Yes, this is happening. The Beach Boys have been an entity for 50 years, but their architect Brian Wilson has been absent from the band for the past 15. In honor of hitting the half-century mark, the closest thing to an original lineup -- being that Wilson's brothers Dennis and Carl have passed -- is back together.
Over the years, there have been more "Beach Boys" than volumes of the Encyclopedia Britannica -- Full House star John Stamos prominently among them. Now, it's gonna be Brian Wilson, Mike Love, Al Jardine, Bruce Johnston, and David Marks for a 2012 tour that's scheduled to begin in April at the New Orleans Jazz & Heritage Festival. Since it feels like the Beach Boys come to South Florida about three times a year, here's betting we'll get to see them sometime over the course of those 50 dates.
The other thing that's going on with this whole reunion is spankin' new recordings. And for the skeptics, there is video proof that the dudes actually did this together in a studio:
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The song, "Do It Again," is a familiar slice of California nostalgia that won't surprise -- given that's a rerecording of a 44-year-old hit -- but it's still got at least a couple grains sand representing the magical time when these guys were teens. More on all of this once we get some dates!
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