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Singer Mike Love of The Beach Boys said in an interview with Efe that the legendary Southern California rock group keeps up with the changing times and would love to work with a current phenomenon like Bruno Mars though they’re triple his age.
Vocalist Love, the main support and only founding member permanently performing with the legendary band, spoke with Efe ahead of The Beach Boys’ concert on Monday at the MadGarden Festival in Madrid and on Wednesday at the Starlite Festival in the southern Spanish resort city of Marbella, a place more akin to the beach environment that so inspired them.
“Mars is a great vocalist and dancer, he has those old-school influences that I think are so great,” Love said, adding that he compares him to James Brown and that he was impressed by the Hawaiian’s performance at the 2012 Grammy Awards where, on their 50th anniversary, The Beach Boys reappeared with their classical lineup.
They had wrapped up their European tour that began that year in the central Spanish city of Avila and brought together once more Love, his cousin and the group’s lead composer Brian Wilson, Al Jardine, David Marks and Bruce Johnston.
Love, who returns to Spain accompanied only by Johnston, said that between him and Brian Wilson, eldest of the Wilson brothers, “there are no problems.”
“(Brian) and I are pretty much out of touch, but it’s great when we see each other because we shared so many things, like co-creating such songs as ‘Good Vibrations,’ ‘Help Me Rhonda,’ ‘I Get Around’ and ‘Surfin’ USA,’” Love said, referring perhaps in a not very subtle way to the court ruling years ago that finally acknowledged him to be co-author of all those all-time hits.