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Sept 2, 1962-By this time, the BBs were obtaining many engagements for personal appearances, though they were limited by the fact that 3 members were still attending school. On this day they played at Milton Berle’s daughter’s birthday party and then at Pandora’s Box on the Sunset Strip. Two days later Brian and Gary Usher held a session to record The Revolution and Number One for Rachel and the Revolvers and Humpty Dumpty for Bob and Sheri. On Sept 5 and 6 1962 the BBs recorded most of their first album.  On Sept 13 1962 Brian recorded Cindy Oh Cindy and The Surfer Moon (For Bob and Sheri). On Sept 14 1962 the BBs played at the Howdy Hop at Hawthorne HS and later at the Surfers Ball in Long Beach.

Sept 1 and 2 1963-The BBs were busy in the studio recording most of their album Little Deuce Coupe.  Brian also worked on After the Game, which ended up as the B-side to the Survivors single. Sept 4 1963-The BBs were in Denver and made a personal appearance at Woolworth's in the Cherry Creek Shopping Center and at the Moonlight Ballroom. Two days later they played a Back-to-School Dance at the Trocadero Ballroom, also in Denver with the Castells, the Astronauts and Bobby Vinton. On Sept 7 1963 they made the first of many appearances at the Lagoon near Salt Lake City, where Mike and Brian wrote Fun, Fun, Fun. Two days later they were back in California to play at Helix HS Stadium in San Diego. On Sept 11, 1963 they played the Station Theatre at China Lake CA with the Cherry Creek Singers. This show took place at a Navy base but was open to the public. Sept 14 1963-the BBs made their second app in Sacramento-with Al in the lineup in place of Brian.  Unfortunately, a thief stole two of the BBs’ guitars after the gig.

Sept 2-5 1964-The BBs headed to the east coast to play their first shows in Buffalo and Syracuse, NY.  The Buffalo News reviewer Nell Lawson wrote of the Sept 2 show: “They rate first class as showmen…Their own compositions took up half of the program including ‘Fun, Fun, Fun,’ ‘Little Old Lady,’ ‘Little Deuce Coupe’ (about an automobile) and ‘Runaway.’  They invited and got roaring audience participation for ‘Let’s go Tripping’ (and) scared the girls into near hysteria with ‘The Monster Mash.’  The coup de grace was a fast beat, ‘Wanderin’ (The Wanderer). What would Sigmund Freud have made of it all?” On September 4 they returned to Hull, MA to play the Surf Ballroom. Dennis recalled, “About 1000 girls waited at the stage door when we came out and wrecked the taxi to get at us.” The BBs played in Hartford, CT the next night. The BBs then headed home for more recording. On Sept 9 1964 they recorded an early version of I’m So Young. On Sept 11 and 12 1964 the BBs were back at The Lagoon near Salt Lake City and then played the Boise HS Auditorium in Idaho on Sept 13, 1964.

Sept 1-5, 1965: The BBs, now with Bruce in place of Brian, were on a tour of the east coast. On Sept 1 they played a big show at the Civic Arena in Pittsburgh, PA with Peter and Gordon, Tom Jones, Brian Hyland, and the Shirelles. The next day they played in Rochester, NY with Dickey Lee, Bobby Comstock and the Counts and Sonny and Cher (riding high with “It Ain’t Me Babe).  The teenage pandemonium was beginning to become tiresome. Al commented backstage, “All the noise is beginning to bug us. None of us can hear the others out there. The kids should listen more!” Shows followed in Utica, Ottawa and Toronto.  Dennis was the most popular and his performance of “Do You Wanna Dance” at these shows elicited screams and shouts.

Sept 8 1965-The BBs were back in the studio to work on the stopgap Party LP: They recorded versions of Hully Gully, Ruby Baby, Satisfaction, Tell Me Why, I Should Have Known Better, and You’ve Got to Hide Your Love Away, amongst others. However, they had little time to work on the LP, as they then had to head off to Salt Lake City for more appearances at the Lagoon on Sept 10 and 11, 1965.  When the BBs returned home after these gigs, Billy Hinsche was there to greet them and introduced Carl to his sister Annie, who would marry the guitarist in 1966.  On Sept 14 1965-the BBs were back at work on the Party LP-and worked on versions of Tell Me Why, I Should Have Known Better, Mountain of Love, You’ve Got to Hide Your Love Away, Ticket to Ride, Devoted to You, and Alley Oop, amongst others.

Sept 1 1966-Brian and the BBs remained hard at work finishing the Good Vibration single.  The ill-fated Smile was also underway and a version of He Gives Speeches was recorded.  A week later Brian was at work on Holidays.  On Sept 9 and 10 the BBs were again at the Lagoon near Salt Lake City.  When they returned home, they were back in the studio to record vocals for Good Vibrations on Sept 12, 1966.  Sept 11 1967: The BBs were at Wally Heider’s studio to basically re-record the August Hawaii concert in the studio: The BBs worked on versions of The Letter, God Only Knows, Sloop John B, Help Me Rhonda, Good Vibrations, Surfer Girl, California Girls, You’re So Good To Me, Their Hearts Were Full Of Spring and Heroes and Villains but ultimately abandoned this project.

Sept 3 and 6 1968-Brian worked on a remake of the ultimately unreleased ‘We’re Together Again’.  On Sept 7, 1968 the BBs were back at the Lagoon with the Box Tops.  Meanwhile on Sept 9 and 11, 1968 more sessions were held for We’re Together Again
On the latter date work was also done on the track of the infamous Never Learn Not to Love.  Sept 5 1969-Brian worked on Soulful Ol’ Man Sunshine.  The BBs were probably not present, as they played the Lagoon again (!) on Sept 5 and 6 with Paul Revere and the Raiders. Unfortunately, no photograph of any of the BBs many appearances at the Lagoon has ever turned up anywhere! I am still hoping to find some. The next day they played the Bronco Stadium in Boise, Idaho with the Raiders (who were hometown heroes in Boise).  This was in the midst of the Manson madness and Dennis was so worry about his son Scott that he took him with him on this tour. 

Sept 12, 1970-The BBs made their last ever appearance at the Lagoon. Sept 14, 1971-Carl appeared in an LA court and was at last granted permission by a judge to perform alternate service in lieu of the military-thus finally ending his four years of legal problems –associated with his CO status.  Sept 1972-The BBs, now including Ricky and Blondie were on an east coast tour and played at the Wildwood Convention Hall in New Jersey on September 1, followed by shows in Ocean City, MD and at Pine Knob Musical Theater near Detroit/

Sept 1, 1973-The BBs performed at the Century Theater in Buffalo According to Joe Wilhelm of the Courier Express, the Beach Boys attracted a receptive audience that cheered oldies but “responded almost as equally to a hard driving rock delivery of ‘We Got Love’, which they perform for the first time on this tour; to several funky offerings; and to some movingly romantic folk blues interpretations…If you went there expecting a night of repetitious surfing harmony…you would have been disappointed. Instead, you would have found a talented outfit, up to date, but never out of tune.” The version of Darlin’ on the In Concert LP was taped this night. Shows followed at Massey Hall in Toronto and at Pine Knob on September 3, 1973. The versions of Sail on Sailor, Surfer Girl and the Trader used on the In Concert LP were taped at the latter show.

Sept 1, 1974-The BBs performed at Indiana University in Bloomington with Kansas and the Eagles.  Peter Kaufman of the Indiana Daily Student noted that the new songs “received a polite but token reception” but when the group played older numbers “the crowd was ecstatic: from ‘Sloop John B’ through ‘Surfer Girl’, ‘Help Me Rhonda’, ‘I Get Around’, ‘Fun, Fun, Fun’ and ‘Good Vibrations’ the crowd loved it all.  Then the encores ‘California Girls’, ‘Barbara Ann’ and “Surfing USA’ and the Beach Boys 75-minute set was over.  And if the vocals occasionally wandered and the harmony was a little ragged here and there, nobody seemed to mind.  It was too exhilarating to mind.” The BBs then played two nights at Pine Knob before heading to New York City to relax for a few days.  On Sept 8 1974 they opened for CSNY at their tour ending show at Roosevelt Raceway in Westbury NY. Joni Mitchell and Jesse Colin Young were also on the bill. 

This was apparently Ricky Fataar’s last appearance as a Beach Boy.  He left to play in Joe Walsh’s band, possibly under acrimonious circumstances.  On Facebook, his band mate Carli Munoz alleged that there was some racism displayed by unnamed people in the band’s organization towards Ricky and Ricky’s friend and fellow drummer Kevin Michaels then chimed in to say that he was present in the studio when Ricky quit over this treatment (probably at Caribou). I can neither confirm nor deny this account and Ricky has generally not commented much on his time in the BBs.  By this time, Dennis’s hand was recovered and he took over the kit again in Nov 1974 with, of course, help from Bobby Figueroa and others.

Sept 1 1975-The BBs played the Nassau Coliseum with Ambrosia. The next night they played a big show at the State Fairgrounds in Syracuse with the Doobie Brothers, America, Jefferson Starship, New Riders of the Purple Sage and the Stanley Brown Group.  Bad weather turned the fairgrounds into a puddle of mud and delays led to the group not taking the stage till 11:30 PM.  The Syracuse Post Standard noted, “By that time, many concertgoers had given in to the increasing cold and wind and gone home.  But for those who remained, the Beach Boys played the best of the surfing music they’ve made so popular over the past several years, including ‘Sloop John B’ and ‘Help Me Rhonda.’” Sept 12, 1975-with the tour over, Mike chose to play a few solo shows on behalf of the Freedom Train (which was tied in with the U.S. bicentennial celebrations that were beginning) including this one in Sioux City, Iowa.

Sept 1, 1976-The BBs returned to the Nassau Coliseum. They were promoting 15 Big Ones and the Daily News reported, “Selections culled from the Beach Boys latest album...a compilation of surfed up old R&R hits like Palisades Park were politely received but paled next to the hysteria brought on by Wouldn’t It Be Nice.” They then played in Buffalo with the Cate Brothers and Jeff Beck with Jan Hammer. On Sept 3 and 4 they were in Toronto Civic Centre, followed by shows in Ottawa, and Montreal.  This was the group’s last appearance until late November.  Ron Altbach informed me: “Mike got hepatitis when the Beach Boys were in Montreal.  I saw him completely yellow and freaked out.”  During this tour Mike and Al had taped an appearance on the syndicated Mike Douglas Show where they discussed TM and performed Everyone’s in Love with You and TM Song. It aired while they were in Canada

Sept 1, 1977-The BBs, including Brian, performed a highly publicized show in Central Park.  The set consisted of: “California Girls”, “Darlin”, “Sloop John B”, “Little Deuce Coupe”, “In My Room”, “Sail On Sailor”, “California”, “Airplane”, “Back Home”, “Surfer Girl”, “Lady Lynda”, “Catch a Wave”, “Be True To Your School”, “Honkin’ Down the Highway”, “It’s OK”, “Love is a Woman”, “Roller Skating Child”, “Everyone’s In Love With You”, “Feel Flows”, “Heroes and Villains”, “Help Me Rhonda”, “Wouldn’t It Be Nice”, “I Get Around”, “Good Vibrations”, “Surfin’ USA” and “Fun, Fun, Fun.”  As most fans are aware, there was a lot of tension in the band at this time. Following this concert, the band flew to Newark to catch a connecting flight to LA.  The stopover proved to be a PR-nightmare, as the group had a horrific argument on the tarmac in full view of a Rolling Stone reporter.  All their dirty laundry was thrown into public scrutiny.  They nearly broke up for good.  It took over a month to patch things up enough that they could play together and the bad feelings were evident to even casual observers on the autumn dates.

Sept 1978-The BBs were finishing a short tour with the reunited Jan and Dean. They played in Mobile on Sept 1 and then at the Omni in Atlanta the next night, where Bruce appeared on stage with the group for the first time since 1973.  He’d been working with them at Criteria and remained for the rest of the dates.  He told David Leaf that it was interesting, “because the only other time we’d ever officially played together, in terms of a set, all six of us, was the Whiskey (in 1970).  The shows were good, a little sloppy, which is just a matter of rehearsing.  A lot of times when you break for a few days it gets sloppy, but that’s something every band goes through,” The tour with J&D was fun but dark clouds were gathering. The Lakeland-show on Sept 3 showed that Dennis was becoming unglued more and more.  According to the Lakeland Ledger, “the drummer disappeared halfway through the set, cutting the band’s drum power in half, and reappeared to stagger around the stage, dance on the piano and disassemble the microphones.”
The tour ended with gigs in Savannah and Jacksonville.

Sept 1 1979-The BBs played in Columbia, MD and at Aqueduct Racetrack with Flo and Eddie, followed by a tour ending show in Toronto with Long John Baldry on Sept 3.  When they got back to California, Brian decided to join Jan and Dean during one of their shows at Disneyland. He sang and played bass on California Girls and Barbara Ann. A reviewer said he was the most relaxed he'd seen him in years, which is interesting as Brian was starting to again seriously decline at this time.  Sept 1980-Carl was at work on his first solo album at Caribou during this time.

Sept 1 1981-The BB played in Saratoga Springs, NY. Carl was not in the band at this time but a chain-smoking Brian was there. By this point, Dennis was coming apart at the seams and, while he was there, he was replaced by Bobby Figueroa midway through the show.  The band was not at its’ best and the reviewer at the Syracuse show the next night noted that they put on a sloppy, indifferent performance. He criticized the audience for not minding.  He asked, "Is it important that the band's musical medley about automobiles...came to an abrupt halt when lead singer Mike Love apparently forgot the simple chorus to '409'?  Or that Brian Wilson hacked out some raspy coughs during several songs, including the dreamy introduction to the band's first encore, 'Good Vibrations'? … Probably not."  The next day, back in California, Dennis was arrested for public drunkenness.

Carl was busy opening for the Doobie Brothers in the Midwest at this time and then began another solo tour on Sept 5 1981 in Indiana.  Mike was promoting the Looking Back with Love album and appeared in Fort Lauderdale, Cocoa Beach and Sarasota, Florida, followed by gigs on Sept 11, 12 1981 at Knott’s Berry Farm and Disney World.

Sept 1 1982-With Carl back in the band, the BBs returned to Saratoga for a much stronger show.  They played in Toronto two days later.  Brian was still on the road but was extremely overweight and out of it.  According to Liam Lacey of the Globe and Mail, other than singing one verse of “Sloop John B” he spent the night “on the side of the stage, occasionally playing, more often just watching or banging his hands to the music, less a musical force than an exhibit.” Shows followed at the Canfield Fair, Allentown, Cleveland, Atlantic City and the Kansas State Fair in Hutchinson, KS on Sept 10.  The latter show was special for the Wilsons, since their father's family had lived there for generations.  Charles Wilson, brother of their grandfather Buddy, visited Brian and Carl backstage (Dennis was absent for most of these dates).  Shows followed on Sept 11 and 12 at the Nebraska State Fair and Red Rocks. The reviewer of the Nebraska show noted, “The band was terrific, the singing was strong. Carl Wilson is back better than ever.”

Sept 1, 1983- The BBs appeared at the Boston Commons minus Brian and Dennis. It has been alleged that Dennis was present the next night but the reviewer stated he was absent “recovering from minor surgery” so I am unsure of that claim.  Mike and Dean appeared on the Hyannis Village Green on September 3 and then the BBs played Allentown, PA, Holmdel, NJ, Harrisburg and then Williamsport, PA on Sept 6.  Sept 1984 was more of the same
With shows in Elmira, NY on Sept 1, Canfield, OH, Williamsburg, VA, Dubuque, Iowa, Hutchinson, KS, Fair, Lincoln, NE, Bismarck ND and the Puyallup Fair in Washington on Sept 10. The Lincoln show reviewer noted, Kent Warneke of the Omaha World-Herald reported, “Over the years the voices of Mike Love, Carl Wilson, Al Jardine and Bruce Johnston, the main Beach Boys, haven’t always been in great shape… But only a few times during Carl Wilson’s solo on ‘Don’t Worry Baby’ did any voice falter Saturday night.  The rest of the 90-minute show that included one encore was right on target.”

Sept 1 1985-The BBs played Albi Stadium in Spokane, WA. The next night they played the Pacific Amphitheater in Costa Mesa. That day they also appeared on the Jerry Lewis MDA Telethon.On Sept 14-15 1985-they played the State Fair in Puyallup, WA. Carl missed these shows and Brian played in his place. The reviewer noted that he “stood near the center of the stage and sang the lead on several songs including Sloop John B, Dance, Dance, Dance, Surfer Girl and God Only Knows.” Think I’ll stop here!
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« Reply #1 on: September 03, 2022, 03:08:45 AM »

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When they got back to California, Brian decided to join Jan and Dean during one of their shows at Disneyland. He sang and played bass on California Girls and Barbara Ann. A reviewer said he was the most relaxed he'd seen him in years, which is interesting as Brian was starting to again seriously decline at this time.


That's interesting. Would love to hear that. I always wondered if Brian in some way kept up with Jan&Dean during the "Phase II" part of their career or if any meetings were just coincidentally or maybe a one-off.


Seems like September was a pretty good month for going to Salt Lake City.
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« Reply #2 on: September 03, 2022, 04:53:42 PM »

Brian was a fan of Papa Doo Run Run and had played with them that year (in July) at Disneyland.  Oddly enough, I think Brian sometimes enjoyed playing onstage even in that strange period-maybe he preferred being away from the pressure of the Beach Boys-where often all eyes were on him.
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« Reply #3 on: September 04, 2022, 07:55:10 AM »

Meaning that onstage with Papa Doo Run Run or J&D he could just have fun, whereas when he with the BBs he felt more encumbered onstage by all the legend and mythology.
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« Reply #4 on: September 05, 2022, 10:07:21 AM »

Meaning that onstage with Papa Doo Run Run or J&D he could just have fun, whereas when he with the BBs he felt more encumbered onstage by all the legend and mythology.


Yeah, at those shows the audience probably wasn't as full of BBs freaks (I mean that in the best sense) and didn't really know why anyone would make a big fuss out of Brian being there.
Another thing comes to mind: In Peter Ames Carlin's "Catch a Wave" it is mentioned that Brian wanted to play bass full time when he got back on the road with the Beach Boys but Carl wouldn't let him. So, maybe joining Jan&Dean and PDRR was an opportunity for Brian to play bass in a band.
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« Reply #5 on: September 06, 2022, 01:16:16 PM »

Yes probably true. Note that reclusive Brian was happy to appear on bandstand with celebration in 1978 and seemed more enthusiastic than when with the BBs. Again he was on bass, albeit miming
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