"LET'S get together and do it again," sang the Beach Boys, reunited for their 50th anniversary. But the California group has spectacularly fractured in the middle of a UK tour, after Brian Wilson and his fellow founder members were told they were being replaced.
After years of squabbling, Wilson, hailed as the compositional genius behind the 1960s veterans, agreed to re-join the surviving founder members for a new tour. The quartet even recorded their first album together for 20 years.
This week, Wilson (70) was left bewildered after his cousin Mike Love, the group's frontman, issued a statement announcing that the Beach Boys would continue to tour but without their chief songwriter and the other original members, Al Jardine and David Marks.
The trio will be replaced by session musicians but the group will perform under the official Beach Boys name, which Love owns the rights to after a series of legal battles. (© Independent News Service)