Jeff Beck, Al Jardine and David Marks to Appear on New Brian Wilson Album
Brian Wilson has returned to Capitol Music Group, and he is currently recording and self-producing his 11th solo studio album at Hollywood’s Ocean Way Studios. This will be Wilson’s first major musical project since the Beach Boys 50th anniversary tour in 2012.
A number of guests will appear on the album, including Jeff Beck, Don Was and Jim Keltner. Classic Beach Boys members Al Jardine and David Marks, who like Wilson are not part of Mike Love’s current Beach Boys tour, will also appear on the album. Likewise, Vinnie Colaiuta and Tal Wilkenfeld, who for several years have toured and recorded as Jeff Beck’s rhythm section and as members of Wilson’s longtime touring band also contributed to the sessions. Of particular note, former Beach Boy and longtime Wilson collaborator Jeffrey Foskett is part of the album’s creative team.
Wilson worked on many of the songs on his forthcoming record during The Beach Boys’ anniversary tour. The album is said to be a rock and roll record.
“I was really moved by the fans’ excitement about The Beach Boys’ album and tour last year,” Wilson said in a statement. “It charged me up and my head was full of music – I just couldn’t wait to get back into the studio to let it out.”
“When I watched Jeff Beck perform ‘Surf’s Up’ to honor me at the MusiCares Person of the Year event in 2005, I knew I had to find a way to work with him,” Wilson says. “He absolutely blew my mind and we’ve been friends ever since. Jeff’s incredible guitar playing is exactly what I want for my new album and I’m also looking forward to performing live with him soon.”
Wilson is working with longtime collaborator Joe Thomas to hone the arrangements, often assembling pieces from various takes.
“My long relationship with Capitol and the people there means a lot to me,” he says. “I’m very happy, because the label has grown a lot and I’m working with a great group of people who have welcomed me back to Capitol with good ears and open arms.”
Brian Wilson will be performing select shows this summer with Al Jardine and David Marks.
Here’s a look at the Beach Boys trio’s upcoming shows
July 20 Atlantic City, NY—The Grand at The Golden Nugget
July 21 Pittsburgh, PA—Stage AE—Outdoor Stage
July 23 Interlochen, MI—Kresge Auditorium
July 25 Kettering, OH—Fraze Pavilion
July 26 Highland Park, IL—Ravinia Festival
July 27 Apple Valley, MN—Weesner Family Amphitheatre
October 20 Los Angeles—Greek Theatre