In 2000, Capitol instituted a long-promised reissue campaign, focusing on the group’s long out of print ’70s LPs, and updated remastering of the ’60s LPs followed soon after. Brian Wilson continued his solo career into the 2000s with a string of popular albums, including a live run-though of Pet Sounds (Pet Sounds Live) and, in 2004, a concert tour as well as a re-recording around SMiLE. The surviving members next united in 2006 to commemorate the 40th anniversary of Pet Sounds. Two years later, however, Jardine was forced to settle a lawsuit brought by Love and Carl Wilson’s estate over the use of the Beach Boys’ name in his touring band (which was renamed the Endless Summer Band).
The SMiLE Sessions Regardless of legal actions and strained relations, all of the band’s surviving members were on hand in June 2011 for a special announcement: forthcoming were new live dates, reissues (including the first-ever release of The Smile Sessions; it appeared at the end of 2011), new recordings, and a spate of planned releases for 2012 that would feature all of the surviving members of the band who contributed the most to their ’60s prime: Brian Wilson, Mike Love, Al Jardine, Bruce Johnston, and even David Marks.
The new recordings included a version of their 1968 hit “Do It Again,” and by June 2012, a full album, including 12 original songs produced by Wilson and given the title of its first single, That’s Why God Made the Radio; the album generated generally positive reviews and debuted at number 3 on the Billboard 200. Just before their 50th anniversary tour ended, in late September, Love announced that additional tour dates for the rest of 2012 would not include Brian Wilson, Jardine, or Marks. The brief reunion was commemorated on the May 2013 live album The Beach Boys Live: The 50th Anniversary Tour.
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