Original Beach Boys member Al Jardine has sued his former band mates for about $4 million, claiming they excluded him from recent concerts, his attorney said. “Jardine claims he has been frozen out of the Beach Boys,” attorney Jeffrey Benice said.
The 58-year-old musician filed the lawsuit against Mike Love and Brian Wilson in Superior Court on Friday. Other defendants include the Carl Wilson Trust and Brother Records Inc., the corporate entity of the Beach Boys. Carl Wilson died of lung cancer in 1998 at the age of 51.
Jardine also claims that Love promoted the current Beach Boys lineup as the “real” and “genuine” group, even though he says Love is the only original member. Jardine says he has had problems booking shows for his “Beach Boys Family and Friends” group.
The defendants could not be reached for comment. The offices of Brother Records and the Carl Wilson Trust were closed yesterday (July 4) due to the Independence Day holiday.
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