The Beach Boys still get around

The famous surf band will perform in Irvine during their 50th anniversary tour. David Marks, one of the band's original members who will go on tour, tells the story of what he did during his years away from the band.

May 05, 2012|By Heather Youmans
  • The Beach Boys at their Malibu beach house in February.
The Beach Boys at their Malibu beach house in February. (Courtesy Guy Webster,…)

Touring together for the first time in more than two decades, the reunited members of the Beach Boys will catch a new wave into Orange County.

The Beach Boys' 50th Anniversary Tour kicked off last month to enthusiastic crowds. As part of their tour of more than 40 cities in the U.S., Europe and Japan, Brian Wilson, Mike Love, Al Jardine, Bruce Johnston and David Marks are to play at the Verizon Wireless Amphitheater in Irvine on June 3.

The band recently announced that it soon will come out with a new studio-recorded album of hit-inspired originals, the Beach Boys' first album in decades featuring all of its surviving original members. Capitol Records is to release the album on June 5.

Fans who have followed the band throughout its years of family feuds, legal turmoil, health problems — as and the loss of Carl and Dennis Wilson — had deemed a reunion tour as unlikely.


But when the public glimpsed the reunited Beach Boys performing together at this year's 54th annual Grammy Awards, good vibrations for a possible tour with this brand-new configuration of members pulsated.

Joining the group is David Marks — a member who managed to escape the band's sour grapes after a series of hiatuses from the Beach Boys. Because of his sporadic membership, his story about his times away from the band was relatively untold until the band surfaced again earlier this year.

Marks became a guitarist of the Beach Boys at the age of 13, and managed to stay close to the other band members throughout the years.

"Well, I think it was everyone's idea," Marks, 63, said in a phone interview. "The fans were all clamoring about it and we'd been talking about it amongst ourselves for at least five years or so."

"When we got together on the Capitol [Records] tower when they presented us with the double-platinum record for "Sounds of Summer," the five of us realized how good it was to be together again. We got along really well. The chemistry just kind of picked up where it left off. I like to say that it's kind of been like a family reunion."

The Jon Stebbins' book "The Lost Beach Boy: The true story of Beach Boy David Marks, the previously unknown founding member," covered the band's genesis, as well as Marks' personal account of life with and without the Beach Boys — most notably his rise to childhood stardom and leaving the band while on top.

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