The surviving members of The Beach Boys are set to do it again. The legendary band and Capitol Records announced on Friday that Brian Wilson, Mike Love, Al Jardine, Bruce Johnston, along with early member David Marks, are reuniting in 2012 for an album of new music and an ambitious 50-date tour. The occasion: the 50th anniversary of the group’s landmark recording career.
The Beach Boys have recorded several songs for the as-yet-untitled album, which is being produced by Wilson, and will be released on Capitol/EMI in 2012. There will also be a new hits collection and a career-spanning box set.
The tour will kick off on April 27 with a headlining performance at the New Orleans Jazz & Heritage Festival. More dates and special appearances will be announced later.
“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,” said Wilson, who started the band in 1961 with his brothers Dennis and Carl, cousin Love and Jardine, who was briefly replaced by Marks.
Wilson has not been directly involved with the band’s albums or countless tours since their 1985 effort, “The Beach Boys.” Jardine is also back in the fold 13 years after leaving the band.
Love, who has carried on in a touring version of the Beach Boys that includes Johnston, called it “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.”
The Beach Boys were formed in 1961 in Hawthorne, Calif. and released their first single, “Surfin'” that year on local label Candix Records. They began a fruitful relationship with Capitol in 1962 and released a slew of albums, “Surfin’ Safari,” “Surfin’ USA,” “Surfer Girl” and “Little Deuce Coupe” over the next few years.
By 1964-1965 their sound evolved from surf music and Brian Wilson began adding more sophisticated time signatures and studio musicians to their albums, culminating with the legendary “Pet Sounds” in 1966. After leaving Capitol, the band signed to Reprise and released critically acclaimed albums in the 1970s, namely “Sunflower,” “Surf’s Up” and “Holland.”
This year the band and Capitol released “The SMiLE Sessions.”
The group has had its share of tragedy through the years, including the loss of Dennis Wilson, who died in 1983 in a diving accident, and Carl Wilson, who succumbed to cancer in 1998. Lawsuits between the Boys, ranging in issues from the use of the band’s name to songwriting royalties, have long been a regular occurrence.