The Beach Boys are continuing to celebrate their 50th anniversary into 2014 as the recently reunited group sets off on a summer tour honoring the half-century birthday of their iconic song “Fun, Fun, Fun.”
Mike Love is the only original member that still tours with the group, though Bruce Johnston has been with them since 1967, when Brian Wilson ceased touring with the band. They will be joined for their summer 2014 dates by Jeffrey Foskett, who has worked with the band since 1981, Randell Kirsch, Tim Bonhomme, John Cowsill, and Scott Totten. A special appearance at Jones Beach in Long Island, New York, on July 5 is promised to involve appearances from original members Al Jardine and David Marks. The remainder of the dates sees the band hitting many states and performing a handful of shows in Europe, as well.
“Year after year, it’s been a great source of inspiration to see the happiness our music has brought to multiple generations of Beach Boys fans in so many parts of the world,” Mike Love said in a statement seen by Rolling Stone. “This summer I’m particularly excited for the Jones Beach show, which is such a terrific, iconic venue. It will be very special to share the stage with some old friends and bandmates, Al Jardine and David Marks.”
The Beach Boys are widely considered to be America’s greatest and most influential rock and roll band. Their more complicated and influential material — including the classic album Pet Sounds and the single “Good Vibrations” — was written primarily by founding member Brian Wilson. Wilson joined the group when they were honored at the Grammy Awards in 2012 for his first performance with the band since 1996, and the summer 2012 tour that followed was technically the group’s 50th anniversary tour. It seems they’re continuing the celebration into 2014, though these performances won’t include Wilson.
Wilson’s choice to remain uninvolved isn’t surprising, given that the reunion did involve some friction between the members. Last summer, Love told Billboard that he was frustrated with the fact that some songwriting with Wilson he believed had been promised by the reunion never came through. Wilson toured with Jeff Beck in support of his own solo material last fall.
Despite the inevitable infighting that comes with a decades-old band reuniting and the absence of the band’s most important creative force, the Beach Boys’ California surf-rock will likely fill arena seats this summer.
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