The Beach Boys
have announced plans to reform for their 50th anniversary. Founding members Brian Wilson
, Mike Love
, Al Jardine
, plus David Marks
and Bruce Johnston
, plan a new studio album and a 50-date international tour beginning in April.
No touring dates have yet been confirmed, but the band will appear as headliners at the New Orleans Jazz & Heritage Festival
(April 27 to May 6, 2012).
New commemorative releases are also planned for 2012, including a new Beach Boys hits collection and a career-spanning box set.
Frontman Brian Wilson said of the reunion: "This anniversary is special to me because I miss the boys and it will be a thrill for me to make a new record and be on stage with them again.
Mike Love added: "We got together at Capitol Records and re-recorded 'Do It Again'. Brian and I wrote that song which went to #1 in Great Britain, Australia and elsewhere some 44 years ago. 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.
"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 formed in 1961 and frontman/main-writer Brian Wilson last performed with the band during the making of their 1996 album "Stars And Stripes Vol. 1
". Wilson has toured as a solo artist since. Two former members, Brian's brothers Dennis
and Carl Wilson
, died in 1983 and 1998. By April next year, Mike Love will be 71. Brian Wilson is 69.
Thanks for the report to Michael Leonard