A small glimpse into the mind of Mike Love
By Deb Alberto
For Hometown News
SUNTREE -- Spanning generations with their music, these kings of harmony have traveled the globe and shared the stage with artists worldwide.
And this month, Brevard County is fortunate enough to experience its legendary sounds, as the Beach Boys, including several of the group's original members, will perform live at The King Center for the Performing Arts in Melbourne Sunday, Feb. 16.
In anticipation of the big day, Mike Love, one of the founding members of the family band, took some time to share his thoughts with Hometown News, covering everything from music to meditation, in a recent phone interview from his home in Los Angeles.
HTN: Well, I'll be honest. The Beach Boys was my parent's generation, not mine, but I did my homework. Tell me how you feel about today's music. Who is your favorite contemporary artist?
ML: I really like Bruno Mars. He really knows how to put on a show. I had a chance to meet him at the Grammy's 50th Anniversary celebration. He did a James Brown tribute. He is a fantastic singer, dancer and songwriter and really knows how to combine the new with the old.
HTN: What has the band been up to lately? Anything fun?
ML: We were just at Howard Stern's Birthday Bash and did a tribute parody of California Girls: "I wish we all could be as rich as Howard Stern." It was a great party. Adam Levine played Purple Rain, and Steven Tyler closed the show, playing the piano. It was emceed by Jimmy Kimmel.
HTN: Wow, very cool. So, you've had an expansive career. Tell me about other artists you've performed with over the years.
ML: Let's see, there's been a lot. Jimmy Page sat in with us in 1985, and we played with the Grateful Dead at the Filmore East in the 1970s.
HTN: We all know that fame has destroyed many an artist. How did you avoid the darker paths of drugs and alcohol?
ML: Transcendental meditation has been a huge part of my life for a long time. It keeps me connected to unbounded energy and intelligence. No one stood over me and told me not to smoke marijuana anymore. I just realized that, with meditation, I don't need it.
HTN: How often do you meditate?
ML: For 20 minutes, twice a day.
HTN: That brings me to another question I bet no one has asked you: Do you have any advice for young Justin Beiber?
ML: Well, I understand why people do what they do to feel better, but I would let him know that there are healthier things he can do to stabilize and ground himself, which will make him less likely to make mistakes. Also, that he should be careful to not let the bubble of fame, money and privilege lead him to make mistakes, which can be as bad as fatal.
HTN: That's good advice. So, I hear you're also an environmentalist?
ML: Yes, we were scheduled to appear at Sea World, but we cancelled after seeing the "Blackfish" documentary. I feel badly for letting down our fans over there, but we need to send the message that we don't support animal cruelty. But hey, maybe they'll come see us in Melbourne.
HTN: Lastly, there's been controversy all over the web about you and Brian Wilson. What's up with that?
ML: Well, people always have things to say on the Internet, but the truth is Brian is working on a new record for Capitol Records. We received an email from his manager saying no more shows for Wilson, so that's why he isn't touring with us, but I always wish him well.