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Title: Brian Wilson - 2019 Tour Thread
Post by: HeyJude on August 17, 2018, 09:29:16 AM
We now have several 2019 tour dates for Brian Wilson, including two dates are rescheduled from postponed 2018 dates. The shows are billed as continuing to include Al Jardine and Blondie Chaplin.

Regular/"Greatest Hits" Tour Dates:

May 4, 2019 - Redondo Beach, CA - Beachlife Festival
June 14, 2019 - Atlantic City, NJ - Hard Rock Live

"Pet Sounds" Tour Dates:

June 7, 2019 - Lynn, MA - Lynn Auditorium
June 9, 2019 - Burlington, VT - Flynn Theatre
June 11, 2019 - Red Bank, NJ - Count Basie Theatre
June 12, 2019 - Baltimore, MD - Hippodrome Theatre
June 15, 2019 - Lewiston, NY - Artpark Mainstage
June 16, 2019 - Lenox, MA - Tanglewood Music Center
June 18, 2019 - Huber Heights, OH - Rose Music Center at The Heights
June 20, 2019 - Nashville, TN - Schermerhorn Symphony Center (w/ Nashville Symphony) (Rescheduled from May 2018)
June 21, 2019 - Nashville, TN - Schermerhorn Symphony Center (w/ Nashville Symphony) (Rescheduled from May 2018)
June 23, 2019 - Aurora, IL - River Edge Park
August 11, 2019 -  Cuyahoga Falls, OH -- Blossom Music Center (w/ Blossom Festival Orchestra)



Title: Re: Brian Wilson - 2019 Tour Thread
Post by: SamMcK on August 18, 2018, 01:49:11 AM
Jesus, the 53rd Anniversary Pet Sounds tour! :o

Maybe SMiLE might be a bit too ambitious to perform if Brian's still recovering somewhat from his back operation, but surely everyone who would want to see a Pet Sounds show or two would have had that opportunity by this point?


Title: Re: Brian Wilson - 2019 Tour Thread
Post by: 37!ws (hint: turn it upside-down) on August 18, 2018, 07:54:11 PM
I know I sound like a dusty CD, but...didn't Brian say after the 2006 Pet Sounds mini-tour that after that tour was over he was retiring Pet Sounds? :)


Title: Re: Brian Wilson - 2019 Tour Thread
Post by: HeyJude on August 18, 2018, 08:34:46 PM
People, those two 2019 dates are makeup dates for some of the cancelled 2018 PS shows.


Title: Re: Brian Wilson - 2019 Tour Thread
Post by: ♩♬🐸 Billy C ♯♫♩🐇 on August 18, 2018, 10:27:16 PM
People, those two 2019 dates are makeup dates for some of the cancelled 2018 PS shows.



Correct. We donít know the format of the other shows as of yet


Title: Re: Brian Wilson - 2019 Tour Thread
Post by: HeyJude on November 14, 2018, 06:35:57 AM
Updated the top post with the newly-announced 2019 date.


Title: Re: Brian Wilson - 2019 Tour Thread
Post by: HeyJude on January 08, 2019, 09:31:41 AM
Added a new PS date for June 18th to the top post schedule.


Title: Re: Brian Wilson - 2019 Tour Thread
Post by: RubberSoul13 on January 08, 2019, 01:34:43 PM
Baltimore Hippodrome June 12th

This is BS. He brought the 50th Anniversary of Pet Sounds Final Performances to this venue in August of 2016, and now what? The FINAL FINAL performance in 2019?

I'll pass.


Title: Re: Brian Wilson - 2019 Tour Thread
Post by: HeyJude on January 08, 2019, 02:15:19 PM
Baltimore Hippodrome June 12th

This is BS. He brought the 50th Anniversary of Pet Sounds Final Performances to this venue in August of 2016, and now what? The FINAL FINAL performance in 2019?

I'll pass.

Separate from Brian's on-stage enthusiasm for the material, I don't see anything wrong with booking PS shows. Meaning, they're clearly getting offers from promoters/venues to book PS shows. They probably get more offers and/or more lucrative offers/guarantees for PS shows.

The issue is that Brian seems to have long since lost enthusiasm for the PS set. This has been happening since 2016. I previously thought time off in between tours might reinvigorate his enthusiasm for the material, but apparently not.

So yeah, in terms of Brian's on-stage performance (where he still seems to have some vigor/enthusiasm for the non-PS songs), I do wonder why they are continuing to book the PS gigs. I think they've already spread around the lead vocals as much as they can.

However, while several June dates are materializing, we don't yet know the extent to which they'll be touring in 2019. It may still be a "light" year touring-wise.


Title: Re: Brian Wilson - 2019 Tour Thread
Post by: thelonelysea on January 08, 2019, 02:41:21 PM
I'd say some will be makeup dates and some will be dates to make going out on tour worth it, even if it's a one-month gig or so. Might as well only practice one set, too, hence more "Pet Sounds."

If they happen to book a show near me, will definitely be going again!


Title: Re: Brian Wilson - 2019 Tour Thread
Post by: Fall Breaks on January 10, 2019, 08:30:29 AM
Out of curiousity, how long does it take for a band of Brian's caliber to rehearse a song from scratch up until it's ready to be performed? Take for example "Mess of Help" which they haven't done live (and I can dream, can't I?). If Brian came up with the idea to play it, how long before it could be in the setlist?


Title: Re: Brian Wilson - 2019 Tour Thread
Post by: Emdeeh on January 10, 2019, 12:09:50 PM
"Mess of Help" would be a great showcase for Blondie!


Title: Re: Brian Wilson - 2019 Tour Thread
Post by: Debbie KL on January 10, 2019, 03:27:56 PM
"Mess of Help" would be a great showcase for Blondie!

That it would.


Title: Re: Brian Wilson - 2019 Tour Thread
Post by: RubberSoul13 on January 10, 2019, 04:59:45 PM
Out of curiousity, how long does it take for a band of Brian's caliber to rehearse a song from scratch up until it's ready to be performed? Take for example "Mess of Help" which they haven't done live (and I can dream, can't I?). If Brian came up with the idea to play it, how long before it could be in the setlist?

To play it well with accuracy? A half hour?

To re-create the record and ensure that can be repeated night after night? (For these guys) probably just a few days.

I think the repetitive setlists are to keep Brian on track although, that seems to bore him. This band could play thirty different songs every night without a problem.


Title: Re: Brian Wilson - 2019 Tour Thread
Post by: Juice Brohnston on January 11, 2019, 07:21:44 AM
Al is such a competent vocalist, and Blondie is great as well (not to mention the rest of the band)
Would it help to just retire Brian from leads? Have him on piano and throwing in some background vocals when he feel up to it.


Title: Re: Brian Wilson - 2019 Tour Thread
Post by: HeyJude on January 11, 2019, 07:25:14 AM
While I think the initial 1999 Brian tour proved that this core of musicians (meaning the ones who are still with him now) can play and sing just about anything a Brian/BB-themed show could possibly throw at them, if anybody had any doubts, latter-day projects outside of that initial 1999 setlist scope definitively prove it.

They pulled off full album tours for PS and Smile in the early-mid 2000s.

On C50 in 2012 they proved they can be the definitive live band when performing "Mike-centric" songs not normally in Brian's setlists, like "Kokomo", "It's OK", "Still Cruisin", and so on.

For the 2014 PBS Soundstage taping, they had "Hold on Dear Brother" thrown at them and they did a jaw-dropping version completely with an impeccable Probyn guitar solo.

They pulled off all of those XMas songs last month, ranging from throwback arrangements on stuff like "Frosty the Snowman" to 70s vibe stuff like "Winter Symphony."

I think any released or unreleased track in the Brian/BB orb could not only be done by this band, but could be done in definitive live fashion.

The live band has literally gotten *better* with Matt Jardine and Al Jardine in the fold. It's of course a bummer that this has all occured as Brian's live performances have eroded in quality to varying degrees (depending on the day he's having, and also which song/setlist selection we're talking abotu).

I think seeing this band (or perhaps a slightly scaled-back version) back Al in concert would be ideal, but it'll likely never happen as Al can't do large enough shows to pay for the band.

I do still wish someone would throw enough money at Al to work up maybe a week's worth of deep cut shows with most of Brian's backing band, and shoot it for a Blu-ray (and live album).

But, to the original question, I have zero doubt that Brian's band could over the course of a few hours put together an impeccable "Mess of Help."


Title: Re: Brian Wilson - 2019 Tour Thread
Post by: HeyJude on January 11, 2019, 07:31:32 AM
Al is such a competent vocalist, and Blondie is great as well (not to mention the rest of the band)
Would it help to just retire Brian from leads? Have him on piano and throwing in some background vocals when he feel up to it.


While we're sometimes seeing lately an increase of (sometimes justifiable) mixed/poor reviews of Brian's stage performance, I think if he continued to go out on tour and book shows as "Brian Wilson" but completely stepped away from any leads, that would lead to some problems with audiences/reviewers/critics and promoters.

I think they'd either have to book "Al/Blondie" shows separately (which isn't economically viable with that large band), or vastly change the billing of the shows to emphasize that it's something more like a "Glen Miller Orchestra" type of show, with with Glen Miller sitting in.

I think this is why a full Beach Boys reunion lineup would be ideal for Brian (theoretically; I realize the interpersonal and political reasons this isn't happening and maybe shouldn't). He could cut back on leads even more, but still participate, and he'd have four other guys (or five if they added Blondie) to pick up the slack, and no problems with show billing.


Title: Re: Brian Wilson - 2019 Tour Thread
Post by: Marty Castillo on January 11, 2019, 11:27:25 AM
Al is such a competent vocalist, and Blondie is great as well (not to mention the rest of the band)
Would it help to just retire Brian from leads? Have him on piano and throwing in some background vocals when he feel up to it.


While we're sometimes seeing lately an increase of (sometimes justifiable) mixed/poor reviews of Brian's stage performance, I think if he continued to go out on tour and book shows as "Brian Wilson" but completely stepped away from any leads, that would lead to some problems with audiences/reviewers/critics and promoters.

I think they'd either have to book "Al/Blondie" shows separately (which isn't economically viable with that large band), or vastly change the billing of the shows to emphasize that it's something more like a "Glen Miller Orchestra" type of show, with with Glen Miller sitting in.

I think this is why a full Beach Boys reunion lineup would be ideal for Brian (theoretically; I realize the interpersonal and political reasons this isn't happening and maybe shouldn't). He could cut back on leads even more, but still participate, and he'd have four other guys (or five if they added Blondie) to pick up the slack, and no problems with show billing.

I saw Brian in November and I would be surprised if he took half the leads. I could be wrong, but it felt like Al took the majority of leads between Brian, Al and Blondie. Blondie's (lack of) use during the standard set is still baffling. I truly hope Brian and crew take some time off before June and don't book any shows in the interim. I hope that cures some of the ills I saw in November, but I would be surprised at this point. Too far gone.


Title: Re: Brian Wilson - 2019 Tour Thread
Post by: Margarita on January 14, 2019, 10:46:19 AM
New date - this is billed as a Pet Sounds show

Sunday 6/23 at River Edge Park in Aurora, IL - tix go on sale 1/15.

https://riveredgeaurora.com/events/brian-wilson/


Title: Re: Brian Wilson - 2019 Tour Thread
Post by: Emdeeh on January 14, 2019, 01:03:38 PM
Another one:
May 3-5 (exact date TBA) -- Redondo Beach, CA -- Beachlife Festival

https://www.dailybreeze.com/2019/01/14/new-beachlife-festival-in-redondo-beach-taps-brian-wilson-and-bob-weir-to-headline/

The story did not specify the exact date or if it was a PS show.


Title: Re: Brian Wilson - 2019 Tour Thread
Post by: HeyJude on January 14, 2019, 04:57:26 PM
Looks like that festival gig is May 4.


Title: Re: Brian Wilson - 2019 Tour Thread
Post by: spgass on January 17, 2019, 04:00:10 PM
June 12, 2019 - Baltimore, MD - Hippodrome Theatre

Is this one still on?  I don't see it on the Hippodrome calendar or BW's tour page.  Thanks!



Title: Re: Brian Wilson - 2019 Tour Thread
Post by: RubberSoul13 on January 17, 2019, 06:50:57 PM
June 12, 2019 - Baltimore, MD - Hippodrome Theatre

Is this one still on?  I don't see it on the Hippodrome calendar or BW's tour page.  Thanks!



Interesting! It has vanished completely from Brian's tour page as well as his Facebook page. I never saw it on the Hippodrome website to begin with. I wonder if they jumped the gun with promotion and something fell through.


Title: Re: Brian Wilson - 2019 Tour Thread
Post by: spgass on January 23, 2019, 04:59:37 PM
Actually, the Baltimore show looks like it might be back on as I saw it listed on the Hippodrome site -- says tix go on sale in a couple of days.
Brian's site doesn't list that one but does list a new date in NJ for June 11th.

Re:  The "Final Performances" - I can understand the disappointment that the marketing turned out to be false.  I attended a Farewell Tour concert by the Rolling Stones several years ago before many subsequent tours.  However, in my case I'm actually hoping to see a Pet Sounds performance this year.  In addition to lifelong fans, there are probably other people like myself who for whatever reason might have recently rediscovered the Beach Boys.

June 12,  2019 - Baltimore, MD - Hippodrome Theatre

Is this one still on?  I don't see it on the Hippodrome calendar or BW's tour page.  Thanks!



Interesting! It has vanished completely from Brian's tour page as well as his Facebook page. I never saw it on the Hippodrome website to begin with. I wonder if they jumped the gun with promotion and something fell through.


Title: Re: Brian Wilson - 2019 Tour Thread
Post by: HeyJude on January 24, 2019, 07:58:16 AM
Added 6/11 and 6/16 dates to the top post schedule, and also indicated that the May "Beachlife" show is likely not a PS date but a "regular" setlist show.


Title: Re: Brian Wilson - 2019 Tour Thread
Post by: RubberSoul13 on January 24, 2019, 07:37:57 PM
Received an email today for presale for Baltimore show...yes, it's all back up and running. No tickets under $100...no thanks!


Title: Re: Brian Wilson - 2019 Tour Thread
Post by: spgass on January 24, 2019, 08:14:03 PM
Dang that stinks - was hoping Baltimore would be more affordable - I'm not close but saw the show in Ohio has seats as low as $20...

Received an email today for presale for Baltimore show...yes, it's all back up and running. No tickets under $100...no thanks!


Title: Re: Brian Wilson - 2019 Tour Thread
Post by: RubberSoul13 on January 25, 2019, 11:12:49 AM
Dang that stinks - was hoping Baltimore would be more affordable - I'm not close but saw the show in Ohio has seats as low as $20...

Received an email today for presale for Baltimore show...yes, it's all back up and running. No tickets under $100...no thanks!

I had 2nd row seats at Montgomery College for $10 each in 2015. No way am I paying triple digits four years later for a show I've seen three times since.


Title: Re: Brian Wilson - 2019 Tour Thread
Post by: Emdeeh on February 17, 2019, 04:37:42 PM
A new PS date:
Aug. 11 -- Cuyahoga Falls, OH -- Blossom Music Center, with the Blossom Festival Orchestra


Title: Re: Brian Wilson - 2019 Tour Thread
Post by: Matt Etherton on February 20, 2019, 08:12:06 PM
Why do so many people on this board pretend that Brian live is good? This guy shouldn't be out on tour-the video's I've seen are really of a guy who seems almost forced to be participating in a show...


Title: Re: Brian Wilson - 2019 Tour Thread
Post by: Crack Smokerson on February 20, 2019, 08:25:10 PM
Why do so many people on this board pretend that Brian live is good? This guy shouldn't be out on tour-the video's I've seen are really of a guy who seems almost forced to be participating in a show...


He has an incredible band playing and singing the music he wrote, and I've never been anything less than blown away after seeing him in concert. Sure, Brian doesn't sound the same as he did back in '65 and he isn't always engaged 100%, but just being in his presence while his music comes alive around him is an excellent experience that has always been worth the money


Title: Re: Brian Wilson - 2019 Tour Thread
Post by: SMiLE Brian on February 21, 2019, 06:49:11 AM
Why do so many people on this board pretend that Brian live is good? This guy shouldn't be out on tour-the video's I've seen are really of a guy who seems almost forced to be participating in a show...
NPP tour I saw in 2015 begs to differ ::)


Title: Re: Brian Wilson - 2019 Tour Thread
Post by: Marty Castillo on February 22, 2019, 05:49:18 AM
Why do so many people on this board pretend that Brian live is good? This guy shouldn't be out on tour-the video's I've seen are really of a guy who seems almost forced to be participating in a show...
NPP tour I saw in 2015 begs to differ ::)

I agree, Brian was in great form and I felt I got my money's worth in 2015 when I saw him on the NPP tour.

I saw Brian late last year, dragging out Pet Sounds "one more time" and decided I would never pay to see him, again. I'm hoping Al brings his solo tour within driving distance--he was still in great voice.


Title: Re: Brian Wilson - 2019 Tour Thread
Post by: HeyJude on March 06, 2019, 08:13:26 AM
Added a 6/14 "Greatest Hits" show to the top post schedule.


Title: Re: Brian Wilson - 2019 Tour Thread
Post by: Jim V. on March 06, 2019, 08:52:48 PM
Why do so many people on this board pretend that Brian live is good? This guy shouldn't be out on tour-the video's I've seen are really of a guy who seems almost forced to be participating in a show...
NPP tour I saw in 2015 begs to differ ::)

Absolutely. I saw Brian (with Al and Blondie) in 2015 and it was amazing. Absolutely wonderful show.


Title: Re: Brian Wilson - 2019 Tour Thread
Post by: The LEGENDARY OSD on March 06, 2019, 09:14:44 PM
Why do so many people on this board pretend that Brian live is good? This guy shouldn't be out on tour-the video's I've seen are really of a guy who seems almost forced to be participating in a show...
NPP tour I saw in 2015 begs to differ ::)

 :woot :woot :woot :woot

That was SOME show, huh? Brian was incredible!


Title: Re: Brian Wilson - 2019 Tour Thread
Post by: chewy on March 16, 2019, 12:21:37 AM
Redondo Beach, CA??!??!?!   what the hell is Redondo Beach, CA????????? ;)




Title: Re: Brian Wilson - 2019 Tour Thread
Post by: marcella27 on March 19, 2019, 08:46:06 AM
I just got an email from the Burlington VE jazz festival.  Brian is playing June 9, 2019.

Brian Wilson

Pet Sounds: The Final Performances

Sunday, June 9

Flynn MainStage

 

EXCLUSIVE PRE-SALE for Friends of Discover Jazz starts TODAY at 10am. Tickets go on sale to the public Friday, March 22 AT 10AM.
 
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Title: Re: Brian Wilson - 2019 Tour Thread
Post by: Juice Brohnston on March 19, 2019, 09:35:00 AM
Let's get the Love You shows going!
Can you imagine Brian walking out and opening with Let Us Go On This Way? And the worse his vocals sounded the better it would be...


Title: Re: Brian Wilson - 2019 Tour Thread
Post by: hideyotsuburaya on March 19, 2019, 10:14:11 AM
that is almost true


Title: Re: Brian Wilson - 2019 Tour Thread
Post by: rab2591 on March 19, 2019, 12:31:09 PM
Why do so many people on this board pretend that Brian live is good? This guy shouldn't be out on tour-the video's I've seen are really of a guy who seems almost forced to be participating in a show...

So you're basing your opinion of these shows on tinny sounding videos made by a microphone/camera as small as a grain of rice, which is then uploaded in a lossy format to youtube, and probably listened to on speakers the size of two grains of rice on your phone?

In person these shows are phenomenal...his backing band helps immensely even when Brian isn't on point for a few songs. Is Brian the 23 year old kid we hear on the records? Heck no, and he hasn't been since he was 23. His voice has changed every year of his existence, it's been ravaged by years of smoking and drug use, and he is now 76 yet still out there putting on a show. We're beyond lucky we can still see him perform, and I think most fans know what they're getting into when they buy tickets.


Title: Re: Brian Wilson - 2019 Tour Thread
Post by: The LEGENDARY OSD on March 19, 2019, 01:20:27 PM
Why do so many people on this board pretend that Brian live is good? This guy shouldn't be out on tour-the video's I've seen are really of a guy who seems almost forced to be participating in a show...

So you're basing your opinion of these shows on tinny sounding videos made by a microphone/camera as small as a grain of rice, which is then uploaded in a lossy format to youtube, and probably listened to on speakers the size of two grains of rice on your phone?

In person these shows are phenomenal...his backing band helps immensely even when Brian isn't on point for a few songs. Is Brian the 23 year old kid we hear on the records? Heck no, and he hasn't been since he was 23. His voice has changed every year of his existence, it's been ravaged by years of smoking and drug use, and he is now 76 yet still out there putting on a show. We're beyond lucky we can still see him perform, and I think most fans know what they're getting into when they buy tickets.

 :woot :woot :woot :woot  Right on, Rab!


Title: Re: Brian Wilson - 2019 Tour Thread
Post by: Debbie KL on March 19, 2019, 02:08:59 PM
Why do so many people on this board pretend that Brian live is good? This guy shouldn't be out on tour-the video's I've seen are really of a guy who seems almost forced to be participating in a show...

So you're basing your opinion of these shows on tinny sounding videos made by a microphone/camera as small as a grain of rice, which is then uploaded in a lossy format to youtube, and probably listened to on speakers the size of two grains of rice on your phone?

In person these shows are phenomenal...his backing band helps immensely even when Brian isn't on point for a few songs. Is Brian the 23 year old kid we hear on the records? Heck no, and he hasn't been since he was 23. His voice has changed every year of his existence, it's been ravaged by years of smoking and drug use, and he is now 76 yet still out there putting on a show. We're beyond lucky we can still see him perform, and I think most fans know what they're getting into when they buy tickets.

 :woot :woot :woot :woot  Right on, Rab!

Honestly, has anyone heard Brian's band sound less than spectacular? I know they're terribly self-critical and some fans grab comments from them with that modesty and say they had a bad night. Brian has physical challenges these days, but performs anyway. My last experience about 4 months ago, he sang less, but better. Someone I respect here on the Board was at the same show and was disappointed that Brian didn't smile and engage the audience. I'm sorry I forget about, and don't notice those things. I realize some fans really want that.  Brian may or may not smile at you (but the band will engage), and there will be wonderful music at the show. I guess I don't understand the problem. If you want to see Brian and band, buy a ticket. If you don't, don't buy a ticket. I think that's pretty simple.


Title: Re: Brian Wilson - 2019 Tour Thread
Post by: The LEGENDARY OSD on March 19, 2019, 06:42:29 PM
Why do so many people on this board pretend that Brian live is good? This guy shouldn't be out on tour-the video's I've seen are really of a guy who seems almost forced to be participating in a show...

So you're basing your opinion of these shows on tinny sounding videos made by a microphone/camera as small as a grain of rice, which is then uploaded in a lossy format to youtube, and probably listened to on speakers the size of two grains of rice on your phone?

In person these shows are phenomenal...his backing band helps immensely even when Brian isn't on point for a few songs. Is Brian the 23 year old kid we hear on the records? Heck no, and he hasn't been since he was 23. His voice has changed every year of his existence, it's been ravaged by years of smoking and drug use, and he is now 76 yet still out there putting on a show. We're beyond lucky we can still see him perform, and I think most fans know what they're getting into when they buy tickets.

 :woot :woot :woot :woot  Right on, Rab!

Honestly, has anyone heard Brian's band sound less than spectacular? I know they're terribly self-critical and some fans grab comments from them with that modesty and say they had a bad night. Brian has physical challenges these days, but performs anyway. My last experience about 4 months ago, he sang less, but better. Someone I respect here on the Board was at the same show and was disappointed that Brian didn't smile and engage the audience. I'm sorry I forget about, and don't notice those things. I realize some fans really want that.  Brian may or may not smile at you (but the band will engage), and there will be wonderful music at the show. I guess I don't understand the problem. If you want to see Brian and band, buy a ticket. If you don't, don't buy a ticket. I think that's pretty simple.

Yes, Deb, OR, stop with the complaining and criticism of Brian and if you're into tribute bands, go see myKe luHv's fake BB's and tell me how great it was to not see Brian Wilson and his incredible band. Oh, I forgot, luHv thinks he's a legend too.  :p


Title: Re: Brian Wilson - 2019 Tour Thread
Post by: HeyJude on March 20, 2019, 06:34:31 AM
Added 6/7 and 6/9 dates to the top post schedule.


Title: Re: Brian Wilson - 2019 Tour Thread
Post by: thelonelysea on March 21, 2019, 12:39:16 AM
What does it mean that some of the dates are listed "with Nashville Symphony" or other orchestras? Will they have a whole string section on retainer in addition to Brian's full band?


Title: Re: Brian Wilson - 2019 Tour Thread
Post by: Gettin Hungry on April 10, 2019, 08:09:33 AM
I just bought my tickets for the Aug. 11 date in Ohio. Feeling giddy!


Title: Re: Brian Wilson - 2019 Tour Thread
Post by: NOLA BB Fan on April 10, 2019, 09:56:18 AM
What does it mean that some of the dates are listed "with Nashville Symphony" or other orchestras? Will they have a whole string section on retainer in addition to Brian's full band?

The ones with orchestras are Pet Sounds shows, primarily concerts rescheduled as a result of Brian's surgery last year.


Title: Re: Brian Wilson - 2019 Tour Thread
Post by: HeyJude on April 11, 2019, 06:51:00 AM
Regarding the shows notated as including an orchestra, it seems pretty self-explanatory. For those particular gigs, a local orchestra will be a part of the show. They're not on retainer as if they're tagging along on the whole tour. It's just a local orchestra added to the show.

I would imagine the BW tour operation still has all the charts from the 2000 PS symphonic shows, and in isolated cases where a local venue/promoter wants to integrate a full orchestra into the show, they can accommodate that.

The only thing I'm not sure about is if the orchestra will only play during the PS set, or during the entire show. I would guess mostly just the PS set, and then maybe a few other bits (I honestly can't remember where the orchestra came in on those 2000 PS shows beyond PS itself and the opening overture bit; the 2000 show I saw was one of the rare ones without an orchestra, and I actually thought PS sounded better without the orchestra honestly).


Title: Re: Brian Wilson - 2019 Tour Thread
Post by: Woodstock on April 12, 2019, 12:23:41 AM
Why do so many people on this board pretend that Brian live is good? This guy shouldn't be out on tour-the video's I've seen are really of a guy who seems almost forced to be participating in a show...

So you're basing your opinion of these shows on tinny sounding videos made by a microphone/camera as small as a grain of rice, which is then uploaded in a lossy format to youtube, and probably listened to on speakers the size of two grains of rice on your phone?

In person these shows are phenomenal...his backing band helps immensely even when Brian isn't on point for a few songs. Is Brian the 23 year old kid we hear on the records? Heck no, and he hasn't been since he was 23. His voice has changed every year of his existence, it's been ravaged by years of smoking and drug use, and he is now 76 yet still out there putting on a show. We're beyond lucky we can still see him perform, and I think most fans know what they're getting into when they buy tickets.

As a fan of the band I just donít see how anyone could pass up an opportunity to see Brian play. The music is amazing even when performed on a bad night, but Iíve never seen a bad show. Every time Iíve seen Brianís band, they have been phenomenal thru some bad nights on Brianís part, and some good nights too.

Everyone always goes on about the bad nights like this wasnít a guy who spent 3 years in bed due to mental illness. Seeing him when heís ďonĒ just makes that all the better. I saw him pull out a song they had performed just once in rehearsal. Shaky as hell, but really fun. Especially Brian yelling into his mic ďTURN MY PIANO UPĒ and then pounding at his keys to make sure he was loud and in at the front of the mix. Good times.


Title: Re: Brian Wilson - 2019 Tour Thread
Post by: The LEGENDARY OSD on April 12, 2019, 11:59:05 AM
Why do so many people on this board pretend that Brian live is good? This guy shouldn't be out on tour-the video's I've seen are really of a guy who seems almost forced to be participating in a show...

So you're basing your opinion of these shows on tinny sounding videos made by a microphone/camera as small as a grain of rice, which is then uploaded in a lossy format to youtube, and probably listened to on speakers the size of two grains of rice on your phone?

In person these shows are phenomenal...his backing band helps immensely even when Brian isn't on point for a few songs. Is Brian the 23 year old kid we hear on the records? Heck no, and he hasn't been since he was 23. His voice has changed every year of his existence, it's been ravaged by years of smoking and drug use, and he is now 76 yet still out there putting on a show. We're beyond lucky we can still see him perform, and I think most fans know what they're getting into when they buy tickets.

As a fan of the band I just donít see how anyone could pass up an opportunity to see Brian play. The music is amazing even when performed on a bad night, but Iíve never seen a bad show. Every time Iíve seen Brianís band, they have been phenomenal thru some bad nights on Brianís part, and some good nights too.

Everyone always goes on about the bad nights like this wasnít a guy who spent 3 years in bed due to mental illness. Seeing him when heís ďonĒ just makes that all the better. I saw him pull out a song they had performed just once in rehearsal. Shaky as hell, but really fun. Especially Brian yelling into his mic ďTURN MY PIANO UPĒ and then pounding at his keys to make sure he was loud and in at the front of the mix. Good times.

 :woot :woot :woot You tell 'em Woodstock! :bw


Title: Re: Brian Wilson - 2019 Tour Thread
Post by: Margarita on April 14, 2019, 09:09:46 PM
Why do so many people on this board pretend that Brian live is good? This guy shouldn't be out on tour-the video's I've seen are really of a guy who seems almost forced to be participating in a show...

So you're basing your opinion of these shows on tinny sounding videos made by a microphone/camera as small as a grain of rice, which is then uploaded in a lossy format to youtube, and probably listened to on speakers the size of two grains of rice on your phone?

In person these shows are phenomenal...his backing band helps immensely even when Brian isn't on point for a few songs. Is Brian the 23 year old kid we hear on the records? Heck no, and he hasn't been since he was 23. His voice has changed every year of his existence, it's been ravaged by years of smoking and drug use, and he is now 76 yet still out there putting on a show. We're beyond lucky we can still see him perform, and I think most fans know what they're getting into when they buy tickets.

As a fan of the band I just don’t see how anyone could pass up an opportunity to see Brian play. The music is amazing even when performed on a bad night, but I’ve never seen a bad show. Every time I’ve seen Brian’s band, they have been phenomenal thru some bad nights on Brian’s part, and some good nights too.

Everyone always goes on about the bad nights like this wasn’t a guy who spent 3 years in bed due to mental illness. Seeing him when he’s “on” just makes that all the better. I saw him pull out a song they had performed just once in rehearsal. Shaky as hell, but really fun. Especially Brian yelling into his mic “TURN MY PIANO UP” and then pounding at his keys to make sure he was loud and in at the front of the mix. Good times.

Last November 30th, my husband and I went to see Brian's Christmas show in Hammond, IN.  Just the night before, our beloved 14-year-old beagle died suddenly.  We were stunned and heartbroken, in physical and emotional pain. 
In almost 30 times seeing Brian in concert, this was the only time I could say his performance was subpar (look back at the reviews if you want details).  The venue wasn't all that great, either - man, I can't stand casino all-purpose rooms.  But it didn't even matter - his band, Blondie, and Al more than made up for any of Brian's deficiencies.  They performed like their asses were on fire.  And during the encore set, I danced in the aisle and sang like crazy with all of the good ol' traditional Beach Boys show closers.  It was the balm for the hurt I had been through in the past 24 hours. 
Look, I'm a life-long fan.  My dad introduced me to Beach Boys music when I was a tiny kid, and that music was there to comfort me when he passed away.  I met my husband because of Brian's music.   That music has always been there for me in good times and bad, and has provided endless inspiration. 
Until I was almost 30, I never thought I would ever see Brian in concert.  Every show I've been to has been memorable and a gift.  It has been magical to see him progress from "deer in the headlights" of the first tour to "Here with go with 'Heroes & Villains' at the BW Tribute (we were lucky enough to be in the audience for the taping) to laughing and posing for a fan photo on stage during a Smile show.  This has been a journey for him, and I respect him so much for taking on something that has been very difficult at times.  If he's touring near where I live or a place I'm traveling to, I'm there.  There will come a day when none of us can see Brian in concert anywhere for any price, and I don't want to have any regrets.