No Love from Love

Beach Boy Mike Love has told fellow founding members Brian Wilson and Al Jardine (both his cousins) and longtime member David Marks that they won’t be part of any future public performances. Love, who owns the rights to the name of the group, issued a cryptic statement about the move: “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.”

Love was quoted in the London Telegraph as saying, “You’ve got to be careful not to get overexposed. There are promoters who are interested [in more shows by the reunited lineup], 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.” (This comment drew an angry response from the Eagles camp: “Mr. Love will never allow the facts get in the way of his ramblings and he will never miss an opportunity to regurgitate his venom.”)

Band fan Charles Orlik issued a petition asking Love to “do the right thing”: “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 who joined in 1965, we ask you to reinstate the three other members to the touring group for your final years performing.”