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Beach Boys mull 50th anniversary reunion -- in Chicago?

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Wouldn't it be nice if the Beach Boys reunited -- and played a concert on Chicago's North Shore?

It's possible, says one member of the classic pop band. Al Jardine tells Rolling Stone that Brian Wilson, Mike Love, Bruce Johnston, himself and maybe guitarist David Marks are planning a reunion concert to celebrate the group's 50th anniversary.

"We're definitely doing at least one show -- you heard it first," Jardine says. "It's a big deal. I don't know where it will be yet, but it'll probably be free. Golden Gate Park was mentioned, as was the [National] Mall in Washington, D.C. and the north shore of Chicago by the beach."

But don't get as excited as Al. Love denies the claim, and Brian Wilson's manager reported being unfamiliar with any such plans. These childhood pals now speak to each other mostly through their attorneys.

Love says in a statement: "The Beach Boys continue to tour approximately 150 shows a year in multiple countries. At this time there are no plans for my cousin Brian to rejoin the tour."

The Beach Boys -- featuring Love and Johnston -- are scheduled to play Ravinia on Sept. 1.

Jardine his big dreams, though.

"I want to see a 100-date anniversary tour," he says. "I want to go all around the world, but if this is the way it has to be, then so be it. We're going to have to rehearse one hell of a show. My point is, if we're going to rehearse and make this such a wonderful show, we should take it on the road. It's the next logical step and it disappointments me that the other guys don't see if that way. I mean, it really bothers me. I know Live Nation has their fingers crossed we'll hit the road. We've gone one show definite, so at least we've got our foot in the door."

Wilson has a new album out next month, "Brian Wilson Reimagines Gershwin." Jardine recently released his own solo album, "A Postcard From California," on iTunes.

The last time the Beach Boys reunited was in 2006 for a ceremony in Hollywood marking the 40th anniversary of the "Pet Sounds" album.

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"But don't get as excited as Al. Love denies the claim"

Are you kidding me?

The mere prospect of the Beach Boys without Mike Love is something to get excited about.

-- MrJM

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