He’s without Mike Love, Bruce Johnston, or The Beach Boys name, but Brian Wilson has found a new crop of friends for his forthcoming eleventh studio effort. He’s currently working alongside legendary guitar virtuoso Jeff Beck, who joins Wilson and fellow Beach Boys Al Jardine and David Marks on the as-yet-titled proper follow-up to 2008’s stellar That Lucky Old Sun.
When I watched Jeff Beck perform Surfs Up to honor me at the MusiCares Person of the Year event in 2005, I knew I had to find a way to work with him,” says Wilson in a press release. “He absolutely blew my mind and weve been friends ever since. Jeffs incredible guitar playing is exactly what I want for my new album and Im also looking forward to performing live with him soon.
In addition to Beck, Jardine, and Marks, Wilson’s recording crew includes session all-stars Don Was and Jim Keltner; longtime touring partners Jeffrey Foskett, Scott Bennett, Paul Mertens, Darian Sahanaja, and Probyn Gregory; and Beck’s own rhythm section in Vinnie Colaiuta and Tal Wilkenfeld.
I was really moved by the fans excitement about The Beach Boys album and tour last year, Wilson explains. It charged me up and my head was full of music – I just couldnt wait to get back into the studio to let it out.
There’s no release date or tracklist just yet, but recording’s underway at Wilson’s own Ocean Way studios, where longtime collaborator Joe Thomas is overseeing their “woodshedding approach to the recording process, letting collaborative creativity drive the sessions .”The Beach Boys’ longtime label home, Capitol Records, will release the album.
As previously reported, Wilson’s heading out on tour with Jardine and Marks this summer for a number of special tour dates. Perhaps we’ll hear some new tunes? Consult the full itinerary below.
In related news, actor Paul Giamatti has signed on to play Dr. Eugene Landy in the upcoming Brian Wilson feature film, Love & Mercy (via The Wrap). For reference, Landy served as Wilson’s therapist and physician during the songwriter’s struggles with drugs and obesity. Giamatti joins the already cast John Cusack and Paul Dano, who play Wilson’s older and younger selves, respectively.
Brian Wilson, Al Jardine, and David Marks 2013 Tour Dates:
07/20 Atlantic City, NY @ The Grand @ The Golden Nugget
07/21 Pittsburgh, PA @ Stage AE (Outdoor Stage)
07/23 Interlochen, MI @ Kresge Auditorium
07/25 Kettering, OH @ Fraze Pavilion
07/26 Highland Park, IL @ Ravinia Festival
07/27 Apple Valley, MN @ Weesner Family Amphitheatre
07/20 Los Angeles, CA @ Greek Theatre