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Beach Boys Keep Focus On Shows And Fun, Fun, Fun

Of the Oakland Press

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Mike Love recognizes a certain irony in having the

Beach Boys, with their repertoire of sunshine-themed “Fun, Fun, Fun,” play the Detroit area in the dead of winter — as they will this weekend.

But he says the veteran band has learned to keep its focus on the music and not on any environmental interference, such as snow and cold.

“When we’re touring, our focus is on doing the shows and doing the best we can,” says Love, 64, who centers himself with transcendental meditation. “I meditate every day — since December of ’67 — and that helps a lot. You can actually drop your metabolism to a level of rest that’s twice as deep as deep sleep. It’s profoundly restful and relaxing.

“So I do that daily — a couple of times a day in order to maintain the kind of schedule we have.”

Love and remaining Beach Boymate Bruce Johnston would love to be even busier, in fact. He’s still working on a solo album, titled “Mike Love, Not War,” that he hopes to finally release in 2007. And there are thaws in his relationship with his cousin, former Beach Boys mastermind Brian Wilson, as well as estranged bandmate Al Jardine,

which could bring both back into the band fold at some point in the near future.

“There are a lot of indications of good things happening in the Beach Boys arena,” Love notes. “I can feel it in the concert attendance and stuff. We’re doing better this year. We’ve always done well, but it’s doing just a little better now.

“There are some issues to resolve with Alan and also with Brian — not with Brian personally, but some of the people around him. That all needs to be done first, and I think it can be done to everyone’s satisfaction. There’s nothing to announce yet, but there’s no harm in talking about things.”

The Beach Boys perform at 8 p.m. Friday and Saturday (Feb. 16-17) at Andiamo Celebrity Showroom, 7096 E. 14 Mile Road, Warren. Tickets are $40-$100. Call (586) 268-3200 or visit www.andiamoshowroom.com.

Web Site: www.andiamoshowroom.com

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