Rest in Peace Glen Campbell 1936-2017
Glen Travis Campbell, superstar singer and guitarist, session musician in the Wrecking Crew and one-time member of the Beach Boys in the 60's, passed away on August 8, 2017, following a long and courageous battle with Alzheimer’s disease. Glen also contributed vocals to the title track on Al Jardine's solo album, "A Postcard from California," as well as a stripped-down version of "California Dreamin'." Al commented, "Glen was a good friend and he was generous to a fault. We shared some good times together as fellow Beach Boys when he began his meteoric rise to stardom and continued to be friends. I send all my love to the family and especially Debby for getting him to that studio that day. He made everything sound better. He taught ME how to sing!" Glen's 64th and final album, Adios, was released in June 2017.
Click here to make a donation to the Glen Campbell Memorial Fund
Al Jardine's Sloop John B: A Pirate's Tale Book
Al Jardine's children's book "Sloop John B: A Pirate's Tale" is now on sale at the merch stand at Brian Wilson's Pet Sounds 50th Anniversary World Tour shows (while supplies last). The hardcover book is a fun-filled pirate adventure (with beautiful illustrations by Jimmy Pickering) in which a young boy and his grandfather get trapped by pirates at sea. This is the hardcover version of the book and all copies are autographed by Al.
Buy Sloop John B: A Pirate's Tale (unsigned) on Amazon
Click here to listen to Sloop John B: A Pirate's Tale
Brian Wilson Pet Sounds 2017 Tour
Brian Wilson is extending the final performance run of his Pet Sounds 50th Anniversary World Tour throughout 2017 and will be performing, along with Al Jardine and Blondie Chaplin, the iconic album Pet Sounds in its entirety for a final time. Starting in Palm Springs in mid-March, the tour will hit a lot of US and Canadian cities that weren't included in the 2016 tour itinerary, along with some major European music festivals including Bilbao BBK Live in Spain, the Pori Jaz Festival in Finland, the Galway International Arts Festival in Ireland and Kendal Calling and Glastonbury in the UK. VIP packages will be available for almost every show for fans to meet Brian, Al and Blondie and receive other exclusive Pet Sounds 50th Anniversary Tour items.
Click here for a complete list of 2017 tour dates
Thank you from Al Jardine
After touring for the 50th anniversary of Pet Sounds since last March, I just wanted to take this time to reflect and thank everyone who has made this such an incredible experience. Thanks to our amazing band that give it their all EVERY single show: Paul Von Mertens (our music director), Michael D'Amico, Probyn Gregory, Nelson Bragg, Nick Walusko (aka Nicky Wonder), Bob Lizik, Gary Griffin, Debbie Shair, and also Darian Sahanaja and Billy Hinsche (we miss you both). Then there are the unsung heroes who make it all happen: Bob Alumbaugh (aka Icky), Jacob Archer, Marty Beller, Clint Boire, John Brown, Andy Clark, Nick Cruz, Tim Engwall, William Humphreys, Glenn Jones, Alan Lewis, Fred Lichter, Thom Lowry (my guitar tech), Bailey Quinones, George Roberts, Marc St Louis, Chris Stuba, Dan Vitt, Carl Vossier and the one and only, Jerry Weiss. Big thanks to Mark London, who designed our tour merch and Spud, my digital media manager. Then there's Blondie Chaplin…words cannot describe what Blondie adds to every show but let's just say he's the wild honey on top! My son, Matthew A. Jardine, who was born the year Pet Sounds was released and sings his heart out every night…I am SO proud of you. Also, my sons Robbie and Drew for taking some amazing photos and my wife Mary Ann…where do I begin to thank you for everything that you do? It is a blessing to have you in my life and I love you (and I always will). Brian and Melinda Wilson…Melinda, thank you for everything you've done to make the 50th anniversary of Pet Sounds tour a reality and Brian, God only knows what I'd be without you…probably a dentist in Ohio! Thank you, Brian, for writing such a timeless classic that is a pleasure to perform night after night (I guess McCartney was right!). Finally (and I saved the BEST for last), thank you to ALL of the fans that have come to see us, traveled from afar, support us, promote us and for being the audience that we love to play for EVERY show…YOU are the reason we keep going and have fun, fun, fun every night we play. I love you all—have a great holiday season and see you at the next gig! --Al Jardine, Oct 2016
Sharon Van Etten, Al Jardine & Friends Raise Funds for the Soberanes Fire Relief Fund
Acclaimed singer-songwriter Sharon Van Etten performed with special guests Al Jardine, Michael Nesmith, Johnny Rivers and Meg Baird on Friday August 12th at the Golden State Theatre in Monterey. The sold out show was a fire benefit to raise money for the Soberanes Fire Relief Fund. Al performed Sloop John B, California Saga and God Only Knows. Thanks to everyone who bought tickets and supported the cause and to Magnus Torén and the Henry Miller Memorial Library for organizing the benefit.
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Al Jardine Guest Stars On Decker: Unclassified
Al Jardine made a special guest appearance on Decker: Unclassified on July 15, 2016. The show, created by Tim Heidecker and Gregg Turkington, is an American comedy featuring C.I.A. superagent Jack Decker, who has to save America from the terrorists. Al played Dr Richards, the chief science advisor to the President of the United States, in the episode "Global Hoax." You can watch Decker: Unclassified on [adult swim] on the Cartoon Network and online.
Click here to watch the promo featuring Al
Click here to watch the entire episode "Global Hoax"
Pet Sounds Celebrates 50th Anniversary
May 16, 2016 marked the 50th anniversary to the day of Brian Wilson and The Beach Boys masterpiece Pet Sounds album. Brian Wilson: "Today Pet Sounds was released 50 years ago. I just can't believe it. I recorded it to bring love to the world and I'm honored to be performing it in so many countries and cities in 2016. My current band is just amazing. They are great singers and the very best musicians who replicate live every single show what I did in the studio 50 years ago! I'm just blown away by what I hear!" Al Jardine: "I'm really proud to have played a role in the making of one of the most enduring albums of all time." In celebration, Capitol Records will be releasing the Pet Sounds 50th Anniversary Deluxe Edition, a 4CD/blu-ray audio collection presented in a hardbound book featuring the remastered original album in stereo and mono, plus a new hi res instrumental mix, as well as session outtakes, alternate mixes, previously unreleased live recordings and hi-res stereo and mono and 5.1 surround mixes.
Click here to pre-order the Pet Sounds 50th anniversary CD on iTunes
Click here to pre-order the Pet Sounds 50th anniversary CD on Amazon
Click here for more info on the 50th anniversary of Pet Sounds
Click here for an amazing Pet Sounds 50th anniversary mini documentary
Click here for Sloop John B live at Capitol Studios
Al Jardine Joins Brian Wilson For 2016 Pet Sounds Tour
Fifty years after its initial release, Brian Wilson will be performing his timeless album Pet Sounds in its entirety. Al Jardine, along with Blondie Chaplin, Matt Jardine and Billy Hinsche, will be joining Brian and his incredible band for the 2016 Tour. The tour kicked off in Auckland, New Zealand on March 26 and was followed by followed by sold out shows at the magnificent Sydney Opera House in Australia and three rare appearances in Japan. The tour continues with several sold out shows in the United Kingdom and the Primavera Festival in Barcelona, Spain, before coming back to the United States with shows booked until mid-October. Exclusive VIP packages are available for fans to meet Brian, Al and Blondie, attend the band's soundcheck and receive other cool Pet Sounds items including a signed piece of sheet music for God Only Knows and an exclusive 50th Anniversary Pet Sounds lithograph. There is also an amazing Pet Sounds 50th Anniversary Tour program designed by Mark London which includes quotes from the likes of Paul McCartney, Pete Townshend, Eric Clapton, Barry Gibb, Elton John, Billy Joel, Elvis Costello, the late George Martin, Pet Sounds lyricist Tony Asher, several members of The Wrecking Crew and many more, courtesy Ken Sharp.
Click here to see the entire Pet Sounds 2016 Tour itinerary
Click here for David Beard's Pet Sounds tour interview with Al Jardine
Click here for a rare 1966 Pet Sounds interview from WDRC Hartford, CT
Al Jardine Honors John Lennon's 75th Birthday In NYC
Al Jardine honored John Lennon on what would have been the late musician's 75th birthday with an impromptu acoustic version of Imagine. Performing at the Imagine mosaic plaque in the Strawberry Fields section of Central Park (an area dedicated to the memory of John Lennon), Al was joined by his wife Mary Ann and a few hundred lucky friends, who also joined in for Help Me, Rhonda. The video was produced by longtime collaborator Larry Dvoskin, directed by Robert Pascale and filmed by James Wright and will be featured in a project called Every Voice Counts, a film by director Michael Jurkovacs that will feature people from all over the world singing for awareness for UNICEF and the United Nations. Photo courtesy Brian Stollery.
Click here to see the Imagine video
Click here to see the mini documentary on the event
Click here to see the UNICEF/#IMAGINE video
New Brian Wilson Solo Album To Be Released April 7, 2015
Brian Wilson's 11th solo album, titled 'No Pier Pressure,' will be released April 7 by Capitol Records. Brian was joined at Hollywood’s Ocean Way Studios by talented musicians he personally invited to record with him, including his former Beach Boys bandmates Al Jardine, David Marks and Blondie Chaplin, as well as Kacey Musgraves, fun.’s Nate Ruess, She & Him’s Zooey Deschanel and M. Ward, Peter Hollens, Capital Cities’ Sebu Simonian, and trumpet master Mark Isham. He also brought in session all-stars Don Was, Jim Keltner, Dean Parks and Kenny Aronoff, along with members of his longtime touring band, including Paul Mertens, Darian Sahanaja and Probyn Gregory, plus Matt Jardine and former bandmate Jeffrey Foskett. Listen for Al on the new songs What Ever Happened, The Right Time, Tell Me Why and Sail Away. For more info, please visit www.brianwilson.com/news/
Click here to check out Brian's sizzle reel for 'No Pier Pressure'
Click here to check out the lyric video for The Right Time featuring Al Jardine & David Marks
Click here to check out the live video for Sail Away featuring Al Jardine, Blondie Chaplin & Matt Jardine
Brian Wilson & Jeff Beck Tour
A sincere thank you to everyone who came to see Brian, Jeff, David and me on our recent tour of the US and Canada, it was a wonderful experience and we had a lot of fun. Thanks to Brian Wilson and his incredible band and crew, it was thrilling to share the same stage with all of these beyond-talented musicians as well as with Jeff Beck and his amazing band. Thanks for your continued support and stay tuned for some exciting new musical projects in 2014! --Al Jardine, Nov 2013
Click here for pics from the Oakland, CA show
The Beach Boys' Made In California 6-CD Box Set
The Beach Boys have opened their archives for a new career-spanning, six-CD collection titled Made In California, to be released August 27th. Made In California features more than seven and a half hours of music, including more than 60 previously unreleased tracks. The deluxe set is presented in a high school annual-inspired hardbound book (designed by the legendary Mark London) with personal recollections from the band's members, replicated classic artwork and memorabilia, photos from the band's archive, and handwritten yearbook-style inscriptions from Beach Boys Brian Wilson, Mike Love, Al Jardine, Bruce Johnston, and David Marks. Made In California chronologically charts the 50-year career of America's Band, from their earliest demos to their most recent recordings and also includes a special 'From The Vaults' disc of rarities selected by the band and the producers with longtime Beach Boys fans in mind.
Click here to see the unboxing of Made In California
Click here to order Made In California from Amazon
Sean Lennon & Al Jardine remake 'Give Peace A Chance'
Sean Lennon and Al Jardine have just recorded a new, mostly a capella version of John Lennon and Yoko Ono's "Give Peace A Chance." The two met at Lennon's New York City apartment, along with Al's collaborator (and co-author of "Waves Of Love") Larry Dvoskin, to record the track which will be amongst the many tracks projected on the side of London's Tate Museum in England. The project, which is lead by U2's Bono's organization ONE, is the kickoff to the week-long "agit8" movement, an artistic statement geared towards forcing the world leaders to take a stand against poverty at the G8 World Summit. Artists, including Sting, Elvis Costello, Mumford & Sons, Tom Morello, Kid Rock and others, were also urged to record a new rendition of a notable protest song. Al Jardine and Richard Barone (formerly of The Bongos) recorded and submitted their version of the Pete Seeger and Lee Hays folk classic "If I Had A Hammer."
Click here to Give Peace A Chance
Click here for If I Had A Hammer
Thank You From Al Jardine
I want to thank all of the fans who came out to see us on our 50th Anniversary Reunion Tour. It was a great pleasure and honor to perform with my band mates again after all these years! As Mike Love was often heard saying, "the whole is bigger than the sum of its parts." I couldn't agree more. Standing alongside the architect of the music, Brian Wilson, he told me "this is the best group I have ever worked with," referring to the back up band behind us. I was thrilled to play my role in this extraordinary musical experience! Sometimes you have to be good. And sometimes you have to be good and lucky. We got lucky this year with good voice and health and had the best crew and managerial staff, a band could ask for. I hope we can do it again sometime soon for those of you who missed us first time 'round.
In the meantime, 'see you on the radio' --Al Jardine, Oct 2012
Don't Fight The Sea Official Video
Al Jardine's new video for "Don't Fight The Sea" recently won an award for best music video at the Blue Ocean Film Festival in Monterey, CA, and is on the GRAMMY ballot this year in the category Best Short Form Video. The video features Beach Boys Brian Wilson, Mike Love, Bruce Johnston, David Marks and Al's son Matt Jardine. “Don’t Fight The Sea started a long time ago," Jardine explains, "with a Canadian friend of mine, Terry Jacks, who was kind enough to allow me to rewrite his song for a solo album that I was planning around an ecological theme. The song evolved into a beautiful statement about the futility of man’s efforts to tame the ocean. I'm proud to have finally been able to record and release the song on A Postcard from California...and I'm thrilled that the video has been acknowledged by the Blue Ocean Film Festival.” The video debuted earlier this month at the Blue Ocean Film Festival in Monterey, CA, where it won the award for Best Music Video (out of several hundred entries). It was directed by world-renowned marine photographer, award-winning filmmaker and dedicated environmentalist, Rob Talbot. "I have been a life-long fan of The Beach Boys, so it was a great thrill to collaborate with Al," remarked Talbot. "We both share a great passion for preserving the oceans and wildlife." The video is also capped off by a brief cameo from another iconic Hall of Fame rocker activist, Sir Paul McCartney.
Check out the official video for "Don't Fight The Sea"
Al Jardine's A Postcard From California Solo CD
Al Jardine’s long-awaited solo album A Postcard From California is now available on CD at Amazon.com and select record stores and includes fifteen tracks featuring Al and his friends Glen Campbell, Neil Young, David Crosby, Stephen Stills, Steve Miller, Flea (Red Hot Chili Peppers), Gerry Beckley & Dewey Bunnell (America), Alec Baldwin and more. The album includes the first single "Don't Fight The Sea" (featuring the vocals of Brian Wilson, Mike Love, Bruce Johnston, David Marks and the late Carl Wilson) and also features new versions of Beach Boys classics "Help Me Rhonda," "A California Saga," Honkin' Down The Highway," and "Sloop John B," plus a brand new track called "Waves Of Love" that also features vocals from the late Carl Wilson and is available for the first time on CD.
Click here for Endless Summer Quarterly's David Beard's interview with Al Jardine.
Buy A Postcard From California on CD here!
The Beach Boys 50th Anniversary Reunion Greatest Hits
The Beach Boys are pleased to announce plans for the CD and digital release of two new commemorative hits collections by Capitol/EMI on September 24th outside of North America and on October 9th in North America. 12 remastered Beach Boys studio albums will also be released by Capitol/EMI on September 24th outside of North America and on September 25th in North America. The Beach Boys’ new 50th Anniversary Greatest Hits collection features 20 of the band’s most popular songs, including “California Girls,” “Good Vibrations,” “Surfin’ U.S.A.,” “Wouldn’t It Be Nice,” “God Only Knows,” “Kokomo,” their latest single “That’s Why God Made The Radio,” and many more. A deluxe, career-spanning 2CD box and digital collection titled Greatest Hits: 50 Big Ones will also be released, featuring 50 Beach Boys favorites, including two songs from the band’s new album — the title track “That’s Why God Made The Radio” and a new single version of “Isn’t It Time,” which will be serviced to radio in September. The 2CD lift-top box package also includes an expanded booklet with newly written liner notes by Rolling Stone contributing editor David Wild and seven postcards. The 12 Beach Boys studio albums have been digitally remastered by Mark Linett and will be released on CD and digitally, most featuring mono and stereo mixes. The albums are: Surfin’ U.S.A.; Surfer Girl; Little Deuce Coupe; Shut Down, Volume 2; All Summer Long; The Beach Boys Today!; Summer Days (And Summer Nights!!); Beach Boys Party!; Pet Sounds; Smiley Smile; Sunflower (stereo mix only); and Surf’s Up (stereo mix only). These releases mark the stereo debut of Smiley Smile and Beach Boys Party!, while The Beach Boys Today! and Summer Days (And Summer Nights!!) are being released in stereo for the first time in their entirety. The new releases include the first-ever stereo mixes of several key Beach Boys classics, including “Good Vibrations,” “Help Me, Rhonda,” “I Get Around,” and “409” and more.
Check out this new Beach Boys Greatest Hits Sizzle Reel 2012
That's Why God Made The Radio (the album)
The Beach Boys just released their 29th studio album That's Why God Made The Radio on Capitol Records. The album, produced by Brian Wilson, will feature twelve brand new tracks: "Think About The Days," "That's Why God Made The Radio," "Isn't It Time," "Spring Vacation," "The Private Life Of Bill And Sue," "Shelter," "Daybreak Over The Ocean," "Beaches In Mind," "Strange World," "From There To Back Again," "Pacific Coast Highway" and "Summer's Gone." According to Bruce Johnston, all but the title track are originals, there are no guest musicians on the album and each Beach Boy sings lead on at least one of the songs. Al Jardine said the album is very lush, very PetSound-ing. "I really like my lead on 'From There To Back Again' on the new album. Initially, it was designed as a Brian/Al lead, but line by line evolved into an Al lead with my very first 'whistling' performance. ” Listen to "From There To Back Again" here!
That's Why God Made The Radio (the single)
The founding members of The Beach Boys, one of the world’s most legendary bands in popular music history, have reunited for a global 50th Anniversary celebration, including a new album release, a major international tour, and commemorative catalog releases. Today, The Beach Boys announce details about their new studio album, That’s Why God Made The Radio, to be released June 5 by Capitol/EMI. Beach Boys Brian Wilson, Mike Love, Al Jardine, Bruce Johnston, and David Marks recently completed their recording sessions at Los Angeles’ Ocean Way Studios for That’s Why God Made The Radio, the band’s 29th studio album (including 2011’s The SMiLE Sessions), the first in decades to feature all of the band’s surviving original members. Produced by Brian Wilson and executive produced by Mike Love, the album’s 11 new songs illustrate The Beach Boys’ unique and evocative West Coast story with the band’s timeless signature sound. The album’s lead single, “That’s Why God Made The Radio,” showcases The Beach Boys’ soaring harmonies in an upbeat, beaming ode to music’s radio champions around the world. The Beach Boys’ collaborative approach to writing and recording their new music is evidenced throughout the album, with all of the band members participating to create its glorious harmonies, lyrics, and arrangements. "We’ve come full circle,” says Al Jardine. “Sharing our memories and our present in the studio has been really remarkable. I can especially feel it when we’re all singing around the mic together, because we all hear each other and we really lock in.” Check out the official video for "That's Why God Made The Radio"
Al Jardine’s Record Release Party at The Roxy in LA
Al Jardine and friends recently performed at The Roxy in West Hollywood, CA, for a record release party. In addition to tracks from the new album, the setlist included such Beach Boys gems as You’re So Good To Me, I Can Hear Music, Heroes & Villains and Lookin’ At Tomorrow (A Welfare Song). Special guests joining Al and The Endless Summer Band on stage included John Stamos, Justyn Wilson, Carl B. Wilson, John Cowsill, Vicki Peterson of The Bangles, Tim Bonhomme, Nelson Bragg and Marilyn Wilson Rutherford and Ginger Blake of The Honeys. Click here for pics!
Don't Fight The Sea / Friends (a capella) 7" single
Al Jardine's limited-edition 7" single "Don't Fight The Sea" b/w "Friends" (a capella) is available online in black vinyl only. Fans that purchase the single will support disaster relief efforts by the Red Cross to help those affected by the earthquake and tsunami in Japan in 2011. The A-side of the record is the environmentally conscious “Don’t Fight the Sea”, composed by Al Jardine and Terry Jacks, a track from the new album A Postcard From California. The song features Jardine, Brian Wilson, Mike Love, Bruce Johnston and a vocal from the late Carl Wilson. The flip side of the record is an unreleased Beach Boys a capella mix, from a 1968 recording of the song “Friends.” “We felt that the song had a nice basic message of friendship” said Al Jardine, “I also like the idea of that song, because the vocals are a bit underappreciated. So this release was a perfect place to showcase the idea of harmony and friendship. Everybody is behind it 100%, that’s the nice part. It’s a total group effort, and we’ll be working more together like this as we approach our 50th anniversary. It’s very encouraging…and we’re making plans.” Brian Wilson commented “the message of the song is simple; we’ve been friends for so many years. It works on many levels within the band and our relationship with Japan.”
Click here to buy Al Jardine's limited-edition 7" single "Don't Fight The Sea" b/w "Friends" (a capella)