The Beach Boys‘ Mike Love has shown interest in reuniting with Brian Wilson at Glastonbury Festival, in addition to dates being leaked for a London performance on the weekend prior to next year’s Glastonbury.
The ‘Good Vibrations’ band’s co-founder Mike Love, last took to the stage with his cousin and bandmates, Al Jardine and Bruce Johnston, in 2012 for a 50th-anniversary album tour. Brian has since returned to his solo tours, while the other members are set to release a new album. Although relations between the singer and his cousin have been strained since the 2012 tour, in an unforeseen positive turn of events, Mike has raised hopes of a full-on comeback.
However, In an exclusive interview with The Sun‘s Bizarre, Mike has revealed he is back in contact with his cousin Brian. He went on to mention he would love for the surviving members of the group to play the renowned festival’s Sunday afternoon legends slot at Worthy Farm, which has previously hosted the likes of Dolly Parton, Lionel Richie and Bee Gees’ Barry Gibb.
The 77-year-old musician insists that there is no bad blood between him and his cousin Brian, and that they have been communicating with each other following his emergency back surgery which forced the ‘I Get Around’ hitmaker to postpone his US tour this month.
Discussing the possibility of performing with Brian again, Love said: “Yeah, it would be good if we could find the right way in which to do it. We are in contact.
“He had a back operation the other day so I sent him a message. There’s a lot of love there.
“There’s been nothing discussed recently but I’m not against anything. Anything could happen. I would absolutely love to go to Glastonbury.
“We did 175 shows last year so we stay pretty busy. We would love nothing more than to do that slot at the festival.”
The Beach Boys have joined forces with The Royal Philharmonic Orchestra on a new album which is set to drop on June 8, which features their original vocals from 17 of their hits. The band is scheduled to perform two nights at Hampton Court Palace in London on June 15 and June 16.
On the subject of their live dates and whether the orchestra will be making an appearance, Love said: “I prefer the live music side.
“I’m hoping we will be able to do something special with the Royal Philharmonic Orchestra, perhaps.”
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Furthermore, according to ViaGoGo, the California band are set to play two UK performances at London’s Royal Albert Hall, on the weekend prior to Glastonbury 2019, which runs Wednesday, June 26, 2019, till Sunday, June 30.
This year is set to be a fallow year for the festival, which means there will be no Glasto in 2018 in order to allow the grounds and wildlife of Worthy Farm to recover.
At the time of publishing, Mike Pickering’s Hacienda Classical is the sole act confirmed for 2019 so far, after Pickering dropped the news on Radio X back in December.
There have yet to be any headline confirmations for Glastonbury Festival 2019 as of this moment. That being said, as every year, the Glasto Rumour Mill is alive and spinning, with names such as The 1975 and Chromeo making the rounds.