(CBS Local) Mike Love is fighting back against those have vilified him with claims that he "fired" original Beach Boys members Brian Wilson, Al Jardine and David Marks.
Love has penned a lengthy, pointed and emotional open letter to the Los Angeles Times in an attempt to set the record straight. It reads in part: " Let me get right to it: I did not fire Brian Wilson from the Beach Boys. I cannot fire Brian Wilson from the Beach Boys. I am not his employer. I do not have such authority. And even if I did, I would never fire Brian Wilson from the Beach Boys. I love Brian Wilson. We are partners. He's my cousin by birth and my brother in music.
"This tour was always envisioned as a limited run. None of us wanted to do a 50th anniversary tour that lasted 10 years. It was meant to be special. In fact, very early on, Brian was just going to join the tour for a few dates in big cities. We finally settled on 50 dates in 50 major markets." more on this story