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Interview:
The Beach Boys are still having fun, fun, fun 52 years on
 

By GARY GRAFF
Digital First Media, @GraffonMusic

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While America is celebrating the 50th anniversary of the Beatles' arrival on these shores, America's own Beach Boys mark a few key career points of their own this year.

" '64 was a big year for us," notes co-founder frontman Mike Love, acknowledging the golden anniversary of the Beach Boys' first Christmas album, its seminal hit "Fun, Fun, Fun" and its first No. 1 single, "I Get Around."

"Well, it was of course exciting," Love, 73, says of the latter, "but every time we had a record play on the radio it was exciting, whether it was No. 1 or No. 10 or 20, and we had plenty of Top 50 hits, that's for sure. But it was always exciting to hear your music on the radio. It was a thrill. it never gets old if you're a record-making artist, I don't think."

Love, along with keyboardist Bruce Johnston, have been the primary keepers of the Beach Boys flame during the past couple of decades, though they joined forces with co-founders Brian Wilson, Alan Jardine and David Marks in 2012 to celebrate the group's 50th anniversary -- though Love maintains there's been "no serious contemplation" of a repeat reunion. Meanwhile, he and Johnston are playing the brand new "Pisces Brothers"this year, a song dedicated to George Harrison that Love wrote shortly after the Beatles member's death in 2001 but just released, via the Cloud, this year on Feb. 25, Harrison's birthday.

"It's a beautiful song," says Love. "It's very sentimental. It's really from the heart. George Harrison was a cool guy. We're both Pisces, and we had a lot in common in that we were both in major groups and both very much appreciated meditation and all things philosophically related to that.

"It's out there for people to find, and I'm sure it will be available (for purchase) at some point. But it's nice to be able to give the die-hards something new and that they haven't heard before in addition to all the hits we still play."

The Beach Boys

7:30 p.m. Sunday, Aug. 10

Freedom Hill Amphitheatre, 14900 Metropolitan Parkway at Schoenherr Road, Sterling Heights

Tickets are $25-$69 pavilion, $10 in advance and $20 day of show lawn

Call (586) 268-5100 or visit www.freedomhill.net.


Web Site: www.freedomhill.net

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