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Beach Boys Will Reunite for New Album, 50-Date Tour in April

Beach Boys Announce 50th Anniversary Tour on Group’s Website
Brian Wilson, left, and Al Jardine of The Beach Boys, arrive at the MusiCares Person Of The Year Tribute To Neil Young at the Los Angeles Convention Center on Jan. 29, 2010. Photographer: Kevin Winter/Getty Images for NARAS

The Beach Boys, the Southern California surf band known for the 1960s hit song “Good Vibrations,” plans to reunite for a new album and international tour next year.

Brian Wilson, Mike Love, Al Jardine, Bruce Johnston and David Marks will record the new album and participate in a 50-date tour starting in April at the New Orleans Jazz & Heritage Festival, EMI Group’s Capitol Records said in a statement today. The band, inducted in 1988 to the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame, has albums that include “Surfin’ Safari” and “Pet Sounds.”

The Beach Boys joins other high-profile acts, including Bruce Springsteen and the E Street Band, in announcing new albums and tours for 2012. The surviving Beach Boys members -- Dennis Wilson died in 1983 and Carl Wilson passed in 1998 -- have recorded several songs for their album, and Capitol Records plans a greatest-hits collection and a box set to commemorate the group’s 50th anniversary, according to the statement.

“I miss the boys,” Wilson, 69, said in the statement. “It will be a thrill for me to make a new record and be on stage with them again.”

The album is being produced by Wilson, and Love is the executive producer, according to the statement.

Citigroup Inc. announced last month it was selling EMI in pieces for $4.1 billion. The bank had seized London-based EMI this year after the music company’s owner failed to meet debt covenants. Vivendi SA’s Universal Music Group agreed to buy EMI’s recorded music business that includes Capitol Records. A Sony Corp.-led investor group is buying EMI’s publishing unit.

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