Beach Boys Reunion Ends on a Sour Note — Brian Wilson and Two Other Band Members Are Fired

Sep 26, 2012  •  Post A Comment

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.

8 Comments

  1. Okay, this is just stupid. Plain and simple, without the Brian Wilson and Al Jardine, it ain’t the Beach Boys. From the early days 60% of the band’s members had Wilson as their last name. Two of them died way too early. Mike Love and Bruce Johnston just finished killing off the rest of the band.

  2. Fire Brian Wilson? You’ve got to be kidding me….

  3. I guess I can give up my spot in line to get tickets to the 75th Anniversary tour, then?

  4. Mike Love is the person who has been touring the band for thirty years when the others had no interest or no ability to live on the road. Yes, the way this was handled seems harsh, but the touring Beach Boys has been Love’s band for a long time. And no cared until a few months ago.

  5. To fire anyone by having them read about it in a “public statement” shows no respect for the people involved or their fans. No matter who you work for, would you like to learn that you were fired by reading about it on Facebook?

  6. A lot of people have been fired from companies they started with Steve Jobs being the most memorable. They hired him back. When you turn a musical group into a corporation, this is what happens. I don’t know who has the rights to the name and/or the music, but I suspect that has all been looked into before the decision. It doesn’t seem fair, but they must have agreed to the terms a long time ago. Maybe this is just for touring and not future albums, who knows. There are people like Paul McCartney who sing as good or better now, but I saw the Moody Blues, Animals, Beach Boys and some others live that just don’t have their vocals any longer. As much as I love the Beach Boys, I wouldn’t pay to see them now no matter who was in the line up.

  7. This is bad. The Beach Boys, with this
    decision, will never be the same What
    is Mike love thinking?? Money? Give me
    a break.

  8. Strains of Murrys underhandedness. Hey Mike, if the band doesn’t include Al, David and most importantly, Brian, how about having the decency to at least change the name of the band?? I have a suggestion…. How about the “Douche Boys”? You’ll never see me at another concert without the rest of the guys there. This is some underhanded s–t, and you know what I mean.

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