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Article: Brian Wilson to Rejoin Beach Boys For 50th Anniversary Tour

Brian Wilson to Rejoin Beach Boys For 50th Anniversary Tour

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Genius songwriter Brian Wilson, who turned 68 two days ago, has announced he will be joining his former band mates for an upcoming tour in 2011 to celebrate the band’s 50th anniversary. The band was conceived in 1961 and has been going strong since with an array of new members. The other two surviving members, singer Mike Love and guitarist Al Jardine, have continued playing shows separately in recent years. Love has regularly toured under the Beach Boys name with his son Christian and another longtime member Bruce Johnston, while Jardine and Wilson have mostly stuck to solo work. Wilson’s brothers both passed in the past twenty-year, Dennis first in 1982, and Carl to a rough battle with lung cancer in 1992. Love commented on the impending reunion. “We're gearing up for the 50th anniversary, and Brian Wilson, who has been working on some unfinished Gershwin music project, will rejoin us. I'm sad that Carl Wilson passed away 11, 12 years ago from the same lung cancer problem that claimed the life of George Harrison. That was not a fun time for us. But I am happy that now my son Christian is in the group. Yes, the line-up has changed over the years, but it's been pretty consistent the past several years." The group last reunited in 2006 for the 40th anniversary of Pet Sounds. More details on the tour in 2011 will be announced shortly. For more info visit Recommended Listening: String Quartet Tribute To The Beach Boys’ Pet Sounds

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