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« Reply #50 on: April 12, 2019, 11:59:05 AM »

Why do so many people on this board pretend that Brian live is good? This guy shouldn't be out on tour-the video's I've seen are really of a guy who seems almost forced to be participating in a show...

So you're basing your opinion of these shows on tinny sounding videos made by a microphone/camera as small as a grain of rice, which is then uploaded in a lossy format to youtube, and probably listened to on speakers the size of two grains of rice on your phone?

In person these shows are phenomenal...his backing band helps immensely even when Brian isn't on point for a few songs. Is Brian the 23 year old kid we hear on the records? Heck no, and he hasn't been since he was 23. His voice has changed every year of his existence, it's been ravaged by years of smoking and drug use, and he is now 76 yet still out there putting on a show. We're beyond lucky we can still see him perform, and I think most fans know what they're getting into when they buy tickets.

As a fan of the band I just don’t see how anyone could pass up an opportunity to see Brian play. The music is amazing even when performed on a bad night, but I’ve never seen a bad show. Every time I’ve seen Brian’s band, they have been phenomenal thru some bad nights on Brian’s part, and some good nights too.

Everyone always goes on about the bad nights like this wasn’t a guy who spent 3 years in bed due to mental illness. Seeing him when he’s “on” just makes that all the better. I saw him pull out a song they had performed just once in rehearsal. Shaky as hell, but really fun. Especially Brian yelling into his mic “TURN MY PIANO UP” and then pounding at his keys to make sure he was loud and in at the front of the mix. Good times.

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« Reply #51 on: April 14, 2019, 09:09:46 PM »

Why do so many people on this board pretend that Brian live is good? This guy shouldn't be out on tour-the video's I've seen are really of a guy who seems almost forced to be participating in a show...

So you're basing your opinion of these shows on tinny sounding videos made by a microphone/camera as small as a grain of rice, which is then uploaded in a lossy format to youtube, and probably listened to on speakers the size of two grains of rice on your phone?

In person these shows are phenomenal...his backing band helps immensely even when Brian isn't on point for a few songs. Is Brian the 23 year old kid we hear on the records? Heck no, and he hasn't been since he was 23. His voice has changed every year of his existence, it's been ravaged by years of smoking and drug use, and he is now 76 yet still out there putting on a show. We're beyond lucky we can still see him perform, and I think most fans know what they're getting into when they buy tickets.

As a fan of the band I just don’t see how anyone could pass up an opportunity to see Brian play. The music is amazing even when performed on a bad night, but I’ve never seen a bad show. Every time I’ve seen Brian’s band, they have been phenomenal thru some bad nights on Brian’s part, and some good nights too.

Everyone always goes on about the bad nights like this wasn’t a guy who spent 3 years in bed due to mental illness. Seeing him when he’s “on” just makes that all the better. I saw him pull out a song they had performed just once in rehearsal. Shaky as hell, but really fun. Especially Brian yelling into his mic “TURN MY PIANO UP” and then pounding at his keys to make sure he was loud and in at the front of the mix. Good times.

Last November 30th, my husband and I went to see Brian's Christmas show in Hammond, IN.  Just the night before, our beloved 14-year-old beagle died suddenly.  We were stunned and heartbroken, in physical and emotional pain. 
In almost 30 times seeing Brian in concert, this was the only time I could say his performance was subpar (look back at the reviews if you want details).  The venue wasn't all that great, either - man, I can't stand casino all-purpose rooms.  But it didn't even matter - his band, Blondie, and Al more than made up for any of Brian's deficiencies.  They performed like their asses were on fire.  And during the encore set, I danced in the aisle and sang like crazy with all of the good ol' traditional Beach Boys show closers.  It was the balm for the hurt I had been through in the past 24 hours. 
Look, I'm a life-long fan.  My dad introduced me to Beach Boys music when I was a tiny kid, and that music was there to comfort me when he passed away.  I met my husband because of Brian's music.   That music has always been there for me in good times and bad, and has provided endless inspiration. 
Until I was almost 30, I never thought I would ever see Brian in concert.  Every show I've been to has been memorable and a gift.  It has been magical to see him progress from "deer in the headlights" of the first tour to "Here with go with 'Heroes & Villains' at the BW Tribute (we were lucky enough to be in the audience for the taping) to laughing and posing for a fan photo on stage during a Smile show.  This has been a journey for him, and I respect him so much for taking on something that has been very difficult at times.  If he's touring near where I live or a place I'm traveling to, I'm there.  There will come a day when none of us can see Brian in concert anywhere for any price, and I don't want to have any regrets.
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« Reply #52 on: April 24, 2019, 01:02:46 PM »

This was posted on Brian's facebook account, hope it's visible:


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« Reply #53 on: April 24, 2019, 06:00:23 PM »

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« Reply #54 on: April 30, 2019, 07:01:22 AM »

Added a 6/8 Concord, NH date to the top post schedule. Also added the 9/19 Sandy, UT show (with the Zombies opening), which I'm assuming for the moment is a "regular" show, as I don't see mention in promotions for the show of it being a "Pet Sounds" show.
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« Reply #55 on: April 30, 2019, 07:30:46 PM »

Added a 6/8 Concord, NH date to the top post schedule. Also added the 9/19 Sandy, UT show (with the Zombies opening), which I'm assuming for the moment is a "regular" show, as I don't see mention in promotions for the show of it being a "Pet Sounds" show.

Very intrigued by the possibilities behind this combo with The Zombies. Not that I want to see "Pet Sounds" dragged out anymore than it has been, but could you imagine "Pet Sounds" AND "Odyssey and Oracle" in the same night? This also has the possibility to be what the Jeff Beck tour SHOULD have been. Could you imagine Beach Boys harmonies stacked up on something like "Tell Her No" or "I Love You"? And how about a kick ass Rod Argent organ solo over any of those early surfin' records...or the beautiful breathy yet somehow operatic blend of Colin Blunstone's voice on something like "The Warmth of The Sun"...I can hear some soaring up the octave "...that groooOOOOOWS into DaaaAAAAAAAYYYyyyyAH" ...Let's Go!!!
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« Reply #56 on: April 30, 2019, 10:32:26 PM »

This may be the most excited I’ve ever been for a tour in a long time
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« Reply #57 on: May 01, 2019, 12:47:03 AM »

Anyone know what the chances are of Brian coming back to Europe? It looks like only North America dates at this point
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« Reply #58 on: May 03, 2019, 03:22:44 PM »

New date: Aug. 10 -- Fort Wayne, IN -- Embassy Theatre
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« Reply #59 on: May 06, 2019, 07:17:04 AM »

In the top post, I've updated the setlist for the 5/4 "Beachlife" gig, and also added to the schedule an August 9th "Greatest Hits" show in NY and an August 10th PS show in Indiana.
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« Reply #60 on: May 06, 2019, 12:04:56 PM »

Another greatest hits live show:
Aug. 9 -- Waterloo, NY -- The Vine at del Lago Resort and Casino
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« Reply #61 on: May 07, 2019, 06:38:11 AM »

Something Great From ‘68.

Coming to a town near-ish to you!


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« Reply #62 on: May 07, 2019, 06:54:45 AM »

Sadly, nowhere near me... I have to say the part about celebrating the music from Surf's Up excites me, tho. Hope that continues beyond the joint tour.
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« Reply #63 on: May 07, 2019, 06:59:47 AM »


Wow, that's a great concept for a tour ! Definitely a needed change from the PS or greatest hits.

 Id go see this no question if they were anywhere near me.  Undecided
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« Reply #64 on: May 07, 2019, 07:10:39 AM »

I'm psyched! Love it!

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« Reply #65 on: May 07, 2019, 08:10:43 AM »

Darn they're skipping the entire east coast, here's hoping some extra dates get announced.
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« Reply #66 on: May 07, 2019, 08:32:16 AM »

Darn they're skipping the entire east coast, here's hoping some extra dates get announced.

They're playing at tthe Beacon Theatre in NYC.
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« Reply #67 on: May 07, 2019, 08:56:32 AM »

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« Reply #68 on: May 07, 2019, 09:09:01 AM »

Updated the top post schedule with the Zombies tour dates.

Playing to an audience already primed to heard "Odessey & Oracle" in full will presumably make it easier for Brian/Al/Blondie to go "deep" on the setlist. Let's see what we actually get from "Surf's Up". I would imagine the title track and "'Til I Die" are the most obvious. Would be nice to see Brian's band cut loose on "Lookin' at Tomorrow", and maybe we'll get "Long Promised Road" ahead of the Brian documentary.

Let's also hope a new show format might reinvigorate Brian as well. I haven't watched/listened to the entire show, but that "Beachlife" gig a few days ago was pretty painful during Brian's portions (the other guys sounds great as always). Even cutting all of the known slack we can (first show in months, it being a "one-off" show with probably less extensive rehearsals/warmups, etc.), it's a bummer to see Brian sounding like that when, over the past couple years, it has usually been the non-Pet Sounds portion that features him in better voice and with more energy.

While the show already does lean on some leads from Darian, Matt, Al, and Blondie, it may be time, if they're inclined to continue touring, to kind of transition the tour operation into more of a "Brian Wilson Presents..." format where it's more strongly advertised that it's a bit more of a "Glenn Miller Orchestra" sort of situation, albeit with Brian in attendance and still doing a few leads here and there.

Or, maybe Brian will perk up on subsequent dates. Then again, we segue back to a bunch of "Pet Sounds" dates before this other tour starts. I guess we'll wait and see.
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« Reply #69 on: May 07, 2019, 09:14:41 AM »

I hope the reviewers don't get too rough on this tour. I don't closely follow The Zombies, but I caught their TV performance recently doing "Time of the Season" and Blunstone sounded pretty warbly, with a seemingly uncontrollable excessive vibrato when having to sing old falsetto-ish lines in full-voice.
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« Reply #70 on: May 07, 2019, 10:23:50 AM »

Kinda off-topic, but here is a wild article about how some shady music promoters manufactured different touring versions of the Zombies in the late 1960s after the original group appeared to have broken up for good. It's a quite entertaining read, especially if--hypothetically--you are a fan of bands whose core studio musicians seem to differ rather confusingly from their touring group.

https://www.buzzfeed.com/danielralston/the-true-story-of-the-fake-zombies-the-strangest-con-in-rock?utm_term=.soAGGAD7b#.laQJJ0WQB

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« Reply #71 on: May 07, 2019, 10:39:12 AM »

It’s 2019 right..? Soooo shouldn’t 20/20 be the album that’s celebrated? But hey whatever.
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« Reply #72 on: May 07, 2019, 10:40:03 AM »

Just got my ticket to the Beacon Theatre show! I’m really excited! Friends and Surf’s Up are my two favorite non-Pet Sounds/SMiLE Beach Boys albums. A tour/show like this was something I always hoped would happen, but that I never thought would actually happen.
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« Reply #73 on: May 07, 2019, 01:40:29 PM »

Just got my ticket to the Beacon Theatre show! I’m really excited! Friends and Surf’s Up are my two favorite non-Pet Sounds/SMiLE Beach Boys albums. A tour/show like this was something I always hoped would happen, but that I never thought would actually happen.

How did you get your ticket already?
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« Reply #74 on: May 07, 2019, 03:19:08 PM »

Just got my ticket to the Beacon Theatre show! I’m really excited! Friends and Surf’s Up are my two favorite non-Pet Sounds/SMiLE Beach Boys albums. A tour/show like this was something I always hoped would happen, but that I never thought would actually happen.

How did you get your ticket already?

Some pre-sales for certain dates began today at 1 PM EST US. Non-presale tickets go on sale Friday I believe.
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