The chance of Brian Wilson and Barry Gibb making music together appeared to arise after the pair shared messages of mutual appreciation on social media.

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Beach Boys cofounder Wilson and Bee Gees member Gibb first met in 1997, but it seems they were both too “nervous” to connect properly. Such a meeting became more likely after their online exchange.

“I really admire Barry Gibb,” Wilson wrote on Facebook. “He is like King Kong. He and I could probably work something up together.” He recalled their encounter when he inducted Bee Gees into the Rock & Roll Hall of Fame in the ‘90s: “Before the show, Barry came down to meet me and he just sat in the room. I heard later that he was nervous. I was nervous, too.”

That led to a response from Gibb on Instagram, where he told Wilson: “You are the reason I’m living. You prove to me that you can do whatever you want to do with your voice. … All these years I have just been following you and everything you do. ... If I’m King Kong, then you are Godzilla!” Thanking Wilson for the “wonderful compliment,” Gibb added: “We must connect and collaborate as soon as we can. I love you, pal! As I said … you’re the reason.”

The exchange inspired hundreds of fans to express support for the idea of a collaboration, with one saying, “Please find a way of making it happen soon. If there’s one thing we’ve learnt during these difficult times with COVID, [it’s that] we need to make the most of opportunities when they come.”

 

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