What’s the Future of the Beach Boys Reunion?
An Endless Summer may not be in store for the reunited Beach Boys.
Amidst hopeful talk of adding tour dates and recording another album comes a report that frontman Mike Love has scheduled his own “Beach Boys” tour dates this October. Apparently this was also news to Brian Wilson, who recently told Rolling Stone when the subject was brought up, “I wasn’t aware that Mike had some shows in South America.”
Love’s concerts have billed as the Beach Boys since 1998, when he licensed the name for his touring use. Love, Beach Boys member Bruce Johnston and hired musicians have set out on numerous “Beach Boys” tours through the years, often doing it on the cheap and performing the band’s biggest hits almost exclusively. In an interview with Billboard published today (June 27), Love calls the Beach Boys’ reunion tour “ridiculously expensive and intense.” The tour is in support of the Beach Boys’ new album, That’s Why God Made The Radio, released earlier this month to a No. 3 debut on the album chart (the band’s highest debut ever).
Details over Love’s South American concerts are hazy, at best. When asked for a confirmation of these shows, a rep who works with Love on his solo “Beach Boys” tours did not respond by press time. One thing is certain: Love was confirmed to perform in Winnie, TX at a venue called Nutty Jerry’s on October 6, just one week after the Beach Boys’ reunion tour wraps. The venue recently canceled the appearance, attributing the incident to a “misunderstanding” in a statement. “The group that was scheduled to perform at Nutty Jerry’s is not the same lineup as the current ‘Beach Boys 50th Anniversary’ tour,” the venue wrote on its website. “As a result Nutty Jerry’s did not feel that we could advertise the show as the ‘original’ Beach Boys.” Nutty Jerry’s did not return calls for further comment.
Kicking off April 24, the Beach Boys’ 50th anniversary tour includes 50+ shows in North America until mid-July before “America’s band” heads to Europe, Asia and Australia for dates through September. It’s a tour that reportedly took three major booking agencies to coordinate and blends Wilson and Love’s separate backing bands – but not always the visions of the cousins, who previously feuded in court over the Beach Boys. “Mike’s an entertainer. Brian is an artist. There’s room for both, but it’s hard to reconcile,” said band member Jeff Foskett in a recent Rolling Stone feature on the band’s reunion.
Yet in the same conversation that Wilson referred to Love’s tour dates as “news to me,” Brian remained positive about the band’s future. “There has been talk of doing more shows with the Boys and possibly a new record, which I would love to do,” he told Rolling Stone. “This reunion is blowing my mind.” Wilson told the Tampa Bay Tribune that he’d like to make another Beach Boys record that’s “a bit harder and faster” – a real “rock’n’roll” record.
Despite having his own touring agenda, Love also kept on message regarding the future of the Beach Boys. “There’s only one 50th anniversary, obviously, but… there’s talk of us going and doing a return to the Grammys next year, and there’s talk about doing another album together,” he told Billboard.
What the future holds for the Beach Boys… well, “God Only knows.”
– Jillian Mapes, CBS Local