Mike Love Fires Three Founding Members of the Beach BoysPosted by Timothy Grisham
Three of the founding members of the Beach Boys have been fired midway through their UK tour by Mike Love.
Brian Wilson, Al Jardine and David Marks were informed of the news via a statement issued by bandmate, and Brian Wilson’s cousin, Mike Love that the band would be continuing the tour without them. Their places will be filled by a selection of session musicians.
The statement 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.”
The move by Love, who battled in court for the rights to the band name and will continue to tour as “Beach Boys”, only adds to the band’s long history of fall-outs and arguments amid the band’s membership. But the good vibes between the jilted founding members may continue, as the band’s manager Jay Jones notes, “the guys are still talking about various ways they can continue to do various things together.”