The Beach Boys: ‘We’ll use most of Brian Wilson’s band when we tour next year’

Mike Love says reformed band will play 'four or five shows a week' next summer

The Beach Boys have revealed that they’ll be using many of the musicians who’ve backed founding member Brian Wilson in recent years when they hit the road in the spring.

The legendary ’60s band announced plans to reform for a 50-date international tour last week (December 16), with founding members Wilson, Mike Love and Al Jardine all taking part alongside Bruce Johnston and David Marks.

No official tour dates have been announced yet but they will appear as one of the headliners at the New Orleans Jazz & Heritage Festival, which takes place from April 27 to May 6, 2012.

Speaking to Rolling Stone, Love said that the band will play “four or five” shows per week during the tour and will come to Europe as part of the jaunt.

Commenting on what the live line-up will be, he added:

Brian Wilson has an incredible band. We’re using most of his band. And we’ve got [current Beach Boys touring] drummer John Cowsill and our guitarist, Scott Totten. We’re kind of blending things together. I think, musically, it’s going to be incredible.

The band will also spotlight the band’s entire catalogue, with several new commemorative releases planned for 2012, including a new hits collection and a career-spanning box set.

The band first formed in 1961 and enjoyed huge success throughout this period.

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.