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Posted February 15, 2012 by Mike Mineo in News
 
 

The Beach Boys Reveal First Dates for Reunion Tour

Whether you found out in December or this past Sunday when watching the Grammy Awards, everyone knows by now that The Beach Boys are back and at it to celebrate their 50th anniversary. The new lineup – Wilson, Mike Love, Al Jardine, Bruce Johnston, and David Marks – are kicking off a massive worldwide tour, along with a new album to follow later in the year. Their performance at the Grammys, which featured Maroon 5 and Foster the People opening for them with covers, is sure to fuel public interest even more. Now we have a slew of tour dates to look forward to:

April 24 – Tucson, AZ – Anselmo Valencia Amphitheater – On Sale: February 25
April 26 – Grand Prairie, TX – Verizon Theatre – On Sale: February 25
April 27 – New Orleans, LA – New Orleans Jazz & Heritage Festival- On Sale Now
April 28 – Atlanta, GA – Chastain Park Amphitheater – On Sale: March 11
April 29 – Raleigh, NC – Raleigh Amphitheater – On Sale: February 25

May 2 – St Augustine, FL – St. Augustine Amphitheater – On Sale: February 24
May 4 – Hollywood, FL – Seminole Hard Rock Hotel & Casino- On Sale: TBD
May 5 – Tampa, FL – David A. Straz Jr. Center For The Performing Arts- On Sale: February 25
May 8 – New York, NY – Beacon Theater – On Sale: February 21
May 9 – New York , NY – Beacon Theater – On Sale: February 21
May 11 – Pittsburgh, PA – Benedum Center For The Performing Arts – On Sale: February 27
May 12 – Uncasville, CT – Mohegan Sun Arena – Sold Out
May 13 – Uncasville, CT – Mohegan Sun Arena – On Sale: February 24
May 15 – White Plains, NY – Westchester County Center – On Sale: February 25
May 17 – Bethlehem PA – Sands Bethlehem Events Center – On Sale: February 24
May 19 – Atlantic City, NJ – The Borgata Hotel Casino – On Sale: February 24
May 21 – Chicago, IL – Chicago Theatre – On Sale: February 20
May 27 – Las Vegas, NV – Red Rock Casino – On Sale: February 25

June 1 – Berkeley, CA – The Greek Theatre – On Sale: March 4
June 2 – Los Angeles, CA – Hollywood Bowl – On Sale: February 26
June 8 – The Woodlands, TX – Cynthia Woods Mitchell Pavilion – On Sale: February 24
June 10 – Manchester, TN – Bonnaroo Music and Arts Festival – On Sale: February 18
June 13 – Cuyahoga Falls, OH – Blossom Music Center – On Sale: February 25
June 15 – Columbia, MD – Merriweather Post Pavilion – On Sale: February 25
June 16 – Camden, NJ – Susquahanna Bank Center – On Sale: February 25
June 17 – Bethel, NY – Bethel Woods Center For The Arts – On Sale: February 25
June 19 – Toronto, ON – Molson Amphitheatre – On Sale: February 25
June 20 – Montreal, QC – Bell Centre – On Sale: February 25
June 22 – Bangor, ME – Waterfront Park – On Sale: February 24
June 23 – Saratoga Springs, NY – Saratoga Performing Arts Center – On Sale: February 25
June 26 – Boston, MA – Bank Of America Pavilion – On Sale: February 25
June 29 – Darien Lakes, NY – Darien Lakes Performing Arts Center- On Sale: February 25
June 30 – Clarkston, MI – DTE Energy Music Theatre – On Sale: February 25

July 1 – Milwaukee, WI – Marcus Amphitheater – On Sale: February 25
July 3 – Virginia Beach, VA – Farm Bureau Live At Virginia Beach On Sale: February 24
July 10 – Morrison, CO – Red Rocks Amphitheatre – On Sale: February 25
July 13 – Woodinville, WA – Chateau Ste. Michelle Winery – On Sale: February 25
July 14 – Eugene, OR – Cuthbert Amphitheater – On Sale: March 2
July 15 – Stateline, NV – Harvey’s Lake Tahoe Amphitheater – On Sale: March 9

The prospect of a reunion tour seemed slight the past few years, especially with the public rift between Wilson and Love. Love sued Wilson in 2005 for eight million dollars with allegations he was misusing his name and that of The Beach Boys in promoting the 2004 release of Smile. Just last year, Love squashed chances of Wilson returning, but wished him “love and success” on his future projects. It appears Wilson and Love had a change of heart, as both are excited about a big upcoming year. “This anniversary is special to me because I miss the boys and it will be a thrill for me to make a new record and be on stage with them again,” Wilson said.

Wilson and Love, who are cousins, formed The Beach Boys over fifty years ago with Jardine and Wilson’s brothers, Carl and Dennis. They went on to achieve massive success, selling over 100 million albums worldwide and releasing perhaps the best pop album of all time in Pet Sounds. They have charted the most Top 40 hits by an American rock band, to which they’re widely considered the best. Wilson last worked with The Beach Boys on the 1985’s self-titled album, though his last work with them of note was 1977’s Love You, a fiercely overlooked album with a very solid second half.


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