Brian Wilson has suggested that The Beach Boys might never reunite again after last year’s highly successful world tour ended in acrimony.
Ralph Gowling tells me Brian made his remarks at the prestigious Grammy Awards in Los Angeles last month where he basked in triumph at winning the Grammy for best historical album bestowed on “The Smile Sessions”, released in 2011.
Lead singer Mike Love triggered the latest round of disharmony in Beach Boys ranks when he announced towards the end of the tour that he would resume touring with his own line-up of the Californian group, including long-time member Bruce Johnston, but without founding members Brian, vocalist/guitarist Al Jardine and guitarist David Marks.
There was angry reaction from fans and in the media, mostly against Mike, who years ago was granted sole permission to use The Beach Boys name by Brian, Al and the estates of deceased original group members Carl and Dennis Wilson.
“No, I don’t think so,” said Brian, the songwriting genius behind The Beach Boys and the group’s original leader, when reporters at the Grammy Awards asked if there would be another round of reunion shows.
“I’m so proud, I could cry,” he said of the Grammy for “The Smile Sessions” – the result of returning to the studio to finally complete an album he and The Beach Boys started in 1966.
The album was due to be called “Smile”, with Van Dyke Parks contributing the lyrics, but it never hit the record shop shelves because Brian suffered a breakdown and retreated from the music business.
“I guess Van Dyke and I were on to something good after all. Thanks to the Boys for such beautiful vocals.”