Beach Boys Performance At Trump Fundraiser Sparks Outrage From Former Band Members: ‘We Didn’t Even Know About It’

Former members of the Beach Boys were not happy about Mike Love’s decision to have the Beach Boys perform Sunday at a fundraiser for President Trump, according to Fox News.

Brian Wilson and Al Jardine spoke with Variety through a spokesperson, “We have absolutely nothing to do with the Trump benefit today in Newport Beach.”

“Zero. We didn’t even know about it and were very surprised to read about it in the Los Angeles Times.”

“This organization supports trophy hunting, which both Al and I are emphatically opposed to,” Wilson said at the time.

“There’s nothing we can do personally to stop the show, so please join us in signing the petition.”

“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,” Love, who currently owns the touring license for the Beach Boys’ name, added.

“I know people are suffering. 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.”

From Fox News:

Wilson and Jardine have continued to perform together on the road but under Wilson’s name, and the last time the original Beach Boys band played together was in 2012 for a 50th anniversary tour.In May, Love released a new song titled “This Too Shall Pass” in hopes of sending some good vibrations to fans amid the coronavirus outbreak.

All artist royalties and BMG’s royalties will go to Feeding America’s COVID-19 Response Fund to help food banks across the country as they support communities impacted by the pandemic. “This Too Shall Pass” marked the 79-year-old’s first studio release since 2019’s “12 Sides of Summer.”