Some of the oldest names in pop will be packing their gig bagsnext year, as the Beach Boys reunite for their 50th anniversary tour.
Following months of speculation, the band has announced plans for 50 dates in 2012, kicking off at the New Orleans Jazz & Heritage Festival in April.
The group shot into the limelight in 1962 with the release of their first album, Surfin’ Safari, and have since left a musical legacy with their chilled Californian tones.
Despite rumours of disagreements and background tensions, it seems that the boys have put past grudges behind them and are excited to be working together again.
“This anniversary is special to me because I miss the boys,” said Brian Wilson, “It will be a thrill for me to make a new record and be on stage with them again.”
Wilson will be joined on stage by former bandmates Mike Love, Al Jardine, Bruce Johnston and David Marks for the international CELEBRATION tour.
With several songs already recorded, the group are also expected to release a new studio album with Capitol/EMI in the New Year.
Earlier this year, the boys got together in the studio to re-record their 1968 favourite, Do It Again.
Mike Love described his pleasure at being back at the piano bench with the old group.
“Music has been the unifying and harmonising fact of life in our family since childhood,” he said. “It has been a huge blessing that we have been able to share with the world.”
And with a catalogue of songs to choose from, fans will be waiting with anticipation to hear the set-list for the band’s upcoming performances.
“We haven’t played together in a long time,” Jardine told the Rolling Stone. “The fans are going to want to hear the hits. But there should also be lesser-known ones that are so important.”