After months of speculation and rumors, the Beach Boys have announced a 50th anniversary reunion tour, which will also include a new studio album and commemorative catalog releases. The lineup will include Brian Wilson, Mike Love, Al Jardine, Bruce Johnston and David Marks.
The group’s 50-date international tour will start in April at the New Orleans Jazz and Heritage Festival.
“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,” Beach Boys’ mastermind Brian Wilson said in a press release.
According to the press release, the band has already recorded several songs for the new album, which is set for a 2012 release on Capitol/EMI records. The album is the first in decades to feature all of the band’s original surviving members. It will be produced by Brian Wilson and executive produced by Mike Love.
The group also announced a 50th anniversary campaign, which will include commemorative releases in 2012 such as a career-spanning box set and a new hits collection.
The band was originally formed in Wilson’s Hawthorne, Calif. home in 1961. The band was originally comprised of the three Wilson brothers, Brian, Carl and Dennis; Love and Al Jardine. The band recently released the excellent SMiLE Sessions box set, which you can check out here.