Belated Happy Birthday! [lastfm]Brian Wilson[/lastfm] turned 68 yesterday.
Hang on to your seats for this one. It’s bigger than hell freezing over for The Eagles. The story – and my take on it. Mike Love says the surviving founding members of [lastfm]The Beach Boys[/lastfm] will re-unite on the band’s 50th anniversary next year. He claims Brian will be part of the reunion despite all the years of lawsuits and bad feelings. Two other founding members brothers Carl and Dennis Wilson died in 1998 and 1983 respectively. No word whether David Marks who was on the first album is also re-joining the group. Al Jardine has been asked back, despite he having had Beach Boy lawsuits filed against him.
Mike Love, who has no shortage of self-importance when it comes to the [lastfm]Beach Boys[/lastfm] is also quoted as saying “Close your eyes and not only do we today replicate exactly how the original songs sounded, but the technology has gotten better so we sound even better.’
Unlike Mike, Brian has moved on to complete the ‘Smile’ project he started in 1967 and is currently putting the finishing touches on a new Gershwin project. As much as I love [lastfm]The Beach Boys[/lastfm], I’d say don’t do it Brian. You don’t need it. Carl and Dennis are gone, so it will never sound the same. I’ve seen The Beach Boys, and I’ve seen you Brian the last two times you came to the valley. Musically you’re not going to top your current touring band’s playing.
And do you really want to sit through Mike singing ‘Kokomo’?