By Britt Bickel

Most Beatles fans know the story of the group’s famous 1968 trip to Rishikesh, India to take part in a training session on transcendental meditation at the ashram of Maharishi Mahesh Yogi.

Also accompanying them on the trip was none other than Donovan, Prudence Farrow, Mia Farrow and The Beach Boys’ Mike Love, who we spoke to this morning about the group’s upcoming L.A. show. While talking to Mike, he recounted that famous trip to India, telling us a story about Paul McCartney playing him a new Beatles song.

“I was at the breakfast table at Maharishi’s ashram one morning when Paul McCartney came down to the table with his acoustic guitar and goes ‘listen to this, Mike…Flew in from Miami Beach B.O.A.C…’ played ‘Back In The U.S.S.R.'” Mike recalled. “So I was like the first one to hear that song.”

Mike also notes that the song was somewhat influenced by The Beach Boys’ sound.

“I think because I was there and they were there, you know it had a bit of an influence,” he said. “In fact, I even told Paul, you should talk about all the girls in Russia in the middle part, and he did.”

This Sunday, June 22, Mike and The Beach Boys take the stage at the 22nd Annual Family Festival at the Los Angeles Arboretum & Botanical Garden at 5:30pm. He says the group is excited to play at the fest.

“We’ve never performed there before, but I’m looking forward to it,” he said.

Tickets for the show start at $25 for members and $30 for general admission. Kids 12 and under are free. For more information and tickets, click here.

Listen to Mike Love recount his spiritual trip to India in the clip below.


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