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.
Mike Love and Bruce Johnston will tour under the Beach Boys name, but the group will not include original members Brian Wilson, Al Jardine or David Marks.
The first scheduled date will be at the Barbara B. Mann Performance Arts Hall in Fort Meyers, Florida on February 15, and 22 more concerts are scheduled before a final show at the Divots Events Center in Norfolk, Nebraska. Other cities on the tour include Lincoln City, Oregon; Morristown, New Jersey; Edmonton, Alberta; Tulsa, Oklahoma and Tokyo, where the group will play a three-night stand.
Beach Boys’ fans will remember that the highly publicized 50th anniversary tour of the band, which reunited the surviving members of the band and notably brought together Wilson and Love, was cut short in September. Wilson and Love have been feuding for decades, and since Love owns the rights to the name of the band, he continues touring under the name with Bruce Johnston.
“As we move on, Bruce and I look forward to performing live for Beach Boys fans everywhere,” Love said in a statement after the reunion tour was called off. The news that the reunion tour would not continue apparently caught the rest of the band off-guard. It was reported that some promoters cancelled some of the subsequent shows booked as Love’s version of the Beach Boys, as they had thought they were booking the full reunited band.
It was also just announced that Brian Wilson will play at least one solo date this year, and that he will invite Al Jardine and David Marks to appear as his special guests. That concert will take place at the Fraze Pavilion in Kettering, Ohio on July 25. No word yet on whether Wilson will be adding more performances this year.
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.
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.
After a tumultuous history over the past few decades that has included lawsuits and public spats, the surviving members of the Beach Boys original lineup will reunite next year to celebrate the band’s 50th anniversary. The reunion will feature a global tour, as well as a new album. A 50-date tour will kick off in April at the New Orleans Heritage and Jazz Festival, with more dates to be released in the future. Capitol Records, the Beach Boys label, also will release a new greatest-hits collection, as well as a box set. Founding members Brian Wilson, Mike Love and Al Jardine will be joined by other long-time fixtures in the Beach Boys story, Bruce Johnston and David Marks. Johnston joined the band in 1965, and Marks played with the group in 1962 and 63, as well as for many subsequent tours after the bands 1960s heyday. Original founding members Dennis and Carl Wilson (brothers to Brian) passed away in 1983 and 1998, respectively.
A press release says the group already has recorded several tracks for a currently untitled album that will be released in 2012, and will work on more tracks before the album is made available. In the press release, Brian Wilson, known as the chief songwriter on many of the Beach Boys best known releases, said he is looking forward to working with the other members after many years.
“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,” he said.
In other Beach Boys news, the band released The Smile Sessions last month. The box set presents the tapes of an abandoned Beach Boys record called Smile that was set to be the follow-up to 1966’s Pet Sounds, though Brian Wilson abandoned the project at the time. The album had become known as one of the long lost records of rock-n-roll, though the box set attempted to recreate the unfinished album as closely to Wilson’s original vision as possible.
To recognize their 50th anniversary, Brian Wilson is hinting the Beach Boys might reunite inside the recording studio.
In an interview with BBC 6 Music, Wilson said, I am considering this. I’m not sure yet. I am considering this though.
He added, there isn’t anything that’s holding me back. I’m just not sure if I really want to be hanging out with those guys. They’re crazy. They’re zany guys.
The last time Wilson and the rest of the Beach Boys worked together was in 1966 on the “Stars and Stripes Volume One” album. He co-produced the set.
The album featured country renditions of some of the best known Beach Boy songs, including “Little Deuce Coupe” and “I Get Around.”
The Beach Boys consisted of Brian, his brothers Carl and Dennis, Mike Love, his cousin, and Al Jardine, a friend. The band formed in California in 1961. They are considered as one of the 1960′s most inventive bands.
Known for their surfing fixation, close harmonies, and the groundbreaking recording techniques employed by Brian Wilson, the Beach Boys scored hit singles like “Surfin’ USA,” “California Girls” and “Good Vibrations.”
Wilson was considered to be one of his era’s greatest songwriters. However during the 1970s and 1980s, he suffered from psychological problems.
During the past decade, following a long recovery, Wilson has embarked on a solo career. He finished sessions for “Smile,” the long abandoned Beach Boys album, and overcame his stage fright and began touring in support of albums such as “That Lucky Old Sun.”
Currently, Brian Wilson is promoting a George Gershwin cover album entitled “Brian Wilson Reimagines Gershwin.”
There are two “new” songs on the record as well, where Wilson completed two piano compositions that had been left uncompleted by Gershwin.
Wilson explained, the Gershwin estate sent 104 of Gershwin’s unfinished songs over. They wanted it narrowed down to two. Then try and write a song using the chords.
Gershwin is one of my major music heroes. I grew up listening to him. My grandma played him for me when I was a three year old from her hi-fi set.
Grandma had me lie down by the speakers on the floors and played Gershwin’s “Rhapsody in Blue” very softly for me.
Wilson also said the Gershwin project gave him space for rejuvenating his creative drive.
In one month, around five years ago, I wrote a total of 18 songs. Not throwaways, it was 18 good ones.
I’ve really slowed down and exhausted my creativity. As of yet, the need for making music still isn’t in me.
I need that to come back.