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Mike Love Clears Up Rumors of Beach Boys' Reunion Drama
By: Gary Graff

The Beach Boys Mike Love wants to clear up matters that relate to the band and his decision not to continue with the 50th anniversary reunion lineup that toured during 2012.

Love -- who leases the Beach Boys name and tours with keyboardist Bruce Johnston -- tells us that he's particularly annoyed by reports that he terminated Brian Wilson, Al Jardine and David Marks from the group:

"I mean, there was erroneous things said, like I fired Brian or Alan. I mean, I can't fire Brian. It was totally erroneous and silly, actually, but some press people like to get into the...I don't know what they are getting into -- the non-factual, how's that?"

Love, however, stands by the decision to return to the Beach Boys configuration with Johnston, saying it makes good business sense:

"We started off with the agreement to do 50 shows in honor of the 50 years, but then it expanded into about 73, I believe, and I have talked to various promoters...and said 'Hey, this is really great. You guys sold out, and it would be good to have you back in a couple of years.'...The amount of production and the amount of band members on stage and everything, it was just not the kind of thing that can continue on ad infinitum. Also, there are many, many venues that can't even afford the cost of the band and the production and all that kind of stuff. So by doing that kind of tour, with that many people and that expensive, it kind of precludes you from doing a lot of these places we've always enjoyed doing. So those are a couple of the reasons why -- in addition to the fact we agreed to do X amount of dates -- we're back to doing how we do things or how we've done things for a decade and a half."

Love and Johnston have dates booked into October, while Wilson, Jardine and Marks banded together to play a few shows earlier this summer.

The Beach Boys are releasing a new box set, "Made in California 1962-2012," on August 27.

CLICK HERE to learn out more about Gary Graff and his award-winning music journalism including the books he has written on Bob Seger, Neil Young and Bruce Springsteen.

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