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Author Topic: Al Jardine - 2018/2019 Tour Thread - Postcards Storytellers Tour (& Other Dates)  (Read 51676 times)
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« Reply #300 on: July 29, 2019, 06:10:16 PM »

Al had a "no photos" sign up at his table when I saw him in Minneapolis, but he was there to chat, shake hands, and sign stuff. I kind of regret not bringing an LP with me, but I bought his Postcards album.
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« Reply #301 on: July 29, 2019, 09:26:06 PM »

That's bizarre. He's done photos at both shows I've seen at this venue. There were a few autograph hounds at the end of the line as I was leaving and it sounded like his wife was refusing the insane number of records they wanted signed but other than that, very chill!
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« Reply #302 on: July 29, 2019, 09:52:08 PM »

Excellent show from Alan this evening! We got "Luau", "Santa Ana Winds" (YAY!), "Surf's Up" AND the "Mama Says" Wild Honey album spin on "Vegetables" after the regular cut, along with a good chunk of "Don't Fight The Sea" after someone shouted it out...but then it got really abrasive and absurd. I've never understood the fascination with shouting songs out at a performer. They've prepared a show...sit back and enjoy it, reach out before or after if you have a request/idea. Anyway- excellent set of songs and stories from Alan and the band. Meet and Greet afterwards was wonderful too. I got to thank Al for "Santa Ana Winds" and reminded him I requested it last time after the show, he said that I was one of two people there that knew it.  LOL  I also thanked him for "Surf's Up" and he was very modest but I said it's insane to even consider pulling that off with just three guys and he agreed! His wife was taking pictures this time which was a big help, but Matt Jardine was not out for photos this time.

Also, before the show Al and his wife were just strolling around out front of the venue like it was nothing! Got a wave in and then let them be, then he just strolled through the bar while it was half full stopping for high-fives and hellos...he's just such a down to earth, likeable guy. Hope he comes through again next year!

I agree that it was an excellent night.  Al was great, both his singing and playing as well as his storytelling.  The vocal blend of his voice, Matt’s and the other fellow (sorry, am forgetting and am too tired to look it up right now) was really lovely and the acoustic versions of many of the songs really allowed the voices to come through. 

I wouldn’t characterize the song requests as abrasive.  It was all in good fun and I think it’s worth mentioning that the person shouting out “sing one verse” of Lady Lynda the most was Al’s wife herself (she is so nice, by the way, so friendly at the meet and greet).  I think the fact that Matt joked “you guys are a demanding crowd” shows that they just take it in stride. 

It was a great show all around. 
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« Reply #303 on: July 31, 2019, 09:24:03 AM »

That's bizarre. He's done photos at both shows I've seen at this venue. There were a few autograph hounds at the end of the line as I was leaving and it sounded like his wife was refusing the insane number of records they wanted signed but other than that, very chill!

I always wonder where and when autograph flippers are making big bank on like Al Jardine or Mike Love autographs. For that matter, theirs nor Brian's are insanely valuable autographs.

Sure, if someone has a stack of old records and gets signatures, I guess it's all pure profit. But all of these guys, in very recent years, have made autographs pretty easily obtainable through a variety of means, including selling autographed items themselves, doing meet and greets (either paid or for free as Al does), signing items that are sold elsewhere (e.g. books), and in some cases signing items via the mail for free.

As for the "no photos" thing, I can only speculate. One possibility is just not wanting to catch a cold or something from fans. Another could be that, as time goes on, "selfies" are replacing the "autograph" as the thing people most want from celebrities. (We've apparently already lost the debate on pointing out how Person A taking a picture of Person B and Person C is literally not a "selfie", but I digress). While some photo ops (either pics taken by fans themselves or by a photographer) are *sold* as part of meet-and-greets, some are still unavoidably "free" if the person allows it. So if someone isn't set up to "sell" photo ops (such as an semi-impromptu post-show meet-and-greet at a club), they may say "no photos" to steer people towards other mementos such as autographed items or CDs, etc. that can be sold.
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« Reply #304 on: July 31, 2019, 09:46:06 AM »

I won't say all because I didn't see every item, but all the records and photos I saw them carrying already had Mike and Bruce's autograph as well as a few Brian Wilson autographs. I'd imagine they're trying to complete the set and then sell it as signed by "THE BEACH BOYS".
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« Reply #305 on: July 31, 2019, 09:50:22 AM »

I won't say all because I didn't see every item, but all the records and photos I saw them carrying already had Mike and Bruce's autograph as well as a few Brian Wilson autographs. I'd imagine they're trying to complete the set and then sell it as signed by "THE BEACH BOYS".

Good point; that would carry an extra premium of course.

The band itself has very rarely sold full group autographs; it was pretty much just C50 and even then they sometimes had trouble at certain gigs on C50 getting items signed by the whole group in time to get it to the merch table (at the show I went to, they had signed group photos but hadn't been able to get the guys to sign any programs).

I have to admit to finding amusing some of the stories of fans awkwardly trying to get Blondie *not* to sign certain stuff at the Brian meet-and-greets (e.g. albums he isn't on). Or, of Brian signing the same thing twice, or one guy singing on top of another, etc.
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« Reply #306 on: July 31, 2019, 10:08:37 AM »



I have to admit to finding amusing some of the stories of fans awkwardly trying to get Blondie *not* to sign certain stuff at the Brian meet-and-greets (e.g. albums he isn't on). Or, of Brian signing the same thing twice, or one guy singing on top of another, etc.

I wonder if in the history of the band, a band member ever intentionally signed another band member's name, either just for sh*ts and giggles, or just because that other missing band member was on a pee break or something. If we were to add up the amount of cumulative times the band members in The BBs have signed autographs in their lives (it must be in the hundreds of thousands if not more), I'll almost bet it's happened.
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« Reply #307 on: July 31, 2019, 07:01:14 PM »

I won't say all because I didn't see every item, but all the records and photos I saw them carrying already had Mike and Bruce's autograph as well as a few Brian Wilson autographs. I'd imagine they're trying to complete the set and then sell it as signed by "THE BEACH BOYS".

Good point; that would carry an extra premium of course.

The band itself has very rarely sold full group autographs; it was pretty much just C50 and even then they sometimes had trouble at certain gigs on C50 getting items signed by the whole group in time to get it to the merch table (at the show I went to, they had signed group photos but hadn't been able to get the guys to sign any programs).

I have to admit to finding amusing some of the stories of fans awkwardly trying to get Blondie *not* to sign certain stuff at the Brian meet-and-greets (e.g. albums he isn't on). Or, of Brian signing the same thing twice, or one guy singing on top of another, etc.

I was quite disappointed to find NO signed group items at the C50 show I attended with the exception of Al's solo CD which I purchased that day. However, before intermission I remember Mike pitching his "buy 10 CD's and an 11th signed" shtick so they must have had some but maybe only for that offer. I've acquired multiple autographs from all living band members mostly from the stage of a concert at its conclusion and with no real force or effort. In fact the only band member I don't have multiple signatures of is Brian. A friend of mine took my C50 meet-n-greet photo into another meet-n-greet they attended and had it signed for me to complete the set.

I'm not fond of purchasing autographs. I see the purpose of possessing it as a proof of interaction with that special person either in a concert setting or a private setting. I don't mind paying to have something signed, but not unless I'm going to be in the room to express my gratitude to the artist and indeed verify it is authentic.
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« Reply #308 on: August 01, 2019, 03:35:41 AM »

I remember a few years ago when my wife and I were in Big Sur for vacation we found a signed copy of Postcards at one of the Big Sur retail stores. There was a whole bunch of them probably about a mile or two from Al's house. I had had two other copies but figured I'd buy a signed copy anyway, I think waves of love was on it as a bonus track too
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« Reply #309 on: Yesterday at 11:50:40 AM »

Added two new November California shows to the top post schedule.
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