So, will the surviving Beach Boys celebrate the band’s fiftieth anniversary with a reunion tour that sees both Mike Love and Brian Wilson on the same stage at the same time, or not?
As previously reported, US entertainment journalist Robin Leech claimed last month that Love had told him such a show was in the pipeline, but then Love himself issued a statement denying there were any plans for Brian Wilson to join him on a Beach Boys tour.
But now another founder member of the group, Al Jardine, has seemingly told reporters that a reunion involving him, Love and Wilson is being considered for the big 50. According to Jardine, he and Wilson will join Love and Bruce Johnston, who still tour as the Beach Boys, for at least one big anniversary show, though he says he is pushing for a tour. Another early member of the band, David Marks, will make up the reunion line up.
Jardine said: “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”.
He continued: “I want to see a 100-date anniversary tour. 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”.
But don’t go counting any chickens just yet. Brian Wilson’s rep Jean Sievers seemed to know nothing about the Beach Boys reunion plans, insisting her man was focused entirely on his previously reported Gershwin album just now. Sievers: “Brian has a big new album coming out in August and that’s what he’s a 100% focused on”.
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