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Happy Birthday to
Brian Wilson on June 20,
Bruce Johnston on June 27,
Billy Hinsche on June 29,
Blondie Chaplin on July 7!


 

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blue square dot SIRIUS XM BBs CHANNEL ALL SUMMER LONG
Pay satellite / online radio service SiriusXM launched a limited-run, full-time channel dedicated to The Beach Boys on Thursday, May 24, 2018. Good Vibrations: The Beach Boys Channel gives listeners a channel that, for an entire summer, will feature not only the band's hits and rarities; it will also include guest DJs and stories from Brian Wilson, Mike Love, Al Jardine, Bruce Johnston, and David Marks, all discussing song inspiration, their careers and lives on the road, and memories of Carl and Dennis Wilson. (updated 5-31-18)

blue square dot BBs RETURN TO A CAPITOL FOURTH
Beach Boys Mike Love and Bruce Johnston are returning to this year's A Capitol Fourth broadcast. The concert will feature a special tribute to The Beach Boys, who will be honored for their extraordinary musical career as the fifth-ever recipients of “A Capitol Fourth's National Artistic Achievement Award.” Past honorees include Gloria Estefan, Stevie Wonder, Reba McEntire and John Williams. Show host John Stamos will present the prestigious award to Mike and Bruce on behalf of the group. The show airs Wednesday, July 4, 2018 from 8-9:30 p.m. ET on PBS television and NPR radio, and will also be live-streamed on PBS, YouTube, Facebook and PBS online and available as Video on Demand for a limited time only, July 4 to July 18, 2018. (updated 5-31-18)

Sunshine Tomorrow 2blue square dot BBs AND THE RPO
The Beach Boys with the Royal Philharmonic Orchestra
will be released on June 8 by Capitol/UMe. Produced by Nick Patrick and Don Reedman, the album pairs The Beach Boys' vintage vocal and instrumental performances with new symphonic arrangements, newly recorded by the Royal Philharmonic Orchestra at Abbey Road Studios — in the same vein as Patrick and Reedman's recent projects with Aretha Franklin's, Elvis Presley's, and Roy Orbison's catalogs. The album will be available in digital, CD, and 180-gram 2LP vinyl LP formats (2LP vinyl to be released August 17). Listen to “Fun, Fun, Fun” and watch the promo video. More details. (updated 12-8-17)

blue square dot BRIAN WILSON GUEST VOCALS
Brian Wilson
and Matt Jardine sing backing vocals on the title track for Janelle Monáe's new album, Dirty Computer. (updated 4-27-18)

blue square dot NEW SMILE BOOK
A new book, Smile: La Symphonie Inachevée Des Beach Boys (Smile: The Unfinished Symphony of The Beach Boys), by Jean-Marie Pottier, is due out June 21. The book is only available in French. (updated 6-9-18)

blue square dot BRIAN WILSON CANCELS MAY TOUR DATES
Brian Wilson
has had succesful back surgery, which necessitated postponing his May tour dates, some of which have already been recheduled. Brian posted the following message on his website and social media accounts:

“Dear friends,
   As some of you might know I have been having some issues with my back that has very recently gotten worse. It runs in my family, Carl had back problems as well. My doctors have told me that I need to have back surgery immediately. They are optimistic that this will finally relieve the pain.
   Sadly, this means we must postpone the upcoming May shows. I'm very sorry for any inconvenience this may cause to everyone who was coming out to see us.
   I know that my agents are already in the process of rescheduling and we will have some of the make up dates to announce very soon. We will get you all the info ASAP.
   Please know that the music is in my heart and in my soul and me and the boys are looking forward to performing for you very soon.

Love & Mercy,
Brian

(updated 5-13-18)

blue square dot NEW PET SOUNDS REISSUE
Pet Sounds
has just been re-released in a limited colored vinyl LP edition by Capitol/UMe. Limited to 2000 copies worldwide and available only from The Sound of Vinyl, the collectible special edition presents the classic Beach Boys album's stereo mix on a 130-gram LP, pressed on split translucent yellow and green vinyl. More details. (updated 2-9-18)

Sunshine Tomorrow 2blue square dot NEW 1967 BB DIGITAL RELEASE
Two new 1967-era Beach Boys collections has been released in digital format on Dec. 8, as companions to 1967 – Sunshine Tomorrow, released earlier this year. 1967 – Sunshine Tomorrow 2: The Studio Sessions includes more sessions from Smiley Smile, Wild Honey, and the abandoned Lei'd in Hawaii albums. 1967 – Live Sunshine contains live recordings from five 1967 concerts, for a total of 109 tracks. More details. (updated 12-8-17)

blue square dot AL JARDINE STORYTELLER TOUR
Al Jardine
will be heading out on the road for a series of acoustic, intimate shows titled “Al Jardine — A Postcard from California — from the Very First Song with a Founding Member of the Beach Boys.” Al will be telling stories about the Beach Boys' music and singing, joined by his son Matt. More details. (updated 11-17-17)

Dreamer: The making of Dennis Wilson's Pacific Ocean Blue bookblue square dot DENNIS WILSON POB BOOK
Ken Sharp's new book Dreamer: The Making of Dennis Wilson's Pacific Ocean Blue is now available for order. The 416-page book examines the backstory of DW's signature masterpiece. It is structured as an oral history, with interviews from many of the album's participants, fellow BBs, and family members. The book is available in soft-cover for $35 plus shipping, and in a very limited signed hardcover edition for $55 plus shipping. It's only available directly from Sharp, email him at to order your copy. More information. (updated 11-17-17)

Mike Love Unleash the Loveblue square dot NEW MIKE LOVE SOLO ALBUM
Mike Love released a new double album on Nov. 17, 2017 through BMG. Unleash the Love features 13 brand new songs and 12 remakes of Beach Boys classics. The album is produced by Michael Lloyd. Listen to the title track off of the album here. Unleash the Love is available in CD, vinyl LP, and digital formats. More information. (updated 11-17-17)

Brian Wilson Anthologyblue square dot NEW BRIAN WILSON SOLO ANTHOLOGY
A new anthology of Brian Wilson's solo career, released on September 22, 2017, is available in multiple formats. Playback: The Brian Wilson Anthology contains tracks from Brian's solo albums, plus two previously unreleased songs, “Some Sweet Day” and “Run James Run.” More information. (updated 9-22-17)

blue square dot BRUCE JOHNSTON BACK ON TOUR FOLLOWING BRIEF HIATUS
Bruce Johnston
posted the following on Mike Love's Facebook page on Sept. 13th: “Hey Boys & Girls, I am feeling a little under the weather, but I'll be back on the stage before you know it. See you soon, Bruce Johnston.” Bruce has now recovered from his illness and returned to the tour. Welcome back, Bruce! (updated 9-27-17)

blue square dot SAD NEWS
BBFC regrets to report passing of early BB supporting band member and Surf Punk Dennis Dragon on Sept. 26, 2017 and the passing of the Wilson brothers’ cousin Barry Turnbull on Sept. 21, 2017. Barry was responsible for naming the Smiley Smile album. (updated 9-27-17)

Glen Campbellblue square dot GLEN CAMPBELL, 1936-2017
The music world has lost country music star, ace guitarist and vocalist Glen Campbell, who succumbed to Alzheimer's disease on August 8, 2017 at the age of 81. Glen briefly replaced Brian Wilson for Beach Boys tours in 1964 and 1965. He left to pursue a highly successful solo career, paving the way for Bruce Johnston to join the BBs. As an in-demand guitarist and as one of the Wrecking Crew studio musicians, Glen played guitar on the Beach Boys Pet Sounds album, as well as some of the BBs' hits. He had many hits of his own, including “Wichita Lineman,” “Rhinestone Cowboy,” “Gentle on My Mind,” “Galveston,” and “By the Time I Get to Phoenix.” He also recorded “Guess I'm Dumb,” produced and written by Brian Wilson. Glen hosted his own TV show in the early '70s and was a multiple Grammy winner.
   Read more, including the Beach Boys' comments on Glen Campbell, here. (updated 9-21-17)

1967 Sunshine Tomorrowblue square dot NEW ARCHIVAL BEACH BOYS RELEASE: 1967 – SUNSHINE TOMORROW
1967 - Sunshine Tomorrow
is a new archival 2CD and digital collection from The Beach Boys, released worldwide on June 30 by Capitol/UMe. 1967-ST features producers Mark Linett and Alan Boyd's new, first-ever stereo mix of The Beach Boys' 1967 Wild Honey album and throws open the legendary band's vault to debut 54 sought-after 1967 rarities, 50 years after they were put to tape. Previously unreleased highlights on the new collection include The Beach Boys' shelved "live" album, Lei'd in Hawaii, studio recordings from the Wild Honey and Smiley Smile album sessions, and several standout concert recordings spanning 1967 to 1970. Wild Honey's new stereo mix will also debut in a 180-gram vinyl 50th anniversary edition on July 21. More information. (updated 6-30-17)

blue square dot FREE TOUR E-BOOKLETS AVAILABLE
Download Endless Summer Quarterly's FREE 2014 tour program for Beach Boys Mike Love and Bruce Johnston's shows, complete with full color pictures. Also download ESQ's FREE 2014 tour program for Brian Wilson and Al Jardine's shows. Both books are in pdf format. (updated 12/2/14)

blue square dot BB VIP PACKAGES AVAILABLE AT SELECT VENUES
Beach Boys Mike Love
and Bruce Johnston personally invite you to become a Beach Boys VIP and sit in on their soundcheck, then come backstage for a preshow party. There will be a Q&A, some cool memorabilia, and a photo op! Check out Mike Love's website (www.mikelove.com/VIP) or the official BB website (www.thebeachboys.com) for available dates. See package details here. (updated 8/7/14)

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(This section updated 2/9/18)

 
 

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BB CONTACT INFORMATION
 
Mail may be sent to members of the Beach Boys through BBFC:
blankspacerBeach Boys Fan Club, 50 S. Emery St. #4E, Pahrump, NV 89048.

Brian Wilson may also be contacted via his message board at brianwilson.com. Additionally, Brian Wilson, Mike Love, Alan Jardine, and David Marks all have official Facebook and other social media presences.

 

 
 

About BBFC

The club was started by Alice, the president, in 1973, when she wrote to rock magazines expressing an interest in seeing more articles about the Beach Boys. After one of her letters was printed, several people contacted her about forming a club. Ads in Rolling Stone generated more membership; the first newsletter was published in 1976. The Beach Boys' promotional people took an interest, resulting in BBFC's becoming the official Beach Boys fan organization.
 

HOW TO JOIN BBFC
 
SUBSCRIBE: You can receive our latest newsletter by joining the club. Basic membership is $5.00 ($8.00 in U.S. funds for overseas members). This includes five issues of our newsletter (published irregularly), with special interviews, news and other information, tour dates, editorials, and a classified section, as well as email bulletins for between-newsletter news.

Send your contact information and $5 ($8 overseas) in check or money order to the Beach Boys Fan Club, 50 S. Emery St. #4E, Pahrump, NV 89048. We have provided a pdf membership form for your convenience. (You do not need to include an SASE when sending payment.)