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Brian Wilson booted off Beach Boys tour?

Oct. 9, 2012 at 8:59 PM   |   Comments

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LOS ANGELES, Oct. 9 (UPI) -- Brian Wilson says he, Al Jardine and David Marks are eager to continue their Beach Boys U.S. concert tour, but band-member Mike Love made plans without them.

Wilson, Love, Jardine, Marks and longtime member Bruce Johnston recently reunited for the first time in almost two decades for the group's 50th anniversary tour.

Shortly after the band completed a string of shows, however, Love, who is Wilson's cousin, announced he and Johnston would continue touring under the Beach Boys' name in his pre-anniversary edition of the band without Wilson, Jardine and Marks.

Wilson emphasized in a letter printed Tuesday in the Los Angeles Times he, Jardine and Marks wanted to talk to Love about continuing to perform together and don't understand why they were cut out of the loop.

"First, I want to say that the last few months have been some of the happiest in my life. Recording 'That's Why God Made the Radio' was a dream come true, to be able to co-write and produce an album for the boys and have it so well received by fans all over the world was the best!

The tour that followed blew away all my expectations. We had a blast, the fans were so supportive and I loved being able to record and sing with the guys," Wilson wrote in his letter to the Times.

"Now on to the rumors: As far as I know I can't be fired -- that wouldn't be cool," he said. "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. Al and I would like to be included in the continuous promotion of 'That's Why God Made The Radio.' ... As I said before, it's my opinion that we should all go out together as the Beach Boys in support of all our new releases. We really weren't out on the road that long for an anniversary of this magnitude and I actually think we should make one last record together.

"It's Al and my opinion that all of us together makes for a great representation of the Beach Boys."

Topics: Brian Wilson
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