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« Reply #25 on: May 23, 2013, 11:53:20 AM »

I saw Springsteen at Hyde Park last year, and the sound was pretty good until the curfew kicked in and they turned it off during the McCartney cameo appearance.

In two minds about attending.  I've never seen Mike and Bruce's Beach Boys, and was disappointed that my own ignorance let me miss out on their excellent 2008 set list in London.  However, I guess this will be more of a hits affair.  If they are in town anyway, might there be a chance that they announce another gig for July?

Shame there doesn't seem to be any sign of Brian, Al and David coming to the UK at the moment.
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« Reply #26 on: May 23, 2013, 11:57:18 AM »

In two minds about attending.  I've never seen Mike and Bruce's Beach Boys, and was disappointed that my own ignorance let me miss out on their excellent 2008 set list in London.  However, I guess this will be more of a hits affair.  If they are in town anyway, might there be a chance that they announce another gig for July?

Tbh I'm a little surprised we got this second one given the current tour schedule*, as it is they're playing Hyde Park then heading to Paris and then there's Henley two days after. So the optimist may hold out hope for a gig to spring up in the day in-between or any other time. I'm gonna go to this because it's been killing me that I couldn't afford to go to Henley so I think it's the safest bet.

* http://www.beachboysband.net/TOURSCH/BB_TOUR_SCH.htm (doesn't show the Hyde Park gig as of yet)
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« Reply #27 on: May 23, 2013, 11:57:32 AM »

A: I was at Bruce last year. Great all round in my opinion, and I've been to the venue a few times myself.
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« Reply #28 on: May 23, 2013, 12:00:42 PM »

In two minds about attending.  I've never seen Mike and Bruce's Beach Boys, and was disappointed that my own ignorance let me miss out on their excellent 2008 set list in London.  However, I guess this will be more of a hits affair.  If they are in town anyway, might there be a chance that they announce another gig for July?

No, Bruce said on the BBB board before this was announced that they had "another show" (singular) planned for July in the UK. And they're on a very tight schedule. July 3rd they're doing a US date, then July 6 Belgium, then Hyde Park the 7th, Paris the 8th, Henley the 10th then back to Iowa for the 12th.

Even if another date did miraculously appear, it'd be a hits show. They only rehearse up the rarities when they're doing a full tour of theatre venues.

But you should go and see them anyway. Even the hits shows are very good.
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« Reply #29 on: May 23, 2013, 12:11:28 PM »

The image being used by the Hyde Park event website:


oh god, that's too funny  LOL LOL LOL LOL LOL
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« Reply #30 on: May 23, 2013, 12:50:23 PM »

I just know how much I enjoyed Epsom, and getting the setlist that was from Mike's mic stand is a great memoir. is it worth the pain for them again? maybe!



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« Reply #31 on: May 23, 2013, 12:55:32 PM »

Hey mrmoustachioto I got one of the other setlists from Epsom! Not sure to whom it belonged. I absolutely loved that gig and I'm looking forward to another M&B show if it's anything like that one; and there's more a chance of getting close to the stage than at Wembley at least Razz
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« Reply #32 on: May 23, 2013, 03:53:38 PM »

I just know how much I enjoyed Epsom, and getting the setlist that was from Mike's mic stand is a great memoir. is it worth the pain for them again? maybe!


Exactly. That was a bare-bones meat-and-potatoes set. just like this one will be. My only concern is that the crowd might not be that into it, being a crowd that's mostly there for a different band. It's a seriously strange line-up...
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« Reply #33 on: May 23, 2013, 04:30:30 PM »

Yeah, realistically (all things being equal) would Henley be the better gig to do people think? I'm weighing up whether I will go to either or none. The atmosphere maybe should be better at Henley I suppose but, then again, perhaps it will be entirely populated by posh gits. Possibly the set at Henley may be slightly longer?
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« Reply #34 on: May 23, 2013, 05:11:50 PM »

Yeah, a bunch of kids going to see JLS and The Saturdays might not approve of WHEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEN to say the least - Brian playing Glasto and the Isle Of Wight festivals are the closest parallels, and he went over well there both times, but then the mainstream festival crowd is more tuned to boomer stuff than a gig like this.
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« Reply #35 on: May 23, 2013, 05:19:58 PM »

I'd be there in a heartbeat if it was the real Beach Boys
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« Reply #36 on: May 23, 2013, 11:23:14 PM »

Go see them if you get the chance. I'm just ticked they won't be playing the Stanislaus County Fair this year like they did in '08 and '10.  Also saw M&B and their great band at 'The Fruit Yard' in Waterford for American Graffiti fest 2005 (in a carved out orchard!) and at the San Juaquin County Fair in Stockton a couple times in the late 90's and early 2000's. Those were great times at the County Fair!  Go West young man, don't be a snob see the group if you can...
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« Reply #37 on: May 24, 2013, 01:06:34 AM »

Yeah, realistically (all things being equal) would Henley be the better gig to do people think? I'm weighing up whether I will go to either or none. The atmosphere maybe should be better at Henley I suppose but, then again, perhaps it will be entirely populated by posh gits. Possibly the set at Henley may be slightly longer?

The rest of the bill at Henley looks much better -- but not fifty-five quid plus dinner jacket hire costs better. 35 to see Mike & Bruce do their hits is reasonable. 90 isn't.
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« Reply #38 on: May 24, 2013, 01:57:20 AM »

I bit the bullet and bought tickets. Despite all the warning signs like apparently not-great sound, festival audience, the Gruffalo; it's still the Beach Boys playing Beach Boys songs. To this day I regret not going to the RAH gig but Wembley was a heckuva show to end the C50 on and I also want to experience the Beach Boys as they happened not as some idealised fantasy, not that I feel like I have to explain myself.
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« Reply #39 on: May 24, 2013, 02:04:59 AM »

In two minds about attending.  I've never seen Mike and Bruce's Beach Boys, and was disappointed that my own ignorance let me miss out on their excellent 2008 set list in London.  However, I guess this will be more of a hits affair.  If they are in town anyway, might there be a chance that they announce another gig for July?

No, Bruce said on the BBB board before this was announced that they had "another show" (singular) planned for July in the UK. And they're on a very tight schedule. July 3rd they're doing a US date, then July 6 Belgium, then Hyde Park the 7th, Paris the 8th, Henley the 10th then back to Iowa for the 12th.

Even if another date did miraculously appear, it'd be a hits show. They only rehearse up the rarities when they're doing a full tour of theatre venues.

But you should go and see them anyway. Even the hits shows are very good.
Gotta give Mike, Bruce and band credit for their touring stamina, like a machine. That said, being the middle act between bands I never heard of is kinda sad. Though obviously I am not up on trendy bands. Maybe a brilliant showcase for all I know.
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« Reply #40 on: May 24, 2013, 02:41:36 AM »

Gotta give Mike, Bruce and band credit for their touring stamina, like a machine. That said, being the middle act between bands I never heard of is kinda sad. Though obviously I am not up on trendy bands. Maybe a brilliant showcase for all I know.

JLS are a boy band -- absolutely huge over here, nothing anywhere else. They just split up and this is their farewell tour. The Saturdays are a middlingly famous girl group who've had their own TV series and headline arena tours, but who I've managed to be unaware of. My wife says they're quite good if you like that sort of thing.

There's certainly no shame in being on as the middle act between two bands who sell out arenas on their own merits, but it's a very, very odd bill for them to be on. I suspect, actually, that they will have been asked to do one of the other shows there and had to reschedule or something, because the other lineups (the Stones one night, Elton John, Ray Davies and Elvis Costello another) sound much more suitable. I've no idea how they'll go down with a largely teen and pre-teen audience...
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« Reply #41 on: May 24, 2013, 06:31:04 AM »

Maybe they should dust off "Hey Little Tomboy"
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« Reply #42 on: May 24, 2013, 06:39:50 AM »

The image being used by the Hyde Park event website:


oh god, that's too funny  LOL LOL LOL LOL LOL

 Huh Just what is the Gruffalo? An ill-mannered buffalo?  Huh
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« Reply #43 on: May 24, 2013, 06:45:53 AM »

The image being used by the Hyde Park event website:


oh god, that's too funny  LOL LOL LOL LOL LOL

 Huh Just what is the Gruffalo? An ill-mannered buffalo?  Huh

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/The_Gruffalo

Very popular children's book/cartoon.
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« Reply #44 on: May 24, 2013, 07:02:12 AM »

I wonder if Mike will dust off his stage banter from 1964? Grin
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« Reply #45 on: June 04, 2013, 04:51:44 AM »

How long exactly is a 'hits set' or otherwise???
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« Reply #46 on: June 04, 2013, 05:21:49 AM »

How long exactly is a 'hits set' or otherwise???

It varies but around 30 songs or less normally.

As this is a festival bill then I would be surprised if the set was that long to be honest. An hour or just over maybe?
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« Reply #47 on: June 04, 2013, 05:25:29 AM »

How long exactly is a 'hits set' or otherwise???

It varies but around 30 songs or less normally.

As this is a festival bill then I would be surprised if the set was that long to be honest. An hour or just over maybe?

The only time I've ever seen them perform as a support act (in 2001) it was 25 songs. Given the nature of the bill, and normal festival performance lengths, I'd guess 90 minutes/30 songs would be about right. The reunion tour did 31 songs at Bonnaroo, which was another festival show.
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« Reply #48 on: June 04, 2013, 11:25:40 AM »

The image being used by the Hyde Park event website:


oh god, that's too funny  LOL LOL LOL LOL LOL

 Huh Just what is the Gruffalo? An ill-mannered buffalo?  Huh

That's The Gruffalo, behind Bruce.
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« Reply #49 on: June 04, 2013, 11:56:10 AM »

Anyone else just looked at that picture of 'the Beach Boys' - the band supposedly behind songs such as God Only Knows, Cabin Essence and Cuddle Up - stood beside JLS and the Gruffalo and just completely lost the will to live? Because I have.
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