Wednesday, May 11, 2005

Mike Love: Yes, You've Finally Made a Monkee out of Me

According to, the Beach Boys are getting their own monument:

Brian Wilson will serenade the crowd at the dedication of a Beach Boys monument in his hometown of Hawthorne, California, on May 20th. He will play a short set on the site of the Wilson family house, where he and his late brothers Carl and Dennis first harmonized together. The location, which received landmark status twenty years after the house was demolished to build a freeway, will be marked with a statue built by one of Dennis Wilson's sons, Scott.

"If you go over to England, they've got everything dedicated to the Beatles," says Scott Wilson, a building contractor. "The Beach Boys brought a lot to California -- the whole image of surfing, the beach and fast cars. Why can't we have something here?"

The twenty-foot monument features a stone image of the band's 1963 Surfer Girl album cover, surrounded by a brick stage with six gold records cast in bronze, and a sign commemorating the site as California Historical Landmark No. 1041. The Wilson family selected the design over several submitted by fans to the Web site

...Former Beach Boys members Al Jardine and David Marks will also perform brief sets at the ceremony. But Wilson cousin Mike Love, the only other surviving founding member, declined his invitation.

"I'm going to be making a living," he told Micky Dolenz on the former Monkees' New York morning radio show. The current Beach Boys lineup -- featuring Love as its only original member -- is scheduled to perform in Florida on May 20th.
I like the idea of Mike Love talking to Micky Dolenz on the radio.

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