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« Reply #25 on: February 23, 2014, 10:49:18 PM »

Wow … Dave Lee Roth sounded like a bad pub singer! By contrast Mike's voice has held up astonishingly well down the years.
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« Reply #26 on: February 24, 2014, 01:38:28 AM »

My lord! Congrats to Mike, but gee it was weird to see Jeff Fosskett up up there.And Al and Dave Marks there too! Just what are the implications of this? Are there any?
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« Reply #27 on: February 24, 2014, 02:16:38 AM »

I remember this clip from the C50. Chatting and joking mid-song.

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=9StwWfRRmt8

Maybe Mike and Jeff just.....shock...horror...like each other and he was a guest! Grin
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« Reply #28 on: February 24, 2014, 09:28:02 AM »

Random thougts:

The first time I ever heard (and acknowledged as such) the song "California Girls" was on the school bus in 1985. David Lee Roth's version.

Brian not showing up doesn't sit well. I hate to opine on things I don't know about but you sure would think he'd find a way to be there. Oh well.
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« Reply #29 on: February 24, 2014, 09:48:29 AM »

Back when Mike Love did his solo tour in 1981, he had a band called the Pranks backing him. Jeff Foskett and Randell Kirsch were both members of the Pranks. So Mike was instrumental (pun intended) in bringing Jeff into the BB sphere. That could well be one of the reasons Jeff was there.
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« Reply #30 on: February 24, 2014, 10:28:33 AM »

I read that Mike discovered Jeff when he was playing at a bar in Santa Barbara, and ended up hiring him. 
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« Reply #31 on: February 24, 2014, 11:32:25 AM »

Back when Mike Love did his solo tour in 1981, he had a band called the Pranks backing him. Jeff Foskett and Randell Kirsch were both members of the Pranks. So Mike was instrumental (pun intended) in bringing Jeff into the BB sphere. That could well be one of the reasons Jeff was there.
The Pranks backed up Mike on his solo gigs..? I never knew that. Shocked  Damn, I love this board. Excuse my French.
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« Reply #32 on: February 24, 2014, 11:38:48 AM »

I read that Mike discovered Jeff when he was playing at a bar in Santa Barbara, and ended up hiring him. 

Brian already knew Jeff since 1976.  Fanboy Jeff met Brian at Brian's house in Bel-Aire in 1976.
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« Reply #33 on: February 24, 2014, 12:15:16 PM »

"Fanboy Jeff": Mikie, that's a good one .  Cheesy
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« Reply #34 on: February 24, 2014, 12:23:15 PM »

Honestly, it would probably be accurate to say that Brian has the most "fanboy" based band in rock 'n roll, what with Jeff and Darian, et al. And that's not a put-down at all, because I'm a fan boy, and if I could work with Brian I would too!
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« Reply #35 on: February 24, 2014, 12:38:44 PM »

Honestly, it would probably be accurate to say that Brian has the most "fanboy" based band in rock 'n roll, what with Jeff and Darian, et al. And that's not a put-down at all, because I'm a fan boy, and if I could work with Brian I would too!

I'll handle his PR (someone oughta…)!
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« Reply #36 on: February 24, 2014, 12:42:38 PM »

John, I sent in my application to be his manager on "monster.com".



(Thanks Billy C.) Grin
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« Reply #37 on: February 25, 2014, 03:41:58 AM »

I read that Mike discovered Jeff when he was playing at a bar in Santa Barbara, and ended up hiring him. 

Brian already knew Jeff since 1976.  Fanboy Jeff met Brian at Brian's house in Bel-Aire in 1976.

What I read is that Jeff first MET Brian by just showing up at his house in '75 - but I don't think that means they became "friends" yet. A few years later, he and his Betles cover band the Reverie Rhythm Rockers were opening a show for Mike's band Celebration when Mike approached him about maybe doing some Beach Boys covers with him at some point (so this would have been '78 or '79 - Jeff says it was his last year of college). Jeff played his first gig with Mike in May 1980 as part of the Endless Summer Beach Band, and might have also been part of the Brian/Mike recording sessions at Mike's place that month.
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« Reply #38 on: February 25, 2014, 06:28:22 AM »

Three of the Pranks were in the ESBB backing Mike: Jeff Foskett, Randell Kirsch, and Bo Fox. John Cowsill is also connected to the Pranks somehow.
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« Reply #39 on: February 25, 2014, 07:57:37 AM »

I read that Mike discovered Jeff when he was playing at a bar in Santa Barbara, and ended up hiring him. 

Brian already knew Jeff since 1976.  Fanboy Jeff met Brian at Brian's house in Bel-Aire in 1976.

 Could somebody share in detail the story of how Jeff met Brian back in 75' or 76'?
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« Reply #40 on: February 25, 2014, 08:27:48 AM »

I read that Mike discovered Jeff when he was playing at a bar in Santa Barbara, and ended up hiring him. 

Brian already knew Jeff since 1976.  Fanboy Jeff met Brian at Brian's house in Bel-Aire in 1976.

 Could somebody share in detail the story of how Jeff met Brian back in 75' or 76'?
As far as I recall Jeff knew where Brian lived and one day showed up uninvited - Brian opened the door (or at least he was at home) and they talked and got to know each other. I don't remember any details as of this moment. Undecided
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« Reply #41 on: February 25, 2014, 08:44:15 AM »

Didn't Mikie do the same thing? Grin
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« Reply #42 on: February 25, 2014, 09:13:45 AM »

I read that Mike discovered Jeff when he was playing at a bar in Santa Barbara, and ended up hiring him. 

Brian already knew Jeff since 1976.  Fanboy Jeff met Brian at Brian's house in Bel-Aire in 1976.

 Could somebody share in detail the story of how Jeff met Brian back in 75' or 76'?
As far as I recall Jeff knew where Brian lived and one day showed up uninvited - Brian opened the door (or at least he was at home) and they talked and got to know each other. I don't remember any details as of this moment. Undecided

I think he said he recognized Brian's home thanks to the Wild Honey vitraux.
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« Reply #43 on: February 25, 2014, 10:37:18 AM »

Wasn't Brian's house behind a wall, with a gate that required speaking through an intercom to get into the gate? He would have had to have a general idea of where the house was and peered over a wall to see any windows. I guess Brian and Marilyn didn't mind the occasional stalker, as long as they seemed friendly.
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« Reply #44 on: February 25, 2014, 12:20:55 PM »

Wasn't Brian's house behind a wall, with a gate that required speaking through an intercom to get into the gate? He would have had to have a general idea of where the house was and peered over a wall to see any windows. I guess Brian and Marilyn didn't mind the occasional stalker, as long as they seemed friendly.
You couldn't picture Jeff Foskett climbing over a gate nowadays, that's for sure. LOL
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« Reply #45 on: February 25, 2014, 08:01:38 PM »

I read that Mike discovered Jeff when he was playing at a bar in Santa Barbara, and ended up hiring him. 

Brian already knew Jeff since 1976.  Fanboy Jeff met Brian at Brian's house in Bel-Aire in 1976.

 Could somebody share in detail the story of how Jeff met Brian back in 75' or 76'?

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« Reply #46 on: February 26, 2014, 12:49:01 AM »



Mickey Dolenz - "Wild Honey"
http://youtu.be/2JQMstHVQbc

Bill Medley and Jeff Foskett - "You've Lost That Lovin' Feeling"
http://youtu.be/xIngV1-qYfw

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« Reply #47 on: February 26, 2014, 03:24:22 AM »

Mickey Dolenz - "Wild Honey"
http://youtu.be/2JQMstHVQbc

Ah. Like the Dave Lee Roth clip, this reminds me  of Vic Reeve's pub singer. And the band sounds uninspired really… backing vocals limp along.

Bill Medley and Jeff Foskett - "You've Lost That Lovin' Feeling"
http://youtu.be/xIngV1-qYfw

Far better. For all I don't usually rave about Jeff's vocals, he really shines on this, and Cowsill's drumming is fantastic - great energy and enthusiasm (oh, and ability…)
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« Reply #48 on: February 26, 2014, 06:31:24 AM »

Jeff Foskett, Righteous Brother. He probably grew up hearing that song on the radio and watching those guys on Shindig, so I'm sure that was fun for him.
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« Reply #49 on: February 26, 2014, 07:04:18 AM »

Really enjoyed seeing "Loving Feelin"!  I bet it was quite a thrill for Foskett, he is just beaming here.  Cowsill is a star here too. Mr. Manning, I agree with you on "Loving Feelin" but I enjoyed Wild Honey as well.
Totten (and company) should be commended for his (their) work on putting this evening together.  Events like this are very tough to assemble with very little rehearsal time and a wide array of guests who are all working a bit outside their usual comfort zone.  I would have loved to have seen this event live.  Looked like a crazy collection of performers AND Mike, Bruce, Al and David.  I am jealous of those who took in the experience live...
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