ShareThis Page

2 Beach Boys founders keep good vibrations going

| Thursday, April 4, 2013, 8:55 p.m.
Mike Love of the Beach Boys
Beach Boys
Mike Love of the Beach Boys
Bruce Johnston (front, left) and Mike Love (front, right) head up the current incarnation of the Beach Boys
Beach Boys
Bruce Johnston (front, left) and Mike Love (front, right) head up the current incarnation of the Beach Boys

The Beach Boys international 50th anniversary concert tour ended last fall, but for two long-time members of the California-based rock band, the “Fun, Fun, Fun” continues.

Founding member Mike Love and Bruce Johnston, who has been with the Beach Boys since 1965 — four years after the original band was formed — are keeping the tunes alive in their current tour, which stops in Greensburg on Monday night for one performance at The Palace Theatre.

Love says their fans can expect the same hand-clapping hits, including their popular surfing and car songs — “Little Deuce Coupe,” “Surfin' USA,” “I Get Around,” “California Girls” and many more — that topped the music charts in the'60s. Backing up the duo will be a new generation of surfer boys, including Tim Bonhomme, John Cowsill, Randell Kirsch, Scott Totten and Mike Love's son, Christian Love, who sings lead in “Good Vibrations,” “Kokomo” and other Beach Boys favorites.

“Christian sounds remarkably similar in range and tone to (former Beach Boys vocalist) Carl Wilson, who passed away in 1998,” Love says.

At age 72, Love's energy is endless. When asked when he thinks he'll retire from touring, his reply makes it clear that he's not hanging up his surfboard or parking his hot rod any time soon.

“They asked Tony Bennett the same thing. He's 86, and he's at the top of his game. He has performed with Amy Winehouse and Lady Gaga, he still sings great and he's enjoying life,” he says.

Love says that, although he is still known as the funny front man who engages the audience when performing onstage, he and his band take their music seriously.

“We have a lot of fans out there and we are one of the most successful groups in rock music. Our songs are the most performed '60s hits on oldies radio, along with the Beatles and the Supremes. Overall, from a 50-year perspective, we are blessed to still be doing what we love.”

The Beach Boys continue to entertain legions of followers, in the United States and in other countries. Love says their tour will take them to London and Paris, among other destinations, this summer. They just performed shows in Tokyo and Shanghai, the last week of March.

“We have had hit music from Sweden to South Africa, from Alaska to Australia,” he says. “What's really hard to figure out is we are popular even in countries where they don't know what we're singing. Audiences love the beat, our sound, our harmonies — and that we're from America.”

Candy Williams is a contributing writer for Trib Total Media.

TribLIVE commenting policy

You are solely responsible for your comments and by using you agree to our Terms of Service.

We moderate comments. Our goal is to provide substantive commentary for a general readership. By screening submissions, we provide a space where readers can share intelligent and informed commentary that enhances the quality of our news and information.

While most comments will be posted if they are on-topic and not abusive, moderating decisions are subjective. We will make them as carefully and consistently as we can. Because of the volume of reader comments, we cannot review individual moderation decisions with readers.

We value thoughtful comments representing a range of views that make their point quickly and politely. We make an effort to protect discussions from repeated comments either by the same reader or different readers

We follow the same standards for taste as the daily newspaper. A few things we won't tolerate: personal attacks, obscenity, vulgarity, profanity (including expletives and letters followed by dashes), commercial promotion, impersonations, incoherence, proselytizing and SHOUTING. Don't include URLs to Web sites.

We do not edit comments. They are either approved or deleted. We reserve the right to edit a comment that is quoted or excerpted in an article. In this case, we may fix spelling and punctuation.

We welcome strong opinions and criticism of our work, but we don't want comments to become bogged down with discussions of our policies and we will moderate accordingly.

We appreciate it when readers and people quoted in articles or blog posts point out errors of fact or emphasis and will investigate all assertions. But these suggestions should be sent via e-mail. To avoid distracting other readers, we won't publish comments that suggest a correction. Instead, corrections will be made in a blog post or in an article.