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Wilson and Jardine pissed off that Love now plans to tour with his alternative Beach Boys

By | Published on Wednesday 26 September 2012

The Beach Boys

Founding members of The Beach Boys Al Jardine and Brian Wilson are seemingly pissed off that fellow founder member Mike Love plans to continue touring using the moniker, but without the other originals.

Love, of course, has always continued to tour as The Beach Boys with a newer and occasionally changing line-up of bandmates, he owning the rights to the name. But this year, to mark the band’s 50th anniversary, he has toured once again with Jardine and Wilson, both of whom have had rocky relationships with Love over the years.

But with the 50th anniversary stint now nearly done, Love will return to the road with his usual Beach Boys show, despite both Jardine and Wilson seemingly keen to do more with the band. But Love says: “The 50th anniversary tour was designed to go for a year and then end. You’ve got to be careful not to get overexposed … There are promoters who are interested but they’ve said, ‘Give it a rest for a year'”.

But, according to The Guardian, Jardine is now asking fans to sign a petition to try to force Love to tour with the him and Wilson, ie the surviving original members of the outfit. Love’s other Beach Boys is a “money-saving, stripped-down version”, he said.

And even Wilson, who has traditionally been the hold-out who has stopped previous original line-up reunion plans from coming to fruition, seems annoyed he is being deprived the chance to continue touring under the Beach Boys name.

He told CNN: “I’m disappointed and can’t understand why Mike doesn’t want to tour with Al and me. After all, we are the real Beach Boys”.

So, despite all the recent chumminess, could the Beach Boys be heading for another public falling out and/or legal battle? Hey, let’s hope so.