Mike Love Wants The Beach Boys To Continue On Without Several Original Members
September 28, 2012 at 5:37 AM (PT)
Is THE BEACH BOYS' "Endless Summer" finally coming to an end? E! NEWS reports about a rift in the band that threatens to make the current "50th Anniversary Tour" their last. "LOVE, who owns the rights to the group's name, announced he was dumping his longtime cohorts in a statement he released, explaining, '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'."
LOVE explained to THE LONDON TELEGRAPH, "You've got to be careful not to get overexposed. There are promoters who are interested [in more shows by the reunited lineup], 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," LOVE told the paper.
JARDINE, MARKS and WILSON were apparently caught offguard. WILSON commented on LOVE's decision to replace the trio with his backing band, which includes his son CHRISTIAN, saying "I'm disappointed and can't understand why he doesn't want to tour with AL, DAVID and me."
JARDINE tweeted in support of a petition by BEACH BOYS fan CHARLES ORLIK, asking LOVE to "do the right thing."
The petition writes, "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."