TNT's Brian Wilson Tribute Taping In March
As first revealed here last December, cable network TNT will host its "All-Star Tribute To Brian Wilson" March 29 at New York's Radio City Music Hall. The event is listed on the Web sites of both theAs first revealed here last December, cable network TNT will host its "All-Star Tribute To Brian Wilson" March 29 at New York's Radio City Music Hall. The event is listed on the Web sites of both the venue and Ticketmaster, and pre-sale ticket offers should be issued sometime today (March 2), according to a source. A TNT spokesperson declined comment.
Plans call for a limited number of tickets to be sold beginning tomorrow (March 3) via the Internet to Radio City's Backstage Access members, and then to American Express Gold cardholders beginning March 8. Remaining tickets are scheduled to go on sale to the public March 12 via Ticketmaster.
As with past TNT tributes, a parade of artists will take the stage to celebrate the music the honoree has created throughout his career. The evening will be taped for broadcast on the cable outlet, probably sometime in June or during the summer. An official announcement confirming the event and participants is expected sometime next week.
With the show date fast approaching and the list of participating performers not yet announced, speculation is that the show's producers are having trouble securing commitments from artists. Among those who may be taking part are Elton John, Melissa Etheridge, and Heart, according to a source. The Barenaked Ladies, whose song "Brian Wilson" was last year covered by its namesake, were initially thought to be part of the line-up, but will be on tour in the U.K. at the time of the taping.
The event will cap a season of accolades for Wilson and his former group. Wilson was inducted into the Songwriters Hall Of Fame last June, while the Beach Boys were recently among those honored with a Lifetime Achievement award at the 43rd annual Grammy Awards. In celebration of the 40th anniversary of the band, Capitol Records will release a total of 16 of the band's albums on eight discs in March and April.
In addition, the band's late drummer, Brian's brother Dennis, who drowned in 1983, will be remembered in a new book, "Dumb Angel: The Life & Music Of Dennis Wilson." The Adam Webb-penned book, which includes a forward by R.E.M.'s Peter Buck, will be published June 15 in the U.S. by Creation Books.
TNT's inaugurated its series of tributes in 1998 with "Burt Bacharach: One Amazing Night," and has since staged events honoring Johnny Cash, Bob Marley, and Joni Mitchell.