Brian Wilson is reuniting with his former band, Beach Boys and heading out on tour after 46 years! But that’s not all! They’re also recording a brand new album. According to The Wrap, after long negotiations, Wilson is heading out on the road again with founding members Mike Love and Al Jardine, as well as Bruce Johnston and David Marks. The tour will celebrate the band’s 50th anniversary.
The band last toured with Wilson back in 1965, though they continued to record together after that. The troubled Wilson is believed to have reached his tipping point, sliding into drug use and depression while recording “Smile,” the band’s experimental album. It wasn’t completed back in 1967, though it was finally released earlier this year.
The two other founding members of the group, Wilson’s brothers, are no longer with us. Dennis passed away back in 1983 from drowning, and Carl from cancer in 1998. Wilson 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
The guys have already begun to record their still nameless new album. Singer Mike Love said, “Brian paid me a compliment saying, ‘How can a guy sound that great so
many years later?’ ” he said in a statement. “Later on, while working
out some harmonies on a new song Brian had written, I got a chance to
return the compliment.”
The 50-date tour kicks off in April with a headlining stint at Jazz Fest in New Orleans. Other cities and dates have yet to be announced.