Earlier this year Beach Boys fans rejoiced, when a “complete” version of the band’s lost masterpiece SMiLE was finally officially released. Now comes some even bigger news as the surviving members of the iconic and influential surf-pop act, who have repeatedly feuded over the years, announced that they will reunite in 2012 to celebrate their 50th anniversary. Brian Wilson, Mike Love, Al Jardine, Bruce Johnston and David Marks (who played on the Beach Boys’ first four albums), convened in a recording studio earlier this year to re-record their 1968 classic Do It Again to give things a test run, will celebrate this major milestone with a new studio album, their first together since 1995′s Stars And Stripes, Vol. 1, commemorative catalog releases, as well as a 50-date world tour, that will kick off with an appearance at the New Orleans Jazz & Heritage Festival on April 27.
The band, who were supposed to make this announcement at the Grammy nominations special (which was also to feature a reunited Van Halen), will make their official reemergence together with an appearance at the award show’s telecast on February 12th, with Jardine telling Rolling Stone, “There will be a surprise at the Grammys. We’ll do something really exciting. There’s a lot of interest in it, which is nice. It’s going to be a very big operation.” The guitarist also stated that the band will present diverse setlists for their upcoming tour, “The fans are going to want to hear the hits. But there should also be lesser-known ones that are so important.”