Tuesday 26 October 2010, 11:25 | By CMU Editorial
Beach Boys criticised for miming, badly
The current incarnation of The Beach Boys, led by founding member Mike Love, have come under fire after fans accused them of miming, badly, at a recent gig in Australia in front of 20,000 people. The band played the first ever concert to be held alongside motor-racing event the Gold Coast 600.
According to reports, many fans drifted away from the gig because of the bad lip-syncing. One gig goer told Sky News: “The Beach Boys were a fraud, they were miming everything. You could tell they weren’t even singing, he [Love] was barely even moving”.
But Shane Howard, the COO of V8 Supercars, which promoted the event, leapt to Love’s defence, though without really addressed any of the criticism. He told reporters: “They really put the crowd in a great frame of mind to end the night. They are rated among the top twelve bands in history and their music is recognised by all ages, all walks of life”.
Bands miming when playing live has been quite a contentious issue down under in recent years.