Track will be the first single from legendary band's reunion album due in June
The Beach Boys have unveiled a clip of ‘That’s Why God Made The Radio’, the first single from their new album, which is due in June, click above the watch the video.
The legendary band, who split in the 1990s, are reuniting for a world tour to celebrate their 50th anniversary this summer with founding members Brian Wilson, Mike Love and Al Jardine all involved. Yesterday, Brian Johnston announced that the band would also release an album to coincide with the tour on June 5.
“It’s a sentimental thing for me,” says Brian Wilson in the clip which you can watch below. “We’ve been together 50 years – that’s a long time.” Mike Love adds: “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.”
Speaking to Billboard yesterday, Brian Johnston said: “There’s a lot of what you’d hope to hear from Brian [Wilson] on there. It’s not a quilt or a pot luck dinner, it’s not like, ‘OK, everybody show up with your songs.’ It’s not one of those kind of albums.”
Johnston, who joined The Beach Boys in 1965 to replace Glen Campbell in the band’s touring line-up, revealed that he also has a new song in which could be included on the album. ‘She Believes In Love’, dates back to the 1980s. “I took it from a recording we made of it in ’85,” he said. “And just stripped it down and softened it up and finally got it right. I have no idea if it’s going in or not. The label picks the songs, not me.”
The tour, he insisted yesterday, will be a one-off. Kicking off in Arizona in July, the band will take the jaunt across Europe before finishing up in Japan.
The Beach Boys formed in 1961 and enjoyed huge success throughout the following decades. Brian Wilson last performed with The Beach Boys during the making of their 1996 album ‘Stars And Stripes Vol 1’, and has toured as a solo artist since. Earlier this year he hinted that he wanted to reform with the surviving members. Two former founding members, Dennis and Carl Wilson, died in 1983 and 1998 respectively.