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.
Brian Wilson fired from the Beach Boys http://t.co/fyd6cAcg That’s like Thomas Jefferson being fired from the United States.
Brian Wilson fired? The Beach Boys w/o Brian Wilson is like adding sand around a chlorinated pool and trying to push it off as the ocean.
Mike Love has fired Brian Wilson & others, will continue touring as “Beach Boys.” He owns the name thanks to ’08 litigation settlement.
Mike Love = biggest douchebag in music? Brian Wilson & Al Jardine FIRED from The Beach Boys: http://t.co/aA0PSq1b
BREAKING: Beach Boy Brian Wilson dismissed from band by Mike Love. RELATED: Beethoven fired by one of the pedals on his piano.