Blondie Chaplin on July 7!
BECOMING THE BEACH BOYS ALBUM
Becoming The Beach Boys: The Complete Hite and Dorinda Morgan Sessions is set for release on August 26, 2016. This album includes the sessions for nine of the Beach Boys' earliest recordings as a group, 1961-62, before they signed with Capitol Records. The 2-CD set features demos, all available takes, studio banter, and master recordings, for a total of 63 tracks. Watch the trailer for the album here. (updated 3-28-16)
MIKE LOVE AND BRIAN WILSON AUTOBIOS DUE THIS FALL
Brian Wilson and Mike Love are both writing books about their lives, which will be published this fall. Mike's book, Good Vibrations: My Life as a Beach Boy, co-written by James S. Hirsch, will be out on Sept. 13 from Penguin-Random House. Mike's book will be available in hardback, ebook, and audiobook (read by Mike) in CD and digital formats. Penguin is holding a sweepstakes to win a special VIP package to one of Beach Boys Mike and Bruce's shows — enter here!
Brian's book, titled I Am Brian Wilson: A Memoir and co-authored by Ben Greenman, will be out on Oct. 11 from Da Capo Press. Brian's book will be available in hardback and ebook formats. (updated 4/12/16)
PET SOUNDS (50th ANNIVERSARY EDITION) BOX SET
The Beach Boys' Pet Sounds (50th Anniversary Edition) will be released worldwide on June 10 in several configurations, including a 4CD/Blu-Ray Audio collector's edition presented in a hardbound book. This will include the original album remastered in stereo and mono, plus various mixes, session outtakes, alternate takes, and previously unreleased live recordings. There will also be a 2CD and digital deluxe edition pairing the remastered album in stereo and mono, with highlights from the collectors edition's additional tracks, and remastered, 180-gram LP editions of the album in mono and stereo with faithfully replicated original artwork. More. (updated 3-28-16)
LIVE IN THE STUDIO “SLOOP JOHN B” VIDEO
Brian Wilson and Al Jardine have released a live in the studio video version of “Sloop John B” in celebration of Pet Sounds' 50th anniversary. It can be viewed on YouTube. (updated 6-7-16)
DC MEMORIAL DAY CONCERT ON PBS
Beach Boys Mike Love and Bruce Johnston will be headline performers for this year's Memorial Day concert on the lawn of the U.S. Capitol. This show may be viewed on the PBS website. (updated 6-5-16)
DAVID MARKS, BACK IN THE GARAGE
David Marks has released a new album, Back in the Garage, featuring the A-Phonics. The release includes new versions of surf classics, including Beach Boys instrumentals and Marksmen tunes. The limited-edition CD version has sold out, but the album is still available in download format. (updated 6-5-16)
TOURS ANNOUNCED FOR 2016
Brian Wilson is touring this year in celebration of the 50th anniversary of Pet Sounds' release. Al Jardine and Blondie Chaplin will join Brian on this tour. Brian says: “It's really been a trip to sit here and think about releasing Pet Sounds 50 years ago. I love performing this album with my band and look forward to playing it for fans all across the world.” Brian says this will be his final tour of PS played in its entirety. Tour dates here. Press release here.
Beach Boys Mike Love and Bruce Johnston are touring in celebration of the 50th anniversary of the release of “Good Vibrations.” Tour dates here. (updated 1-25-16)
NEW! BEACH BOYS LIVE IN CHICAGO 1965
A new Beach Boys archival concert album, Live in Chicago 1965, was released Dec. 11, 2015 in digital format. The album has two complete shows with Brian, Dennis, and Carl Wilson, Mike Love, and Al Jardine, plus some bonus rehearsal tracks. This release joins Beach Boys' Party! Uncovered and Unplugged as 2015's end of the year archival treats. (updated 12-11-15)
Brian Wilson, Scott Bennett, and Paul Dano were nominated for Golden Globes for their work in Love and Mercy, but did not win. Brian and Scott were nominated in the Best Song category, for the song “One Kind of Love.” Paul was nominated in the Best Supporting Actor Category. Congratulations to all — you'll always be winners to us! (updated 1-14-16)
AL JARDINE'S CHRISTMAS SINGLE
Al Jardine has released a digital single, “Hurry Up, Hurry Up, Santa Claus.” The song is available from CDBaby. The single's sales (through Jan. 31, 2016) will be a fundraiser for children with cancer. Everyone who makes a donation will be entered in a drawing for a signed CD or the grand prize, a signed '70s modified Stratocaster. More info. (updated 12-9-15)
MIKE LOVE'S CHRISTMAS SINGLE
Mike Love has released a solo single, “(You'll Never Be) Alone on Christmas Day,” now available for purchase in digital format. (updated 12-9-15)
GEORGE FEST 2014 SHOW COMING OUT ON HOME VIDEO
Brian Wilson and Al Jardine are two of the many musical artists who joined in the tribute to late Beatle George Harrison in Sept. 2014. A document of that show is now being released on audio and video on February 26, 2016. George Fest: A Night to Celebrate the Music of George Harrison will be available in the following formats: a two-CD/DVD set, a two-CD/Blu-ray package, and a high-quality three-LP vinyl collection with digital download. Brian and Al perform “My Sweet Lord.” (updated 12-14-15)
BBs' “DARLIN'” FEATURED ON THE BIG BANG THEORY
The Beach Boys' classic “Darlin'” (from Wild Honey) featured prominently in the storyline of the Dec. 10, 2015, episode of CBS' The Big Bang Theory. (updated 12-11-15)
AL JARDINE'S TRIBUTE TO JOHN LENNON
In celebration of John Lennon's 75th birthday, Al Jardine hosted a singalong session of Lennon's “Imagine” at Strawberry Fields in New York City's Central Park. Some 200 people joined Alan and friend Larry Dvoskin to remember Lennon. Dvoskin has released his video of the event for public viewing. It will also be included in a UN/UNICEF video project of people from all over the world singing “Imagine.” (updated 12-9-15)
MIKE LOVE ON iHeartRadio
Mike Love is hosting the Mike Love Holiday Radio channel on theiHeartRadio online service. (updated 11-25-15)
BRIAN WILSON 2016 TOUR NEWS
Brian Wilson will be touring behind the 50th anniversary of Pet Sounds in 2016. He will be performing PS in its entirety, as well as hits and fan favorites. Fellow BBs Al Jardine and Blondie Chaplin will join Brian on tour. (updated 12-6-15)
WISHES FOR A SWIFT RECOVERY TO DAVID MARKS
David Marks is home from hospital, resting and recovering from a heart procedure. Get well soon, David! More info here. (updated 10-17-15)
NEW ARCHIVAL BB PARTY! RELEASE
In celebration of the Party! album's 50th anniversary, Capitol/UMe is releasing a deluxe, expanded edition of the album, titled Beach Boys' Party! Uncovered and Unplugged, on Nov. 20, 2015. This 2-CD and digital set features 81 tracks, including the orginal album without the overdubbed party sound effects, plus 69 more songs and dialog from the Party! recording sessions. The package also includes photos from the sessions, essays by Beach Boys historians Alan Boyd and Craig Slowinski, and notes by Mark Linett. A vinyl LP of the Party! album's original 12 tracks, remixed, and remastered in the “Uncovered and Unplugged” style, will follow on December 11. More. (updated 10-23-15)
LOVE & MERCY VIDEO AND SOUNDTRACK
The Love & Mercy soundtrack is now available worldwide in digital format and will be released on CD on September 18. The film is now out in digital format and will be released in DVD and Blu-Ray on September 15. (updated 8-25-15)
Brian Wilson is touring with fellow BBs Al Jardine and Blondie Chaplin, in support of his new No Pier Pressure album. Rodriguez (of Oscar-winning documentary Searching for Sugarman fame) will open. Press release here. Tour dates here. NOTICE: Brian's fall UK tour has been postponed until 2016.
Beach Boys Mike Love and Bruce Johnston will be touring Australia and New Zealand in November, Germany in December, as well as the USA throughout the year. Tour dates here. VIP Meet & Greet/Soundcheck packages may be available for some shows. For more information, go to Mike Love's website (www.mikelove.com/VIP). (updated 7/28/15)
LOVE & MERCY BW BIOPIC
Love & Mercy, the Brian Wilson biopic, is set to hit theaters June 5, 2015. L&M is an “unconventional” portrait of Brian, with Paul Dano playing him in the 1960s (with The Beach Boys), intercut with John Cusack's portrayal of Brian's dark years under the control of Eugene Landy (Paul Giamatti) and his developing romance with second wife Melinda (Elizabeth Banks) in the 1980s. Watch the teaser and the preview for the film. Fans are compiling reviews and media for L&M here. (updated 6-4-15)
BLONDIE CHAPLIN GUESTING WITH KEITH RICHARDS
Blondie Chaplin is featured on four tracks of Keith Richards' new solo CD Crosseyed Heart, Keith's first solo album in 23 years. The album will be released on Sept. 18. (updated 7-28-15)
THE WRECKING CREW DOC
Brian Wilson is one of the music luminaries interviewed in the The Wrecking Crew documentary, which is now available on DVD in the US (and on July 13 in the UK). This music-filled documentary film tells the story of the unsung musicians who were the de-facto backing band on many of the number one hit records during the 1960s and '70s by Phil Spector, Frank Sinatra, Nancy Sinatra, Sony & Cher, Elvis, The Monkees, and many more. They also provided backing on the mid-'60s Beach Boys albums, notably Pet Sounds and Smile. These dedicated musicians, known as The Wrecking Crew, brought the flair and musicianship that made the American “West Coast Sound” a dominant cultural force around the world. Preview here. (updated 7-4-15)
NO PIER PRESSURE
Brian Wilson's newest album project, No Pier Pressure, was released on April 7, 2015. NPP features a number of guest star appearances, including She & Him, Kacey Musgraves, Nate Ruess (of fun.), Sebu Simonian, and Mark Isham. Al Jardine, David Marks, and Blondie Chaplin have also contributed to the album (cover by Daria Wilson). More.
“The Right Time” and “Runaway Dancer” have been released as digital singles. “The Right Time,” backed with “Sail Away,” will also be released as a Capitol Records 7" vinyl single on Record Store Day, April 18, 2015, available at local independent record stores. Videos have been released for “The Right Time” (featuring Brian, Al Jardine, Scott Bennett, and others), “Runaway Dancer,” (featuring Brian, Sebu, and Paul von Mertens), and more. Listen to the deluxe version of the album on Brian's VEVO channel — links to each song are here.
Brian and friends (including Al, Blondie, and Ricky Fataar) taped a live performance of the album on Dec. 12, 2014 at the Venetian in Las Vegas, which will air on PBS' Soundstage program in early April. It will also be available on home video DVD and Blu-Ray. (updated 4/9/15)
NPP & related videos:
- No Pier Pressure preview video
- No Pier Pressure (Behind the Scenes)
- “Sail Away,” video
- “The Right Time,” video
- “On the Island,” video
- “Runaway Dancer,” from Conan, April 8, 2015
- “Sail Away,” live version, from Soundstage
- “The Right Time” live version, from Soundstage
- “Runaway Dancer” live version, from Soundstage
- “Wild Honey” live version, from Soundstage
- Soundstage preview
RECORD STORE DAY RELEASES
In addition to Brian Wilson's “The Right Time”/“Sail Away” Record Store Day release, Omnivore Recordings will release Sessions '64, a collection of tracks Brian wrote and produced for the Honeys, the Castells, and the Timers. This limited edition pressing will be on 10-inch gold-colored vinyl, available on April 18th at local independent record stores. (updated 3/12/15)
JACK REILEY (1942-2015)
Former Beach Boys' manager (early '70s) and lyricist, Jack Rieley, passed away in Berlin on April 17, 2015. Reiley most notably wrote the lyrics to Carl Wilson's “Feel Flows” and “Long Promised Road,” and sang a guest lead on “A Day in the Life of a Tree.” Our condolences go out to his family, friends, and colleagues. (updated 4-21-15)
BRIAN FEST: TRIBUTE CHARITY CONCERT
Brian Wilson was saluted by an all-star cast March 30, 2015, at Brian Fest: A Night to Celebrate the Music of Brian Wilson, a charity fundraiser concert at the Fonda Theatre in Los Angeles, CA. Performers included Brian himself, fellow BB Al Jardine, Wilson Phillips, Ann Wilson (Heart), Norah Jones, Brandon Flowers (The Killers), Boz Scaggs, and many more. More information. Watch the behind-the-scenes video of Brian Fest here: Part 1.
Proceeds will go to the Sweet Relief Musician's Fund, by way of the Jameson Neighborhood Fund. Brian Fest is part of the Best Fest series of charity tribute concerts honoring music icons. Brian guested at last year's George Fest, which saluted George Harrison. (updated 6/3/15)
MIKE LOVE QUESTION & ANSWER
Mike Love's website, mikelove.com, is launching “The Vibe Room,” Mike's very own message board. Mike answered 20 questions from fans in a video post on March 9, 2015. Watch his responses here. (updated 3-10-15)
NEW BB DIGITAL RELEASES
Capitol Records has put out two new archival BB releases, recorded in 1964. Keep an Eye on Summer — The Beach Boys Sessions 1964 features takes, outtakes, and alternate versions of songs from the Boys' 1964 LP sessions, as well as live BBC performances (46 songs in all). The Beach Boys Live in Sacramento 1964 features both of the full live shows that were recorded for the 1964 Concert album, plus some bonus tracks (37 songs in all). Keep an Eye on Summer and Live in Sacramento are both available for download on iTunes now. (updated 12/3/14)
MIKE LOVE INKS AUTOBIO BOOK DEAL
Mike Love is writing a book about his life, tentatively titled Good Vibrations: My Life as a Beach Boy. The book will be co-written by James S. Hirsch. Publication is planned in North America by Blue Rider Press for summer 2016. Read the press release here. (updated 11/20/14)
FREE TOUR E-BOOKLETS AVAILABLE
Download Endless Summer Quarterly's FREE 2014 tour program for Beach Boys Mike Love and Bruce Johnston's shows, complete with full color pictures. Also download ESQ's FREE 2014 tour program for Brian Wilson and Al Jardine's shows. Both books are in pdf format. (updated 12/2/14)
BBC'S “GOD ONLY KNOWS” WITH BRIAN WILSON
BBC TV has put together an all-star video cover of “God Only Knows” by The Impossible Orchestra, with appearances by Stevie Wonder, Elton John, Dave Grohl, Brian May, Chris Martin, Pharrell Williams, Chrissie Hynde, Florence Welch, Lorde, One Direction (among others), and the composer himself, Brian Wilson, to benefit the BBC's Children in Need charity. Read about recording and the artists, watch the video and the making-of video at BBC's website. (updated 10/8/14)
BBs TAKE THE ALS ICE BUCKET CHALLENGE
Mike Love and Al Jardine have both posted videos of themselves taking the ALS ice bucket challenge to help support The ALS Association in the fight against ALS (aka Lou Gehrig's Disease). Al posted his video on his Facebook page. Mike posted his video (done during a recent concert in Chicago) on YouTube. (updated 8/27/14)
BB VIP PACKAGES AVAILABLE AT SELECT VENUES
Beach Boys Mike Love and Bruce Johnston personally invite you to become a Beach Boys VIP and sit in on their soundcheck, then come backstage for a preshow party. There will be a Q&A, some cool memorabilia, and a photo op! Check out Mike Love's website (www.mikelove.com/VIP) or the official BB website (www.thebeachboys.com) for available dates. See package details here. (updated 8/7/14)
BEACH BOYS ANNOUNCE 50 YEARS OF “FUN, FUN, FUN” TOUR
Beach Boys Mike Love and Bruce Johnston are touring this year in celebration of 50 years of “Fun, Fun, Fun” (released in 1964). Jeffrey Foskett will be joining the BB supporting band, replacing Christian Love, who is pursuing a solo career. Tour dates. (updated 5/15/14)
THIRD OF JULY SPECIAL APPEARANCE
Beach Boys Mike Love and Bruce Johnston will be part of this year's Boston Pops Fireworks Spectacular, joining with the famed orchestra in celebrating the 4th of July. Due to the approaching Hurricane Arthur, the show has been moved up to July 3rd. The full Boston Pops show at Hatch Shell in Boston, MA will be webcast worldwide via live streaming video on WBZ-TV CBS Boston's website and the Boston Pops' website. Megan Hilty, the cast of Phantom of the Opera, and the Boston Children's Chorus will also perform. (7/3/14)
MIKE LOVE RECEIVES ELLA AWARD
Mike Love was honored with the Ella Award (named for Ella Fitzgerald) from the Society of Singers, Inc., a charitable nonprofit organization that supports vocalists. The ceremony took place on Feb. 20 at the Beverly Hilton Hotel, in Beverly Hills, CA. The Beach Boys (Mike Love, Bruce Johnston, Alan Jardine, and David Marks) performed in a surprise mini-reunion, as well as California Saga, Mickey Dolenz, David Lee Roth, and others. More. (updated 3/1/14)
MIKE LOVE RELEASES “PISCES BROTHERS” ONLINE
Mike Love recently released a tribute to George Harrison, titled “Pisces Brothers.” The song is inspired by the time Mike and George spent in Riskikesh, India with Maharishi Mahesh Yogi in early 1968. Read Mike's article about the release here (with link to “Pisces Brothers”). (updated 2/25/13)
BEACH BOYS TRADING CARDS
In stores now, Beach Boys Trading Cards from Panini. More. (updated 10/30/13)
THE BIG BEAT 1963 DIGITAL RELEASE
Capitol Records is releasing The Big Beat 1963, a compilation of archival Beach Boys tracks and Brian Wilson productions for other acts. Consisting of mostly previously-unreleased rarities, this collection of early material will be a digital-only release, available December 17, 2013. More. (updated 12/11/13)
ANOTHER NEW BB GRANDSON
BBFC sends our congratulations out to Michael Wilson and his wife Samantha on the birth of their son, Dennis, named for his grandfather. (12/28/13)
WILSON BROTHERS BIOPICS UPDATES
Production has been officially cancelled on the Dennis Wilson biopic, The Drummer. Brian Wilson's biopic, Love & Mercy, starring John Cusack (as older Brian), Paul Dano (as younger Brian), Elizabeth Banks, and Paul Giamatti, has wrapped shooting and is in post-production. Mark Linnet also makes an appearance, in a nod to his predecessor Chuck Britz. (12/12/13)
BRIAN WILSON & JEFF BECK
Brian Wilson is recording a new album, featuring guitar legend Jeff Beck, and special appearances by Alan Jardine and David Marks. The foursome has also announced a fall tour together. Former BB Blondie Chaplin is the most recent special guest to join them in recording at Ocean Way and will be joining the tour on select dates. Wilson and Beck will be making an appearance on Late Night with Jimmy Fallon, on Thursday, October 10 at 12:35 a.m. on NBC TV. (updated 10/3/13)
MADE IN CALIFORNIA CD BOX SET
The Beach Boys' Made in California, a career-spanning box set, was released on August 27, 2013. This 6-CD set includes previously unreleased and long sought-after tracks, including “Goin' to the Beach,” “California Feelin',” “Soul Searchin',” “You're Still a Mystery,” “(Wouldn't It Be Nice To) Live Again,” and more. The set also debuts 17 unreleased live recordings, dating from 1965-95, including “Wendy” live in a BBC studio from 1964, an early '70s version of “Help Me Rhonda” with Dennis Wilson on lead, “Only With You” live 1972, and “Wild Honey (New Jersey 1972)” with Blondie Chaplin on lead vocal. More information and full track listing. (updated 9/1/13)
Capitol Records and Tongal are sponsoring two crowd-sourced projects in conjunction with MIC's upcoming release. One is for a fan-made video for “California Feelin',” with cash prize awards. The second is for fans to record and submit a guitar solo for “Goin' to the Beach.” The grand-prize winner will receive a MIC-branded Fender Stratocaster guitar and other goodies from Capitol and Fender. (updated 8/6/13)
Rock Cellar Magazine, September 2013 issue is devoted to The Beach Boys, with lots of intriguing interviews, in conjunction with the release of the Made in California box set. UK magazine Record Collector has a cover story on the BBs in their Sept. issue. Endless Summer Quarterly's Fall 2013 issue coming out soon. More. (8/19/13)
Our sympathy goes out to Mike Love and to his family, on the passing of Milton Love (Mike's father) at the age of 95. Read Mike's statement here and watch the Love family's tribute slideshow to Milton here. (6/27/13)
50TH ANNIVERSARY CONCERT CD
The Beach Boys' Live: The 50th Anniversary Tour, a 2-CD set from last year's reunion tour, was released May 21, 2013. Track listing here. (updated 5/22/13)
“GIVE PEACE A CHANCE”
Al Jardine and Sean Lennon have recorded a mostly a capella remake of John Lennon's anthem, “Give Peace a Chance” for Bono's ONE project. Al also recorded a new version of “If I Had a Hammer” with Richard Barone. Watch the video here. (updated 6/12/13)
NEW BB GRANDSONS
Congratulations go out to Matt and Susie Jardine on the birth of their son in May, to Adam and Marnie Jardine on the birth of their son in August, and to grandfather Alan Jardine and grandmothers Lynda and Mary Ann. (updated 8/24/13)
Brian Wilson (featured performer), Billy Hinsche (camp counselor), Jeffrey Foskett (musical director), and other members of Brian's supporting band (Darian Sanahaja, Scott Bennett, and Probyn Gregory) will be taking part in this year's Rock and Roll Fantasy Camp in Las Vegas, NV. The camp runs from April 18-21, 2013. For more information, go to www.rockcamp.com. (updated 2/24/13)
THE SMILE SESSIONS WIN GRAMMY AWARD
The Beach Boys' The Smile Sessions (Deluxe Box Set) has been given a Grammy Award for Best Historical Album. Congratulations go out to the producers (Alan Boyd, Mark Linett, Brian Wilson, and Dennis Wolfe), as well as to The Beach Boys, the session musicians, and everyone who helped put this very special package together. The award was announced at the 55th Annual Grammy Awards on Feb. 10, 2013. Watch the video on the Grammys' website. (updated 2/10/12)
TWO LANE BLACKTOP RELEASE ON DVD/BLURAY
Two Lane Blacktop, the 1971 cross-country road race cult film, starring Dennis Wilson, James Taylor, and others is getting the deluxe reissue treatment from Criterion on both DVD and BluRay. More info on the release is available on Crierion's website. Two Lane Blacktop was also honored by being named one of the 25 movies added to the U.S. National Film Registry in 2012. (updated 1/8/13)
NEW BW BOOK OUT
Brian Wilson by Kirk Curnutt is a new book in the “Icons of Pop Music” series from Equinox Publishing. More. (updated 1/16/13)
NEW AND UPCOMING RELEASES FOR 2012
The Beach Boys' Live in Concert: 50th Anniversary will be released on DVD and Blu-Ray on Nov. 20. Record Store Day's “Back to Black Friday” vinyl releases include a Beach Boys 10-inch single reissue of “Surfin' Safari”/“409” backed with “Isn't It Time”/“From There to Back Again”; only in local, independent record stores. Billy Hinsche's Home Movies will be released in December, featuring previously unseen footage and photos from the Hinsche and Carl Wilson families, including the Wilson brothers and other Beach Boys. (updated 12/2/12)
NEW CATALOG REISSUES IN STEREO AND MONO
Twelve Beach Boys studio albums have been digitally remastered by Mark Linett and released on CD and digitally, most featuring mono and stereo mixes on the same disk. The albums are Surfin' U.S.A., Surfer Girl, Little Deuce Coupe, Shut Down, Volume 2, All Summer Long, Today!, Summer Days (And Summer Nights!!), Party!, Pet Sounds, Smiley Smile, Sunflower (stereo mix only), and Surf's Up (stereo mix only). These releases mark the stereo debut of Smiley Smile and Party!, while Today! and Summer Days (And Summer Nights!!) are being released in stereo for the first time in their entirety. (updated 9/24/12)
BB REUNION TOUR ENDS
The Beach Boys' 50th Anniversary Celebration tour ended on September 28, 2012, in London. Thank you so much, guys — that was truly splendid! Please consider “doin' it again” soon! In the meantime, Mike Love and Bruce Johnston will resume their tour, in pre-reunion formation. (updated 9/29/12)
BEACH BOYS TWITTER INTERVIEW
A live Twitter interview with The Beach Boys (Brian Wilson, Mike Love, Al Jardine, Bruce Johnston, and David Marks), was held on Tuesday, September 18, 2012. A transcript of the questions and responses is located here. (updated 9/22/12)
BEACH BOYS REUNION!
The Beach Boys reunited for a global 50th Anniversary Celebration this year. Brian Wilson, Mike Love, Al Jardine, Bruce Johnston, and David Marks released a new studio album, That's Why God Made the Radio, on June 5th, which promptly debuted at number 3 on Billboard's Top 200 Albums chart a week later — the highest charting start for any Beach Boys album. Congratulations, guys!
The first single from the new album is the title track, “That's Why God Made the Radio” (available in digital and vinyl 45 formats). Other tracks on the album include “Think About the Days,” “Isn't It Time,” “Spring Vacation,” “The Private Life of Bill and Sue,” “Shelter,” “Daybreak Over the Ocean,” “Beaches in Mind,” “Strange World,” “From There to Back Again,” “Pacific Coast Highway,” and “Summer's Gone.” That's Why God Made the Radio is available in CD, digital (including high-res digital), and vinyl LP formats.
There will be commemorative catalog releases with Capitol/EMI — twelve studio albums reissued in stereo/mono editions, two hits packages (including 50 Big Ones, with the new single version of “Isn't It Time”), and Made in California, a career box set (fall release). An international tour included headlining performances at the New Orleans Jazz Fest and at Bonnaroo. Read the full press release. Watch the Do It Again video on the official BBs YouTube channel and watch promo videos for That's Why God Made the Radio on the Beach Boys' VEVO channel.
The five Beach Boys appeared at the Grammy Museum in Los Angeles on Sept. 18th, with an acoustic set and Q&A sessions, at the opening of a special 50th anniversary exhibit at the museum. The BBs will also be performing a concert for broadcast on BBC Radio 2's In Concert program. This will take place on Sept. 24th at The Mermaid Theatre, Blackfriars, in London, England at 6 pm. Radio 2 is giving away 200 tickets to lucky fans for this concert. The show will be available for listening on BBC Radio 2, including online via their iPlayer up to a week after the original broadcast.
The BBs made their first reunion appearance at the Grammy Awards on February 12th, joining with bands Foster The People and Maroon 5 for a special performance (the BBs' first live appearance together since 1996). Links to photos from the Grammy show are here and here, plus a post-performance interview here.
The Beach Boys performed “Surfer Girl” and sang the U.S. national anthem before the Dodgers' baseball game in Los Angeles on April 10th. More. (updated 9/10/12)
BB REUNION ON PBS' FRONT ROW CENTER: The Beach Boys will be appearing on the PBS music series Front Row Center, on or around June 7, 2012 (see your local PBS station's listings for exact day and time). This 1-hour episode features footage from the BB's May 2nd concert in St. Augustine, FL, with a look back at their career, never-before-seen archival concert footage, and songs from their new album, That's Why God Made the Radio. It was released on DVD and Blu-Ray on August 28th. A 2-hour special is also rumored to be in the works.
The BBs recorded an in-studio concert for SiriusXM's Artist Confiential series, to run Saturday, May 26th at noon ET. (SiriusXM is a subscription radio service.) More info. (updated 6/5/12)
- April 29 — CBS Sunday Morning, feature story with interviews; transcript here
- May 7 — Late Night with Jimmy Fallon, NBC, multi-song performance and interview
- May 16 — QVC, with a special hour-long live performance, watch online
- May 18 — Charlie Rose, PBS, watch online
- June 6 — Access Hollywood, interview with Brian and Mike about “Good Vibrations,” watch online
- June 6 — Tonight Show With Jay Leno, watch the BBs perform “That's Why God Made the Radio” online
- June 7 — Front Row Center, “The Beach Boys: Doing It Again,” PBS (now available on DVD)
- June 15 — New York City, NY (Central Park, Good Morning America's Summer Concert Series, 7 a.m., free show)
- September 25 — Later Live with Jools Holland on BBC 2, 10 p.m. UK time
- June 5 — The Beach Boys' K-EARTH 101 FM interview, with video
- June 5 — The Beach Boys Talk: That's Why God Made the Radio, a YouTube playlist. The BBs preview tracks from their new album and introduce videos by other artists.
- Released June 6 (taped earlier) — Beach Boys Play Their Classics. Watch the BBs perform “Surfer Girl,” “In My Room,” and “Good Vibrations” unplugged live in Rolling Stone's video studio, also an interview with the guys.
- June 6 — Google Play: The Beach Boys Interview, 40 minutes
- June 13 — NPR: Listen to an hour of The Beach Boys live in concert from their 50th anniversary tour
The Beach Boys' offspring have joined together to form a new next-generation band, California Saga, to honor their parents' legacy and write a new chapter in the extended BB family's musical saga. This group of seasoned musical vets includes Carnie and Wendy Wilson (Brian Wilson's daughters), Christian and Ambha Love (Mike Love's son and daughter), Justyn Wilson (Carl Wilson's son), Carl B. Wilson (Dennis Wilson's son), and Matt and Adam Jardine (Al Jardine's sons). Billy Hinsche (Justyn's uncle) and Rob Bonfiglio (Carnie's husband) head up the supporting band. One of California Saga's focuses will be on the lesser-heard songs in the BB's canon. They will be performing a couple of numbers at The Beach Boys' Hollywood Bowl show, opening for the BB's Irvine and Lake Tahoe shows, and are planning to tour. Carnie, Wendy, Matt, and Rob will also be on tour with Wilson Phillips this year. (updated 6/13/12)
Brian Wilson has issued a statement on the passing of the Bee Gees' Robin Gibb: “Robin was ‘part of the family.’ I love the Bee Gees' voices, they're some of my favorite singers. I am so sad to hear about his passing, my heart goes out to his family and fans.” (5/21/12)
The Beach Boys 50th Anniversary Commemorative 'ZinePak was released May 1, 2012. This package includes an 11-track CD featuring the new version of “Do It Again,” plus a 72-page magazine with rare photos and new interviews with Brian Wilson, Mike Love, Al Jardine, Bruce Johnston, and David Marks. The BB 'ZinePak will be sold only at WalMart. More.
In other publication news, the UK magazine Mojo's latest issue has a 22-page feature story on the BBs. (4/20/12)
Al Jardine's A Postcard from California (previously available only as a digital/burn on demand release) will finally be released in physical CD format on April 3, 2012, on Waterfront Entertainment/Robo Records. The CD will have three bonus tracks, including “Waves of Love” (with Carl Wilson vocals), “California Dreamin’” (featuring Glen Campbell, David Crosby, and John Stamos) and a remake of “Sloop John B” (based Al's book, Sloop John B: A Pirate’s Tale). Postcard will be available from online retailers and in select record stores. For more info, go to Al's website.
Al will be making an in-store appearance at Fingerprints Music (420 E. 4th Street, Long Beach, CA 90802), on Record Store Day, April 21, at 2 p.m. (updated 4/2/12)
Billy Hinsche is now offering pre-orders for the revamped DVD release of his film, Know the Road (Redux) — Rock 'n' Roll Travel Tips, which features guest appearances by various members of the Beach Boys. Watch the preview here. (updated 3/30/12)
At least four new Beach Boys books in print and in progress. More. (12/21/09)
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BB CONTACT INFORMATION
Mail may be sent to members of the Beach Boys through BBFC:
Beach Boys Fan Club, 50 S. Emery St. #4E, Pahrump, NV 89048.
Brian Wilson may also be contacted via his message board at brianwilson.com. Additionally, Brian Wilson, Mike Love, Alan Jardine, and David Marks all have official Facebook and other social media presences.
The club was started by Alice, the president, in 1973, when she wrote to rock magazines expressing an interest in seeing more articles about the Beach Boys. After one of her letters was printed, several people contacted her about forming a club. Ads in Rolling Stone generated more membership; the first newsletter was published in 1976. The Beach Boys' promotional people took an interest, resulting in BBFC's becoming the official Beach Boys fan organization.
SUBSCRIBE: You can receive our latest newsletter by joining the club. Basic membership is $5.00 ($8.00 in U.S. funds for overseas members). This includes five issues of our newsletter (published irregularly), with news and other information, tour dates, editorials, and a classified section, as well as email bulletins for between-newsletter news.
HOW TO JOIN BBFC
Send your contact information and $5 ($8 overseas) in check or money order to the Beach Boys Fan Club, 50 S. Emery St. #4E, Pahrump, NV 89048. We have provided an application form for your convenience. (You do not need to include an SASE when sending payment.)
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