Initially, Brian Wilson
raised eyebrows when he revealed his new album
‘s featured artists, which include Kacey Musgraves
, Zooey Deschanel
and now fun
.’s Nate Ruess
. Now, according to those close to him, his Lana Del Rey
collaboration will be the song to remember, as it recounts Wilson’s sadness about the Beach Boys
“It started out being about lost love,” co-producer Joe Thomas said of “Last Song” to Rolling Stone. “But after the tour fell apart it became more about a missed opportunity for Brian and the guys to ride into the sunset together.”
Thomas is referring to the Beach Boys’ 2011, 50-date reunion tour, which brought the group together for the first time in nearly 20 years. The Beach Boys would extend that tour for 75 dates, then tried to extend the tour beyond that. However, when member Mike Love
announced that he and Bruce Johnston
would trek under the group’s name, though without co-founders Wilson and Al Jardine
, the reunion fell apart
Initial reports stated that member Mike Love had “fired” them. “It kinda feels like getting fired,” Wilson said, after Love said such reports weren’t true.
Wilson has recorded two versions of “Last Song,” one with Del Rey’s vocals and another with his lead vocals. Read more about how their collaboration at RS.
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