Wilson will self-produce the record, which also features legendary guitarist Jeff Beck, who’s worked with everyone from Morrissey to Stevie Wonder. Wilson’s longtime touring band, Jeffrey Foskett, Scott Bennett, Paul Mertens, Darian Sahanaja and Probyn Gregory, are also expected to join the singer in the studio, along with Beck’s rhythm section, Vinnie Colaiuta and Tal Wilkenfeld. Session artists Don Was and Jim Keltner will also appear on the upcoming release.
The as-yet-unnamed album will be his first original full-length since his 2008 effort, That Lucky Sun.
The Beach Boys’ last studio album, 2012’s That’s Why God Made Radio, debuted at number 3 on the Billboard 200 and spawned a successful 50th anniversary tour. But despite all these good vibrations, Mike Love caused a stir with Wilson and the guys after he said he would no longer be touring with any of his original bandmates.
Love, who owns the rights to The Beach Boys name, announced last fall that he would continue touring under the group’s name without the three original members, who did not take the news well.Wilson told CNN how “disappointed” he was in Love’s decision.
Though the future of the original Beach Boys seems bleak, Wilson has already announced a solo tour that will feature Jardine and Marks. The seven-date trek kicks off in Atlantic City on July 20.
Check out a full list of tourdates below.
7/20 – Atlantic City, NY – The Grand @ The Golden Nugget
7/21 – Pittsburgh, PA – Stage AE – Outdoor Stage
7/23 – Interlochen, MI – Kresge Auditorium
7/25 – Kettering, OH – Fraze Pavilion
7/26 – Highland Park, IL – Ravinia Festival
7/27 – Apple Valley, MN – Weesner Family Amphitheatre
10/20 – Los Angeles, CA – Greek Theatre
- Nee-Sa Lossing, Radio.com