Beach Boys' Wilson on news release: 'I can't be fired'
LOS ANGELES (AP) - Brian Wilson says he felt blindsided by a news release from his Beach Boys band mate Mike Love that ended the good vibrations on the band's 50th anniversary tour.
He answered Love's recent explanation in The Los Angeles Times with a response in the newspaper on Tuesday. Love says he was simply trying to clear up confusion about post-50th anniversary dates when he issued the news release, but many - including band members Wilson, Al Jardine and David Marks - took the release as news of a firing.
"As far as I know I can't be fired - that wouldn't be cool," Wilson wrote in the Times. "The negativity surrounding all the comments bummed me out. 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."
The duelling newspaper notes are the latest turn in an off-and-on again relationship for decades. Wilson and Love are cousins and founding members of the band. Wilson stopped touring regularly in 1964, notes Love, who has led a version of the band on the road for the last 13 years.