The Beach Boys Reunite for 50th Anniversary Tour and Album
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All five surviving members of The Beach Boys will come together to celebrate the band’s 50th anniversary in 2012. The Beach Boys plan to release a new studio album and tour the world. The 50-date outing will kick off at the New Orleans Jazz & Heritage Festival in April. Brian Wilson will produce the album while and Mike Love will serve as the project’s executive producer.
The tour will feature Beach Boys co-founders Mike Love, Brian Wilson and Al Jardine as well as longtime member Bruce Johnson. Dave Marks, who played guitar in the band in 1962 and 1963 at the tender age of 16, will also be part of the reunion. Dennis and Carl Wilson died in 1983 and 1998, respectively.
“We got together at Capitol Records and re-recorded ‘Do It Again.’ Brian and I wrote that song which went to number 1 in Great Britain, Australia and elsewhere some 44 years ago,” Mike Love said in a statement. “Brian paid me a compliment saying, ‘How can a guy sound that great so many years later?’ Later on, while working out some harmonies on a new song Brian had written, I got a chance to return the compliment. It was a thrill to be around a piano again with Brian, Alan and Bruce and experience firsthand the brilliance of Cousin Brian’s gift for vocal arrangements. I am very much looking forward to David Marks joining us and thrilling with his surf guitar licks. Music has been the unifying and harmonizing fact of life in our family since childhood. It has been a huge blessing that we have been able to share with the world. Wouldn’t It Be Nice to Do It Again? Absolutely!”
The Beach Boys have not issued a studio album since the 1996
country-pop release Stars and Stripes Vol. 1. For all intents and purposes, Carl Wilson’s death signaled the end of The Beach Boys; Love pushed Jardine out of the group in early 1998 and licensed the band’s name for touring purposes. He continues to play with Johnson and a variety of backing musicians as The Beach Boys. Marks—who returned to the group after a several decade absence as Carl Wilson’s health was failing—also toured and recorded with Love and Johnson in 1998 and 1999. He left after being diagnosed with hepatitis C.
Jardine continues to tour with his own projects and sat in with The Mother Hips a few months ago. In addition, hetoured as a guest with Brian Wilson and 2006 and sat in with Love and Johnson’s touring Beach Boys band at Ronald Reagan earlier this year. Brian Wilson has only played with the Beach Boys live on sporadic occasions since the 1960s and has not appeared onstage with love since the mid ‘90s.
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