If you're a fan of nostalgia and classic rock, 2012 will bring with it an especially awesome treat: a reunion tour from the Beach Boys!
That's right, Brian Wilson, Mike Love, Al Jardine, Bruce Johnston and David Marks have finally puts years of lawsuits and bitter press spats behind them – "All that stuff is long forgotten," Love tells Rolling Stone – and are hitting the road for a 50-date 50th anniversary tour. The tour kickoff will officially go down at the New Orleans Jazz Fest in late April, but the group is planning something for the Grammys in February.
"There will be a surprise at the Grammys," Jardine tells RS. "We'll do something really exciting. There's a lot of interest in it, which is nice. It's going to be a very big operation."
(That means some sort of performance, right? Maybe with a contemporary artist, a la the recent – and regrettable – Stevie Wonder/Jonas Brothers medley of "Burnin' Up" and "Superstition" at the 2009 Grammys.)
Rumors were swirling that the Boys would announce the reunion at the recent Grammy Nominations Concert, which featured performances from Lady Gaga and Rihanna, but some behind-the-scenes turmoil forced the group to pull out of the special (which at the time seemed a little ominous for the tour moving forward).
In a statement, Brian Wilson said, "This anniversary is special to me because I miss the boys. It will be a thrill for me to make a new record and be on stage with them again."
YES! A new Beach Boys record. The group has studio space booked to continue work on a new record and plan to include a mix of the new material in with their classics when they hit the road.
We just kind of hope John Stamos, who has since the 1990s regularly performed and toured with the various incarnations of the Beach Boys that have hit the road (the upcoming reunion is the first tour in decades to get all of the original Boys back together, minus the late Carl Wilson), shows up for some guest appearances with the band. "Kokomo" forever!