BEAT SET BY BOYS OF BEACH

The Gold Coast Bulletin - Play Magazine - - LIVE & LOUD -

Sum­mer must be re­turn­ing be­cause so are The Beach Boys, who will visit the Gold Coast next week as part of an Aus­tralia tour.

Led by orig­i­nal mem­ber Mike Love, the Cal­i­for­nian pop rock­ers will per­form clas­sics at Jupiters Theatre next week.

The surf rock le­gends – mi­nus former leader Brian Wil­son – will per­form along­side John Paul Young & The Al­ls­tar Band.

The Beach Boys are ex­pected to play a range of sum­mery sounds from their back cat­a­logue, such as Cal­i­for­nia Girls, Good Vi­bra­tions and Surfin’ USA.

De­spite sev­eral changes to the band’s mu­si­cal style over the decades, Love says the orig­i­nal “beach sound” still held a spe­cial place in peo­ple’s mem­o­ries.

“We en­cap­su­lated moods, feel­ings and si­t­u­a­tions that re­lated to peo­ple like our­selves in south­ern Cal­i­for­nia; I mean, who wouldn’t want to go on a Surfin’ Sa­fari?” he says.

“It’s a bless­ing that five decades later we’re still able to play th­ese songs.”

Love says the Beach Boys never par­tied too hard de­spite ad­mit­ting the ’60s were a “fun time for every­one in­volved”.

“Be­ing a vo­cal group, you find out re­ally soon that you can’t burn the can­dle at both ends,” he says. “A lot of peo­ple were at­tracted to the harder drugs, but for­tu­nately I dis­cov­ered med­i­ta­tion which helps me re­lax just fine.”

While many point to the ‘60s as be­ing the height of the band’s ri­valry with the Bea­tles, Love says the two had a “mu­tual re­spect” for each other.

De­spite the band’s re­union tour in 2012, Love says there is lit­tle chance of Wil­son re­turn­ing.

“Brian has his own band and way of do­ing things, but we had David Marks join us a few months ago for some show,’’ he says. ‘‘I just don’t think an­other re­union like we had a cou­ple of years ago is im­mi­nent.”

Mike Love from the Beach Boys.

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