Brian Wilson was the latest artist to take part in The Late Show with Stephen Colbert’s “Play At Home” series where musicians perform from their homes.
While the series was necessitated by the COVID-19 pandemic, it does provide an incredible opportunity for artists to strip down their songs and offer up an out of the box performance.
“I just want you guys to know that we’re all in this together,” Wilson told the audience as he sat behind his grand piano. On the broadcast, Wilson performed the Pet Sounds track “God Only Knows” telling fans “I love you all, love and mercy to you all,” at the end of the video.
In a web exclusive, Wilson played “Love and Mercy,” a song from his 1988 self-titled solo album. Wilson remade the song for the 1995 documentary I Just Wasn’t Made for These Times, which was produced by Don Was.
Like many musicians, Wilson has had to postpone his tour due to the COVID-19 pandemic. He was scheduled to perform shows in Europe with his former Beach Boys bandmates Al Jardine and Blondie Chaplin. Those shows have now been rescheduled until summer 2021.
Wilson postponed his 2019 American tour for a few months in order to deal with his mental health. “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,” he said in a letter at the time. “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.”
Wilson ended up resuming the tour performing a string of shows in August and September of 2019.