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Beach Boys 50th Anniversary Tour "We're using most of Brian Wilson's band," says Love

Published: 2011-12-19
The Beach Boys Mike Love has never stopped touring under the Beach Boys name, fans will finally get the chance to see the band's original surviving members play once again on their upcoming 50th anniversary blowout, kicking off in April at the New Orleans Jazz & Heritage Festival.

Rolling Stone caught up with Love about the milestone, the band's upcoming album of new material and how everybody is getting along. “What a phenomenal legacy to celebrate," says Love. “Music has been the harmonizing element in our family since childhood. It's great to come full circle and ponder that and celebrate that. We're very fortunate to 'Do It Again,' so to speak."

This news is pretty exciting for your fans.
Well, if you think about it, it's 50 years of “Fun, Fun, Fun."

Has it been all “Fun, Fun, Fun"?
Of course not. But I think the story of the Beach Boys is told in the music and the legacy to the world, not all the yellow journalism. I think the overwhelming story is the impact, the legacy of the music. It's really cool that we can all get together this time and celebrate along with anyone else who wants to celebrate with us.

How did the band approach putting the tour together?
We figured it makes sense to do it during the summer. Our [2003 compilation] album the Sounds of Summer is fast approaching selling three million copies—if it's triple-platinum, which is, you know, pretty good. And by the time this 50th celebration is over, it'll probably be more than triple-platinum.

Who had the idea for the 50th anniversary tour first? Who reached out to who?
Everybody reached out. I'm looking forward to getting together with Brian, writing something together again. His musical nature is so phenomenal. Even doing the background vocals we did in the studio recently, he was just sitting at the piano and stretching those chords the way he does spontaneously. It's just amazing.

It's thrilling because that's what we're so used to hearing from him back in the day when we were very productive, putting out an album every few months. It hasn't gone away. It's just nature. And my nature is the way it is, conceptually and lyrically. Some people are denizens of the studio. I'm more of a denizen of the live appearance. I love the live thing. I love the spontaneity and the recreating of those songs.

Is this just a one-off get-together for this tour? Or are the Beach Boys back together?
We're just approaching it a day at a time, one tour at a time. We're going to do some European stuff, it looks like. Right now, it's just offers. Other than three dates in Japan in August, that's confirmed. Everything else is subject to offers and negotiations.

You're going to play Jazz Fest, that's the first one. Will you guys play consecutively after that? Will you head out on the road?


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