He's been called one of the most influential composers of the last century, heralded as the creative force behind some of pop music's most ground-breaking recordings and credited with rewriting the recording studio rule book. And he did it all before he was 30.
Brian Wilson co-wrote, arranged, produced and performed more than two dozen Top-40 hits with the Beach Boys in the 1960s, classics such as "Surfer Girl," "I Get Around," "Fun, Fun, Fun," "California Girls," "Wouldn't it be Nice" and the recording history milestone "Good Vibrations."
More than 40 years later, he's still making music and touring. Wilson will perform Saturday at Talking Stick Resort in Scottsdale; he's the brand-new resort's first headliner.
Here, on a short work break from the recording studio, where he's putting together a new album that covers the songs of revered American songwriting team George and Ira Gershwin, Wilson answers a few questions for Valley fans.
Q: What can fans in Phoenix expect from your show?
A: You are going to hear some Beach Boys classics along with some Brian Wilson solo favorites.
Q: What have you been working on in the studio?
A: I've been putting the final touches on my Gershwin album. I did interpretations of some of my favorite songs, and then I actually was able to finish two fragments of unfinished music from the estate. Very exciting. I think the album is going to be released later this year. We will do some (live) shows for it as well.
Q: You have a new daughter, Dakota Rose (born in January). What's she doing lately that's new or irresistibly cute?
A: She has curly hair; she is very cute and very sweet. I love her voice and coos.
Q: Do your children introduce you to new music, or is it the other way around?
A: They introduce me to the music on the radio, which I'm not thrilled with, but they like it.
Q: What are your favorite bands or artists making music today, or of all time?
A: I love The Beatles, (The Rolling) Stones and the Bee Gees.
Q: So many successful musicians still credit you with influencing them. Is there anyone making music out there today who influences or inspires you?
A: No, only the older albums inspire me. Not so much the new stuff. (Phil) Spector, Chuck Berry, The Beatles.
Q: After all this time, what still moves you to write a song? What emotions or experiences make you say, "I have to capture this with music"?
A: The love I feel makes me want to write a song. That inspires me the most.
Q: You've had a remarkable career, and you accomplished so much so early in life. What's left that you still want to do, as a musician or an artist?
A: I want to cut a nice rock-and-roll album.
Q: Going outside of the realm of music and performing and recording, what's on your bucket list?
A: Nothing off hand. Oh, how about meeting Frankie Avalon?
BRIAN WILSON IN CONCERT
When: 8 p.m. Saturday
Where: Talking Stick Resort, 9800 E. Indian Bend Rd., Scottsdale
Information: (480) 850-7734 or www.ticketmaster.com