Brian Wilson postpones tour for mental health reasons

Brian Wilson needs you to send him some good vibrations.

The 76-year-old Beach Boys legend has postponed his “Pet Sounds” and “Greatest Hits Live” concerts this month — including a June 14 date in Atlantic City and a June 16 show at Tanglewood Music Center in Lenox, MA — due to feeling “mentally insecure.”

Having long battled mental-health problems, Wilson shared his latest struggles in a heartfelt letter to fans posted on his website. The Rock and Roll Hall of Famer — who has been diagnosed with schizoaffective disorder, which includes symptoms of schizophrenia — revealed that he has also had three back surgeries in the past year.

While his 12 June concerts have been postponed, Wilson is still scheduled to hit the road with the Zombies on the “Something Great from ’68” North American tour starting on Aug. 31 in Las Vegas and hitting the Beacon Theatre on Sept. 26.

Below is Wilson’s full, unedited letter:

Dear friends,

It is with great regret that I need to postpone my upcoming June tour.

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.

As you may know in the last year or so I’ve had 3 surgeries on my back. The surgeries were successful and I’m physically stronger than I’ve been in a long time.

However, after my last surgery 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. We’re not sure what is causing it but I do know that it’s not good for me to be on the road right now so I’m heading back to Los Angeles.

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.

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.

Love & Mercy,
Brian Wilson

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