Friday, April 12, 2024

Beach Boy Mike Love Confuses “Surfin’ Safari” With the Real Thing, Group Founder Brian Wilson Urges Boycott of Group Plan to Play Hunting Convention


Beach Boy founder Brian Wilson and original bandmember Al Jardine are urging former bandmate Mike Love not to play a hunting convention on Wednesday in Reno, Nevada.

Apparently Love, a cousin to Wilson, has the rightx to tour with the Beach Boys name. Always a villain in their 50 plus year saga, Love has confused the band’s 1962 hit “Surfin’ Safari” with the real thing– big game hunting. He’s planning to have his Beach Boys– which don’t include Brian Wilson or Jardine — perform at the SCI Hunters Convention in Reno this week. The hideous Donald Trump Jr. is the keynote speaker.

A petition has gone up at to stop Love, et al from wrecking what’s left of the Beach Boys name by participating in this crap fest. I’m curious to hear what John Stamos– who has played with the band over the last years– thinks of this situation. Also, Bruce Johnston, who– like Wilson, brothers Carl and Dennis, Love, and Jardine– was a founding member. (Carl and Dennis Wilson are deceased.)

On Twitter, Wilson writes: “It has been brought to my attention that on Wednesday February 5, The Beach Boys touring group licensed by Mike Love are headlining at the Safari Club International Convention in Reno, Nevada…This organization supports trophy hunting, which Both Al and I are emphatically opposed to. There‚Äôs nothing we can do personally to stop the show, so please join us in signing the petition at”

Wilson is the musical genius behind the Beach Boys’ greatest compositions from “Good Vibrations” to “Wouldn’t It Be Nice,” “God Only Knows,” and “Surf’s Up.”

When he wrote “Surfin’ Safari” it was about loading up surfboards on a wood paneled station wagon and cruising the coast for good waves. It was NOT about murdering endangered species around the world.

This is absolutely repugnant behavior by Love, who doesn’t have a great reputation in Beach Boy history. I’ve been lucky enough to travel to Southern Africa twice in my lifetime. Once you’ve seen the majestic animals who inhabit the continent, all you want to do is protect them from vulgarians like the Trumps. Photo safari, surfing safari, yes! Hunting, no!


Roger Friedman
Roger Friedman
Roger Friedman began his Showbiz411 column in April 2009 after 10 years with Fox News, where he created the Fox411 column. His movie reviews are carried by Rotten Tomatoes, and he is a member of both the movie and TV branches of the Critics Choice Awards. His articles have appeared in dozens of publications over the years including New York Magazine, where he wrote the Intelligencer column in the mid 90s and covered the OJ Simpson trial, and Fox News (when it wasn't so crazy) where he covered Michael Jackson. He is also the writer and co-producer of "Only the Strong Survive," a selection of the Cannes, Sundance, and Telluride Film festivals, directed by DA Pennebaker and Chris Hegedus.

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