“Brian hasn’t lost a beat,” Jardine said. “He’s an iconic figure. He has transcended all of those labels. People are still catching up to the greatness we created in those early days, even myself. When you think about the voice, his voicings are so amazing, and the vocals are where we came in. It’s what The Beach Boys are all about.”
The Beach Boys, now led by singer Mike Love, commemorated its half-century mark in 2012 with a 50th anniversary tour and new album, “That’s Why God Made the Radio.” It was the band’s first album of new material in 16 years and the first project since the mid-’90s to include co-founders Wilson and Jardine.
“I wanted the 50th anniversary to keep going and moving forward but one of our principal members, Mr. Love, decided he didn’t want to continue with us,” Jardine said. “We’re going, ‘Huh, are you serious? This is so cool.’ It just kind of fell apart so we’re resurrecting what we think is probably the best summer show on earth.
“We want to keep it going,” Jardine added. “It’s real important to keep our focus on making new, vital music and continuing the legacy. It’s not about the messenger, it’s about the music so I’m happy as long as we can go out there and make music.”