Beach Boys at War Over Trump

Lawrence Kim
October 20, 2020

However, Wilson and Jardine told Variety in a statement that they had not been aware that Love's band was performing at the fundraiser until they read about it in the Times and emphasized that they were not associated in any way. The Los Angeles Times first reported the band's performance at the event, where tickets start at $2,800.

Since the band celebrated their 50 anniversary during a 2012 tour, Mike Love has toured as "the Beach Boys" on his own.

Wilson and Jardine have previously attempted to distance themselves from the Trump family. Held at Lido Isle-the mansion belonging to 28-year-old tech guru Palmer Luckey off the coast of Newport Beach-the cash grab also hosted performances from Jeff "Skunk" Baxter (The Doobie Brothers) as well as former California Rep. Dana Rohrabacher, who played guitar.

Whereas some have been shocked that Trump would even go to as blue a state as California this near the election, the Occasions' article pointed to the large potential money haul that the president is predicted to reel in from right now's profit, badly wanted as he trails Joe Biden badly in fundraising. "Everybody assumes he's going to go to battleground states", Jon Fleischman, a former state GOP official, instructed the Instances. "So persons are fairly excited".

Beach Boys fans took to social media to point out that the Beach Boys playing at the Trump campaign fundraiser weren't the "real" Beach Boys.

His fellow founding member (and cousin) Mike Love officially owns the rights to (and tours under) the band name "The Beach Boys", while Wilson and guitarist Al Jardine split off into their own touring unit in recent years.

"This organisation supports trophy hunting, which both Al and I are emphatically opposed to", Wilson said in a statement at the time. "There's nothing we will do personally to cease the present, so please be a part of us in signing the petition".

Love has been equally dogged in his defense of Trump.

"I don't have anything negative to say about the President Of The USA", Love added.

Love also performed at Trump's presidential inauguration and other events supporting the Republican leader.

"I understand there are so many factions and fractious things going on - the chips will fall where they may", he said. The Los Angeles Times notes that the U.S. president's appearance at a fundraiser just over two weeks before the election day highlights his campaign's financial struggles - with Biden having raised $125 million more than Trump in the quarter that closed on September 30.

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