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In their first performance together in over two decades, the popular 1960s surf rock group, The Beach Boys, played one of their most popular hits, "Good Vibrations" at Sunday night's Grammy Awards.
The band's three surviving co-founders Brian Wilson, Al Jardine and Mike Love, alongside newer members Bruce Johnston and David Marks, appeared upbeat about their comeback despite singer Whitney Houston's death looming over the audience.
In December, the band announced that they were planning to release a new album this year and go on a world tour in celebration of their 50th anniversary, MSN reported.
"With all the guys together we were supporting each other. It was a different experience, and it was a thrill for me," Wilson told the press backstage before the group's performance. "Just being on stage together gives us a chance to express ourselves vocally and instrumentally."
The Beach Boys began their singing career in California in 1961 with brothers Carl, Brian, and Dennis Wilson, their cousin Mike Love and friend Al Jardin. Dennis and Carl Wilson died in 1983 and 1998, and were replaced by Johnston and Marks.
The "Surfin' USA" singers were inducted into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame in 1988 and received the Grammy Lifetime Achievement award in 2001.
"The Beach Boys have continued to do, about, we did about 180 performances last year. I'd like to see the Mop-Tops match that! I'd like to see Mick Jagger get out on this stage and do I Get Around versus Jumpin' Jack Flash, any day now. And I'd like to see some people kick out the jams, and I challenge the Boss to get up on stage and jam," Love said during his Rock and Roll Hall of Fame acceptance.
The Beach Boys, whose music became the soundtrack for a generation, currently hold the title for America's top-selling band, according to Nielsen SoundScan. They also hold the record for the most Billboard Top 40 chart hits with a whopping 36 songs.
The band's comeback performance was introduced by contemporary rock bands Maroon 5 and Foster the People, who sung "Wouldn't It Be Nice" and "Surfer Girl" respectively.