The Beach Boys reunion tour that has been mooted for some time looks increasingly likely to come to fruition.
Beach Boy Al Jardine has said that a show featuring him, Brian Wilson and Mike Love is being considered to mark the group’s 50th anniversary. Apparently he’s pushing for a full tour to take place, with David Marks stepping into to complete the core line-up. Love, Jardine and Bruce Johnston have continued to tour as The Beach Boys over the years, without Brian, who wrote and arranged their most enduring songs.
Mike Love first raised the possibility of a “full” reunion (original band members Dennis and Carl Wilson are both deceased) in an interview with the Las Vegas Sun last month, but he subsequently made an about-turn, saying: “At this time there are no plans for my cousin Brian to rejoin the tour…We have had some discussions of writing and possibly recording together, but nothing has been planned…I..felt the need to clarify that there are no current ‘reunion’ tour plans.”
Jardine’s more recent comments contradict Love, asserting that a reunion is on the cards after all:
“We’re definitely doing at least one show – you heard it first. It’s a big deal. I don’t know where it will be yet, but it’ll probably be free. Golden Gate Park was mentioned, as was the [National] Mall in Washington DC and the north shore of Chicago by the beach”.
“I want to see a 100-date anniversary tour,” he continues. “I want to go all around the world, but if this is the way it has to be, then so be it. We’re going to have to rehearse one hell of a show. My point is, if we’re going to rehearse and make this such a wonderful show, we should take it on the road. It’s the next logical step and it disappoints me that the other guys don’t see it that way. I mean, it really bothers me. I know Live Nation has their fingers crossed we’ll hit the road. We’ve got one show definite, so at least we’ve got our foot in the door.”
Brian Wilson, who is about to release a solo album of Gershwin interpretations, has yet to confirm or deny any such plans.