The Beach Boys are coming back together as a five-piece band. It's confirmed that Brian Wilson, Mike Love, Al Jardine, Bruce Johnston and David Marks have all agreed to reunite for a tour to celebrate their 50th anniversary, and will map out 50 dates for the celebration.
"I'm really looking forward to celebrating this important milestone in the Beach Boys' history with the other guys, and with Capitol Records - where it all began 50 years ago," Marks offered his thought on the reunion. "It means a lot to me that we can all reunite and pay tribute to the fans who have kept the music alive."
Wilson additionally said in a statement, "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 and the other boys will officially announce the tour during a special appearance at the upcoming 54th annual Grammy Awards on February 12, 2012.
"There will be a surprise at the Grammys," Jardine told the Rolling Stone. "We'll do something really exciting. There's a lot of interest in it, which is nice. It's going to be a very big operation." Indeed, organizers for the prize-giving event have teased that there would be "a special, live announcement from a truly iconic group regarding their historic band reunion."
The band will kick off the tour on April 27, 2012 by headlining the New Orleans Jazz & Heritage Festival, and are expected to reveal the other dates in the coming weeks. Talking about their setlist, Jerome gushed that since it's been a long time, "the fans are going to want to hear the hits. But there should also be lesser-known ones that are so important."
The Beach Boys were formed in Hawthorne, California by brothers Brian, Dennis and Carl Wilson, their cousin Mike Love, and friend Al Jardine. They went through many variations in the line-up throughout the years, and started to grow apart after the death of Carl Wilson in 1998. Numerous lawsuits and nasty comments had been exchanged among them, but "all that stuff is long forgotten," Love claimed.
On August 21, 2010, the Beach Boys opened for Bryan Adams at Empire Field in Vancouver, BC for the 100th year of the PNE. They additionally have hit the studio to re-record their 1968 classic "Do It Again" for a scheduled new album. "It sounded so good we just decided to continue," Jardine stated. "There are some new things that Brian has come up with that are really remarkable."