Beach Boys Turn On Each Other After Band Headlines Trump Fundraiser
Brian Wilson and Al Jardine have spoken out to slam The Beach Boys for performing at a Donald Trump fundraiser over the weekend.
On Sunday, the 1960’s American rock band The Beach Boys performed at a fundraiser for President Donald Trump in Newport Beach, California. Afterwards, band members Brian Wilson and Al Jardine spoke out to blast their cousin, Mike Love, for unilaterally deciding to headline at the event.
President Trump will visit Newport Beach today to raise money for his cash-strapped campaign.
The event will feature a live performance by the Beach Boys and tickets start at $2,800 per person, up to $150,000 per couple for co-chair status. https://t.co/Nx3kAZe3a8
— Los Angeles Times (@latimes) October 18, 2020
The Beach Boys’ Brian Wilson And Al Jardine Release Statement
“We have absolutely nothing to do with the Trump benefit today in Newport Beach. Zero,” Wilson and Jardine told Variety. “We didn’t even know about it and were very surprised to read about it in the Los Angeles Times.”
The Los Angeles Times reported on Sunday morning that The Beach Boys would be the main attraction at Trump’s fundraiser in Orange County.
Tickets for the fundraiser ranged from $2,800 per donor to $150,000 a couple for co-chair status.
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Love, who has been unapologetic about his support for Trump in the past, owns the touring license for the Beach Boys’ name.
He has previously booked the Beach Boys to perform at the Safari Club International Convention in Reno, Nev., with Donald Trump Jr. as the keynote speaker.
That particular move prompted Brian Wilson and Al Jardine to create a petition on Change.org
“This organization supports trophy hunting, which both Al and I are emphatically opposed to,” said Wilson at the time, according to Fox News. “There’s nothing we can do personally to stop the show, so please join us in signing the petition.”
The Beach Boys’ Mike Love Performed At Trump Inaugural Ball
In 2017, Love also performed at an inaugural ball for Trump.
Afterwards, he told Uncut magazine that this was a “moving experience.”
“I don’t have anything negative to say about the President Of The USA,” Love added. “I understand there are so many factions and fractious things going on – the chips will fall where they may. But Donald Trump has never been anything but kind to us. We have known him for many a year. We’ve performed at some of his venues at fundraisers and so on.”
Fox News reported that Wilson and Jardine still perform together, but they use Brian Wilson’s name when they do so.
The original Beach Boys have not performed together since 2012, when they performed for a 50th anniversary tour.
Mike Love’s Touching New Song
Love has been keeping busy amidst all of this drama.
Earlier this year, he released his new song “This Too Shall Pass” in the hopes of helping his fans through the COVID-19 pandemic.
“I know people are suffering,” he said. “I know people are going through so much. And so I just wanted them to know that this too shall pass and we will get back to having fun, fun, fun in the sun. The song is the message.”
We applaud The Beach Boys’ Mike Love for being brave enough to publicly support President Trump, as we know that this is not an easy thing to do in the liberal entertainment industry.
If only we had more performers in the world like him!