Last summer’s Beach Boys 50th anniversary reunion tour may have been the very last opportunity for fans to see the group’s original members all performing on stage together, ever.
After taking home the GRAMMY award for Best Historical Album for The Smile Sessions Sunday night, Beach Boys’ Brian Wilson revealed some disappointing news to reporters that he doesn’t see the possibility of another Beach Boys reunion in the future.
When asked if he thinks there will be another round of reunion shows to follow up on the group’s hugely successful 50th Anniversary Tour in 2012, Wilson simply told reporters in the GRAMMY press room, “No, I don’t think so.”
The Los Angeles Times confirmed Wilson’s stance with his manager, who replied to the report saying, “Truer words were never spoken.”
Wilson’s bleak forecast on the group’s future together comes after Mike Love created some bad blood among fellow founding members Wilson, Al Jardine and David Marks as the anniversary tour wrapped up last summer.
Love, who solely controls ownership of the Beach Boys name, announced he would continue touring with Bruce Johnston under the group’s name without Wilson, Jardine and Marks in the lineup, a decision that came as a surprise and disappointment to the members.
“I’m disappointed and can’t understand why he [Love] doesn’t want to tour with Al, David and me,” Wilson previously told CNN. “We are out here having so much fun. After all, we are the real Beach Boys.”
It seems as though Love’s decision to part ways with the three may have permanently closed the doors to any future possibilities of the original members getting back together again.
However, Wilson is continuing to perform on his own and has announced a July show at Fraze Pavilion in Kettering, Ohio with Jardine and Marks signed on as special guests, but no Love.
Wilson’s GRAMMY win Sunday night was only the second of his five-decade career, having previously won in 2004 for Best Rock Instrumental Performance on “Mrs. O’Leary’s Cow.” The Beach Boys were also given a Lifetime Achievement Award at the 2012 GRAMMYs to celebrate the 50th anniversary of the group’s first chart hit, “Surfin’,” though they’ve never won a GRAMMY as a group.
- Britt Bickel, K-EARTH Los Angeles