The Petty Archives

Toledo Blade - November 17, 1978

Brian Wilson, who's been working on the Beach Boys' best album with former Chicago Producer James William Guercio and former Beach Boy Bruce Johnston, has been staying at his beach house since his seperation from wife Marilyn. No divorce peoples have been filed and insiders expect a reconciliation, but a recent incident at Madame Wong's restaurant in Los Angeles revealed a very unsettled Wilson. After a performance by the group 20-20 (featuring drummer Phil Seymour), Brian reportedly slopped food around and hollered as he sat at a table with local scene maker Rodney Bingenheimer, Shelter Records president Denny Cordell, and Tom Petty. "I thought Brian was a perfect gentleman," Petty said, "apart from buttering his head and trying to put it between two slices of bread."