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1  Smiley Smile Stuff / General On Topic Discussions / Re: Kokomo: Robbie Robertson Went There First? on: Yesterday at 01:18:45 AM
Bruce Springsteen said he played backup for Chuck at a local show before he was famous...They didnt do any rehersals, didnt know what songs they were gonna play and chuck didnt even make eye contact with them or acknoledge them or tell them what songs were coming they just had to try and figure out what he was playing and play along...

pretty ridiculous.

Well, I guess they got another chance in 1995 when they backed him up at the Concert for the Rock & Roll Hall of Fame.  He shows much more affection for Bruce this time around but then again, Bruce was also a much bigger star than he was by this point.  Either way, I've always loved this performance. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=6swgiM9vSEE
2  Smiley Smile Stuff / General On Topic Discussions / Re: Kokomo: Robbie Robertson Went There First? on: April 02, 2020, 07:37:33 AM
Chuck Berry got there first actually.  Smiley
From his song “No Particular Place to Go”

“No particular place to go
So we parked way out on the kokomo
The night was young and the moon was bold
So we both decided to take a stroll”
3  Smiley Smile Stuff / General On Topic Discussions / Re: Brian’s voice at its absolute roughest on: March 05, 2020, 02:29:17 PM
He sounded like Dennis.  Shocked
4  Smiley Smile Stuff / General On Topic Discussions / Re: Mike Love and his band to perform on Mike Huckabee TV special. on: February 15, 2020, 09:30:54 AM
The Safari Club show was much more of a big deal than this.  Huckabee's show is now on a obscure cable TV station, I dont remember which one.   

No one gets pissed off when someone performs on Colbert's version of the Tonight show for example, and we all know where he is politically. 


Agreed.  Huckabee is the former governor of a state, and, as far as I know, the guy isn't breaking any laws or promoting cruelty to animals.  He's a C-list player in politics and has an obscure TV show that most of us (including me) have never watched or had any interest in watching, but if Mike Love wants to do his show, it doesn't seem like a big deal.  Let's not hyperventilate every time Mike & Co. associate with someone with different political views than our own.


Huckabee is deeply and openly racist and homophobic. This is not a political position. I don’t understand how people can excuse gross behavior as political views. So yes, I think it’s wrong for The Beach Boys to be associating with him.
5  Smiley Smile Stuff / General On Topic Discussions / Re: Mike Love and his band to perform on Mike Huckabee TV special. on: February 14, 2020, 07:03:05 PM
Mike continuing to exploit The Beach Boys name while associating with awful right-wing personalities.

This is so f***ed up.

https://www.facebook.com/8216394139/posts/10157988525704140/?d=n

To be fair, I'd be just as annoyed for "The Beach Boys" to be appearing on awful left-wing shows as I am this one.

Serious question. Who would be the left-wing equivalent of Mike Huckabee? I don’t know of any far-left former politicians now hosting a talk show with an audience.
6  Smiley Smile Stuff / General On Topic Discussions / Mike Love and his band to perform on Mike Huckabee TV special. on: February 14, 2020, 01:46:16 PM
Mike continuing to exploit The Beach Boys name while associating with awful right-wing personalities.

This is so f***ed up.

https://www.facebook.com/8216394139/posts/10157988525704140/?d=n
7  Smiley Smile Stuff / General On Topic Discussions / Re: Please sign petition for Beach Boys to withdraw from performing on 2/5/20 on: February 05, 2020, 12:08:30 AM
Why is it only Mike that gets the hate for this show? Bruce is part of it, too. Have any of the touring band members complained publicly about having to do the show? If they refuse to do it as "conscientious objectors", will Mike fire them?
I've defended Mike - and Bruce - many times in the recent past, but for this show, I wouldn't be offended if some wild animals showed up, i.e, armed bears.

The touring Beach Boys are Mike’s band.  Bruce is merely a performing member of said band, he’s pretty much a non-entity when it comes to these sort of decisions.  That said, he’s always been Mike’s guy.  Where Mike goes, Bruce follows.  That’s the way it’s been for decades.
8  Smiley Smile Stuff / General On Topic Discussions / Re: Mike makes a statement on: February 04, 2020, 06:14:01 PM
Joking about “triggering” a man who notoriously suffers from mental illness is pure class.  Would expect nothing less from the Trump boys.
9  Smiley Smile Stuff / General On Topic Discussions / Re: Please sign petition for Beach Boys to withdraw from performing on 2/5/20 on: February 04, 2020, 06:09:54 PM
Oh boy, look what just got posted 5 hours ago on SCI's YouTube channel:

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=KXSqyZhQ5Lg

"Join America's most radical pro hunting group, and trigger an anti-hunting extremist absolutely free."


Reminder that the right has co-opted the word “trigger” and “triggered” to mock and demean people who actually suffer from mental illness or are victims of abuse, something I also doubt Brian would not be okay with though I’m not sure he’s aware of that.
10  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.
11  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.
12  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
13  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 album’s featured saxophonist, Paul Von Mertens!
14  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. It’s so funny cause he tells Al to do it and says Darians name . I don’t think Brian could do a show without Al at this point.  If you told me Al would would take Jeff’s place and become Brian’s 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.
15  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.
16  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
17  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 who’s always up for hearing some Love You songs in the set, I think Blondie would really hit hard on “Let Us Go On This Way”.
18  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, I’m surprised Mike and his guys aren’t on the bill as they’ve done it many times in the past, especially with Stamos involved.  Are they playing a show that night or maybe they’re 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 don’t think that’s true.  I mean, Carole King is headlining this year, she’s as liberal as they get.  I’ve 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.
19  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, I’m surprised Mike and his guys aren’t on the bill as they’ve done it many times in the past, especially with Stamos involved.  Are they playing a show that night or maybe they’re making a surprise appearance. http://www.pbs.org/a-capitol-fourth/concert/performers/
20  Smiley Smile Stuff / General On Topic Discussions / Re: Songs from here and back on: May 21, 2019, 08:01:17 PM
Pretty sure the ‘89 recordings are from the Endless Summer TV show, hence Brian’s rare participation.  Same goes for the version of Sloop John B on the live disc of the Pet Sounds 50th set.
21  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
22  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.
23  Smiley Smile Stuff / General On Topic Discussions / Re: Brian Wilson - 2019 Tour Thread on: May 07, 2019, 08:56:32 AM
Awesome poster.

24  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.
25  Smiley Smile Stuff / General On Topic Discussions / Re: Brian live webcast tonite on: May 05, 2019, 08:44:55 AM
I think it’s time for the band to consider taking God Only Knows down a key or two if Brian is going to keep singing it.  He’s so clearly struggling to hit those notes.
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