All eyes are pointing for Beach Boys co-founders Brian Wilson, Al Jardine, and David Marks to tour this summer -- although they have only announced a single date so far. The trio, who'll contain more original Beach Boys on stage than Mike Love's "official" group, has decided to team-up after Love -- who has the license to use the group's name -- decided to return to his using his usual sidemen, including longtime Beach Boy Bruce Johnston. Wilson, Jardine, and Marks' only announced show so far is on July 25th at Kettering, Ohio's Fraze Pavilion For The Performing Arts.
Al Jardine spoke candidly about the odd touring situation -- especially following a Grammy award for their archival, set The Smile Sessions, a Top Three comeback album, That's Why God Made The Radio, and a sold out reunion tour last summer. He told Pennsylvania's Montgomery News, that he tried to keep the original Beach Boys lineup going forward, revealing, "I talked to Mike about it a couple of times and he just wanted some distance from it. He wanted to get away and not do this for a while with us. You should probably interview him and ask him. For whatever reason, he didn't want to do it anymore. So he's out there doing his version of the Beach Boys. I'm sure people come out and enjoy that, too. But it leaves the rest of us going, 'Hey, we just got all geared up for this and we want to get out,' but now we're all just sitting around on our fannies."
Jardine says that age and well-publicized personal troubles haven't diminished Brian Wilson's creative spark: "He's got such an inventive mind. He's still so amazing. Whenever he sits down at a piano, he can figure out arrangements that you wouldn't even imagine. It's striking what he can do. He can take an idea to the next level. . . Frankly, if you're working with Brian Wilson, it's worth it. The guy is an iconic figure in 20th century music. But we've got to get a little more out of him and little more out of me and a little more out of Mike, and hopefully we'll do it again next year."
Al Jardine told us that the thing that first bonded him and Wilson together over 50 years ago still keeps them spiritually connected: "We went to school together and we shared a love of music. And he had a lot to give. As it turned out, he had a lot more to give than any of the rest of us, musically. But he shared that with us. It wasn't as if he was revealing any secrets. In fact, Brian would never divulge how he did it."
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