NEW BB DIGITAL RELEASES
Capitol Records has put out two new archival BB releases, recorded in 1964. Keep an Eye on Summer — The Beach Boys Sessions 1964 features takes, outtakes, and alternate versions of songs from the Boys' 1964 LP sessions, as well as live BBC performances (46 songs in all). The Beach Boys Live in Sacramento 1964 features both of the full live shows that were recorded for the 1964 Concert album, plus some bonus tracks (37 songs in all). Keep an Eye on Summer and Live in Sacramento are both available for download on iTunes now. (updated 12/3/14)
MIKE LOVE INKS AUTOBIO BOOK DEAL
Mike Love is writing a book about his life, tentatively titled Good Vibrations: My Life as a Beach Boy. The book will be co-written by James S. Hirsch. Publication is planned in North America by Blue Rider Press for summer 2016. Read the press release here. (updated 11/20/14)
NO PIER PRESSURE
Brian Wilson is readying his next album project, No Pier Pressure, for a Spring 2015 release. NPP features a number of guest star appearances, including Zoey Deschanel, Lana del Rey, Kacey Musgraves, Nate Ruess (of fun.), Sebu Simonian, and Mark Isham. Al Jardine, David Marks, and Blondie Chaplin have also contributed to the album (cover by Daria Wilson). Brian and friends (including Al, Blondie, and Ricky Fataar) will also be a taping a live performance of the album on Dec. 12th at the Venetian in Las Vegas, which will air on PBS' Soundstage program next year. (updated 11/10/14)
FREE TOUR E-BOOKLETS AVAILABLE
Download Endless Summer Quarterly's FREE 2014 tour program for Beach Boys Mike Love and Bruce Johnston's shows, complete with full color pictures. Also download ESQ's FREE 2014 tour program for Brian Wilson and Al Jardine's shows. Both books are in pdf format. (updated 12/2/14)
BBC'S “GOD ONLY KNOWS” WITH BRIAN WILSON
BBC TV has put together an all-star video cover of “God Only Knows” by The Impossible Orchestra, with appearances by Stevie Wonder, Elton John, Dave Grohl, Brian May, Chris Martin, Pharrell Williams, Chrissie Hynde, Florence Welch, Lorde, One Direction (among others), and the composer himself, Brian Wilson, to benefit the BBC's Children in Need charity. Read about recording and the artists, watch the video and the making-of video at BBC's website. (updated 10/8/14)
BBs TAKE THE ALS ICE BUCKET CHALLENGE
Mike Love and Al Jardine have both posted videos of themselves taking the ALS ice bucket challenge to help support The ALS Association in the fight against ALS (aka Lou Gehrig's Disease). Al posted his video on his Facebook page. Mike posted his video (done during a recent concert in Chicago) on YouTube. (updated 8/27/14)
BB VIP PACKAGES AVAILABLE AT SELECT VENUES
Beach Boys Mike Love and Bruce Johnston personally invite you to become a Beach Boys VIP and sit in on their soundcheck, then come backstage for a preshow party. There will be a Q&A, some cool memorabilia, and a photo op! Check out Mike Love's website (www.mikelove.com/VIP) or the official BB website (www.thebeachboys.com) for available dates. See package details here. (updated 8/7/14)
BEACH BOYS ANNOUNCE 50 YEARS OF “FUN, FUN, FUN” TOUR
Beach Boys Mike Love and Bruce Johnston are touring this year in celebration of 50 years of “Fun, Fun, Fun” (released in 1964). Jeffrey Foskett will be joining the BB supporting band, replacing Christian Love, who is pursuing a solo career. Tour dates. (updated 5/15/14)
THIRD OF JULY SPECIAL APPEARANCE
Beach Boys Mike Love and Bruce Johnston will be part of this year's Boston Pops Fireworks Spectacular, joining with the famed orchestra in celebrating the 4th of July. Due to the approaching Hurricane Arthur, the show has been moved up to July 3rd. The full Boston Pops show at Hatch Shell in Boston, MA will be webcast worldwide via live streaming video on WBZ-TV CBS Boston's website and the Boston Pops' website. Megan Hilty, the cast of Phantom of the Opera, and the Boston Children's Chorus will also perform. (7/3/14)
MIKE LOVE RECEIVES ELLA AWARD
Mike Love was honored with the Ella Award (named for Ella Fitzgerald) from the Society of Singers, Inc., a charitable nonprofit organization that supports vocalists. The ceremony took place on Feb. 20 at the Beverly Hilton Hotel, in Beverly Hills, CA. The Beach Boys (Mike Love, Bruce Johnston, Alan Jardine, and David Marks) performed in a surprise mini-reunion, as well as California Saga, Mickey Dolenz, David Lee Roth, and others. More. (updated 3/1/14)
MIKE LOVE RELEASES “PISCES BROTHERS” ONLINE
Mike Love recently released a tribute to George Harrison, titled “Pisces Brothers.” The song is inspired by the time Mike and George spent in Riskikesh, India with Maharishi Mahesh Yogi in early 1968. Read Mike's article about the release here (with link to “Pisces Brothers”). (updated 2/25/13)
BEACH BOYS TRADING CARDS
In stores now, Beach Boys Trading Cards from Panini. More. (updated 10/30/13)
THE BIG BEAT 1963 DIGITAL RELEASE
Capitol Records is releasing The Big Beat 1963, a compilation of archival Beach Boys tracks and Brian Wilson productions for other acts. Consisting of mostly previously-unreleased rarities, this collection of early material will be a digital-only release, available December 17, 2013. More. (updated 12/11/13)
ANOTHER NEW BB GRANDSON
BBFC sends our congratulations out to Michael Wilson and his wife Samantha on the birth of their son, Dennis, named for his grandfather. (12/28/13)
WILSON BROTHERS BIOPICS UPDATES
Production has been officially cancelled on the Dennis Wilson biopic, The Drummer. Brian Wilson's biopic, Love & Mercy, starring John Cusack (as older Brian), Paul Dano (as younger Brian), Elizabeth Banks, and Paul Giamatti, has wrapped shooting and is in post-production. Mark Linnet also makes an appearance, in a nod to his predecessor Chuck Britz. (12/12/13)
BRIAN WILSON & JEFF BECK
Brian Wilson is recording a new album, featuring guitar legend Jeff Beck, and special appearances by Alan Jardine and David Marks. The foursome has also announced a fall tour together. Former BB Blondie Chaplin is the most recent special guest to join them in recording at Ocean Way and will be joining the tour on select dates. Wilson and Beck will be making an appearance on Late Night with Jimmy Fallon, on Thursday, October 10 at 12:35 a.m. on NBC TV. (updated 10/3/13)
MADE IN CALIFORNIA CD BOX SET
The Beach Boys' Made in California, a career-spanning box set, was released on August 27, 2013. This 6-CD set includes previously unreleased and long sought-after tracks, including “Goin' to the Beach,” “California Feelin',” “Soul Searchin',” “You're Still a Mystery,” “(Wouldn't It Be Nice To) Live Again,” and more. The set also debuts 17 unreleased live recordings, dating from 1965-95, including “Wendy” live in a BBC studio from 1964, an early '70s version of “Help Me Rhonda” with Dennis Wilson on lead, “Only With You” live 1972, and “Wild Honey (New Jersey 1972)” with Blondie Chaplin on lead vocal. More information and full track listing. (updated 9/1/13)
Capitol Records and Tongal are sponsoring two crowd-sourced projects in conjunction with MIC's upcoming release. One is for a fan-made video for “California Feelin',” with cash prize awards. The second is for fans to record and submit a guitar solo for “Goin' to the Beach.” The grand-prize winner will receive a MIC-branded Fender Stratocaster guitar and other goodies from Capitol and Fender. (updated 8/6/13)
Rock Cellar Magazine, September 2013 issue is devoted to The Beach Boys, with lots of intriguing interviews, in conjunction with the release of the Made in California box set. UK magazine Record Collector has a cover story on the BBs in their Sept. issue. Endless Summer Quarterly's Fall 2013 issue coming out soon. More. (8/19/13)
Our sympathy goes out to Mike Love and to his family, on the passing of Milton Love (Mike's father) at the age of 95. Read Mike's statement here and watch the Love family's tribute slideshow to Milton here. (6/27/13)
50TH ANNIVERSARY CONCERT CD
The Beach Boys' Live: The 50th Anniversary Tour, a 2-CD set from last year's reunion tour, was released May 21, 2013. Track listing here. (updated 5/22/13)
“GIVE PEACE A CHANCE”
Al Jardine and Sean Lennon have recorded a mostly a capella remake of John Lennon's anthem, “Give Peace a Chance” for Bono's ONE project. Al also recorded a new version of “If I Had a Hammer” with Richard Barone. Watch the video here. (updated 6/12/13)
NEW BB GRANDSONS
Congratulations go out to Matt and Susie Jardine on the birth of their son in May, to Adam and Marnie Jardine on the birth of their son in August, and to grandfather Alan Jardine and grandmothers Lynda and Mary Ann. (updated 8/24/13)
Brian Wilson (featured performer), Billy Hinsche (camp counselor), Jeffrey Foskett (musical director), and other members of Brian's supporting band (Darian Sanahaja, Scott Bennett, and Probyn Gregory) will be taking part in this year's Rock and Roll Fantasy Camp in Las Vegas, NV. The camp runs from April 18-21, 2013. For more information, go to www.rockcamp.com. (updated 2/24/13)
THE SMILE SESSIONS WIN GRAMMY AWARD
The Beach Boys' The Smile Sessions (Deluxe Box Set) has been given a Grammy Award for Best Historical Album. Congratulations go out to the producers (Alan Boyd, Mark Linett, Brian Wilson, and Dennis Wolfe), as well as to The Beach Boys, the session musicians, and everyone who helped put this very special package together. The award was announced at the 55th Annual Grammy Awards on Feb. 10, 2013. Watch the video on the Grammys' website. (updated 2/10/12)
TWO LANE BLACKTOP RELEASE ON DVD/BLURAY
Two Lane Blacktop, the 1971 cross-country road race cult film, starring Dennis Wilson, James Taylor, and others is getting the deluxe reissue treatment from Criterion on both DVD and BluRay. More info on the release is available on Crierion's website. Two Lane Blacktop was also honored by being named one of the 25 movies added to the U.S. National Film Registry in 2012. (updated 1/8/13)
NEW BW BOOK OUT
Brian Wilson by Kirk Curnutt is a new book in the “Icons of Pop Music” series from Equinox Publishing. More. (updated 1/16/13)
NEW AND UPCOMING RELEASES FOR 2012
The Beach Boys' Live in Concert: 50th Anniversary will be released on DVD and Blu-Ray on Nov. 20. Record Store Day's “Back to Black Friday” vinyl releases include a Beach Boys 10-inch single reissue of “Surfin' Safari”/“409” backed with “Isn't It Time”/“From There to Back Again”; only in local, independent record stores. Billy Hinsche's Home Movies will be released in December, featuring previously unseen footage and photos from the Hinsche and Carl Wilson families, including the Wilson brothers and other Beach Boys. (updated 12/2/12)
NEW CATALOG REISSUES IN STEREO AND MONO
Twelve Beach Boys studio albums have been digitally remastered by Mark Linett and released on CD and digitally, most featuring mono and stereo mixes on the same disk. The albums are Surfin' U.S.A., Surfer Girl, Little Deuce Coupe, Shut Down, Volume 2, All Summer Long, Today!, Summer Days (And Summer Nights!!), Party!, Pet Sounds, Smiley Smile, Sunflower (stereo mix only), and Surf's Up (stereo mix only). These releases mark the stereo debut of Smiley Smile and Party!, while Today! and Summer Days (And Summer Nights!!) are being released in stereo for the first time in their entirety. (updated 9/24/12)
BB REUNION TOUR ENDS
The Beach Boys' 50th Anniversary Celebration tour ended on September 28, 2012, in London. Thank you so much, guys — that was truly splendid! Please consider “doin' it again” soon! In the meantime, Mike Love and Bruce Johnston will resume their tour, in pre-reunion formation. (updated 9/29/12)
BEACH BOYS TWITTER INTERVIEW
A live Twitter interview with The Beach Boys (Brian Wilson, Mike Love, Al Jardine, Bruce Johnston, and David Marks), was held on Tuesday, September 18, 2012. A transcript of the questions and responses is located here. (updated 9/22/12)
BEACH BOYS REUNION!
The Beach Boys reunited for a global 50th Anniversary Celebration this year. Brian Wilson, Mike Love, Al Jardine, Bruce Johnston, and David Marks released a new studio album, That's Why God Made the Radio, on June 5th, which promptly debuted at number 3 on Billboard's Top 200 Albums chart a week later — the highest charting start for any Beach Boys album. Congratulations, guys!
The first single from the new album is the title track, “That's Why God Made the Radio” (available in digital and vinyl 45 formats). Other tracks on the album include “Think About the Days,” “Isn't It Time,” “Spring Vacation,” “The Private Life of Bill and Sue,” “Shelter,” “Daybreak Over the Ocean,” “Beaches in Mind,” “Strange World,” “From There to Back Again,” “Pacific Coast Highway,” and “Summer's Gone.” That's Why God Made the Radio is available in CD, digital (including high-res digital), and vinyl LP formats.
There will be commemorative catalog releases with Capitol/EMI — twelve studio albums reissued in stereo/mono editions, two hits packages (including 50 Big Ones, with the new single version of “Isn't It Time”), and Made in California, a career box set (fall release). An international tour included headlining performances at the New Orleans Jazz Fest and at Bonnaroo. Read the full press release. Watch the Do It Again video on the official BBs YouTube channel and watch promo videos for That's Why God Made the Radio on the Beach Boys' VEVO channel.
The five Beach Boys appeared at the Grammy Museum in Los Angeles on Sept. 18th, with an acoustic set and Q&A sessions, at the opening of a special 50th anniversary exhibit at the museum. The BBs will also be performing a concert for broadcast on BBC Radio 2's In Concert program. This will take place on Sept. 24th at The Mermaid Theatre, Blackfriars, in London, England at 6 pm. Radio 2 is giving away 200 tickets to lucky fans for this concert. The show will be available for listening on BBC Radio 2, including online via their iPlayer up to a week after the original broadcast.
The BBs made their first reunion appearance at the Grammy Awards on February 12th, joining with bands Foster The People and Maroon 5 for a special performance (the BBs' first live appearance together since 1996). Links to photos from the Grammy show are here and here, plus a post-performance interview here.
The Beach Boys performed “Surfer Girl” and sang the U.S. national anthem before the Dodgers' baseball game in Los Angeles on April 10th. More. (updated 9/10/12)
BB REUNION ON PBS' FRONT ROW CENTER: The Beach Boys will be appearing on the PBS music series Front Row Center, on or around June 7, 2012 (see your local PBS station's listings for exact day and time). This 1-hour episode features footage from the BB's May 2nd concert in St. Augustine, FL, with a look back at their career, never-before-seen archival concert footage, and songs from their new album, That's Why God Made the Radio. It was released on DVD and Blu-Ray on August 28th. A 2-hour special is also rumored to be in the works.
The BBs recorded an in-studio concert for SiriusXM's Artist Confiential series, to run Saturday, May 26th at noon ET. (SiriusXM is a subscription radio service.) More info. (updated 6/5/12)
- April 29 — CBS Sunday Morning, feature story with interviews; transcript here
- May 7 — Late Night with Jimmy Fallon, NBC, multi-song performance and interview
- May 16 — QVC, with a special hour-long live performance, watch online
- May 18 — Charlie Rose, PBS, watch online
- June 6 — Access Hollywood, interview with Brian and Mike about “Good Vibrations,” watch online
- June 6 — Tonight Show With Jay Leno, watch the BBs perform “That's Why God Made the Radio” online
- June 7 — Front Row Center, “The Beach Boys: Doing It Again,” PBS (now available on DVD)
- June 15 — New York City, NY (Central Park, Good Morning America's Summer Concert Series, 7 a.m., free show)
- September 25 — Later Live with Jools Holland on BBC 2, 10 p.m. UK time
- June 5 — The Beach Boys' K-EARTH 101 FM interview, with video
- June 5 — The Beach Boys Talk: That's Why God Made the Radio, a YouTube playlist. The BBs preview tracks from their new album and introduce videos by other artists.
- Released June 6 (taped earlier) — Beach Boys Play Their Classics. Watch the BBs perform “Surfer Girl,” “In My Room,” and “Good Vibrations” unplugged live in Rolling Stone's video studio, also an interview with the guys.
- June 6 — Google Play: The Beach Boys Interview, 40 minutes
- June 13 — NPR: Listen to an hour of The Beach Boys live in concert from their 50th anniversary tour
The Beach Boys' offspring have joined together to form a new next-generation band, California Saga, to honor their parents' legacy and write a new chapter in the extended BB family's musical saga. This group of seasoned musical vets includes Carnie and Wendy Wilson (Brian Wilson's daughters), Christian and Ambha Love (Mike Love's son and daughter), Justyn Wilson (Carl Wilson's son), Carl B. Wilson (Dennis Wilson's son), and Matt and Adam Jardine (Al Jardine's sons). Billy Hinsche (Justyn's uncle) and Rob Bonfiglio (Carnie's husband) head up the supporting band. One of California Saga's focuses will be on the lesser-heard songs in the BB's canon. They will be performing a couple of numbers at The Beach Boys' Hollywood Bowl show, opening for the BB's Irvine and Lake Tahoe shows, and are planning to tour. Carnie, Wendy, Matt, and Rob will also be on tour with Wilson Phillips this year. (updated 6/13/12)
Brian Wilson has issued a statement on the passing of the Bee Gees' Robin Gibb: “Robin was ‘part of the family.’ I love the Bee Gees' voices, they're some of my favorite singers. I am so sad to hear about his passing, my heart goes out to his family and fans.” (5/21/12)
The Beach Boys 50th Anniversary Commemorative 'ZinePak was released May 1, 2012. This package includes an 11-track CD featuring the new version of “Do It Again,” plus a 72-page magazine with rare photos and new interviews with Brian Wilson, Mike Love, Al Jardine, Bruce Johnston, and David Marks. The BB 'ZinePak will be sold only at WalMart. More.
In other publication news, the UK magazine Mojo's latest issue has a 22-page feature story on the BBs. (4/20/12)
Al Jardine's A Postcard from California (previously available only as a digital/burn on demand release) will finally be released in physical CD format on April 3, 2012, on Waterfront Entertainment/Robo Records. The CD will have three bonus tracks, including “Waves of Love” (with Carl Wilson vocals), “California Dreamin’” (featuring Glen Campbell, David Crosby, and John Stamos) and a remake of “Sloop John B” (based Al's book, Sloop John B: A Pirate’s Tale). Postcard will be available from online retailers and in select record stores. For more info, go to Al's website.
Al will be making an in-store appearance at Fingerprints Music (420 E. 4th Street, Long Beach, CA 90802), on Record Store Day, April 21, at 2 p.m. (updated 4/2/12)
Billy Hinsche is now offering pre-orders for the revamped DVD release of his film, Know the Road (Redux) — Rock 'n' Roll Travel Tips, which features guest appearances by various members of the Beach Boys. Watch the preview here. (updated 3/30/12)
THE BEACH BOYS SMILE IS HERE — FINALLY!
Capitol Records released the Beach Boys' long-lost album Smile, in November 2011. Titled The Smile Sessions, the set is available in multiple versions — a two-CD set; a two-disc vinyl edition, a limited-edition boxed set, and digital. High-res digital is also available. Mark Linett and Alan Boyd co-produced the release.
The Smile Sessions box set consists of five CDs, two vinyl LPs in gatefold covers, two vinyl 45s (Heros & Villains and Vege-Tables) with pic sleeves, a reproduction of the original Smile insert booklet, a poster of Frank Holmes' cover art, and a 60-page hardbound book. (Click on the image below to see the box set package.) An Intro to Smile video with interviews from the individual Beach Boys, Mark Linett, and Alan Boyd is now available from the BBs' YouTube channel. Footage from one of the Good Vibrations recording sessions is included in the intro video.
The book has liner notes from Beach Boys Brian Wilson, Mike Love, Alan Jardine, and Bruce Johnston, as well as contributions from artist Frank Holmes, Peter Reum, Craig Slowinski, Tom Nolan, Dominic Priore, Marilyn Wilson-Rutherford, Diane Rovell, Dean Torrence, Mark Volman, Michael Vosse, David Anderle, and Danny Hutton. There are also lyrics, illustrations by Frank Holmes, previously unreleased photos, an in-depth sessionography, and more. (updated 5/27/12)
Smile Sessions links:
- The Beach Boys's official YouTube channel keeps adding new Smile goodies. See the BBs talk about Smile, watch Brian demonstrate the light-up version of the box set and explore the details of the box set in an animated unboxing video.
- Read the full track lineups at RollingStone.com.
- Explore special Smile package combinations at Capitol's official Beach Boys site.
- Get updates from the official Beach Boys Facebook page.
- Listen to interviews about The Smile Sessions with Mark Linett, Alan Boyd, and Jon Stebbins at Iconfetch.com.
- See who won the contest to create videos for Heroes & Villains and Good Vibrations at Tongal.com.
- The UK magazine Mojo, in prelude to The Smile Sessions' release, put out a Mojo '60s Special issue, with a focus on Smile. The special issue includes a remastered 7" yellow vinyl single of the Beach Boys' Cabin Essence and Wonderful. (updated 8/26/11)
The Beach Boys were inducted into the California Hall of Fame, along with Buzz Aldrin, Magic Johnson, Carlos Santana, Amy Tan, and others. The governer and first lady of California made the selection for the sixth annual induction, honoring legendary people who embody California's innovative spirit (press release). The ceremony took place on Dec. 8, 2011 at the Memorial Auditorium, 1515 J Street in Sacramento, CA. (updated 12/9/11)
Congratulations go to Bruce Johnston, on the birth of his second grandchild, Eddie Johnston! (8/16/11)
Brian Wilson received the Chairman's Award for Sustained Creative Achievement at the 2011 NARM Music Business Convention in Los Angeles on May 12, 2011. (3/28/11)
REUNION APPEARANCE: Al Jardine joined fellow Beach Boys Mike Love and Bruce Johnston on Saturday, Feb. 5, 2011, for a 20-minute set at the Ronald Reagan Presidental Library & Museum, as part of the late former President's centennial birthday celebration. The Beach Boys were part of A Concert for America: A Tribute to Ronald Reagan video link here. The next day, the BBs joined Nancy Reagan onstage to sing "Happy Birthday" to former President Reagan. Photos of the event may be found on Al Jardine's website. (updated 2/14/11)
At least four new Beach Boys books in print and in progress. More. (12/21/09)
All This Is That
BB CONTACT INFORMATION
Mail may be sent to members of the Beach Boys through BBFC:
Beach Boys Fan Club, 50 S. Emery St. #4E, Pahrump, NV 89048.
Brian Wilson may also be contacted via his message board at brianwilson.com. Additionally, Brian Wilson, Mike Love, Alan Jardine, and David Marks all have official Facebook and other social media presences.
The club was started by Alice, the president, in 1973, when she wrote to rock magazines expressing an interest in seeing more articles about the Beach Boys. After one of her letters was printed, several people contacted her about forming a club. Ads in Rolling Stone generated more membership; the first newsletter was published in 1976. The Beach Boys' promotional people took an interest, resulting in BBFC's becoming the official Beach Boys fan organization.
SUBSCRIBE: You can receive our latest newsletter by joining the club. Basic membership is $5.00 ($8.00 in U.S. funds for overseas members). This includes five issues of our newsletter (published irregularly), with news and other information, tour dates, editorials, and a classified section, as well as email bulletins for between-newsletter news.
HOW TO JOIN BBFC
Send your contact information and $5 ($8 overseas) in check or money order to the Beach Boys Fan Club, 50 S. Emery St. #4E, Pahrump, NV 89048. We have provided an application form for your convenience. (You do not need to include an SASE when sending payment.)
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