Sean Michaels 

Beach Boys’ Mike Love planning new tour – without Brian Wilson

The Beach Boys' reunion tour is under way, but the owner of the band's name is already preparing for a post-Wilson future
  
  

Just three months into the Beach Boys' reunion tour, Mike Love has already begun booking concerts for his own version of the band – without Brian Wilson or most of the other founding members. Love has reportedly started scheduling gigs in South America with his touring version of the Beach Boys, which includes only one other member of the band's classic lineup.

"[That's] news to me," Wilson told Rolling Stone on Tuesday. "I wasn't aware that Mike had some shows in South America." Wilson, Love, Bruce Johnston, Al Jardine and David Marks are halfway through their 50th-anniversary tour, supporting their first original album in two decades. But Love is already planning how he will spend this autumn, according to Peru's El Comercio, organising dates for his touring version of the Beach Boys, which features himself and Johnston. Love has licensed the Beach Boys name since 1998, and prevented other members using it.

Love's Beach Boys were also booked to play in Winnie, Texas, on 6 October. That is until the venue, Nutty Jerry's, discovered the band it had booked was not the band currently on tour. Nutty Jerry's cancelled the gig this week, apologising for the "misunderstanding" and "inconvenience".

While Love seems to be preparing for when the original Beach Boys go their separate ways, Wilson seems prepared to keep the reunion running. "I'm having a blast," he said. "There has been talk of doing more shows with the Boys and possibly a new record, which I would love to do." Speaking to the Tampa Ray Tribune in May, Wilson imagined a "harder" and "faster" follow-up LP. "This time I would like to do some rock'n'roll," he said.

 

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