Beach Boys Unveil 50th Anniversary Tour Dates
Just days after the band held their first public performance at the 54th Annual Grammy Awards ceremony, the reunited Beach Boys finally have released the tour dates of their 2012 tour that will celebrate their 50th anniversary as a band.
The excitement surrounding the reunion of the surviving original members of the Beach Boys has been growing for months since the band announced a reunion tour and album. The Grammy performance was the first time the lineup had appeared onstage together in more than 20 years.
The tour will kick off on April 24 in Tucson, Ariz., three days before a previously announced date at the 2012 New Orleans Jazz & Heritage Festival. The 40-plus date tour is then scheduled to run through July 15 when the band plays in Stateline, Nev. A press release for the tour announces that more dates will “be announced soon.” Among the cities currently scheduled are Atlanta; Raleigh, N.C.; New York; Atlantic City, N.J.; Chicago; Toronto; Bangor, Maine and Boston. It was announced yesterday that the group will appear at the Bonnaroo festival in Manchester, Tenn. on June 10.
The Beach Boys’ lineup for the tour will include founding members Brian Wilson, Mike Love and Al Jardin, as well as Bruce Johnston and David Marks, who have both played with the band off and on since the 1960s. Founding member Dennis Wilson died in 1983, and his brother Carl died in 1998.
The new album is expected to be released sometime this year, though no additional details have been released other than the fact that the group is currently working on it and it will be produced by Brian Wilson, like many of the most popular Beach Boys albums. Additionally, the band’s record label, Capitol/EMI, will release a career spanning box set and a new greatest hits collection later this year.