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June 12 • Riverbend Music Center

By Amy Harris · June 4th, 2012 · Sound Advice
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The Beach Boys have been blessing audience’s ears with happy and fun tunes (with occasional blasts of melancholy) for 50 years. As they embark on a 50th anniversary tour, they are preparing to release their 31st album, titled That’s Why God Made The Radio, which is also the title of the first single. Everyone who listens to music can think a happy thought as it relates to Beach Boy classics like “Good Vibrations,” “Kokomo,” “Surfin USA” or one of their other countless hits.

I was able to speak with Mike Love and Brian Wilson before the tour kickoff and it proved to be one of my toughest interviews to date when I spoke with Wilson.

There were moments when you had to wonder why he is speaking to the press at all and others when you remembered the pure genius inside his head as he spoke about mixing harmonies on the new album and just being happy to play again with the band that made him a legend. We reached a nostalgic and introspective point as the legends looked back on a remarkable career.

When the much more effusive Love was asked if he had any fond memories about performing in Cincinnati in the past, he said, “Yeah, I remember playing the theme park many times (presumably Kings Island) and Riverbend years ago. Downtown, we played there after a baseball game to a packed house. We have done some really great concerts in Cincinnati over the years and we are really looking forward to coming back. We haven’t been to the Riverbend in many, many years.”

Read the entire interview with Wilson and Love at the music blog at citybeat.com.

THE BEACH BOYS perform Tuesday, June 12 at Riverbend Music Center. Buy tickets, check out performance times and get venue details here.



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