A few weeks ago, Mike Love announced that he would continue touring with the Beach Boys, just without three of the band’s members. Love responded to the controversey, claiming that it was long agreed upon that there would be two different versions of the band touring. He released a press release to clear up the confusion for those that believe Love is essentially firing Wilson. Via The LA Times:
Let me get right to it: I did not fire Brian Wilson from the Beach Boys. I cannot fire Brian Wilson from the Beach Boys. I am not his employer. I do not have such authority. And even if I did, I would never fire Brian Wilson from the Beach Boys. I love Brian Wilson. We are partners. He’s my cousin by birth and my brother in music.
Wilson released his own statement, saying that, while it may not have been Love’s intention, he feels very much fired. Via The LA Times:
Now on to the rumors: As far as I know I can’t be fired—that wouldn’t be cool. The negativity surrounding all the comments bummed me out. 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.
What’s a bummer to Al and me is that we have numerous offers to continue, so why wouldn’t we want to? We all poured our hearts and souls into that album and the fans rewarded us by giving us a No. 3 debut on the Billboard charts, and selling out our shows. We were all blown away by the response.
Wilson goes on to say that he would still love to perform more dates and that Love should give him a call. Judging by this performance of “Good Vibrations,” it seems like the Love/Wilson Beach Boys would be optimal.