For a whole summer (even longer if you count the recording of their album and rehearsals) the five Beach Boys got along but, a year after their 50th reunion tour, they have broke again into two groups.
There was the Mike Love/Bruce Johnston Beach Boys (the only ones allowed to use the name) and the Brian Wilson/Al Jardine/David Marks group that is performing under Wilson’s name.
Words have gone back and forth, mainly between Love and Wilson, on why the reunion couldn’t have continued and today, Billboard published an interview that they did with Love where he outlines the problems he had with the band’s 50th anniversary.
Love pointed most of his words at the management who ran the reunion, saying that things that were promised were not delivered. Specifically, he says that he was told that he and Wilson would do writing together for the new album that became That’s Why God Made the Radio.
“I talked to Brian about a year before we even started doing any of the recording for (the album),” Love explains. “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 60s, 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.”
For his part, Wilson has said that he would like to write again with Love.
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