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26  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...
27  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...
28  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...
29  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
30  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
31  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
32  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?
33  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.
34  Smiley Smile Stuff / General On Topic Discussions / Re: Brian Wilson's In My Room live stream series post on: March 19, 2020, 06:45:16 PM
I would rather pay a subscription to have Brian do this monthly or heck, even weekly, rather than continue to schlep out on the road. Sure it was rough around the edges, but it was beautiful in ways that don't need describing. It was so uplifting to hear him playing.
35  Smiley Smile Stuff / General On Topic Discussions / Re: Mike and Al on: March 17, 2020, 06:35:37 PM
Can someone please explain the actual reasons that caused Al to no longer be a part of Mike’s touring group?

Um...short answer? Mike and/or Carl's death.
36  Smiley Smile Stuff / General On Topic Discussions / Re: Brian to tour UK on: March 02, 2020, 04:40:50 AM
Wow...that's a lot. Also interesting that they'll be touring the UK at the same time as M&B...
37  Smiley Smile Stuff / General On Topic Discussions / Re: Brian Wilson 2020 Live Thread on: February 28, 2020, 05:56:30 PM
What terrible timing...the Beach Boys universe will forever leave me scratching my head...
38  Smiley Smile Stuff / General On Topic Discussions / Re: Brian Wilson 2020 Live Thread on: February 15, 2020, 01:08:34 PM
Brian & Co will be at the "Laid Back" music festival in Jones Beach with Steve Miller, Marty Stuart, & Taj Mahal on August 8th.
39  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, 07:18:03 AM
In Mike's eyes, everyone in "his" band has always been and will always be replaceable, even Scott Totten who has just about single-handedly turned a state fair sideshow into a respectable touring act.
40  Smiley Smile Stuff / General On Topic Discussions / Re: Best of 1968: White Album or Friends on: February 02, 2020, 06:37:35 PM
Friends doesn't even come close to the White Album. That being said, I'd pick "Odyssey & Oracle" over either of them !
41  Smiley Smile Stuff / General On Topic Discussions / Re: Beach Boys 2020 Tour Thread on: January 30, 2020, 06:28:18 PM
Mike is great about signing things for fans in most any circumstance (Bruce is not). If your goal is a Mike signature, I wouldn't worry about springing for the Meet and Greet. I'd arrive early for their arrival to the venue, or wait afterwards. I think before is usually a better bet with any performer, as they aren't exhausted from their night's work. Butt I've seen Mike willingly oblige in just about any given scenario...say what you will about the man, but he always treats fans well.

Thanks for the advice! Bruce actually approached the small group I was with twice last time around and was very kind, but I was dumb and only had one album with me. Mike took a separate route and we were unable to meet him before and after show, but I'll give it a go again.

Sure thing! As has been discussed here many times, Bruce is the Dr. Jekyll/Mr. Hyde of the group. I've met Bruce three times, the first two (2012 & 2015) he was a total charmer and I thought he was just the sweetest guy in the touring lineup, though I had heard stories. Then, meeting him completely by accident in 2017 when he wasn't "on" with the smiles and such...what a nightmare.
42  Smiley Smile Stuff / General On Topic Discussions / Re: Beach Boys 2020 Tour Thread on: January 29, 2020, 05:59:22 PM
Mike is great about signing things for fans in most any circumstance (Bruce is not). If your goal is a Mike signature, I wouldn't worry about springing for the Meet and Greet. I'd arrive early for their arrival to the venue, or wait afterwards. I think before is usually a better bet with any performer, as they aren't exhausted from their night's work. Butt I've seen Mike willingly oblige in just about any given scenario...say what you will about the man, but he always treats fans well.
43  Smiley Smile Stuff / General On Topic Discussions / Re: First BB song herd on: January 24, 2020, 08:30:01 PM
I can't say I enjoyed it as a kid. I can remember screeching along mockingly to the falsetto parts as my uncle played the hits by the pool. Then around age 12 after falling in love with the Beatles over night, the Beach Boys soon followed. "Sounds of Summer" was the first CD he gave me so my official appreciative introduction was to "California Girls" but it certainly wasn't my first time hearing 75% of the stuff on there.
44  Smiley Smile Stuff / General On Topic Discussions / Re: Brian Wilson 2020 Live Thread on: January 23, 2020, 07:57:41 PM
I checked TicketBastard about two hours before showtime, and it was about 60% sold. A few stragglers on the back of the floor were left, and a lot of the balcony was left. I suspect they sold a lot of walkups, whether they were gamblers, or just confident concertgoers that didn't buy in advance! LOL
45  Smiley Smile Stuff / General On Topic Discussions / Re: Brian Wilson 2020 Live Thread on: January 23, 2020, 06:40:38 PM
I'm so glad that this night turned into a success. I guess something I didn't take into account, is that a casino that's already populated with people may be obliged to buy tickets to who is performing, regardless of who it is. Not to say it wasn't Brian's crowd, no matter who it was it is clear Brian and the band made them his crowd! I hope we continue to hear about MORE nights like this!
46  Smiley Smile Stuff / General On Topic Discussions / Re: Brian Wilson 2020 Live Thread on: January 22, 2020, 08:12:25 PM
If setlist.fm is to be trusted, it appears that "California Saga" and "Let Him Run Wild" returned. The latter being one of the few songs I've never heard any variant on the band perform live! I assume Matt takes the lead on that one?
47  Smiley Smile Stuff / General On Topic Discussions / Re: Brian Wilson 2020 Live Thread on: January 22, 2020, 03:48:43 PM
In 2017, I was verbally abused by Bruce Johnston for no good reason after a so-so show in Ocean City (with front row seats no less).

Whoa.  Verbally abused?  How did that happen?

Simply by waiting in a spot by the stage door that a member of the touring team told me to wait to speak to John Cowsill and get an autograph (I had met his siblings on the Happy Together tour, and wanted to add his autograph to theirs). Bruce assumed I was waiting for him when I simply bade him good night while he was making his way to the bus, then got in my face and went off on me about how he wasn't signing anything for me (I did not bring him anything, nor did I ask him to sign anything). This was minutes after he was talking chummy with me from the edge of the stage about how great Mike's book was (I brought and asked Mike to sign it after the encore, which he proudly did as he got to show off the book lol). Anyway, I kept my cool and told him I was waiting for Mr. Cowsill, thus coining the phrase that my fiancé and I still toss around in jest "Well all RIGHT then Mr. MAAAAN!" and stomping his feet up the steps of the bus, and slamming the door. The whole band walked by one at a time while I waited for John (he was last), including Mike Love, and I wished them all good night and thanked them for the show. They were all gracious, returned the gesture, and moved on.
48  Smiley Smile Stuff / General On Topic Discussions / Re: Brian Wilson 2020 Live Thread on: January 22, 2020, 02:06:44 PM
As someone who completely chose to not attend this evening AND as someone that very regularly goes to see BOTH touring groups, I have not left Mike and Bruce's show disappointed as often as I have left Brian's show disappointed.

I've seen Mike and Bruce's show ten times between 2010-2018, and Brian and Al's show five times between 2013-2018, (and Al's story teller show twice!) of course out of all of these the "winner" is none of them. The best concert I've attended with any Beach Boys present, was June 15th 2012 with all five living members. 2nd row dead center, soundcheck + meet and greet, with Brian in GREAT form that night on and off stage. Only once since then, have I seen Brian in BETTER shape and that was the Strathmore Pet Sounds show in 2016. He was a damn firecracker that night and I'll never forget it. 2013 with Jeff Beck & 2015 NPP were "eh", and the other two Pet Sounds shows (2016 & 2018) were truly awful nights from Brian. As for Mike and Bruce, they were on fire from 2013-2016, but the aftermath of C50 crumbling apart cast a dark cloud over it and it did infringe on the experience for me, thinking about what could have been. In 2017, I was verbally abused by Bruce Johnston for no good reason after a so-so show in Ocean City (with front row seats no less). I swore I wouldn't put more money in their pocket, then they came back around with the Christmas Tour in 2018 and I caved as I'd never heard those. It was a rough night vocally, for everybody, and was definitely the worst I've seen them.

Why do I share all this? Because after all that, I still hope and pray that there is one last peaceful and musically magical encounter with Mike, Brian, and Al together before we don't have the luxury of complaining about this anymore.
49  Smiley Smile Stuff / General On Topic Discussions / Re: Brian Wilson 2020 Live Thread on: January 21, 2020, 03:28:08 PM
It came to my Junk Mail with an offer code. When I deleted it, it is GONE (since it was in junk mail, I don't let TicketBastard into my inbox) ...I should have thought to share the code here, my apologies.

Eleven Dollars came from me dividing the cheapest seat ($23) in half ($11.50) and just being lazy about typing fifty cents.

I totally agree that Mike and Bruce's booking at the Anthem is just as overly optimistic. Both bands can sell out a 1,000 seat theatre in any major city on any give night with no problem. BUT, without the attraction of a co-headliner, special anniversary type show, or a REUNION, they simply will not be able to consistently fill rooms of the next tier up.

What am I basing the reputation of Brian's live shows on? Folks I talk to at shows, reviews I read, this very board...need I continue?
50  Smiley Smile Stuff / General On Topic Discussions / Re: Brian Wilson 2020 Live Thread on: January 20, 2020, 06:05:56 PM
Over saturation

It's more than that (although it is true). The venue was too large, it's in the middle of the week...in the middle of the winter, and is vaguely billed as "Greatest Hits Live", and if we're being honest with ourselves, Brian's live show does not seem to have the best reputation in live music circles right now.
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