Despite the original Beach Boys 50th anniversary in 2012 ending in disarray and bad blood — Al Jardine says the group is eying the possibilities for its 60th. Mike Love, who controls the license to tour under the group's moniker, opted out of carrying on with the original group following the band's blockbuster “Celebration 50” tour, preferring to tour with his own band, which includes 51-year Beach Boys veteran Bruce Johnson.
Jardine, who now tours as part of Brian Wilson's band, told Rolling Stone that some type of road trek with the surviving members — him, Wilson, Mike Love, Bruce Johnston, and David Marks is being considered: “I do believe we will. Well, not a tour. We’ll hit some very important. . . 10 or 20 areas of the world. Who knows, maybe we’ll get lucky and have a renaissance, and present some of this great material again. It’s difficult to say, but it makes sense. I know there’s something in the works. I just can’t tell you when or where.”
Mike Love, wasn't convinced a tour would be a good idea, but was quoted as saying, “I think it would be good to do something noting that it’s a pretty remarkable milestone. I don’t know what, exactly. I think a TV special would be really nice, honestly.”
Jardine went on to say he would be amenable to a TV special: “It’s always good to be able to look forward to something positive now. Especially coming out of this horrendous year, to bring some beautiful, fresh, positive music to the world again.”
Brian Wilson's manager Jean Sievers explained that plans are not even being pitched at this point: “There is nothing on the table at this point. No one has spoken to us about it or reached out.”
A while back we asked Mike Love — who ceded much of his control over the 50th anniversary tour to Wilson's management — if he to would be open to ever reuniting with the original band again: “Well, it depends, 'cause the way it was run and the people who were running it, I have serious issues with, as well. As far as working with my cousin Brian — were that to be allowed, or made cause to happen, or that opportunity presented itself — I'd definitely be open to it. 'Matter of fact, 'talked to Brian about a year before we eve started doing any of the recording for what turned out to be That's Why God Made The Radio album; he and I talked about doing a project and he was excited about doing it — but it never came to fruition. It was given another direction. Not by me and not by Brian, but by, by others.”
Around that same time, we asked Al Jardine if he was prepared to carry on with the 2012 reunion lineup indefinitely: “Absolutely, for God's sake. I mean, what iconic veteran group wouldn't want to maintain the momentum with the original cast — except, unfortunately some of those who can't be with us. But that was a ride. It was one of those rides that you don't wanna have end. And normally you take something like that (on the road) for at least two years — just to recoup your expenses. But that's not why, just for the joy of doing it first, expenses can go down the list somewhere else.”