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1  Smiley Smile Stuff / General On Topic Discussions / Re: “A Capitol Fourth” Concert 2017 on: June 22, 2017, 09:32:19 PM
NICE!!!
2  Smiley Smile Stuff / General On Topic Discussions / Re: Brian Wilson - 2017 Tour Thread (Pet Sounds - The Final Performances) on: June 17, 2017, 07:40:01 PM
...that can't possibly be right.
3  Smiley Smile Stuff / General On Topic Discussions / Re: Burton Cummings and the Beach Boys on: June 12, 2017, 09:18:03 PM
The Guess Who are the Canadian BBs! Grin

THAT was more the 5 Man Electrical Band.  Back when they were still called The Staccatos...they used to do spot-on Beach Boys, and also 4 Seasons, medleys.  The Guess Who just had a penchant for some often great harmonies and they, in addition, provided fans with a variety of totally well done styles of music.  Guess Who original Randy Bachman [pronounced BACKman] would go on to write songs with Carl and BTO would tour with the Boys at least one summer.

I read an interview with Randy Bachman where he said he wanted to help take The Beach Boys into a more hard rock direction going into the 1980s, and the title track to KTSA was supposed to be the first step in that direction, but the production watered it down. 

Thanks a lot, Bruce.  LOL
4  Smiley Smile Stuff / General On Topic Discussions / Re: Mike Love \ on: June 12, 2017, 08:42:07 AM
I don't think Mike or Bruce have touched anything from "Keepin' the Summer Alive" since going out on their own. I guess technically they've done an *outtake* from KTSA, "Goin' to the Beach."

There are some other albums where they've only done a single song. I think "Come Go With Me" is the only MIU track (and one could even argue they only do it because it was a relative hit single, and it was a hit single only when pulled from the "Ten Years of Harmony" album in 1981). "Getcha Back" is the only '85 track. "Good Timin'" is the only "LA" track. "All This is That" is the only "So Tough" track. "Sail on Sailor" is the only "Holland" track (along with one performance of Cal Saga).

Another! Right you are! They could really do some of those KTSA tracks justice these days too.
5  Smiley Smile Stuff / General On Topic Discussions / Re: Mike Love \ on: June 11, 2017, 05:33:12 PM
NICE!!! I won't be doing Hagerstown...and I wouldn't hold my breath on "Friends"!  LOL

I'm just spouting this off the top of my head without researching, but I think that might be the only album that Mike and Bruce haven't touched a single song from onstage with their band and without any other Beach Boys. Are there any others?

I dont think theyve done any Love You songs. 

Ah yes, that would make a great deal of sense too.  LOL
6  Smiley Smile Stuff / General On Topic Discussions / Re: Mike Love \ on: June 11, 2017, 10:07:18 AM
NICE!!! I won't be doing Hagerstown...and I wouldn't hold my breath on "Friends"!  LOL

I'm just spouting this off the top of my head without researching, but I think that might be the only album that Mike and Bruce haven't touched a single song from onstage with their band and without any other Beach Boys. Are there any others?
7  Smiley Smile Stuff / General On Topic Discussions / Re: Mike Love \ on: June 10, 2017, 06:35:19 PM
I have seen Stamos with the band twice. The first was in 2010, my first Beach Boys concert...it was announced two days before the show and Baltimore was literally buzzing about it. I was 15 and in high school at the time and I remember many friends that knew nothing about the Beach Boys suddenly being excited that I was going to see Uncle Jessie.  LOL  I liked his involvement at the time. The only thing I didn't care for was all the overdone sh*t on Be True To Your School. I was ecstatic when he sang "Good Timing" instead of "Forever", not that I don't like the latter...I just never thought I'd hear the former and to this day, I haven't heard it since.

The second time was in Lancaster in 2014 and he was the reason I went...well, he was the way I talked my girlfriend into going.  LOL  She really wanted to see him in person so I got last minute tickets that were actually quite decent. He was much more "hammy" at this performance and he did sing "Forever" and the old country bumpkins up there just ate it up. That being said, he was noticeably looser at this show than in 2010. I didn't hear his guitar once and he was downright sloppy at times on drum kit, nearly throwing "Shut Down" completely off.

*Edit: Quick anecdote I just remember...when they brought the girls out for "Barbara Ann", they were all over John but he really sort of stood them up. There was a gentlemen probably in his 30's or 40's with down syndrome that was just going ballistic with joy during this song and it really stood out because the crowd looked like a damn graveyard. There were steps on the corner of the stage and John went down and motioned for him to join them on stage. He asng and danced with the guy the whole song and totally made his night. It was a really beautiful display. Doesn't excuse the former sloppiness, but it stuck with me. He even had Mike and Bruce sign the guy's Beach Boys shirt on stage.

Since then, my girlfriend has actually said she prefers the shows without Stamos...despite there being less eye candy on stage, she found the whole thing to be much more distracting than pleasing and ultimately, I think I do too. It was a fun novelty the first time, but I would be okay with him not appearing this summer.


RS, you're going to the OC show, right? 

Front row- dead center! Evening show...not the blue plate special at 4:30  LOL
8  Smiley Smile Stuff / General On Topic Discussions / Re: Mike Love \ on: June 10, 2017, 06:34:46 PM

*Edit: Quick anecdote I just remember...when they brought the girls out for "Barbara Ann", they were all over John but he really sort of stood them up. There was a gentlemen probably in his 30's or 40's with down syndrome that was just going ballistic with joy during this song and it really stood out because the crowd looked like a damn graveyard. There were steps on the corner of the stage and John went down and motioned for him to join them on stage. He asng and danced with the guy the whole song and totally made his night. It was a really beautiful display. Doesn't excuse the former sloppiness, but it stuck with me. He even had Mike and Bruce sign the guy's Beach Boys shirt on stage.


Ironic that it was Stamos idolizing Dennis that first led him to The Beach Boys, and this was a total Dennis Wilson move.  Can't tell you the number of times I carried a wheelchair up the side of the stage while Dennis carried a special needs person up in his arms, to watch the show from the wings.

Right on- thanks for sharing!
9  Smiley Smile Stuff / General On Topic Discussions / Re: Mike Love \ on: June 09, 2017, 07:04:26 PM
I have seen Stamos with the band twice. The first was in 2010, my first Beach Boys concert...it was announced two days before the show and Baltimore was literally buzzing about it. I was 15 and in high school at the time and I remember many friends that knew nothing about the Beach Boys suddenly being excited that I was going to see Uncle Jessie.  LOL  I liked his involvement at the time. The only thing I didn't care for was all the overdone sh*t on Be True To Your School. I was ecstatic when he sang "Good Timing" instead of "Forever", not that I don't like the latter...I just never thought I'd hear the former and to this day, I haven't heard it since.

The second time was in Lancaster in 2014 and he was the reason I went...well, he was the way I talked my girlfriend into going.  LOL  She really wanted to see him in person so I got last minute tickets that were actually quite decent. He was much more "hammy" at this performance and he did sing "Forever" and the old country bumpkins up there just ate it up. That being said, he was noticeably looser at this show than in 2010. I didn't hear his guitar once and he was downright sloppy at times on drum kit, nearly throwing "Shut Down" completely off.

*Edit: Quick anecdote I just remember...when they brought the girls out for "Barbara Ann", they were all over John but he really sort of stood them up. There was a gentlemen probably in his 30's or 40's with down syndrome that was just going ballistic with joy during this song and it really stood out because the crowd looked like a damn graveyard. There were steps on the corner of the stage and John went down and motioned for him to join them on stage. He asng and danced with the guy the whole song and totally made his night. It was a really beautiful display. Doesn't excuse the former sloppiness, but it stuck with me. He even had Mike and Bruce sign the guy's Beach Boys shirt on stage.

Since then, my girlfriend has actually said she prefers the shows without Stamos...despite there being less eye candy on stage, she found the whole thing to be much more distracting than pleasing and ultimately, I think I do too. It was a fun novelty the first time, but I would be okay with him not appearing this summer.
10  Smiley Smile Stuff / General On Topic Discussions / Re: Mike Love \ on: June 07, 2017, 09:01:26 AM
HeyJude...."living and WILLING beach boys" seems to be a bit of an exaggeration. In the year 2017, I think David Marks is the only one willing to step onstage with Mike, and those appearances seem to have diminished too...
11  Smiley Smile Stuff / General On Topic Discussions / Re: Brian Wilson - 2017 Tour Thread (Pet Sounds - The Final Performances) on: May 25, 2017, 09:13:28 AM
Maybe it has more to do with the sequencing of the actual show itself and less to do with the specific songs? He's probably tired of knowing that the second set is going to happen exactly the same way night after night because that is specifically what people are paying money to see on the tour.
12  Smiley Smile Stuff / General On Topic Discussions / Re: The Beach Boys Wild Honey(Sunshine Tomorrow) 2CD Set? on: May 23, 2017, 11:11:19 AM
The "speed corrected" version still doesn't sound right to me. Unless Bruce used a weird singing technique. "Whaaaaat would you thhhhiiinnnnkkk if I saaaaang out of tuuuuunnnneeeee would you stttttaaaannnd up and waaaaalllllllkkkk oooouuuuutttt oooooooonnnnnnnn mmmmmmeeeeeeeeeee".

It still sounds like it is just a smidge slow still (if slow vs. fast are the terms we're using here). I realize this sits low in Bruce's range, but this still doesn't quite sound natural.
13  Smiley Smile Stuff / General On Topic Discussions / Re: The Beach Boys Wild Honey(Sunshine Tomorrow) 2CD Set? on: May 23, 2017, 09:53:05 AM
This is absolutely incredible...and only twenty bucks!?!  Shocked
14  Smiley Smile Stuff / General On Topic Discussions / Re: Mike Love \ on: May 21, 2017, 07:23:01 PM
So the Dublin show was awesome tonight.

"Aren't you glad" was really well done, "Wild Honey" was epic, all in all, great show.

Mike looks and sounds great.

Nice!! Same set I presume?

Pretty much.

"Lady lynda" was a strange inclusion.

I'm sure I'd agree...it's weird on paper...and so late in the show too!
15  Smiley Smile Stuff / General On Topic Discussions / Re: Mike Love \ on: May 21, 2017, 06:06:48 PM
So the Dublin show was awesome tonight.

"Aren't you glad" was really well done, "Wild Honey" was epic, all in all, great show.

Mike looks and sounds great.

Nice!! Same set I presume?
16  Smiley Smile Stuff / General On Topic Discussions / Re: Mike Love \ on: May 20, 2017, 07:40:59 PM
I'm surprised they haven't swapped any songs around. Usually no matter where they are, at least one tune gets switched from night to night.

I'm not knocking it though, it's a lot to keep together with near fifty songs...and on top of that, they've done it now three nights in a row.
17  Smiley Smile Stuff / General On Topic Discussions / Re: Mike Love \ on: May 19, 2017, 07:04:19 PM
Bland is right on the money...and yes, it does seem like Mike is passive aggressively undermining Mike via his setlist all of a sudden considering he never touched any of his original compositions onstage prior to...well, this year really! He also always makes a point to mention him before "All This is That" (perhaps to pass off the blame if people are bored with it). I bet there was no mention of Alan prior to "California Saga" a few months back or "Lady Lynda" last night.

I'm also a little disappointed there isn't more from "Wild Honey". I was expecting "Aren't You Glad" and I am indeed glad it made the cut! I hope it sticks!! But really? They couldn't even try one more? "Let The Wind Blow" would've been perfect at this concert.
18  Smiley Smile Stuff / General On Topic Discussions / Re: Meeting Brian & Al vs Mike & Bruce on: May 15, 2017, 10:28:11 AM
That is hysterical...just casually come across Al Jardine eating an ice cream...because why not?  LOL
19  Smiley Smile Stuff / General On Topic Discussions / Re: Meeting Brian & Al vs Mike & Bruce on: May 15, 2017, 09:56:13 AM
he stared right in to my eyes and widened his like an owl and for a split second I feared for my life....

Awesome and hiliarous...

It was indeed a ...hoot...  LOL

I was also fortunate enough to thank most of the band members as they were leaving that night. Darian was exceptionally grateful. Mertens completely ignored us, but he seemed very mentally preoccupied. He was also carrying all of his own wind instruments which really confused me. Eventually Al was the last to come out, he had a carry out container and I worked my way to the center of the crowd around him and asked him to sign my C50 meet and greet photo, he agreed to if I would walk to the bus with him...I told him I could do that and he let out a big cackle!  LOL  

I've had a wide variety of interactions with all the guys at a lot of different kinds of shows and not once did anything negative ever happen. I've been quite fortunate really...especially as I read some of these off the wall things that have happened.
20  Smiley Smile Stuff / General On Topic Discussions / Re: Mike Love \ on: May 15, 2017, 09:20:58 AM
I'm really excited to see what makes the cut and what doesn't. This is a big chance for Mike and Bruce to show they're still aware of the back catalog. Of course, then we have to get these proposed "deep cuts" back to the states...
21  Smiley Smile Stuff / General On Topic Discussions / Re: Brian Wilson - 2017 Tour Thread (Pet Sounds - The Final Performances) on: May 15, 2017, 09:19:16 AM
Re: Ticket prices; a lot of factors tend to be at play, and geographical region is one of them. I did a break down on a previous Brian tour (2015 I believe), and some regions have exponentially higher ticket prices than others. Sometimes it's because a region is a more metropolitan, populated region. Sometimes it's due to the higher-end venue.

I personally know that the American Music Theatre has been trying to get Brian Wlison for a very long time. Mike and Bruce play there at least once a year. This will sell out in no time just like Mike's shows do. However, there are going to be a lot of old country bumpkin fuddy-duddies that are totally confused as to what the hell is happening. I've been to many different shows there and it is always the same old crowd. They will be perplexed by Brian, offended by Blondie, and bored with Pet Sounds. On the plus side, they'll love the huge band and if the father-son duo is well represented, they'll eat that up too along with all the big hits.
22  Smiley Smile Stuff / General On Topic Discussions / Re: Brian Wilson - 2017 Tour Thread (Pet Sounds - The Final Performances) on: May 15, 2017, 09:16:49 AM
$150 for Lancaster? No thanks...I'll be sitting out this leg too. Very fond memories of my two pet sounds shows last year!

Wow, hard to believe less than two years ago, I got 2nd row seats at Mont College for $60 ir so each.

I had the student price in the 2nd row there...fifteen bucks!

Once in a lifetime for sure.

Dang. Cant beat that. 
23  Smiley Smile Stuff / General On Topic Discussions / Re: Meeting Brian & Al vs Mike & Bruce on: May 15, 2017, 09:16:14 AM


No one has really mentioned Blondie in this thread.  I'd love to meet him.  He seems like a really cool guy.

A friend of mine had a brief encounter with Blondie after a show last year.  He told Blondie he was a big fan and asked if he could get a picture with him.  I won't repeat Blondie's reply verbatim due to some lewd terminology and I'm not sure what the rules are here in that regard, but he said that Blondie said no because he was trying to, ummm....we'll say, find a lady to spend some "quality" time with.  Obviously, I wasn't there, but I doubt that my friend would make that up.

This is in line with the Blondie I met once. Not surprised.


Sounds about right. The only time I met Blondie was also by mistake hanging around the buses trying to meet Al and Brian (too late for Brian). Blondie had already found his umm..."Wild Honey" for the night as she was hanging on his arm...and not much bigger than his arm. It was also obvious he had been treating himself to some of those funny looking cigarettes as I think I nearly got a contact high off his odor...nonetheless, he was kind enough to sign my ticket stub and chat with the half dozen or so of us that were there, I made a point to tell him how much "Wild Honey" kicks ass in this set and he gargled out something like "Yeah man...it's CRAZY!" and he stared right in to my eyes and widened his like an owl and for a split second I feared for my life....true rock and roll through and through.  LOL
24  Smiley Smile Stuff / General On Topic Discussions / Re: Brian Wilson - 2017 Tour Thread (Pet Sounds - The Final Performances) on: May 13, 2017, 11:35:01 AM
$150 for Lancaster? No thanks...I'll be sitting out this leg too. Very fond memories of my two pet sounds shows last year!

Wow, hard to believe less than two years ago, I got 2nd row seats at Mont College for $60 ir so each.

I had the student price in the 2nd row there...fifteen bucks!
25  Smiley Smile Stuff / General On Topic Discussions / Re: Brian Wilson - 2017 Tour Thread (Pet Sounds - The Final Performances) on: May 09, 2017, 10:44:16 AM
$150 for Lancaster? No thanks...I'll be sitting out this leg too. Very fond memories of my two pet sounds shows last year!
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