Surviving Beach Boys will reunite for Grammy Awards performance
The surviving members of the Beach Boys will reunite for their first public performance in more than two decades Sunday at the 54th Grammy Awards ceremony at Staples Center.
Brian Wilson, Mike Love, Al Jardine, Bruce Johnston and David Marks, who previously announced plans for a 2012 reunion tour to mark the Southern California group’s 50th anniversary, are slated to be joined by nominees Foster the People and Maroon 5 during the performance segment.
The Beach Boys have never won a Grammy, although Wilson picked up the rock instrumenal award in 2004 for the track “Mrs. O’Leary’s Cow” from “Brian Wilson Presents Smile,” his latter-day completion of the Beach Boys project that was shelved in 1967.
Grammy show producers had hoped to trumpet the Beach Boys’ performance in November when nominations were announced, but details had not been finalized at that point.
Two members of the band's original lineup -- drummer Dennis Wilson and singer-guitarist Carl Wilson -- died in 1983 and 1998, respectively. Johnston joined the band in 1965 after Brian Wilson opted out of touring to focus on overseeing the group's recordings.
Before Johnston came on board, Wilson had been replaced briefly on tour by a recording session guitarist who had worked on some of their recordings: Glen Campbell, who will appear Sunday to receive a Lifetime Achievement Award from the Recording Academy. Campbell is scheduled for his own performance with nominated country acts Blake Shelton and the Band Perry.
Other performers who have been added to Sunday’s show include the alt-country duo Civil Wars, jazz singer and pianist Diana Krall, funk musician Maceo Parker and rock singer-guitarist Joe Walsh. Previously announced performers include Adele, Paul McCartney, Rihanna, Tony Bennett, Bruce Spingsteen & the E Street Band, Coldplay, Foo Fighters, Katy Perry, Nicki Minaj and Taylor Swift.
The show will air from 8 to 11:30 p.m. Sunday on CBS-TV.
-- Randy Lewis
Photo of the Beach Boys in 1963, from left: Dennis Wilson, David Marks, Carl Wilson, Mike Love and Brian Wilson. Credit: Pendleton Woolen Mills 1963.