Brian Wilson May Rejoin Beach Boys for 50th Anniversary Tour

By DANIEL MACHT
|  Monday, Jun 21, 2010  |  Updated 2:15 PM PDT
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Here are some good vibrations for the ears of Beach Boys diehards, if true: reclusive genius Brian Wilson is rejoining the band.

Beach Boys frontman Mike Love told the Las Vegas Sun that Wilson has signed on for a series of shows and may even reunite for more writing and recording projects.

“Now we’re gearing up for the 50th anniversary, and Brian Wilson, who has been working on some unfinished Gershwin music project, will rejoin us,” Love told the Sun.

Love is the sole founding member now remaining with the group, which formed in the fall of 1961 and still tours today. The group was inducted in the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame in 1988.

Brian Wilson, the Beach Boys’ primary songwriter and architect of the act’s seminal 1966 album “Pet Sounds,” quit the group in the 1980s amid struggles with mental illness and drug abuse. In recent years, Wilson has reemerged as a touring solo musician, backed by a 10-piece band.

Wilson’s brothers and fellow Beach Boy musicians, Dennis and Carl, have both died.

It is unclear whether Al Jardine, the group’s other founding member now touring with his band Endless Summer, will join the group for its 50th anniversary tour.

The Beach Boys has ridden a wave of commercial success with hits that include “Surfin,” “California Girls,” “I Get Around,” “Wouldn’t It Be Nice,” “God Only Knows” and “Surfin’ USA.”
 

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