Mike Love tells the New York Times that Brian Wilson will not be re-joining his crappy little tribute band. For those of you that are fuzzy on your Beach Boys history, the band was founded by Brian Wilson, Mike Love, Al Jardine, and Wilson’s brothers, Carl and Dennis. Brian Wilson is the unequivocal genius behind the band, and he joins Mike Love and Al Jardine as the only surviving members. Love and Wilson have sued each other many times, which may have something to do with Wilson’s absence from the tour. I’ve said this before
and I will say it again: when only one of the original members remain, you can no longer refer to yourself as “The Beach Boys” (hear that Axl Rose
?). You are merely a cover band, and a bad one at that – considering the heart of your band is not even on the tour. I suppose this would not anger me so much, if Love’s statement didn’t reek of arrogance. Here’s what he said:
“The Beach Boys continue to tour approximately 150 shows a year in multiple countries. At this time there are no plans for my cousin Brian to rejoin the tour. He has new solo projects on the horizon and I wish him love and success. We have had some discussions of writing and possibly recording together, but nothing has been planned. I, as I’m sure he is, am proud and honored that The Beach Boys music has endured these 50 years, but felt the need to clarify that there are no current ‘reunion’ tour plans.”
His “cousin Brian”? Seriously? And how about the shameless self-promotion in his response. We weren’t asking for the tour information of your cover band. We were asking if Brian Wilson, the guru of music, would be there. But thanks, anyways.