Today, announced their first new single in ages “That’s Why God Made The Radio”. In a little over 48 hours Jazz Fest, the legendary California band is set for their first major appearance and 2nd stop of their lengthy 50th Anniversary Reunion Tour ( will also appear at Bonnaroo in June). The tour opened last night in and is also slated to perform of a selection of songs on Thursday in as part of ’s Artist Confidential private concert series, giving listeners a to see what’s in store for this much buzzed-about reunion. will headline Acura Stage at the Fairgrounds on Friday from 5:30-7:00 p.m. Continue below to see the lyric video of the single in full, more details about the making of the tune and check out the 42-song (!) from the show below. Never thought I’d see the day that a new song is premiered on

From New York Times:

The reunited released their first new single in decades on Wednesday, making it available for purchase on major digital services like and . The song, “That’s Why God Made the Radio,” sounds as if it could have been written in the 1960s. It is a slow romantic ode to pop radio, showing off the group’s famous five-part harmonies and syrupy sentiments. The single is the first taste are getting of a new studio album by the same name, which is scheduled for release on June 5 by Capitol/EMI records. The album, which has 11 new songs, marks the first time in decades the two original leaders of the seminal band, and , have put aside their acrimony to work together. Three other early members – , David Marks and Bruce Johnston – are also onboard. The reconstituted band started a 50th Anniversary tour this week in Tucson and plans to play the Jazz and Heritage this weekend. also released an online video on Wednesday describing the making of the single.

Tour Announcement Video

Last Week’s Mad Scene

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01 “Do It Again”
02 “Catch A Wave”
03 “Don’t Back Down”
04 “Surfin’ Safari”
05 “Surfer Girl”
06 “The Little Girl I Once Knew”
07 “Wendy”
08 “Then He Kissed Me” (Crystals )
09 “This Whole World”
10 “Why Do Fools Fall in Love” (Frankie Lymon And The Teenagers )
11 “When I Grow Up (To Be a Man)”
12 “You’re So Good To Me”
13 “In Them Old Cottonfields Back Home”
14 “Be True To Your School”
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16 “ Let Me Wonder”
17 “Don’t Worry Baby”
18 “Little Honda”
19 “Little Deuce Coupe”
20 “409″
21 “Shut Down”
22 “I Get Around”
23 “Sloop John B”
24 “Wouldn’t It Be Nice”
25 “Forever”
26 “Sail On Sailor”
27 “Heroes and Villains”
28 “In My Room”
29 “All This Is That”
30 “God Only Knows”
31 “That’s Why God Made the Radio”
32 “California Dreaming” (Mamas and the Papas cover)
33 “California ” ( cover) (Just kidding)
34 “Dance Dance Dance”
35 “All Summer Long”
36 “Help Me Rhonda”
37 “Rock and Roll ” ( cover)
38 “Barbara Ann”
39 “Surfin’ U.S.A.”
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40 “Kokomo”
41 “Good Vibrations”
42 “Fun Fun Fun”

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