The band wrapped up its 50th anniversary tour with dates in London at the end of last month (Sep12) and now Love and Bruce Johnston have embarked on a tour of North and South America with their alternative Beach Boys line-up.
When news of Love's plans were announced this summer (12), Wilson confessed he had no idea that two of his bandmates were planning to tour under the Beach Boys banner without him, and now he has released a statement to the Los Angeles Times urging his relative to reconsider his plans - and keep the 50th anniversary tour going.
The correspondence comes just days after Love hit back at claims he'd "fired" his cousin from the band in a Times article. The singer said, "I did not fire Brian Wilson from the Beach Boys. I cannot fire Brian Wilson from the Beach Boys. I am not his employer. I do not have such authority. And even if I did, I would never fire Brian Wilson from the Beach Boys. I love Brian Wilson. We are partners. He's my cousin by birth and my brother in music."
Wilson's response reads: "As far as I know I can't be fired - that wouldn't be cool. The negativity surrounding all the comments bummed me out. What's confusing is that by Mike not wanting or letting Al (Jardine), David (Marks) and me tour with the band, it sort of feels like we're being fired.
"I was completely blindsided by his press release. I had no idea that it was coming out, since it was crafted by Mike's personal Pr firm without my knowledge or approval. No one in my camp would have approved it or the timing... I'm disappointed that Mike would now say that the release was done at the request of my representative... We hadn't even discussed as a band what we were going to do with all the offers that were coming in for more 50th shows.
"While I appreciate the nice, cool things Mike said about me in his letter, and I do and always will love him as my cousin and bandmate, at the same time I'm still left wondering why he doesn't want to continue this great trip we're on. Al and I want to keep going because we believe we owe it to the music. That's it in a nutshell, all these conversations need to be between the shareholders, and I welcome Mike to call me."