MAGA Beach Boy Mike Love brings the band to Clearwater on Wednesday

He treated Brian Wilson really well, too.

click to enlarge MAGA Beach Boy Mike Love brings the band to Clearwater on Wednesday
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Yes, Mike Love—the only true original member in the current iteration of The Beach Boys (sorry, Bruce Johnston)—has played trophy hunting galas and attended CPAC, but MAGA and politics aside, let’s not forget the way he treated his bandmates.

He once told Brian Wilson—who was in the middle of making Pet Soundsnot to “fuck with the formula,” and would later sue his way into receiving undeserved songwriting credits, earning the right to tour under the Beach Boys name after the death of Carl Wilson.

The 81-year-old later unsuccessfully sued Brian for “shamelessly misappropriating Mike Love’s songs, likeness, and the Beach Boys trademark” upon the release of Wilson’s long-shelved tortured masterpiece Smile in 2004, which Love disapproved of during original production in the 1960s.

But hey, if “Kokomo” is your bag, head down to Ruth Eckerd Hall. Who knows, maybe John Stamos or Mark McGrath will show up.

Tickets to see Mike Love's Beach Boys play Ruth Eckerd Hall in Clearwater on Wednesday, Feb. 22 are still available and start at $53.25.

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Josh Bradley

Josh Bradley is Creative Loafing Tampa's resident live music freak. He started freelancing with the paper in 2020 at the age of 18, and has since covered, announced, and previewed numerous live shows in Tampa Bay. Check the music section in print and online every week for the latest in local live music.
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