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Original Beach Boy Brian Wilson slams Beach Boys for playing trophy hunting convention

Founding member Mike Love performs with The Beach Boys on Friday, July 7, 2017, at the Casper Events Center. (Dan Cepeda, Oil City File)

One of the founding members of the legendary American rock group The Beach Boys is speaking out against his old band.

On Twitter yesterday, Brian Wilson voiced his displeasure about an upcoming Beach Boys performance.

The band is scheduled to headline a show at the Safari Club International Convention in Reno, Nevada on Wednesday. The organization is a non-profit that it says advocates for hunting and conservation, and the annual convention features enthusiasts and suppliers of hunting equipment. The convention sells “dream” trophy hunting packages for thousands of dollars.

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Wilson included a petition in his Tweet urging the Beach Boys to cancel the show.

“This organization supports trophy hunting, which both (former Beach Boy) Al (Jardine) and I are emphatically opposed to. There’s nothing we can do personally to stop the show, so please join us in signing the petition…”

The Beach Boys name is leased by co-founder Mike Love, who is the only founding member currently in the band.

Mike Love of The Beach Boys on Friday, July 7, 2017, at the Casper Events Center. (Dan Cepeda, Oil City File)

Brian Wilson, considered a genius by many critics, crafted and produced many of the Beach Boys most iconic material, including the groundbreaking album “Pet Sounds.” Wilson now tours with fellow original Beach Boys member Jardine.

After Wilson’s Tweet, Mike Love released his own statement, which read, ““We look forward to a night of great music in Reno and, as always, support freedom of thought and expression as a fundamental tenet of our rights as Americans.”

Safari Club International member and trophy hunter Donald Trump, Jr. is a featured speaker during this year’s convention.