Brian Wilson, Al Jardine disavow Beach Boys appearance at Trump fundraiser
Two of the original Beach Boys, Brian Wilson and Al Jardine, made it clear on Sunday they had no part in the performance at a fundraiser for President Trump by the current touring version of their group headed by Mike Love.
Speaking to Variety through a spokesperson, Wilson and Jardine said, “We have absolutely nothing to do with the Trump benefit today in Newport Beach. Zero. We didn’t even know about it and were very surprised to read about it in the Los Angeles Times.”
The Beach Boys performed on Sunday at a short fundraising event in Orange County where ticket prices started at $2,800 and went as high as $150,000.
This is not the first time the two members have chosen to disassociate themselves with the band’s appearances at a Trump event. In February they both signed on to a Change.org petition calling for a boycott of the touring Beach Boys due to the group headlining an event at the Safari Club International where Donald Trump Jr. was a keynote speaker. In a statement they said they were both strongly opposed to trophy hunting, which the organization supports.
Love made no illusions about his support for Trump. As Variety reports, he told Uncut magazine in 2017, “I understand there are so many factions and fractious things going on — the chips will fall where they may. But Donald Trump has never been anything but kind to us. We have known him for many a year. We’ve performed at some of his venues at fundraisers and so on.”
The Los Angeles Times noted that an event held in the historically blue state was unexpected, but former GOP official Jon Fleischman called Orange County, Calif., “an ATM machine.”
Political strategist and USC professor Dan Schur told the Los Angeles Times, “The only reason a presidential candidate should be in California in late October is if the GPS breaks or if he is so desperate for money that he has no choice.”