Brian Wilson, after earning a Grammy tonight, confirmed something that Beach Boys fans had feared following the disastrous conclusion of the band’s 2012 reunion tour: It won’t be happening again.
Wilson, who claimed an award in the best historical album category for The SMiLE Sessions deluxe box set, found himself on the outside looking in — along with fellow original Beach Boys Al Jardine and David Marks — when last year’s scheduled tour dates concluded.
That cast a pall on That’s Why God Made the Radio, the Beach Boys’ first album of original material in decades — and, once again, put Wilson’s cousin Mike Love back in the spotlight.
Mike Love, who has run his own version of the Beach Boys for years, refused to extend the tour, despite Wilson’s very public pleas to go on.
The result: After years of public squabbling, their celebrated reunion collapsed with a stunning finality. Wilson, Jardine and Marks recently announced a joint appearance, even as Love has led his version of the Beach Boys back to smaller venues, casinos and fairs.
Wilson had overseen the carefully constructed reissue of his lost masterwork The SMiLE Sessions just before rejoining the Beach Boys. Inevitably, the media assembled at Los Angeles’ Staples Center, where the Grammys are continuing tonight, asked if there was any chance of another joint venture.
“No,” Wilson said. “I don’t think so.”