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« Reply #150 on: January 24, 2020, 05:05:56 AM »

I'm so glad that this night turned into a success. I guess something I didn't take into account, is that a casino that's already populated with people may be obliged to buy tickets to who is performing, regardless of who it is. Not to say it wasn't Brian's crowd, no matter who it was it is clear Brian and the band made them his crowd! I hope we continue to hear about MORE nights like this!

I'm very glad as well.  I'm thinking they must have sold a lot of tickets in the last few days before the concert.  Although I wouldn't be surprised if some hotel guests attended, I think it was mostly concertgoers rather than the casino crowd - I was surprised how crowded the casino was on a Wednesday (we walked through on our way in), but think that was mostly locals who came for just the casino.  The casino had some kind of incentive thing going on - there were lots of people walking around with new comforters for beds.

We walked through on our way out and my dad said the same thing. Coming from an area where gambling is illegal (at least casinos are) I think I'm just not used to how popular gambling is.

Something I just remembered, we ate at a deli in the MGM, and one of the people working there was loudly talking to another coworker "...some nobody, have you heard of Brian Wilson?" I kinda smiled just thinking about someone calling Brian a "nobody". He then looked right at me and proceeded to stop talking, I wonder if he realized I may be attending the concert of the "nobody".

I'm so glad that you all had a great time as well. I hope the tour continues to leave people with positive impressions.
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« Reply #151 on: January 24, 2020, 05:38:00 AM »

Brian is playing in Massachusetts tonight. I'd probably go if tickets weren't $77 plus another $10+ each in fees. They appear to be selling well, however. https://www1.ticketmaster.com/brian-wilson-lynn-massachusetts-01-24-2020/event/0100565AC0B46CDF

This reporter took an interesting approach to flesh out Brian's terse answers while promoting the show.

https://www.itemlive.com/2020/01/22/advance-on-brian-wilson-concertfriday-jan-24-at-lynn-auditorium/
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« Reply #152 on: January 24, 2020, 06:37:20 AM »

Wow, so nice to read all the positive reviews. Thanks guys! Smiley 

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« Reply #153 on: January 24, 2020, 07:04:17 AM »

I still wonder why they don't just send Al out to promote these shows with this quickie local interviews. Regardless of where you come down on the debate of who is responsible for these painful interviews (and I think it's usually both sides to varying degrees), they are often awkward and painful.

Brian is in some ways running a shadow Beach Boys show with Al and Blondie. Much like back in the 70s Jeff Lynne used to just shove Bev Bevan out in front in group interviews, Brian should just let Al do these interview pieces. I dunno, maybe some media outlets won't run the story if Brian's management only offer Al for an interview, but I'm sure some would. And then you get a nice, warm Al interview that is almost always pleasant enough and friendly. Al talks up Brian better than Brian does.

They could at least send Al and Brian together for these interviews (or do a three-way phone call for phone interviews), and let Al steer the interview.

That way, even the kindly, friendly, sympathetic local journalists don't have to essentially run excerpts of Brian's book to get a piece up to printable standards.
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« Reply #154 on: January 24, 2020, 07:09:57 AM »

They could at least send Al and Brian together for these interviews (or do a three-way phone call for phone interviews), and let Al steer the interview.

That way, even the kindly, friendly, sympathetic local journalists don't have to essentially run excerpts of Brian's book to get a piece up to printable standards.

They really should do this. I would imagine Al being able to take up some slack would make Brian more comfortable.

Also, great idea for that reporter to take excerpts from the book - sucks he has to do that in the first place, but it makes for a far less awkward piece.
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« Reply #155 on: January 27, 2020, 03:53:14 PM »

Brian and co. apparently played at the Mohegan Sun Arena in Uncasville, CT last Thursday night (1/23).  However, I live 45 minutes from that venue and had no idea that the concert took place.  Any chance that it was a private concert of some sort?
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« Reply #156 on: January 27, 2020, 06:54:56 PM »

Brian and co. apparently played at the Mohegan Sun Arena in Uncasville, CT last Thursday night (1/23).  However, I live 45 minutes from that venue and had no idea that the concert took place.  Any chance that it was a private concert of some sort?

Someone commented in the Brian Wilson Tour FB group that it was a private show.  Too bad though because it was somewhat close to me.
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« Reply #157 on: January 27, 2020, 08:55:10 PM »

https://www.itemlive.com/2020/01/26/brian-wilson-brings-the-hits-to-lynn-auditorium/

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Brian Wilson brings the hits to Lynn Auditorium
By Bill Brotherton | January 26, 2020

LYNN — There were plenty of good vibrations in Lynn Auditorium Friday night, as Beach Boys maestro Brian Wilson and his sensational 10-piece band thrilled a near-capacity crowd for nearly two hours.

It was alarming when Wilson, 77, arrived on stage, using a walker and assisted by band members, and seated at his white grand piano. It’s tough to see our music heroes get old. Mental health issues were cited as the reason this show was postponed from last April.

Wilson was hesitant at first, easing his way into his impressive songbook. But the band and “We love you, Brian” chants from the audience energized his performance, which got stronger as the show progressed.

This band is something else, perhaps the best touring outfit in pop music today. Like the champion New England Patriots, every member does his job and you know they’ll have Wilson’s back if he starts to falter.

When Wilson appeared at the auditorium in the spring of 2017, the focus was on “Pet Sounds,” the innovative 1966 masterwork that is considered one of pop music’s finest achievements.

It was nothing but the hits on Friday night. After a snippet of “River Deep, Mountain High,” the Ike and Tina Turner hit produced by his idol Phil Spector, sung by Blondie Chapman, the band jumped right into “California Girls,” with everyone in the audience adding harmony vocals.

Then it was one hit after another, 27 in all, spanning Wilson’s Beach Boys years and his solo career. “I Get Around,” a series of car songs (“Shut Down,” “Little Deuce Coupe,” sung by Al Jardine), the glorious “Surfer Girl,” “Don’t Worry Baby,” sung by Matt Jardine, son of Al, who hit  all the sweet high notes).

Wilson really hit his stride about one-third of the way through the show. The lively “Do It Again” got the crowd clapping along.

Chapman’s electric guitar fueled a mid-set trio of songs (“Feel Flows,” “Wild Honey” and the sublime “Sail On Sailor”). It was jarring at first, following so many harmonic two- and three-minute Wilson nuggets, but it invigorated concertgoers.

The harmonies during “I Can Hear Music,” “Wouldn’t It Be Nice,” with Matt Jardine singing lead, and “Sloop John B,” a loud sing-along, were magnificent. “This is the BEST trip I’ve ever been on,” sang Al Jardine, altering the lyrics, drawing cheers.

Wilson took control for the rest of the show. One of the prettiest songs in American pop music, “God Only Knows,” with flute and French horn adding tenderness, hit the heart and soul. Audience participation was off the charts for the remainder: “Good Vibrations,” “Help Me Rhonda,” “Barbara Ann,” “Surfin’ USA,” and “Fun Fun Fun” were enlivened by everyone in the band, some 1,800 fans and even opening act, the Andrea Magee Band, onstage singing along.

The evening ended with Wilson delivering a solid version of the piano ballad “Love and Mercy.” “Love and mercy, that’s what you need tonight/So, love and mercy to you and your friends tonight,” he sang to the loving, supportive fans who realized how lucky they were to see this American music giant in concert one more time. Perhaps for the last time.

Andrea Magee and band opened with an excellent, upbeat short set. The Belfast-born singer, who’s quite adept playing the bodhran Irish drum, and her three bandmates, wowed with their version of the oft-covered “Down to the River to Pray” and four original tunes.
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So...Does that sound like a downer of a show?
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« Reply #158 on: January 28, 2020, 07:19:15 AM »

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« Reply #159 on: January 28, 2020, 07:25:29 AM »

Added setlists to the tour schedule near the top of the thread.

Added the January 23rd Mohegan Sun show, with setlist. It's being called a private show by some folks. I don't know the precise nature of the show. That's a prettty big venue for a private show. If that's what it is, perhaps it's a bigger corporate gig.

Also, was the 1/24 Lynn, MA show *not* a Pet Sounds show? It was originally going to be a rescheduled PS show. The setlist isn't up on setlist.fm, but that review seems to suggest it was a "regular" show.
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« Reply #160 on: January 28, 2020, 07:26:08 AM »

Sounds a lot like the show in Englewood, NJ the next day. Great show, with Brian doing an awesome job on Heroes and Villains right before Blondie's set.

A lot of the merch had the modified gatefold from 20/20. They had Do It Again and I Can Hear Music (Darian on lead) in the set, I wonder if they'll incorporate more songs from the album in shows later this year. Maybe Cabin Essence would be tough, but Cotton Fields, I Went To Sleep and Time To Get Alone seem like songs they could add since they did a pretty good job with similar songs from Friends/Surf's Up last year.
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« Reply #161 on: January 28, 2020, 07:31:29 AM »

Added setlists to the tour schedule near the top of the thread.

Added the January 23rd Mohegan Sun show, with setlist. It's being called a private show by some folks. I don't know the precise nature of the show. That's a prettty big venue for a private show. If that's what it is, perhaps it's a bigger corporate gig.

Also, was the 1/24 Lynn, MA show *not* a Pet Sounds show? It was originally going to be a rescheduled PS show. The setlist isn't up on setlist.fm, but that review seems to suggest it was a "regular" show.
The Mohegan sun show seemed to be closed to guests at the casino. They were giving away tickets to people who stayed overnight (was on this page https://mohegansun.com/hotel-spa-and-golf/special-packages.html) though they did send emails with complimentary tickets to frequent guests with a lot of points (screenshot from an email a friend who went forwarded me).

(EDIT: Apologies for the double post)
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« Reply #162 on: January 28, 2020, 07:37:00 AM »

Added setlists to the tour schedule near the top of the thread.

Added the January 23rd Mohegan Sun show, with setlist. It's being called a private show by some folks. I don't know the precise nature of the show. That's a prettty big venue for a private show. If that's what it is, perhaps it's a bigger corporate gig.

Also, was the 1/24 Lynn, MA show *not* a Pet Sounds show? It was originally going to be a rescheduled PS show. The setlist isn't up on setlist.fm, but that review seems to suggest it was a "regular" show.
The Mohegan sun show seemed to be closed to guests at the casino. They were giving away tickets to people who stayed overnight (was on this page https://mohegansun.com/hotel-spa-and-golf/special-packages.html) though they did send emails with complimentary tickets to frequent guests with a lot of points (screenshot from an email a friend who went forwarded me).

(EDIT: Apologies for the double post)

Thanks for the info. What a weird way to handle a show. I always figure one of the main lures of casino gigs is that they sell people the concert ticket and then get them to book time at the hotel. And then they also often comp tickets to various types of guests. This scenario sounds like they did the comps without also selling the tickets to the general public.

So it's kind of somewhere in between a public and private show I guess.
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« Reply #163 on: February 05, 2020, 03:46:03 PM »

Just found out that Brian and co will be playing at the annual "Family Gras" in suburban New Orleans on February 15. They will be doing a Greatest Hits show.
The Mike/Bruce Beach Boys have played this in the past.
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« Reply #164 on: February 06, 2020, 06:21:26 AM »

Just found out that Brian and co will be playing at the annual "Family Gras" in suburban New Orleans on February 15. They will be doing a Greatest Hits show.
The Mike/Bruce Beach Boys have played this in the past.

Thanks for the heads-up. I've added this to the schedule near the top of the thread. Not sure why this gig is flying so far under the radar. Hadn't heard about it, and it's not on Brian's website from what I can tell.
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« Reply #165 on: February 06, 2020, 10:20:31 PM »

Just found out that Brian and co will be playing at the annual "Family Gras" in suburban New Orleans on February 15. They will be doing a Greatest Hits show.
The Mike/Bruce Beach Boys have played this in the past.

Thanks for the heads-up. I've added this to the schedule near the top of the thread. Not sure why this gig is flying so far under the radar. Hadn't heard about it, and it's not on Brian's website from what I can tell.
Maybe Brian and co. will be getting a lot of the gigs that Mike and Bruce used to do. That is, if the fallout from the safari gig is as big as it appears to be.
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« Reply #166 on: February 07, 2020, 02:46:32 PM »

Just found out that Brian and co will be playing at the annual "Family Gras" in suburban New Orleans on February 15. They will be doing a Greatest Hits show.
The Mike/Bruce Beach Boys have played this in the past.

Thanks for the heads-up. I've added this to the schedule near the top of the thread. Not sure why this gig is flying so far under the radar. Hadn't heard about it, and it's not on Brian's website from what I can tell.
Maybe Brian and co. will be getting a lot of the gigs that Mike and Bruce used to do. That is, if the fallout from the safari gig is as big as it appears to be.

Or... 99% of the typical Mike show audience either didn't know or didn't care or will have forgotten about the safari stuff by, say, March 1st.
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« Reply #167 on: February 15, 2020, 10:01:05 AM »

I’m a bit bummed at most probably not being able to see Brian and company tonight. Hopefully some other members can go.
His performance is scheduled to start at approximately 10:00 and last a little over an hour. It can’t start until the two parades in the area pass by. Hope there aren’t too many delays - usually a float breaks down; occasionally a rider gets likkered up too much and falls off the float. The weather should be nice, thank goodness.
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« Reply #168 on: February 15, 2020, 01:08:34 PM »

Brian & Co will be at the "Laid Back" music festival in Jones Beach with Steve Miller, Marty Stuart, & Taj Mahal on August 8th.
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« Reply #169 on: February 15, 2020, 07:09:46 PM »

Brian & Co will be at the "Laid Back" music festival in Jones Beach with Steve Miller, Marty Stuart, & Taj Mahal on August 8th.

Nice! I'm slightly iffy on this show since Brian is not given top billing... I assume that means a shorter set, which is unfortunate. But that is a way cool lineup.

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« Reply #170 on: February 17, 2020, 10:34:54 AM »


Maybe Brian and co. will be getting a lot of the gigs that Mike and Bruce used to do. That is, if the fallout from the safari gig is as big as it appears to be.

It won't have even registered.
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« Reply #171 on: February 20, 2020, 06:51:41 AM »

Updated some additional tour dates and setlists near the top of the thread.
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« Reply #172 on: February 20, 2020, 05:27:29 PM »


Maybe Brian and co. will be getting a lot of the gigs that Mike and Bruce used to do. That is, if the fallout from the safari gig is as big as it appears to be.

It won't have even registered.

You're right. This bombardment of anti-democratic (democracy, folks, not a party) crap will make this invisible to all but a few.
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« Reply #173 on: February 27, 2020, 07:32:49 PM »

Two Japan gigs are confirmed today:

May 6th, 2020: Tokyo Garden Theater, Tokyo, Japan
May 7th, 2020: ZEPP Namba, Osaka, Japan

Both are advertised to be "Brian Wilson Celebrates Pet Sounds and Greatest Hits with special guests Al Jardine & Blondie Chaplin", so no more "final performances".

www.creativeman.co.jp/artist/2020/05brianwilson/

I'm going to get myself a ticket and I'm excited for seeing Brian (and Al & Blondie) on stage for the first time, but I'm not sure if I really want them to come to Japan, where a coronavirus epidemic is going on, right now. Also, I worry about it being cancelled/postponed because of that.
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« Reply #174 on: February 27, 2020, 10:35:05 PM »

Green Day just postponed its Asia tour.  Wonder if Brian and Al will follow suit.
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