The Beach Boys begin mapping reunion tour

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The Beach Boys have begun mapping their highly anticipated 50th anniversary reunion tour with a show in Connecticut this spring. The band will perform at the Mohegan Sun Arena in Uncasville on Saturday, May 12. Tickets for the show will go on sale Friday at 10 a.m. through Ticketmaster for $55 and $75.

As announced in December, the founding members of The Beach Boys will reunite and embark on a world tour in 2012 to celebrate the band’s 50th anniversary. Beach Boys Brian Wilson, Mike Love, Al Jardine, Bruce Johnston and David Marks will come together for a new studio album and commemorative catalog releases with Capitol/EMI. The as-yet-untitled album, the first to feature all of the band’s surviving original members in decades, is being produced by Wilson and executive produced by Love.

The Beach Boys, who have not performed together live in more than two decades, will kick off their reunion with performance at the Grammy Awards on Sunday. Current Grammy nominees Foster The People and Maroon 5 will join them for the special performance, which will air live on CBS at 8 p.m. from the Staples Center in Los Angeles.

Founded in Hawthorne, California in 1961, The Beach Boys were originally comprised of the three teenaged Wilson brothers: Brian, Carl and Dennis, their cousin Mike Love, and school friend Al Jardine. In 1962, neighbor David Marks joined the group for their first wave of hits on Capitol Records, leaving in late 1963, and in 1965, Bruce Johnston joined the band when Brian Wilson retired from touring to focus on writing and producing records for the group.

The Beach Boys continue to hold Billboard / Nielsen SoundScan’s record as the top-selling American band for albums and singles, and they are also the American group with the most Billboard Top 40 chart hits (36). The group was inducted into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame in 1988 and are recipients of The Recording Academy’s Lifetime Achievement Grammy Award.

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