Beach Boys Album: 'It's All Brand New'
Bruce Johnston Says the June 5 Release Reminds Him of 'Sunflower,' Talks Reunion Tour: "I think it's going to be one special tour and that's it"
The Beach Boys' reunion album is nearly mixed and on target for a planned June 5 release, according to the group's Bruce Johnston.
"It's all brand new," Johnston tells Billboard. "There's a lot of what you'd hope to hear from Brian (Wilson) on there. It's not a quilt or a pot luck dinner; it's not like, 'OK, everybody show up with your songs.' It's not one of those kind of albums. There's a lot of Brian in there, and Mike (Love). It's just nice to know there is a Mike Love and a Brian Wilson still around to write together."
Johnston says the album's first single, "That's Why God Made the Radio," was in contention to be the title track but was deemed too long, so alternatives are being considered. Returning member Al Jardine -- who's joining Wilson, Love, Johnston and David Marks for the album and tour, which kicks off April 24 in Tucson -- has revealed that some vocals recorded by the late Carl Wilson will be used on a Jardine-penned song called "Waves of Love," while Johnston says that Brian Wilson composed "a little suite" for the set as well.
The music, he says, "reminds me of our 'Sunflower' album, which is probably one of our least-selling albums, and some of the songs there are stunning. This album has elements, kind of, of everything. And we don't have EMI, Capitol, acting like they did when I joined the band just so paranoid -- 'We gotta have hits! We gotta have hits! Come on, is that a hit?!,' just coming to the sessions and torturing you. It wasn't like that this time. They've listened to the stuff and go, 'Wow, that's pretty nice.'"
Johnston, who composed the fan favorite "Disney Girls," contributed one song, "She Believes in Love Again" that dates back to the mid-80s. "I took it from a recording we made of it in '85 and just stripped it down and softened it up and finally got it right," Johnston says. "I have no idea if it's going in or not. The label picks the songs, not me." The group also recorded a new version of "Do It Again" as a "warm-up" during the sessions, which will be used in a 50th anniversary 'ZinePak due out May 1.
Even as the Beach Boys
Beach Boys 50th Anniversary Reunion Tour 2012 Dates:
April 24 - Tucson, AZ @ Anselmo Valencia Ampitheater
April 26 - Grand Prairie, TX @ Verizon Theatre
April 27 - New Orleans, LA @ New Orleans Jazz Fest
April 29 - Raleigh, NC @ Raleigh Ampitheater
May 02 - St. Augustine, FL @ St. Augustine Ampitheater
May 04 - Hollywood, FL @ Seminole Hard Rock Hotel & Casino
May 05 - Tampa, FL @ David A. Straz Jr. Center for the Performing Arts
May 08 - New York, NY @ Beacon Theater
May 09 - New York, NY @ Beacon Theater
May 11 - Pittsburgh, PA @ Bendum Center for the Performing Arts
May 12 - Uncasville, CT @ Mohegan Sun Arena
May 13 - Uncasville, CT @ Mohegan Sun Arena
May 15 - White Plains, NY @ Westchester County Center
May 17 - Bethlehem, PA @ Sands Bethlehem Events Center
May 19 - Atlanta City, NJ @ Borgata Hotel Casino
May 21 - Chicago, IL @ Chicago Theatre
May 27 - Las Vegas, NV @ Red Rock Casino
June 01 - Berkley, CA @ Greek Theatre
June 02 - Los Angeles, CA @ Hollywood Bowl
June 08 - The Woodlands, TX @ Cynthia Woods Mitchell Pavilion
June 10 - Manchester, TN @ Bonnaroo Music Festival
June 13 - Cuyahoga Falls, OH @ Blossom Music Center
June 15 - Columbia, MD @ Merriweather Post Pavilion
June 16 - Camden, NJ @ Susquehanna Bank Center
June 17 - Bethel, NY @ Bethel Woods Center for the Arts
June 19 - Toronto, ON @ Molson Ampitheatre
June 20 - Montreal, QC @ Bell Centre
June 22 - Bangor, ME @ Waterfront Park
June 23 - Saratoga Springs, NY @ Saratoga Performing Arts Center
June 26 - Boston, MA @ Bank of America Pavilion
June 29 - Darien Lakes, NY @ DTE Energy Music Theatre
July 01 - Milwaukee, WI @ Marcus Ampitheater (Summerfest)
July 03 - Virginia Beach, VA @ Farm Bureau Live
July 10 - Morrison, CO @ Red Rocks Ampitheatre
July 13 - Woodinville, WA @ Chateau Ste. Michelle Winery
July 14 - Eugene, OR @ Cuthbert Ampitheater
July 15 - Stateline, NV @ Harvey's Lake Tahoe Ampitheater
July 26 - Rome, Italy @ Capannelle
July 27 - Milan, Italy @ Civic Arena
July 29 - Gothenburg, Sweden
July 31 - Oslo, Norway @ Spektrum
August 1 - Aarhus, Denmark @ Amfiscenen
August 3 - Berlin, Germany @02 Arena
August 4 - Stuttgart, Germany @ Schleyerhalle
August 5 - Monchengladbach, Germany @ Hockey Park
August 7 - Lokeren, Belgium @ Lokerse Feesten
August 16 - Tokyo, Japan @ QVC Marine Field
August 17 - Osaka, Japan @ Osaka Prefectural Gymnasium
August 19 - Nagoya, Japan @ Gaishi Hall