It’s been 50 years of surf’s up for the Beach Boys, whose first single, “Surfin’,” came out in 1961. And frontman Mike Love says it feels like the time has flown by.
“When you’re on a bus ... it feels like 500 years, but ordinarily it feels great,” says Love, 70, who co-wrote most of the group’s hits with his cousin, Brian Wilson. “We just got back from Europe, and the enthusiasm of the audiences is amazing. They can’t possibly understand all the words we’re singing ... but nonetheless the beat, the sound, the whole feeling of the music translates so effortlessly.
“And it’s like that no matter where we are. The music goes over so fantastically, which is a pretty nice feeling when you realize it’s happening 50 years after you started recording your songs. We never could have guessed that would be the case.”
The group plans to release “The SMiLE Sessions,” a document of its notoriously aborted mid-’60s follow-up to the landmark “Pet Sounds” album, later this year. But Love really hopes to commemorate the Beach Boys’ golden anniversary with some new recordings that will reunite him with Wilson, who’s been a solo artist since 1988.
“Brian’s written some songs, I’ve written some songs (and) we’re talking very seriously about getting together and co-writing and doing some new music together,” Love says. “We haven’t really been able to lock into that, but it looks like this fall we will. It just makes a lot of sense with a milestone such as 50 years to get together and do something.
“We still love music and we’re still capable of recording and writing, so there’s every possibility that, God willing, we’ll be able to do some special things together.”
The Beach Boys perform at 8 p.m. Friday, July 29, at the DTE Energy Music Theatre, Sashabaw Road east of I-75, Independence Township. Tickets are $15-$37.50 pavilion and $15 lawn. Call 248-377-0100 or visit www.palacenet.com.
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