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Beach Boys Reunion Comes to a Close in More Ways Than One

Beach Boys Reunion Comes to a Close in More Ways Than One -

The Beach Boys 50th anniversary tour will come to a close this week after the surf-rock veterans final date at London's Wembley Arena.

Unfortunately for fans, and some members of the band, Mike Love, who still legally controls the Beach Boys name, has now issued a statement announcing he has kicked out the band's remaining members, including Wilson. However, he (Love) also states that he and the band will continue to tour with remaining member Brian Johnson along with a new backing band.

It read:

"As we move on, Bruce and I look forward to performing live for Beach Boys fans everywhere," Mr. Love said in a statement. He went on to say: "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."

Meanwhile, Brian Wilson told CNN:

 "I'm disappointed and can't understand why he doesn't want to tour with Al, David, and me. We are out there having so much fun. After all, we are the real Beach Boys."

An online petition taking a stand against the decision has now been launched in order "to preserve the validity of the Beach Boys as a whole, and not as a money-saving, stripped-down version." It has amassed over 4,000 signatures as of now.



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