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(New York Times) The Beach Boys 50th anniversary reunion tour ends this week in London. Also apparently ending: the much-discussed detente between the founding members Mike Love and Brian Wilson.
|“I’m disappointed and can’t understand why he doesn’t want to tour with Al, David and me. We are out there having so much fun. After all, we are the real Beach Boys.” - Brian Wilson|
“As we move on, Bruce and I look forward to performing live for Beach Boys fans everywhere,” Mr. Love said in a statement. He went on to say: “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.”
Mr. Love and Mr. Wilson have feuded for decades, but they put aside their differences last fall to do a reunion tour, joined by the other three early members of the California surf-rock group. They played the Grammy Awards ceremony in February and have toured extensively since then, releasing a new album, “That’s Why God Made the Radio” (Capitol), in June.
Then earlier this month, just before the group attended the opening of a exhibit at the Grammy Museum in Los Angeles, Mr. Love put out his statement.
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The Beach Boys, from left, Mike Love, Bruce Johnston, Brian Wilson, David Marks and Al Jardine at the Grammy Museum in Los Angeles on Sept. 18.
Mr. Wilson told CNN at the time he was dismayed by Mr. Love’s decision. “I’m disappointed and can’t understand why he doesn’t want to tour with Al, David and me. We are out there having so much fun. After all, we are the real Beach Boys.”
Since then, an online petition has been circulated urging Mr. Love to reconsider “in order to preserve the validity of ‘The Beach Boys’ as a whole, and not as a ‘money-saving, stripped-down version.” So far, 2,710 people have signed.
The last concerts with the current lineup are scheduled for London’s Royal Albert Hall on Thursday and Wembley Stadium on Friday.
From A.V. Club:
Sources indicate that Love—who cited his fear of overexposure as the reasoning behind his decision—was not particularly forthcoming about his plans with the rest of the Group Formerly Known As The Beach Boys. The A.V. Club reported in June that Love planned to perform as the Beach Boys at several shows in October, at least one of which was cancelled when venue managers at Nutty Jerry's in Winnie, Texas found out that by "Beach Boys," Love really meant, "Me and Bruce Johnston and some random backup guys." Love subsequently expressed his frustration with the cost of the band's reunion tour.
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