Beach Boys co-founder Al Jardine is back on the road with Brian Wilson‘s daughters — two-thirds of Wilson Phillips — Carnie and Wendy Wilson. The shows, billed as Al Jardine Family & Friends, also feature his son Matt Jardine, Carnie’s husband and Brian Wilson band guitarist Rob Bonfiglio, and legendary Beach Boys sidemen Bobby Figueroa on drums and Ed Carter on bass.
In addition to a spate of Beach Boys classics, the group will be performing a mini-set of Wilson Phillips favorites.
In the late-1990’s Jardine, the Wilson sisters, along with son Matt and his brother Adam, toured as Al Jardine’s Beach Boys Family & Friends.
Al Jardine told us that ultimately, both then and now, the Beach Boys’ biggest hits serve a bigger purpose than just entertaining fans: [“Each song, or each track selection is a special little messenger. And they convey a certain optimism, I think. And collectively, they’re extremely powerful and it reminds of a better time — a more positive time of growing up and experiencing things as a culture.”] SOUNDCUE (:16 OC: . . . as a culture)
Matt Jardine — who’s revered as having one of the greatest sets of pipes in the business — has been providing falsettos vocals and harmonies to the Beach Boys and Brian Wilson touring band’s for a combined 30 years now. He recalled to us when he finally got the nod to move up from being a P.A. into a performer with the Beach Boys: [“I was basically a gopher out there, just corralling drivers and making sure bags didn’t get left behind backstage and all the loose ends that could turn into major (laughs) disasters if they’re not taken care of — that’s the stuff I was doin’ and I got a call sayin,’ ‘They need you onstage.’ That’s how it started. It was a trip.”] SOUNDCUE (:18 OC: . . . was a trip)
- Al Jardine Family & Friends tour dates (subject to change):
March 4 – Patchogue, NY – Patchogue Theatre
March 6 – Norwalk, CT – Wall Street Theater
March 8 – New York, NY – Sony Hall
March 10 – Miramar, FL – Miramar Cultural Center
March 18 – Gilbert, AZ – Higley Center for the Performing Arts (Al Jardine Endless Summer – solo show)
March 19 – San Juan Capistrano, CA – The Coach House (Al Jardine Endless Summer – solo show)
- Beach Boys co-founder Al Jardine is back on the road with Brian Wilson‘s daughters — two-thirds of Wilson Phillips — Carnie and Wendy Wilson. The shows are billed as Al Jardine Family & Friends.
- Al Jardine began singing with Brian Wilson while the pair were high school football teammates at Hawthorne High School in Southern, California.
- In addition to taking the lead on the group’s 1965’s chart-topper “Help Me, Rhonda,” Jardine has written and produced many California-themed songs for Beach Boys albums, including the “California Saga” suite with Mike Love from the group’s 1973 Holland album, and “Santa Ana Winds” which he co-wrote with Brian Wilson for the group’s 1980 Keepin’ The Summer Alive album.
- In 1981 the Beach Boys scored their first Top 20 hit in over five years with a Jardine-produced remake of the Del-Vikings‘ “Come Go With Me.”
- Following the death of Carl Wilson in 1998, Jardine was forced out of the Beach Boys by Mike Love. Years of lawsuits followed as Jardine battled for the right to bill himself as a Beach Boy.