The Beach Boys appeared on NBC’s Late Night with Jimmy Fallon Monday to promote their just-launched reunion tour in celebration of their 50th anniversary. The band will release their new studio album, titled That’s Why God Made the Radio, on June 5.
When Fallon held up the album for viewers at home, Brian Wilson exclaimed, “Is that the album? Let me see that. Wow, that’s the first time I’ve seen our album.” When a surprised Fallon responds, “You’ve never seen it?” Wilson replies, “No, I haven’t seen it yet.” Mike Love quickly added that the album was a rush release.
Love admitted things are a lot different for them on the road now, compared to decades ago, telling Fallon, “We’re spoiled. Everything is set up for us. Everything is done for us. We’re driven here, driven there…” Love said it’s a lot different than when they first started out and had a “station wagon with a U-Haul trailer,” and had to set up and break down their own stuff at shows.
Fallon also asked Love how it felt to hear and work on those famous Beach Boys harmonies once again. Love described it as “sonic deju vu,” adding, “there’s like there’s never any time that passed.” Love said Wilson has the same abilities he’s always had, and the music “sounds beautiful coming back in the studio.”
The Beach Boys, and the group’s large backing band, performed three songs on Late Night with Jimmy Fallon. They opened the show with “In My Room, and later performed the title cut from their new album. They closed the show with “Wouldn’t It Be Nice.”
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