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663435 Posts in 26586 Topics by 3816 Members - Latest Member: ILikeTheBeachBoys October 25, 2020, 07:26:34 AM
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1  Smiley Smile Stuff / General On Topic Discussions / Re: Mike and Bruce in 2021 on: September 01, 2020, 05:33:42 PM
How could you say hopes are dashed?

They honored their 50th in 2012, so wouldn't it make sense to honor their 60th in 2022?

No.  What would make sense is to do it before somebody (else) dies.

If they cared about the mortality of their fellow bandmates, they never would've split into fractions of a band in the first place. Clearly, that is not the case, and at least a majority of the parties involved are rather motivated by the dollar.
2  Smiley Smile Stuff / General On Topic Discussions / Re: Mike and Bruce in 2021 on: August 31, 2020, 02:27:24 PM
How could you say hopes are dashed?

They honored their 50th in 2012, so wouldn't it make sense to honor their 60th in 2022?
3  Smiley Smile Stuff / General On Topic Discussions / Re: Beach Boys 2020 Tour Thread on: August 10, 2020, 07:43:14 PM
In this video from 8/2, the camera pans back out to the audience.

https://youtu.be/1B4xANQYLUc



That is beyond crazy. I can't compute.

On the plus side, the band sounds tight. They hadn't played together in nearly six months. Although, Bruce sounds weaker than ever on the bridge.
4  Smiley Smile Stuff / General On Topic Discussions / Re: The Beach Boys trying to sack Bruce around Sunflower on: August 10, 2020, 01:53:01 PM
Bruce never had any business being a full-time member of this band. I like nearly all his songs, but they bring every record they are on to a screeching halt. In live recordings from the 60's and 70's, he sticks out like a sore thumb. By his return in the 80's and onward, he was just another guy in the big party on stage and it didn't really matter. Bruce has had the easiest job in rock and roll: clap your hands and tour non-stop. I see it as the equivalent to a paid vacation for the last 40+ years.
5  Smiley Smile Stuff / General On Topic Discussions / Re: Beach Boys 2020 Tour Thread on: July 13, 2020, 04:07:59 PM
Even though not everyone has accepted it, the concert industry is toast for 2020. I was lucky enough to get one concert in back in February (Billy Joel at the Garden, on my birthday!) However, I had two nights with Ringo in June, reschedule to June 2021. I was to go back to the Garden next month for Billy, that's rescheduled to February 2021, and I STILL have tickets for Hall & Oates, Squeeze, & KT Turnstall on August 22nd. There has still been NO word whatsoever and according to the website, it is still on. I don't see how this is possible at all and am astonished that nothing has been said as we sit here a mere five weeks out from the date.
6  Smiley Smile Stuff / General On Topic Discussions / Re: Brian sings Happy Birthday for Nancy Sinatra on: June 08, 2020, 01:05:18 PM
Oh I just LOVE it! It's been so beautiful actually hearing Brian playing the piano this year...one of the good things to come of COVID-19 I suppose! That being said, has anyone noticed that he plays almost all of his accompaniment an octave higher than "normal"? His "bass notes" are all around middle C, and his RH chords are all on the top of the treble staff. I noticed this on the Colbert videos as well.
7  Smiley Smile Stuff / General On Topic Discussions / Re: The Beach Boys as part of a wedding on: May 16, 2020, 07:08:28 PM
Congratulations!

We're due to be wed October 10th and our wedding party will be singing my arrangement of "God Only Knows" in the ceremony. We have a Beatles Tribute Band doing a blend of music (but Beatle heavy- sans costumes) for the reception, and there will surely be Beach Boys in there.

How has this Coronavirus Mess impacted your plans thus far? We'll be sending invitations out 'round about the time of your date and am honestly quite concerned about a second wave in the back of our minds this fall...
8  Smiley Smile Stuff / General On Topic Discussions / Re: Beach Boys 2020 Tour Thread on: May 13, 2020, 09:24:16 AM
If anything, a lost year might invite the prospect of a bumper money-earning anniversary year more than not. So there is that....

Very true. And while I appreciate the updates on cancellations, I don't know how any venue anywhere in this country expects to hold a concert through August at the absolute earliest. Truthfully, I think the entirety of 2020 is out at this point, but I'm sure some exceptions will find their way through.
9  Smiley Smile Stuff / General On Topic Discussions / Re: Beach Boys 2020 Tour Thread on: May 09, 2020, 11:39:46 AM
With Mike and Bruce now having commitments in 2021 ranging from April through August, and Brian & Al having the European tour. I see no way that a reunion like Al detailed could take place in 2021. Sure, 2022 is a possibility. But for 2021? Half the year is now caught up in separate commitments.
10  Smiley Smile Stuff / General On Topic Discussions / Re: Beach Boys 2020 Tour Thread on: May 06, 2020, 08:25:29 PM
I had tickets for four events this summer.

Two Nights with Ringo Starr & His All Starr Band in June, rescheduled to June of 2021.
Billy Joel at the Garden in August, rescheduled to February of 2021.
Hall & Oates w/ Squeeze, still on for August. I can't imagine that's going to last though.

It seems pretty safe to assume that the summer concert season, if not the remainder of 2020, is shot for large gatherings which, contrary to the wishes of some, Mike and Bruce still draw.
11  Smiley Smile Stuff / General On Topic Discussions / Re: New Mike Love single on: May 01, 2020, 06:24:01 PM
That was exactly what I thought it be. Unfortunately, I had to shut it off...couldn't wait for it, too, to pass.
12  Smiley Smile Stuff / General On Topic Discussions / Re: Brian Wilson 2020 Live Thread on: April 30, 2020, 08:02:18 PM
Wow. Surprised they're already calling this in April, and rescheduling an entire year off...

Anyway, how does approx. a dozen dates in early summer prohibit a reunion of 20-30 in late summer stateside, or some other time of the year? Although, it is hard to imagine it not happening in the summer...
13  Smiley Smile Stuff / General On Topic Discussions / Re: New interview with Al Jardine including some 2021 reunion talk on: April 27, 2020, 06:30:20 PM
I know Mike has said he will continue for as long as he can, and that’s fine, but I do think the stars could be aligning for some kind of closure. Bruce will be 79 next year and does he really want to be touring the same tired circuit to ever decreasing numbers? Maybe he wants out. Perhaps it’s time the name is retired and Mike tours solo if he wants to. It would certainly be cheaper for him with no BRI to pay. Let any member still wanting to play (Mike, Al, Brian, even Bruce and Dave) use ‘... of the Beach Boys’ in any tour publicity at no charge and be done with it. They have all earned it.
Brian’s health is certainly declining (and that’s being polite) and deserves to see out his days as he sees fit. While not agreeing with a C60 concept, if they have to do it again I say market it as a ‘Farewell Brian’ limited tour and let it rest.

However it plays out I’ll watch with interest from the wings but will sit this dance out.

No matter what happens, I think one thing is certain: Mike Love has every intention of taking the name "The Beach Boys" to the grave with him. He's not letting go of that touring license under any circumstances.

I'd love for this to happen. 2012 was a magical year in The Beach Boys world, regardless of how it ended. The legacy deserves it.
14  Smiley Smile Stuff / General On Topic Discussions / Re: Beach Boys “Reunion” on Saturday? on: April 25, 2020, 07:30:33 PM
Just watched about a half hour because the announcer was toying with "The Beach Boys" coming up...I know these are coming from a good place for a good cause, but these performances are rough. Good Gravy. These things are supposed to be uplifting.
15  Smiley Smile Stuff / General On Topic Discussions / Re: Beach Boys “Reunion” on Saturday? on: April 25, 2020, 05:52:41 PM
Damn. Bet that was great. Stepped away for about an hour.
16  Smiley Smile Stuff / General On Topic Discussions / Re: Beach Boys “Reunion” on Saturday? on: April 25, 2020, 04:58:58 PM
Okay, at least there is music happening now. Watched at least about half a dozen so-so performances by what must be local amateur artists?
17  Smiley Smile Stuff / General On Topic Discussions / Re: Beach Boys “Reunion” on Saturday? on: April 25, 2020, 04:04:51 PM
I've popped in about every half hour for a few minutes and haven't actually heard any music yet. Usually the same guy droning on...
18  Smiley Smile Stuff / General On Topic Discussions / Re: Beach Boys “Reunion” on Saturday? on: April 25, 2020, 02:20:54 PM
It sounds like this is several hours long. I'll check back in around 6pm...
19  Smiley Smile Stuff / General On Topic Discussions / Re: Beach Boys “Reunion” on Saturday? on: April 25, 2020, 02:07:05 PM
It started about 5:03 on their website. Pretty weird so far...
20  Smiley Smile Stuff / General On Topic Discussions / Re: Beach Boys “Reunion” on Saturday? on: April 25, 2020, 02:00:07 PM
Anyone trying to watch? 5pm and nothing yet...
21  Smiley Smile Stuff / General On Topic Discussions / Re: Steve Perry performs \ on: April 18, 2020, 08:47:44 AM
Yeah...no, not my cup of tea either.  LOL
22  Smiley Smile Stuff / General On Topic Discussions / Re: Marcella on: April 05, 2020, 12:40:06 PM
I prefer the original groove of the recording BUT, I prefer the heavier guitar of the live track. I owned the live album before finding "So Tough", so that may have something to do with it...but I wish they could have just let Carl rip out a heavier guitar line, or Blondie. But, I feel that way about several Beach Boys tracks.  LOL
23  Smiley Smile Stuff / General On Topic Discussions / Re: Beach Boys 2020 Tour Thread on: March 29, 2020, 07:39:22 AM
I wasn't criticizing it...in fact, I agree with it. It just hadn't been mentioned here in awhile, and I thought it was worth getting back on topic. Forgive me.  Roll Eyes
24  Smiley Smile Stuff / General On Topic Discussions / Re: Beach Boys 2020 Tour Thread on: March 28, 2020, 06:51:43 PM
I’ll be self-isolating from that.  Grin

Ditto...as best as I can tell, Mike and Bruce don't have any shows until July now with cancellations etc. Unless I'm missing some?
25  Smiley Smile Stuff / General On Topic Discussions / Re: Favourite, least favourite, overrated, and underrated Beach Boys album on: March 23, 2020, 07:10:05 AM
Agreed...I'd be pretty similar:

Favorite: Sunflower
Least Favorite: Summer in Paradise
Overrated: Friends*
Underrated: L.A. Album

*within Beach Boys fan circles...of course the general public doesn't give a damn.
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