The Beach Boys' Brian Wilson and Mike Love talk about reuniting and reviving old hits for a modern audience
Mike Love and Brian Wilson, together again? It's true. The surviving members of the Beach Boys have reunited, and in a curious twist, it is the auteur Wilson, not Love, who is in favor of sticking to the hits during the show, even though he's responsible for the band's more avant-garde spins, such as 1966 album Pet Sounds.
Love, who was often perceived as being jealous of Wilson and routinely toured on the strength of the obvious jukebox numbers, says he prefers to dive deeper into the band's songbook this time out.
"I'd like to get retro at the beginning of the show, some surfers, some cars," says Love. "But then I want to get mellow, maybe do some Pet Sounds, maybe Heroes and Villains. It's going to be power-packed, I know that."
"One song comes to mind, one song that I'd like to do: The Little Girl I Once Knew," says Wilson.
"Really," Love chuckles, as if he hadn't thought of that song in ages. "Wow."
"Yeah," Wilson adds. "That's a helluva record."
The Beach Boys perform at 8 p.m. Saturday at the Straz Center for the Performing Arts in Tampa. Tickets are $49.50-$295.50. Click here.
For more of Sean Daly's interview with Brian Wilson and Mike Love, click here.