After reading that headline, how many of you thought that a couple more Beach Boys had died? Well, you can be relieved because it’s nothing that grim. Unless you consider a Beach Boys line-up that consists of Mike Love and no other founding members grim. Which I do, and you should, because Mike Love has taken The Beach Boys back to “Kokomo” style, boring, state-fair playing, Oldies-playing, money-grubbin’, bullshit Beach Boys, and has kicked out the coolest, most talented, founding member.
According to a public statement released by Mr. Love (via The Huffington Post): “As we (The Beach Boys) move on, Bruce (Johnston) and I look forward to performing live for Beach Boys fans everywhere. 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.”
And apparently that “end” is halfway through the anniversary tour. In a nutshell, Mike Love has kicked Beach Boys founding members Brian Wilson and Al Jardine, as well as long-time member David Marks, OUT of The Beach Boys. And I repeat, in the middle of their tour. Mikey thinks that The Beach Boys with only one founding member makes better fiscal sense, in the same way that idiots think that a car with only one tire is better in the long run.
Let him explain: “You’ve got to be careful not to get overexposed. There are promoters who are interested [in more shows by the reunited line-up], but they’ve said, ‘Give it a rest for a year’. The Eagles found out the hard way when they went out for a second year and wound up selling tickets for $5.” Mike Love must be unaware, however, that The Eagles are the worst.
Brian Wilson let loose his grief on 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.”
You see that Mike? WE. Not MIKE LOVE and other people.
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