One of rock’n’roll’s longest-running family feuds is having a ceasefire. If you’d have told a casual Beach Boys fan 12 months ago that errant genius Brian Wilson and singer Mike Love were about to reunite and make a new album, you might as well have suggested that hell had frozen in the same breath.
The pair, alongside Al Jardine, David Marks and Bruce Johnston, have made a fine new record, That’s Why God Made the Radio. The troupe are touring the world as part of the Beach Boys’ 50th-anniversary celebrations, clocking up sets that include 40-plus songs a night.
Wilson rarely grants interviews now but was prepared to exchange an email with this writer. His answers, like his speech, are brief. Love, on the other hand, is prepared to wax lyrical at length.