Even though he sang lead on “Help Me Rhonda,” Al Jardine still doesn’t know who Rhonda was — or wasn’t.

Before last weekend’s show with Brian WIlson‘s band, Jardine told Riverside, California’s Press Enterprise that fans “always want to know who Rhonda was. None of us ever have an answer because it was a fictional character. I’ll have to ask Brian.”

He does know the back story of another character Wilson sang about in their Beach Boys days — “Marcella” from the 1972 album Carl and the Passions. The song “So Tough” was a massage his therapist. Both songs are on the setlist for Brian’s concerts.

Jardine says the idea for Brian’s current run of shows stemmed from a recording session for Wilson’s upcoming album. “It just seemed like a logical extension of that and to team up again… We did a couple of shows in England to see how it would go. My son Matt was out there with us, so it was quite the family affair.”

  • The Brian WIlson Band performs next on September 27th in Paso Robles, California, followed by dates October 9th in Modesto, California and October 11th in Long Beach.
  • Jardine says Brian’s new solo album — on which he appears — will be released in October.
  • Love and Mercy, the bio-pic starring Paul Dano as the young Brian Wilson, debuts at this week’s Toronto Film Festival.