Rolling Stone has reported that the Beach Boys 50th Anniversary tour isn’t ending on a high note as original band member Mike Love has decided to continue touring under the Beach Boys banner without fellow surviving members Brian Wilson, Al Jardine and David Marks.
Mike Love’s Beach Boys will only include Bruce Johnston from the band’s original lineup, with Rolling Stone posting the following excerpts from a press release explaining that, “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.”
Understandably soon-to-be-exiled bandmate Brian Wilson is disappointed with the news. It was only last week that Wilson expressed his interest in recording another new Beach Boys album, but now that seems highly unlikely to happen.
“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 told CNN.
Meanwhile Al Jardine has created an online petition, which can be accessed via his Facebook page, in an attempt to stop Love and Johnston from parting ways with the other three members. The petition comes with the following message;
To: Mike Love,
In order to preserve the validity of “The Beach Boys” as a whole, and not as a “money saving, stripped down version” that only contains 1 original member, and 1 member that joined in 1965, we ask you to re-instate the 3 other members to the touring group for your final years performing.
It’s the right thing to do, and it’s what the fans want!
As pointed out by Rolling Stone, it’s set to be a rocky backstage atmosphere later this week at the Royal Albert Hall and Wembley Arena as the Beach Boys continue their 50th Anniversary tour.