May 25, 2020
The surviving members of The Beach Boys discussed what still held the band together in an interview. They also talked about a potential reunion in 2021.
The Beach Boys, a rock band formed in Hawthorne, California in 1961, is one of the most widely praised, commercially successful, and influential bands of all time.
The original members were Brian Wilson, Dennis Wilson, Carl Wilson, Mike Love, and Al Jardine. Significant later members included David Marks and Bruce Johnston.
In 2018, the surviving original members of The Beach Boys were asked what still held them together during a radio interview, as reported by Closer Weekly.
"It's love. The love of getting together and singing those harmonies, without thinking about any money, and about any fame," said frontman Mike. "It's the sheer joy…that is the essential ingredient."
In 2012, they were reunited for a tour. Another reunion event is being arranged. "It's not a done deal but we're talking about it," Al shared. "Our 60th anniversary is in 2021 and we're probably all going to get back together for a little show or two."
According to Biography, the band has faced unrelenting realities, for example, Brian's mental illness and the early passings of Dennis and Carl.
The Beach Boys tunes concentrated on fun, but the Wilson siblings had actually experienced a horror-filled childhood. Their father, Murry, was initially the band's manager.
He didn't reemerge after one dive. An hour later, his dead body was discovered.
While they found prosperity, Murry kept on putting pressure on his children. "He scared me so much I actually got scared into making good records," Brian once said.
In 1964, Brian decided to fire Murry. But he still felt strain to continue making hits, and that year had his first nervous breakdown. In the long run, Brian would be diagnosed with bipolar schizoaffective disorder.
He soon quit touring, and by then, Bruce was brought into the group. Brian, however, kept on making hit songs.
In 1979, the Beach Boys advised Dennis to leave the group because of his extreme drinking. The following year, he returned to the band but remained so problematic.
In 1983, Dennis dive into the 58-degree water looking for possessions he'd thrown overboard years earlier. He didn't reemerge after one dive. An hour later, his dead body was discovered.
Carl, on the other hand, died of cancer in 1998. He was considered the band's artistic anchor during the turbulent 1970s and '80s, according to Britannica.
Later that year, the Beach Boys released a rarities collection called "Endless Harmony." In 2013, the two-disc concert album "The Beach Boys Live: The 50th Anniversary Tour" was released.