The Beach Boys Confirm Trump Inauguration Invite, Haven’t Made Decision Yet
The presidential inauguration of Donald Trump may still have some hope for quality musical guests. Management for The Beach Boys issued a statement to Billboard and People confirming reports that they have been invited to play at the event…but added that they have yet to make a decision on if they will accept:
The Beach Boys have been asked to perform as part of the inauguration festivities. But no decision has been made at this point as to how or whether they will participate. We will let you know as soon as a decision is final.
Various iterations of The Beach Boys have played at events for Ronald Reagan, George H.W. Bush, and Bill Clinton and in the past, including a Reagan fundraiser during the 1984 Republican convention. There was also a 2014 concert at Trump’s Mar-a-Lago club.
Presumably, the invite was sent to the current touring incarnation of the band, led by Mike Love and Bruce Johnston, which does not include all surviving members. Brian Wilson, Al Jardine, and David Marks rejoined the band for a new album and anniversary tour in 2012, but it’s been all Love and Johnston since. That even led to a bit of controversy, as the Love/Johnston touring band booked dates immediately after the anniversary tour ended, leading to venue owners who cancelled the dates upon learning that they weren’t getting the lineup playing at major arenas.
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