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Beach Boys to break new ground with debut in Shanghai

By Zhang Kun in Shanghai  (China Daily)

14:30, March 18, 2013

The Shanghai debut of The Beach Boys is led by Mike Love (third right) and features seven members. (China Daily)

The Beach Boys have been around for 50 years but are set to break new ground with a debut concert in Shanghai.

Founding member Mike Love leads the latest tour and says the demand for good music will always be a constant.

"I've always felt that the Beach Boys have been a sonic oasis. Music styles and performers can change, but we have always had the good fortune to have millions of fans who, if they want to hear a body of music (that) will make them feel good, they can always tune into our music," he says in an e-mail from the United States.

"Multiple generations within an entire family will collectively agree on the Beach Boys, which is very rare. The music connects generations together positively."

The founding members of the band were three brothers: Brian, Dennis and Carl Wilson, along with their cousin Mike Love and friend Al Jardine.

Their debut album Surfin' Safari, spent 37 weeks on the Billboard chart, launching the group to international stardom.

The Wilson/Love songwriting partnership produced a string of huge hits. Their debut single Surfin' Safari peaked at No 14 in the US Billboard charts, becoming the first of many singles dedicated to the delights of surfing, fast cars, and young love.

The band's greatest strength was their unique five-part harmony singing, which was inspired by the barbershop music of their childhood.

"The love of recreating those harmonies every time we go on stage," is what helped the band to come back together after turbulence, conflicts, and changes, Love says.

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