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Beach Boys Push Beyond The Fun, Fun, Fun

Of the Oakland Press

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The Beach Boys have about as many hits as Malibu has surgeons. But the there’s plenty of other material, too.

That’s why frontman Mike Love was pleased with this year’s release of “The Warmth of the Sun,” a 28-track collection that features some of the lesser-known songs in the Beach Boys’ canon, which he hopes will familiarize fans with that aspect of the group’s work.

“It’s nice for us to be able to do something a little different,” says Love, 66, who co-wrote many of the Beach Boys’ biggest hits with Brian Wilson, his cousin and the group’s early producer. “(‘The Warmth of the Sun’) lets us freshen up our show and display some things that are not in the same vein as so much of what we’re known for.

“So it’s a little broader perspective, musically speaking. We love doing those other songs, and they do get a great response.”

But don’t worry; there’s still plenty of “Fun, Fun, Fun” at the Beach Boys’ shows — as well as “California Girls,” “Help Me, Rhonda,” “Surfin’ USA” and the rest of the group’s formidable catalog. And if Love has his way, there will be more of those in the future.

“Last June, when we were celebrating the 40th anniversary of ‘Pet Sounds’ and ‘Good Vibrations,’ Brian said, ‘Hey Mike, we ought to get together and write,’ ” says Love, who plans to release a solo album, “Mike Love Not War,” in the near future. “He asked me two or three times about that, in fact.

“So who knows; maybe one of these days that’ll happen. We’re pretty busy, and Brian does his own thing, but I’d welcome the opportunity to work together again, and I think that’s something our fans want to happen, too.”

The Beach Boys perform at 7:30 p.m. Sunday (July 8th) at Freedom Hill Amphitheatre, 14900 Metropolitan Parkway, Sterling Heights. Tickets are $35-$48 pavilion, $13 lawn. Call (586) 268-5100 or visit www.freedomhill.net

Web Site: www.freedomhill.net

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