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Mike Love: 'I would never fire Brian Wilson from the Beach Boys'

Last week, just as the Beach Boys were wrapping up their 50th anniversary reunion tour and celebrating the opening of an exhibit dedicated to them at the Grammy Museum in Los Angeles, Mike Love made the announcement that he would be continuing on with more Beach Boys tour dates without the assistance of Brian Wilson, Al Jardine, or David Marks. That led to Wilson giving this heartbreaking quote to CNN: “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.”

Love was deeply upset when people reacted badly to the idea that he had dismissed Wilson, so he clarified the situation in the pages of the Los Angeles Times. “Let me get right to it: I did not fire Brian Wilson from the Beach Boys,” he wrote. “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 explained that the dates he’ll be playing without Wilson were already booked prior to the big reunion, and that he was never supposed to play those dates in the first place. READ FULL STORY

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