Broadway Bill Lee Talks with Beach Boy Mike Love
Everyone is excited for the Beach Boys 50th Anniversary. It all started with the reissue of The SMiLE Sessions a few months ago, and after a first rate performance at the 54th Annual GRAMMY Awards, will continue into 2012 with a US Tour and a new album.
Broadway Bill Lee had the iconic Beach Boys lead singer Mike Love call into the CBS-FM studio today for a “fun fun fun” chat that covers everything from the GRAMMYs and their upcoming tour to the tough times from his past.
GRAMMY night is a big night for the music industry each year, but 2012′s version had something a little special… the touch of some good ol’ rock ‘n’ roll.
“It was wonderful to see the audience respond so well to ‘Good Vibrations,’” the humbled Mike Love told Broadway. “It was fantastic to be in the midst of all the great musicians of every different kind. Every kind of music was represented, which was very cool.”
Very cool indeed. Especially to see that the artists who joined him on stage honored the Beach Boys in their own way. [lastfm link_type="artist_info"]Foster the People[/lastfm] wore striped shirts under their jackets, paying tribute to the band’s old style. And [lastfm link_type="artist_info"]Adam Levine[/lastfm]… well he’s just been a fan for a VERY long time.
“It was really kind of sweet that Adam Levine sang ‘Surfer Girl.’ He told us in rehearsal that he has been singing that song in the car since he was five.”
The performance at the GRAMMYs has only magnified the excitement surrounding the band’s 50th reunion, especially since many though it was something that would never happen, considering their past problems. But according to Love, it is all water under the bridge and he’s been able to move on with the help of a little transcendental meditation, which has been both a life saver and a life helper.
“I meditate everyday. If I didn’t I’d be dangerous,” Love says with a hearty laugh. “I learned from Maharishi (Mahesh Yogi) in December of 1967 and I don’t think a day has gone by since then that I haven’t meditated.”
Musicians young and old should take Love’s long-time practice of meditation to heart, especially during a time like now when the industry mourns the loss of a great voice, Whitney Houston. Long-term drug use, whether it be alcohol, pills, or any number of other things will eventually takes its toll. Knowing what we know about the effects of drug use puzzles Love as to why people continue to do it.
“It doesn’t make sense to me because people know that the certain combination of things, like alcohol and pills, can kill you. And knowing that… I don’t know how people get involved in it. It’s really a drag.”
Broadway wasn’t going to let this interview end on a low note. Bill Lee and Love recounted all of his fondest memories from the past fifty years, including the first time “Surfin’” was played on the radio, the band’s first shows in 1962 and ’63, and “Good Vibrations” making it to the top of the charts.
But maybe one of the coolest moments was when the Beach Boys’ popularity was realized overseas.
“Being voted the number one group in England, number two being The Beatles and number three being the Stones, that was pretty spectacular.”
The Beach Boys look to make many more great memories in 2012, which shouldn’t be hard with a fantastic US Tour on the agenda. Stops include Atlantic City and White Plains, but one of the great venues they will play will be on May 8th (Broadway’s birthday!) and 9th at the Beacon Theater right here in New York City.
Listen to Broadway’s entire interview with Mike Love!
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