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The Beach Boys to reunite and tour in 2012

Brian Wilson

Story by Jack Foley

THE Beach Boys have announced plans to reunite and tour for their 50th anniversary next year.

The five-piece, which includes founding members Brian Wilson (pictured), Mike Love and Al Jardine, will embark upon a 50-date world tour and record a new album.

They will be joined by Bruce Johnston and David Marks, who have been associated with the group for decades.

And they will also appear at the Grammys in February, when Jardine told fans to expect “something really exciting”.

Commenting on the reunion more, Wilson said: “This anniversary is special to me because I miss the boys, and it will be a thrill for me to make a new record and be on stage with them again.”

And Love added: “Music has been the unifying and harmonising fact of life in our family since childhood. It has been a huge blessing that we have been able to share with the world.”

On the band’s website, meanwhile, Al Jardine wrote: “The Beach Boys were recently inducted into the California Hall of Fame. From our humble beginnings as brothers, cousins and friends, we have been honored to sing the praises of California, and I’m really excited for our fans to be able to see us again in concert on the world stage, and to celebrate our 50th anniversary together with a new studio album.”

The band, whose hits include Good Vibrations, will stage their first gig in New Orleans on April 27, 2012.