Beach Boys members, including Brian Wilson, attend Hollywood screening of new documentary

Brian Wilson made his first public appearance since being placed under conservatorship

Pop Culture & Art May 23, 2024

Beach Boys legend Brian Wilson made his first public appearance since being placed under conservatorship following his wife Melinda’s death in January 2024. 

Wilson, in a wheelchair, joined fellow band members Mike Love, Al Jardine, Bruce Johnston, David Marks, and Blondie Chaplin at the Hollywood screening of their new self-titled documentary.

The event featured a Q&A with Love, Jardine, and the film's co-directors, Frank Marshall and Thom Zimny. The documentary premieres on Disney+ on May 24.

Wilson’s daughters, Carnie and Wendy Wilson of Wilson Phillips, praised their father's resilience. Carnie said, “He is doing great! Every day he is in physical therapy,” while Wendy added, “He’s a survivor. That’s my dad. He’s very tough, a very strong person.”

The documentary includes unseen archival footage, new interviews, and commentary from Lindsey Buckingham, Janelle Monáe, Ryan Tedder, and Don Was. It also features a reunion of the band members at Paradise Cove, the site of their 1962 "Surfin’ Safari" album photo shoot.

Mike Love, in an interview with BBC Radio 4, assured fans that Wilson's conservatorship is beneficial. “He knows that he needs the help but we’re still able to get together. As long as he’s cared for properly. He’s seeing his children… He’s being well taken care of.” Love also mentioned Wilson’s intact musical abilities and long-term memory, expressing hope for future collaborations.

The Beach Boys continue to tour, with over 70 dates scheduled for 2024. Wilson’s family emphasized that the conservatorship ensures stability and care, allowing Wilson to continue enjoying his family and work on projects.


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