Published Jun 21, 2010Come 2011, it will have been 50 years since the Beach Boys formed in 1961. To commemorate that milestone, founding member Mike Love has announced that the band will reunite to play a series of celebratory live shows.
As the Guardian reports, the remaining members of the iconic surf-rock collective will reconvene next year for the first time since attending a press conference together in 2006 for the 40th anniversary of Pet Sounds.
Love, who has been touring under the Beach Boys moniker for years, recently told the Las Vegas Sun that the band are "gearing up for the 50th anniversary, and Brian Wilson, who has been working on some unfinished Gershwin Music Project, will rejoin us. I'm sad that [Beach Boys co-founder] Carl Wilson passed away 11, 12 years ago from the same lung cancer problem that claimed the life of George Harrison. That was not a fun time for us. But I am happy that now my son Christian is in the group."
There's been no word yet from Wilson to confirm his participation in the reunion. He and Love have been at odds for a number of years, often due to legal issues regarding Love's use of the band name without Wilson and the other members of the original line-up, which featured brothers Brian, Dennis and Carl Wilson, their cousin Love, and close friend Al Jardine. Dennis passed away in 1983 and Carl in 1998, meaning a reunited Beach Boys would include Brian Wilson, Jardine, Love, and Love's son, Christian, who now plays with his father as part of the band's official line-up.
Your move, Brian Wilson.