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.