The Beach Boys to play UK shows next year

Gigs will not feature Brian Wilson

The Beach Boys are to play a pair of shows in London next year.

The gigs will be at London’s Royal Albert Hall on May 18-19, and are so far scheduled to be their only UK concerts in 2017.

The gigs follow the recent 50th anniversary of the band’s classic single ‘Good Vibrations’. Singer Mike Love has published his autobiography, also entitled Good Vibrations, this year.

The line-up for the Royal Albert Hall gigs will not feature Brian Wilson, who last played with The Beach Boys in 2012. After reuniting with the band in 2011 for their 50th anniversary, Wilson left amid some confusion. Love said that he received an email from Wilson’s manager saying “No more shows for Brian”, but Wilson said he was “blindsided” by Love’s announcement.

The current line-up features Love and original singer Bruce Johnston, alongside “supporting musicians” John Cowsill, Tim Bonhomme, Randell Kirsch, Scott Totten and Love’s son Christian Love. Al Jardine, a fellow member of the original line-up, left at the same time as Wilson.

The Beach Boys’ last album was ‘That’s Why God Made The Radio’, which was made with the founding members including Wilson in 2012 for the 50th anniversary.

Wilson plays a one-off solo British date, also at Royal Albert Hall, on October 28 as part of his world tour to mark the 50th anniversary of The Beach Boys’ album ‘Pet Sounds’.