Mike Love is speaking out against the direction of The Beach Boys’ 50th anniversary reunion tour and album that took place last year. He claims plans he and former member Brian Wilson made were not honored by “others” involved in the reunion. Love told Billboard that he and Wilson had plans to write together prior to the album, but that didn’t happen.
“I talked to Brian about a year before we even started doing any of the recording for (the album),” he claims. “He and I talked about doing a project and he was excited about doing it, but it never came to fruition at all. It was given another direction — not by me and not by Brian but by others. We were supposed to be allowed to get together to write songs from scratch like we did in the 60’s, but that was never to be, and that wasn’t because of me. So I think there are issues related to that whole thing. It was great to be in the studio and listen to those harmonies coming back, but it wasn’t the opportunity it was supposed to be, which I’m upset about.”
Love didn’t go into details as to who derailed their plans, but decided to tour as The Beach Boys with Bruce Johnston after the 50th Anniversary Tour ended earlier this year. He fired Wilson, Al Jardine and David Marks at the conclusion of the tour even though he says Wilson wasn’t the problem and that he’d be open to reuniting again.
“It was given another direction — not by me and not by Brian but by others.”
“It depends, because the way it was run and the people who were running it I have serious issues with,” he continues. “It will happen only if I can do it with people who I trusted and liked and were honorable. I have no problem with my cousin Brian (Wilson) and I in a room with a piano, but it’s not that uncomplicated.”
Love was heavily involved in this month’s career-spanning boxed set Made In California (1962-2012) that features more than 60 previously unreleased tracks. The set will be available August 27th via Capitol Records and is available for pre-order on Amazon and other retailers.
The Beach Boys have tour dates scheduled through mid-October while Wilson has announced a tour with guitar legend Jeff Beck, who will appear on Wilson’s upcoming solo album, this fall.
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