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Mike Love denies full Beach Boys reunion planned

By | Published on Wednesday 23 June 2010

Well, it did seem unlikely. Mike Love has denied that he plans to tour with former bandmate Brian Wilson next year to celebrate the Beach Boys’ 50th anniversary. As previously reported, US entertainment journalist Robin Leech claimed last week that Love had told him a Beach Boys reunion involving Wilson was planned for 2011, but it seems there was some misunderstanding when the musician and reporter spoke.

Love said in a statement yesterday: “The Beach Boys continue to tour approximately 150 shows a year in multiple countries. At this time there are no plans for my cousin Brian to rejoin the tour. He has new solo projects on the horizon and I wish him love and success. We have had some discussions of writing and possibly recording together, but nothing has been planned. I, as I’m sure he is, am proud and honoured that The Beach Boys’ music has endured these 50 years, but felt the need to clarify that there are no current ‘reunion’ tour plans”.

Wilson stopped performing with The Beach Boys in the mid-sixties, even though he was still a member of the band until 1970. He last joined them on stage in 1985 at Live Aid. In more recent years Wilson has returned to performing as a solo artist.

Relations between Love and other former Beach Boys, including Brian Wilson, have frequently been acrimonious and litigious over the years, and insiders say that while the former bandmates are now generally gracious to each other in official statements, like Love’s above, resentments remain behind the scenes. All of which made the Wilson/Love live reunion seem unlikely.