The Beach Boys reunite for 50th
Published 16/12/2011 | 16:17
Brian Wilson will reunite with The Beach Boys to celebrate their 50th anniversary in 2012.
Brian Wilson, Mike Love, Al Jardine, Bruce Johnston, and David Marks will come together for a new studio album and commemorative releases, and a 50-date international tour, kicking off in April with a headline performance at the New Orleans Jazz & Heritage Festival.
Brian said: "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."
The Good Vibrations band have already recorded several songs for their new album, to be released in 2012 by Capitol/EMI, with more tracks to be recorded before its completion.
The as-yet-untitled album - the first to feature all of the band's surviving original members in decades - is being produced by Brian and executive produced by Mike.
Bruce said: "I will be looking forward to singing Brian Wilson's melodies and Mike Love's lyrics once again in concert with many of the original band members, but imagine what we all could come up with vocally in a recording studio atmosphere under Brian's musical direction."
Founded in California in 1961, The Beach Boys were originally comprised of the three teenage Wilson brothers, Brian, Carl and Dennis, their cousin Mike Love, and school friend Al Jardine.
The following year, neighbour David Marks joined the group for their first wave of hits on Capitol Records, leaving in late 1963, and in 1965, Bruce Johnston joined the band when Brian Wilson retired from touring to focus on writing and producing records for the group.
Dennis Wilson died in 1983 and Carl Wilson died in 1998.