After years of bitter arguments and legal wrangling, the Beach Boys have announced they are reuniting. The founding members of the classic pop group – Brian Wilson, Mike Love and Al Jardine – announced recently that they are getting back together to celebrate their 50th anniversary. It was also revealed that they’re working on a new album and also plan a 50-date tour that will take them around the world.
Brian Wilson said in a statement: ‘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 group also includes Bruce Johnston and David Marks, both of whom have been with the band for decades, and In the 1960’s the band consisted of Love, Jardine, Wilson and his two brothers – Carl and Dennis Wilson, who have both since tragically died.
With songs like Good Vibrations, I Get Around and California Girls, The Beach Boys gave birth to the California pop sound, and embodied the fantasy of West Coast beach life. Their album Pet Sounds, is considered by many to be a classic album and has influenced musicians of their generation and beyond.
Unfortunately in the 1970’s, things went downhill for the band after Wilson suffered mental problems due to the pressures of fame, this caused him to withdraw from the band, and was followed by years of acrimony & animosity between Love and Wilson, who are cousins, as well as lawsuits among members of the band.
Mike Love remarked recently that he and Wilson were now getting along well, sharing compliments together in the studio, stating that
‘Music has been the unifying and harmonizing fact of life in our family since childhood, and that It has been a huge blessing that we have been able to share with the world. he then added: ‘Wouldn’t It Be Nice to Do It Again? Absolutely!’
The group was supposed to announce their reunion as a surprise during the Recording Academy’s live nominations special for the Grammys last month, but those plans fell through, However, Jardine said the group planned to appear at the Grammy telecast in Los Angeles on February 12 .
‘There will be a surprise at the Grammys,’ he told Rolling Stone. ‘We will do something really exciting. There’s a lot of interest in it, which is nice. It’s going to be a very big operation.’
The first concert is scheduled for April 27 at the New Orleans Jazz & Heritage Festival.