Al Jardine Feels Mike Love Squandered The Beach Boys' Reunion Momentum
Al Jardine is still amazed that fellow Beach Boys founder Mike Love pulled the plug on the original band carrying on indefinitely following their triumphant 2012 50th anniversary tour. Last year's tour, which featured all the surviving founders onstage, was a critical and financial success and marked Brian Wilson's full-time return to the band. After the 75 contracted shows were completed, Love -- who controls the license to the group's name -- chose to exercise his option and tour with his usual musicians under the Beach Boys moniker -- much to the to the chagrin of his bandmates and hardcore fans.
Jardine spoke to Michigan's The Ticker and recalled the emotions surrounding Love pulling away from the band and deciding instead to carry on with his side musicians: "We were just shocked. After all the momentum we created, that he would want to continue on alone -- we didn't understand it. We had a second single (from 2012's Top Three That's Why God Made The Radio album) and a DVD and a follow-up album ready to go. I can understand wanting to tour with your own people, but this was our legacy as a band. To be short-sighted enough to abandon that to do your own thing -- it's a shame."
Jardine has been contributing to Wilson's upcoming studio set and he and fellow Beach Boys co-founder, guitarist David Marks will hit the road with Wilson later this month. Jardine explained that he's decided to stay close with Wilson to carry on the band's good work: "Brian and I decided that, heck -- we're the heart and soul of this thing anyway, we're going to continue to perform the legacy. We have the voices, we have the creative material, and we have a wonderful backing band that Brian has been using for years."
Jardine went on to joke: "Y'know -- we ought to do a contest between the two lineups. It could be fun for fans. It would be illuminating."
We asked Al Jardine if he was prepared to carry on with the reunion lineup indefinitely: "Absolutely, for God's sake. I mean, what iconic veteran group wouldn't want to maintain the momentum with the original cast -- except, unfortunately some of those who can't be with us. But that was a ride. It was one of those rides that you don't wanna have end. And normally you take something like that (on the road) for at least two years -- just to recoup your expenses. But that's not why, just for the joy of doing it first, expenses can go down the list somewhere else."
Brian Wilson with Al Jardine and David Marks tour dates (subject to change):
July 20 - Atlantic City, NJ - The Grand
July 21 - Pittsburgh, PA - Stage AE
July 23 - Interlochen, MI - Kresge Auditorium
July 25 - Kettering, OH - Fraze Pavilion For The Performing Arts
July 26 - Highland Park, IL - Ravinia Festival At Ravinia Park
July 27 - Apple Valley, MN - Minnesota Zoo Amphitheater
October 20 - Los Angeles, CA - Greek Theatre (with Jeff Beck)
Photo Courtesy of Annie Liebovitz