The Beach Boys are back in town to celebrate their 50-year anniversary with a brand new album and tour, which will kick off at the 2012 New Orleans Jazz Fest, the band announced on their Website.
Brain Wilson will be joining Mike Love, Al Jardine, Bruce Johnston and David Marks after 46-years apart, to record a commemorative studio album and play in a 50-date world-tour, starting in New Orleans in April.
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 Brain Wilson in a press release.
The group got to together at Capitol Records earlier this year to re-cord the 60s classic, Do it Again, a number 1 hit that Wilson and Love wrote together 44-years.
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, Love said.
The band is working with Capitol/EMI records who will release the album in 2012. The album is the first to feature all the bands surviving members in decades. Capitol/EMI plans to reissue catalog material in addition to the new album, Reuters reported.
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!, said Colin Finkelstien, COO of EMI North America.
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. They signed with Capitol Records in July 1967, which spent 37 weeks in the billboard chart.