Published Oct 09, 2012Last week, Beach Boys member Mike Love penned a lengthy open letter to debunk accusations that he had fired group members Brian Wilson, Al Jardine and David Marks. The upcoming tour without these bandmates, he claimed, had been planned long before the band's 50th anniversary reunion ended and was agreed upon by his fellow Beach Boys. Now, Wilson has fired back at Love with a statement of his own.
In an editorial for the Los Angels Times, Wilson stated, "I can't be fired — that wouldn't be cool." He went on to admit, however, "By Mike not wanting or letting Al, David and me tour with the band, it sort of feels like we're being fired."
He further explained that the group have had numerous offers to continue the reunion tour and confessed that it was a "bummer" that Love would rather tour with a different group of hired musicians.
While Wilson was aware that Love had planned a few shows without the classic lineup, he didn't realize that he was being ousted until reading Love's press release explaining the future of the group. "We hadn't even discussed as a band what we were going to do with all the offers that were coming in for more 50th shows," Wilson wrote, requesting that Love give him a call.
The letter isn't all bad, however. Wilson repeatedly emphasized how successful the 50th anniversary reunion was, and noted, "I actually think we should make one last record together."
We'll have to see whether all of this negative press towards Love changes his mind about the future of the lineup. Read Wilson's letter here.