Saturday, July 13, 2024

Bad Vibrations: Brian Wilson Cancels UK Tour Citing Success of Movie, But “Love & Mercy” Is a Flop


Famed Beach Boy Brian Wilson just cancelled his tour of the UK this fall. He cited the success of his movie “Love and Mercy” as the reason.

Someone wrote on his website: “Due to the overwhelming success of Brian Wilson’s movie ‘Love and Mercy’ which has opened in the US to critical acclaim, Brian has had to postpone his current UK tour planned for September 2015 due to commitments in the US. He will be back in the UK and Europe in 2016 with a string of concerts to mark the 50th Anniversary of his seminal album ‘Pet Sounds, which will be his final European tour’.”

Huh? “Love and Mercy” may be on DVD by September. It’s over in theaters after less than a month. Bill Pohlad made a terrific film. But Roadside Attractions destroyed it. So far the box office is around $7.6 million. The film is making less money since it expanded its release by 200 theaters to just less than 800. The daily take is miserable. This should be its last week in general release.

Someone better tell Brian that sticking around the US for “Love and Mercy” related activities is going to be a lonesome enterprise. Unless of course tickets weren’t selling. But that’s hard to believe since Brian Wilson is one of the great rock icons. Seeing him live is always a treat.

Roger Friedman
Roger Friedman
Roger Friedman began his Showbiz411 column in April 2009 after 10 years with Fox News, where he created the Fox411 column. His movie reviews are carried by Rotten Tomatoes, and he is a member of both the movie and TV branches of the Critics Choice Awards. His articles have appeared in dozens of publications over the years including New York Magazine, where he wrote the Intelligencer column in the mid 90s and covered the OJ Simpson trial, and Fox News (when it wasn't so crazy) where he covered Michael Jackson. He is also the writer and co-producer of "Only the Strong Survive," a selection of the Cannes, Sundance, and Telluride Film festivals, directed by DA Pennebaker and Chris Hegedus.

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