WANT TO GO?
The Beach Boys
WHERE: The Clay Center
WHEN: 7:30 p.m. Sunday
TICKETS: $48.50, $51.50 and $71.50INFO: Call 304-561-3570 or visit www.theclaycenter.org
CHARLESTON, W.Va. -- The Beach Boys' Mike Love doesn't expect to retire from the road anytime soon.
Love, who performs with the quintessential, classic California band Sunday night at the Clay Center, said, "I think as long as you're healthy, have the ability to perform and have an audience, I don't think there has to be a limit."
The singer and bandleader said he was in good health, and even though the band is in its 51st year, it still has a lot to offer.
Age, Love believes, isn't that big of a deal, as long as you can deliver the goods. He promises they can.
"If you close your eyes and we're doing 'California Girls,' it sounds like it's 1965 all over again," he said.
The singer credits the band's longevity to clean living. Love doesn't smoke cigarettes. He said he's never been much of a hard drinker.
"And I never did cocaine," he said. "These things can really take a toll on your voice."
He also said performing often helps.
"The voice is like a muscle. If you don't use it, it gets out of shape. We perform about 100 shows a year, and I find that we get stronger as time goes on. We sound stronger by August, when we do the most shows, than we first get started."
August, Love explained, is busiest because of county and state fairs.