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« on: April 07, 2019, 08:00:26 PM »

I search "Brian Wilson" on Twitter sometimes to find fellow fans, and today I ran into a guy who attended one of their shows in 1971. He seemed to have a good memory of a moment when Brian refused to go onstage and even tried to help calm him down. I thought it was interesting, and maybe the fine people of SmileySmile can compare notes.

Thread: https://twitter.com/popasart/status/1114535794847506432

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Backstage Pass, Santa Monica Civic Auditorium, Saturday, February 20, 1971
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The Beach Boys put on a good show. But hereís the thing: Brian Wilson refused to go on stage. It was crazy. I was standing near the band as they were about to go on, and suddenly Brian announced he wasnít going to do it. They begged. They cajoled. Brian Wilsonís issue was that he thought he looked fat and was self-conscious about being seen by the fans. At this point I took off my coat and offered it to him, thinking he could cover up his slight paunch. He tried it on but was dissatisfied with how it looked. The Beach Boys manager and a couple of the band members then hatched a plot. They would lure Brian Wilson out behind the back curtain and then suddenly open the curtain. As soon as the fans saw him, he would be trapped and have to stay out and play. The manager manages to lure Brian Wilson out behind the back curtain. They get ready to open the curtain, and I get ready to get this killer photo of Brianís reaction. Then Brian looked over, saw my camera and ran for the dressing room. He did not return. Afterwards I went back to the dressing room and talked with Brian. He was shy and hesitant but quite nice. What a night!

All the trickery designed to get Brian to play always makes me a little mad. Still, this sounds pretty on the money.
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« Reply #1 on: April 07, 2019, 08:22:20 PM »

Thanks for the story, thelonelysea! I don't doubt that the events unfolded that way!
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« Reply #2 on: April 08, 2019, 01:18:13 PM »

Probably a true story as the review of the show mentioned he was in the venue that night but never took the stage
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« Reply #3 on: April 09, 2019, 06:25:45 PM »

I attended the 1971 Carnegie Hall Show. There was some kind of rumbling going on that Brian was there and that he was backstage and was going to take the stage and sing one song with the group. It never happened and we never found out that he was really even there. I can tell you this, it would have been one long, long round of applause if he had. 
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« Reply #4 on: April 09, 2019, 06:38:27 PM »

I attended the 1971 Carnegie Hall Show. There was some kind of rumbling going on that Brian was there and that he was backstage and was going to take the stage and sing one song with the group. It never happened and we never found out that he was really even there. I can tell you this, it would have been one long, long round of applause if he had. 

OSD,  since you were there at the time, what are your recollections about what you knew, and what fans in general knew about Brian's condition at the time?

I always wonder what info was public, what info was even speculated, and what was completely covered up and unknown way back when.

 And kudos to the original poster, this is very fascinating info.
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« Reply #5 on: April 09, 2019, 08:33:56 PM »

Actually a good thread on the CH concert by Ray Lawlor below....

https://brianwilson.websitetoolbox.com/post/beach-boys-at-carnegie-hall-feb-24-1971-the-view-from-row-3-7829793?&trail=15

A great memory from Ray later in the thread...

ĎDuring the second half they playedGod Only Knows and Carl started introducing Surf's Up. Some guy yelled out " where's Brian ? " And Dennis gave ,in my opinion , the best answer ever : " Brian's in this song ".í
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« Reply #6 on: April 10, 2019, 03:50:07 AM »

Brian often attended the California shows in the 66 to 75 period but only took the stage at those shows twice (in December 71 and April 73). He did not travel to New York for the Carnegie Hall show.
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« Reply #7 on: April 10, 2019, 05:45:24 AM »

Well there were those whisky shows in 1970  😎
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« Reply #8 on: April 11, 2019, 04:47:35 AM »

Ah yes Iím leaving out his 1970 California appearances
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« Reply #9 on: April 11, 2019, 10:37:44 AM »

A great memory from Ray later in the thread...

ĎDuring the second half they playedGod Only Knows and Carl started introducing Surf's Up. Some guy yelled out " where's Brian ? " And Dennis gave ,in my opinion , the best answer ever : " Brian's in this song ".í

I love that.
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« Reply #10 on: April 11, 2019, 03:21:42 PM »

Anyone know if there are any Brian Wilson lead vocals from the 1970 California Whisky shows, or any 1968-72 live appearances where he sings?
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« Reply #11 on: April 12, 2019, 08:03:46 AM »

As I recall, there's a really murky audience recording from the Seattle 1970 show with Brian where he sings stuff like "Do It Again."

There's an equally murky recording of a 1990 Ontario show where Mike is out and Al sings Mike's leads. Would love to have a good-sounding version of that one.
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« Reply #12 on: April 12, 2019, 11:07:21 AM »

I have the Seattle show and it is pretty good imho. No tape of the whiskey with Brian makes the rounds but Iím surprised they didnít tape it.  There is a tape of the 1971 Long Beach show
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