BEAT SET BY BOYS OF BEACH
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.