2012 stands to be a big year for many classic artists: some, like Bruce Springsteen, debuted new music, while others, like Aerosmith, will reunite and tour for the first time in years.

In the case of the Beach Boys, they will do both in celebration of their 50th anniversary. Guitarist Al Jardine called into New York’s CBS-FM studio to talk with Ron Parker about the band’s plans for 2012, as well as share some details on his own solo project.

“It has to be the music,” says Jardine, referring to what has brought the Beach Boys back together for such a monumental event. “When you’re singing the melodies and the harmonies written by Brian Wilson, it’s a life affirming thing.”

The Beach Boys were back in the studio to record for the first time since they released Stars and Stripes Vol. 1 in 1996. Their as-yet-untitled album is due out on June 5, 2012.

The process was gratifying for Jardine, who was overjoyed to be working with Wilson again.

“I said, ‘Brian, congratulations. You’ve done a marvelous piece of work here.'”

The Beach Boys will certainly show off some of their new tunes during the 50th anniversary tour, but will probably stick to earlier material. However, nothing is set in stone yet.

“It just depends. We’ll know this week.”

Jardine does hope to include a song or two from his latest solo project, A Postcard From California, which was released in 2010. On his mind will be “Don’t Fight the Sea,” a track with a cause: the environment.

“The Beach Boys have always been known for the fun in the sun. We’ve been surfing the crest of the waves for years, but we never gave much thought to what was underneath the waves.”

Sir Paul McCartney even signed on to help with the project, helping make the video for “Don’t Fight the Sea.”

With so much excitement surrounding the Beach Boys 50th Anniversary, one can only wonder how long it will last.

A half century is a long time, but Jardine assures us 2012 will not be the last time we see the boys from Hawthorne.

“We still have so much to give.”

E.J. Judge, WCBSFM New York


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