As reported on fasterlouder.com.au Mike Love has angrily denied claims that he lip-synced at a recent Beach Boys show on the Gold Coast. The much maligned singer doesn’t need to lip-sync to tarnish the legacy of the Beach Boys, but the accusation that he is following the lead of Ashlee Simpson and Stone Temple Pilots frontman Scott Weiland by lip-syncing at live shows is hardly welcome news.
The lip-sync claims came following Last Saturday night’s 600 Sounds festival on the Gold Coast, presented as part of the V8 Supercar post race entertainment.
According to V8 Supercars Australia Chairman Tony Cochrane “It’s a great shame some have insulted such an iconic band for the sake of a headline and some extra cheap points” adding that the “speculation was erroneous and totally false, and while there may have been a small number of patrons leaving the site due to the confusion, this number would have been a very small percentage in comparison to the approximately 20,000 strong crowd at the venue for the concert on the night”.
An official statement from the band and concert promoters angry denies the claims, declaring that “Suggestions that The Beach Boys were lip syncing are false. A slight delay between the vision being played on the big screens at the 600 Sounds presented by Hard Rock precinct and what was happening on stage did occur, as sometimes happens with live performances, and this may have contributed to the confusion felt by some event-goers… For many years the Beach Boys have been one of the world’s best live acts and they still are.”
The band performing at the Supercars event didn’t include Brian Wilson, or any of his brothers, but does feature founding Beach Boys member Mike Love and Bruce Johnston who joined the band in 1965.
Mike Love responded to the allegations noting that “We pride ourselves on providing a great live show to our millions of fans around the world and spent time that day sound checking our vocals to ensure a great live mix, in our almost 50 years of performing The Beach Boys have never lip-synched and we are not about to start!”
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