Last week it was widely reported that Mike Love had fired his bandmates Brian Wilson, Al Jardine and David Marks from the Beach Boys. Now, though, Love is claiming that it was all a misunderstanding, and that he never kicked anyone out of the band.

Love sent the L.A. times a letter to clear up any confusion. It reads:

I did not fire Brian Wilson from the Beach Boys. I cannot fire Brian Wilson from the Beach Boys. I am not his employer. I do not have such authority. And even if I did, I would never fire Brian Wilson from the Beach Boys. I love Brian Wilson. We are partners. He’s my cousin by birth and my brother in music... Our songs are in the DNA of America. Our imagery of the coast, surfing, cars and teenage freedom helped make our country the envy of the world...

Like any good party, no one wanted [the reunion tour] to end. However, that was impossible, given that we had already set up shows in smaller cities... It is not feasible, both logistically and economically, for the 50th anniversary tour to play these markets...

Initially, there was to be plenty of space between the two tours, but then we added 25 more dates and the two tours bumped up against each other. To avoid public confusion, and at the request of Brian’s representative, we had a press release sent out detailing the differences between the two Beach Boys tours and its varying lineups. I was surprised that Brian and Al said they were surprised by this announcement. Some media outlets interpreted all of this as me firing the band.

[via Pitchfork]