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Beach Boys Approaching 50th Anniversary With Enthusiasm

of the Oakland Press

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The prospect of the Beach Boys celebrating the 50th anniversary of their first single — “Surfin’ ” — in 2011 even has normally loquacious frontman Mike Love at “almost a loss for words.”

“It’s a pretty remarkable landmark,” says Love, 69, who’s credited with co-writing many of the group’s enduring hits with cousin Brian Wilson. “It is pretty damn special to even contemplate doing something 50 years after you started. It’s pretty amazing to still have our music in films and people coming to see us five decades after we started.

“Initially the subject matter was so unique — songs about surfing, great cars, being true to your school, California girls. And the subject matter is still in vogue — just ask Katy Perry.”

Yes, you can consider that a thumbs-up endorsement for Perry’s chart-topping recent hit, “California Gurls.”

“I think the part she did is pretty cool,” he says. “There are a lot of writers on it, and I think it’s probably a stroke of genius to have the king of canine cool, Mr. (Snoop) Dogg, do his thing. But I think her creative part, her musical part, is pretty hooky. I think it brings the Beach Boys’ 1965 classic to mind, that’s for sure.”

Love says the Beach Boys are currently having “conversation” about how to best commemorate the 50th anniversary. He says he’s been talking to Wilson “about doing some musical projects together,” including performances and writing new songs, but, he adds, “there have been a lot of ideas floated, but nothing decided yet.”

The Beach Boys perform at 6 p.m. Sunday, Aug. 1, at the DTE Energy Music Theatre, Sashabaw Road east of I-75, Independence Township. Tickets are $38.50 pavilion and $18 lawn, with $3 from each donated to the Woodward Dream Cruise. Call 248-377-0100 or visit www.palacenet.com.

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