Brian Wilson Says Beach Boys Reunion Unlikely
It’s doubtful Taylor Swift had the Beach Boys in mind when she wrote her recent hit “We Are Never Ever Getting Back Together,” but she might as well have, according to Brian Wilson.
After accepting a Grammy Award for his album The Smile Sessions, Wilson was asked by a reporter if the Beach Boys would ever again reunite as they did last year.
“No, I don’t think so.” Wilson said. “Doubt it.”
Wilson’s manager confirmed the news when he told the L.A. Times that “Truer words were never spoken.”
All of the surviving members of the Beach Boys surprisingly reunited last year to celebrate the 50th anniversary of the group. The group released a new original studio album, That’s Why God Made the Radio and embarked on a tour.
However, that tour was cut short when Mike Love announced that he would continue touring as the Beach Boys with Bruce Johnston, but without Wilson and other founding member Al Jardine and David Marks. Love owns the rights to tour under the name Beach Boys, and he and Wilson have long been involved in feuds (and, sometimes, lawsuits).
Wilson won his second personal Grammy over the weekend; his first came in 2004 when he received a win for rock instrumental track for the song “Mrs. O’Leary’s Cow” on his solo release of Smile. That version of the album was a solo Wilson effort of the infamous Beach Boys album of the same name shelved by Wilson in the late 1960s. The box set that he won for this year was made up of tracks originally recorded for the 1960s album.
During his acceptance speech, Wilson gave a shout-out to the album’s lyric writer.
“Van Dyke Parks and I knew we were ahead of our time in 1965,” he said. “In 2004, we released it. So, good!”
Wilson also revealed that his favorite Beach Boys song is “California Girls,” followed closely by “God Only Knows” from Pet Sounds.