The Beach Boys' Brian Wilson Responds to Mike Love: "It Feels Like We're Being Fired"
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Beach Boys Mike Love and Brian Wilson are having it out in the pages of the Los Angeles Times over Love's decision to stop touring with the group's surviving original members and instead hit the road with his pre-50th anniversary tour version of the band.
Last week, Love wrote a piece for the paper explaining why he would begin touring again without Wilson, fellow founding member Al Jardine and early rhythm guitarist David Marks. In the missive, Love insisted that he did not -- and could not -- fire Wilson from the group, as some media outlets had suggested.
But in his own message to the paper, sanctioned by Jardine, Wilson says he does feel like he's been given the boot.
"As far as I know I can't be fired -- that wouldn't be cool," he writes, adding, "What's confusing is that by Mike not wanting or letting Al, David and me tour with the band, it sort of feels like we're being fired."
Brian reveals that the 50th anniversary configuration of The Beach Boys had many additional offers to play around the world, and that he and Jardine were excited to keep the trek going. He had assumed that Love felt the same way, so he was "completely blindsided" by the press release issued by the singer's PR firm that effectively announced the end of the reunion outing.
In his L.A. Times letter, Love suggested that Wilson's representatives had approved the announcement, but Brian begs to differ. "I had no idea that it was coming out, since it was crafted…without my knowledge or approval," he writes. "No one in my camp would have approved it or the timing."
Wilson writes that "the last few months have been some of the happiest in my life." He says that putting together The Beach Boys' new studio album, That's Why God Made the Radio, "was a dream come true." He also notes that the anniversary tour "blew away all my expectations."
Wilson says he appreciated "the nice cool things Mike said about me in his letter," adding, "I do and always will love him as my cousin and band mate." However, says Brian, "[I'm] left wondering why [Love] doesn't want to continue this great trip we're on." He adds that he hopes the band will talk about matters and that he would welcome a phone call from Love.