Beach Boys to continue touring without Brian Wilson, Al Jardine and David Marks
According to reports, Mike Love is to continue touring without Brian Wilson, Al Jardine and David Marks when the current 50th anniversary tour finishes at the end of this week. The line-up for future shows will instead consist of Love, Bruce Johnston along with their regular touring band.
"As we move on, Bruce and I look forward to performing live for Beach Boys fans everywhere," Love said in a press release, also noting, "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."
Rolling Stone reports comments Brian Wilson made to CNN about the situation. "I'm disappointed and can't understand why [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."
Meanwhile, Al Jardine has posted a petition on his Facebook page for fans to sign. The letter reads:
"To Mike Love.
"In order to preserve the validity of 'The Beach Boys' as a whole, and not as a 'money saving, stripped down version' that only contains one original member, and one member that joined in 1965, we ask you to reinstate the three other members to the touring group for your final years performing. It's the right thing to do, and it's what the fans want!"
The Beach Boys play the Royal Albert Hall on September 27 and Wembley Arena on September 28.