News & Opinion | June 6, 2019 3:58 pm

Brian Wilson Postpones Tour Amid Mental Health Battle

"I know this will be something I can AGAIN overcome"

Brian Wilson performs onstage at BeachLife Festival.
Brian Wilson performs onstage at BeachLife Festival.
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Beach Boys co-founder Brian Wilson announced that he has postponed his upcoming June tour dates, citing “mental insecurity.”

The musician announced the decision in a statement posted to his official website, Pitchfork reported. Wilson broke the news to his fans “with great regret,” explaining that while he was “excited to get back to performing,” changes in his mental state following his most recent back surgery have forced him to postpone his upcoming Pet Sounds and Greatest Hitsconcerts.

“It is no secret that I have been living with mental illness for many decades,” he wrote. “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.”

Wilson went on to explain that he “started feeling strange” following his last back surgery.

Mentally insecure is how I’d describe it,” he wrote. “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.”

The musician ended the statement on an optimistic note, saying that he was “looking forward” to his recovery.

“I know this will be something I can AGAIN overcome,” he wrote.

Wilson has opened up about his mental health struggles in the past, attributing his battle with mental illness to past drug use in a 2016 Rolling Stone interview.

As Pitchfork noted, while Wilson’s Pet Sounds and Greatest Hits shows have been postponed, his August shows with the Zombies do not appear to have been affected.

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