Any truth to this rumor about the Beach Boys and the American Flag?
Subject: Beach Boys gone bad? Dutchess County Fair, NY. Aug. 2008.
I was truly disgusted when I found this out...and angered by the pomposity and unpatriotic gall of the Beach Boys who obviously can't be bothered with little things like the fans and the country and culture that made them what they are!! For those who don't know, the abbrieviations used below are DC Fair meaning our Dutchess County Fair (only the 2nd largest agricultural show in NY State) and CC which stands for Clear Channel Communications which owns the radio station for which Tommy works for. The following is as posted by DJ Tommy Lee Walker of Country 107.
3 WRWD Poughkeepsie, NY (a mainstay at the DC Fair on Livestock Hill):
They wouldnt let me bring this to the airwaves, but here ya go:
So Last Wednesday night the Beach Boys played the DC Fair, The backdrop behind them on stage (for all shows) was a real big american flag, donated to the fair, It once flew over the capitol building. The Beach BOYS refused to share the stage w the flag and refused to play until the flag was taken down. Thankfully the manager there said screw you, the flag stays, and if you wanna, pack your **** up now and get the hell outa here, we aint takin that flag down. Management then told them they'd have every major news outlet there when they left to explain why they were not doing the show, and see how many other venues would drop them. - In the end, the Beach Boys made them remove the flag from the backdrop and The fair had to hang it on the top in FRONT of the stage.
The band was rude and ******* about it backstage all night, when they were leaving the bus driver insisted a police escort so they "Could Get The Hell Out Of This ****Hole" (Yes, Thats a Quote)
Once again, the disrespect shown by these guys was unbelievable, CC made me promise not to bring this up to the masses on the FM, but I had to set the story straight, so this is where I'll start. The reasoning behind not going public on the air was that most people would be ****** that management even moved the flag in the 1st place, so they met in the middle, so the show would go on, and not make the fans suffer a no-show, OMG if the fans only knew what was happening...