February 25, 2012 |
The sands of time can be cruel, sure, but sometimes they settle for wryly ironic. After years apart, the three surviving founding members of the Beach Boys will launch a 50-date, 50th anniversary tour in April and at every show they will ask the musical question, "Wouldn't it be nice if we were older?" "It is weird," said Mike Love, who turns 71 next month, about singing those young man's lines from "Wouldn't It Be Nice. " "We do another one, 'When I Grow up to Be a Man' -- the opening is incredible, it's got fantastic harmonies -- but yeah, it's written from the point of a young guy looking to the future and here we are, very much in that future.
December 28, 1986 |
Five Hawthorne teen-agers who sang of surfing, hot rods and the California promise, the Beach Boys racked up more than a dozen hits between 1962 and 1966, after which the group began a long slow slide into drugs, financial mismanagement, artistic burnout and death.
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October 29, 1994
Beach Boys lead singer Mike Love testified Friday that he was told he would not get proper credit for the songs he co-wrote if he failed to sign a 1969 agreement to sell the group's 140-song catalogue. "I signed it under duress, " Love testified in Los Angeles Superior Court. Both the group's manager and its attorney, Abraham Somer, told him to sign the agreement, Love said at the end of the fourth week of testimony in his suit.
September 19, 2012 |
This post has been updated. See note below for details. Even on a day designed to celebrate 50 years of the signature harmonies of the Beach Boys, the notoriously fractious group couldn't avoid striking yet another discordant note amid all the good vibrations. A day before band members gathered at the Grammy Museum in Los Angeles to take in various accolades, singer and lyricist Mike Love caught his fellow band members by surprise in announcing his decision to resume touring with his latter-day incarnation of the Beach Boys -- minus creative leader Brian Wilson or original members Al Jardine and David Marks.
May 16, 2007 |
A U.S. District Court judge in Los Angeles has dismissed Beach Boys co-founder Mike Love's 2005 lawsuit against his cousin and former band mate Brian Wilson. Love argued in the lawsuit that he and the group had been harmed financially by the 2004 distribution in the United Kingdom of a free CD featuring Beach Boys songs rerecorded by Wilson in conjunction with the release of Wilson's "Smile" album. The suit claimed that the free CD also hurt potential sales of future Beach Boys releases.
September 9, 2013 |
Brian Wilson's impending tour with English guitar hero Jeff Beck already includes two other founding members of the Beach Boys -- Al Jardine and David Marks -- and now for at least five of the dates Wilson will be joined by another former Beach Boy, guitarist-singer Blondie Chaplin. Chaplin, who joined the quintessential Southern California fun-in-the-sun band briefly in the early-1970s, will be part of Wilson's performances in Hollywood, Fla., New York City, Las Vegas, Oakland and the hometown show Oct. 20 at Los Angeles' Greek Theatre.
September 19, 1992
Jess Bravin's story about Mike Love's disaffection with his old friend George Bush was well written and interesting ("Laws of Nature Transcend GOP Ties for Beach Boys," Sept. 12). Unfortunately, it illustrated what many people consider the systematic failure of American journalism to inform. On the basis of Love's prepared cover story, we are told that the Beach Boys want to make the world safe for bikinis and are therefore dissatisfied with Bush's relatively passive performance on environmental issues.
October 4, 1994 |
Across the street from the satellite dishes beaming to the world each detail of the O.J. Simpson hearings, another celebrity legal battle is taking place--this one to a mostly empty federal courtroom. Jury selection is expected to start today in Love vs. Wilson, as in Mike Love and his cousin Brian Wilson, both founding members of the legendary music group the Beach Boys. The U.S.
May 28, 2013 |
Good vibrations will rock Cancun, Mexico , this summer when the Beach Boys are to appear in concert Aug. 6 at Moon Palace Golf & Spa Resort . The performance is to feature Mike Love and Bruce Johnston, original Beach Boys, with a five-member backup band. Besides the concert, Moon Palace has scheduled several special summer activities and an air-travel credits program. “Palace Resorts set out to create a strong summer travel program that would redefine the notion of a traditional all-inclusive resort,” said Gibran Chapur, executive vice president.
November 21, 1997 |
Mike Love's first Caribbean-themed Club Kokomo is sailing ahead for a June debut in Orange, and larger versions of the nightclub-restaurant are likely to open in Nevada and Florida in 1999, a real estate agent for the Beach Boys singer says. Backed by private investors, Love envisions dozens of clubs worldwide with a House of Blues-meets-thatched cabana look. The Orange club, at the Stadium Promenade retail/entertainment project, will be 15,000 square feet, with concert seating for 250.