Wednesday, June 14, 2006
Los Angeles (Reuters): Three of the original Beach Boys appeared together in public for the first time in a decade to toast their musical legacy and hinted at the possibility of a reunion performance. Brian Wilson, Mike Love and Al Jardine, along with Bruce Johnston, who joined the touring lineup in 1965, gathered on top of the Capitol Records office tower for the presentation of double-platinum plaques marking US sales of more than 2 million copies of the band's 2003 collection, ''Sounds of Summer: The Very Best of the Beach Boys.'' Also on hand was David Marks, who briefly filled in for Jardine in the early 1960s.
The three original band members have not performed together in years. But, asked about the possibility of a reunion, Wilson replied ''There's a chance of that.'' Added his cousin, Love, with whom Wilson was often at odds in later years: ''We've got tough management.'' The focus of the event was to promote reissues of the band's catalog and celebrate the success of ''Sounds of Summer,'' a 30-track set, featuring hits like ''California Girls,'' ''I Get Around'' and ''Surfin' U.S.A.'' The album, released in 12 countries, spent its first two years on the Billboard Top 200 chart and has since ranked among the top 10 biggest-selling catalog albums of all time.
''I want to thank everybody involved that helped us get that album ... going and going,'' said Wilson. ''And I thank the Beach Boys themselves for being great, great artists to produce. I'd rather produce those guys over any other artists in the whole world.'' Johnston, who became part of the group when Wilson quit touring to focus on studio work, paid tribute to Wilson's brothers and fellow founding band members, Dennis, who drowned in 1983, and Carl, who died of cancer in 1998.
''I wish Dennis Wilson and Carl Wilson could be here with us,'' Johnston said, to which Love added, pointing up at the sky: ''They probably are, because this is pretty close.'' Organisers said the last time the original Beach Boys appeared together in public was around the time that ''Stars and Stripes, Vol. 1,'' a collection of Beach Boy covers performed by various country music artists, was released in 1996.