Brian Wilson Fired While Tour Is Ongoing

    September 27, 2012
    Amanda Crum
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The Beach Boys were excited to be together again when they reunited for this year’s Grammy Awards for a 50th anniversary celebration, but that hasn’t stopped controlling member Mike Love from giving Brian Wilson the axe, along with Al Jardine and David Marks. After sharing a stage again for an anniversary tour, Love announced he would be continuing the shows without his bandmates, and would instead play with Bruce Johnson and a backup band, which is rumored to include longtime Beach Boys friend John Stamos.

“The post-50th anniversary configuration will not include Brian Wilson, Al Jardine and David Marks. The 50th Reunion Tour was designed to be a set tour with a beginning and an end to mark a special 50-year milestone for the band,” read a statement issued by Love.

The Boys have had their share of spats, drama, and addiction since forming half a century ago, but fans are shocked at the blatant disregard for sheer history and loyalty as founding members are forced out of their own show.

“I’m disappointed and can’t understand why he (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,” Wilson said.

Sadly, the tour with Wilson, Jardine and Marks is still ongoing, meaning that if the hard feelings can’t be overcome, London will be in for a strange set.

  • Adam Schramm

    So for all the Beach Boys fans who get stunned, hurtful looks when I’ve said in the past that Mike Love is a douchebag, are you convinced yet?

    • http://www.martysinvasion.com Marty

      Adam. You are right. I had been a longtime supporter of Mike Love. I sympathized with his getting screwed out of royalties and songwriting credit for his lyrics, which helped make their sound accessible. I still think he is a fantastic showman and baritone/bass in the context of their group vocals, but this latest action is indefensible. The guy clearly has issues. “Douchebag” is right! The lame Love/Johnston cover band should be boycotted.

  • http://yahoo.com GREG

    I think Brian Wilson was the vast majority of the Beach Boys dispite himself

  • http://www.crissstarr.org criss starr

    it saddens me, but doesnt surprise me, given the history of lawsuits between Mike Love & Brian Wilson. The real losers? The fans..because of Mike’s ego, he’d rather be able to say he ‘fired’ Brian Wilson, who in my opinion is a living legend. & the reason? who cares..I’m sure it dates back 40 years ago starting with Murray Wilson..or when Brian was labeled a ‘musical genius’ and stopped touring back in the day? poor Al & David, after all these years they are still pawns in Mike’s game..what kind of bandmate is that? Really Sad..

  • http://Yahoo.com Jelmo

    How can they fire Brian Wilson? He IS the Beach Boys!!!!!!

    • Janey Martin

      Mike Love is a parasite. He took Dennis’s leftover girls and he thinks he’s a “big man” He claims he’s the talented songwriter (no that would be Brian) The Wilson Bros WERE/ARE the Beach Boys, the others are secondary (including Mike Love) Mike Love is a nontalented egomaniac.

    • uncjky

      Mike loves every bit of this. Now that he has used Brian and Al he takes pleasure in being in control over Brian by firing him His time to pay back for all of neglect he has received over the years. Al is a great muscian and song writer. Come to think of it everyone in the group could play sing and write. Mike Love just understands the beach and cheerleaders

  • Nancy S

    Once again, the fans are given the shaft….grow up and check your ego problems Mike Love!

  • Stan Schmenge

    Mike Love is an egomaniac, the least talented, and the biggest “dork” in the group. You can tell he thinks he’s “a real cool head.”

  • http://Yahoo Brenda

    Mike Love has always been a control freak! If he doesn’t get his way, he pouts and “fires” everybody. Brian should have been the “leader” instead of Mike. The band would have been much more successful.

  • Adonis

    Who cares, they sucked back then and suck now…
    They couldn’t compare to the Beatles, Stones, The Who.. real Bands.. They need to just go away…Ride that one big Wave off into the Sunset…

    • murphy

      WHAT!!! you just don’t know music

    • Joseph Turner

      The real experts in music totally disagree with you. They originated a lot of phrases used by the Beetles as well as guitar riffs copied by everyone.

      Good Vibrations is many times considered the “best ” popular song of all time. If Brian Wilson (and his father) had been able to hold it together, this could not have happened,.

      Mike Love is an arrogant ass. He was playing at a Six Flags 10-15 years ago and has NOT gotten better and has no talent except avarice and greed aplenty

    • Joseph Turner

      How are things in the 7th Grade ?

    • REE

      I don’t have any problem with the bands that Adonis mentions. But, none of them are surf bands. The Beach Boys have had 32 top ten songs and have been selling out for 50 years including this year’s world tour. Someone must like them.

  • J. Stone

    I am glad I saw the original “Beach Boys” this past summer, all in tact. I took my teenage grandkids and their friend. They are an icon and its sad to see so much turmoil, let alone with family involved. Seems “Love” has no love for family, but only for money the way this is written. Love lost a lot of my respect when he made a comment about the reunion making him want to “drag the ol’ bong out of the garage”. My kids were present! Now this..I thought they were a good example. I do have to admit though that Wilson sounded wonderful, if you closed your eyes he had not aged or changed, but his stage appearance was disheartening and sad. his pants were even twisted and on sideways and no one would help him when he exited from behind the piano. Regardless my hat is off to Wilson for enduring and he has a WONDERFUL VOICE and creativity beyond what I perceived.

  • Colleen

    Too bad, that after so many years together, differences can’t be put aside. All I can say is good luck to Mike Love——how many people are going to attend his concerts now after this incident? Should of thought about that before firing the founding member of the Beach Boys and Al Jardine, who’s been there since the beginning. What a shame!

  • http://www.foxnews.com Biff

    Mike Love not war.

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  • sharleen mendes

    Is Brian the Beach Boy who was on drugs and had the brain disorder because of it & the father of Carrie Wilson? He looks like he is still on drugs. So sad…

  • Evelyn

    I can’t believe it. Well, maybe I can. Who does Mike Love think he is. I’m 56 year old Brian W/BB fan for years, have read his autobiography & other books. Mike is supposedly a TM (transcendental meditation) practitioner. You would think he would ‘meditate’ his anxieties away. Brian IS THE genius behind the BB’s. Yes, Mike is a co-writer of many of their hits, but if it weren’t for Brian’s vision and talented harmonic arrangements, Mike would have still been working at a gas station in L.A.
    Give it rest, Mike. – (there’s A GREAT song on YouTube called “F.U. Mike Love” – people should go hear it.)

    • Likkem Gud

      Love is a co-writer only because B.W. allows him to be listed as such. As for the name – I believe somehow Love was awarded rights to the name “Beach Boys” – but he cannot ever have the heart and soul – Brian Wilson.

  • bryan

    Mike Love is an arrogant prick.. My company spent alot of money to have them at one of our corporate events…Mike would not even agree to photos or signatures..Im sure Brian would have!! What a jerk.

  • Tamara Sembach

    Brian Wilson is who made the beach boys, Mike Love use to be part of Charles Manson a LONG time ago. If it wasnt for Brian and making of the beach boys, Mike would be in jail with Charles Manson.

    • agif

      Mike Love seems to be doing his own Charles Manson version.

    • Sandi

      Actually it was Brian’s own brother who was involved with Charles Manson – Not Mike.

  • steve

    Remember when Mike Love ripped Paul McCartney about harmony at the R&R Hall of Fame? And also when he ripped Jagger at the same event because they didn’t perform as much as the Beach Boys. There’s no bigger jerk in music than Mike Love.

  • Animule

    Mike Love has been the back-bone of this group, Brian Wilson is the one who who has been in and out of mental moods and re-hab for it. Mike and Al Jardine, held it together for years.
    Get your facts correct.

    • L

      Mental Moods? You clearly do not have a clue about mental illness.
      Love has been a controlling creep for years…he is the one who should be fired. You should get your facts straight.

    • uncjky

      MikeLove the back bone? Yeah I guess if you took Brian out of it he could recitate his lyrics. Even in his mood swings Brian was writing great music. Kokomo Mike’s only #1 claim to fame was co-written by John Phillips and Scott McKenzie. Mike’s only lyric probally? By and by we’ll defy a little bit of gravity. He has held nothing together. Blame him for wrecking and suffocating the Beach Boys creativity so he could continue to write his 60’s lyrics. Listen to his material and their new album. He is time warped. Now he claims Smile and Pet Sounds.Go watch the Mike Love show

    • JWA

      Facts? Until his death Carl Wilson had been the leader of the group (i.e. post-Brian). To infer Mike Love was the backbone of the group shows your ignorance. And now that Love will be the solo front man of the group, don’t count on hearing a single tune on pitch.

    • REE

      Mike Love is the back-bone of the Beach Boys? Try a toe nail. While Mike Love was writing a few lyrics, Brian Wilson was arranging 26 separate cuts for Good Vibrations. Brian’s voice is still the real sound of the Beach Boys. Mike’s voice is merely that of a very average baritone’s. Totally replaceable.

  • JC

    Isn’t this like Ringo firing John & Paul back in the day? I am more of a casual Beach Boys fan, and Brian Wilson is the only face I can recognize out of ’em all. I think Mike Love screwed the pooch here.

  • Dante Hicks

    The talent just left the building.

  • Ricky

    Without Brian and Al, any group performing is not the Beach Boys. Mike Love may control the name, but he can’t control the actuality. If you pay money to watch and listen to a group calling itself the Beach Boys and it doesn’t include Brian and Al, that’s fraud and you’re getting screwed. Boycott the fake group.

  • Jim

    Maybe Brian and the boys should get Captain and Tenille to tour with them, after all they were the backup for them in the past, Tenille could then replace Mike Love who sucks anyway…

  • Tuan

    How does just one member have the authority to fire 3 other original members, including one who’s pretty much the heart and soul of the band and the founding member? Can someone explain?

    • Bob

      Love controls the name, as part of an agreement.

  • Likkem Gud

    That’s like saying John Fogerty sounds too much like CCR. Brian wilson IS the Beach Boys.

  • http://webpronews david

    I’ve booked and worked with the Beach Boys for 6 years now and can tell you Mike Love is an incredible idiot. He’s showing signs of dementia, forgets song lyrics and generally makes everyone miserable. It was nice having Brian and the others back for awhile, but it was only a matter of time before Mike’s ego got in the way.

  • D-Dubz

    I love both these guys, and am sad for all involved. I am stoked however I saw them this year before all this happened. The Beach Boys are the best! They are both amazing people and have achieved so much together. Having been in bands, and worked with family I can tell you it is not easy…

  • Geoffroi Wychwood-Mees

    There is S O much more to this story :
    Whilst we all love Brian Wilson , he needs constant attention on stage to make sure he stays with it : I was at Radio 2 Mermaid Theatre recording on Monday, and felt very sad for him, but how totally professional Mike Love was !
    They will be more relaxed , unfortunately , without Brian (Who actually missed the first words of “Good Vibrations” ~ and had to be Re-Recorded at the end of the Show !)

  • dennis

    its like mary wilson firing diana ross from the supremes….daaaaaaa

    • Pattie

      its like Diana firing Flo from the Supremes-still doesn’t work.

  • mike Barnes

    brian wilson is the Beachboys without him there never would have been the beachboys when you go see the beachboys your listening to the music written by brian wilson he was the actual brains the others just music players he just got old now there just tossing him aside thats just sad i wont buy a ticket to see those players one is so called family at that shame on you guys you wont see rock n roll heaven

  • Bernie

    Cancel my tickets. Brian should start own tour. Call it “Brian Wilson and real friends have Fun”

  • Martha

    Brian Wilson IS the Beach Boys, Mike Love is a bigger douchebag than Axl Rose thinking he can pull this off. Ticket refunds will break the bank.

    • http://webpronenews.com Steve Lilly

      Mike Love is a legend in HIS OWN mind. I would NEVER attend a concert to see him. How can he justify firing his bandmates after all the ups and downs they’ve gone through up to now? What a total ass.

  • Greg

    How about the band members firing this bozo Mike Love. I mean, John Stamos, a Beach Boy? LOL

  • cynthia

    Frankly the whole thing is sad. I heard them on the Today show a few years ago and it was bad to the point of having to change channels because I was embarrassed for them. Unless you are going to the concert stoned yourself, I cannot imagine this will be something anyone hates to miss.

  • Bassmanv

    Last year saw Brian Wilson Band on his solo tour .One of the best sounding bands I’ve ever seen .Brians voice was there and his backup
    band was incredible . There Beach Boys harmonies were flawless .No worry for Brian , he definately carries the Beach Boys sound and history for as long as he wants . Paul McCartney has been quoted as saying ” Brian Wilson has the best backup musicians ” it is true .
    Take it to the bank .

  • idic5

    remember who what were why? why did love kick ’em off the tour? teh article did not say – unless I missed it.

  • Sonny

    Brian Wilson is the beach boys, he wrote the songs that so famous. Mike Love is just an egomaniac NO talent bum!

  • mickey

    Mike Love is a loser, what a twat!

  • Sally

    Brian Wilson is the Beach Boys…saw them at the Hollywood Bowl and he is the voice and the music that makes the show!!! Sad news

  • Renee

    Mike Love is an idiot… I am a huge Beach Boys fan and was looking forward to hearing them all together again. I wouldn’t go see that concert now if they paid me and I don’t think any other Beach Boys fan should either… Boycott the concerts.

  • gene

    Mike Love may “own” the name “Beach Boys”. But he will find out the hard way that the fans know who is responsible for the success of the “Beach Boys”. Yes, he sang lead. But over 95% of all the successful music came from someone that he is mistreating, and the loyal fans will only put up with so much ingratitude.

    • John

      Exactly. I went to a fake Beach Boys concert and in fact they were good. But not GREAT and that is what the REAL Beach Boys were.

  • Guest

    With all the constant infighting, they should rename themselves “The B*tch Boys”.

  • http://webpronews C Dawson

    Mike Love may legally own the name “Beach Boys” but a lot of good it will do him when no fans show up at his concerts. What good is it to call it an anniversary tour if all the original members are absent? Today’s music fans don’t listen to the Beach Boys type music and the original fans will not be interested in watching fill-ins for the originals. Maybe you should rename your tour to the Mike Love Road Show, Mikey!!! I hope all your shows get cancelled for lack of ticket sales.

  • Mark Douglas

    Mikey-poo you mentioned “overexposure” are you sure it isn’t a helluva EGO problem?

  • Dennis

    Mike love is a fool !! Brian is the beach boys. Let mike fall on his ass and then no one will be there for him.

  • Karen Mann

    It really saddens me to hear of this Ego Trip for Mike. I have been a Beach Boys fan since the 60’s, I just can’t believe this is happening, and I’m sure that the others (of the real set) are turning in their graves.

  • http://aol Wayne

    Hey all ready, If Mike Love has fired the beach boys; then I see an end to that wonderful group as we know it. I hope Love falls on his face, it might be just what he needs to knock some sense into him. I just don’t see them surviving without Brian, and Al. Good- bye Beach Boys !!!

  • David Fleischmann

    This band has always been a mess since the 60’s. First the father then Mike Love. Nothing suprises me except how much phenomenal music Brian Wilson was able to create with all these issues, along with his own mental health problems. Imagine what he could produced with the right people around him encouraging him. Some tried to help and support him and other took complete advantage of him. You still take their best 15-20 pieces of work and they stack up with any band including the Beatles and Stones.

  • vince olson

    I’ve seen Mike Love and his Beach Boys wanna be act twice in the past three years. Both times were at conventions, thankfully I did not have to pay. It was a crying shame, I was almost in tears being subjected to the butchering of most all of the songs. The most offensive of all was Mike Love.

    Fans of the Beach Boys can only hope that reviews acroos the nation pan these losers.

    Bring back Brian and Al and save yourselves from the Rock and Roll graveyard of over the hill losers!

  • Allison Morgan

    I think this whole thing is a PUBLICITY STUNT to garner interest in the tour. The Beach Boys are not a charity. They’re touring to make money. Fans don’t like to see their idols this way. You watch: they’ll “work it out”.

  • kellys

    Boycott Mike Love, I will, screw him, it was Brian Wilson that made him.

  • john

    Mike Love may have the legal right to do what he did, but morally he known in the english language as a a**hole.

  • brian bohr

    Mike Love is a narcissist who’s ego blind’s him from reality. Without Brian Wilson there are no beach boys.

  • Addison Spencer

    I’m seeing them tonight in London. Here’s hoping that it’s not an awkward performance! I love hearing them, and I’ve been looking forward to this for a while!

  • Pattie

    Brian Wilson is the Beach Boys.He doesn’t need Mike Loveless and neither do we.

  • http://yahoo Inga

    Brian Wilson has always been the genius behind the beach boys. He has composed or arranged the music that became so loved by fans all over the world. Mike, your ego needs to be reeled in, I’ve heard you sing – you need to lip sync.

  • Lu

    Mike Love…REALLY? What are you thinking?

  • theyayhoo

    Mike is an enormous douche bag (in my opinion). Hey Mike…….how about giving us another “classic” like “Sumahama”. What a piece of s**t that one is. And who is Bruce Johnston to even voice his opinion? When his premier writing contribution to the band is that dribble called “Disney Girls”. They are both riding on the coat tails of Brian, Carl, Dennis and Al (the true Beach Boys). Hey, Mike………..keep it up and your only legacy will be the destruction of The Beach Boys name, which I understand you acquired in the most stand up of ways (if a snake could stand up).

  • Jon

    Perhaps Love thinks beach Boys fans don’t know the difference. Maybe the public in general doesn’t, but fans are understandably disappointed. Its the dumbest thing since Kiss put someone else in Peter Criss’s makeup. If these guys can’t stay together for the sake of the fans, they might as well quit.

  • Jackie

    I saw a clip of Brian Wilson singing recently. He’s off-key and off beat. It was hard to watch. I felt sorry for him. But firing him? Mike Love firing the original Beach Boy members and touring with his own band and calling it The Beach Boys? Get real. No one is going to come to the concerts. People want to see the original Beach Boys not just Mike Love. It’s a sad day in music history.

  • http://yahoo Jan

    Really!! Who the hell is Mike Love?

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  • dave curtis

    Mike Love is an a-hole. Always was, always will be. I wouldn’t walk across the street to watch him perform even if it was a free concert.

  • TIM

    Wouldn’t it be nice – to replace Mike Love instead and have multiple
    founding members touring? – It could be a better vibration. T.J.D.

  • Sharicia

    Who does Mike Love think he is??? Brian Wilson IS the ONE who came up with the sound, wrote the majority of the songs and made the Beach Boys what and who they were. You may ‘own’ the name of the group, but you will never own the real thing and the heart or loyalty of the fans who know what”s good and right!!I would gladly pay to hear Brian, Al and the originals that are still around, but a ‘bogus’ group under the name Beach Boys will never cut it with me or the millions who love that heart and sounds that IS the Beach Boys!!!!

  • David

    I don’t like to wish ill on anyone, but I kind of hope no one shows up for the Beach… I mean, the Mike Love shows.
    Brian Wilson has been a GIFT to musical history. Maybe this is a good thing… Maybe Brian will just get right back to some solo work. I don’t love every solo release, but the last several have not only been good, they’ve been AMAZING! My favorite today is: That Lucky Old Sun. Go give it a listen!!! When did Mike Love ever release anything that even came close?!?! WE LOVE YOU BRIAN and AL!!! “nodded off in band room, woke up in history”

  • Joey

    Mike Love is and always has been a talentless bum!! He is so lucky Brian allowed him in the band or he would still be pumping gas. Who the hell is he to fire these guys, especially Brian Wilson. Wadda joke!

  • Mike

    I did work for Mike Love in Santa Barbara in the 80’s…he’s still a douche. Was then and is now! He treated his father in-law like a slave. No class, no style, no fans. Anyone that meets him says the same thing, “He’s a pompous ass!”. Firing Brian “the Brain” Wilson and the others shows his true ego. Mike Love cannot share the stage. FU Mike Love!

  • Mike

    Oh wow…John Stamos pounding around on the drums again like he did in kokomo?!?! Big woooop and they lose the voices that MAKE this group. Love is an IDIOT and wouldn’t pay a dime to see his em….”show”.

  • Bill

    Oh well .. Last time I saw them two years ago … Mike had the microphone at his waist … but I sure heard vocals …. Hmmmmmm …. Milli Vanilli I say !!

  • Pj

    Mike Love minus brains and genius behind Beach Boys Brian Wilson and really cool nice guy (who I met at an airport) Al Jardine equals total yawn bore and snore festival.

  • Gina

    I met Mike Love in the early 80’s. He was wooing the girlfriend of a well known Hawaiian lifeguard and surfer I knew. I saw the band that year. Brian Wilson wasn’t with them at the time. That was the 3rd and last time I watched them. They were terrible. No harmony, which is what they were famous for. Brian wrote most of the songs and was the harmony in the group. Mike Love has a flat, monotone voice that wouldn’t make it past Simon Cowel. The Beach Boys without Wilson is like the Beatles without John and George. No way.

  • Danny

    Brian Wilson is a major contributor to the success of the beach boys. For them to boot him shows that love is only interested in some old guys touring and fooling us into thinking they are the real Beach Boys for money. That is what all the old guys are doing now. I guess next they will open a beach boys place in Branson like all the other posers.

  • jim

    This is about guess what? The MONEY
    Lets face it this is the absolute last time the “Beach Boys” get to play for more than a few hundred fans and their absolute last chance at somewhat big payday. Mike Love made a business decision to go on tour and keep most of the money for himself. Couple of years from now they will playing at your local assisted living facility so who cares.

  • ronaldpaxton@bellsouth.net

    Ironic. Love was always the one member of the band with no talent. Didn’t play an instrument and couldn’t sing worth a damn. The great Beach Boys vocal sound came from their harmonies and Brian Wilson’s great alto, not from Love.

  • Al

    Mike Love is cruel. Nuff said.

  • Cathy

    Glad I don’t have a ticket to one of those shows – I would for sure want my money back. Like everyone else, I think that Mike Love is a no-talent bum, and I wouldn’t be at all interested in going to a Mike Love with John Stamos in the Supporting Band Show. At all. Ever.

  • Jim Campbell

    WOW.What a sad state when Mike Love fires his meal ticket Brian Wilson.If it wasn’t for Brian writing all those songs in the 60’s the Beach Boys would be who they are now.Just make up and swalow your pride Mikey and “Do it again”.Wouldn’t it be nice”. LOL



  • Ollie

    Big mistake Mike Love, your notting without Wilson.Brain Wilson is the Beach Boys

  • http://www.dau-fus-kie-island.com Kristine Suber Hanchar

    Brian Wilson is the Beach Boy(s). I would want all my money back if I had paid for concert tickets. He should just go play with his daughters Carni and Wendy. He could open for them.

  • Felix El Gato

    Mike Love fired Brian Wilson, the founder and singer/songwriter of the Beach Boys? Love should be prohibited from using the Beach Boys name and from singing the songs of Brian Wilson. What a psycho. Boycott this @$$ clown.

  • brian wilson

    mike love has never overcome his addictions of control and other issues. it is a sad day, as it would be if pete townshend was fired from the who. there would be no who without pete and there will be no beach boys without brian wilson. shame on mike and he should change his name to mike hate, not love.

  • http://none Gerry Panzica

    Brian Wilson IS the Beach Boys!!

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  • Sarah

    Whose idea was it for the group to get back together? Could it be that in order to get a tour started that the original group was needed and after the tour was set that they were no longer needed? Hum…

  • Sue

    Court decision, or no court decision. The Beach Boys with no Brian Wilson, adds up to no Beach Boys.

  • Billy Criswell

    It’s common knowledge that Mike Love is the least talented of the Beach Boys. He’s also fairly ridiculous to watch onstage, and often appears to be mentally handicapped, and is there only because of the Make-A-Wish foundation.

    He should have been the band’s manager, because his only talent lies in getting them gigs.

    • Ron

      The tour is over. Anyone who goes to see the king narcisst should have their heads examined

  • Ashley

    Did everyone forget how Al Jarden left the band in 1962 or ’63 for a year. During the year Al was gone David Marks joined the band then when Al came back David was fired because his vocals sucked. Then around 1968 or ’69 Brian Wilson offically quit the band. He became a huge druggie and it was a struggle to get him to write any music and hasn’t really contributed any kind of music since 1974. Then in the mid ’90’s Carl Wilson died and Al Jarden quit the band again. Mike Love has been the only loyal band member! So a little reality check is that Mike is not a bad guy.

    • theyayhoo

      Bulls**t. Get your facts straight or stay out of it.

  • kerner

    I saw the beach boys in Milwaukee this summer. It was a great show, and I had a good time. But, Brian Wilson sat at a piano that he did not play, at least not much. I mean, I was close enough to see that his arms were just dangling at his sides most of the time. He did appear to be singing some of the time. Occasionally one of the producers had to come over to him and rub his shoulders, apparently to help him get through the concert.

    Brian Wilson is a musical genius and the Beach Boys wouldn’t exist without him. But he is also unstable, and I believe his mental health is very fragile. Before everyone craps all over Mike Love, let’s take a moment to consider that Brian Wilson simply may not be up to touring. He refrained from touring in the past for that very reason, and he was younger and physically stronger back then.

    Enjoy the music. It was, and remains, some of the best ever. But there have got to be details about this situation that we do not know.

  • Michael

    Mike Love doing the Beach Boys without Brian, Al or David would be like Ringo, Pete Best & Klaus Vorman going out as the Beatles. What a frigging joke. Mike licenses the Beach Boys name. It would great if his license could be revoked & used by Brian, Al & David. Stupid Mike chooses mediocrity over the sublime. What a pitty

  • Norm Fanter

    Mike Love is a real ass! we had him and his Stamos drummer do a show after an Indianapolis Colts NFL game several years ago. My daughter was a Colts Cheerleader and all the group wanted was some after hours action from the girls. They offered back stage passes to the next show in St. Louis. The real Beachboys in my era were great. This group sucks and are just a bunch of PIGS.

  • Linda Barber

    Sorry to hear this. I have been a Beach Boys fan forever and Brian Wilson and Al Jardine ARE the Beach Boys to me. I heard them when I turned on the car radio this morning and enjoyed Help Me Rhonda once again. That is my husband’s favorite. I still enjoy their music.

  • betsy

    mike is an idiot! without brian and the others it won’t be the beach boys! i guess i won’t be going to any bb concerts in the future!

  • http://yahoo Roger Mack

    Remember ABBA. They had problems too but were offered 1 billion dollars for a one year tour. They turned it down. I wonder if the Beach Boy boss would turn down a tour if the rules were you have to have all the original members. Love should change the name of the group to “The Jerk”

  • Jeff

    Everyone agrees – your a douche Mike Love! He was and is nothing without Brian Wilson.

    • Jeff G

      I agree that Mike appears to be a douche bag and that Brian was the true, creative backbone behind the Beach Boys, but until we hear the whole story, I’m holding back my comments and my emotions. You can’t forget that Mike has been he continuing force behind the Beach boys performances since day one (and I’ve been going to their concerts since the beginning.) Miike has been the PUBLIC, concert appearing leader of the Beach Boys since the beginning, and has been their “voice,” whereas Brian had been absent for many years and had been an on and off Beach Boy while he dealt with his bipolar disorder. I just think we should be paitient until we hear the true story. I just don’t believe that Mike could be so self serving and callous in dumping the man who created the Beach Boys and wrote most of their beautiful material. Let’s wait and see.

  • Donna

    Mike Love has always thought he was the MAIN man in the Beach Boys but he is nothing without the other 2 original band members (Brian and Al). If Brian had come back for one or two shows that would be one thing but for him to come back for this big celebration and to have Mike think he has the right to fire not only Brian but also Al then he thinks way too much of himself. In an interview of the group I saw a month or two ago Mike came across like he was in charge. I saw the Beach Boys years ago in the Superdome(in N.O., at a Tulane Univ Homecoming celebration) and they were AWESOME. Now that Carl and Dennis are both gone for good, there are only 3 true Beach Boys left (Brian, Al and Mike) I would never pay to see a Beach Boys Celebration that is advertised as a show performed by the Beach Boys and opt to see only Mike. I think he really thinks way too highly of himself. With all of Brian’s troubles he has never turned me off more than Mike does, at least Brian had drug issues that caused a lot of his problems but Mike just comes across as being full of himself and a big JERK! The Beach Boys I have loved from the beginning are now a memory and I only listen to them on CD’s and my old record collection. Like the Beatles and so many other great groups, the Beach Boys are in the past, but their music still continues to delight me.

  • http://webpronews.com Tammy

    Brian Wilson and the others weren’t fired. It sounds like Mike Love quit so he could tour with others.

    • http://webpronews.com Tammy

      You can’t be fired by Mike Love if you weren’t hired by Mike Love.

  • Sharon Henneman

    I could care less.

  • Sunseeker

    A friend of mine saw the Beach Boys perform overseas and also met them backstatge. He said that the actual Beach Boys’ voices were terrible (they can’t sing any more) and they now rely heavily on their younger back-up vocalists. Also, Brian Wilson behaved like a zombie backstage — totally in his own world, anti-isocial, and saying nothing. Maybe what Mike Love is doing to restructure the band is related to these problems. (Relying just on warm, fuzzy “nostalgia” will not save this band from the inevitable decline).

  • scott

    Hey Mike…Bulletin…..Brian IS the Beach Boys.

  • http://www.yahoo.com Clarence Stafford

    Why did Mike Love Really Fire Brian Wilson, Al Jardine, & Mark Davis?

    • Kathy

      He fired them because 1) he owns the name and can do it and 2) with Brian, Al and David as part of the group, the money is split 5 ways. With just Mike and Bruce, Mike gets a bigger cut of the money.

  • http://Yahoo Regina Rose

    This is what I think. Since Love has fired THE Beach Boys and is going to continue the tour with replacements and call it the Beach Boys tour, I think everyone who was going to their shows should not buy tickets or if they have tickets get a refund and not show up. See how ove would like that. Maybe it would drive home in his thick skull who the REAL Beach Boys are and how beloved they are to their millions of loyal fans.

    • Sunseeker

      See my earlier post (at 1:19PM today). The Beach Boys (as we all remember them) no longer exist – even with Brian in the band.

    • Michael Davis

      I tried to get a refund to my Austin show once I found out that it was Mike Love and friends, and was refused. I claimed false advertising and they still refused. Fortunately I was able to sell the tickets on StubHub.

  • Michael

    Mike Love did the right thing by firing Brian Wilson, Al Jardine and David Marks. They are a liability to the Beach Boys and cannot perform up to the professional level that John Stamos and the younger musicians can. I have been to many Beach Boys concerts in the past 10 years and each one was great! When I saw the Beach Boys perform at the Grammy Awards they were terrible and I was embarrased for them. Keep on rocking Mike Love and the Beach Boys as long as you can. Endless Summer isn’t endless afterall.

    • Pat Simms

      The public wants to see the oringal groups not imposters! Although Paul replaced Mark and the rest of the Raiders and has had good results, not all group leaders have Paul’s audience repore! Mike Love is 2nd or 3rd Bannana and that is that! Brian Wilson can just say Hi to the crowd and He’s got ’em. Like Jan Berry did for some many years and Johnny Cash, Bo Diddley, Chuck Berry, John Fogerty, just passed Andy Williams. Mike Love has not a 5th of the talent of any one of them. Anyone ever heard of ELVIS? More popular now then when he was with us.

    • Ken

      Either you’re less than ten years old, or you’re trolling here…

      Bet you’ll love that version of the Rolling Stones that will come out in 2050…no original members, but boy, those young kids onstage sure do have ENERGY!


  • Pat Simms

    I don’t know what to say. I knew there were Ego problems in the group, all all groups have them. Ask Paul Revere, Ringo & Paul, Dean of J&D, Credence Clearwater etc. Dean torrance put up with Jan Berry for over 45 Years and yet knew the importance of “The Package” he slugged it out and was very rewarded for it. Maybe Mike Love should talk with his pal Dean and get some advice. Brian Wilson is a National Treasure and should be treated as such. Who did Lennon and Mc Cartney want to see when they visted Calif? Brian Wilson! Work it out Dummy!

    • Harvey

      HEY! Leave Texas alone. His ego is much bigger than that!

  • The Hound

    What we have here is an ego the size of Texas, if the original band mates are healthy and able to tour then they should, know one cares for a 50 year old band of posers playing music we have heard thousands of times. Lame, lame, lame. It’s like the Stones without Keith!!!

  • Geri

    What is the reason for termination in the first place? I’ve been listening to he BB most of my life, they have always been my favorite band. They’ve always been with me thru good times and bad. Hey guys, lets get it together here!!!!!!!Find out the problem and sort thru it or them.We’re grown adults now.Act like it. W/O those guys, there is no Beach Boys.You have a history that you represent.Pull yourselves together and move it!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

  • Bobbie

    The promoters should cancel the tour,Theyr’e not getting what the paid for.

  • Randolph

    Thank you Adonis.So many ,and one sane comment.I would put the All-
    man Bros Band in that conversation,but you made your point.The beach

    Girls I wouldn’t take as a gift.Bad Vibrations.I’m betting you are
    65 or 66.

  • Phil

    People who bought ticket expecting to see the original Beach Boys should be eligible for a ticket refund.

  • Frank DeMarco

    Copyrights aren’t something that is the catalyyst over idealist contingency are they?

  • mike

    BEATLES: Killed by mark chapman!
    MONKEES: Killed by heart attack!
    BEACH BOYS: Killed by mike love!

  • Kathy

    The Beach Boys without Brian Wilson and Al Jardine is like buying a Reese’s Peanut Butter cup and finding out they left out of peanut butter. Brian Wilson IS the Beach Boys regardless of who owns the name.

  • Dave

    This dudes brain is so fried from all the drugs and homosexual activity he did back in the 70′ and 80’s its no wonder he isn’t going to continue to tour!

    • Todd

      Dave – I’m sure you didn’t mean to sound like a bigot, but I just want you to know that “homosexual activity” doesn’t fry your brain.

    • IgnorAnus

      homosexuality fried his brain? what’s your excuse??

    • Ken

      Didn’t actually read the article, huh? HE GOT FIRED FROM THE TOUR…that’s why he won’t be continuing on after the current round of shows is completed.

      (shakes head)

  • chris

    why don’t he just go solo and be done with it?… oh thats right hes nobody without “the beach boys” brand

  • D Talada

    Wow….even David Marks was there at the very beginning of the Beach Boys, on sort-of rotation with Al! But for some unfathomable, sickening reason Mike was awarded the legal use of the name “Beach Boys” (it’s like Sonny Bono appearing as “Sonny and Cher”!) and apparently this leg of the tour with Wilson/Jardine/Marks WAS supposed to come to an end, by previous arrangement.
    He better not put other musicians in Brian and Al’s “spaceman” and “cat” makeup though…that would be insulting.

  • ken hoffman

    mike love is an ego-asshole. i hope no-one attends the shows. come on people just suck it up and stay home and watch t.v. piss on mike hate

  • Bryan Francis

    That is sad news about Brian Wilson him and Mike love never got along anyway i have always been a fan of The Beach since i was a kid but i like the idea of having John Stamos in the band he can sing great with them.

  • Pat

    Mike Love is and always will be an ego driven prick who is so jejealous of Brian wilson that he can’t stand to be on the same stage with him.

  • Ranger Rick

    Who the hell is mike love to say who is a beach boy or not. I suggest that Brian and the others form a band called “The Real Beach Boys” or some variation of that and leave him out. I would see them before I saw a fake johm stamos.

  • http://none steve f

    Mike Love would be nothing without Brain Wilson. He should crawl back under the rock he came from. What an idiot!

  • richard

    Just another example of Mike being the ultimate egomaniac. If you need more proof google his Rock and Roll hall of fame speech.

  • Chris H

    Its not the reunion tour, it’s Love and his Ego on tour. Fans should get their money back if they see him and people who were NOT part of the original band. That is dumb.

    • jaw


  • Harvey

    Mike Love is a complete, egotistical jerk. If I was paying hard money for th Beach Boys, I want to see The Beach Boys, not some second rate hangers on.

  • Kristina Bradwell

    Brian Wilson should organize a new band–everyone will support it, even people like me who haven’t bought any Beach Boys music for years.

  • jaw

    What a crock of BS!! The tickets for this ONCE IN A LIFETIME “REUNION” 50TH ANNIVERSARY TOUR OF THE ORIGINAL MEMBERS OF THE BEACH BOYS, are no longer valid in my eyes. Advanced ticket sales, of course, are paid out already. Mike Love has already lined his pockets! They booked larger venues, hiked up ticket costs, advertised and sold tickets as a reunion tour, original member concert, and might not have received those same revenues if advertised the way it REALLY was supposed to be. I think Love planned this in order to receive great reviews for the show and get larger audiences for his NEW Beach Boys band. Almost like the tickets are sold, we aren’t cancelling the show, NO refunds, you are STUCK paying for something you aren’t going to receive. SUCKERS is the word I’m looking for. The fans shouldn’t stand for that! Show up, if Brian Wilson, Al and David aren’t there, leave. You’ll either get a refund or a rescheduled show the way it’s supposed to be!! Mike Love is making a mockery of his fans!! Show him it’s NOT OK. You are better than that!!

  • Kimmie

    Mike Love owes everything to Brian Wilson!If you are a TRUE Beach Boys fan- somehow, someway, M.L. needs to know he has F!!!!! Up!!!

    • jaw

      How dare he call himself a FRIEND. How dare he keep the name, he is now A BEACH BOY . He should try the name MIKE LOVE WITHOUT AN OUNCE OF CLASS, and traitors. This could’ve waited till AFTER this tour as to NOT CHEAT THE BEACH BOYS FANS!! SHAME ON MIKE

  • Chris

    I would refuse to buy a ticket now!!!!!!!!

    • jaw

      Loyalty is awesome

  • chrissi

    I have seen them many times but when I saw them in concert in Indiana, Love was only interested in getting the too young chickie to the back of the stage for play time after the show. It was sickening. He is a creep.

  • bill

    If it wasn’t for Brian Wilson, Mike Love would still be pumping gas.

    • dot


  • Lori B

    ok, wilson has always been a pain in the ass, i dont know about the others, he may have founded the group but we do not know what happened and it is none of our business…he has mental problems, love can do what he wants, it is his band now…brian check yourself into the nut house and quit causing problems…

  • Rick Nelson

    Granted, Brian is crazy, but he still manages to get through his performances. Mike Love is a pompous, ego-maniac who wouldn’t have a career if it wasn’t for Brian in the first place. Brian: God Only Knows, California Girls, etc., etc. Mike: Kokomo. BAM!

  • dot

    Mike Love is so full of himself…He is not all that great or the God that he thinks he is. We who grew up with the Beach Boys know that without the rest of the REAL band members, Love is nothing. He cannot even sing that great. The real band members need to start up a new band and name it the Original Beach Boys and dismiss Love!

  • http://webpronews Jeanine Barton

    I think anyone who has pre-purchased a ticket for any of the remaining upcoming shows should demand their money back! These people paid to to see the “Beach Boys” Not some sad tail riding ego maniac who thinks he has anything to do with who the Beach Boys are!
    BTW: I never liked any of them! but I can’t stand stupid either!

  • neil-ex

    i saw the Beach Boys this summer at Jones Beach,not the best seats,but I was there. As for the current “row”, Mike Love needs to be “HANGING ON TO YOUR EGO” , don’t we like William Shatner, egomaniac. Don’t forget Love is about 70 and he looks like a grandpa playing with younger players not even have his age. i saw this at one of the free concerts at Coney Island a few years ago.

  • peter

    I agree…Mike is an egotistical idiot….and to LoriB…check out your own comments…I guess your friends don’t mean anything to you either and you must be just like Mike if you agree….The Beach Boys are nothing without Brian and the all the Boys together….Mike…shame on you…you have NO CLASS..NONE!…

  • Cat Ladd

    Good for Mike Love. He was running the Beach Boys while Brian Wilson was destroying his brain with drugs. Wilson and Jardine cannot cut it anymore. Give Love credit for making a tough decision.

  • Lannie

    Mike Love is a jerk. Grew up in the same ‘hood and have never heard anything nice about the guy. He used to think he could levitate. I mean really.

  • Bill D

    Mike, you are tallentless, egotistical Ass who sings off key to boot!

    Saw “the Band” yes with Brian and Al and David and it was amazing. Do you actually think anyone would EVER pay to see justyou Mike, loser!!!

    The big draw on the 50th tour was always Brain and then Al and very last on the totem pole- you.

    What a jerk Mike!!!

    Thanks for ruining what could have been perfect. Not too jealous are you Mike???


  • Bob

    Mike Love…talentless, egotistical. I wouldn’t pay to see his phony version of the “Beach Boys”. Boycott the jerk.

  • Dan Duquesne

    Any musician or anyone with any kind of ear knows Brian’s musical composition talent and beautiful chord structures & movements is and has always been the magic in the Beach Boys’ music,
    – while mike love and a few other writers penned the hoaky & trite surf / car themes & lyrics that always kept the Beach Boys from attaining the respect and stature of Lennon McCartney, despite Brian’s musical genius.

    History will record Brian as our “Mozart” – while everyone else will simply reflect back on what an arrogant asshole mike love was his whole life.

    Frankly, I think Brian’s band (Wondermints and others) that he tours “Smile” with is far superior vocally and instrumentally, and I’d rather see them anyway.

    The chances I’d pony up 10-cents to hear love, Bruce Johnston and some sidemen do a live jukebox of old Beach Boy tunes? ….. Slim and none.