It will be fun, fun, fun under the California sun for many of today’s Donald Trump fundraisers on Newport Beach – but not for the boys from Brian Wilson and Al Jardin Beach who are worried that the touring version of the band, now led by Mike Love will headline the benefits of the election campaign.
“We have absolutely nothing to do with Trump’s advantage today in Newport Beach. Zero, Wilson and Jardin said Variety through a dictionary. “We didn’t even know about it and were very surprised about it in the Los Angeles Times.”
The Los Angeles Times reported Sunday morning that the Beach Boys will be a major attraction for the president and his supporters at the Orange Country campaign, with ticket prices ranging from $ 2,800 per donor to $ 150,000 per couple for status. co-chair. As Hardcore Beach Boys fans know, the fundraising group is a licensed touring publication led by Love, who has never been ashamed to appear with Trump.
Wilson and Jardine have toured together in recent years, also performing materials for the Beach Boys, but under the name Wilson. The last time all the surviving participants performed together was “Beach Guys” during the 50th anniversary in 2012. At the end of this, Love decided to continue touring with an unconnected band called “Beach Boys”, for which he holds a license for concert purposes.
While some have been surprised that Trump will visit a blue state like California even close to the election, a Times article points to the huge potential cash flow that the president is expected to take advantage of today’s much-needed benefits. Joe Biden was bad at fundraising. “Everyone assumes he’s going to the states on the battlefield,” said John Fleischmann, a former GOP official. “No one really thinks about how Orange County, California is an ATM. So people are very happy. “
This isn’t the first time Wilson and Jardin have distanced themselves from a controversial or politically divided concert booked by Love’s Beach Boys. In February, Wilson and Jardin formally signed a Change.org petition calling for a boycott of touring beach boys after Love and company booked a headlining concert at the Safari Club International Convention Center in Reno, Nevada, where he noted Donald’s safari enthusiasts. Trump Jr. was the speaker. “This organization supports trophy hunting, which Al and I strongly oppose,” Wilson said at the time. “There’s nothing we can do in person to stop the show, so please join us and sign the petition.”
In the past, Love defended his support for Trump and once famously posed for a large photo showing a 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 had any disagreements with Trump. “We were at the inauguration. [His version of the Beach Boys headlined one of Trump’s inaugural balls.] It was a touching experience. I understand that there are so many factions and legible things happening – the chips will fall where they can. But Donald Trump has never been a good thing to us. We have known him for many years. We performed at some of his platforms in fundraising and so on. “
Recently, the Love’s Beach Boys held drive-style concerts in the style of actor John Stamos as a special guest. Bruce Johnston, who joined the Beach Boys in 1965, also performed with Love and is another early veteran of the band who was part of the current tour.