HOLLYWOOD, Calif. — The founding members of The Beach Boys 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 with a headlining performance April 27, 2012, at the New Orleans Jazz & Heritage Festival, according to a news release issued by Capitol/EMI.
"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," Wilson said.
The prospect of live performances appeals to Jardine, as well. "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," he said.
Founded in Hawthorne, Calif., 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 its first wave of hits on Capitol Records. Marks left the group in late 1963. Johnston joined the group in 1965, when Brian Wilson retired from touring to focus on writing and producing records for the group. The group's long-shelved album, 'SMiLE,' finally made its debut in late 2011 — roughly 45 years after it was first supposed to be released.
The reunited group has already gotten together at Capitol Records to re-record the group's No. 1 hit, "Do It Again," and have already recorded several songs for the 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 Wilson and executive produced by Love.
"Brian paid me a compliment saying, 'How can a guy sound that great so many years later?'" Love said. "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!"
Marks is just as excited as Love about the reunion. "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," he said.
"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," Bruce Johnston said.
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.
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."
The Beach Boys signed with Capitol Records in July 1962 and released the group's 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 were inducted into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame in 1988 and have received of The Recording Academy's Lifetime Achievement GRAMMY Award.