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Interview:
Summer Double-Header Doesn't Faze Beach Boys
 

By GARY GRAFF
Of the Oakland Press

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Two concerts in one day is still an arduous task for most rock ’n’ roll bands. But the Beach Boys, whose principals are in their 60s, say it’s not such a big deal.

“Everybody forgets that when they fi rst start out they do four or five sets a night in a night club,” says Mike Love, 65. “All of a sudden, if you do more than one show, you’re gonna kill yourself or something.

“I’ve found that the more you sing, the stronger your voice gets. It’s like an athlete; if you use your muscles they’re toned, and if you don’t they atrophy. The vocal chords seem to behave similarly.”

The veteran group rolls into town on a high this weekend. A 40th anniversary CD/DVD set of the landmark “Pet Sounds” album is due later this year, and Love is finally planning to release the solo album he’s been working on for the last three years. More importantly, all of the surviving group members — Love, his cousin and co-writer

Brian Wilson, Bruce Johnston, Al Jardine and David Marks

— gathered in Los Angeles recently to receive some awards from their label, Capitol Records.

Love, who had to sue Wilson in order to get recognition for cowriting some of the Beach Boys’ biggest hits, is hoping the gathering will lead to a more full-scale reunion in the near future.

“Yeah, there are a lot of indications of good things happening within the Beach Boys arena,” he says. “Brian was asking me, ‘When are we gonna get together and write?,’ which I’m always open to doing.

“There’s still some (legal) stuff with Al and also with Brian that needs to be resolved. That needs to be done fi rst, I think, but there’s no harm in talking about things, and there’s no problem communicating between individuals these days. So I think good things are ahead.”

The Beach Boys featuring John Stamos perform at 2 and 7:30 p.m. Sunday (July 30th) at DTE Energy Music Theatre, Sashabaw Road north of I-75, Independence Township. Tickets are $35 pavilion, $15 lawn. Call (248) 377-0100 or visit

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