By Andy Greene
The Beach Boys have unveiled a clip of "That's Why God Made the Radio," the first single off their reunion album, which is due to hit shelves this summer. The group split in the late 1990s and toured in separate camps, occasionally firing off nasty lawsuits at each other. Last year, they decided to put the acrimony behind them and reunite for a tour. They've spent the last few months at a Los Angeles studio working on their new album.
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"It's a sentimental thing for me," says Brian Wilson. "We've been together 50 years -- that's a long time." Adds Mike Love, "Conceptually, the album is not going to be anything outlandish or silly, like 'Smiley Smile.' It will be like the Beach Boys circa '65. I'm trying to write lyrics that fit the music without making it sound like you're writing from a hospice."
Bing: Beach Boys tour dates
The tour starts tonight in Tucson, Ariz., and hits New Orleans' Jazz Fest this weekend.
Look, let's face it...much like the Stones any and all reviews of either the album or tour will have some overreaching superlatives simply because of their place in history, not whether or not they are still relevant in today's landscape. Will their harmonies be tight or music be "classic"? Probably not, just listen to Brian Wilson's latest stuff, and yet everyone bends over backwards praising his "genius", when in reality his best days are long behind him. This is simply a feel-good story, people will see them or buy their latest hoping to once again catch lightning in a bottle, or relive "a better time" in their lives. Me? I'll continue to enjoy my DVD-Audio copy of "Pet Sounds" in glorious surround sound, of a band at their artistic pinnacle.
I do wish them the best though...
The show in Tucson....WAS FABULOUS....Brought back some great memories of California.
Still can't believe it's been 50 years....What a treat...If you get the chance to see them on this tour.
You won't be disappointed.