Though they may never take the stage together ever again, for a select few seeing the surviving Beach Boys all together in one spot was enough for most. On Monday (July 30th), the surviving Beach Boys co-founders Brian Wilson, Mike Love, Alan Jardine, and David Marks — along with 53-year-veteran Bruce Johnston — made their first appearance together since 2012 at Capitol Records’ legendary Studio A. The band was promoting both its new SiriusXM station as well as the new hits collection, The Beach Boys With The Royal Philharmonic Orchestra, with a Q&A with Rob Reiner.
Rolling Stone reported frontman Mike Love explaining the depth of the band's music is still impressive to him: “One of the things about the Beach Boys’ music — and probably because Brian is a Gemini — is that everything is different from the last one. It’s not just a copy of a former single. That was the beauty of the Beach Boys catalog — the diversity: different lead singers, different tempos, different keys, different arrangements and chord progressions. Nobody was more masterful at chord progressions than Brian — and the harmonies. We were students of the Four Freshman. They’re pretty complex, but we blended it with rock n' roll.”
Wilson said, “At the piano, I’ll play chords, play, play, play, and then, all of a sudden, the melody comes.” Mike Love added: “No one was more masterful at chord progressions than Brian.”
When pressed about some of the artists the band would hrve loved to have collaborated with, Al Jardine spoke about the Beatles, recalling, “John (Lennon) and George (Harrison) came to my hotel room back in the '60s, and on our way to do a show in Paris, I thought they were going to discuss some music with me, and (instead) they taught me Transcendental Meditation. That would have been a great collaboration.”
Afterwards, Mike Love spoke lovingly about his first cousin, revealing: “Brian and I connect on a pretty primordial level. He’s got his own band. We’ve got our own. We’re usually on our own trajectories. It’s very nice to get together.”
Al Jardine told us that the thing that first bonded him and Brian Wilson together nearly 60 years ago still keeps them spiritually connected: “We went to school together and we shared a love of music. And he had a lot to give. As it turned out, he had a lot more to give than any of the rest of us, musically. But he shared that with us. It wasn't as if he was revealing any secrets. In fact, Brian would never divulge how he did it.”