Getting down to brass tacks, Love writes:
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.
Love goes on to explain some logistics:
Brian, Al and I signed an agreement outlining the beginning and end of the tour. Then, thanks to glowing reviews, the support of our loyal fans (and the prodding of promoters), we amended our agreement to add 25 more dates. As the year went on, Brian and Al wanted to keep the 50th anniversary tour going beyond the 75 dates.
Like any good party, no one wanted it to end. However, that was impossible, given that we had already set up shows in smaller cities with a different configuration of the band—the configuration that had been touring together every year for the last 13 years. Brian and Al would not be joining for these small market dates, as was long agreed upon.
It is not feasible, both logistically and economically, for the 50th anniversary tour to play these markets.
And some legal bedrock:
The name “The Beach Boys” is controlled by Brother Records Inc., which was founded by the original members of the Beach Boys and whose sole shareholders voted over a decade ago to grant me an exclusive license to tour as “The Beach Boys.”
So… he totally could fire Brian Wilson – or anyone else – no?
And, while you may have missed your chance (at least for now) to see the full lineup of The Beach Boys, it seems like you can rest assured you’ll get the chance to see Mike Love and Co. sometime soon. Read the full letter at the Los Angeles Times.