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« Reply #1250 on: May 26, 2016, 12:12:52 PM »


Yep, a super piece by Andrew.
I saw this earlier on Facebook, and I'm sure Andrew wont mind me stating again (as I did on FB) that this wasn't the first time that Honkin' has been performed in the UK - The BB's did it at the infamous (closed exec) London CBS Convention in July 1977

One other possible correction regarding the review is that it contends Brian played a 52-song setlist in 2002 in the UK (the article contrasts this to the 40-song present setlist). But I'm not sure Brian ever did *that* long of a show back in 2002. Most of the examples I'm looking at from the 2002 PS dates show a total setlist around 42-43 songs, which is very similar to the 2000 US PS shows. Perhaps Brian added ten extra songs for a particular UK date in 2002, but I've never heard of it.
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« Reply #1251 on: May 26, 2016, 01:23:51 PM »

How about adding some music to your day people?

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« Reply #1252 on: May 26, 2016, 02:13:43 PM »

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« Reply #1253 on: May 26, 2016, 04:14:37 PM »

I'm just back from the Edinburgh show. What can I say - BRIAN WAS UP FOR IT!!!

And so were the rest of the band!  Cheesy

From the moment they walked on stage Brian was very relaxed, he sang great (particularly in the first half of the show, second half some of the 'new' phrasing was more noticeable which I'm not as keen on). 

I felt the crowd were a bit subdued in the first set.  I was ready for a standing ovation from the start!  I thought by California Girls or certainly Do It Again they'd be on their feet.  I think they will be in Glasgow tomorrow!

So many great moments, particularly Surfer Girl, In My Room, Add Some Music and One Kind of Love, Don't Worry Baby, Blondie, Al, Brian, the Band!  Cheesy

I was row F, Centre and the mix could maybe have been better but with all those instruments it can't be easy.  I also think the band are still getting used to recent changes (maybe some slightly different keyboard sounds, different guitar effects to what I've heard before).  Has anyone else thought this?  But let me be clear, these things in no way detracted from the wonderful gig I have been lucky to see Brian put on again.  I thank God every time I see him up there giving it his all.

Roll on tomorrow when I'm going with a few others who weren't there tonight.

Can I just add, the way Brian was tonight he could do this for years to come.  He looked happy and as if he was enjoying the show. As I said before he was very relaxed.  Grin
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« Reply #1254 on: May 26, 2016, 06:23:19 PM »

Wonderful. Great to hear!   Smiley

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« Reply #1255 on: May 26, 2016, 07:13:36 PM »

I'm just back from the Edinburgh show. What can I say - BRIAN WAS UP FOR IT!!!

And so were the rest of the band!  Cheesy

From the moment they walked on stage Brian was very relaxed, he sang great (particularly in the first half of the show, second half some of the 'new' phrasing was more noticeable which I'm not as keen on). 

I felt the crowd were a bit subdued in the first set.  I was ready for a standing ovation from the start!  I thought by California Girls or certainly Do It Again they'd be on their feet.  I think they will be in Glasgow tomorrow!

So many great moments, particularly Surfer Girl, In My Room, Add Some Music and One Kind of Love, Don't Worry Baby, Blondie, Al, Brian, the Band!  Cheesy

I was row F, Centre and the mix could maybe have been better but with all those instruments it can't be easy.  I also think the band are still getting used to recent changes (maybe some slightly different keyboard sounds, different guitar effects to what I've heard before).  Has anyone else thought this?  But let me be clear, these things in no way detracted from the wonderful gig I have been lucky to see Brian put on again.  I thank God every time I see him up there giving it his all.

Roll on tomorrow when I'm going with a few others who weren't there tonight.

Can I just add, the way Brian was tonight he could do this for years to come.  He looked happy and as if he was enjoying the show. As I said before he was very relaxed.  Grin
I'm so pleased you enjoyed it. Was your daughter with you?
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« Reply #1256 on: May 27, 2016, 12:53:05 AM »

I'm just back from the Edinburgh show. What can I say - BRIAN WAS UP FOR IT!!!

And so were the rest of the band!  Cheesy

From the moment they walked on stage Brian was very relaxed, he sang great (particularly in the first half of the show, second half some of the 'new' phrasing was more noticeable which I'm not as keen on). 

I felt the crowd were a bit subdued in the first set.  I was ready for a standing ovation from the start!  I thought by California Girls or certainly Do It Again they'd be on their feet.  I think they will be in Glasgow tomorrow!

So many great moments, particularly Surfer Girl, In My Room, Add Some Music and One Kind of Love, Don't Worry Baby, Blondie, Al, Brian, the Band!  Cheesy

I was row F, Centre and the mix could maybe have been better but with all those instruments it can't be easy.  I also think the band are still getting used to recent changes (maybe some slightly different keyboard sounds, different guitar effects to what I've heard before).  Has anyone else thought this?  But let me be clear, these things in no way detracted from the wonderful gig I have been lucky to see Brian put on again.  I thank God every time I see him up there giving it his all.

Roll on tomorrow when I'm going with a few others who weren't there tonight.

Can I just add, the way Brian was tonight he could do this for years to come.  He looked happy and as if he was enjoying the show. As I said before he was very relaxed.  Grin


I was in the upper circle, What was said above.  Brian was in good form, Blondie had a great time!!

Surfer Girl was my personal favourite

Absolutely delighted to have seen Brian, Al and the band!
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« Reply #1257 on: May 27, 2016, 05:41:44 AM »

I'm just back from the Edinburgh show. What can I say - BRIAN WAS UP FOR IT!!!

And so were the rest of the band!  Cheesy

From the moment they walked on stage Brian was very relaxed, he sang great (particularly in the first half of the show, second half some of the 'new' phrasing was more noticeable which I'm not as keen on). 

I felt the crowd were a bit subdued in the first set.  I was ready for a standing ovation from the start!  I thought by California Girls or certainly Do It Again they'd be on their feet.  I think they will be in Glasgow tomorrow!

So many great moments, particularly Surfer Girl, In My Room, Add Some Music and One Kind of Love, Don't Worry Baby, Blondie, Al, Brian, the Band!  Cheesy

I was row F, Centre and the mix could maybe have been better but with all those instruments it can't be easy.  I also think the band are still getting used to recent changes (maybe some slightly different keyboard sounds, different guitar effects to what I've heard before).  Has anyone else thought this?  But let me be clear, these things in no way detracted from the wonderful gig I have been lucky to see Brian put on again.  I thank God every time I see him up there giving it his all.

Roll on tomorrow when I'm going with a few others who weren't there tonight.

Can I just add, the way Brian was tonight he could do this for years to come.  He looked happy and as if he was enjoying the show. As I said before he was very relaxed.  Grin
I'm so pleased you enjoyed it. Was your daughter with you?

Not last night Emily, but she will be tonight!  Grin
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« Reply #1258 on: May 27, 2016, 07:03:19 AM »

Anyone have a full setlist from Edinburgh? It's usually easy to pull the previous show's setlist and just note any differences. Thanks everyone for your reviews as the tour rolls along.
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« Reply #1259 on: May 27, 2016, 11:22:41 AM »

I managed to get one at the end. I'll get it up tomorrow as I'm at tonight's show.

Soundcheck highlight today:  Monster Mash! Brian wants tw play it tonight!

They also did God Only Knows(up to the bridge), Don't Worry Baby, Wake the World, Wild Honey (intro), Do It Again.

Al had his usual problems with levels  Smiley and Brian tried to keep them moving along.  Some cool interaction when Brian asked Paul what key Monster Mash was in.  B? E?  I can't hear you Paul. G?  Then after they started playing Al went over to Brian and asked him and Brian said "G for ...I couldn't  make the rest out!

Very relaxed and worth the price of admission alone!
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« Reply #1260 on: May 27, 2016, 01:09:45 PM »

I managed to get one at the end. I'll get it up tomorrow as I'm at tonight's show.

Soundcheck highlight today:  Monster Mash! Brian wants tw play it tonight! They also did God, DWB, Wake, Wild (part).
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« Reply #1261 on: May 27, 2016, 02:54:16 PM »

I managed to get one at the end. I'll get it up tomorrow as I'm at tonight's show.

Soundcheck highlight today:  Monster Mash! Brian wants tw play it tonight! They also did God, DWB, Wake, Wild (part).

Monster Mash would be a cool off the wall inclusion. Unlikely, but apparently a few days ago was "Half-oween", the mid-way point between Halloweens for those who are *really* into Halloween.

I really dig and hope they do more of the weird off the cuff things like "I'm Broke" and hopefully "Monster Mash." These songs aren't my favorite, but I like when they can just mix it up.
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« Reply #1262 on: May 27, 2016, 04:01:23 PM »

Hell of a gig tonight.

We got Monster Mash, a burst of Proud Mary (not a very long one) and some very cool musicianship.

Blondie is the rocket up the ass that audience and band alike need. Long may he rock

Outstanding song of the night: tbc.
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« Reply #1263 on: May 27, 2016, 04:04:44 PM »

I managed to get one at the end. I'll get it up tomorrow as I'm at tonight's show.

Soundcheck highlight today:  Monster Mash! Brian wants tw play it tonight! They also did God, DWB, Wake, Wild (part).
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Just saw your post John.  It was me with the Radish Shirt!

Where did you see me?

It was another great night.  They were less chatty tonight between songs than they were last night but still fabulous.  Grin
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« Reply #1264 on: May 27, 2016, 04:40:06 PM »

We were about five rows in front, right of the sound desk.

Only guessed it was you as you'd mentioned your daughter, and spotted you all squeezing by to sit down.

A splendid memorable night. If this's really the last EU tour, then I'm happy that we've wrung every delectable pleasure from the last 14 years of Brit shows. Our cup hath run over.
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« Reply #1265 on: May 28, 2016, 12:30:09 AM »

The Glasgow show was poor. It gives me no pleasure to report. Of the 20 odd Brian shows I'very seen this was easily the worst. Brian was just not there. Vocal flubs, missed cues, bad phrasing, he gave up on I know there's an answer. The band seemed to lack energy. The sound had none of the definition and precision I've come to expect. Matt sounded wonderful but was mixed too low. It was uncomfortable 90% of the time. I say this as someone who has seen some transcontent Brian shows, at least 3 of which are in my top 5 concerts I've ever been too.
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« Reply #1266 on: May 28, 2016, 01:12:52 AM »

The Glasgow show was poor. It gives me no pleasure to report. Of the 20 odd Brian shows I'very seen this was easily the worst. Brian was just not there. Vocal flubs, missed cues, bad phrasing, he gave up on I know there's an answer. The band seemed to lack energy. The sound had none of the definition and precision I've come to expect. Matt sounded wonderful but was mixed too low. It was uncomfortable 90% of the time. I say this as someone who has seen some transcontent Brian shows, at least 3 of which are in my top 5 concerts I've ever been too.

In your opinion!

I wouldn't have said the show was poor.  I do agree with some of your points.  I felt the mix was not great in both shows.  Last night I felt Nelson's roto toms were too quiet, particularly on WIBN where they are a big part of the song.  Nicky's guitar was too loud in places, couldn't hear enough flute on Add Some Music, and at some points Matt was too low and others too loud etc etc. (I was a few rows behind the mixing desk last night, centre).  They had problems during the soundcheck.  I've played plenty gigs over the years so know a wee bit about this stuff.  I expected better.  Maybe it's because they are still trying to get used to the different patches that Billy and Gary use on the keyboards.  Also Nicky's guitar in Edinburgh didn't sound as 'authentic' as it has on previous "Pet Sounds" tours.

I think the band have really missed the other guys, including Jeff.  They seem at bit hesitant at times.  Things like when to finish the song.  I don't think Brian's new phrasing/improvisational style particularly helps them either.  It creates a timing problem.  I would prefer it if he sang "Love and Mercy" for example the way he used to sing as it now has a feeling of making up words on the spot.  I also said they were less chatty between songs and seemed more in a hurry to get through the show, which was a shame as the Glasgow crowds are always up for it!

I also loved seeing Blondie but not everyone did.  I wouldn't have him doing the last 3 songs of set 1.  They should do a couple more after that like "Do It Again".

As I said in my Edinburgh review, none of the above detracted from my enjoyment.  I thought the show was still excellent.  Brian sounded pretty good on everything apart from a few of the "Pet Sounds" songs and the crowd loved the show.

The friends/family I was with both nights had a great time and my 7 year old daughter loved her first concert (although she started to tire near the end, it was very hot where we were seated!).  I would agree more with John Manning's words and if this was the last show then it was a good way to bow out.
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« Reply #1267 on: May 28, 2016, 01:39:21 AM »

Hell of a gig tonight.

We got Monster Mash, a burst of Proud Mary (not a very long one) and some very cool musicianship.

Blondie is the rocket up the ass that audience and band alike need. Long may he rock

Outstanding song of the night: tbc.



Proud Mary?! Did it sound like the booted version of him and Andy Paley? Can you describe your impression even if it was just a short performance?
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« Reply #1268 on: May 28, 2016, 01:49:55 AM »

Hell of a gig tonight.

We got Monster Mash, a burst of Proud Mary (not a very long one) and some very cool musicianship.

Blondie is the rocket up the ass that audience and band alike need. Long may he rock

Outstanding song of the night: tbc.

Proud Mary?! Did it sound like the booted version of him and Andy Paley? Can you describe your impression even if it was just a short performance?

It was just the "rollin', rollin', rollin' on a river" part sung about 5 times.  They could easily do a great full version of this song!  In Edinburgh Brian spoke about the cool bass line before he started playing the song.
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« Reply #1269 on: May 28, 2016, 01:54:39 AM »

Nice review and link to JK Rowling's Twitter picture of her meeting Brian!

http://www.dailyrecord.co.uk/whats-on/music-nightlife-news/brian-wilson-review-beach-boys-8064304#ywGIxeKbCQ4TqOtH.97

And another:

http://www.scotsman.com/lifestyle/culture/music/gig-review-brian-wilson-presents-pet-sounds-edinburgh-1-4140108
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« Reply #1270 on: May 28, 2016, 01:56:40 AM »

Hell of a gig tonight.

We got Monster Mash, a burst of Proud Mary (not a very long one) and some very cool musicianship.

Blondie is the rocket up the ass that audience and band alike need. Long may he rock

Outstanding song of the night: tbc.

Proud Mary?! Did it sound like the booted version of him and Andy Paley? Can you describe your impression even if it was just a short performance?

It was just the "rollin', rollin', rollin' on a river" part sung about 5 times.  They could easily do a great full version of this song!  In Edinburgh Brian spoke about the cool bass line before he started playing the song.



Thank you!
Man, I'd really like to hear the Rock'n'Roll album and a finished Proud Mary by Brian. Maybe he and Don Was were reminded of PM during the NPP sessions....
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« Reply #1271 on: May 28, 2016, 02:33:55 AM »

I managed to get one at the end. I'll get it up tomorrow as I'm at tonight's show.

Soundcheck highlight today:  Monster Mash! Brian wants tw play it tonight! They also did God, DWB, Wake, Wild (part).
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Just saw your post John.  It was me with the Radish Shirt!

Where did you see me?

It was another great night.  They were less chatty tonight between songs than they were last night but still fabulous.  Grin

Amazing reports from John and Mike!

Monster Mash!  The best song in the history of music performed by Brian W & Al Jardine etc.  Then Proud Mary!  Perhaps "that" rock album would see the light of day.

Mike, I can't believe you wouldn't have noticed John Manning - he'd be the guy with walking poles, sitting in a one man tent, brewing up a steel canteen of tea over a one burner butane stove.
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« Reply #1272 on: May 28, 2016, 04:28:43 AM »



Is this what you wanted to link, Andy?

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« Reply #1273 on: May 28, 2016, 07:00:15 AM »

I managed to get one at the end. I'll get it up tomorrow as I'm at tonight's show.

Soundcheck highlight today:  Monster Mash! Brian wants tw play it tonight! They also did God, DWB, Wake, Wild (part).
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Just saw your post John.  It was me with the Radish Shirt!

Where did you see me?

It was another great night.  They were less chatty tonight between songs than they were last night but still fabulous.  Grin

Amazing reports from John and Mike!

Monster Mash!  The best song in the history of music performed by Brian W & Al Jardine etc.  Then Proud Mary!  Perhaps "that" rock album would see the light of day.

Mike, I can't believe you wouldn't have noticed John Manning - he'd be the guy with walking poles, sitting in a one man tent, brewing up a steel canteen of tea over a one burner butane stove.


 Cheesy In that case  Alan I don't know how I missed John. I really need to be more alert. I think my head was still in the clouds from the Meet and Greet! I did see a lot of the usual crowd as well. Guys I have been seeing for 25 years since my first Beach Boys gig in 1991. I can't believe it's been so long!
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« Reply #1274 on: May 28, 2016, 07:21:18 AM »

Anyone have a full setlist from Edinburgh? It's usually easy to pull the previous show's setlist and just note any differences. Thanks everyone for your reviews as the tour rolls along.

Here it is:

Our Prayer/Heroes
Cal Girls
Dance Dance Dance
I Get Around/Shut Down/Deuce
Little Honda
Girl Don't Tell Me
In My Room
Surfer Girl
Don't Worry Baby
Wake the World/Add Some
Cotton Fields
Do It Again
One Kind of Love
Wild Honey
Funky Pretty
Sail on Sailor

INTERMISSION

Pet Sounds Album

ENCORE

Good Vibrations
All Summer Long
Rhonda
Barbara Ann
Surfin' USA
Fun Fun Fun
Love and Mercy

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