Brian Wilson Postpones Tour To Focus On Mental Health

By David Konow 06/11/19

Wilson was scheduled to hit the road this summer.

Brian Wilson

Brian Wilson not only has a long history of making incredible music with the Beach Boys, he also has a lengthy history of living with mental health issues that he’s had to grapple with most of his adult life.

Now Wilson has announced that he’s postponing an upcoming tour to take care of his mental health.

As People reports, Wilson was scheduled to hit the road this summer, and he told his fans through his website, “I had every intention to do these shows and was excited to get back to performing. I’ve been in the studio recording and rehearsing with my band and have been feeling better. But then it crept back and I’ve been struggling with stuff in my head and saying things I don’t mean and I don’t know why. It’s something I’ve never dealt with before and we can’t quite figure it out just yet.”

Wilson added, “It is no secret that I have been living with mental illness for many decades. There were times when it was unbearable but with doctors and medications I have been able to live a wonderful, healthy and productive life with support from my family, friends and fans who have helped me through this journey.”

After a recent back surgery, Wilson said, “I started feeling strange and it’s been pretty scary for a while. I was not feeling like myself. Mentally insecure is how I’d describe it.”

Yet Wilson promised he’d be back soon. “I’m going to rest, recover and work with my doctors on this. I’m looking forward to my recovery and seeing everyone later in the year. The music and my fans keep me going and I know this will be something I can AGAIN overcome.”

Wilson reportedly lives with schizoaffective disorder, a condition where one experiences symptoms of schizophrenia as well as a mood disorder. Wilson had endured childhood abuse at the hands of a cruel father, Murry Wilson, and eventually he started hearing voices in his head that told him he was “weak” and “worthless.”

Wilson told Rolling Stone that he felt his mental health problems came from taking “bad drugs. I’ve told a lot of people don’t take psychedelic drugs. It’s mentally dangerous to take. I regret having taken LSD. It’s a bad drug.”

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In addition to contributing for The Fix, David Konow has also written for Esquire, Deadline, LA Weekly, Village Voice, The Wrap, and many other publications and websites. He is also the author of the three decade history of heavy metal, Bang Your Head (Three Rivers Press), and the horror film history Reel Terror (St Martins Press). Find David on LinkedIn and Facebook.