Brian Wilson was the element that really made the Beach Boys’ big reunion this year work. While he has stated that he’d like to make another album and continue touring with the reunion lineup, it seems that’s not really in the cards for the family band.
As Rolling Stone reports, an announcement has been made about the future of the reunited Beach Boys: Wilson, David Marks and Al Jardine will no longer perform with the group, following the final two reunion shows in London on September 27 and 28. The “Beach Boys,” at least in a touring sense of the word, will return to its pre-reunion lineup, led by Mike Love and consisting of member Bruce Johnston.
“As we move on, Bruce and I look forward to performing live for Beach Boys fans everywhere,” Love said in a recent press release.
The release continues: “The 50th Reunion Tour was designed to be a set tour with a beginning and an end to mark a special 50-year milestone for the band.”
Love’s concerts have billed as the “Beach Boys” since 1998, when he licensed the name for his touring use. Love, Johnston and hired musicians have set out on numerous “Beach Boys” tours through the years, often doing it on the cheap and performing the band’s biggest hits almost exclusively.
As previously reported, Love went ahead and booked some October shows under his version of the “Beach Boys” this summer, while the reunion was still in full force. There was a bit of confusion over this: Wilson was caught off-guard upon hearing the news, and some promoters were under the impression that they had booked the reunited Beach Boys and thus canceled Love’s shows.
As for Wilson, he told us back in July that he’d be interested in touring more with the reunited Beach Boys. He even talked a bit about another album for the Boys, to follow-up June’s That’s Why God Made The Radio. “We’d like to capture the Phil Spector rock’n’roll beat,” Wilson said of the album. “Get that rock’n’roll going, you know?”
Meanwhile, Wilson underwent a second surgery on his back last week, though he’s saying he’s recovering just fine. His health has continued to be of concern to those keeping an eye on the tour, where Wilson has been relatively low-energy during performances.
The Beach Boys will, however, release two new greatest hits compilations next month (October 8) and 12 reissues next week (September 25).
– Jillian Mapes, CBS Local