It will be fun, fun, fun under the California sun for many high-profile participants in today’s Donald Trump fundraiser in Newport Beach – but not for Beach Boys Brian Wilson and Al Jardine, who are disappointed that the touring version of the group is currently on the way up by Mike Love will be heading for the campaign benefit.
“We have absolutely nothing to do with the Trump advantage today in Newport Beach. Zero, ”Wilson and Jardine said Variety through a spokesman. “We did not even know about it and were very surprised to read about it in the Los Angeles Times.”
The Los Angeles Times reported Sunday morning that the Beach Boys would be the main attraction for the president and his supporters at the Orange Country campaign event with tickets from $ 2,800 per person. Donor to $ 1
Wilson and Jardine have toured together in recent years and have also performed Beach Boys material, but under Wilson’s name. The last time all the surviving members performed together as Beach Boys was at a 50th anniversary tournament in 2012. At the end of this, Love chose to continue touring with a non-reunited lineup under the name of the Beach Boys, which he holds for. a license for concert purposes.
While some are surprised that Trump would even visit a state as blue as California close to the election, the Times’ article pointed to the enormous potential cash pull that the president is expected to penetrate from today’s advantage, much needed when tracking Joe Biden bad in fundraising. “Everyone assumes he wants to battlefield states,” Jon Fleischman, a former GOP government official, told the Times. “No one really thinks about how Orange County, California, is an ATM. So people are pretty excited. ”
This is not the first instance of Wilson and Jardine distancing themselves from a controversial or politically divisive concert booked by Love’s edition of the Beach Boys. In February, both Wilson and Jardine officially signed a Change.org petition calling for a boycott of the touring Beach Boys after Love and the company booked a headlining concert at the Safari Club International Convention in Reno, Nevada, where the famous safari hunting enthusiast Donald Trump Jr. was the keynote speaker. “This organization supports trophy hunting, which both Al and I strongly oppose,” Wilson said in a statement at the time. “There is nothing we can do personally to stop the show, so help sign the petition.”
In the past, Love has defended his support for Trump and once famous for a thumb-up picture of him with the Washington Monument in the background.
“I have nothing negative to say about the President of the United States,” Love said in a 2017 interview when Uncut magazine asked him if he disagreed with Trump. “We attended the inauguration. [His version of the Beach Boys headlined one of Trump’s inaugural balls.] It was a moving experience. I understand that there are so many fractions and breaks in things – the chips fall where they should. But Donald Trump has never been anything but kind to us. We have known him for many years. We have performed at some of his venues at fundraisers and so on. ”
Love’s Beach Boys has recently held drive-in-style concerts with actor John Stamos as a special guest. Bruce Johnston, who joined the Beach Boys in 1965, has also performed alongside Love and is the second veteran of the group’s early days to be part of the current touring lineup.