Surf’s up in Sheffield next week when the world’s best-loved surf rockers drop in on the city.
The Beach Boys – or at least some of them – are embarking on a seven-date UK tour, including a show at Sheffield City Hall.
Lead singer Mike Love, who will be leading next Thursday’s concert, says: “We’re looking forward to coming to England.
“We were asked by the promoter if we’d come over and do a few dates and we love Great Britain.”
Founder member Mike, who will be joined on stage by Beach Boys veteran Bruce Johnston on vocals and keyboards, as well as a number of other musicians, said the band ‘have always enjoyed a special relationship with English audiences’.
He says: “I remember we sold one million copies of 20 Golden Greats in the UK back in the 1970s – there must be a Beach Boys album in every home in England.
“It makes me happy we’ve had some big records there.
“Do It Again went number one in England, but not in the US. We’ve been received in England just as well. The type of music we do resonates well with the British audience.
“A lot of our music comes from British origins, so I think there’s more appreciation of The Beach Boys and our style of singing,
“The English audience is so appreciative of what we do and how we do it, so that makes us look forward to coming back again and again.”
And Mike is promising ‘all the hits’ at next week’s show – something which may be a tall order given the band have released more than 25 studio albums, as well as numerous compilations and live albums and secured 15 top-20 hits in the UK alone, including chart-toppers Good Vibrations and Do It Again.
Mike says: “We do everything we’re known for, Surfin’ Safari to Good Vibrations and songs from Pet Sounds.
“We aim to do a song or two that might not be known as well. We do some songs that weren’t the biggest hits, but we love doing them. Often these choices are really appreciated by the fans that know everything about us.
“We do all the hits, it’s just a matter of squeezing them together. We do all the surfing songs together, all the car songs together. We’ll do several selections from the Pet Sounds album, Good Vibrations was our biggest hit of the 1960s, there’s Kokomo which was on the Cocktail soundtrack in 1998.
“We are really proud and happy that people still love to hear these songs.”
And Mike is proud and happy to still be performing at the age of 74 – which he puts down to daily meditation and positive feedback.
He says: “It’s incredible the amount of feedback we get and it makes you want to do more.”
n The Beach Boys play Sheffield City Hall on Thursday, May 28. Doors open at 7pm, with the band on stage at 8pm. Tickets, priced from £38.50, are available from www.sheffieldcityhall.co.uk 0114 2789789, or in person at the City Hall box office.