 |
It's the last show of the Beach Boys' 50th anniversary tour, at the tail end of our triumphant stand in London, first at Royal Albert Hall and then Wembley Arena, and we're in the final moments of "Fun, Fun, Fun…" Looking at the beaming faces, I'm filled with an enormous sense of pride for my bandmates and our fans. We didn't just show up for this tour like some museum act. We sang well. We played well. We moved people and we touched a lot of hearts. And it was beautiful. That's not easy for any band, let alone one with our history.
February 12, 1998 |
MOVIES 'Devil's' Delay?: The Al Pacino movie "Devil's Advocate" may not make it to video shelves on Tuesday as scheduled, due to a copyright dispute over a sculpture depicted in the movie. A federal judge has blocked the video release until a jury decides whether the movie illegally copied Frederick Hart's bas-relief, "Ex Nihilo," which stands at the entrance of Washington National Cathedral. Hart and the cathedral sued Warner Bros.
February 8, 1998 |
Carl Wilson was the overlooked Beach Boy even though he sang the lead on some of the group's most significant songs and his guitar style was the signature sound of the band's earliest hits. He was easy to miss because brother Brian got the most attention as the creative center of the group and for his drug habits and what he acknowledged as mental problems.
March 12, 1999 |
Brian Wilson squinted through a blue spotlight after he finished singing his new ballad "Lay Down Burden" Wednesday at the Rosemont Theatre here. The song was inspired by his brother, Beach Boys member Carl Wilson, who died early last year. "Lay Down Burden" is about seeing through the haze, confronting redemption--and gathering the strength to move on. Wilson and co-producer Joe Thomas wrote the song in California the day they learned that Carl had cancer.
July 27, 2008 |
SHAMELESSNESS IS not a problem for pop critics. Quite the opposite: It's a daily practice. Invented by rebel newspaper staffers (most notably, Ralph J. Gleason at the San Francisco Chronicle) who stayed out late and never came into the office, codified by freaks and attitudinal New Journalists, the pursuit of passionate thought about pop music rose up as a challenge to taste hierarchies, and has remained a pugilistic, exhibitionist business throughout pop's own evolution.
February 14, 1998
Steve Hochman's tribute to the late Beach Boy Carl Wilson was quite moving and warmly written ("The Emotional--and Artistic--Anchor," Feb. 8). I would like to take exception to one comment. Hochman indicated that Carl had become involved with Christine McVie. In fact, it was Dennis Wilson. DENNIS O'CONNOR Port Monmouth, N.J.