Tuesday, October 9, 2012

UPDATED 10/14: Greed is why The Beach Boys are performing without Brian Wilson at the Van Wezel in Sarasota

UPDATED 10/14: The Beach Boys show in Sarasota should feature Brian Wilson, but probably won't: commentary

The Van Wezel has known since before announcing its season back in August.

The Beach Boys show on Feb. 17 would not feature creative leader Brian Wilson.

The website for the Sarasota venue says "Beach Boys Feat. Mike Love & Bruce Johnston."

This, however, is apparently news to Wilson.

Here's what happened.

The reunited Beach Boys elated fans with a global 50th anniversary tour earlier this year that brought  the band to the Straz Center for the Performing Arts in Tampa in May.

The previously feuding chief songwriter/pianist/singer Wilson and his cousin, lead singer Mike Love, plus Al Jardine, Bruce Johnston and David Marks, played together for the first time in more than two decades.

Read more here: http://www.bradenton.com/2012/05/03/4023124/the-beach-boys-bring-50th-anniversary.html#storylink=cpy
The tour was going great, with reviewers largely focusing on the reemergence of Wilson.

Read more here: http://www.bradenton.com/2012/08/26/4170779/van-wezel-performing-arts-hall.html#storylink=cpy
Near the end of the tour, though, in London, Love announced that he and Johnston would continue touring under the Beach Boys’ name in his pre-anniversary edition of the band. Founding/longtime members Wilson, Jardine and Marks would no longer be part of the group.

It's been a war of the words ever since with Love responding to the harsh media reaction by publishing a letter exclusively in the L.A. Times on Saturday that states, among other things, that he never fired Wilson and does not have the authority to do so, adding that even if he did have the authority, he wouldn't fire the group's mastermind.

Now, Wilson and Jardine have submitted a response to Love’s letter. Wilson's letter is running today on the L.A. Times' Pop & Hiss music blog.

"The negativity surrounding all the comments bummed me out," Wilson's statement reads. "What's confusing is that by Mike not wanting or letting Al, David and me tour with the band, it sort of feels like we're being fired."

Wilson goes on to state that he and Jardinewould like to be included in the promotion of the Beach Boys' new, favorably reviewed album "That's Why God Made The Radio."

"While I appreciate the nice cool things Mike said about me in his letter, and I do and always will love him as my cousin and bandmate, at the same time I'm still left wondering why he doesn't want to continue this great trip we're on," Wilson writes. "Al and I want to keep going because we believe we owe it to the music."

Read Wilson's complete response over at LATimes.com.

My thoughts?

Love is greedy.

He can make much more money by using the name "Beach Boys" with nameless hired guns rather than sharing profits with Wilson, Jardine and Marks. And that's sad for everybody. Well, I guess everybody except Love and his agent/accountant.

Tickets for the Van Wezel show are $30-$70.

—Publicity photo of the reunited Beach Boys featuring Brian Wilson (seated, center) and Mike Love (wearing the "Love" hat).

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