Beach Boys founding members Brian Wilson and Al Jardine have denied any involvement or endorsement for Donald Trump after the President held a fundraiser event yesterday (October 18th) which included a performance from Mike Love of the Beach Boys.
Wilson and Jardine have not been apart of the official line-up of Beach Boys since their 50th-anniversary tour in 2012. Instead, they have toured usually under Wilson’s name because Love won the rights to continue using the moniker in 1998. Although they reunited eight years ago, they are not part of the line-up today. Love has continued taking his lineup of the Beach Boys on tour across the world and his most recent appearance came at the White House where Love spoke during the signing ceremony as the Music Modernization Act was passed.
He appeared alongside Kid Rock, the Doobie Brothers’ Jeff Baxter, and Sam Moore (of Sam & Dave fame) was also in attendance, Kanye West also visited the White House the same day.
Love’s appearance was first reported by the Los Angeles Times reported who confirmed that he along with his touring band – would be performing to various Republican supporters in Orange County, California as part of the.
“We have absolutely nothing to do with the Trump benefit today in Newport Beach. Zero,” band co-founders 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.”
It’s safe to say that they don’t share the same political outlook as their former bandmate, with them also being forced into denouncing his actions earlier this year. The duo joined a Change.org petition supporting a boycott of a Beach Boys concert at the Safari Club International Convention, where Donald Trump Jr. was the keynote speaker.
Wilson openly denounced the event, saying, “this organisation supports trophy hunting, which Both Al [Jardine] and I are emphatically opposed to.” Love, however, defended his decision and stated, “We look forward to a night of great music in Reno and, as always, support freedom of thought and expression as a fundamental tenet of our rights as Americans.”