Al Jardine, one of the original Beach Boys, is suing the other surviving members of the band for £2.8m, claiming he has been excluded from the band's reunion concerts.
Jardine, the 58-year-old guitarist and vocalist of the group that gave the world "California Girls" and "Good Vibrations" in the Sixties, says he has been frozen out of the band.
Jardine also claims he has had problems booking shows for his own project, the "Beach Boys Family and Friends" group.
A string of Beach Boys' American tour dates began this week and will last until the end of September. The line-up now includes the original member Mike Love and various backing musicians.
The suit was filed against Mike Love, Brian Wilson, the Carl Wilson Trust and Brother Records Incorporated in the Los Angeles Superior Court. Jardine has complained that Love is promoting the current Beach Boys line-up as the real and genuine group when, Jardine says, Love is the only original member remaining.Reuse content