Most of the original Beach Boys reunited this year for a lengthy 50th anniversary tour that took them across the world. There were reportedly good vibrations all around, yet following the tour’s conclusion in the UK tomorrow, the Beach Boys will continue on–without three-fifths of the band members.
The band issued a statement last week that the Boys will continue touring without Brian Wilson, Al Jardine, and David Marks. It’s important to note that Mike Love owns the rights to the Beach Boys name, so it seems he’s firing most of his band so that he can continue touring with Bruce Johnston. Wilson was flabbergasted, telling CNN, “I’m disappointed and can’t understand why [Love] doesn’t want to tour with Al, David and me. We are out here having so much fun. After all, we are the real Beach Boys.”
Love, who may or may not have been twirling a black mustachio, stated this was his plan the entire time. In a statement, Love claimed promoters are interested in more shows by the reunited lineup, but “you’ve got to be careful not to get overexposed.” Some don’t agree with this; Rolling Stone reports that some venues have already cancelled dates for the Beach Boys because it’s not the same lineup as they originally though it would be.
At this point, Jardine, Wilson, and Marks are forced to beg for their reintroduction into the Beach Boys. Jardine has supported an online petition that asks Love to reconsider his plan. Currently, it’s about halfway to its 10,000 signature goal, and you can head here to sign it. [CoS]