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Published on November 21st, 2017 | by Darren Paltrowitz


Mike Love Hosts An “Unleash The Love” Album Release Event At New York’s The Wooly

As the leader of The Beach Boys for over 50 years, few musicians have accomplished what Mike Love has. He has sold tens of millions of albums, he has headlined stadiums and festivals around the world, and he has recorded songs that have remained radio staples for decades. With accomplishments like those, it is surprising as to why Mike Love — also the uncle of NBA star Kevin Love and brother to NBA legend Stan Love — would be recording a new album in 2017.

Unleash The Love is the first new full-length studio release from Love since 1981’s Looking Back With Love. Unleash is a double album with 25 tracks, mixing together Love-penned originals and newly-re-recorded Beach Boys classics. Special guests include Sugar Ray’s Mark McGrath, long-time Beach Boys ally John Stamos, indie-pop group AJR, and saxophonist Dave Koz; daughter Ambha Love makes an appearance on vocals as does Beach Boys guitarist Carl Wilson in posthumous fashion.

On November 20, 2017 at upscale New York City cocktail lounge The Wooly, BMG hosted a party for Mike Love in celebration of the November 17, 2017 release of Unleash The Love. Unlike your average album release event, Love — who recently announced a Beach Boys winter tour of theaters across the United States — brought along a full band to play for more than a half-hour. In addition to long-time Beach Boys vocalist/multi-instrumentalist Bruce Johnston, Love’s backing band included guitarist Jeffrey Foskett, sons Brian and Christian, and drummer John Cowsill. The aforementioned John Stamos was also present for most of Love’s set, alternating between guitar and drum duties, also commending Love on-mic for Unleash The Love being Love’s most creative project in many years.

Below are photos from this rare intimate Beach Boys-related event at The Wooly, some of which courtesy of photographer Joseph Hasan.

Mike Love's album release event / Photo: Joe Hasan

Mike Love's album release event / Photo: Darren Paltrowitz

Mike Love's album release event / Photo: Darren Paltrowitz

Mike Love's album release event / Photo: Darren Paltrowitz

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About the Author

Darren Paltrowitz is a New York resident with over 20 years of entertainment industry experience. He began working around the music business as a teenager, interning for the manager of his then-favorite band Superdrag. Since then, he has worked with a wide array of artists including OK Go, They Might Be Giants, Mike Viola, Tracy Bonham, Loudness, Rachael Yamagata, and Amanda Palmer. Darren's writing has appeared in dozens of outlets including the New York Daily News, Inquisitr, The Daily Meal, The Hype Magazine, All Music Guide, Guitar World,, Businessweek, Chicago Tribune, L.A. Times, and the Jewish Journal. Beyond being "Editor At Large" for The Hype Magazine, Darren is also the host of weekly "Paltrocast With Darren Paltrowitz" series, which airs on dozens on television and digital networks. He has also co-authored 2 published books, 2018's "Pocket Change: Your Happy Money" (Book Web Publishing) and 2019's "Good Advice From Professional Wrestling" (6623 Press), and co-hosts the world's only known podcast about David Lee Roth, "The DLR Cast."

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