Quint Davis promised that the TBA on the 2012 Jazz Fest lineup was a “mind-blowing reunion.” In fact, it’s the remaining original Beach Boys – Brian Wilson, Mike Love and Al Jardine, with long-time members Bruce Johnston and David Marks – who are also coming together for a new studio album, their first together since 1980’s Keepin’ the Summer Alive. The album and tour will be part of a celebration of 50 years of the Beach Boys.
On the press release on the Beach Boys’ website announcing the reunion, Quint Davis says:
It’s an honor to present the original Beach Boys reunion at Jazz Fest 2012. Hosting the greatest artists of our era has always been the primary mission of Jazz Fest, and certainly the Beach Boys are unsurpassed as an iconic American musical and cultural institution. Every spring Jazz Fest is the number one destination for good vibrations and fun, fun, fun; on April 27, when the Beach Boys reunite on our biggest stage, it’s going to feel like a thrilling homecoming for everyone lucky enough to be there. We’re all looking forward to experiencing the magic and the joy.
Also from the press release:
Brian Wilson says, “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 again.”
Mike Love says, “We got together at Capitol Records and re-recorded ‘Do It Again.’ Brian and I wrote that song which went to number 1 in Great Britain, Australia and elsewhere some 44 years ago. Brian paid me a compliment saying, ‘How can a guy sound that great so many years later?’ Later on, while working out some harmonies on a new song Brian had written, I got a chance to return the compliment. It was a thrill to be around a piano again with Brian, Alan and Bruce and experience firsthand the brilliance of Cousin Brian’s gift for vocal arrangements. I am very much looking forward to David Marks joining us and thrilling with his surf guitar licks. Music has been the unifying and harmonizing fact of life in our family since childhood. It has been a huge blessing that we have been able to share with the world. Wouldn’t It Be Nice to Do It Again? Absolutely!
Al Jardine says, “The Beach Boys were recently inducted into the California Hall of Fame. From our humble beginnings as brothers, cousins and friends, we have been honored to sing the praises of California, and I’m really excited for our fans to be able to see us again in concert on the world stage, and to celebrate our 50th anniversary together with a new studio album.”