The Beach Boys hit the road to celebrate 50 years
The four remaining Beach Boys, Brian Wilson, Mike Love, Bruce Johnston and Al Jardine, are hitting the road this year to celebrate the band’s 50th anniversary. It all kicks off at the New Orleans Jazz Fest in April. No other dates have been announced yet, we just know there are 50.
The band went back into the studio recently to re-do the symbolic “Do It Again,” a great mid-tempo rocker that doesn’t get the recognition of the other hits in the band’s incredible collection. The tune will be part of a new album set to be released next year. There is also a plan to reissue (yet again) the band’s catalogue on CD. This has been done two or three times already. There were the double album discs, then they pulled those off the shelves and just sold the single albums, then they pulled those off the shelves and sold the double albums again. Who the hell knows what is in store this time. One thing you can count on is another “Pet Sounds” package. I already have six copies. Please stop.
I have no idea who will be in the backing band, but I seriously don’t know any other way they can pull this off effectively without Wilson’s crew that includes musical director Darian Sahanaja and guitarist Jeffrey Foskett. The pair have been playing with him for more than a decade and were instrumental in helping him bring Smile to life back in 2004. Wouldn’t it be cool if they did again with the Beach Boys? Crossing my fingers.
Whatever happens it’s great to see these guys put aside their differences and get back together for the sake of the music…and I’m sure a mighty handsome payday.