Mike Love Fires Original Beach Boys Brian Wilson, Al Jardine and David Marks. The Three Learn Their Fate Via Public Statement

Posted 26 Sep 2012 in Music + TV News


Mike Love continues to be a real ass. He personally has ended one of the best rock and roll stories of the summer by dropping three original members from the Beach Boys.

The 50th Anniversary tour called Keepin’ the Summer Alive in the UK will be ending this week.  The Beach Boys will continue to tour shortly after however Brian Wilson, Al Jardine and David Marks will not be part of it. Making matters appear even worse is that the three found out about their fate via a public statement.

It read: “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.”

Many of the current back-up band will be the replacements.

Wilson was not pleased. He told CNN: “I’m disappointed and can’t understand why he 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.”

Mike Love has made it appear that money is completely behind the decision. He told The Telegraph:You’ve got to be careful not to get overexposed. There are promoters who are interested [in more shows by the reunited line-up], but they’ve said, ‘Give it a rest for a year’. The Eagles found out the hard way when they went out for a second year and wound up selling tickets for $5.”

His statement does not explain how tour as The Beach Boys without the three is not overexposure in his eyes, while touring with the band in its entirety is.

A petition was created to try to make Mike Love rethink his position. Al Jardine has been promoting it via social media.  It makes a statement to Mr. 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.”

Mike Love is the sole owner of the Beach Boys name. He became  the sole licensee of the “Beach Boys” name under a deal he negotiated with the band’s corporate entity, Brother Records Inc, in 1998. He was taken to court in 2008 over the rights but retained them via a settlement.

— Larry Carta


Posted by Larry Carta


  1. Emily (19 Oct 2012, 8:14)

    Mike, Mike, Mike. What planet are you living on?

  2. yako (18 Feb 2013, 14:59)

    Love is not “the sole owner” of The Beach Boys” name, he merely has licensed the name for touring/public performance only. He can’t legally release an album of his band and call it ‘T he Beach Boys’

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