The Beach Boys are set to release an album comprising all-new material in June, band member Bruce Johnston has said.
The legendary band are reuniting for an extensive world tour to celebrate their 50th anniversary this summer, with founding members Brian Wilson, Mike Love and Al Jardine all involved.
Now speaking to Billboard.com, Johnson has said the band are planning to release a new album to coincide with the jaunt on June 5, with Wilson contributing a large portion of the material. The album’s first single is set to be ‘That’s Why God Made The Radio’.
Johnson commented: “It’s all brand new,” before adding:
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.
He added: “There’s a lot of Brian in there, and Mike [Love]. It’s just nice to know there is a Mike Love and a Brian Wilson still around to write together.”
Johnston, who first joined the Beach Boys band in 1965 to replace Glen Campbell, said he has a new song in contention for inclusion on the album, ‘She Believes In Love’, which dates back to the 1980s. “I took it from a recording we made of it in ’85 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,” he commented.
Johnson added that the band’s reunion tour will be a one-off, rather than a permanent arrangement. The jaunt kicks off in Arizona in July before taking in dates across Europe and finishing up in Japan.
The Beach Boys first formed in 1961 and enjoyed huge success throughout the following decade.
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.
He hinted earlier this year that he wanted to reform with the surviving members. Two former founding members, Dennis and Carl Wilson, died in 1983 and 1998 respectively.