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« Reply #500 on: September 01, 2019, 12:54:19 AM »

Couple of early clips. Credit where due, his singing seems to have improved!

https://youtu.be/UYgKDbk9GU8

https://youtu.be/Qhe8LCrvF84

Alright!!! Can’t wait for some other clips to show up 😌
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« Reply #501 on: September 01, 2019, 01:07:52 AM »

That linked setlist was full of holes. After the show, one of the crew gave my son and I the 2 page setlist with key signatures:

01) California Girls (B)
02) I Get Around (G)
03) Don't Worry Baby (E)
04) Wouldn't It Be Nice (E)
05) Sloop John B (Ab)
06) God Only Knows (A)
07) Darlin' (B)
08) Meant For You (C)
09) Friends (C)
10) Wake The World (E)
11) Busy Doin' Nothin' (Ab)
12) Little Bird (G Minor)
13) Diamond Head (G)
14) Passing By (Eb)
15) Be Here In The Morning (first chord Db7)
16) I Can Hear Music (C)
17) Do It Again (Eb)
18) Til I Die (C)
19) Feel Flows (C)
20) Long Promised Road (C)
21) Surf's Up (G Minor)
22) Lookin' At Tomorrow (E Minor)
23) Heroes And Villains (C#)
ENCORES
24) Sail On Sailor (No key noted)
25) Good Vibrations (Eb Minor)
26) Help Me, Rhonda (C#)
27) Barbara Ann (F#)
28) Surfin' USA (Eb)
29) Fun Fun Fun (Eb)
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« Reply #502 on: September 01, 2019, 02:55:10 AM »

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« Reply #503 on: September 01, 2019, 03:58:49 AM »

Looks like Brian's on the up going by those clips ... would love to hear some of the deeper cuts!
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« Reply #504 on: September 01, 2019, 07:04:02 AM »

Two clips from the show - Long Promised Road and Little Bird - are found here.

www.reddit.com/r/thebeachboys/comments/cy80m6/long_promised_road_the_joint_831/?utm_source=share&utm_medium=web2x

www.reddit.com/r/thebeachboys/comments/cy6yj3/most_of_little_bird_the_joint_las_vegas_831/?utm_source=share&utm_medium=web2x
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« Reply #505 on: September 01, 2019, 07:29:58 AM »

There are a lot of clips on Instagram under the #brianwilson tag, too. Mostly of Good Vibrations and California Girls, but someone got a minute of "heroes and villains"

I'll see if I can find it on desktop.

edit: 6th slide in. https://www.instagram.com/p/B13BmS7lGHq/?utm_source=ig_web_copy_link
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« Reply #506 on: September 01, 2019, 08:33:17 AM »

Wow, look at that setlist.  I like how he is all "wellll Mike, I think I'm gonna beat you at the deep cuts game too".
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« Reply #507 on: September 01, 2019, 09:14:48 AM »

Amazing setlist. Are any of the songs making their live debut,  as in they've never been played live before by Brian's band ever?  I feel like at least a few of them probably are but I can't say for sure.
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« Reply #508 on: September 01, 2019, 09:20:58 AM »

The clips sound much better. This is wonderful!
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« Reply #509 on: September 01, 2019, 10:31:40 AM »

There are parts of Little Bird where he sounds like the old Brian. But he sounds like he's having a hard time breathing when he sings. His voice is also crazy deep. Much deeper than I've ever heard him sound.
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« Reply #510 on: September 01, 2019, 11:05:51 AM »

Sounds good on him though...pitch was on point. I do think it’s hard for him to put a lot of strength because of his back because of his
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« Reply #511 on: September 01, 2019, 11:17:49 AM »

Anyone know who is playing guitar in Nicky's place?
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« Reply #512 on: September 01, 2019, 11:27:32 AM »

Randell Kirsch I think.
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« Reply #513 on: September 01, 2019, 02:45:33 PM »

I think Kirsch and Bonfiglio are swapping out depending on the show.
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« Reply #514 on: September 01, 2019, 03:43:18 PM »

That's Randell in the posted footage.
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« Reply #515 on: September 01, 2019, 08:22:25 PM »

Amazing setlist. Are any of the songs making their live debut,  as in they've never been played live before by Brian's band ever?  I feel like at least a few of them probably are but I can't say for sure.

Almost certainly Diamond Head, Passing By, Be Here in the Morning, I Can Hear Music (setlist site says I’m wrong, but I’m not so sure), Looking at Tomorrow and Long Promised Road. I believe they’ve hit most of the others, although not for a long time in some cases.
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« Reply #516 on: September 01, 2019, 11:59:32 PM »

All the clips sound great and the band sounds happy, and Brian is definitely stepping it up a notch. I'd also like to say that whether it's permanent or temporary, it's great to see Randell up there on stage with Brian. I really do think that he's very underrated as a vocalist, and he isn't really given the credit he's due.
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« Reply #517 on: September 02, 2019, 12:42:52 AM »

It would not surprise me if he has had some vocal coaching. He is not as active as he was and his breathing and subsequent singing ability had deteriorated. Some assistance in how to adapt would certainly have been in his best interest.
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« Reply #518 on: September 02, 2019, 02:28:31 AM »

My review... Brian Wilson et al. at Fantasy Springs Resort-Casino, Indio, California, Sunday, September 1, 2019.
So, I have a place a few miles from this venue.  I had planned to be at it for the weekend anyway.  When I heard the rehearsal clips earlier in the week, I decided to attend.
First, a few words about this venue...  There are three big Indian casinos along I-10 in the Palm Springs area.  Fantasy Springs is the easternmost, and it seems to get the most "name" entertainment.   As it's the farthest from the L.A. area, I guess it has decided to carve out a niche in entertainment to induce visitors From L.A. to drive another 30 minutes or so.  And having visited this venue a few times, it's pretty clear that the shows also serve to broaden visitor demographics beyond their core customer base of problem gamblers.  
Fantasy Spring's "special events center" isn't an ideal place to see a concert.  I think the venue has about 3,600 seats, maybe 1200 on a flat or nearly-flat floor in front of the stage and balance in high school bleacher-style tiered seating on the sides and in the back.  I sat in the back as I think it offers the best view.  The side seating is straight ahead, so you're turning your neck to watch an act on the stage.  About 2/3 of the seats were filled, so I'd put the crowd at around 2,400.

First hour, 8pm-9pm... Zombies.  I'm not a fan and only really know their biggest hits (Time of the Season, Tell Her No and She's Not There)... all of which they played quite well.   I don't know enough about Odessey and Oracle to say for sure how many of its tracks they played, but they only introduced Time of the Season and Care of Cell 44 as being part of the album.  They also played Rod Argent post-Zombies song "Hold Your Head Up" with a keyboard interlude of Bach's "Jesus bleibet meine Freude"  (which, by the way, with Al Jardine in the house, was a missed opportunity to segue into a Lady Lynda medley).  They also previewed a new song called Merry Go Round, which, to my ear, seemed to share one hook with Davy Jones' "Girl."  All in all, the Zombies' band are fine musicians, and they did their thing for an hour.   Honestly, though, I was a bit bored by their act and found myself yawning throughout.

Changing out the bands' equipment took 30 minutes or so, and Brian's band took the stage a little past 9:30.  Brian entered via wheelchair.  Al was looking spiffy in a white suit and blue t-shirt, sort of a Miami Vice-look.  They led off with California Girls with Brian singing lead.  He sounded fine on this song.  He does seem to have a sort of shortness of breath issue as previously noted.  I don't know whether it's due to his back or seating position, but I'll tell you, Brian SOUNDS a bit like how I feel when I've had asthmatic bronchitis.    I'm not diagnosing him, though, but rather just saying that on occasions when I've been asthmatic I've experience symptoms similar to what he seems to be presenting.  All in all, though, I thought he sounded okay.  The ensemble clearly provides critical support on vocals.

The set list was nearly identical to what was posted from Vegas, with the only exception being that Surf's Up was performed ahead of Feel Flows and Long Promised Road.  BTW, Blondies didn't join the band on stage until Feel Flows, which was about half-way into the show.  Curious as to why he sits out so much of the show (they're not paying him enough or something?).  Until Blondie joined, leads were split fairly evenly between Brian, Al, Matt Jardine and Darian.   Brian did well on Busy Doing Nothing.  Darian absolutely nailed I Can Hear Music.  Speaking of Darian, does that guy ever age?  I don't know if it's lifestyle, diet or what, but he's looked the same for decades now.

 Regarding Little Bird, Al wished Steve Kalinich well, saying that SK is currently in the hospital.  Al also introduced Be Here in the Morning as one of the first tracks they came up with at Brian's house after they signed with Warner Bros (huh?!).  Hearing Brian do Surf's Up was bittersweet and brought back memories of the first time I saw the Inside Pop performance in "An American Band" on a public library VHS copy.   All in all I thought that the Friends/20/20/Surf's Up material was really great, expertly and enthusiastically played the band.    However, I can't say that all of the crowd necessarily agreed with me.  The one-two punch of Diamond Head and Passing By led to what I noticed as the beginning of some of the audience leaving early.  Sadly, this was a big issue at the show-- not so much with the folks sitting in the higher-priced seats on the floor but rather in the bleacher-type seating.  In my section in the back, I'd say about half the audience left early.  After Diamond Head/ Passing By, the next big exodus was during Blondie's debut on Feel Flows & LPR.  Al's Looking Tomorrow... more walkouts.  Blondie's return on Sail on Sailor... more walkouts.  It wasn't until the encore of Good Vibrations/Help Me Rhonda/Barbara Ann/Surfin USA/ Fun Fun Fun that the exodus seemed to slow.  The crowd went nuts over Rhonda, which is indicative of the enduring popular appeal of that song that went to No. 1 all those years ago.

I haven't been to any BW shows recently so I don't know if the early audience walkouts are a common thing, but honestly it kind of bothered me.  It reminded me of a story about Beethoven I heard years ago in an obscure Italian/English film called Lecture 21. IIRC, a character in the movie alleges that many of the attendees at the debut performances of Beethoven's 9th were unimpressed and reacted unethusiastically... with Beethoven himself in attendance.   Now, of course, Brian and his band weren't debuting some kind of new magnum opus tonight, but they were performing various old masterpieces and  debuting live performances of some minor masterpieces.  To walk out on that is disrespectful to Brian, Al and a group of really great musicians, and is just lame, IMO.  I'm not necessarily saying that the audience members who exited early are Philistines. It was a mixed crowd, with large cohorts of upper-middle class boomers, Gen X music nerds (like me), aged hippies (a few in tie-dye shirts) and millennial couples on dates.  My unscientific assessment of the early-exit crowd is that the chief offenders were the old hippies and the young millennials.  The "deep cut" approach clearly is wasted on some attendees.  Pearls before swine and all that.  On the way out, I later overheard someone saying, "Not a forgiving crowd."   With that said, it was a long show: 1 hr of Zombies, 30 mins to switch gear and 1 hr, 40ish of BW's band.  Maybe some of 'em had long drives back to L.A. or something.  I don't know, but I didn't like seeing it.

After the band left the stage, Brian was pushed off in his wheelchair.  He waved sweetly to the remaining audience.  The remaining crowd (including myself) let out a wild, enthusiastic cheer.  It was at that moment I was reminded that the "special sauce" in Brian's best work, beyond all the creativity, musical brilliance and virtuoso recordings, was the man's fundamental good-heartedness.  A random woman who was standing next to me at that moment said to me, "And that's the last time you'll ever see him."  

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« Reply #519 on: September 02, 2019, 07:19:00 AM »


juggler, that was a fantastic review! Thank you!  Grin
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« Reply #520 on: September 02, 2019, 09:32:42 AM »

Yes, that was a great review.
Wish I could get to a show but these aren't coming anywhere near here.
I fear that a few songs will be taken out to make it not so long of a show.

Maybe BW and company can do a few shows on their own after this is over, interspersing the deep cuts with the hits. If there's a long stretch of deep cuts the casual fan will get antsy.
Also, before at least some of the lesser known songs someone could give a brief intro about it.
Regardless, it seems like Brian's a lot more engaged now, and that's good news indeed.
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« Reply #521 on: September 02, 2019, 10:09:55 AM »

I hope there's another UK tour to do. He seems to like playing the country, thinking back to the various Smile/Pet Sounds stuff and extensive tours in the past.
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« Reply #522 on: September 02, 2019, 10:32:13 AM »

Another thought about audience members leaving: in this case, the Zombies opened the show -- surely some of those folks leaving were there to see only the Zombies, may have stayed to see a little of Brian and co. out of curiouslty, then left. Would we stay for the Zombies if Brian opened the show? I probably would stay (and I'm clueless about Odessey & Oracle), but others may not stick around.

I take it from this review that there's no joint appearance between the two acts at the end.

As for the wheelchair, it's interesting that Brian is being pushed onstage rather than having a motorized wheelchair or scooter. That suggests to me that he is using the chair for shows, but can still walk and move around on his own some. And let's remember that Audree was using a wheelchair when she was Brian's age.

Thanks to whoever posted those show clips. I'd love to see this show, but they're playing nowhere remotely near me.
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« Reply #523 on: September 02, 2019, 12:43:26 PM »

Til I Die

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« Reply #524 on: September 02, 2019, 01:11:18 PM »

Wow, Bri seems more engaged than we've seen recently, even if it's just "This next song is called..." and "Thank you ladies and gentleman", which we haven't heard a lot in the last year or so. His vocals are much better too, of course, with expectations adjusted for a near 80 year old, with severe health issues. He sounded wonderful on the Little Bird clip I've seen on reddit. This is making me very excited to see him on Sep 22. When I saw him in 2017, there was almost zero audience interaction, and given it was a Pet Sounds show, featured Bri doing about 90% "talk singing". I've seen BW a few times (and countless hours of watching on Youtube) and 2017 (at the Riverside in Milwaukee) was the worst I have ever heard Bri sing. But hearing him singing Little Bird and Til I Die, actually reminded me of 2004 Brian more than 2017 Brian. I am so pleasantly surprised.

With that being said, I'd be just as thankful to see Bri talk sing and not touch his piano, as I would to see him engaged as he was the other night. To hear his beautiful music live, with the genius himself in the middle of it, is such an experience.

It's so cool to see both Brian and Mike doing a little digging and playing some deep cuts. It sure is a great time to be a fan.
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