Mike Love, who owns the name of the Beach Boys, has canned three band members, including Brian Wilson.
Love announced that the group will split after finishing concerts this week in the U.K.. Wilson, widely considered the creative genius behind the band, Al Jardine and David Marks have been dumped from the group, according to the Huffington Post. The report said three did not find out they had been dropped until Love and Bruce Johnston released a public statement.
Isn't this like Ron Wood and the Stones' touring bassist deciding to fire Mick, Keith and Charlie?
The statement reads: "The post-50th anniversary configuration will not include Brian Wilson, Al Jardine and David Marks. 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."
So, in other words, we want to keep on living off Brian Wilson's music, dividing the money up between two people instead of five.
The exiting Beach Boys will be replaced by the group's longtime backing band, which includes Love's son Christian, according to the London Telegraph newspaper. Love did say the decision to drop the three members was financially motivated, though not the way one might think.
"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
Yet Love and Johnston will keep on getting exposed on tour.
Wilson was blindsided.
"I'm disappointed and can't understand why he (Love) doesn't want to tour with Al, David and me," he told CNN. "We are out here having so much fun. After all, we are the real Beach Boys."
If the five members of the Beach Boys do not rekindle their bond, the Sept. 28 concert at Wembley Stadium may be the last show they play together, CNN noted.
There is already a petition on iPetition.com asking for Love, who owns the rights to the band's name, to rethink the decision to break up the original Beach Boys.
The petition, addressed to Love, reads: "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 1 original member, and 1 member that joined in 1965, we ask you to reinstate the 3 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 message concludes.
Jardine linked to the petition in a tweet. As of Wednesday morning, it had more 2,000 signatures.
In December 2011, the Beach Boys confirmed 50 shows to celebrate their 50th anniversary, Rolling Stone previously reported. The band formed in California in 1961. The reunion tour marks the first time the Boys have toured together in more than two decades.
Although the group had problems in the past, like nasty comments in the press and numerous lawsuits, Love swore that all the negativity was behind them. "All that stuff is long forgotten," he told Rolling Stone.
Back in June, Rolling Stone reported that Love booked shows for his version of the Beach Boys without consulting the other members.