50TH ANNIVERSARY CONCERT CD
The Beach Boys' Live: The 50th Anniversary Tour, a 2-CD set from last year's reunion tour, is set for a May 21 release. Track listing here. (updated 4/8/13)
MADE IN CALIFORNIA CD BOX SET
The Beach Boys' Made in California, a multi-disc, career-spanning box set, is tentatively set for a August 27 release. (updated 4/8/13)
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)
Reader's Digest Music is releasing a new box set in early July titled The Legendary Beach Boys. This package includes a 2-CD compilation of 36 of the BB's biggest hits, plus a bonus CD of their new album, That's Why God Made the Radio. This 3-disc set is available for pre-order at the Reader's Digest website, and costs $34.96, with free shipping. (6-15-12)
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)
A biopic of Dennis Wilson's later years, tentatively titled The Drummer, has lost its lead actor and executive producer. Aaron Eckhart, who had been signed to portray DW, recently bowed out of the project. Vera Farmiga is set to play Christine McVie (Fleetwood Mac), Rupert Grint as Stan Shapiro, and Chloe Moretz as Jennifer Wilson. The filming start date is now undetermined. Dennis' son Carl B. Wilson and daughter Jennifer will serve as co-producers on the film. Music from Dennis' Pacific Ocean Blue, as well as previously unreleased Dennis Wilson and Beach Boys music will be featured in the soundtrack.
In other movie news, a script for a Brian Wilson biopic has been completed. Yet another film project, a fictional story based on The Beach Boys' music, is also in the works. (updated 6/21/12)
The Spring '12 issue of the BBFC Newsletter is out, featuring reunion tour coverage. To order, see below. (5/31/12)
Brian Wilson has released In the Key of Disney, an album of Brian's takes on 11 Disney film music classics. Tracks include Baby Mine, I Just Can't Wait to Be King, Stay Awake, and When You Wish Upon a Star (the song that inspired Surfer Girl). Listen to Heigh-Ho/Whistle While You Work, courtesy of brianwilson.com. The album is on Disney Pearl Records. Available in stores, online, and iTunes; Amazon is offering versions with bonus tracks. (updated 8/25/11)
Brian also contributes a track to the new multi-artist Buddy Holly tribute album, Listen to Me. Brian does his own take on the title song, Listen to Me, now available as a free download from RollingStone.com. The extended EPK is also available for viewing on YouTube. (updated 8/20/11)
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)
Billy Hinsche brings us a second BB-themed documentary this year! 24 Hours is a fun look at the BB's 1991 tour (as they travel to 5 cities in one 24-hour period). The single-disc DVD is now available at www.billyhinsche.com. See the trailer here on YouTube. (updated 8/9/11)
The Beach Boys have released a limited-edition 7-inch vinyl single of Don't Fight the Sea (the group track from Al Jardine's A Postcard from California, listed under their individual names) backed with Friends (a capella), a previously unreleased version from 1968. Proceeds from this single will benefit Japanese Red Cross relief efforts. Don't Fight the Sea is available in record stores and also available via Al Jardine's website and Sound Stage Direct. Read the full story here, as reported by David Beard on the Examiner website: Part 1 and Part 2. (updated 4/22/11)
Congratulations go to Bruce Johnston, on the birth of his second grandchild, Eddie Johnston! (8/16/11)
The Beach Boys reunited in the studio this summer to test the recording waters once again, working on a new version of Do It Again. (7/9/11)
In celebration of Record Store Day, Capitol/EMI has released a limited edition vinyl pressing of The Beach Boys' Good Vibrations, backed with Heroes and Villains. This release consists of a limited edition double 78 RPM (yes, really!) set with the original single release mixes on one disc and alternate versions of both songs on the other disc. (updated 4/7/11)
Billy Hinsche's documentary on Carl Wilson is now available. Carl Wilson — Here and Now is a 2-disc DVD package and is now available from www.billyhinsche.com. See the trailers here and here on YouTube.
Billy is also teaching guitar classes online via SKYPE. For more details, go to his website. (updated 6/5/11)
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)
David Marks plays guitar on a new Francine Reed track, Surrender, which was written by BB collaborator Stephen J. Kalinich and Jez Graham (of the Summertime Blues Band). Now available as a download single from iTunes, Amazon, and CD Baby. (3/6/11)
Al Jardine has a whale-watching video available for viewing here. (2/8/11)
A 2-disc expanded version of Billy Hinsche's DVD, 1974 — On the Road with The Beach Boys (Director's Cut), with additional archival video, vintage film, personal photos, and special guest appearances, is now available from his website. Filmed during April and May, 1974, this DVD offers an unique, first-hand look at the BB's life on the road. 1974 is $35, plus shipping. (updated 12/18/10)
Brian Wilson: Songwriter 1962-1969 is a new documentary film investigating Brian's work as a composer, primarily with The Beach Boys. Bruce Johnston, David Marks, Billy Hinsche, Danny Hutton, Carol Kaye, and Hal Blaine appear, along with others. The documentary is currently set for release on DVD on November 23, 2010. (10/5/10)
A new film project, based on The Beach Boys' music, is in the works. John Stamos (Glee) is co-producer. (10/5/10)
Brian Wilson's newest album project, Brian Wilson Reimagines Gershwin, has been completed and is currently scheduled for an August 17th release. A streaming audio preview of the entire BWRG album and special pricing packages are now available via Brian's website. See the promo video here and on YouTube.
Tracks on BWRG include Rhapsody in Blue, "The Like in I Love You, Summertime, I Loves You Porgy, I Got Plenty of Nothin, It Ain't Necessarily So, 'S Wonderful, They Can't Take That Away from Me, Our Love Is Here to Stay, I've Got a Crush on You, I've Got Rhythm, Someone to Watch Over Me, and Nothing But Love. A bonus track will be available for those who purchase the album from iTunes. (updated 8/11/10)
Al Jardine's new album A Postcard from California will be released digitally on iTunes and Amazon (including a CDR version), Tuesday, June 29, 2010. (No information is available at this time on other possible formats.) Alan is joined by some very special guests, including Brian Wilson, Carl Wilson, Mike Love, David Marks, Bruce Johnston, Matt and Adam Jardine, as well as Steve Miller, Gerry Beckley and Dewey Bunnell of America, David Crosby, Stephen Stills, Neil Young, Glen Campbell, Flea, Scott Mathews, Norton Buffalo, Alec Baldwin, and others. Read more.
The track listing and audio samples are available at Alan's website at www.aljardine.com. BBFC's October 2007 interview with Al also appears on his site, in the Articles section. (updated 6/25/10)
Carl Wilson's second solo album, Youngblood, has been reissued on CD by Iconoclassic Records. Youngblood was originally released in 1983 and as a Japanese import CD in the early '90s. This will be the album's first release on CD in the U.S. (updated 9/26/10)
The T.A.M.I. Show, a 1964 concert film featuring The Beach Boys, James Brown, the Rolling Stones, and more, and hosted by Jan & Dean was unavailable in its entirety for decades. Shot live in L.A. before an ecstatic audience, the T.A.M.I. Show: Collector's Edition has been fully restored and released on DVD by Shout! Factory. On sale now at brick-and-mortar and online retailers. (updated 3/21/10)
Brian Wilson and Alan Jardine are part of the all-star supergroup singing on the new version of We Are the World, recorded on February 1, 2010. The song and video debuted during the Winter Olympics telecast and are now available via iTunes and other online music services. Proceeds from the remake will go to benefit Haitian earthquake relief efforts. (updated 3/9/10)
A new 60-minute documentary film on the life of Dennis Wilson has been created for the BBC4 Legends series and will premiere in the UK on Friday, February 26, 2010 at 9 p.m. The documentary features previously unseen footage and rare archival materials. New interview segments with David Marks, Al Jardine, Blondie Chaplin, Michael Wilson, Carl B. Wilson, Gregg Jakobson, Ed Roach, John Hanlon, Jeffrey Foskett, Tom Murphy, Ron Swallow, Jo Ann Marks, Taylor Hawkins, Mike Kowalski, Jon Stebbins (also a co-producer), and others give the film a fresh perspective on Dennis' life and legacy. Watch it online here. (updated 1/13/10)
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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