The Beach Boys dive into new album and golden anniversary tour with Brian Wilson. Wilson and Mike Love chime in on the grand reunion, and performing in Atlantic City.
“I pray that we can get back together in a few years since our 50th year as Beach Boys is coming up,” Love said. “I hope Brian will come back for a tour then.”
While on yet another Beach Boys tour sans Brian Wilson three years ago, vocalist Mike Love expressed hope for a reunion with his estranged bandmate.
Love received his wish. Late last year the Beach Boys announced that Wilson agreed to return to the fold for a tour marking the group’s golden anniversary and a new studio album.
“I dreamed that this would happen and it’s here,” Love said while calling from his San Diego home. “It’s so great to be back with Brian. It’s a remarkable milestone. Fifty years is a long time. Everything about this made sense. Capitol Records offered us a record deal and we were thrilled about that. We’re feeling so good about this.”
There is considerable excitement over the tour since the band’s enigmatic genius has returned to the Beach Boys. Wilson, who is one of the most storied figures in rock history, is thrilled to be back with the band he helped become seminal figures in the pop-rock world.
“I didn’t know if this would ever happen but I’m so, so happy that it did,” Wilson said while calling from his Beverly Hills home. “We should be in this band playing Beach Boys music. There’s just a lot of, uh ...”
Good vibrations? Totally. Wilson will be singing and playing the piano along with Love. They will be flanked by by guitarist-vocalist Al Jardine, bassist Bruce Johnston and guitarist David Marks when the Beach Boys perform Saturday at the Borgata.
“We all feel really exuberant now that we’re back together,” Love said. “We feel good on the stage and in the studio.”
Love says it felt like he went back in time when he and the Beach Boys recorded their forthcoming as yet untitled album, which will drop June 5. “The new record sounds just like the mid ’60s,” Love said. “That was the vibe and feel in the studio. Brian’s melodies and harmonies and chord progressions are fabulous. Wait until you hear all the new songs.”
Wilson penned each of the fresh tunes, including the initial single, “That’s Why God Made The Radio,” which will be out next week.
“We still have the energy and creativity to do great things,” Love said.
The group will showcase some of the new cuts but expect to experience a bunch of old favorites such as “I Get Around,” “Little Deuce Coupe” and “Help Me, Rhonda.”
“I love the older songs,” Wilson said. “I always have. We’ll be doing songs like ‘Wouldn’t It Be Nice’ and ‘Do It Again.’ It’s fun to do them, especially live.”
Wilson joined the Beach Boys for the first time in 16 years when the iconic act performed at the Grammy Awards in February.
“It went smoothly,” Love said. “It was a good start to what we’re doing.”
There is no definite plan beyond the current tour, which stops at the Borgata on Saturday, May 19, but Wilson would like to record another Beach Boy album. “This time I would like to do some rock n’ roll,” Wilson says. “I would like it to be a bit harder and faster.”
So the future looks bright since Wilson and Love have been able to look past their differences and lawsuits filed against each other.
“That’s all history,” Love said. “It’s all forgotten about. We’re looking at our present and future. I think we’re going to be doing this again with Brian for a long time.”
Perhaps the Beach Boys are embarking on another “Endless Summer.”
“I hope this is endless,” Love said. “I’m feeling good about it. I’m also feeling good about Atlantic City. We have a lot of memories when it comes to that town. It’ll be good to go back. It’s made for a band like us; we’re the Beach Boys and Atlantic City has a wonderful beach. It’s a unique and wonderful place that I’ve always felt great about going back there. We’ve played so many shows there but this one is different. We’re back with Brian. We’re back to being what we’re supposed to be. There’s just so much joy with our band right now. I’m having as much fun as I’ve ever had with this band. What we have is an extraordinary thing.
“It’s unfortunate that we lost a lot of years with Brian but the thing is that we have him back and we’re all dwelling on the positive. We’re really creative now and we’re having so much fun as a band. You can’t ask for anything more than that. Who knew that it was going to work out like it has? Some guys in bands go their own way and never come back. That’s not our story. Brian came back and we’re playing as well as we ever have.”
The Beach Boys
Where: Borgata, Atlantic City.
When: Saturday, May 19, 8pm
How Much: $95, $135 and $155
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