Posted in music | tour dates on December 16, 2011

Beach Boys

The founding members of The Beach Boys, one of the world's most legendary bands in popular music history, will reunite for a global 50th Anniversary CELEBRATION in 2012. Beach Boys Brian Wilson, Mike Love, Al Jardine, Bruce Johnston, and David Marks will come together for a new studio album and commemorative catalog releases with Capitol/EMI and a 50-date international tour to begin in April with a headlining performance at the New Orleans Jazz & Heritage Festival ("Jazz Fest") as well as other exciting events to be announced.

Brian Wilson says, "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 says, "We got together at Capitol Records and re-recorded 'Do It Again.' Brian and I wrote that song which went to number 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. It was 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. I am very much looking forward to David Marks joining us and thrilling with his surf guitar licks. 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!"

Al Jardine says, "The Beach Boys were recently inducted into the California Hall of Fame. From our humble beginnings as brothers, cousins and friends, we have been honored to sing the praises of California, and I'm really excited for our fans to be able to see us again in concert on the world stage, and to celebrate our 50th anniversary together with a new studio album."

Bruce Johnston says, "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."

David Marks says, "I'm really looking forward to celebrating this important milestone in The Beach Boys' history with the other guys, and with Capitol Records - where it all began 50 years ago. It means a lot to me that we can all reunite and pay tribute to the fans who have kept the music alive."

More of the announcement with more people saying stuff, and the announcement in video form too, below...

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The Beach Boys 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 Wilson and executive produced by Mike Love.

The Beach Boys and Capitol/EMI have also teamed up for a 50th Anniversary campaign spotlighting the band's entire catalog, with several new commemorative releases planned for 2012, including a new hits collection and a career-spanning box set.

Roger Faxon, CEO of EMI Group commented: "It's no exaggeration to say that The Beach Boys are one of the greatest and most loved bands that the world has ever produced, and true American icons. We are incredibly proud to take this next step with them as our partnership enters its fiftieth year, and I can't wait to see the band back together doing what they do better than anyone else."

Colin Finkelstein, COO of EMI Music North America said: "We're honored to continue Capitol/EMI's historic partnership with The Beach Boys as they celebrate their fiftieth anniversary. The Beach Boys bring the best of California's sun and surf culture to people all over the world with their music, and we're really looking forward to working with the band on the new album and commemorative catalog releases - a real CELEBRATION of fifty years!"

Quint Davis, producer/director, New Orleans Jazz & Heritage Festival says, "It's an honor to present the original Beach Boys reunion at Jazz Fest 2012. Hosting the greatest artists of our era has always been the primary mission of Jazz Fest, and certainly The Beach Boys are unsurpassed as an iconic American musical and cultural institution. Every spring Jazz Fest is the number-one destination for good vibrations and fun, fun, fun; on April 27th, when The Beach Boys reunite on our biggest stage, it's going to feel like a thrilling homecoming for everyone lucky enough to be there. We're all looking forward to experiencing the magic and the joy."

Founded in Hawthorne, California in 1961, The Beach Boys were originally comprised of the three teenaged Wilson brothers: Brian, Carl and Dennis, their cousin Mike Love, and school friend Al Jardine. In 1962, neighbor 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. For five decades, America's first pop band to reach the 50 year milestone has recorded and performed the music that has become the world's favorite soundtrack to summer.

The Beach Boys signed with Capitol Records in July 1962 and released their first album, Surfin' Safari, that same year. The album spent 37 weeks on the Billboard chart, launching the young group known for its shimmering vocal harmonies and relaxed California style into international stardom. The Wilson/Love collaboration resulted in many huge international chart hits, and under Brian Wilson's musical leadership, the band's initial surf-rock focus was soon broadened to include other themes, making The Beach Boys America's preeminent band of the 1960s.

In 1966, The Beach Boys were one of the first bands to found its own record label with the launch of Brother Records, Inc. (BRI), with the band's members as its shareholders and Capitol Records as its distribution partner. BRI continues to manage The Beach Boys' intellectual property, including the band's catalog with Capitol/EMI and other label partners, as well as its name, logos, image and likeness.

The Beach Boys continue to hold Billboard / Nielsen SoundScan's record as the top-selling American band for albums and singles, and they are also the American group with the most Billboard Top 40 chart hits (36). 'Sounds Of Summer: The Very Best Of The Beach Boys' is fast approaching triple-Platinum sales status, and 'The SMiLE Sessions,' released to worldwide critical acclaim in November, has been heralded as 2011's #1 Reissue of the Year by Rolling Stone magazine.

Inducted into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame in 1988 and recipients of The Recording Academy's Lifetime Achievement GRAMMY Award, The Beach Boys are an American institution that is iconic around the world.

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Comments (90)

RIP Dennis. You were my favorite.

Posted by Anonymous | December 16, 2011 12:34 PM

Cautiously excited. The current touring Beach Boys lineup is a total cheesy joke.

Posted by Anonymous | December 16, 2011 12:35 PM

This is epic. It's a shame Mike Love is involved - that dude is a horses ass after all the BS he put Brian Wilson through (just proves family really does suck). I will go to as many local shows as possible in support of Brian - he is a true living legend.

executive produced by Mike Love - this made me sick. Please leave John Stamos at home!

Posted by Anonymous | December 16, 2011 12:35 PM

Biological Organism Still Referred To As Brian Wilson.

Posted by Anonymous | December 16, 2011 12:35 PM

Smile

Posted by Anonymous | December 16, 2011 12:37 PM

Capitol Records as Dr. Frankenstein, resurrecting the corpse known as The Beach Boys.
$$$$$$$$$$$$!

Posted by Anonymous | December 16, 2011 12:37 PM

How can they reunite without Eugene Landy? Not to mention Dennis and Carl....

Posted by Anonymous | December 16, 2011 12:38 PM

is charlie manson going to take dennis place?

Posted by Anonymous | December 16, 2011 12:38 PM

Dennis Wilson was my favorite by far. Considering these guys are pushing into their late 60s, early 70s, expectations have to be curbed. But then again to see some classic songs from Friends, Sunflower, Surfs Up, Wild Honey, etc would be epic.

Now venues - My first guess would be MSG? Yankee Stadium?

Posted by Anonymous | December 16, 2011 12:39 PM

they'll play jones beach. too easy

Posted by Anonymous | December 16, 2011 12:40 PM

It will be exactly like the current Beach Boys concerts with Brian. Kokomo and Jon Stamos a comin!

Posted by Anonymous | December 16, 2011 12:41 PM


Multi run at the Beacon

Posted by Anonymous | December 16, 2011 12:41 PM

MELVINS>Beach Boys

Posted by Anonymous | December 16, 2011 12:45 PM

KOKOMO! AT LAST!

Posted by Anonymous | December 16, 2011 12:46 PM

My guess is one night at each of Jones Beach and PNC Bank Arts Center, with expensive top prices.

Posted by Anonymous | December 16, 2011 12:49 PM

I like Mike Love bragging about the compliment Brian gave him. Hope they do New York first because they're not gonna make it through 50 shows without killing each other.

Posted by Anonymous | December 16, 2011 12:50 PM

multi-run at jones beach. it's the BEACH BOYS

Posted by Anonymous | December 16, 2011 12:51 PM

jones beach is the worst venue on Earth.

Posted by Anonymous | December 16, 2011 12:53 PM

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Posted by Anonymous | December 16, 2011 12:59 PM

Bruce Johnston is NOT an original member. He was the second "replacement" for Brian on tour, after Glen Campbell left.

Posted by Anonymous | December 16, 2011 12:59 PM

They will probably add guests and friends like Bruce Hornsby and Greg Allman. This will be a Central Park show drawing a larger crowd than S&G in 81.

Posted by Anonymous | December 16, 2011 1:03 PM

CASH COW 2012!

Looks like ol' BW finally ran out of drug money. I wonder if Lost Prophets will open for them???

Posted by Anonymous | December 16, 2011 1:06 PM

I cant wait. Americas greatest band, ever.

Posted by Anonymous | December 16, 2011 1:07 PM

David Marks huh?

might as well have John Stamos up there as well

Posted by Anonymous | December 16, 2011 1:11 PM

I'd pay extra to not have to hear Kokomo

Posted by Anonymous | December 16, 2011 1:12 PM

Aruba, Bahama, c'mon pretty Mama....

...Days of Thunder is such a great movie!

Posted by Anonymous | December 16, 2011 1:12 PM

beach boys were great, but i'm afraid you are mistaken 1:07.

that distinction goes to forest hills own RAMONES.

now snipe among yourselves ;)

Posted by Anonymous | December 16, 2011 1:16 PM

^that song was in Risky Business you idiot

Posted by Anonymous | December 16, 2011 1:17 PM

Here's a match for ya...

My ass and your face.

Posted by Anonymous | December 16, 2011 1:19 PM

"Wouldn't It Be Nice to Do It Again? Absolutely!"

Mike Love you cheeky motherfuh...

Posted by Anonymous | December 16, 2011 1:21 PM

1:12 and 1:17 are both idiots. Kokomo was in Interview with a Vampire.

Posted by Anonymous | December 16, 2011 1:21 PM

TERMINAL 5!!! :-)

Posted by Anonymous | December 16, 2011 1:21 PM

Interview With A Vampire

...wasn't Barbara Walters in that?!?

Posted by Anonymous | December 16, 2011 1:23 PM

can't wait for the LCD soundsystem 50th anniversary tour

Posted by Anonymous | December 16, 2011 1:25 PM

It's probably about time they start calling themselves The Beach Men.

Posted by Anonymous | December 16, 2011 1:27 PM

hipster name change - The Beach MEN

Posted by Anonymous | December 16, 2011 1:33 PM

haha 1:27

Posted by Anonymous | December 16, 2011 1:34 PM

edit - The Beach MEhN

Posted by Anonymous | December 16, 2011 1:34 PM

"can't wait for the LCD soundsystem 50th anniversary tour"

Yeah, when James Murphy will be in his early 80's. Woo hoo!

Posted by Anonymous | December 16, 2011 2:13 PM

Too be fair, it sounds like they got every original/principal member except for Carl and Dennis.

Posted by Anonymous | December 16, 2011 2:29 PM

^^^ Dig 'em up.

Posted by Anonymous | December 16, 2011 2:30 PM

Charles Manson should open for them on this tour.

Posted by Anonymous | December 16, 2011 2:31 PM

You idiots. Kokomo was in Cocktail.

Posted by Anonymous | December 16, 2011 2:32 PM

Complain and joke all you will. Let's just face it - groups/solo artists like Bruce, McCartney, and hell, even Neil Diamond put on killer shows. Bands today don't even stand close to the showmanship of these groups. Granted the Beach Boys are old, but they are one of the most respected groups ever. Animal Collective would be nothing without them.

And just wait until the Stones tour this year...

Posted by Anonymous | December 16, 2011 2:36 PM

why is there a Native American on the artwork?

Posted by Anonymous | December 16, 2011 2:41 PM

Will they finally plug in Brian's keyboard or will he just sit there staring blindly into space?

Posted by Anonymous | December 16, 2011 2:45 PM

Find me a worse tour for 2012 - I dare you.

Posted by Anonymous | December 16, 2011 2:49 PM

Posted by Anonymous | December 16, 2011 2:57 PM


Kokomo was in The Lost Boys during beach party scene. Duh!

Posted by Anonymous | December 16, 2011 3:02 PM

2:57 - i appreciate your enlightening and snark-free response. seriously.

Posted by Anonymous | December 16, 2011 3:12 PM

Mike Love, Not War!

Posted by Anonymous | December 16, 2011 3:13 PM

LOUTALLICA is the greatest band ever!

Posted by Anonymous | December 16, 2011 3:18 PM

1:17 apparently thinks Risky Business is the same film as Cocktail. Fucking moron.

Posted by Anonymous | December 16, 2011 3:20 PM

I agree with 12:35 about being cautiously excited for this. Brian did tour Pet Sounds and Smile on his own so there's some real potential for this but if it's just The Beach Boys doing their usual thing with Brian on stage too it's going to be a real disappointment.

Posted by Anonymous | December 16, 2011 3:29 PM

2:36 - I agree with you on most fronts, but I think the stones are just pure shit live now. A cartoon of themselves.

Posted by Anonymous | December 16, 2011 3:33 PM

Poor Brian...the guy will be manipulated and used till the day he dies.

Posted by Anonymous | December 16, 2011 3:36 PM

I can't believe that I frequent an indie rock blog that has fucking Beach Boys fans.

Posted by Anonymous | December 16, 2011 3:47 PM


Really, 3:47? Do you even know that the Beach Boys made some of the best music ever made by man in the mid-60s and that its influenced just about everyone you listen to now?

Posted by Anonymous | December 16, 2011 3:55 PM

3:47-clueless douchebag

Posted by Anonymous | December 16, 2011 3:58 PM

i'm a long time reader of this blog and this is the very first time that i am commenting on someone else's ignorant comment. but i have to say that 3:47 is a fucking idiot. please take time out of your day to listen to pet sounds and the smile session. apologies if you're just trying to be funny or ironic

Posted by Anonymous | December 16, 2011 4:01 PM

3:47- good fucking god do some musical research. Pet Sounds was one of the most groundbreaking albums in rock history. You would think a reader of an "indie rock blog" would know that. And age isn't an excuse. I am in my thirties and that album was long before my time.

Posted by Anonymous | December 16, 2011 4:10 PM

3;02- sorry, I was always too thrown by the cheesecake poster of Rob Lowe in Corey Haim's character's room in Lost Boys to remember. Seriously. What the fuck was up with that?

Posted by Anonymous | December 16, 2011 4:13 PM

Pet Sounds is good and all, but no one ever gives any love to the string of albums from Wild Honey to Surf's Up. Those albums are all amazing.

Posted by Anonymous | December 16, 2011 4:18 PM

@4:18 I agree with you, Friends is one of my favorites. and as for 3:47, you're either trolling or you have never listened to Weezer, Fleet Foxes, Animal Collective and/or Panda Bear, just to name the most obvious ones.

Posted by Anonymous | December 16, 2011 4:22 PM

"This is epic. It's a shame Mike Love is involved."

Isn't that what makes it kind of epic you moron?

Posted by Anonymous | December 16, 2011 4:25 PM

jacuzzi*boys>beach boys

Posted by Anonymous | December 16, 2011 4:32 PM

Mike Love @ 71 singing "Be True to Your School". THAT is scary.

Posted by anonymous | December 16, 2011 4:43 PM

Indie rock is dead.

Posted by Anonymous | December 16, 2011 4:45 PM

Looking forward to this and the Stones are still the best live band out there today and they are nearly dead...what does that tell ya?
Hummus anyone?

Posted by Anonymous | December 16, 2011 4:50 PM

I guess the new album is going to be re-recordings of old songs then? Wish Brian would write some songs again. I liked That Lucky Old Sun, but those Gershwin and Disney cover albums were awful.

And please don't call the new album "Do It Again".

Posted by Anonymous | December 16, 2011 4:54 PM

2:36, Unless the Stones do a stripped down show (like the Roseland show in 2002.. killer), I have no interest. Way overblown with horn sections and backup singers, bleh.

Posted by Anonymous | December 16, 2011 5:49 PM

And as much respect as I have for what Brian Wilson's Beach Boys contributed to rock and popular music, I have no interest in seeing this live. I'll just keep listening to the records and enjoy what they've done.

Posted by Anonymous | December 16, 2011 5:53 PM

i like that fat wilson chick

Posted by Anonymous | December 16, 2011 6:28 PM

If John Stamos is involved.......please NO. Hope they tour Iraq then and leave him there.

Posted by Anonymous | December 16, 2011 7:02 PM

Stones live show blows. Mick looks like a 70 year old beef jerky.

Posted by Anonymous | December 16, 2011 7:09 PM

Mick looks like Don Knotts.

Posted by Anonymous | December 16, 2011 8:08 PM

Yeah. No Carl or Dennis no Beach Boys .. Mike Love will always be a tool. If anyone has a negative connotations regarding The Beach Boys they can credit Mr Love and his one man quest to make them into cheesy amusement park / state fair oldies act. I bet Mike has to be involved by some legal right to the name that he no doubt dishonestly obtained long ago during Brian's "lost years"

Posted by Anonymous | December 16, 2011 8:59 PM

Brian > Dennis

Posted by Blag | December 16, 2011 9:27 PM

'Brian > Dennis' - least controversial opinion of all time

Posted by Anonymous | December 16, 2011 11:00 PM

Obviously Brian > Dennis
But Dennis should not be underrated. He wrote a lot of good songs and Pacific Ocean Blue is the best solo album by any Beach Boy.

Posted by Anonymous | December 17, 2011 2:02 AM

will John Stamos be playing drums?

Posted by Anonymous | December 17, 2011 8:21 PM

Do you like the Beach Boys...It's almost like a trick question, don't you think...

Posted by Mindy | December 17, 2011 8:35 PM

Do you like fish sticks?

Posted by Anonymous | December 17, 2011 10:15 PM

Bruce Johnston Beach Boys
Keyboard Player w/Singer

Wow Amazing Video You Send Me So Sweet Songs
Disney Girls Is My Favorite Songs Whole World
I Need You To Come Back Been Missing You So
Much Please Please Come Back I'm In love With
You....Really Hurt My Feeling I Am So Sad Real Series This Time....Just Meet You Already You Were So Sweet I Was little Thank You First Meet You Wow You Are The Best Beach
Boys I Am Going To Vote You My Favorite Beach
Boys?

Posted by Amanda Miller With Beach Boys | January 11, 2012 10:51 PM

I guess all i can say to most of you, is
if you are so neg. To the group , just dont go to any of the concerts.
Still good music and yes for some of us older folks, it represents some good times for us in the past.
Many comments are ignorant.

Posted by Jess | February 14, 2012 11:32 AM

brain wilson rules

Posted by jordon | August 10, 2013 2:51 PM

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