Mike Love Explains Why Beach Boys Reunion Had To End
Wednesday, May 8, 2013
Mike Love Explains Why Beach Boys Reunion Had To End
Mike Love claims that the only way for the founding Beach Boys to have continued performing together past last year's reunion would have been to take a year off. Love, who controls the license to the Beach Boys name, completed the planned 50th anniversary reunion shows last fall and has since been back on the road -- with longtime member Bruce Johnston -- and his side musicians performing under the band's moniker
Love, who was deemed a hero last year for reuniting with co-founders Brian Wilson, Al Jardine, and David Marks -- has since been blamed by die-hard fans for not carrying on with the true band for the foreseeable future. Love spoke to, and was asked if he can picture the co-founders hitting the road again: "Actually, a couple of different major promoters said, 'You know, guys, this is great. But what if you give it a year rest and maybe we'll see you in 2014?' At that level, with the amount of people and production costs, it's not the kind of thing you can do every year. We had a limited time where we were gonna do these shows and then we'd go back to the way we do things ordinarily. So the answer is 'No.' Except for whatever the future may bring. Doris Day said it best. 'Que Sera, Sera (Whatever Will Be, Will Be).'"
Love, who co-wrote the Beach Boys' biggest hits with Brian Wilson -- "Fun, Fun, Fun," "I Get Around," "Help Me, Rhonda," "California Girls," and "Good Vibrations -- is still smarting that the songwriting team wasn't able to dominate the group's 2012 comeback album -- and Top Three hit -- That's Why God Made The Radio: "Well, I wasn't consulted very much with that album. Brian and I had spoken about a year before we even got started with that album. He wanted to do some re-records of some of our favorite songs. And I was up for that. We mentioned a couple of songs to each other. But that never happened. Nor was I able to actually get in a room and write with Brian like I did back in the '60s. So that was, to me, unfortunate."
Mike Love still takes tremendous pride in writing the words to Brian Wilson's music for the Beach Boys' epic 1966 chart-topper, "Good Vibrations": "It was a pleasure to work with my cousin Brian on co-creating that song. And, I think, may years ago, Rolling Stone had some poll and they regarded 'Good Vibrations' as the 'Single of the Century,' or something like that."

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