Founder Brian Wilson and two other members of the iconic American music group the Beach Boys have been fired from the band, reports The Huffington Post. The others to be cut loose are Al Jardine and David Marks.
Wilson and Jardine have been integral members of the group since it began in the mid-1960s, with Wilson having composed a plethora of hit tunes for the band. Mike Love, the band’s frontman, and Bruce Johnston made the announcement in a public statement — which was reportedly how Wilson, Jardine and Marks learned of their firings.
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."
Wilson told CNN, "I’m disappointed and can’t understand why he (Love) doesn’t want to tour with Al, David and me. We are out here having so much fun. After all, we are the real Beach Boys."
The last time the group appeared together was Sept. 28 at Wembley Stadium in England. Fans have already started a petition to Love to get him to reverse his decision.