Grapevine: Brian Wilson tours, ‘Pet Sounds’ turns 50

Melody Baetens
The Detroit News

Beach Boy’s Brian Wilson tours to celebrate the 50th anniversary of ‘Pet Sounds’

Musician Brian Wilson announced a 70-date world tour will honor the 50th anniversary of the iconic album “Pet Sounds,” released by the Beach Boys in 1966. Wilson penned most of the tunes on the album, including “Wouldn’t it Be Nice” and “God Only Knows.” The tour will hit the Fox Theatre on Sept. 30. Tickets, $29.95-$125, go on sale 10 a.m. Friday via Ticketmaster and Olympia Entertainment. Tickets can be purchased in person without service fees at the Fox Theatre and Joe Louis Arena box office, as well as at Hockeytown Authentics in Troy.

Donations for Flint keep rolling in from celebrities

Detroit R&B singer Kem is partnering with the Salvation Army of Genesee County to help battle the contaminated water supply in Flint. He’ll appear at the Flint Beecher Corps Community Center on Tuesday morning to announce the partnership, make a contribution and pass out bottled water. “The water crisis in Flint has been so heavy on my heart,” Kem said in a news release. He’s also helping promote the Salvation Army’s text-to-give campaign where people can donate by texting “WATER” to 91999. “Tonight Show” host Jimmy Fallon is giving $10,000 to the Community Foundation of Greater Flint and asked others to help. “Happy Sunday!! I’m donating $10,000 to How about 10 friends match me? #WaterForFlint,” Fallon tweeted on Sunday. Fallon and Kem are joined by Sean Combs, Mark Wahlberg, Wiz Khalifa and Eminem in being the latest celebrities to lend support to Flint. Combs and Wahlberg are part owners of AQUAhydrate bottled water company, and they pledged to donate 1 million bottles to Flint residents. It’s expected to be delivered Wednesday, CBS reports. Cher has donated 200,000 bottles of water, and Pearl Jam announced last week that they would be donating $300,000 to the United Way of Genesee County’s Flint Water Fund and encouraged others to help through CrowdRise.

Local comic to appear on ‘Conan’

This week guests on Conan O’Brien’s TBS show “Conan” include Zach Galifianakis, Carol Burnett, Jack Black, and Michigan’s own Brad Wenzel. The stand-up comedian from Ann Arbor will be featured Wednesday night, following Burnett and actor Eric André. “Conan” airs weeknights at 11 p.m.

DeVito: Americans are a ‘bunch of racists’

In an interview with the Associated Press, actor Danny DeVito spoke up about the Oscar controversy concerning the lack of people of color in the acting categories. “It’s unfortunate that the entire country is a racist country,” he said at the Sundance Film Festival over the weekend. “This is one example of the fact that even though some people have given great performances in movies they weren’t even thought about.” The “It’s Always Sunny in Philadelphia” star went on to say that “we are living in a country that discriminates and has certain racist tendencies, so sometimes it’s manifested in things like this and it’s illuminated ... but just generally speaking we’re racists. We are a bunch of racists.”

Also ...

Dave Matthews Band is coming to DTE Energy Music Theatre on July 30. Ticket price is TBA, and tickets go on sale Feb. 19.

■The Lifetime original movie based on ToniBraxton’s bestselling memoir, “Toni Braxton: Unbreak My Heart” snagged 3.6 million viewers during its world premiere Saturday and became the network’s No. 1 original movie since the Jan. 2015 premiere of the movie “Whitney.” According to Nielsen, it was also the most tweeted about program on television Saturday, with 18 percent share of all Twitter activity.

Maureen Feighan contributed

Tuesday’s birthdays

Eddie Van Halen, 61

Ellen DeGeneres, 58

Anita Baker, 58

Wayne Gretzky, 55

Kirk Franklin, 46