Beach Boys stars mulling over 60th-anniversary reunion tour

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Cousins Mike Love and Brian Wilson are close to putting their differences aside for another Beach Boys reunion tour.

The surviving members of the group have been touring separately in two Beach Boys bands since their 50th-anniversary tour ended in 2012, but Love tells Rolling Stone he is open to the idea of another get together to mark the 60th anniversary of the band’s first hit in 2021.

“I’m not against anything like that,” he says. “Anything that’s creative and done for positive reasons is good with me. We will continue thinking about stuff like that and see what we can do.”

Al Jardine has already made it clear he’s up for a reunion, telling Chicago Concert Reviews in March, “Oh, it will happen. We’ll probably do about 20 or 30 (shows) together next year.”

Love adds, “He (Jardine) and I have spoken, but not about that specifically. Al’s a really good singer, but he’s been travelling and performing with Brian Wilson (and) Brian has some serious health issues.”

Wilson suffered a mental breakdown creating the complex, groundbreaking soundscapes for hits such as Good Vibrations. Paul McCartney called God Only Knows the greatest song ever written. New orchestral backing Those songs,

Aong with signature hits like California Girls and Wouldn’t It Be Nice, have been re-recorded for the album, The Beach Boys With The Royal Philharmonic Orchestra, released next month. Recorded at Abbey Road Studios, the Beach Boys’ original vocal tracks have been digitally enhanced and mixed together with new orchestral arrangements, created by producers Don Reedman and Nick Patrick. ‘Sounds more alive’ Jardine, Beach Boys guitarist and songwriter, told i:

“The producers cleaned up the mix. Good Vibrations was terrific to begin with but now it sounds more alive with these orchestral arrangements.” Jardine said: “Help Me, Rhonda sounds more spry, it has more bounce. The vocals sound crystal clear and almost brighter than the originals. I like it.” Would Wilson agree? “I’m sure he’ll fall in love with it. He’ll have to,” said Jardine, 75, who will be a special guest on Wilson’s forthcoming Summer tour of Britain.

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Legendary American rock band The Beach Boys will return to Hampton Court Palace on Friday 15th and Saturday 16th June. This band has birthed a torrent of hit singles and sold albums by the tens of millions, but its greater significance lies in the fact that it changed the musical landscape so profoundly that every pop act since has been in its debt. Captained by Mike Love, The Beach Boys play an astoundingly busy schedule of concerts, averaging 150 shows a year, ranging from sundrenched summer festivals to gala New Year’s celebrations and special events across the globe. Having last performed at the festival in 2014, the band are set to once again thrill attendees with a collection of iconic hits include Surfin’ USAGood Vibrationsand Do It Again.

 

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