Beach Boys Announce Reunion Tour, Album


Not a bad way to mark
a 50th anniversary.


By Blurt Staff


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



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.”



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.”



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