In a new interview with Billboard, The Beach Boys' Mike Love gives some insight into why he may have pulled the plug last year on the band's highly regarded 50th anniversary reunion, which included a lengthy tour and a new studio album. Love tells the magazine that he was unhappy with how the trek and the recording project were organized, and seems to suggest that the people who manage his cousin and fellow Beach Boys founder Brian Wilson were the culprits.
The 72-year-old singer explains that, with regard to the group's That's Why God Made the Radio album, Wilson and he 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."
Love points out that he and Wilson had agreed on how they wanted to put the album together a year before the band hit the studio, but laments that the plan "never came to fruition at all." He adds, "It was given another direction -- not by me and not by Brian but by others."
The Rock and Roll Hall of Famer says that while he enjoyed being back in the studio with some of his ex-band mates and getting to "listen to those harmonies coming back," he's upset that "it wasn't the opportunity it was supposed to be."
While Love says he has "serious issues" with the way the 50th anniversary reunion "was run and the people who were running it," he won't rule out participating in another Beach Boys project with Wilson, although it will have to be on his terms.
"It will happen only if I can do it with people who I trusted and liked and were honorable," he tells Billboard. "I have no problem with my cousin Brian and I in a room with a piano, but it's not that uncomplicated."
Love continues to tour with the pre-50th anniversary Beach Boys lineup, which also features longtime singer/keyboardist Bruce Johnston. Wilson, meanwhile, has been playing shows this year with fellow ex-Beach Boys Al Jardine and David Marks, and will bring them back out on the road for his fall co-headlining trek with Jeff Beck. Brian also is recording a new solo album that features Beck, Jardine and Marks.
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