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Love or Wilson: Who has the real Beach Boys band?

Love or Wilson: Who has the real Beach Boys band?

Mike Love's group performs Tuesday at Proctors
Love or Wilson: Who has the real Beach Boys band?
Mike Love (left) and Brian Wilson — both original members of the Beach Boys.
Photographer: The New York Times

Who's your favorite Beach Boy? Brian Wilson or Mike Love?

If it's Love, the place you want to be Tuesday at 7:30 p.m. is Proctors, where Love's Beach Boys — he actually has the rights to use the band's name — will be performing some of the group's greatest hits from the 1960s and 1970s.

The group's lead singer who wrote the lyrics to their first huge hit single, "Surfin,' " Love will be joined on stage by Bruce Johnston. It was Johnston who joined the band in 1965 as a replacement for Wilson when the group went on tour. Other current band members performing with Love include Jeffrey Foskett, Brian Eichenberger, Tim Bonhomme, John Cowsill and Scott Totten.

Love gained exclusive rights to the name "Beach Boys" in 1998 following the death of his cousin and fellow original band member Carl Wilson, who was Brian's brother.

Brian Wilson and another original member, Al Jardine, were at Albany's Palace Theatre in April of this year for "Pet Sounds 50th Anniversary World Tour." Blondie Chaplin, who joined the Beach Boys in the early 1970s, also performed alongside Wilson and Jardine in front of a packed house at The Palace.

Wilson and Jardine did tour together with Love in 2012 for the Beach Boys' 50th Reunion Tour.

The Beach Boys have sold more than 100 million records worldwide and were inducted into the Rock n' Roll Hall of Fame in 1988.

They were formed in Hawthorne, California in 1961 when Brian Wilson, with his brothers Carl and Dennis, formed a band with their cousin, Love, and Jardine, a friend.

Tickets range from $30 to $80 and are available online at proctors.org or by calling 518-346-6204.

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