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1  Smiley Smile Stuff / General On Topic Discussions / Re: Oct 20th. David Leaf .. BW RFH SMiLE performance first ever video showing....!? on: October 16, 2019, 03:59:15 PM
Isn't this a rather grand way of saying "we're putting a DVD on the telly"?


The Smile DVD concert was recorded in Burbank in the later part of 2004. If I understand correctly, the concert that will be shown is the first ever Smile performance from February 2004 at the Royal Festival Hall in London.

Crazy that they never released this performance


Well, I haven't seen that performance obviously but I guess since it was the very first, it may be a little shaky at some points. When the DVD shows were filmed, Brian and the band had played the album for months and were tight. And at that point Brian also had some work done on his teeth so he looked much better for the cameras. In fact, the whole setup was very colorful and fit the Smile vibe wonderfully imo. So it makes much more sense that they released the later show for a DVD release while keeping the first show(s) for historical reasons, maybe using parts of it in the "Long promised road"-documentary.

It's amazing looking back at how happy and animated he was for that recording and his voice was in top shape.  Almost a completely different person than you would see on stage today and that just makes me so sad.
2  Smiley Smile Stuff / General On Topic Discussions / Re: Brian Wilson 2020 Live Thread on: October 14, 2019, 07:52:51 AM
So, in honor of the year, will Brian do a show or shows performing the 20/20 album? 
(Perhaps excluding Never Learn Not to Love, as I doubt either the band or the audience wants those bad vibes).


That's not a bad idea.  They have done Do it Again, I Can Hear Music, Our Prayer and Cottonfields in the past few years so could add them to the setlist quite easily.  I'd love to hear Bluebirds over the Mountain, Cabinessence, and, I'm going to go out on a wild limb here, Celebrate the News. 





I can definitely see Al and Matt doing Break Away together too.
3  Smiley Smile Stuff / General On Topic Discussions / Re: Pro Shot Beach Boys Concerts on: October 09, 2019, 09:06:41 AM
Looking at this picture, it seems that this show was also (partially) filmed. But does anyone know more:



Looks like the Hyde Park 1972 concert.  Three songs ("Do It Again", "Wild Honey" with Blondie on lead, "Help Me Rhonda" with Carl on lead) aired for a TV special.
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Ewuwdg0-DKY
4  Smiley Smile Stuff / General On Topic Discussions / Re: Brian Wilson - 2019 Tour Thread on: October 07, 2019, 05:53:46 PM
Just got the new Wilco album on vinyl and spotted a familiar name as the albumís featured saxophonist, Paul Von Mertens!
5  Smiley Smile Stuff / General On Topic Discussions / Re: Brian Wilson - 2019 Tour Thread on: October 01, 2019, 06:05:28 PM
Blown away by Russell Thompkins Jr's take on Don't Worry Baby at tonight's show (clip shown on Brian's FB page)

It really was unbelievable. What was amazing was that he sang it like it was just so easy for him! Like it was nothing, like singing the alphabet or something, instead of singing an incredibly high falsetto. What I enjoyed almost as much was watching Matt Jardine while Russell Tompkins was singing; he was just sort of shaking his head like he couldn't believe it. And when the song was over and Al introduced Darian for the next song, Darian sort of muttered "you want me to follow that?"  Very funny.

After the show I was standing on the street after most people had wandered off and Tompkins walked past me with some other guy. I had the chance to say that he was fabulous. He just said thank you very much and then disappeared into the Streets of Philadelphia.

Brian told Al to introduce Darian the other night. Itís so funny cause he tells Al to do it and says Darians name . I donít think Brian could do a show without Al at this point.  If you told me Al would would take Jeffís place and become Brianís right hand man in their 70s in 2000 I would have laughed at you

I think you're right.  At this point, I can't even imagine what a Brian concert would be like without Al. 

On Saturday, at one point during Friends, Al looked right at Brian as they sang the line "we've been friends now for so many years" in the last verse.  When you stop to think that these two were in high school together some fifty years ago, it really is kind of amazing.

Anyone else think Al should have equal billing by now?  It still makes sense to call Blondie a special guest since he only appears on certain songs but I think the posters/marquees/tickets should read Brian Wilson & Al Jardine.
6  Smiley Smile Stuff / General On Topic Discussions / Re: 2fer Linear Notes on: September 22, 2019, 09:53:24 PM
The twofers came out in 1990, Brian was still under Landy's care and Wouldn't It Be Nice: My Own Story would come out soon after.  Any written word attributed to Brian from from around that time may as well be anyone.
7  Smiley Smile Stuff / General On Topic Discussions / Re: Brian Wilson - 2019 Tour Thread on: September 14, 2019, 10:23:35 AM
This is the best I've heard Brian sing God Only Knows in a few years.
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=a_wx8EMcIYI
8  Smiley Smile Stuff / General On Topic Discussions / Re: Brian Wilson - 2019 Tour Thread on: September 13, 2019, 10:33:52 AM
Maybe the reason Blondie is onstage so little is simply because he's 68 years old, and it'd maybe cause him some pain to be standing up onstage for two hours. Maybe his appearances throughout the show are all he can physically handle at this age?

With that being said, if those reasons aren't the case, I'd love to see Blondie on stage the whole time. He obviously knows the hits from playing with The BBs during his original tenure, and he's definetely a competent musician who could learn material like "Lookin At Tomorrow" or "I Can Hear Music"... His presence on guitar might also give some of the early rockers the drive they need.
Al is standing on stage the whole time, and he's considerably older than Blondie.

Count me in as another one who would like to see Blondie take more leads. There are a number of songs from Carl and the Passions and Holland that would make a lot of sense.


As someone whoís always up for hearing some Love You songs in the set, I think Blondie would really hit hard on ďLet Us Go On This WayĒ.
9  Smiley Smile Stuff / General On Topic Discussions / Re: Beach Boys 2019 Tour Thread on: July 02, 2019, 11:47:01 PM
Stamos is hosting A Capitol Fourth on PBS this year, Iím surprised Mike and his guys arenít on the bill as theyíve done it many times in the past, especially with Stamos involved.  Are they playing a show that night or maybe theyíre making a surprise appearance. http://www.pbs.org/a-capitol-fourth/concert/performers/

This is by no means an attempt to discuss OUR political opinions...does anyone know if Stamos is a Trump supporter? I always assumed that he was involved before BECAUSE of The Beach Boys. I find it interesting that he is opting to host this without their presence as typically the acts are openly conservative bands/artists.

I donít think thatís true.  I mean, Carole King is headlining this year, sheís as liberal as they get.  Iíve always thought of Capitol Fourth to be an apolitical event.  PBS programming in general rarely is the sort that appeals to the Trump voter demographic.
10  Smiley Smile Stuff / General On Topic Discussions / Re: Beach Boys 2019 Tour Thread on: July 02, 2019, 06:08:05 PM
Stamos is hosting A Capitol Fourth on PBS this year, Iím surprised Mike and his guys arenít on the bill as theyíve done it many times in the past, especially with Stamos involved.  Are they playing a show that night or maybe theyíre making a surprise appearance. http://www.pbs.org/a-capitol-fourth/concert/performers/
11  Smiley Smile Stuff / General On Topic Discussions / Re: Songs from here and back on: May 21, 2019, 08:01:17 PM
Pretty sure the Ď89 recordings are from the Endless Summer TV show, hence Brianís rare participation.  Same goes for the version of Sloop John B on the live disc of the Pet Sounds 50th set.
12  Smiley Smile Stuff / General On Topic Discussions / Re: Brian Wilson - 2019 Tour Thread on: May 08, 2019, 12:10:36 PM
I hope the reviewers don't get too rough on this tour. I don't closely follow The Zombies, but I caught their TV performance recently doing "Time of the Season" and Blunstone sounded pretty warbly, with a seemingly uncontrollable excessive vibrato when having to sing old falsetto-ish lines in full-voice.

no, thats how the song is my guy- Colin sounds the same as he always did, he has not destroyed his voice from year after year of touring....because he didnt do that

I think he did sound a little off on the Fallon performance which I think HeyJude is referring to but in general, Colin still sounds fantastic.  And the band's Hall of Fame set was pretty killer. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=CqQ6MdmF4LA
13  Smiley Smile Stuff / General On Topic Discussions / Re: The Beach Boys on \ on: May 08, 2019, 12:09:17 PM
I don't think I've ever seen a video clip of them performing "Wake the World" from this era.  Always find it weird to see them miming to a Brian vocal.  They could have at least done a live vocal to track and let Al sing it as he did in concert at the time.  Still cool to see rare footage like this.
14  Smiley Smile Stuff / General On Topic Discussions / Re: Brian Wilson - 2019 Tour Thread on: May 07, 2019, 08:56:32 AM
Awesome poster.

15  Smiley Smile Stuff / General On Topic Discussions / Re: Brian live webcast tonite on: May 05, 2019, 05:57:42 PM
I don't think anyone would blame Brian for packing it in on the live shows.  He doesn't owe us anything.  I love him but it hurts to see him struggling to sing like that.  Even when he sounds okay, he sounds like he's straining.  I know people have worried about Brian doing concerts for years now but I've seen him and the band about five or six times since the 2012 Beach Boys tour and the deterioration of his voice and his physical presence is pretty staggering.
16  Smiley Smile Stuff / General On Topic Discussions / Re: Brian live webcast tonite on: May 05, 2019, 08:44:55 AM
I think itís time for the band to consider taking God Only Knows down a key or two if Brian is going to keep singing it.  Heís so clearly struggling to hit those notes.
17  Smiley Smile Stuff / General On Topic Discussions / Re: 'Good Vibrations' in new horror flick 'Us' on: March 25, 2019, 10:21:02 PM
I have a strong dislike for the horror genre, so I won't be seeing Us despite the rave reviews.

I feel like even people who aren't into horror can enjoy Us and Get Out.  They're more reminiscent of classic sci-fi like The Twilight Zone (which not so coincidentally is being revived by Jordan Peele) than a lot of the modern generic horror flicks (which I would agree are for the most part awful).  I did see Us this past weekend and I absolutely loved it and the use of "Good Vibrations" was pretty cool.
18  Smiley Smile Stuff / General On Topic Discussions / Re: Brian Wilson: Long Promised Road (2019 Brent Wilson Documentary) on: March 25, 2019, 10:13:32 PM
Brian did end his book with the lyrics from "Long Promised Road" if I recall correctly, it's clearly a song that means a lot to him.
19  Smiley Smile Stuff / General On Topic Discussions / Re: Golden Globes Shout Out to Brian's Long-time Manager on: January 08, 2019, 06:30:40 PM
That probably explains how Jeff Bridges ended up in the Smile documentary!
20  Smiley Smile Stuff / General On Topic Discussions / Re: 1968 Copyright Extension Release Thread on: January 08, 2019, 02:44:44 PM
Having heard all of these 66-68 concert recordings, itís surprising to me that all that time, they never played the complete version of ďWouldnít It Be NiceĒ.  It was always a slightly abbreviated version, cutting the line ďYou know it seems the more we talk about it, it only makes it worse to live without itĒ.  I guess they didnít start including that until the seventies.
21  Smiley Smile Stuff / General On Topic Discussions / Re: Mike being comfortable with Bruce appearing on: January 03, 2019, 10:52:49 AM
I would like Mike to sign this CD for me.

22  Smiley Smile Stuff / General On Topic Discussions / RIP Daryl Dragon on: January 02, 2019, 02:13:40 PM
https://www.hollywoodreporter.com/news/daryl-dragon-dead-captain-captain-tennille-was-76-1172534

Iíll be listening to Carl and the Passions in his honor.
23  Smiley Smile Stuff / General On Topic Discussions / Re: 1968 Copyright Extension prediction thread on: December 09, 2018, 05:01:57 PM
I havenít read through the whole thread so I donít know if anyone else has said it but man, Dennisís vocal on ďAll I Want to DoĒ is far superior to Mike.  Should have put this version on the original album! https://youtu.be/5OK0rEvqHDQ
24  Smiley Smile Stuff / General On Topic Discussions / Re: Brian Wilson - 2018 Tour Thread on: December 04, 2018, 07:34:14 PM
Just came back from the NJ show.  This was my seventh time seeing Brian and I have to say this was definitely the weakest show Iíve seen them do, not that it wasnít a good show.  The Christmas set went on too long.  I think itís cool that they threw in some rarities from the Ď77 sessions and songs from Brianís solo album but altogether, thatís just too many songs about the same thing.  It just got tedious after awhile and the crowd wasnít really into it.  Brianís son-in-law did a nice job but I hope heís not a permanent addition to the band as Matt Jardineís usual energy was sorely missed.  Brian sounded okay when he sang which wasnít much.  He did barely if any backing vocals at all.  A lot of songs in the hits set that he would normally sing on were given to Al.  There is no doubt that he is in poor shape and I feel for him.  I really hope he gets better.  Otherwise, the band sounded good, Al and Blondie sounded good and it was interesting to see something a little different than their usual set, even if it didnít work quite as well as it could have.  But I have to be honest.  I chose to see Brian tonight over seeing Lindsey Buckingham in NYC and now I kind of regret I didnít see Lindsey instead.
25  Smiley Smile Stuff / General On Topic Discussions / Re: Brian Wilson - 2018 Tour Thread on: December 02, 2018, 11:31:08 PM
If Brian, Al & Co. flew to Moscow, even St. Petersburg, I'd definitely go. The point is, you must be glad, people, that you get to see Brian live - it's cool, you know? I'm not sure really what's the problem.

I think most of us are grateful for the chance to see Brian live but I don't think it's wrong to be concerned about him.  Between his age, his history with depression and mental illness, his recent surgeries, and his current mobility issues, it's troubling to see him looking so detached.  I'm sure if his family and doctors didn't think he should be touring or if he told them he didn't want to, he wouldn't be.  But it's still hard not to worry.
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