Wilson Phillips talks first NYC concert, career resurgence
Wilson Phillips performs onstage at LA Pride 2015 in June.
Hold on! Wilson Phillips is finally playing their first-ever concert in New York City.
The 1990s pop trio — Carnie and Wendy Wilson (daughters of Brian Wilson) and Chynna Phillips (daughter of John and Michelle Phillips) — will perform at Highline Ballroom on Thursday, marking the band’s first time taking on a Big Apple venue.
“The opportunity to play New York City hasn’t come around until now,” Wendy explained about why she and her bandmates have taken so long to perform their own concert here.
“But everything happens for a reason in our experience,” she added.
(L-R) Singers Wendy Wilson, Chynna Phillips and Carnie Wilson of the band Wilson Phillips pose backstage at LA Pride 2015.
Wilson Phillips is set to take Manhattan following a milestone year: In May, the band marked the 25th anniversary of its self-titled 1990 debut album, which sold a whopping 10 million copies worldwide.
More than 20 years after bursting onto the pop culture scene, Wilson Phillips experienced an unexpected career resurgence due to 2011’s “Bridesmaids,” which featured their performance of their hit single “Hold On.”
“‘Bridesmaids’ really brought a new audience to the table,” said Wendy, 47.
“We have women in their 20s, even teenagers. We have the parents of the generation that listened to us as well. So we have a plethora of ages. It’s pretty cool.”
Shirley Halperin, news director at Billboard, said that the group’s pop culture ubiquity has helped them avoid fading into obscurity — and even given them a “bit of a cool cred.”
Besides the Kristen Wiig comedy, she pointed out that the band’s music has been featured in several movies and TV shows in recent years, such as “Harold and Kumar Go to White Castle” and “Glee.”
“Not a lot of ‘90s bands can subsist on hits from way back when,” Halperin noted.
During live shows, fans can expect to hear songs from the group’s ‘90s heyday and various covers that allow them to show off their famed three-part harmonies.
(L-R) Wendy Wilson, Chynna Phillips and Carnie Wilson pictured in their ‘90s heyday.
But Carnie, 47, admitted she is ready for Wilson Phillips to start yet another chapter in its career: producing new hits.
“Honestly, we’re tired of doing cover songs!” she confessed. “And I think people want to hear some original music.”
To that end, the band plans to bring their music directly to the people.
“We’re going to start our own YouTube channel so we can write new songs and let our fans hear them,” said Chynna, 47, adding that they hoped to launch the channel in January.
Until then, fans are still delighting in hearing Wilson Phillips’ greatest hits — and the trio still enjoys performing them a quarter-century later.
“I personally think we’re singing better now than 25 years ago,” Wendy noted.
“There’s a very magical thing that happens when the three of us put our voices together,” Carnie added. “It’s like a riptide, it goes right through you. And that spark is still there.”
Wilson Phillips at Highline Ballroom, 431 W. 16th St., Nov. 19, 8 p.m. Tickets are $ 37.50-$ 165.