Brian Wilson Calls Mike Love Out In Latest Beach Boys Controversy
The Beach Boys' Brian Wilson and Al Jardine have countered Mike Love's recent explanation of how and why the group's 50th anniversary ended with Love deciding to keep his backing band as the Beach Boys from here on out. Love recently posted an explanation in The Los Angeles Times that the band's plans were for a finite reunion -- that actually stretched on 25 additional shows than the 50 the Beach Boys band had originally announced. He maintains that he's clueless as to why Wilson and Jardine are confused that he's going back to his touring lineup with longtime member Bruce Johnston, as he claims it was agreed upon before the reunion.
Brian Wilson posted the piece in Tuesday's (October 9th) L.A. Times and touched upon the fact that the press ran with the incorrect line that Wilson had been "fired" by Love.
Among the key points that Wilson posts in his article are:
"The negativity surrounding all the comments bummed me out. What's confusing is that by Mike not wanting or letting Al, David (Marks) and me tour with the band, it sort of feels like we're being fired. What's a bummer to Al and me is that we have numerous offers to continue, so why wouldn't we want to? We all poured our hearts and souls into that album and the fans rewarded us by giving us a Number Three debut on the Billboard (Album) charts, and selling out our shows. We were all blown away by the response."
"Al and I would like to be included in the continuous promotion of That's Why God Made The Radio. That's what I've been doing for over a decade: making records and going out and supporting them. It's what I do. Capitol Records has been so cool to us this year in terms of supporting the 50th and I personally want to say thanks."
"Mike kept saying throughout the tour, 'The whole is greater than the sum of its parts,' and both Al and I agree, which made us all think that he wanted to continue. We originally started out with 50 shows, but the success and the demand kept growing and we obliged. No one knew in the beginning that this was going to be so rewarding and popular with our fans. Once we got cooking we were all stoked!"
"I'm disappointed that Mike would now say that the release was done at the request of my representative. The first I heard about it was at the Grammy Museum event. We hadn't even discussed as a band what we were going to do with all the offers that were coming in for more 50th shows."
"Al and I just assumed based on everyone's enthusiasm we would at least want to take those offers into consideration since we all knew about them. I mean, who wouldn't want to play the Hollywood Bowl again, Madison Square Garden and Wrigley Field? And what better way to celebrate New Year's Eve than with the 50th band? That would have blown the lid off things."
"There were also offers for more shows in the U.K. and markets we weren't able to play during the tour. As I said before, it's my opinion that we should all go out together as the Beach Boys in support of all our new releases. We really weren't out on the road that long for an anniversary of this magnitude and I actually think we should make one last record together. . . It's Al and my opinion that all of us together makes for a great representation of the Beach Boys."
Noted Beach Boys historian Jon Stebbins who recently published the critically acclaimed new book, The Beach Boys FAQ: Everything That's Left To Know About America's Band, told us that although people refer to Al Jardine as the band's secret weapon due to his ageless vocals -- he's always been an MVP within the Beach Boys: "He certainly was not invisible on their records. Y'know, in their sound, I think he was a real great texture to their vocals. Just, y'know, another part of the spectrum or their prism of colors that comes through in their harmonies. Y'know, you've got the three brothers and the cousin -- but you add him to it and it just blasts into vividness in their harmonies."