Brian Douglas Wilson (born June 20, 1942) is an American musician, singer, songwriter, and record producer who co-founded the Beach Boys.
After signing with Capitol Records in 1962, Wilson wrote or co-wrote more than two dozen Top 40 hits for the group.
Wilson, 70, who started the band with his late brothers Dennis and Carl in 1961, has criticised the statement from Love, his cousin.
He told CNN: "I'm disappointed and can't understand why he doesn't want to tour with Al, David and me. After all, we are the real Beach Boys." Jardine, 70, has backed an internet campaign to get the three members reinstated and "preserve the validity of The Beach Boys as a whole".
Only 21 years old when he received the freedom to produce his own records with total creative autonomy, he ignited an explosion of like-minded California producers, supplanting New York as the center of popular records, Wilson's honors include being inducted into the 1988 Rock and Roll Hall of Fame and winning Grammy Awards for Brian Wilson Presents Smile (2004) and The Smile Sessions (2011).
In lists published by Rolling Stone, Wilson ranked 52 for the "100 Greatest Singers of All Time" in 2008 In 2012, music publication NME ranked Wilson number 8 in its "50 Greatest Producers Ever" list, elaborating "few consider quite how groundbreaking Brian Wilson's studio techniques were in the mid-60s".
The Beach Boys are one of the most successful pop bands of all time.
The event was notable for the impression which it made on another musician and classmate of Wilson's in the audience that night, Al Jardine.
Jardine would join the three Wilson brothers and Mike Love a few years later in the Beach Boys.
In a career spanning five-decades and 30 studio albums, the band have sold over 100 million records worldwide.
The group was inducted into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame in 1988, and in 2001 received the Grammy Lifetime Achievement Award.