Brian Wilson @ New Orleans & Jazz and Heritage Festival 2012 © Marc Pagani
Brian Wilson @ New Orleans & Jazz and Heritage Festival 2012 © Marc Pagani

Brian Wilson was set to take his Beach Boys classics out on the road this month, but in a note just posted on his website, he’s announced that he needs to postpone his tour dates due to some new mental insecurity issues arising after a recent surgery.

Here’s the note in full from Wilson:

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 awhile. 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. Its something i’ve never dealt with before and we cant 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

We respect the need for musicians to take a break due to mental health issues, and frankly his history of having problems is well documented, so hopefully he can get the help he needs quickly.

Get well soon, Brian!