Beach Boys, Adele, Bruce Springsteen to Play Grammy Awards
Late last year it was announced that the original lineup of the Beach Boys would reunite this year for a tour and a new album to celebrate the band’s 50th anniversary, and it now appears the first reunion performance will take place at this year’s Grammy Awards ceremony. The Beach Boys join many classic rockers who will perform at the awards show this year, including Bruce Springsteen and the E Street Band, former Eagle Joe Walsh and Paul McCartney. Other high-profile talent performing at the event will include Adele, Foo Fighters, Lil Wayne, Bruno Mars, Tony Bennett and Carrie Underwood, among many others.
A reuniting of the surviving members of the original Beach Boys lineup has long seemed unlikely, as the band has spent much of the last few decades in legal battles with each other. But Brian Wilson, who wrote and arranged many of the Beach Boys early albums, confirmed with the other original members that a tour would occur and that they currently are in the studio working on new material. In a seemingly unlikely pairing, the Beach Boys will perform at the Grammys with Foster the People and Maroon 5.
A telecast of the 54th Annual Grammy Awards will be broadcast live on CBS from the Staples Center in Los Angeles on February 12.
The performance by Bruce Springsteen and the E Street Band will be the first since the passing of saxophonist Clarence Clemons last year due to complications from a stroke. The band is currently scheduled for a summer tour, and a posting on Bruce Springsteen’s official site earlier this year did not list a new saxophonist as part of the official E Street Band lineup.
Adele’s performance will be the first since she underwent surgery to repair a hemorrhage on her vocal cord late last year. The singer’s most recent album, 21, was the best selling album of 2011.