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Title: Brian / Al / Blondie Summer 2015 Tour Thread
Post by: shadownoze on June 17, 2015, 09:04:05 AM
Hope it's okay to set up a thread for reviews and news about BW's soon-to-begin tour.

I have one bit of news. Six days before the concert, I just got an email that the Austin show has been moved from the Frank Erwin Center to Bass Hall on the University of Texas campus. Since that's a considerably smaller venue, ticket sales must have been less than robust...although I really haven't seen any promotion at all.
Still, Bass Hall is a better place to hear music. I'm just sorry that NPP and L&M did not generate enough interest to fill the larger arena.


Title: Re: Brian / Al / Blondie Summer 2015 Tour Thread
Post by: KDS on June 17, 2015, 09:18:59 AM
I wonder if this will happen to some other shows. 

We're 12 days away from his show at the Mann Center in Philadelphia that I'm attending.  For S&Gs, went on Ticketmaster to see how close I could get, and there were still Orchestra Center seats available. 

Granted I live in Baltimore, but I get emails about concerts in DC, VA, PA, NJ (basically shows within 100 miles), and I've seen very little mention of Brian's show. 


Title: Re: Brian / Al / Blondie Summer 2015 Tour Thread
Post by: HeyJude on June 17, 2015, 09:22:33 AM
Was thinking of starting up a new fresh thread. Thanks for starting. I’m still as of this moment ticketed for opening night, tomorrow night at the Mountain Winery. Hoping we get an interesting setlist and that the set is longer than the 2013 Beck tour (I guess Rodriguez seems to more of an “opening” act rather than a co-headlining thing as was the case with Jeff Beck. No slam on Rodriguez, but I’m hoping the Brian set is a relatively “full-length” show).

I can’t speak too much to ticket sales. The Mountain Winery is an appropriate size venue, seats a couple thousand give or take. The big arena-ish venues he’s doing (moreso on the UK tour) might be more difficult. I tend to not care too much as long as ticket sales aren’t so poor that they cancel shows. No sign of that, so that’s good.

A recent article from the San Diego area talking about Brian and Rodriguez did mention that tickets still being in ample supply may be due in part to the steep ticket price. Indeed, even at the Mountain Winery in Saratoga, catering to the upper-income folk, it appears the cheapest “General Admission” tickets sold out before the more expensive, up-front tickets.


Title: Re: Brian / Al / Blondie Summer 2015 Tour Thread
Post by: Shady on June 17, 2015, 09:23:05 AM
Message to promoters, when you book a tour, to make your money back....promote it.


Title: Re: Brian / Al / Blondie Summer 2015 Tour Thread
Post by: HeyJude on June 17, 2015, 09:27:05 AM
I wonder if this will happen to some other shows. 

We're 12 days away from his show at the Mann Center in Philadelphia that I'm attending.  For S&Gs, went on Ticketmaster to see how close I could get, and there were still Orchestra Center seats available. 

Granted I live in Baltimore, but I get emails about concerts in DC, VA, PA, NJ (basically shows within 100 miles), and I've seen very little mention of Brian's show. 

I wouldn’t expect re-booking of venues to be rampant on this tour. Really, seeing him in a smaller venue is infinitely more enjoyable.

It’s most likely a promoter issue, both in terms of who is making the calls, and who is potentially not making money. I doubt Brian loses any money when tickets don’t sell well. I would imagine there’s a guarantee fee, and then obviously more based on more ticket selling. It would be the promoter losing their shirt if they don’t sell enough tickets.

Obviously, there’s a separate issue of poor ticket sales impacting the ability to book future tours, but it’s kind of late in the game for that as far as Brian is concerned; he’s not building the beginning of his career up or anything. In fact, after the poorly-attended 2008 Paramount Theater show in Oakland (which, ironically, I didn’t make it to), where we had reports of only hundreds instead of thousands attending, the balcony being roped off, people being moved up to better seats, etc., he went on to play the venue again in 2013.


Title: Re: Brian / Al / Blondie Summer 2015 Tour Thread
Post by: KDS on June 17, 2015, 09:36:39 AM
As long as shows aren't cancelled, I'm fine with where I see the show.  It would be a shame if the venue is only half full, but I also realize that Brian is a bit of a niche artist.

I just would've thought this would be a hotter ticket with the album and movie. 


Title: Re: Brian / Al / Blondie Summer 2015 Tour Thread
Post by: HeyJude on June 17, 2015, 09:43:22 AM
As long as shows aren't cancelled, I'm fine with where I see the show.  It would be a shame if the venue is only half full, but I also realize that Brian is a bit of a niche artist.

I just would've thought this would be a hotter ticket with the album and movie. 

While ticket prices actually vary from city to city and venue to venue, I think the ticket pricing may be partly the issue, to the degree that there is an issue.

I’m not anywhere near certain there is some vast problem with ticket sales on this tour. I don’t see them over-pumping his Facebook page with ten posts every day about tickets being available. So the tour on the whole could actually be doing as well as a typical Brian tour.


Title: Re: Brian / Al / Blondie Summer 2015 Tour Thread
Post by: Shady on June 17, 2015, 09:47:28 AM
As long as shows aren't cancelled, I'm fine with where I see the show.  It would be a shame if the venue is only half full, but I also realize that Brian is a bit of a niche artist.

I just would've thought this would be a hotter ticket with the album and movie. 

Some of the shows are selling really well, actually most of them are.



Title: Re: Brian / Al / Blondie Summer 2015 Tour Thread
Post by: thatjacob on June 17, 2015, 09:54:24 AM
The Atlanta show is selling poorly, despite being in a fantastic venue. I have front row seats on the balcony (short girlfriend) that I bought during the pre-sale, but I almost wish that I had waited longer. As recently as a week ago, a few row A (behind 5 or 6 vip folding chair rows) seats on the floor level opened up for the same price.

I suspect that tickets will be half price on Groupon any day now, as they have been for the past two Brian concerts in GA.


Title: Re: Brian / Al / Blondie Summer 2015 Tour Thread
Post by: Shady on June 17, 2015, 10:00:06 AM
The funny thing is you can't even buy tickets for that Atlanta show..

The link on BW.com, ticketmaster and livenation is broke


Title: Re: Brian / Al / Blondie Summer 2015 Tour Thread
Post by: MyDrKnowsItKeepsMeCalm on June 17, 2015, 10:05:32 AM
The Jones Beach show was priced very aggressively, and doing a search on Ticketmaster right now there's a shocking number of seats still left... some sections have barely moved any seats at all. I really wonder if that pricing was the best strategy.



Title: Re: Brian / Al / Blondie Summer 2015 Tour Thread
Post by: shadownoze on June 17, 2015, 10:15:11 AM
I don't mind that the Austin show will be in a smaller, more acoustically-pleasing venue. I'm more concerned that the pricey VIP package I sprung for will still have me in a very good seat. I think I bought the first two tickets and —in the original venue—I was front row, center. Hope that's still the case. I can't imagine that the separate entity that does these packages could be very happy about having to scramble to accommodate a bunch of rabid fans in a completely different seating layout.


Title: Re: Brian / Al / Blondie Summer 2015 Tour Thread
Post by: Emdeeh on June 17, 2015, 10:18:06 AM
Shady, the Fox Theatre isn't using Livenation or Ticketmaster for the Atlanta show. Use this link for the Fox:
https://foxtheatre.org/shows-and-events/

I just don't understand why this show isn't being advertised in Atlanta -- I've seen more pr for Love and Mercy in the ATL than for Brian's (and Al and Blondie's) concert. The AJC newspaper and website have no listings for either upcoming BB-related concert in Atlanta. WGTV, one of the local PBS outlets, did have the Brian & Friends Soundstage show run during a recent pledge -- that's literally the only thing I've seen promoting the Fox show.  ???


Title: Re: Brian / Al / Blondie Summer 2015 Tour Thread
Post by: ♩♬🐸 Billy C ♯♫♩🐇 on June 17, 2015, 10:26:12 AM
Quote

I have one bit of news. Six days before the concert, I just got an email that the Austin show has been moved from the Frank Erwin Center to Bass Hall on the University of Texas campus. Since that's a considerably smaller venue, ticket sales must have been less than robust...although I really haven't seen any promotion at all.
Still, Bass Hall is a better place to hear music. I'm just sorry that NPP and L&M did not generate enough interest to fill the larger arena.


Whoa...I'm glad I read this thread. a A 4 hour drive to the wrong spot would've sucked for me!


Title: Re: Brian / Al / Blondie Summer 2015 Tour Thread
Post by: Shady on June 17, 2015, 10:56:30 AM
Shady, the Fox Theatre isn't using Livenation or Ticketmaster for the Atlanta show. Use this link for the Fox:
https://foxtheatre.org/shows-and-events/

I just don't understand why this show isn't being advertised in Atlanta -- I've seen more pr for Love and Mercy in the ATL than for Brian's (and Al and Blondie's) concert. The AJC newspaper and website have no listings for either upcoming BB-related concert in Atlanta. WGTV, one of the local PBS outlets, did have the Brian & Friends Soundstage show run during a recent pledge -- that's literally the only thing I've seen promoting the Fox show.  ???

And the link on that site isn't working  :lol


Title: Re: Brian / Al / Blondie Summer 2015 Tour Thread
Post by: drbeachboy on June 17, 2015, 11:13:32 AM
Shady, the Fox Theatre isn't using Livenation or Ticketmaster for the Atlanta show. Use this link for the Fox:
https://foxtheatre.org/shows-and-events/

I just don't understand why this show isn't being advertised in Atlanta -- I've seen more pr for Love and Mercy in the ATL than for Brian's (and Al and Blondie's) concert. The AJC newspaper and website have no listings for either upcoming BB-related concert in Atlanta. WGTV, one of the local PBS outlets, did have the Brian & Friends Soundstage show run during a recent pledge -- that's literally the only thing I've seen promoting the Fox show.  ???

And the link on that site isn't working  :lol
Works for me. Tried twice, no problem accessing either time.


Title: Re: Brian / Al / Blondie Summer 2015 Tour Thread
Post by: Shady on June 17, 2015, 11:36:58 AM
Shady, the Fox Theatre isn't using Livenation or Ticketmaster for the Atlanta show. Use this link for the Fox:
https://foxtheatre.org/shows-and-events/

I just don't understand why this show isn't being advertised in Atlanta -- I've seen more pr for Love and Mercy in the ATL than for Brian's (and Al and Blondie's) concert. The AJC newspaper and website have no listings for either upcoming BB-related concert in Atlanta. WGTV, one of the local PBS outlets, did have the Brian & Friends Soundstage show run during a recent pledge -- that's literally the only thing I've seen promoting the Fox show.  ???

And the link on that site isn't working  :lol
Works for me. Tried twice, no problem accessing either time.

Really, when I hit the "buy now" button it doesn't load.


Title: Re: Brian / Al / Blondie Summer 2015 Tour Thread
Post by: drbeachboy on June 17, 2015, 11:50:15 AM
Shady, the Fox Theatre isn't using Livenation or Ticketmaster for the Atlanta show. Use this link for the Fox:
https://foxtheatre.org/shows-and-events/

I just don't understand why this show isn't being advertised in Atlanta -- I've seen more pr for Love and Mercy in the ATL than for Brian's (and Al and Blondie's) concert. The AJC newspaper and website have no listings for either upcoming BB-related concert in Atlanta. WGTV, one of the local PBS outlets, did have the Brian & Friends Soundstage show run during a recent pledge -- that's literally the only thing I've seen promoting the Fox show.  ???

And the link on that site isn't working  :lol
Works for me. Tried twice, no problem accessing either time.

Really, when I hit the "buy now" button it doesn't load.
I just walked through it all the way to ADD TO CART. Picked my seat, the whole bit. Maybe clear your cookies on your computer before trying it again.


Title: Re: Brian / Al / Blondie Summer 2015 Tour Thread
Post by: bgas on June 17, 2015, 12:13:45 PM
Shady, the Fox Theatre isn't using Livenation or Ticketmaster for the Atlanta show. Use this link for the Fox:
https://foxtheatre.org/shows-and-events/

I just don't understand why this show isn't being advertised in Atlanta -- I've seen more pr for Love and Mercy in the ATL than for Brian's (and Al and Blondie's) concert. The AJC newspaper and website have no listings for either upcoming BB-related concert in Atlanta. WGTV, one of the local PBS outlets, did have the Brian & Friends Soundstage show run during a recent pledge -- that's literally the only thing I've seen promoting the Fox show.  ???

And the link on that site isn't working  :lol
Works for me. Tried twice, no problem accessing either time.

Really, when I hit the "buy now" button it doesn't load.
I just walked through it all the way to ADD TO CART. Picked my seat, the whole bit. Maybe clear your cookies on your computer before trying it again.

Me too. I even did add to cart, selected parking, then went to checkout. But I didn't register or buy the last two tickets in the pit( only decent seats left imo )
$20/ticket for "fees" is ridiculous


Title: Re: Brian / Al / Blondie Summer 2015 Tour Thread
Post by: Custom Machine on June 17, 2015, 12:32:37 PM
Tickets have been selling slowly for BW summer '15 concert tour stop #2 this Friday at 1400 seat Humphreys in San Diego.  At $125 for all seats (plus about $20/ticket in fees), the BW/Rodriguez concert is priced at the top end of what Humphreys charges for tickets.  (For example the M&B Beach Boys are priced at $78, which is less than BB's tixs at Humphreys normally go for, but unfortunately the guys are doing two shows that night, hence the lower price per show.)

Due to the slow ticket sales, it appears that over 250 tickets have been removed from the Select-a-Seat map in the farthest back seating areas.  Not sure if tixs for those seats will remain unavailable, or if they're being offered elsewhere at a discount, although I don't recall that happening for Humphreys tickets in the past.

With a couple of days to go and Love and Mercy currently showing in theaters, hopefully the remaining tickets will sell out before show time.



Title: Re: Brian / Al / Blondie Summer 2015 Tour Thread
Post by: bgas on June 17, 2015, 12:38:00 PM
Not certain what it costs to advertise in movie theaters, but it seems it'd be a good place to advertise the concerts in cities that have them upcoming


Title: Re: Brian / Al / Blondie Summer 2015 Tour Thread
Post by: Eric Aniversario on June 17, 2015, 01:03:33 PM
The Toronto show was moved to a smaller venue as well.


Title: Re: Brian / Al / Blondie Summer 2015 Tour Thread
Post by: donald on June 17, 2015, 03:21:06 PM
Was thinking of starting up a new fresh thread. Thanks for starting. I’m still as of this moment ticketed for opening night, tomorrow night at the Mountain Winery. Hoping we get an interesting setlist and that the set is longer than the 2013 Beck tour (I guess Rodriguez seems to more of an “opening” act rather than a co-headlining thing as was the case with Jeff Beck. No slam on Rodriguez, but I’m hoping the Brian set is a relatively “full-length” show).

I can’t speak too much to ticket sales. The Mountain Winery is an appropriate size venue, seats a couple thousand give or take. The big arena-ish venues he’s doing (moreso on the UK tour) might be more difficult. I tend to not care too much as long as ticket sales aren’t so poor that they cancel shows. No sign of that, so that’s good.

A recent article from the San Diego area talking about Brian and Rodriguez did mention that tickets still being in ample supply may be due in part to the steep ticket price. Indeed, even at the Mountain Winery in Saratoga, catering to the upper-income folk, it appears the cheapest “General Admission” tickets sold out before the more expensive, up-front tickets.

That is one great Venue!   I' ve seen Mike and company play there twice to very enthusiastic crowds .    A beautiful place to see any native CA act.    Take a bottle of wine and enjoy on the hillside overlooking San Jose before the show as the locals do.    Enjoy!


Title: Re: Brian / Al / Blondie Summer 2015 Tour Thread
Post by: HeyJude on June 17, 2015, 03:35:48 PM
Was thinking of starting up a new fresh thread. Thanks for starting. I’m still as of this moment ticketed for opening night, tomorrow night at the Mountain Winery. Hoping we get an interesting setlist and that the set is longer than the 2013 Beck tour (I guess Rodriguez seems to more of an “opening” act rather than a co-headlining thing as was the case with Jeff Beck. No slam on Rodriguez, but I’m hoping the Brian set is a relatively “full-length” show).

I can’t speak too much to ticket sales. The Mountain Winery is an appropriate size venue, seats a couple thousand give or take. The big arena-ish venues he’s doing (moreso on the UK tour) might be more difficult. I tend to not care too much as long as ticket sales aren’t so poor that they cancel shows. No sign of that, so that’s good.

A recent article from the San Diego area talking about Brian and Rodriguez did mention that tickets still being in ample supply may be due in part to the steep ticket price. Indeed, even at the Mountain Winery in Saratoga, catering to the upper-income folk, it appears the cheapest “General Admission” tickets sold out before the more expensive, up-front tickets.

That is one great Venue!   I' ve seen Mike and company play there twice to very enthusiastic crowds .    A beautiful place to see any native CA act.    Take a bottle of wine and enjoy on the hillside overlooking San Jose before the show as the locals do.    Enjoy!

Yes, been to a number of shows at the Winery. Saw Brian in 2000 (PS tour) and 2007 (with Al). Caught Ringo a few times as well as Frampton as well.

I've only been there once since they remodeled. It's certainly nicer *looking*, but I kind of dug the old format which felt more intimate. But I get it, they want to cram more seats and high priced suites in there and whatnot.


Title: Re: Brian / Al / Blondie Summer 2015 Tour Thread
Post by: Tony S on June 17, 2015, 03:42:34 PM
Saw where the PNC Bank Center in NJ, had tons of seats, good and bad, available. I wish I could go, but will be out of town unfortunately. But when I saw how many seats were left, with just 2 weeks to go, I must say I also thought about a possible cancellation. There were just sooooo many seats left....sad....and I can't be there! Damn!


Title: Re: Brian / Al / Blondie Summer 2015 Tour Thread
Post by: Pretty Funky on June 17, 2015, 04:45:18 PM
http://www.utsandiego.com/news/2015/jun/16/brian-wilson-rodriguez-pairing-should-fascinate/


Title: Re: Brian / Al / Blondie Summer 2015 Tour Thread
Post by: pixletwin on June 17, 2015, 04:46:49 PM
The venue here in SLC hasn't sold out, but I suspect the ticket price has a little to do with that.


Title: Re: Brian / Al / Blondie Summer 2015 Tour Thread
Post by: lee on June 17, 2015, 04:52:23 PM
I'll be making a 4 hour drive to the Atlanta show. I love the Fox Theater. I pulled up a 20th row ticket with the presale, let it go and scored a 2nd row pit ticket during the general online sale.


Title: Re: Brian / Al / Blondie Summer 2015 Tour Thread
Post by: baseball95 on June 17, 2015, 08:04:33 PM
I'm very anxious to see this set. Anyone have any guesses? Hope we'll get Hold On Dear Brother or Funk Pretty from Blondie.


Title: Re: Brian / Al / Blondie Summer 2015 Tour Thread
Post by: RubberSoul13 on June 17, 2015, 08:17:18 PM
I'm very anxious to see this set. Anyone have any guesses? Hope we'll get Hold On Dear Brother or Funk Pretty from Blondie.

I agree...California Saga seems like a reasonable choice for Al, although it wasn't done on the Beck tour.

Maybe it's time for Honkin' Down The Highway?  :hat


Title: Re: Brian / Al / Blondie Summer 2015 Tour Thread
Post by: ontor pertawst on June 18, 2015, 07:56:51 AM
So, anybody going tonight? I'll be at the San Diego and LA shows but we need breathless setlist chatter!


Title: Re: Brian / Al / Blondie Summer 2015 Tour Thread
Post by: HeyJude on June 18, 2015, 10:00:04 AM
So, anybody going tonight? I'll be at the San Diego and LA shows but we need breathless setlist chatter!

I do in fact have tickets for tonight! I'll get a setlist up ASAP. I'll probably end up taking the whole duration of the tour to write a freaking full review of the actual show. But I'll get a setlist up as soon as possible, unless someone else gets it up here first.


Title: Re: Brian / Al / Blondie Summer 2015 Tour Thread
Post by: KDS on June 18, 2015, 10:02:38 AM
Enjoy the show.  I still have a week and a half until I have to drive to Philly to see Brian. 

It'll be difficult to resist the temptation to come on here and check out the setlists, but I'll get by. 


Title: Re: Brian / Al / Blondie Summer 2015 Tour Thread
Post by: ontor pertawst on June 18, 2015, 10:04:34 AM
Have a great time! Looking forward to your review as well.


Title: Re: Brian / Al / Blondie Summer 2015 Tour Thread
Post by: Eric Aniversario on June 18, 2015, 10:05:19 AM
I'll be at the San Diego show, and I'm purposely not going to look at any posts about tonight's setlist. I want it to all be a surprise!


Title: Re: Brian / Al / Blondie Summer 2015 Tour Thread
Post by: bgas on June 18, 2015, 10:17:02 AM
I'll be at the San Diego show, and I'm purposely not going to look at any posts about tonight's setlist. I want it to all be a surprise!

After the setlist is posted here, let's all try and mentally beam it to Eric


Title: Re: Brian / Al / Blondie Summer 2015 Tour Thread
Post by: HeyJude on June 18, 2015, 10:18:05 AM
I'll be at the San Diego show, and I'm purposely not going to look at any posts about tonight's setlist. I want it to all be a surprise!

I have a suspicion the setlist will get more interesting as the tour rolls along. Brian's setlists have usually tended to add the weirder stuff in later shows. But I'm still hopeful we'll get something beyond the standard 2014 setlist. Obviously, even that would still be great.

I'm perhaps most interested to see if Blondie will do the entire duration of the show. In 2013, he only came on and did a few songs. Maybe they'll get Blondie to add something interesting to the requisite "Barbara Ann!"


Title: Re: Brian / Al / Blondie Summer 2015 Tour Thread
Post by: HeyJude on June 18, 2015, 10:19:50 AM
And I promise I won't be an asshat and post some BS song selections to mess with people. I remember someone did that in 2012 for C50. Yeah, right, I'm sure they busted out "Hey Little Tomboy" and "Crack at Your Love."  :3d


Title: Re: Brian / Al / Blondie Summer 2015 Tour Thread
Post by: ♩♬🐸 Billy C ♯♫♩🐇 on June 18, 2015, 10:52:56 AM
Only concern I have is with Rodriguez being the opening act, that Brian's set would be shorter. I hope it's not just a Greatest Hits type show, and there are a few selections from NPP. And athough Sebu's not on tour, I can always fill in for him on Runaway Dancer. Hell, I got the beard already :lol


Title: Re: Brian / Al / Blondie Summer 2015 Tour Thread
Post by: Eric Aniversario on June 18, 2015, 10:53:42 AM
I'll be at the San Diego show, and I'm purposely not going to look at any posts about tonight's setlist. I want it to all be a surprise!

I have a suspicion the setlist will get more interesting as the tour rolls along. Brian's setlists have usually tended to add the weirder stuff in later shows. But I'm still hopeful we'll get something beyond the standard 2014 setlist. Obviously, even that would still be great.

I'm perhaps most interested to see if Blondie will do the entire duration of the show. In 2013, he only came on and did a few songs. Maybe they'll get Blondie to add something interesting to the requisite "Barbara Ann!"

For $140, I think I'd be unhappy with the standard 2014 setlist...just being honest! At the very least, throw in Funky Pretty, You Need A Mess Of Help To Stand alone, and about half the NPP album.


Title: Re: Brian / Al / Blondie Summer 2015 Tour Thread
Post by: wantsomecorn on June 18, 2015, 10:54:43 AM
I'll be at the San Diego show, and I'm purposely not going to look at any posts about tonight's setlist. I want it to all be a surprise!

After the setlist is posted here, let's all try and mentally beam it to Eric

Or all email it to him as a submission for his website!  :lol


Title: Re: Brian / Al / Blondie Summer 2015 Tour Thread
Post by: ontor pertawst on June 18, 2015, 10:56:11 AM
Rodriguez is terrific. Anybody thinking about complaining about his opening set, crack open "Cold Fact" first. Or watch the movie... sure beats a bunch of fusion noodling going on and on and on and on.

It's going to be pretty special. We won't have the luxury of seeing these guys touring for much longer, ya know!


Title: Re: Brian / Al / Blondie Summer 2015 Tour Thread
Post by: Eric Aniversario on June 18, 2015, 10:57:07 AM
I'll be at the San Diego show, and I'm purposely not going to look at any posts about tonight's setlist. I want it to all be a surprise!

After the setlist is posted here, let's all try and mentally beam it to Eric

Or all email it to him as a submission for his website!  :lol
No e-mail for me till after the show! :-)


Title: Re: Brian / Al / Blondie Summer 2015 Tour Thread
Post by: drbeachboy on June 18, 2015, 11:02:29 AM
I'll be at the San Diego show, and I'm purposely not going to look at any posts about tonight's setlist. I want it to all be a surprise!

I have a suspicion the setlist will get more interesting as the tour rolls along. Brian's setlists have usually tended to add the weirder stuff in later shows. But I'm still hopeful we'll get something beyond the standard 2014 setlist. Obviously, even that would still be great.

I'm perhaps most interested to see if Blondie will do the entire duration of the show. In 2013, he only came on and did a few songs. Maybe they'll get Blondie to add something interesting to the requisite "Barbara Ann!"

For $140, I think I'd be unhappy with the standard 2014 setlist...just being honest!
Amazing, that seat price. I saw The Beach Boys at Celebrity Theatre in Phoenix in 1972. I was maybe 15 feet from the stage and the price of the ticket $3.75. It was a 2 hour plus show too. Show prices are out of control these days.


Title: Re: Brian / Al / Blondie Summer 2015 Tour Thread
Post by: bgas on June 18, 2015, 11:07:59 AM
I'll be at the San Diego show, and I'm purposely not going to look at any posts about tonight's setlist. I want it to all be a surprise!

I have a suspicion the setlist will get more interesting as the tour rolls along. Brian's setlists have usually tended to add the weirder stuff in later shows. But I'm still hopeful we'll get something beyond the standard 2014 setlist. Obviously, even that would still be great.

I'm perhaps most interested to see if Blondie will do the entire duration of the show. In 2013, he only came on and did a few songs. Maybe they'll get Blondie to add something interesting to the requisite "Barbara Ann!"

For $140, I think I'd be unhappy with the standard 2014 setlist...just being honest!
Amazing, that seat price. I saw The Beach Boys at Celebrity Theatre in Phoenix in 1972. I was maybe 15 feet from the stage and the price of the ticket $3.75. It was a 2 hour plus show too. Show prices are out of control these days.

yeah, I think so also; but then I wonder how much it costs to have your equipment moved and setup, how much the promoter should make, and what do all the musicains make?
 


Title: Re: Brian / Al / Blondie Summer 2015 Tour Thread
Post by: Eric Aniversario on June 18, 2015, 11:12:19 AM
I'll be at the San Diego show, and I'm purposely not going to look at any posts about tonight's setlist. I want it to all be a surprise!

I have a suspicion the setlist will get more interesting as the tour rolls along. Brian's setlists have usually tended to add the weirder stuff in later shows. But I'm still hopeful we'll get something beyond the standard 2014 setlist. Obviously, even that would still be great.

I'm perhaps most interested to see if Blondie will do the entire duration of the show. In 2013, he only came on and did a few songs. Maybe they'll get Blondie to add something interesting to the requisite "Barbara Ann!"

For $140, I think I'd be unhappy with the standard 2014 setlist...just being honest!
Amazing, that seat price. I saw The Beach Boys at Celebrity Theatre in Phoenix in 1972. I was maybe 15 feet from the stage and the price of the ticket $3.75. It was a 2 hour plus show too. Show prices are out of control these days.


Yeah pretty crazy prices. But in the end, I always remember the shows, and the money doesn't seem so important years later. I figure that I've seen a number of free or cheap shows, and the prices average out to about $20 each. :-)


Title: Re: Brian / Al / Blondie Summer 2015 Tour Thread
Post by: ♩♬🐸 Billy C ♯♫♩🐇 on June 18, 2015, 11:14:16 AM
Rodriguez is terrific. Anybody thinking about complaining about his opening set, crack open "Cold Fact" first. Or watch the movie... sure beats a bunch of fusion noodling going on and on and on and on.

It's going to be pretty special. We won't have the luxury of seeing these guys touring for much longer, ya know!

I'm not that familiar with his music, and haven't seen the movie yet, but what I've heard, I've liked a lot. Just hoping Brian doesn't have a shorter set, or that it's like the Beck shows in format.


Title: Re: Brian / Al / Blondie Summer 2015 Tour Thread
Post by: DC310 on June 18, 2015, 11:22:58 AM
Does anyone know if format will be Rodriguez opens, then BW & Co?  Or is it like Jeff Beck tour where BW will have a set, then JB, then BW + JB?


Title: Re: Brian / Al / Blondie Summer 2015 Tour Thread
Post by: ♩♬🐸 Billy C ♯♫♩🐇 on June 18, 2015, 11:24:55 AM
I'm hoping the former, personally, although the idea of them performing together is interesting.


Title: Re: Brian / Al / Blondie Summer 2015 Tour Thread
Post by: ontor pertawst on June 18, 2015, 11:25:36 AM
It's got to be the former with Rodriguez opening. He isn't co-headlining, he's billed as "with special guest." So we should be free of an punishing Beck-style interlude, helplessly wondering where Al is...


Title: Re: Brian / Al / Blondie Summer 2015 Tour Thread
Post by: catsaregrey on June 18, 2015, 11:38:20 AM
Having seen Rodriguez at a small Detroit venue right when Cold Fact was reissued (but maybe two years before the Searching for Sugar Man film), I was pleasantly surprised to see that he was opening. He was headlining his own tour not too long ago, and is worth the trip for sure. It almost feels like a double headliner tour to me, because he really brought it and still sounds great. I love the guy, plus he's from the area, so there's a bit of hometown pride there.

But obviously, most of us here are pumped for Brian, Al, and Blondie. Part of me feels that with some of the "this could be my final tour" talk a few months ago, Blondie being there, and Al having mentioned that he'd be interested in doing some Love You tracks, we could be in for some deeper cuts. After all, it's a Brian Wilson tour, not a Beach Boy tour. There's no question that Brian's band is more than capable of doing the stuff, and I'm sure they, being fans as well, would probably dig playing something like "Honkin' Down the Highway" or "Funky Pretty" or even (hopefully) "Rio Grande." Give me a Love You cut, something from either CatP/Holland(besides "Marcella" and "Sail on Sailor"), and everything else is gravy.

On the other hand, Brian's touring not only the new record, but also the film, so I'm aware that there's a cultural resurgence for him and his music, which makes me wonder if they might cater to a more hits-based playlist. After all, it's a Brian Wilson tour, not a Beach Boy tour, so it might see a bit odd or out of place for the newer (or older, "I never knew...") fan for the band to play some of the more obscure, fan favorite stuff.

I'm pumped either way. My friend and I saw him on the Beck tour and dug both acts. My girlfriend is coming with me this time. I know neither guy is going to disappoint.


Title: Re: Brian / Al / Blondie Summer 2015 Tour Thread
Post by: HeyJude on June 18, 2015, 11:40:25 AM
Does anyone know if format will be Rodriguez opens, then BW & Co?  Or is it like Jeff Beck tour where BW will have a set, then JB, then BW + JB?

It very much seems like Rodriguez is the opening act rather than a co-headliner like the Beck tour. So I would hope at the very least that we get a longer set on this tour for Brian than we did during the 2013 Beck dates.


Title: Re: Brian / Al / Blondie Summer 2015 Tour Thread
Post by: ontor pertawst on June 18, 2015, 11:42:13 AM
Yeah, this is gonna be special! I'm guessing heavy on the NPP tracks, what with the recent TV performances and that livestream where BW sang some without the special guests... and of course you have to deploy Blondie more since he's on the whole tour... and what of golden-voiced young Al Jardine? Wouldn't It Sloop John Rhonda B? Then of course, gotta end this tour with "Love and Mercy."

Lots of ground could be covered and I'm ALREADY jealous of the folks later in the tour who will no doubt get some extra songs tossed at them once they pick up steam, as you mentioned! What with curfews, I doubt they could go long.... with a probable 35-45 minute opening Rodriguez set that definitely cuts into Brian time but not as much as on the Beck tour. Well, we'll see tonight what the score is. Maybe i'm wrong and it opens with an extended 20 minute Shortnin' Bread jam.


Title: Re: Brian / Al / Blondie Summer 2015 Tour Thread
Post by: HeyJude on June 18, 2015, 11:42:46 AM
Rodriguez is terrific. Anybody thinking about complaining about his opening set, crack open "Cold Fact" first. Or watch the movie... sure beats a bunch of fusion noodling going on and on and on and on.

It's going to be pretty special. We won't have the luxury of seeing these guys touring for much longer, ya know!

I'm not that familiar with his music, and haven't seen the movie yet, but what I've heard, I've liked a lot. Just hoping Brian doesn't have a shorter set, or that it's like the Beck shows in format.

I'm fine with a Rodriguez set, and if I discover some music I dig, even better. The issue would be whether it shortens the Brian set. I can't imagine how it *wouldn't* shorten Brian's set at least a bit (obviously, though, it's impossible to prove conclusively unless we go back in time and re-live the tour without an opening act), but I would hope we get something longer than Brian's set during the Beck tour.

I just feel like, especially with Al and Blondie there, there's no reason to cut the set short. Brian doesn't have to do all the heavy lifting.


Title: Re: Brian / Al / Blondie Summer 2015 Tour Thread
Post by: drbeachboy on June 18, 2015, 11:42:50 AM
Having seen Rodriguez at a small Detroit venue right when Cold Fact was reissued (but maybe two years before the Searching for Sugar Man film), I was pleasantly surprised to see that he was opening. He was headlining his own tour not too long ago, and is worth the trip for sure. It almost feels like a double headliner tour to me, because he really brought it and still sounds great. I love the guy, plus he's from the area, so there's a bit of hometown pride there.

But obviously, most of us here are pumped for Brian, Al, and Blondie. Part of me feels that with some of the "this could be my final tour" talk a few months ago, Blondie being there, and Al having mentioned that he'd be interested in doing some Love You tracks, we could be in for some deeper cuts. After all, it's a Brian Wilson tour, not a Beach Boy tour. There's no question that Brian's band is more than capable of doing the stuff, and I'm sure they, being fans as well, would probably dig playing something like "Honkin' Down the Highway" or "Funky Pretty" or even (hopefully) "Rio Grande." Give me a Love You cut, something from either CatP/Holland(besides "Marcella" and "Sail on Sailor"), and everything else is gravy.

On the other hand, Brian's touring not only the new record, but also the film, so I'm aware that there's a cultural resurgence for him and his music, which makes me wonder if they might cater to a more hits-based playlist. After all, it's a Brian Wilson tour, not a Beach Boy tour, so it might see a bit odd or out of place for the newer (or older, "I never knew...") fan for the band to play some of the more obscure, fan favorite stuff.

I'm pumped either way. My friend and I saw him on the Beck tour and dug both acts. My girlfriend is coming with me this time. I know neither guy is going to disappoint.
The thing with Brian is, everything is fair game. It's all Brian, whether solo material or Beach Boys music. He da man!


Title: Re: Brian / Al / Blondie Summer 2015 Tour Thread
Post by: drbeachboy on June 18, 2015, 11:44:55 AM
Yeah, this is gonna be special! I'm guessing heavy on the NPP tracks, what with the recent TV performances and that livestream where BW sang some without the special guests... and of course you have to deploy Blondie more since he's on the whole tour! ...and what of golden-voiced young Al Jardine? Wouldn't It Sloop John Rhonda B? Then of course, gotta end this tour with "Love and Mercy."

I'm betting on this being a great tour. They should pull out all the stops this time around.


Title: Re: Brian / Al / Blondie Summer 2015 Tour Thread
Post by: HeyJude on June 18, 2015, 11:45:14 AM
Yeah, this is gonna be special! I'm guessing heavy on the NPP tracks, what with the recent TV performances and that livestream where BW sang some without the special guests... and of course you have to deploy Blondie more since he's on the whole tour! ...and what of golden-voiced young Al Jardine? Wouldn't It Sloop John Rhonda B? Then of course, gotta end this tour with "Love and Mercy."


I wouldn't expect a super NPP-heavy setlist. Brian hasn't typically done a ton of new album tracks (apart from obvious bits like playing albums in full). I would expect "Sail Away", perhaps "Runaway Dancer" (Brian seemed to be into doing that one even without Sebu), and maybe one or two others.

I'd still love to see them dig into the back BB catalog, for some Blondie-centric and Al-centric stuff (they rehearsed "Lookin' at Tomorrow" for the Vegas PBS show last year), and maybe a few left-field choices like "Goin' On" or something like that.


Title: Re: Brian / Al / Blondie Summer 2015 Tour Thread
Post by: Andrew G. Doe on June 18, 2015, 11:47:38 AM
Setting aside his presentations of themed albums in toto, Brian's rarely played more than a handful of tracks from his then current album:

1999 - "Your Imagination", "South American", "Lay Down Burden"

2004 - "City Blues", "Getting In Over My Head", "How Can We Still Be Dancing"

My guess would be "Sail Away", "Saturday Night" and... either "The Right Time" or "Whatever Happened" from NPP.


Title: Re: Brian / Al / Blondie Summer 2015 Tour Thread
Post by: ontor pertawst on June 18, 2015, 11:49:03 AM
Yeah, definitely not pulling off the whole album but I'd guess This Beautiful Day/Runaway Dancer/Sail Away/The Right Time/The Last Song.


Title: Re: Brian / Al / Blondie Summer 2015 Tour Thread
Post by: ♩♬🐸 Billy C ♯♫♩🐇 on June 18, 2015, 12:01:32 PM
Yeah, definitely not pulling off the whole album but I'd guess This Beautiful Day/Runaway Dancer/Sail Away/The Right Time/The Last Song.

I'd take that. Again, I'm open to helping with RD....I work cheap ;)


Title: Re: Brian / Al / Blondie Summer 2015 Tour Thread
Post by: HeyJude on June 18, 2015, 12:01:43 PM
I dig NPP just fine, but I'd rather they go heavy on rare back catalog tracks.

As I said a few weeks ago, however justified or legitimate one feels Mike's current band is in doing the extensive UK setlist, I would hope it would spur Brian and his band to dig deeper and forego "Shut Down" and the like for something rare or never-performed. Especially with Al and Blondie there.

I'd say, given the few comments from those involved, the most likely old track for them to add that Brian's band has never done would be "Funky Pretty." Would be cool to see Brian, Al, and Blondie trade lines on that one (and, sacrilegious as it may be, it's not even a song I'm super into).  


Title: Re: Brian / Al / Blondie Summer 2015 Tour Thread
Post by: KDS on June 18, 2015, 12:30:27 PM
One of the big reasons I regret not going to the 2013 Tour was that the band did Little Bird.  That might be my favorite Dennis song. 

I'd also love to hear the title track from Friends. 

Let the Wind Blow would be a nice album cut. 

Here She Comes from CATP has really grown on me lately. 

A Day in the Life of a Tree would be a total shocker.   

Lonely Sea would be a great early song to bring out. 

Really hoping for the suite of Wonderful / A Song for Children / Child Father of the Man / Surf's Up


Title: Re: Brian / Al / Blondie Summer 2015 Tour Thread
Post by: STE on June 18, 2015, 12:44:01 PM
Just a wild guess:

01. California Girls
02. Dance, Dance, Dance
03. Little Deuce Coupe
04. Runaway Dancer
05. In My Room
06. Surfer Girl
07. Our Prayer
08. Heroes and Villains
09. Darlin'
10. Do You Wanna Dance
11. Don't Worry Baby
12. The Right Time
13. Sail Away
14. California
15. Do It Again
16. Sail On, Sailor
17. Marcella
18. Wild Honey
19. Sloop John B
20. Wouldn't It Be Nice
21. God Only Knows
22. Good Vibrations

Encore:
23. This Beautiful Day
24. All Summer Long
25. Help Me, Rhonda
26. I Get Around
27. Barbara Ann
28. Surfin' U.S.A.
29. Fun, Fun, Fun

Encore 2:
30. Love and Mercy



Title: Re: Brian / Al / Blondie Summer 2015 Tour Thread
Post by: baseball95 on June 18, 2015, 01:04:34 PM
Just a wild guess:

01. California Girls
02. Dance, Dance, Dance
03. Little Deuce Coupe
04. Runaway Dancer
05. In My Room
06. Surfer Girl
07. Our Prayer
08. Heroes and Villains
09. Darlin'
10. Do You Wanna Dance
11. Don't Worry Baby
12. The Right Time
13. Sail Away
14. California
15. Do It Again
16. Sail On, Sailor
17. Marcella
18. Wild Honey
19. Sloop John B
20. Wouldn't It Be Nice
21. God Only Knows
22. Good Vibrations

Encore:
23. This Beautiful Day
24. All Summer Long
25. Help Me, Rhonda
26. I Get Around
27. Barbara Ann
28. Surfin' U.S.A.
29. Fun, Fun, Fun

Encore 2:
30. Love and Mercy


Gotta say that would be a disappointment to be honest


Title: Re: Brian / Al / Blondie Summer 2015 Tour Thread
Post by: drbeachboy on June 18, 2015, 01:21:29 PM
Just a wild guess:

01. California Girls
02. Dance, Dance, Dance
03. Little Deuce Coupe
04. Runaway Dancer
05. In My Room
06. Surfer Girl
07. Our Prayer
08. Heroes and Villains
09. Darlin'
10. Do You Wanna Dance
11. Don't Worry Baby
12. The Right Time
13. Sail Away
14. California
15. Do It Again
16. Sail On, Sailor
17. Marcella
18. Wild Honey
19. Sloop John B
20. Wouldn't It Be Nice
21. God Only Knows
22. Good Vibrations

Encore:
23. This Beautiful Day
24. All Summer Long
25. Help Me, Rhonda
26. I Get Around
27. Barbara Ann
28. Surfin' U.S.A.
29. Fun, Fun, Fun

Encore 2:
30. Love and Mercy


Gotta say that would be a disappointment to be honest
Except for Barbara-fu**ing-Ann, that is a fine set of songs, though.


Title: Re: Brian / Al / Blondie Summer 2015 Tour Thread
Post by: baseball95 on June 18, 2015, 01:37:38 PM
Just a wild guess:

01. California Girls
02. Dance, Dance, Dance
03. Little Deuce Coupe
04. Runaway Dancer
05. In My Room
06. Surfer Girl
07. Our Prayer
08. Heroes and Villains
09. Darlin'
10. Do You Wanna Dance
11. Don't Worry Baby
12. The Right Time
13. Sail Away
14. California
15. Do It Again
16. Sail On, Sailor
17. Marcella
18. Wild Honey
19. Sloop John B
20. Wouldn't It Be Nice
21. God Only Knows
22. Good Vibrations

Encore:
23. This Beautiful Day
24. All Summer Long
25. Help Me, Rhonda
26. I Get Around
27. Barbara Ann
28. Surfin' U.S.A.
29. Fun, Fun, Fun

Encore 2:
30. Love and Mercy


Gotta say that would be a disappointment to be honest
Except for Barbara-fu**ing-Ann, that is a fine set of songs, though.

It it a solid set! Please Let Me Wonder and She Knows Me Too Well might sneak in there also Brian seems to really like those. Lookin' at Tomorrow, Honkin Down the Higway for Al and Funky Pretty and Hold On Dear Brother for Blondie is what i'm hoping for.


Title: Re: Brian / Al / Blondie Summer 2015 Tour Thread
Post by: drbeachboy on June 18, 2015, 01:45:49 PM
Just a wild guess:

01. California Girls
02. Dance, Dance, Dance
03. Little Deuce Coupe
04. Runaway Dancer
05. In My Room
06. Surfer Girl
07. Our Prayer
08. Heroes and Villains
09. Darlin'
10. Do You Wanna Dance
11. Don't Worry Baby
12. The Right Time
13. Sail Away
14. California
15. Do It Again
16. Sail On, Sailor
17. Marcella
18. Wild Honey
19. Sloop John B
20. Wouldn't It Be Nice
21. God Only Knows
22. Good Vibrations

Encore:
23. This Beautiful Day
24. All Summer Long
25. Help Me, Rhonda
26. I Get Around
27. Barbara Ann
28. Surfin' U.S.A.
29. Fun, Fun, Fun

Encore 2:
30. Love and Mercy


Gotta say that would be a disappointment to be honest
Except for Barbara-fu**ing-Ann, that is a fine set of songs, though.

It it a solid set! Please Let Me Wonder and She Knows Me Too Well might sneak in there also Brian seems to really like those. Lookin' at Tomorrow, Honkin Down the Higway for Al and Funky Pretty and Hold On Dear Brother for Blondie is what i'm hoping for.
We can only hope. I think they will pull out a few concert rarities from date to date. It was great hearing Break Away a couple years ago, as it was only the second time that someone performed it since July 1969 in Atlantic City.


Title: Re: Brian / Al / Blondie Summer 2015 Tour Thread
Post by: doc smiley on June 18, 2015, 02:31:33 PM
Love to hear Blondie tackle Saturday Night but thats highly unlikely.... bet you he could do a great job of it.. however it would 
in a different key.


Title: Re: Brian / Al / Blondie Summer 2015 Tour Thread
Post by: Wirestone on June 18, 2015, 02:44:26 PM
My guess (building on the previously posted setlist)

01. This Beautiful Day
02. Runaway Dancer
03. Dance, Dance, Dance
04. California Girls
05. In My Room
06. Surfer Girl
07. Our Prayer
08. Heroes and Villains
09. Darlin'
10. Do You Wanna Dance
11. Then I Kissed Her
12. Don't Worry Baby
13. Sail Away
14. California
15. Do It Again
16. Sail On, Sailor
17. Marcella
18. Wild Honey
19. Sloop John B
20. The Last Song
21. Your Imagination
22. Wouldn't It Be Nice
23. God Only Knows
24. Good Vibrations

Encore:
25. All Summer Long
26. Help Me, Rhonda
27. I Get Around
28. Barbara Ann
29. Surfin' U.S.A.
30. Fun, Fun, Fun

Encore 2:
31. Love and Mercy


Title: Re: Brian / Al / Blondie Summer 2015 Tour Thread
Post by: baseball95 on June 18, 2015, 03:29:00 PM
This may be more of a dream then a guess but it seems very doable and appropriate.

1. This Beautiful Day
2. Runaway Dancer
3. California Girls
4. Dance, Dance, Dance
5. Girl Don't Tell Me
6. Please Let Me Wonder
7. In My Room
8. Surfer Girl
9. She Knows Me Too Well
10. Don't Worry Baby
11. Then I Kissed Her
12. Our Prayer
13. Heroes and Villains
14. Wild Honey
15. Funky Pretty
16. Sail Away
17. Marcella
18. Do It Again
19. Darlin'
20. Sail On, Sailor
21. Hold On Dear Brother
22. California Saga: California
23. The Right Time
24. Sloop John B
25. Wouldn't Be Nice
26. Pacific Coast Highway
27. Summer's Gone
28. God Only Knows
29. Good Vibrations
30. The Last Song

Encore 1:
31. All Summer Long
32. Help Me, Rhonda
33. I Get Around
34. Barbara Ann
35. Surfin' U.S.A.
36. Fun, Fun, Fun

Encore 2:
37. Love & Mercy

to me that looks like a solid set with enough hits and deep cuts to make anyone happy, plus you got 5 songs from the new album. Besides i feel like they'll rotate songs throughout the tour anyway. I hope they don't feel the need to do Shut Down, Deuce Coupe, Catch a Wave or Hawaii as they have done previously, as great as Al sound on Deuce Coupe (better than Mike IMOP) that's four songs that really aren't necessary.

That's also 8 leads for Al (including co-leads) and 5 for Blondie (if he's there use him!)


Title: Re: Brian / Al / Blondie Summer 2015 Tour Thread
Post by: RubberSoul13 on June 18, 2015, 05:25:15 PM
I would be really surprised if he opened with a track from the new album. As far as new album tracks I think it's safe to expect...

-This Beautiful Day
-Runaway Dancer
-The Right Time
-Sail Away
-One Kind of Love

...just my guesses based on current promo and band dynamics. We shall soon see!


Title: Re: Brian / Al / Blondie Summer 2015 Tour Thread
Post by: The LEGENDARY OSD on June 18, 2015, 05:41:15 PM
Just a wild guess:

01. California Girls
02. Dance, Dance, Dance
03. Little Deuce Coupe
04. Runaway Dancer
05. In My Room
06. Surfer Girl
07. Our Prayer
08. Heroes and Villains
09. Darlin'
10. Do You Wanna Dance
11. Don't Worry Baby
12. The Right Time
13. Sail Away
14. California
15. Do It Again
16. Sail On, Sailor
17. Marcella
18. Wild Honey
19. Sloop John B
20. Wouldn't It Be Nice
21. God Only Knows
22. Good Vibrations

Encore:
23. This Beautiful Day
24. All Summer Long
25. Help Me, Rhonda
26. I Get Around
27. Barbara Ann
28. Surfin' U.S.A.
29. Fun, Fun, Fun

Encore 2:
30. Love and Mercy


Gotta say that would be a disappointment to be honest
Except for Barbara-fu**ing-Ann, that is a fine set of songs, though.

It it a solid set! Please Let Me Wonder and She Knows Me Too Well might sneak in there also Brian seems to really like those. Lookin' at Tomorrow, Honkin Down the Higway for Al and Funky Pretty and Hold On Dear Brother for Blondie is what i'm hoping for.
We can only hope. I think they will pull out a few concert rarities from date to date. It was great hearing Break Away a couple years ago, as it was only the second time that someone performed it since July 1969 in Atlantic City.

I was there-do you remember what happened in the beginning of the song between Carl & Dennis??


Title: Re: Brian / Al / Blondie Summer 2015 Tour Thread
Post by: HeyJude on June 18, 2015, 06:04:57 PM
Was able to overhear some soundcheck. Heard:

Runaway Dancer
The Right Time

Bits of I Get Around, Our Prayer, and Heroes and Villains.

Heard "This Whole World" with someone else doing part of the lead. I could swear it was Al, which would be really weird. Could have been Matt or one of the other guys. But it really sounded like Al.


Title: Re: Brian / Al / Blondie Summer 2015 Tour Thread
Post by: drbeachboy on June 18, 2015, 06:07:44 PM
Just a wild guess:

01. California Girls
02. Dance, Dance, Dance
03. Little Deuce Coupe
04. Runaway Dancer
05. In My Room
06. Surfer Girl
07. Our Prayer
08. Heroes and Villains
09. Darlin'
10. Do You Wanna Dance
11. Don't Worry Baby
12. The Right Time
13. Sail Away
14. California
15. Do It Again
16. Sail On, Sailor
17. Marcella
18. Wild Honey
19. Sloop John B
20. Wouldn't It Be Nice
21. God Only Knows
22. Good Vibrations

Encore:
23. This Beautiful Day
24. All Summer Long
25. Help Me, Rhonda
26. I Get Around
27. Barbara Ann
28. Surfin' U.S.A.
29. Fun, Fun, Fun

Encore 2:
30. Love and Mercy


Gotta say that would be a disappointment to be honest
Except for Barbara-fu**ing-Ann, that is a fine set of songs, though.

It it a solid set! Please Let Me Wonder and She Knows Me Too Well might sneak in there also Brian seems to really like those. Lookin' at Tomorrow, Honkin Down the Higway for Al and Funky Pretty and Hold On Dear Brother for Blondie is what i'm hoping for.
We can only hope. I think they will pull out a few concert rarities from date to date. It was great hearing Break Away a couple years ago, as it was only the second time that someone performed it since July 1969 in Atlantic City.

I was there-do you remember what happened in the beginning of the song between Carl & Dennis??
No, I don't remember. I only remember Carl introducing it as their new single. Please tell the story and maybe I'll remember.


Title: Re: Brian / Al / Blondie Summer 2015 Tour Thread
Post by: bgas on June 18, 2015, 06:08:41 PM
Just a wild guess:

01. California Girls
02. Dance, Dance, Dance
03. Little Deuce Coupe
04. Runaway Dancer
05. In My Room
06. Surfer Girl
07. Our Prayer
08. Heroes and Villains
09. Darlin'
10. Do You Wanna Dance
11. Don't Worry Baby
12. The Right Time
13. Sail Away
14. California
15. Do It Again
16. Sail On, Sailor
17. Marcella
18. Wild Honey
19. Sloop John B
20. Wouldn't It Be Nice
21. God Only Knows
22. Good Vibrations

Encore:
23. This Beautiful Day
24. All Summer Long
25. Help Me, Rhonda
26. I Get Around
27. Barbara Ann
28. Surfin' U.S.A.
29. Fun, Fun, Fun

Encore 2:
30. Love and Mercy


Gotta say that would be a disappointment to be honest
Except for Barbara-fu**ing-Ann, that is a fine set of songs, though.

It it a solid set! Please Let Me Wonder and She Knows Me Too Well might sneak in there also Brian seems to really like those. Lookin' at Tomorrow, Honkin Down the Higway for Al and Funky Pretty and Hold On Dear Brother for Blondie is what i'm hoping for.
We can only hope. I think they will pull out a few concert rarities from date to date. It was great hearing Break Away a couple years ago, as it was only the second time that someone performed it since July 1969 in Atlantic City.

I was there-do you remember what happened in the beginning of the song between Carl & Dennis??
No, I don't remember. I only remember Carl introducing it as their new single. Please tell the story and maybe I'll remember.

a mind is a terrible thing to waste....


Title: Re: Brian / Al / Blondie Summer 2015 Tour Thread
Post by: drbeachboy on June 18, 2015, 06:15:36 PM
Just a wild guess:

01. California Girls
02. Dance, Dance, Dance
03. Little Deuce Coupe
04. Runaway Dancer
05. In My Room
06. Surfer Girl
07. Our Prayer
08. Heroes and Villains
09. Darlin'
10. Do You Wanna Dance
11. Don't Worry Baby
12. The Right Time
13. Sail Away
14. California
15. Do It Again
16. Sail On, Sailor
17. Marcella
18. Wild Honey
19. Sloop John B
20. Wouldn't It Be Nice
21. God Only Knows
22. Good Vibrations

Encore:
23. This Beautiful Day
24. All Summer Long
25. Help Me, Rhonda
26. I Get Around
27. Barbara Ann
28. Surfin' U.S.A.
29. Fun, Fun, Fun

Encore 2:
30. Love and Mercy


Gotta say that would be a disappointment to be honest
Except for Barbara-fu**ing-Ann, that is a fine set of songs, though.

It it a solid set! Please Let Me Wonder and She Knows Me Too Well might sneak in there also Brian seems to really like those. Lookin' at Tomorrow, Honkin Down the Higway for Al and Funky Pretty and Hold On Dear Brother for Blondie is what i'm hoping for.
We can only hope. I think they will pull out a few concert rarities from date to date. It was great hearing Break Away a couple years ago, as it was only the second time that someone performed it since July 1969 in Atlantic City.

I was there-do you remember what happened in the beginning of the song between Carl & Dennis??
No, I don't remember. I only remember Carl introducing it as their new single. Please tell the story and maybe I'll remember.

a mind is a terrible thing to waste....
I was 11 years old and was completely surprised that I was seeing them that day. I had no idea. We went there because it was an overcast day at the shore. I didn't realize it was to see them until we passed a billboard saying "Carl Wilson and the Beach Boys". I was so excited that it's a wonder that I remember anything at all. :)


Title: Re: Brian / Al / Blondie Summer 2015 Tour Thread
Post by: The LEGENDARY OSD on June 18, 2015, 06:27:06 PM
Just a wild guess:

01. California Girls
02. Dance, Dance, Dance
03. Little Deuce Coupe
04. Runaway Dancer
05. In My Room
06. Surfer Girl
07. Our Prayer
08. Heroes and Villains
09. Darlin'
10. Do You Wanna Dance
11. Don't Worry Baby
12. The Right Time
13. Sail Away
14. California
15. Do It Again
16. Sail On, Sailor
17. Marcella
18. Wild Honey
19. Sloop John B
20. Wouldn't It Be Nice
21. God Only Knows
22. Good Vibrations

Encore:
23. This Beautiful Day
24. All Summer Long
25. Help Me, Rhonda
26. I Get Around
27. Barbara Ann
28. Surfin' U.S.A.
29. Fun, Fun, Fun

Encore 2:
30. Love and Mercy


Gotta say that would be a disappointment to be honest
Except for Barbara-fu**ing-Ann, that is a fine set of songs, though.

It it a solid set! Please Let Me Wonder and She Knows Me Too Well might sneak in there also Brian seems to really like those. Lookin' at Tomorrow, Honkin Down the Higway for Al and Funky Pretty and Hold On Dear Brother for Blondie is what i'm hoping for.
We can only hope. I think they will pull out a few concert rarities from date to date. It was great hearing Break Away a couple years ago, as it was only the second time that someone performed it since July 1969 in Atlantic City.

I was there-do you remember what happened in the beginning of the song between Carl & Dennis??
No, I don't remember. I only remember Carl introducing it as their new single. Please tell the story and maybe I'll remember.

We were close to the stage which gave us the chance to see everything. They were incredibly good. After the announcement of Breakaway, Dennis had a problem with the drum intro. It was quite obvious Carl was pissed at the false start. They traded GLARING looks of disdain at each other, they exchanged a few inaudible words, there was complete silence in the audience, and then Carl counted off and the song began and it came off well as did the remainder of the show. Brotherly luHv, huh?


Title: Re: Brian / Al / Blondie Summer 2015 Tour Thread
Post by: drbeachboy on June 18, 2015, 06:46:38 PM
Just a wild guess:

01. California Girls
02. Dance, Dance, Dance
03. Little Deuce Coupe
04. Runaway Dancer
05. In My Room
06. Surfer Girl
07. Our Prayer
08. Heroes and Villains
09. Darlin'
10. Do You Wanna Dance
11. Don't Worry Baby
12. The Right Time
13. Sail Away
14. California
15. Do It Again
16. Sail On, Sailor
17. Marcella
18. Wild Honey
19. Sloop John B
20. Wouldn't It Be Nice
21. God Only Knows
22. Good Vibrations

Encore:
23. This Beautiful Day
24. All Summer Long
25. Help Me, Rhonda
26. I Get Around
27. Barbara Ann
28. Surfin' U.S.A.
29. Fun, Fun, Fun

Encore 2:
30. Love and Mercy


Gotta say that would be a disappointment to be honest
Except for Barbara-fu**ing-Ann, that is a fine set of songs, though.

It it a solid set! Please Let Me Wonder and She Knows Me Too Well might sneak in there also Brian seems to really like those. Lookin' at Tomorrow, Honkin Down the Higway for Al and Funky Pretty and Hold On Dear Brother for Blondie is what i'm hoping for.
We can only hope. I think they will pull out a few concert rarities from date to date. It was great hearing Break Away a couple years ago, as it was only the second time that someone performed it since July 1969 in Atlantic City.

I was there-do you remember what happened in the beginning of the song between Carl & Dennis??
No, I don't remember. I only remember Carl introducing it as their new single. Please tell the story and maybe I'll remember.

We were close to the stage which gave us the chance to see everything. They were incredibly good. After the announcement of Breakaway, Dennis had a problem with the drum intro. It was quite obvious Carl was pissed at the false start. They traded GLARING looks of disdain at each other, they exchanged a few inaudible words, there was complete silence in the audience, and then Carl counted off and the song began and it came off well as did the remainder of the show. Brotherly luHv, huh?
I do not remember that, but I am not surprised. Carl was known to to do that. I remember Billy Hinsche saying you did not want to have Carl give you that look. I also remember my old man coming in to get me and seeing Bruce up on stage. When we got outside he told me he ran into that guy before the show, sitting on a bench, so he shot the sh*t with him while having a smoke. He had no idea he was talking to a Beach Boy. He was surprised that he was barefoot and wearing dirty white jeans.


Title: Re: Brian / Al / Blondie Summer 2015 Tour Thread
Post by: The LEGENDARY OSD on June 18, 2015, 07:02:09 PM
I was 22 at the time. Any memories of them being announced as Dennis Wilson and The Beach Boys?? I cannot remember where but it happened.


Title: Re: Brian / Al / Blondie Summer 2015 Tour Thread
Post by: ♩♬🐸 Billy C ♯♫♩🐇 on June 18, 2015, 07:13:44 PM
Just a wild guess:

01. California Girls
02. Dance, Dance, Dance
03. Little Deuce Coupe
04. Runaway Dancer
05. In My Room
06. Surfer Girl
07. Our Prayer
08. Heroes and Villains
09. Darlin'
10. Do You Wanna Dance
11. Don't Worry Baby
12. The Right Time
13. Sail Away
14. California
15. Do It Again
16. Sail On, Sailor
17. Marcella
18. Wild Honey
19. Sloop John B
20. Wouldn't It Be Nice
21. God Only Knows
22. Good Vibrations

Encore:
23. This Beautiful Day
24. All Summer Long
25. Help Me, Rhonda
26. I Get Around
27. Barbara Ann
28. Surfin' U.S.A.
29. Fun, Fun, Fun

Encore 2:
30. Love and Mercy


Gotta say that would be a disappointment to be honest
Except for Barbara-fu**ing-Ann, that is a fine set of songs, though.

It it a solid set! Please Let Me Wonder and She Knows Me Too Well might sneak in there also Brian seems to really like those. Lookin' at Tomorrow, Honkin Down the Higway for Al and Funky Pretty and Hold On Dear Brother for Blondie is what i'm hoping for.
We can only hope. I think they will pull out a few concert rarities from date to date. It was great hearing Break Away a couple years ago, as it was only the second time that someone performed it since July 1969 in Atlantic City.

I was there-do you remember what happened in the beginning of the song between Carl & Dennis??
No, I don't remember. I only remember Carl introducing it as their new single. Please tell the story and maybe I'll remember.

We were close to the stage which gave us the chance to see everything. They were incredibly good. After the announcement of Breakaway, Dennis had a problem with the drum intro. It was quite obvious Carl was pissed at the false start. They traded GLARING looks of disdain at each other, they exchanged a few inaudible words, there was complete silence in the audience, and then Carl counted off and the song began and it came off well as did the remainder of the show. Brotherly luHv, huh?
I do not remember that, but I am not surprised. Carl was known to to do that. I remember Billy Hinsche saying you did not want to have Carl give you that look. I also remember my old man coming in to get me and seeing Bruce up on stage. When we got outside he told me he ran into that guy before the show, sitting on a bench, so he shot the sh*t with him while having a smoke. He had no idea he was talking to a Beach Boy. He was surprised that he was barefoot and wearing dirty white jeans.

If this was hippy mustache Bruce, then I gotta laugh


Title: Re: Brian / Al / Blondie Summer 2015 Tour Thread
Post by: baseball95 on June 18, 2015, 07:28:14 PM
Not sure if it's because winery stage is so small but just saw a picture and it looks like Brian's gotten rid of the white piano and gone back to the small keyboard center stage


Title: Re: Brian / Al / Blondie Summer 2015 Tour Thread
Post by: baseball95 on June 18, 2015, 08:53:14 PM
Just led off with California Girls, no Blondie on stage


Title: Re: Brian / Al / Blondie Summer 2015 Tour Thread
Post by: ontor pertawst on June 18, 2015, 10:34:43 PM
(paces around in front of thread)


Title: Re: Brian / Al / Blondie Summer 2015 Tour Thread
Post by: HeyJude on June 18, 2015, 10:46:35 PM
Set list:

Our Prayer
Heroes and Villains
California Girls
I Get Around
This Whole World (Darian with Brian)
Dance Dance Dance
The Little Girl I Once Knew
Shut Down
Little Deuce Coupe
Don't Worry Baby (Matt)
Cotton Fields (Al)
Row Row Row Your Boat
In My Room
Surfer Girl
She Knows Me Too Well (Matt)
Wake the World
Busy Doin' Nothin'
The Right Time (Al)
Runaway Dancer
Sail Away (w/Blondie)
One Kind of Love
Wild Honey (Blondie)
Sail on Sailor (Blondie)
Wouldn't It Be Nice
Sloop John B.
God Only Knows
Good Vibrations

Encore:
All Summer Long
Help Me Rhonda
Barbara Ann
Surfin' USA
Fun Fun Fun
Love and Mercy

More later!



Title: Re: Brian / Al / Blondie Summer 2015 Tour Thread
Post by: ontor pertawst on June 18, 2015, 10:48:34 PM
Busy Doin' Nothin'? Yes please. Sounds great! Love the Our Prayer/H&V openings... The ideal way to open a show, much more effective than starting with California Girls.


Title: Re: Brian / Al / Blondie Summer 2015 Tour Thread
Post by: bossaroo on June 18, 2015, 10:57:01 PM
Wake the World? sweet! is this a first for Brian?


also nice to see This Whole World and Little Girl I Once Knew back in the rotation.

not to mention BUSY DOIN NOTHIN!!! so great.


Title: Re: Brian / Al / Blondie Summer 2015 Tour Thread
Post by: Andrew G. Doe on June 18, 2015, 11:13:52 PM
Pretty solid middle ground between the optimists and the pessimists. Looks like everyone was right-ish.  ;D

Be interesting to see how it evolves as the tour unfolds, but that's a fine start


Title: Re: Brian / Al / Blondie Summer 2015 Tour Thread
Post by: ♩♬🐸 Billy C ♯♫♩🐇 on June 18, 2015, 11:17:51 PM
Seems short but what a great setlist.


Title: Re: Brian / Al / Blondie Summer 2015 Tour Thread
Post by: ♩♬🐸 Billy C ♯♫♩🐇 on June 18, 2015, 11:19:07 PM
He did one kind of Love!!!


Title: Re: Brian / Al / Blondie Summer 2015 Tour Thread
Post by: Andrew G. Doe on June 18, 2015, 11:20:39 PM
Movie tie-in: good call.

Rodriguez - good call, bad call, did you bother ?


Title: Re: Brian / Al / Blondie Summer 2015 Tour Thread
Post by: Jim V. on June 18, 2015, 11:44:07 PM
Was Blondie part of the group for the entire show? Or did he just guest on the songs where he does a lead?


Title: Re: Brian / Al / Blondie Summer 2015 Tour Thread
Post by: HeyJude on June 18, 2015, 11:53:39 PM
Movie tie-in: good call.

Rodriguez - good call, bad call, did you bother ?

More thoughts later, but Rodriguez was good. Al watched his entire set from the wings, seeming to listen intently.

Wish they had given Al more leads. Blondie came and went several times.


Title: Re: Brian / Al / Blondie Summer 2015 Tour Thread
Post by: HeyJude on June 19, 2015, 12:58:13 AM
They didn't have a program or tour poster, so I bought an overpriced hoodie and t-shirt!

(https://scontent-sjc2-1.xx.fbcdn.net/hphotos-xft1/t31.0-8/11426731_1599514036985287_2067510581542646222_o.jpg?efg=eyJpIjoidCJ9)

(https://scontent-sjc2-1.xx.fbcdn.net/hphotos-xfa1/t31.0-8/11412175_1599514063651951_4350264123688533553_o.jpg?efg=eyJpIjoidCJ9)


Title: Re: Brian / Al / Blondie Summer 2015 Tour Thread
Post by: RubberSoul13 on June 19, 2015, 05:26:29 AM
Pretty great setlist, as AGD said...it seems to make just about everyone happy. It makes me wish there were a workable date close enough to me!

Can't complain...two mccartney concerts in the next week! Yahoo!  ;D


Title: Re: Brian / Al / Blondie Summer 2015 Tour Thread
Post by: Shady on June 19, 2015, 05:51:50 AM
Awesome setlist and I love that hoodie..

How was the attendance?


Title: Re: Brian / Al / Blondie Summer 2015 Tour Thread
Post by: phirnis on June 19, 2015, 05:53:59 AM
Wake the World - wow! :) I need to see/hear this!


Title: Re: Brian / Al / Blondie Summer 2015 Tour Thread
Post by: tpesky on June 19, 2015, 06:05:58 AM
Movie tie-in: good call.

Rodriguez - good call, bad call, did you bother ?

More thoughts later, but Rodriguez was good. Al watched his entire set from the wings, seeming to listen intently.

Wish they had given Al more leads. Blondie came and went several times.

What leads did Al have besides Rhonda and the listed ones? Sloop, WIBN, shared Little Girl I Once Knew?, car songs?


Title: Re: Brian / Al / Blondie Summer 2015 Tour Thread
Post by: MyDrKnowsItKeepsMeCalm on June 19, 2015, 06:19:46 AM
Great setlist, love it!    8)



Title: Re: Brian / Al / Blondie Summer 2015 Tour Thread
Post by: Mayoman on June 19, 2015, 07:30:40 AM
Most of California Girls: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=hhG4ypKX2ys


Title: Re: Brian / Al / Blondie Summer 2015 Tour Thread
Post by: ontor pertawst on June 19, 2015, 08:25:51 AM
A great start, hope they swap out Shut Down/Little Deuce Coupe tonight or tomorrow with some others... c'mon, you paid for Blondie: let him loose on Marcella/Hold On Dear Brother, hmm? I want more of that guitar.


Title: Re: Brian / Al / Blondie Summer 2015 Tour Thread
Post by: RubberSoul13 on June 19, 2015, 08:28:22 AM
Most of California Girls: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=hhG4ypKX2ys


Brian AND Al both sound really  great in that clip. Alan adds so much to the vocal blend, it's amazing.


I too would prefer they swap the car songs on...it just isn't really fitting, in my opinion. Marcella and Hold On Dear Brother would be a MUCH greater use of their team.


Title: Re: Brian / Al / Blondie Summer 2015 Tour Thread
Post by: HeyJude on June 19, 2015, 08:51:24 AM
Movie tie-in: good call.

Rodriguez - good call, bad call, did you bother ?

More thoughts later, but Rodriguez was good. Al watched his entire set from the wings, seeming to listen intently.

Wish they had given Al more leads. Blondie came and went several times.

What leads did Al have besides Rhonda and the listed ones? Sloop, WIBN, shared Little Girl I Once Knew?, car songs?

Sorry, I did miss a few vocal credits. Al did Sloop, with Brian just singing the last verse. It kind of looked like Brian "stole" Al's lead on Little Deuce Coupe. They ended up singing it in unison. Matt sang WIBN. Al was kind of in there on "Little Girl", but not really a lead. I have to say Al was oddly underutilized. It was still a great show, make no mistake. And Al seemed to be having great fun. Brian was definitely having an "on" night in terms of mood. Most enthusiastic I've seen him in years. Did several "bits" including "row your boat" and song for guys then girls to yell. Twice!

Al announced "Runaway Dancer" as "we're going to do "My Little Runaway"", so I actually thought we were going to get the Del Shannon song for a moment.

Brian called on Scott to sing "Sailor", and Scott said jokingly "that's okay, the guy who sang the original record is here."

Either Scott or Darian sang the end of L&M solo, that was a bit weird.

Very cool that both Brian and Al were very heavy and audible in the group harmonies.

Brian introduced "Wake the World" saying to Al that they wrote it in Brian's living room (I think).


Title: Re: Brian / Al / Blondie Summer 2015 Tour Thread
Post by: Menace Wilson on June 19, 2015, 09:13:48 AM
Ho-Lee smokes!

"Wake The World," "Busy Doin' Nothin'," BLONDIE CHAPLIN singing "Wild Honey" and "Sail On Sailor"...that's worth the price of admission right there. 


Title: Re: Brian / Al / Blondie Summer 2015 Tour Thread
Post by: DC310 on June 19, 2015, 09:23:05 AM
Very excited for LA show.  Thanks for the updates. 


Title: Re: Brian / Al / Blondie Summer 2015 Tour Thread
Post by: Wirestone on June 19, 2015, 09:24:12 AM
Al has never done a huge number of leads at BW shows. It's just the way it is, for whatever reason.


Title: Re: Brian / Al / Blondie Summer 2015 Tour Thread
Post by: lee on June 19, 2015, 09:58:36 AM
I'm very happy to see Busy Doin' Nothin', Wake The World, This Whole World and Wild Honey. I hope they are tour staples.

How about replacing one car song for another? I'd love to see Al given Honkin' Down The Highway in place of Shut Down or LDC.

Hopefully a few other deeper cuts will show up throughout the tour. I'd love to hear Friends, Brian on The Trader or Al on San Miguel.


Title: Re: Brian / Al / Blondie Summer 2015 Tour Thread
Post by: Wirestone on June 19, 2015, 10:16:23 AM
The Trader and San Miguel will never, ever happen. With the limited exception of "Forever," BW has never performed songs written by Dennis or Carl live. He ain't gonna start now.

Edit: Although, now that I think about it, Dave Marks did sing Little Bird at the BAD shows ...

So never mind.  ;D


Title: Re: Brian / Al / Blondie Summer 2015 Tour Thread
Post by: drbeachboy on June 19, 2015, 10:35:33 AM
A great start, hope they swap out Shut Down/Little Deuce Coupe tonight or tomorrow with some others... c'mon, you paid for Blondie: let him loose on Marcella/Hold On Dear Brother, hmm? I want more of that guitar.
He definitely gives the band an edge that you don't hear otherwise.


Title: Re: Brian / Al / Blondie Summer 2015 Tour Thread
Post by: DC310 on June 19, 2015, 10:42:21 AM
Are there any other videos from last night besides CalGirls?


Title: Re: Brian / Al / Blondie Summer 2015 Tour Thread
Post by: GoodVibrations33 on June 19, 2015, 12:39:48 PM
For those interested, here's a photo posted on Al's facebook of some merch for sale on the tour:

(https://scontent-ord1-1.xx.fbcdn.net/hphotos-xft1/v/t1.0-9/11148578_917771688261567_5394390735069045458_n.jpg?oh=2dad90c9cf668b9050bda33363bf38c4&oe=55E7B866)


Title: Re: Brian / Al / Blondie Summer 2015 Tour Thread
Post by: HeyJude on June 19, 2015, 01:13:25 PM
Al has never done a huge number of leads at BW shows. It's just the way it is, for whatever reason.

Of course. Nothing new, bit still weird considering he's there and has a strong voice. It *felt* like the ratio of Al vocals to the entire number of songs was even lower than 2013, but maybe it just felt like that. They have Matt three leads and Blondie a few too. With Darian's partial lead it was already to the point where non-Brian leads were taking up nearly 1/3 of the set.

The band was tight by the way. Brian said they rehearsed for two weeks; Al said two days. I'm not sure who was joking. But the whole bands was tight musically and vocally, much more so than the recent TV shows and the NonComm thing.


Title: Re: Brian / Al / Blondie Summer 2015 Tour Thread
Post by: Menace Wilson on June 19, 2015, 01:43:57 PM
Geez, they are really proud of those shirts, aren't they?


Title: Re: Brian / Al / Blondie Summer 2015 Tour Thread
Post by: Andrew G. Doe on June 19, 2015, 02:57:33 PM
Awesome setlist and I love that hoodie..

How was the attendance?

Someone who was there told me it was about 95% or more sold out.

Awesome setlist ? Can't agree: solidly satisfying  ? Oh yes. Awesome would be fewer GH, more surprises. He can do that, he's done it before. Hopefully, this is a starting point to evolve. The encore's been set in stone for something like a decade. Nice cross-promo with the movie, though. Kudos to whoever came up with that notion. Hopefully the show at The Greek will raise the bar.


Title: Re: Brian / Al / Blondie Summer 2015 Tour Thread
Post by: rn57 on June 19, 2015, 03:15:11 PM
http://www.sfweekly.com/shookdown/2015/06/19/brian-wilson-plays-the-hits-at-mountain-winery

Review which discusses Rodriguez opening:

“In a few minutes, you’re going to be hearing from an icon,” Rodriguez tells the crowd ahead of his last number. Several people shout that there are actually two icons performing tonight. “No, no, no” he chides the audience, a smile on his face. “I want you to treat me as an ordinary legend.”

Slightly misleading headline, given the surprises in the set.


Title: Re: Brian / Al / Blondie Summer 2015 Tour Thread
Post by: the captain on June 19, 2015, 04:07:45 PM
I try not to bitch about reviews, knowing that the writer's job isn't to be a Wilson geek, but to cover an event. But this time, well...I will.

"a thirty-two song set, drawing extensively from Wilson’s career as a Beach Boy and his solo work (how much the former is really an extension of the latter is a debate for another time)." Wait, is the question how much of the Beach Boys career is an extension of the solo career? What does this mean? Am I too drunk to understand a valid point or question, here? (It's possible. I'm drunk. Shocker.)

The album is called Pier Pressure?

And then the numerous call-outs of Wilson's (ahem) unorthodox stage persona... Yes, it's clear he's not David Lee Roth, Mick Jagger, Bono, Freddie Mercury. That he's a nervous performer is very well documented. Does it require multiple references in every review, decades and decades into his performing life?



Title: Re: Brian / Al / Blondie Summer 2015 Tour Thread
Post by: ontor pertawst on June 19, 2015, 04:31:25 PM
Eh. It's  good review. I'm sure they'll fix the error, why not email em?

...and Rodriguez is a class act. What a quip!


Title: Re: Brian / Al / Blondie Summer 2015 Tour Thread
Post by: the captain on June 19, 2015, 04:49:02 PM
Eh. It's  good review.

It's a positive review. But I wouldn't say it is very good.


Title: Re: Brian / Al / Blondie Summer 2015 Tour Thread
Post by: ontor pertawst on June 19, 2015, 05:00:33 PM
Not "very good" but qualifies as "good," what with: charming, a delight to watch, and genius repeatedly. It's definitely annoying to get the album title wrong!

Off to the venue. I shall avoid stumbling into any raised bars and wait till I actually see the show before opining...


Title: Re: Brian / Al / Blondie Summer 2015 Tour Thread
Post by: HeyJude on June 19, 2015, 05:25:24 PM
Awesome setlist and I love that hoodie..

How was the attendance?

Someone who was there told me it was about 95% or more sold out.

Yes, that sounds right to me. Maybe even indeed above 95 by the time Brian's set was going. There were really just a few rows at the back of the reserved seating (eg higher priced but not super close) that were noticeably missing people.

Also, a healthy mixture of young (not children, but 20-somethings) and older attending.


Title: Re: Brian / Al / Blondie Summer 2015 Tour Thread
Post by: HeyJude on June 19, 2015, 05:34:46 PM
The Trader and San Miguel will never, ever happen. With the limited exception of "Forever," BW has never performed songs written by Dennis or Carl live. He ain't gonna start now.

Edit: Although, now that I think about it, Dave Marks did sing Little Bird at the BAD shows ...

So never mind.  ;D

I'd say "The Trader" is a micro percentage likely just because Matt and Al rehearsed it in 2000 with Family & Friends, and I would presume Matt would probably have sung it. But also worth considering is that they clearly don't consult Al on the setlist much at all. I thought they might actually get Funky Pretty in the set since Al seemed so into it with Blondie there.


Title: Re: Brian / Al / Blondie Summer 2015 Tour Thread
Post by: wantsomecorn on June 19, 2015, 08:32:35 PM
The Trader and San Miguel will never, ever happen. With the limited exception of "Forever," BW has never performed songs written by Dennis or Carl live. He ain't gonna start now.

Edit: Although, now that I think about it, Dave Marks did sing Little Bird at the BAD shows ...

So never mind.  ;D

I'd say "The Trader" is a micro percentage likely just because Matt and Al rehearsed it in 2000 with Family & Friends, and I would presume Matt would probably have sung it. But also worth considering is that they clearly don't consult Al on the setlist much at all. I thought they might actually get Funky Pretty in the set since Al seemed so into it with Blondie there.

Brian also recently called it his favorite Carl song.


Title: Re: Brian / Al / Blondie Summer 2015 Tour Thread
Post by: Wirestone on June 19, 2015, 08:58:47 PM
Any reports from tonight's show?


Title: Re: Brian / Al / Blondie Summer 2015 Tour Thread
Post by: bgas on June 19, 2015, 09:04:51 PM
Any reports from tonight's show?

just about time for Brian to start playing, isn't it?


Title: Re: Brian / Al / Blondie Summer 2015 Tour Thread
Post by: lee on June 19, 2015, 09:08:31 PM
The Trader and San Miguel will never, ever happen. With the limited exception of "Forever," BW has never performed songs written by Dennis or Carl live. He ain't gonna start now.

Edit: Although, now that I think about it, Dave Marks did sing Little Bird at the BAD shows ...

So never mind.  ;D

I'd say "The Trader" is a micro percentage likely just because Matt and Al rehearsed it in 2000 with Family & Friends, and I would presume Matt would probably have sung it. But also worth considering is that they clearly don't consult Al on the setlist much at all. I thought they might actually get Funky Pretty in the set since Al seemed so into it with Blondie there.

Brian also recently called it his favorite Carl song.

True...


From the Facebook Q&A on 3.26.15
Q: what do you think of carl's song the trader?
Brian: I loved that song, he had a great vocal and great lyrics

From the Twitter Q&A on 3.30.15
Q: what's your favorite Beach Boys song written by someone in the band other than yourself?
Brian: "Trader" by Carl.

I could be making this up (I'm fairly sure I'm not) but didn't Brian play a few chords from The Trader during a show rehearsal? I could have sworn I read about Brian playing some chords from the song and Darian and Scott joining in. I have no idea where I read it but I couldn't find it using the search function here.


Title: Re: Brian / Al / Blondie Summer 2015 Tour Thread
Post by: Wirestone on June 19, 2015, 09:11:34 PM
There's an RS video of him fiddling around at the piano and doing a bit of Long Promised Road --

http://www.rollingstone.com/music/news/brian-wilson-behind-the-scenes-at-his-new-york-concert-20081212

-- is that what you're thinking of?


Title: Re: Brian / Al / Blondie Summer 2015 Tour Thread
Post by: Wirestone on June 19, 2015, 09:12:09 PM
Any reports from tonight's show?

just about time for Brian to start playing, isn't it?

I'm on the East Coast, so it's all a blur to me. Hurry up, Pacific Timers!


Title: Re: Brian / Al / Blondie Summer 2015 Tour Thread
Post by: ontor pertawst on June 19, 2015, 09:45:26 PM
Surf's Up. Bar raised.


Title: Re: Brian / Al / Blondie Summer 2015 Tour Thread
Post by: ♩♬🐸 Billy C ♯♫♩🐇 on June 19, 2015, 09:56:38 PM
Oh wow


Title: Re: Brian / Al / Blondie Summer 2015 Tour Thread
Post by: HeyJude on June 19, 2015, 10:02:39 PM
Surf's Up. Bar raised.

Very cool. Who sang the lead?


Title: Re: Brian / Al / Blondie Summer 2015 Tour Thread
Post by: ♩♬🐸 Billy C ♯♫♩🐇 on June 19, 2015, 10:04:42 PM
This makes me excited for 23 June. I like the fact that both touring groups are playing around with the setlists...in the battle of 'who has the best rarities in a live show' the real winners are us the fans.

Keep them reports coming!

I do hope it was Brian who sang lead, for the selfish reason being I am such  a huge fan of his voice, all eras.


Title: Re: Brian / Al / Blondie Summer 2015 Tour Thread
Post by: HeyJude on June 19, 2015, 10:09:02 PM
Lots of good pics of opening night in Saratoga posted by Brian's and Al's Facebook pages, by the way.


Title: Re: Brian / Al / Blondie Summer 2015 Tour Thread
Post by: ontor pertawst on June 19, 2015, 10:32:06 PM
Surf's Up. Bar raised.

Very cool. Who sang the lead?

BW! The Greek show should be spectacular, the band is unspeakably tight and BW is very engaged, playing keys on most songs, in great spirits...


Title: Re: Brian / Al / Blondie Summer 2015 Tour Thread
Post by: Andrew G. Doe on June 19, 2015, 10:46:30 PM
Outstanding !


Title: Re: Brian / Al / Blondie Summer 2015 Tour Thread
Post by: barsone on June 19, 2015, 10:49:34 PM
15 minutes ago, I just bought 2 tickets for the July 12 show in Seattle.......5th row!!   I checked this morning and these seats weren't available at that time....kinda lucky I guess.   A lot of $$$'s but we never know if this is the last time !!!    Great reviews guys    keep them coming


Title: Re: Brian / Al / Blondie Summer 2015 Tour Thread
Post by: Eric Aniversario on June 20, 2015, 02:17:55 AM
Got back about an hour ago from the San Diego show.

Great show, Brian was very engaged and in a very fun mood! The setlist was moved around slightly, and Dance Dance Dance and Row Row Row Your Boat were dropped, and Surf's Up and Then I Kissed Her were added. Got to meet Blondie afterward and my friend took a picture of us! Now I have pics with Mike, Bruce, Al, Brian, Dave, and Blondie individually (and also a C50 backstage pic with the 5).


Title: Re: Brian / Al / Blondie Summer 2015 Tour Thread
Post by: Eric Aniversario on June 20, 2015, 02:20:28 AM
The Trader and San Miguel will never, ever happen. With the limited exception of "Forever," BW has never performed songs written by Dennis or Carl live. He ain't gonna start now.

Edit: Although, now that I think about it, Dave Marks did sing Little Bird at the BAD shows ...

So never mind.  ;D

I'd say "The Trader" is a micro percentage likely just because Matt and Al rehearsed it in 2000 with Family & Friends, and I would presume Matt would probably have sung it. But also worth considering is that they clearly don't consult Al on the setlist much at all. I thought they might actually get Funky Pretty in the set since Al seemed so into it with Blondie there.

Brian also recently called it his favorite Carl song.

True...


From the Facebook Q&A on 3.26.15
Q: what do you think of carl's song the trader?
Brian: I loved that song, he had a great vocal and great lyrics

From the Twitter Q&A on 3.30.15
Q: what's your favorite Beach Boys song written by someone in the band other than yourself?
Brian: "Trader" by Carl.

I could be making this up (I'm fairly sure I'm not) but didn't Brian play a few chords from The Trader during a show rehearsal? I could have sworn I read about Brian playing some chords from the song and Darian and Scott joining in. I have no idea where I read it but I couldn't find it using the search function here.


I remember that story, but it wasn't The Trader, it was Lady Lynda. Not sure if these were two separate incidents?


Title: Re: Brian / Al / Blondie Summer 2015 Tour Thread
Post by: Custom Machine on June 20, 2015, 02:48:36 AM
The San Diego concert was incredibly good.  I've seen BW in concert many times, both as a solo act and as a member of the BBs, but I've never seen him come across so upbeat, so at ease, and so happy to be there as I did this evening.  An amazingly great concert!  Overall, the top highlights for me were This Whole World and Sail Away.  Would have loved to hear Funky Pretty with Blondie.

BTW, a couple days ago I had posted that the venue had taken over 250 seats off the select-a-seat chart due to slow ticket sales, but this evening I was very pleased to see that they had put all but about 50 of those tickets back on sale and the venue (minus those 50 tixs in a comparatively undesirable "dog ear" section) had sold out.

PS to Eric - Didn't grab a burrito after the concert, but realizing I was hungry as well I enjoyed some tuna and crackers, along with a few Jack Daniels, after which I decided it was time to check out the Smiley Smile Board.



Title: Re: Brian / Al / Blondie Summer 2015 Tour Thread
Post by: Custom Machine on June 20, 2015, 03:06:44 AM
And a Happy 73rd Birthday to BW from me as well. I first saw the BBs in concert (minus Brian and with Bruce) as a teenager in the sixties. And I well remember seeing them two nights in a row in 1971 when Mike acted like he was and old guy walking with a cane and said they were "an aging rock group". At that time there was no way I would have expected them to be performing in their fifties, sixties, or seventies, and probably their forties too. Just wish Carl and Dennis could be here on Earth performing today as well, but thanks guys, all of you, for providing me with the most enjoyable and inspirational music of my life, of which the BW concert this evening, with Al, Blondie, and crew, was a reaffirmation of how much BW and company's music means to me.


Title: Re: Brian / Al / Blondie Summer 2015 Tour Thread
Post by: Eric Aniversario on June 20, 2015, 03:24:41 AM
The San Diego concert was incredibly good.  I've seen BW in concert many times, both as a solo act and as a member of the BBs, but I've never seen him come across so upbeat, so at ease, and so happy to be there as I did this evening.  An amazingly great concert!  Overall, the top highlights for me were This Whole World and Sail Away.  Would have loved to hear Funky Pretty with Blondie.

BTW, a couple days ago I had posted that the venue had taken over 250 seats off the select-a-seat chart due to slow ticket sales, but this evening I was very pleased to see that they had put all but about 50 of those tickets back on sale and the venue (minus those 50 tixs in a comparatively undesirable "dog ear" section) had sold out.

PS to Eric - Didn't grab a burrito after the concert, but realizing I was hungry as well I enjoyed some tuna and crackers, along with a few Jack Daniels, after which I decided it was time to check out the Smiley Smile Board.



Ah! So you are still awake too! Yeah the burrito hit the spot, but gave me energy to stay up even more! Usually after a concert, I'm up for quite a while because I'm still wired from the show! Great time tonight, you're right in saying that Brian was very upbeat and enthusiastic.

If you are still awake, could you text the two pictures with Blondie?


Title: Re: Brian / Al / Blondie Summer 2015 Tour Thread
Post by: Custom Machine on June 20, 2015, 03:36:35 AM
Just sent 'em!


Title: Re: Brian / Al / Blondie Summer 2015 Tour Thread
Post by: Ang Jones on June 20, 2015, 03:40:00 AM
Surf's Up! Words aren't enough for this one. So pleased.


Title: Re: Brian / Al / Blondie Summer 2015 Tour Thread
Post by: Eric Aniversario on June 20, 2015, 04:11:48 AM
Just sent 'em!

Got them, thanks! I sent you a few immediately after...let me know if you didn't get them! Ok, I think it's finally bedtime!


Title: Re: Brian / Al / Blondie Summer 2015 Tour Thread
Post by: tpesky on June 20, 2015, 05:30:21 AM
Did Al sing his part on the tag of Surf's Up?


Title: Re: Brian / Al / Blondie Summer 2015 Tour Thread
Post by: lee on June 20, 2015, 08:58:13 AM

I remember that story, but it wasn't The Trader, it was Lady Lynda. Not sure if these were two separate incidents?

It was a separate incident because it was definitely one of Carl's songs. I think I read about it within the last year so I don't think it was what Wirestone linked but maybe it was. If I can find it, I'll post it.

I'm keeping my fingers crossed that Surf's Up stays in the setlist.


Title: Re: Brian / Al / Blondie Summer 2015 Tour Thread
Post by: thatjacob on June 20, 2015, 09:11:40 AM
Quite a few videos from the past two shows are up on youtube now. Brian definitely seems a bit more "on" this tour than he did with Jeff Beck.


Title: Re: Brian / Al / Blondie Summer 2015 Tour Thread
Post by: Smilin Ed H on June 20, 2015, 09:21:13 AM

I remember that story, but it wasn't The Trader, it was Lady Lynda. Not sure if these were two separate incidents?

It was a separate incident because it was definitely one of Carl's songs. I think I read about it within the last year so I don't think it was what Wirestone linked but maybe it was. If I can find it, I'll post it.

I'm keeping my fingers crossed that Surf's Up stays in the setlist.

Long Promised Road.


Title: Re: Brian / Al / Blondie Summer 2015 Tour Thread
Post by: lee on June 20, 2015, 09:25:20 AM
^Thank you.


Title: Re: Brian / Al / Blondie Summer 2015 Tour Thread
Post by: DC310 on June 20, 2015, 09:50:53 AM
Matt performed Trader with CalSaga a couple of times.  WOuld be incredible to hear that live!


Title: Re: Brian / Al / Blondie Summer 2015 Tour Thread
Post by: ontor pertawst on June 20, 2015, 10:04:30 AM
So who was it behind me that yelled "keep it clean" before I could? C'mon, I know you're out there!


Title: Re: Brian / Al / Blondie Summer 2015 Tour Thread
Post by: HeyJude on June 20, 2015, 10:06:05 AM
Surf's Up is always awesome to see in the set list. I'm probably a bit jaded in not feeling it's a mind-blowing inclusion only in the sense that he did it at pretty much every gig in 2004 and 2005 on the Smile tours and most of the US dates in 2001 and probably some European dates in between.

Would be cool to hear Al do his part on the tag, though. That's for sure.



Title: Re: Brian / Al / Blondie Summer 2015 Tour Thread
Post by: ♩♬🐸 Billy C ♯♫♩🐇 on June 20, 2015, 10:46:59 AM
Quite a few videos from the past two shows are up on youtube now. Brian definitely seems a bit more "on" this tour than he did with Jeff Beck.

links? I'm having a hard time finding them


Title: Re: Brian / Al / Blondie Summer 2015 Tour Thread
Post by: Rocker on June 20, 2015, 11:07:09 AM
From Blondie's Facebook:


(https://scontent-fra3-1.xx.fbcdn.net/hphotos-xpa1/v/t1.0-9/10339721_961356560552141_5792565074041134530_n.jpg?oh=8b7bde7ea5858849268f0f7c36f6ce14&oe=56352614)

I like the stage design. What does it look like in full?


Title: Re: Brian / Al / Blondie Summer 2015 Tour Thread
Post by: Generation42 on June 20, 2015, 11:10:47 AM
"Surf's Up."  Wow.  :hat


Title: Re: Brian / Al / Blondie Summer 2015 Tour Thread
Post by: Mayoman on June 20, 2015, 11:59:02 AM
From the Mountain Winery show:
Our Prayer/H&V: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=iikKgOpOBzo
I Get Around: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=EYlKQUokXqQ
Don't Worry Baby: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=_31n8Vsvn38
In My Room: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=n98P0id3Q2U


Title: Re: Brian / Al / Blondie Summer 2015 Tour Thread
Post by: ontor pertawst on June 20, 2015, 12:13:00 PM
That was the most satisfying BW show i've seen in years! First off, I really like Rodriguez and what a great choice for an opening act... I love "Crucify Your Mind" and his humble, hilarious patter won over the crowd. Two survivors on tour together! I approve.

I knew immediately when BW came out all full of energy about a "hot show" that it would be special. No withdrawn Wilson, no Foskett covering for him,  no Al acting as MC. BW was in command, exuberant, playing his Yamaha constantly and asking the men and women to scream three times! His real smile came out to play, and what a difference that makes.

The band was rehearsed, telepathic, and having a ball goofing around. Scott Bennett gets MVP, and extra points for getting the well-heeled, predominately gray audience on their feet. After the quiet, low key Rodriguez set it was incredible seeing them churn out hit after hit mixed seemlessly with new songs and stuff like "Busy Doin' Nothin'" which I have been dying to hear live. Probyn juggling guitar, melodica, and trombone on "Wake the World" was ace!

Blondie Chaplin! What an addition to the band, adding such power and style. Keep him on stage longer, I say. "The real stuff," as Von Mertens said. Dual Jardines in the harmony stack blended in so fantastically, this is bar none the best band lineup they've had and a real treat for Beach Boys fans.

When Brian said the words "Leonard Bernstein," my head exploded a bit. It's been a long time since the SMiLE tour and this song belongs in the setlists... While the Beck version was fun, this is how I want to hear Surf's  Up! Those on the fence about the tour, hock your kidney and go. It's worth it! Who needs kidneys anyway.


Title: Re: Brian / Al / Blondie Summer 2015 Tour Thread
Post by: nakostopoulos on June 20, 2015, 12:19:34 PM
When Brian said the words "Leonard Bernstein," my head exploded a bit.

Brian mentioned Lenny? Nice!  :)

Got my tickets for next Friday's Atlanta show at the Fox; wonderful venue--just saw Dylan there in April.

2nd time seeing Brian; 1st show was the Beck tour. Looking forward to a more standard set (though a surprise "Pet Sounds" show wouldn't hurt!)


Title: Re: Brian / Al / Blondie Summer 2015 Tour Thread
Post by: Mayoman on June 20, 2015, 12:21:29 PM
From Humphrey's:

God Only Knows: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=O3_pJ9OcjzI
Good Vibrations: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=2BmuIp_QxXw
All Summer Long/Help Me Rhonda: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=1BKtjb5HOPc
Surfin' USA: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=uIG9xYqvMzw
Fun Fun Fun: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=3kIp2g1G41A


Title: Re: Brian / Al / Blondie Summer 2015 Tour Thread
Post by: Eric Aniversario on June 20, 2015, 12:39:30 PM
Did Al sing his part on the tag of Surf's Up?
Brian sang that part, and it looked like Al was quietly doubling it at times. Brian was much more prominent on that part. I was looking forward to Al singing it, but that's a minor quibble.


Title: Re: Brian / Al / Blondie Summer 2015 Tour Thread
Post by: drbeachboy on June 20, 2015, 01:38:27 PM
That was the most satisfying BW show i've seen in years! First off, I really like Rodriguez and what a great choice for an opening act... I love "Crucify Your Mind" and his humble, hilarious patter won over the crowd. Two survivors on tour together! I approve.

I knew immediately when BW came out all full of energy about a "hot show" that it would be special. No withdrawn Wilson, no Foskett covering for him,  no Al acting as MC. BW was in command, exuberant, playing his Yamaha constantly and asking the men and women to scream three times! His real smile came out to play, and what a difference that makes.

The band was rehearsed, telepathic, and having a ball goofing around. Scott Bennett gets MVP, and extra points for getting the well-heeled, predominately gray audience on their feet. After the quiet, low key Rodriguez set it was incredible seeing them churn out hit after hit mixed seemlessly with new songs and stuff like "Busy Doin' Nothin'" which I have been dying to hear live. Probyn juggling guitar, melodica, and trombone on "Wake the World" was ace!

Blondie Chaplin! What an addition to the band, adding such power and style. Keep him on stage longer, I say. "The real stuff," as Von Mertens said. Dual Jardines in the harmony stack blended in so fantastically, this is bar none the best band lineup they've had and a real treat for Beach Boys fans.

When Brian said the words "Leonard Bernstein," my head exploded a bit. It's been a long time since the SMiLE tour and this song belongs in the setlists... While the Beck version was fun, this is how I want to hear Surf's  Up! Those on the fence about the tour, hock your kidney and go. It's worth it! Who needs kidneys anyway.
:lol  Great review! Praying we get a show like this next Monday in Philly.


Title: Re: Brian / Al / Blondie Summer 2015 Tour Thread
Post by: MyDrKnowsItKeepsMeCalm on June 20, 2015, 01:59:48 PM
Sounds like a special tour. Very happy to read all the positive reviews.

Busy Doing Nothing, Wake the World and Surf's Up. Man. So cool!



Title: Re: Brian / Al / Blondie Summer 2015 Tour Thread
Post by: Rocky Raccoon on June 20, 2015, 03:50:53 PM
Al should be singing Wouldn't It Be Nice!  He did a fantastic job with it on the C50 tour so on the Jeff Beck tour, I was disappointed when Jeff Foskett sang lead on it, it was nowhere near as good as how Al sings it.  He absolutely kills with it on the Venetian DVD.  I haven't heard Matt sing it though.


Title: Re: Brian / Al / Blondie Summer 2015 Tour Thread
Post by: Mayoman on June 20, 2015, 04:00:38 PM
Al should be singing Wouldn't It Be Nice!  He did a fantastic job with it on the C50 tour so on the Jeff Beck tour, I was disappointed when Jeff Foskett sang lead on it, it was nowhere near as good as how Al sings it.  He absolutely kills with it on the Venetian DVD.  I haven't heard Matt sing it though.
I agree Al should sing it. Here's Matt on lead from last night though, sounds great, and Brian's good as well on the "Mike" part: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=sqa4bJ3E79k


Title: Re: Brian / Al / Blondie Summer 2015 Tour Thread
Post by: HeyJude on June 20, 2015, 05:42:38 PM
Matt has always sounded great singing WIBN. But yeah, Al sounded REALLY good singing it on the Venetian Blu-ray.


Title: Re: Brian / Al / Blondie Summer 2015 Tour Thread
Post by: Emdeeh on June 20, 2015, 07:11:40 PM
I think both Jardines do a great job singing WIBN. Did Matt play the kettledrum part at the end?


Title: Re: Brian / Al / Blondie Summer 2015 Tour Thread
Post by: Pretty Funky on June 20, 2015, 07:39:57 PM
Sail on Sailor....Its 1973 again.

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=XNrm_0EO61E


Title: Re: Brian / Al / Blondie Summer 2015 Tour Thread
Post by: RBennett1983 on June 20, 2015, 08:11:24 PM
Wow. I have never heard Al play audible lead guitar live before like in that Sail on Sailor vid.


Title: Re: Brian / Al / Blondie Summer 2015 Tour Thread
Post by: guitarfool2002 on June 20, 2015, 08:33:28 PM
Sail on Sailor....Its 1973 again.

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=XNrm_0EO61E

Now THAT rocked like a motherfucker. 



Title: Re: Brian / Al / Blondie Summer 2015 Tour Thread
Post by: ♩♬🐸 Billy C ♯♫♩🐇 on June 20, 2015, 08:49:36 PM
Incredible.  This tour. ..oh man...this tour.


Title: Re: Brian / Al / Blondie Summer 2015 Tour Thread
Post by: Emdeeh on June 20, 2015, 09:00:47 PM
That rendition of SOS was great! I am so looking forward to Friday's show.

BTW, the Atlanta newspaper finally mentioned the Fox show, one week out. Oh, well...


Title: Re: Brian / Al / Blondie Summer 2015 Tour Thread
Post by: Mike's Beard on June 20, 2015, 11:25:33 PM
Sail on Sailor....Its 1973 again.

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=XNrm_0EO61E

Makes me wish even more that Blondie had been a part of the C50.


Title: Re: Brian / Al / Blondie Summer 2015 Tour Thread
Post by: alf wiedersehen on June 21, 2015, 12:22:48 AM
I went to the show tonight. Brian said to the audience "I'm glad you all came dressed up tonight. You have very nice shirts."

Also, I got a bone to pick. I'm mad, but I ain't stressin'. Sebu, I'm already putting up with so much with that beard of yours,  and if you continue to change the melody to "Don't Worry Baby," we're gonna throw down.


Title: Re: Brian / Al / Blondie Summer 2015 Tour Thread
Post by: HeyJude on June 21, 2015, 12:31:34 AM
I went to the show tonight. Brian said to the audience "I'm glad you all came dressed up tonight. You have very nice shirts."

Also, I got a bone to pick. I'm mad, but I ain't stressin'. Sebu, I'm already putting up with so much with that beard of yours,  and if you continue to change the melody to "Don't Worry Baby," we're gonna throw down.

Set list? Differences from the two previous shows?


Title: Re: Brian / Al / Blondie Summer 2015 Tour Thread
Post by: ♩♬🐸 Billy C ♯♫♩🐇 on June 21, 2015, 12:32:15 AM
Wait, Sebu was there?


Title: Re: Brian / Al / Blondie Summer 2015 Tour Thread
Post by: alf wiedersehen on June 21, 2015, 12:40:05 AM
Can't say for sure about the set list, as I haven't seen any of the full list for any prior show, but it seems consistent. I guess Sebu was the difference - he sang "Runaway Dancer" and "Don't Worry Baby". I have to agree with what people have been saying about Brian: he seemed to be in a really great mood. It was fun to watch.

I thought Rodriguez was pretty uninteresting as an opener. 


Title: Re: Brian / Al / Blondie Summer 2015 Tour Thread
Post by: Jay on June 21, 2015, 01:36:23 AM
It would be great to see them break out Funky Pretty or He Come Down.


Title: Re: Brian / Al / Blondie Summer 2015 Tour Thread
Post by: Justin on June 21, 2015, 03:34:39 AM
Great show...fantastic selection of songs with swift pacing.  The band was on fine form.  Blondie should tour with Brian forever.  My video of "Wake The World"

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Ekv_LUanJUk&feature=youtu.be


Title: Re: Brian / Al / Blondie Summer 2015 Tour Thread
Post by: Gohi on June 21, 2015, 03:35:49 AM
Thanks for the great video. It's called Wake The World, by the way.


Title: Re: Brian / Al / Blondie Summer 2015 Tour Thread
Post by: STE on June 21, 2015, 03:36:37 AM
Great show...fantastic selection of songs with swift pacing.  The band was on fine form.  Blondie should tour with Brian forever.  My video of "Wake The Morning:

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Ekv_LUanJUk&feature=youtu.be


Thank you for "Wake the World" and focusing on Al!



Title: Re: Brian / Al / Blondie Summer 2015 Tour Thread
Post by: Peadar 'Big Dinner' O'Driscoll on June 21, 2015, 04:11:31 AM
Great show...fantastic selection of songs with swift pacing.  The band was on fine form.  Blondie should tour with Brian forever.  My video of "Wake The World"

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Ekv_LUanJUk&feature=youtu.be

Fantastic!


Title: Re: Brian / Al / Blondie Summer 2015 Tour Thread
Post by: Shady on June 21, 2015, 04:54:07 AM
Wow, the true fans are getting spoiled with this tour


Title: Re: Brian / Al / Blondie Summer 2015 Tour Thread
Post by: Fire Wind on June 21, 2015, 04:56:29 AM
Wonderful, can't wait for this tour to hit the UK.  Thanks for the video.


Title: Re: Brian / Al / Blondie Summer 2015 Tour Thread
Post by: feelsflow on June 21, 2015, 05:17:31 AM
Thanks Justin!  Best clip I've seen so far.


Title: Re: Brian / Al / Blondie Summer 2015 Tour Thread
Post by: Tony S on June 21, 2015, 06:03:58 AM
Al sounded great! Reminded me of the live version from '69 in London! Can someone load the Surf's Up video if anyone has it? Would love to see that and I wish Al did his old part at the end.


Title: Re: Brian / Al / Blondie Summer 2015 Tour Thread
Post by: filledeplage on June 21, 2015, 06:19:45 AM
Great show...fantastic selection of songs with swift pacing.  The band was on fine form.  Blondie should tour with Brian forever.  My video of "Wake The World"

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Ekv_LUanJUk&feature=youtu.be
Justin - thanks for that! Wake the World! I think Live in London is the only live version I've ever heard!

Al still rocks the white suit!  ;)


Title: Re: Brian / Al / Blondie Summer 2015 Tour Thread
Post by: J.G. Dev on June 21, 2015, 06:39:33 AM
Sail on Sailor....Its 1973 again.

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=XNrm_0EO61E

Now THAT rocked like a motherfucker. 



Yeah that really scorched. Only way that gets better is if Al breaks out his pilgrim hat. Can't wait for this show.


Title: Re: Brian / Al / Blondie Summer 2015 Tour Thread
Post by: GuyO on June 21, 2015, 07:20:40 AM
http://www.setlist.fm/setlist/brian-wilson/2015/greek-theatre-los-angeles-ca-33c9081d.html#sfmses3bb660f8

Setlist from the Greek Theatre.


Title: Re: Brian / Al / Blondie Summer 2015 Tour Thread
Post by: filledeplage on June 21, 2015, 07:26:43 AM
Sail on Sailor....Its 1973 again.

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=XNrm_0EO61E

Now THAT rocked like a motherfucker. 



Yeah that really scorched. Only way that gets better is if Al breaks out his pilgrim hat. Can't wait for this show.

He still rocks the suit...

Maybe he could hang the Pilgrim hat on the mic stand, as a tribute to the era...

The hat was never worn with the suit, that I remember... ;)


Title: Re: Brian / Al / Blondie Summer 2015 Tour Thread
Post by: Mayoman on June 21, 2015, 07:49:44 AM
One Kind Of Love from last night: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=lVO_TkCwahI


Title: Re: Brian / Al / Blondie Summer 2015 Tour Thread
Post by: guitarfool2002 on June 21, 2015, 08:01:48 AM
Sail on Sailor....Its 1973 again.

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=XNrm_0EO61E

Now THAT rocked like a motherfucker. 



Yeah that really scorched. Only way that gets better is if Al breaks out his pilgrim hat. Can't wait for this show.


They're in Philly Monday the 29th, and Philly has a whole bunch of events that week leading up to July 4th. Picture this: Al dons the Uncle Sam top hat on stage. The crowd would go wild.  :-D


Title: Re: Brian / Al / Blondie Summer 2015 Tour Thread
Post by: guitarfool2002 on June 21, 2015, 08:04:21 AM
Great show...fantastic selection of songs with swift pacing.  The band was on fine form.  Blondie should tour with Brian forever.  My video of "Wake The World"

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Ekv_LUanJUk&feature=youtu.be

Wow. So nice to hear that song! Al is the man. If you heard a "thud" while watching it was probably Ben Vaughn's jaw hitting the floor...  :lol


Title: Re: Brian / Al / Blondie Summer 2015 Tour Thread
Post by: drbeachboy on June 21, 2015, 08:28:05 AM
I am really impressed with Blondie and Al on Sail On Sailor. I love the edge that Blondie provides with his guitar playing. Also, cool seeing and hearing Al play that staccato guitar part. Now, that is The Beach Boys at their finest! ;) I can't wait for the Philly show next Monday. :)


Title: Re: Brian / Al / Blondie Summer 2015 Tour Thread
Post by: filledeplage on June 21, 2015, 08:31:20 AM
Sail on Sailor....Its 1973 again.

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=XNrm_0EO61E

Now THAT rocked like a motherfucker. 



Yeah that really scorched. Only way that gets better is if Al breaks out his pilgrim hat. Can't wait for this show.


They're in Philly Monday the 29th, and Philly has a whole bunch of events that week leading up to July 4th. Picture this: Al dons the Uncle Sam top hat on stage. The crowd would go wild.  :-D
Nah! Put the Uncle Sam hat on Brian, too!  :lol


Title: Re: Brian / Al / Blondie Summer 2015 Tour Thread
Post by: Tony S on June 21, 2015, 09:29:14 AM
Cool seeing Al play the guitar licks on SOS!


Title: Re: Brian / Al / Blondie Summer 2015 Tour Thread
Post by: thatjacob on June 21, 2015, 09:33:11 AM
Video of "Surf's Up" was just posted:
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=VHZp90d9P6w (https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=VHZp90d9P6w)


Title: Re: Brian / Al / Blondie Summer 2015 Tour Thread
Post by: drbeachboy on June 21, 2015, 09:54:43 AM
Video of "Surf's Up" was just posted:
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=VHZp90d9P6w (https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=VHZp90d9P6w)
Very Nice!


Title: Re: Brian / Al / Blondie Summer 2015 Tour Thread
Post by: Mayoman on June 21, 2015, 10:13:52 AM
Wake The World/Busy Doing Nothing: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Cln9EXPefJg


Title: Re: Brian / Al / Blondie Summer 2015 Tour Thread
Post by: guitarfool2002 on June 21, 2015, 10:21:57 AM
Wake The World/Busy Doing Nothing: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Cln9EXPefJg

And THAT is the real McCoy. Now my jaw hit the floor along with Ben Vaughn...  :-D

It looks like the person filming this fainted or something when that Bossa beat kicked in.  :lol


Title: Re: Brian / Al / Blondie Summer 2015 Tour Thread
Post by: ♩♬🐸 Billy C ♯♫♩🐇 on June 21, 2015, 10:27:03 AM
I'm markin' out, bro!


Title: Re: Brian / Al / Blondie Summer 2015 Tour Thread
Post by: shadownoze on June 21, 2015, 10:29:01 AM
I love the BW sign language on "thoughts in the morning" and "I write 'em all down". This is so cool to see. Has Busy Doin' Nothin' EVER been done live before?


Title: Re: Brian / Al / Blondie Summer 2015 Tour Thread
Post by: guitarfool2002 on June 21, 2015, 10:34:21 AM
I love the BW sign language on "thoughts in the morning" and "I write 'em all down". This is so cool to see. Has Busy Doin' Nothin' EVER been done live before?

Yes, Brian and band were playing it live in the early 2000's, pre-Smile. Some of those setlists and shows were epic.  :)


Title: Re: Brian / Al / Blondie Summer 2015 Tour Thread
Post by: guitarfool2002 on June 21, 2015, 10:38:33 AM
In that video of WTW/BDN...anyone else notice what looks like a juicy red apple sitting on the drum riser behind Al? Keepin' it clean (and healthy) with Al Jardine indeed!


Title: Re: Brian / Al / Blondie Summer 2015 Tour Thread
Post by: feelsflow on June 21, 2015, 10:46:24 AM
Wake The World/Busy Doing Nothing: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Cln9EXPefJg

And THAT is the real McCoy. Now my jaw hit the floor along with Ben Vaughn...  :-D

It looks like the person filming this fainted or something when that Bossa beat kicked in.  :lol
I'm just glad he kept rollin'.  A wow moment to be sure.


Title: Re: Brian / Al / Blondie Summer 2015 Tour Thread
Post by: ♩♬🐸 Billy C ♯♫♩🐇 on June 21, 2015, 10:49:29 AM
Only thing that could make me mark out harder is if he bust out with something from Love You. Cmon Brian, you got 2 days...make it happen!  :lol


Title: Re: Brian / Al / Blondie Summer 2015 Tour Thread
Post by: Rocker on June 21, 2015, 11:07:50 AM
Wild Honey from the 19th:

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=yIx0vzVhAnY


Title: Re: Brian / Al / Blondie Summer 2015 Tour Thread
Post by: HeyJude on June 21, 2015, 11:26:02 AM
In that video of WTW/BDN...anyone else notice what looks like a juicy red apple sitting on the drum riser behind Al? Keepin' it clean (and healthy) with Al Jardine indeed!

It's probably the percussion/shaker Al used during the show I saw (during Runaway Dancer for instance).

(https://fbcdn-photos-d-a.akamaihd.net/hphotos-ak-xtp1/v/t1.0-0/11046353_917772514928151_8926809984937086005_n.jpg?efg=eyJpIjoidCJ9&oh=2aae1fdaff8b7d72324bea26a0d417f4&oe=55EFDF3E&__gda__=1446235656_395ef064e75e2c882d1ea49f109d08b6)


Title: Re: Brian / Al / Blondie Summer 2015 Tour Thread
Post by: guitarfool2002 on June 21, 2015, 11:35:54 AM
Aha! A shaker...of course, although I've never seen nor used a shaker that looked like an apple before. Shaker eggs, empty pill bottles filled with dry beans, actual LP brand shakers...never an apple.

And here I thought it was there for Al to snack on between sets.  :lol


Title: Re: Brian / Al / Blondie Summer 2015 Tour Thread
Post by: Rob Dean on June 21, 2015, 11:46:49 AM
Wild Honey from the 19th:

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=yIx0vzVhAnY

Good God , That solo by Blondie is superb (some very weird chords there) and just look at Paul Von Mertens facial expressions to Blondies solo says it all


Title: Re: Brian / Al / Blondie Summer 2015 Tour Thread
Post by: Rob Dean on June 21, 2015, 11:49:25 AM
Aha! A shaker...of course, although I've never seen nor used a shaker that looked like an apple before. Shaker eggs, empty pill bottles filled with dry beans, actual LP brand shakers...never an apple.

And here I thought it was there for Al to snack on between sets.  :lol

We used to do 'Vegetables' in the Surfs Up band, and we managed to purchase some shakers shaped as cucumbers and peppers (great laugh)


Title: Re: Brian / Al / Blondie Summer 2015 Tour Thread
Post by: ForHerCryingSoul on June 21, 2015, 11:51:39 AM
Wild Honey from the 19th:

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=yIx0vzVhAnY
Is Brian okay there?


Title: Re: Brian / Al / Blondie Summer 2015 Tour Thread
Post by: Rocker on June 21, 2015, 12:20:28 PM
Aha! A shaker...of course, although I've never seen nor used a shaker that looked like an apple before. Shaker eggs, empty pill bottles filled with dry beans, actual LP brand shakers...never an apple.





(http://www.musicworksmagic.com/guiros/uploadedFiles/1290599436088-6513.jpg)

Source: http://www.musicworksmagic.com/guiros/maracas--shakers


Title: Re: Brian / Al / Blondie Summer 2015 Tour Thread
Post by: Justin on June 21, 2015, 12:43:30 PM
To quote Brian when introducng "Wild Honey" last night:  "It rocks like all hell."

(http://lh3.googleusercontent.com/dagNE0KOnpremyNhUJYLM9XoAdvMASGtJ7WxtwhPdsa1=w1015-h761-no)

(http://lh6.googleusercontent.com/-olLds8gdxgI/VYcMYEEf5XI/AAAAAAAAzlo/UCmCBlj17UY/w853-h640-no/IMG_0869.jpg)

(http://lh3.googleusercontent.com/KI8-cjzW2-idQPI2Ey1MrmIhnqDcWeShDM3sVDIa8VdA=w1015-h761-no)

(http://lh3.googleusercontent.com/-jQ6i6dnHRLy-z-TjHCAhQAg_7IjcvNuUln4Vigp5x4h=w1015-h761-no)

(http://lh3.googleusercontent.com/gv4gK0M4fF2Qk23JCqNPHKUp0nNicjP4KqJhFOGSj_so=w1015-h761-no)

(http://lh3.googleusercontent.com/Uhim5W-J9LVqEfz30Q7MEkoCBAz_NR_6W0AkeH2_e2L8=w1015-h761-no)



Title: Re: Brian / Al / Blondie Summer 2015 Tour Thread
Post by: Shady on June 21, 2015, 12:57:03 PM
A nice Wilson family party was had last night

Great pics  ;D


Title: Re: Brian / Al / Blondie Summer 2015 Tour Thread
Post by: bgas on June 21, 2015, 02:14:31 PM
hey, was that Mama Cass?


Title: Re: Brian / Al / Blondie Summer 2015 Tour Thread
Post by: Pretty Funky on June 21, 2015, 02:30:53 PM
Wild Honey from the 19th:

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=yIx0vzVhAnY

Love the extended finish. Maybe someone read my post below....

Bring back the jam!

Blondie looked like he was primed to go with his guitar solo during 'Wild Honey' and with Brians band he has the musicians to pull it off.

Its 40 years since the Charles Lloyd/ Carli Munoz days and 1-2 extended songs would make a point of difference between the C50, M&B and Brian's previous tours.


Title: Re: Brian / Al / Blondie Summer 2015 Tour Thread
Post by: Rocky Raccoon on June 21, 2015, 03:16:47 PM
Video of "Surf's Up" was just posted:
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=VHZp90d9P6w (https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=VHZp90d9P6w)

Wow.  Fantastic.


Title: Re: Brian / Al / Blondie Summer 2015 Tour Thread
Post by: Eric Aniversario on June 22, 2015, 01:25:39 AM
Having watched a few videos from the Greek theater show, I can say that the acoustics at Humphreys in San Diego are much better. (Or perhaps it's just the video quality). Also, Runaway Dancer actually sounds much better without Sebu in the live setting.


Title: Re: Brian / Al / Blondie Summer 2015 Tour Thread
Post by: Rocker on June 22, 2015, 02:08:50 AM
Posted by Al's wife:


(https://scontent.xx.fbcdn.net/hphotos-xfp1/v/t1.0-9/1471236_10207043807478592_6862101379475068634_n.jpg?oh=7b860506cf1748fbaace1cd61af2b843&oe=55ED12F6)

At the Brian Wilson Show with Al Jardine & Blondie Chaplin. Today is Brian's Birthday! Happy Happy Day!


Title: Re: Brian / Al / Blondie Summer 2015 Tour Thread
Post by: STE on June 22, 2015, 02:47:40 AM
Greek Theater, Los Angeles, June 20 2015
Courtesy of Cal Vid


Our Prayer & Heroes & Villains
https://youtu.be/96K3aL65Sw0 (https://youtu.be/96K3aL65Sw0)

Surf's Up
https://youtu.be/VHZp90d9P6w (https://youtu.be/VHZp90d9P6w)

Then I Kissed Her
https://youtu.be/onlUgg7S_BA (https://youtu.be/onlUgg7S_BA)

Runaway Dancer & Don't Worry Baby  featuring Sebu
https://youtu.be/IJc2ZgVuyT4 (https://youtu.be/IJc2ZgVuyT4)

One Kind of Love
https://youtu.be/lVO_TkCwahI (https://youtu.be/lVO_TkCwahI)

The Right Time
https://youtu.be/BAM6BdkcEnM (https://youtu.be/BAM6BdkcEnM)

Sail Away
https://youtu.be/1rNAiVly-Zw (https://youtu.be/1rNAiVly-Zw)

Sail On, Sailor
https://youtu.be/XN0t23zIBBI (https://youtu.be/XN0t23zIBBI)

Encore
https://youtu.be/LgZkGX8c7iE (https://youtu.be/LgZkGX8c7iE)

Love & Mercy
https://youtu.be/J6lXRdHdSEQ (https://youtu.be/J6lXRdHdSEQ)




Title: Re: Brian / Al / Blondie Summer 2015 Tour Thread
Post by: Peadar 'Big Dinner' O'Driscoll on June 22, 2015, 03:24:07 AM
Love how happy Brian looks from 4 minutes on in Busy Doin Nothin  ;D


Title: Re: Brian / Al / Blondie Summer 2015 Tour Thread
Post by: Ray Lawlor on June 22, 2015, 07:51:22 AM
http://www.latimes.com/entertainment/la-et-ms-brian-wilson-review-20150622-story.html#page=1


Title: Re: Brian / Al / Blondie Summer 2015 Tour Thread
Post by: Wirestone on June 22, 2015, 08:13:08 AM
Note to future reviewers: The white piano is just a shell holding BW's usual electric keyboard. Try not to make too much of it. A great piece otherwise, though!


Title: Re: Brian / Al / Blondie Summer 2015 Tour Thread
Post by: rn57 on June 22, 2015, 08:22:21 AM
Note to LA Times reviewer Randy Lewis: If you thought it was "culminated ruins domino," you're hardly one to chide Sebu about using a teleprompter on DWB.


Title: Re: Brian / Al / Blondie Summer 2015 Tour Thread
Post by: Ray Lawlor on June 22, 2015, 09:37:03 AM
http://rocknycliveandrecorded.com/brian-wilson-at-the-greek-theatre-saturday-june-20th-2015-review.html


Title: Re: Brian / Al / Blondie Summer 2015 Tour Thread
Post by: DC310 on June 22, 2015, 09:52:05 AM
People who are allowed to change melodies of songs written by Brian Wilson while performing live if they so desire: Brian Wilson.
People who shouldn't be allowed to change melodies of songs written by Brian Wilson while performing live if they so desire: Everyone else (ahem Sebu).


Title: Re: Brian / Al / Blondie Summer 2015 Tour Thread
Post by: Rocky Raccoon on June 22, 2015, 01:50:19 PM
Note to future reviewers: The white piano is just a shell holding BW's usual electric keyboard. Try not to make too much of it. A great piece otherwise, though!

I remember I realized that when I saw them taking it apart between his and Jeff Beck's set on the 2013 tour, I thought that was pretty funny.  But it makes for a cool looking prop nonetheless.


Title: Re: Brian / Al / Blondie Summer 2015 Tour Thread
Post by: send me a picture and i'll tell you on June 22, 2015, 06:20:42 PM
To quote Brian when introducng "Wild Honey" last night:  "It rocks like all hell."

(http://lh3.googleusercontent.com/-jQ6i6dnHRLy-z-TjHCAhQAg_7IjcvNuUln4Vigp5x4h=w1015-h761-no)


Who's Random Black Man?


Title: Re: Brian / Al / Blondie Summer 2015 Tour Thread
Post by: Rocker on June 23, 2015, 08:54:43 AM
Note to future reviewers: The white piano is just a shell holding BW's usual electric keyboard. Try not to make too much of it. A great piece otherwise, though!

I remember I realized that when I saw them taking it apart between his and Jeff Beck's set on the 2013 tour, I thought that was pretty funny.  But it makes for a cool looking prop nonetheless.


That's common practice in the business and has been so for quite a while. It's much easier to have the great sight of a grand piano that way but at the same time don't have to worry about tuning.


Title: Re: Brian / Al / Blondie Summer 2015 Tour Thread
Post by: Autotune on June 23, 2015, 09:52:29 AM
I'm a big fan of Brian's rendition of Busy. Surf's Up... nnnnno.


Title: Re: Brian / Al / Blondie Summer 2015 Tour Thread
Post by: guitarfool2002 on June 23, 2015, 12:22:41 PM
Note to future reviewers: The white piano is just a shell holding BW's usual electric keyboard. Try not to make too much of it. A great piece otherwise, though!

I remember I realized that when I saw them taking it apart between his and Jeff Beck's set on the 2013 tour, I thought that was pretty funny.  But it makes for a cool looking prop nonetheless.


That's common practice in the business and has been so for quite a while. It's much easier to have the great sight of a grand piano that way but at the same time don't have to worry about tuning.

Common practice is correct, maybe even moreso in the world of guitars and amps, especially in how rock shows have been staged for years. It's part of stage design. Many rock shows which feature heavy guitar have been staged for decades where the visual on stage is the guitarist rocking out in front of a wall of amps, it used to be walls of Marshall full stacks or Orange stacks, or a bank of Fender Twins or AC30's. Most of those setups were done purely for show. Stage a rock show, have a wall of Marshall amps on stage.

The truth is, in most cases only one of those amps is actually the primary amp that is mic'ed and going to the house, or if it's stereo then several mic'ed and panned as needed.

Neil Young on various tours was known for having a wall of amps on stage as part of the set. Yet his actual tone was coming from a small Fender tweed Deluxe outfitted with a mechanical switching device he called "The Whizzer", a low-wattage 50's amp that was generating his main tone which the crowd heard. Yet they had a wall of amp stacks on stage, and ear-splitting house sound, while Neil's old Deluxe was delivering most of the tones.

Same with AC/DC, their stages were full of amps at various times during tours, suggesting all of the heavy riffs and tones were pumping out from a massive wall of amp power. The real tone was coming from a single Marshall amp head in most cases that Angus would run through and if I remember correctly, it wasn't even seen on stage but rather placed and mic'ed off stage.

So it's common practice and showbiz too across the board, but it is a cool visual to see a white grand on stage! I'll drink to that.  :beer


Title: Re: Brian / Al / Blondie Summer 2015 Tour Thread
Post by: Gohi on June 23, 2015, 01:38:02 PM
I'm a big fan of Brian's rendition of Busy. Surf's Up... nnnnno.
I agree. It's nice to see them attempt it but I feel pretty bad hearing some of those vocals. He's really doing his best and should be commended for it but...  :-\
Brian sounded pretty great on several other songs at that concert though. Maybe he just has to get a few more performances of Surf's Up under his belt.


Title: Re: Brian / Al / Blondie Summer 2015 Tour Thread
Post by: shadownoze on June 23, 2015, 01:54:13 PM
I'm hearing Ding Dang at sound check in Austin right now. Brian is directing.


Title: Re: Brian / Al / Blondie Summer 2015 Tour Thread
Post by: ontor pertawst on June 23, 2015, 01:55:45 PM
GAH!


Title: Re: Brian / Al / Blondie Summer 2015 Tour Thread
Post by: HeyJude on June 23, 2015, 01:55:49 PM
I'm hearing Ding Dang at sound check in Austin right now. Brian is directing.

It ain’t exactly musically mind-blowing, but it would be a huge kick to see Brian and Al do that one on stage!

How about “Santa Ana Winds”, “Goin’ On”, and “Funky Pretty” next?


Title: Re: Brian / Al / Blondie Summer 2015 Tour Thread
Post by: shadownoze on June 23, 2015, 02:18:38 PM
They say they're saving Ding Dang to do in Dallas tomorrow. But they ARE doing Cal Saga tonight.


Title: Re: Brian / Al / Blondie Summer 2015 Tour Thread
Post by: shadownoze on June 23, 2015, 02:38:11 PM
Dunno if it'll be in the set tonight, but the band is running Funky Pretty right now. Somebody reads this board!


Title: Re: Brian / Al / Blondie Summer 2015 Tour Thread
Post by: lee on June 23, 2015, 03:11:08 PM
Californ-i-a and Funky Pretty? Nice!


Title: Re: Brian / Al / Blondie Summer 2015 Tour Thread
Post by: HeyJude on June 23, 2015, 03:15:33 PM
Hope the "Holland" tracks make it in the setlist soon (with YouTube videos of course!).

I finally got around to watching some of the Greek Theatre LA video clips, and it's interesting to note that while Al is singing "Wake the World" in that clip, it was definitely Brian singing it opening night in Saratoga.


Title: Re: Brian / Al / Blondie Summer 2015 Tour Thread
Post by: HeyJude on June 23, 2015, 03:31:37 PM
Dunno if it'll be in the set tonight, but the band is running Funky Pretty right now. Somebody reads this board!

I'd love to think the "somebody" reads this board and considers songs accordingly. I'm sure they do the former, not sure how much the latter. I think in the case of "Funky Pretty" it might have something to do with Al pushing for it. He said in an interview before the tour that he really wanted to do that one with Blondie.

It also makes sense to add that one if they're inclined to work Blondie into the show more. There are only so many BB tracks they could do that feature him prominently. A few tracks off of CATP and Holland are about all they have to work with.

Someone get the news songs on video and up on YouTube! I would have tried at Saratoga, but they are sporadically rather draconian there about use of cameras.


Title: Re: Brian / Al / Blondie Summer 2015 Tour Thread
Post by: ♩♬🐸 Billy C ♯♫♩🐇 on June 23, 2015, 05:10:34 PM
Dunno if it'll be in the set tonight, but the band is running Funky Pretty right now. Somebody reads this board!

I'm at the show too! Took an hour to find the damn place as Google maps took us wrong, and by the time we got here we already missed the meet n greet and the soundcheck.  Construction is a bitch over here.


Title: Re: Brian / Al / Blondie Summer 2015 Tour Thread
Post by: ♩♬🐸 Billy C ♯♫♩🐇 on June 23, 2015, 08:50:25 PM
Best show ever. Brian was in top form, and seriously sounded better than I've ever heard him.


Title: Re: Brian / Al / Blondie Summer 2015 Tour Thread
Post by: Wirestone on June 23, 2015, 08:51:04 PM
Cool! Any debuts?


Title: Re: Brian / Al / Blondie Summer 2015 Tour Thread
Post by: ♩♬🐸 Billy C ♯♫♩🐇 on June 23, 2015, 09:04:15 PM
Nah same setlist but it was so good it didn't matter


Title: Re: Brian / Al / Blondie Summer 2015 Tour Thread
Post by: shadownoze on June 23, 2015, 09:11:19 PM
Setlist for Austin, 6/23/15:

Our Prayer
Heroes & Villains — Brian sounds very strong, not whispery like sometimes
California Girls
Shut Down — lead by Al
Little Deuce Coupe — lead by Al
I Get Around
Little Girl I Once Knew
This Whole World — Darian
Then I Kissed Her — Al
California Saga — Al
In My Room
Surfer Girl
Don't Worry Baby — Matt
One Kind of Love
Sail Away — Blondie comes onstage at this point
Wild Honey — fantastic!
Sail On Sailor — Blondie leaves after this one...but he was great on vocal AND guitar on this song
She Knows Me Too Well — Matt
Wake the World — Al
Busy Doin' Nothin' — Brian sounded so strong and on pitch that I looked to see who was doubling him...nobody! He was in great voice and great mood.
Surf's Up — a tiny bit shaky, but still awesome...and Al did his part at the end.
Right Time
Runaway Dancer — Brian seems to really love this song
Wouldn't It Be Nice — Matt
Sloop John B
God Only Knows
Good Vibrations
_________

Encore set:
All Summer Long
Help Me Rhonda
Barbara Ann
Surfin' USA
Fun Fun Fun

Love & Mercy — Brian was singing the verses with great feeling and improvising on the rhythms and words a bit, seemed very into it. At one point he stopped singing his line and it seemed he got a little choked up.

The band sounded incredible and the mix was very good. You folks in the next few shows, be ready...Ding Dang and Funky Pretty are definitely in the works.

Rodriguez's opening set was about 45 minutes. He was led onstage by four people and I wonder if he is almost blind; truly seemed that way, reaching out to feel where the mic was, like Stevie Wonder does. There were some in the audience who came mainly to see him and he was well received by all, especially on the songs from Searching For Sugar Man. Two things surprised me about Rodriguez. 1. Before EVERY song, he turned down his guitar, played the first three or four bars of the next song, then turned the volume back up and began; it was like he was reminding himself of how each song started. Very unusual. 2. He did a surprising amount of covers, especially for a 45-minute set by a guy with a couple of albums to pick from. He did "Fever." Yeah, the Peggy Lee "Fever"! He did "La Bamba." He did Elton's "Your Song" and Jefferson Airplane's "Somebody to Love." He sounded good, played the guitar well.

Finally, the VIP experience was fairly smooth and less strict than VIP Nation's version on the C50 tour. Today, we were let into sound check, told we could sit anywhere, roam around, take as many photos as we wanted. That was great! Almost made the concert anticlimactic. Al and Blondie were still trading lines on Sail Away: "Why don't you do this part and I'll come in here..." When Brian, Al, and Blondie left, the band stayed to run through some stuff and that's when I heard them trying Funky Pretty. We were escorted to a table in the lobby where the three BBs sat, Sharpies in hand. They were all pleasant, signing things readily, and Brian gave some very genuine smiles and handshakes, looking me right in the eye when I thanked him. Good experience.
Now I'm beat and I suspect I have seen Brian Wilson for the last time. If that's true, I'm completely at peace with it. He has given me more than I can ever express.


Title: Re: Brian / Al / Blondie Summer 2015 Tour Thread
Post by: baseball95 on June 23, 2015, 09:21:54 PM
Setlist for Austin, 6/23/15:

Our Prayer
Heroes & Villains — Brian sounds very strong, not whispery like sometimes
Shut Down — lead by Al
Little Deuce Coupe — lead by Al
I Get Around
Little Girl I Once Knew
This Whole World — Darian
Then I Kissed Her — Al
California Saga — Al
In My Room
Surfer Girl
Don't Worry Baby — Matt
One Kind of Love
Sail Away — Blondie comes onstage at this point
Wild Honey — fantastic!
Sail On Sailor — Blondie leaves after this one...but he was great on vocal AND guitar on this song
She Knows Me Too Well — Matt
Wake the World — Al
Busy Doin' Nothin' — Brian sounded so strong and on pitch that I looked to see who was doubling him...nobody! He was in great voice and great mood.
Surf's Up — a tiny bit shaky, but still awesome...and Al did his part at the end.
Right Time
Runaway Dancer — Brian seems to really love this song
Wouldn't It Be Nice — Matt
Sloop John B
God Only Knows
Good Vibrations
_________

Encore set:
All Summer Long
Help Me Rhonda
Barbara Ann
Surfin' USA
Fun Fun Fun

Love & Mercy — Brian was singing the verses with great feeling and improvising on the rhythms and words a bit, seemed very into it. At one point he stopped singing his line and it seemed he got a little choked up.

The band sounded incredible and the mix was very good. You folks in the next few shows, be ready...Ding Dang and Funky Pretty are definitely in the works.

Rodriguez's opening set was about 45 minutes. He was led onstage by four people and I wonder if he is almost blind; truly seemed that way, reaching out to feel where the mic was, like Stevie Wonder does. There were some in the audience who came mainly to see him and he was well received by all, especially on the songs from Searching For Sugar Man. Two things surprised me about Rodriguez. 1. Before EVERY song, he turned down his guitar, played the first three or four bars of the next song, then turned the volume back up and began; it was like he was reminding himself of how each song started. Very unusual. 2. He did a surprising amount of covers, especially for a 45-minute set by a guy with a couple of albums to pick from. He did "Fever." Yeah, the Peggy Lee "Fever"! He did "La Bamba." He did Elton's "Your Song" and Jefferson Airplane's "Somebody to Love." He sounded good, played the guitar well.

Finally, the VIP experience was fairly smooth and less strict than VIP Nation's version on the C50 tour. Today, we were let into sound check, told we could sit anywhere, roam around, take as many photos as we wanted. That was great! Almost made the concert anticlimactic. Al and Blondie were still trading lines on Sail Away: "Why don't you do this part and I'll come in here..." When Brian, Al, and Blondie left, the band stayed to run through some stuff and that's when I heard them trying Funky Pretty. We were escorted to a table in the lobby where the three BBs sat, Sharpies in hand. They were all pleasant, signing things readily, and Brian gave some very genuine smiles and handshakes, looking me right in the eye when I thanked him. Good experience.
Now I'm beat and I suspect I have seen Brian Wilson for the last time. If that's true, I'm completely at peace with it. He has given me more than I can ever express.

No California Girls? Wow


Title: Re: Brian / Al / Blondie Summer 2015 Tour Thread
Post by: HeyJude on June 23, 2015, 09:22:59 PM
Looks like they've handed over more leads to Al. In Saratoga, Brian sang Shut Down, Little Deuce Coupe, and Wake the World. Looks like they dropped Cottonfields to add California Saga.


Title: Re: Brian / Al / Blondie Summer 2015 Tour Thread
Post by: shadownoze on June 23, 2015, 09:26:29 PM
Oops, my mistake, California Girls was right after Heroes & Villains.


Title: Re: Brian / Al / Blondie Summer 2015 Tour Thread
Post by: Rocky Raccoon on June 23, 2015, 09:30:43 PM
Sounds like an amazing show.  I didn't realize Blondie is only onstage for three songs though, that's kind of disappointing, I was under the impression he was a full member of the band on this tour as David Marks was on the 2013 tour.  I've read Rodriguez has lost most of his eyesight due to effects of glaucoma in recent years.  But it sounds like it hasn't diminished his performance ability so good for him.


Title: Re: Brian / Al / Blondie Summer 2015 Tour Thread
Post by: shadownoze on June 23, 2015, 09:39:08 PM
Blondie did come back out for the entire encore.

One other little note: before launching into California Saga, Al introduced it as being from "my solo album, A Postcard From California." Nice try, buddy.


Title: Re: Brian / Al / Blondie Summer 2015 Tour Thread
Post by: ♩♬🐸 Billy C ♯♫♩🐇 on June 23, 2015, 10:10:31 PM
:lol

The crowd was something else. During Rodriguez's set somebody yelled out 'I love you Rodriguez ', and he laughed and said 'I'm sure that's the drinks talking,  but thank you!'

Of course I was no better...I'm the guy who yelled out 'I love you Brian...in a platonic way though ' and got a chuckle  out of Al.

Hope you didn't waste your money on the food there, though...



Title: Re: Brian / Al / Blondie Summer 2015 Tour Thread
Post by: MyDrKnowsItKeepsMeCalm on June 24, 2015, 09:33:49 AM
These reviews and setlists are great. With the rumors of new US dates in the fall, I'm hoping that NYC's Beacon Theater might be one of their stops later in the year. I will have to miss the Jones Beach show next week... pretty bummed about that.



Title: Re: Brian / Al / Blondie Summer 2015 Tour Thread
Post by: Marty Castillo on June 24, 2015, 11:15:30 AM
Finally, the VIP experience was fairly smooth and less strict than VIP Nation's version on the C50 tour. Today, we were let into sound check, told we could sit anywhere, roam around, take as many photos as we wanted. That was great! Almost made the concert anticlimactic. Al and Blondie were still trading lines on Sail Away: "Why don't you do this part and I'll come in here..." When Brian, Al, and Blondie left, the band stayed to run through some stuff and that's when I heard them trying Funky Pretty. We were escorted to a table in the lobby where the three BBs sat, Sharpies in hand. They were all pleasant, signing things readily, and Brian gave some very genuine smiles and handshakes, looking me right in the eye when I thanked him. Good experience.
I'd like to hear more about the VIP experience. I figured it would be a rehash of the strict VIP Nation C50 experience. I had no interest in a quick posed picture and then hustled away without any meaningful engagement. How far ahead of the concert did you have to be there for the soundcheck? Did they do a professional photo at the meet & greet or could you use your own camera? Did they limit what you could have signed and how many things you could bring? I'm on the fence, but might have to pull the trigger depending on your response...


Title: Re: Brian / Al / Blondie Summer 2015 Tour Thread
Post by: ♩♬🐸 Billy C ♯♫♩🐇 on June 24, 2015, 11:26:29 AM
I'm not going to lie...I'm really sad about missing the meet and greet. It's one of those things where the more I think about it,  the worse I'm feeling about it.

That said, got to meet a couple of the guys post-show (Paul and Darian), who were extremely nice and cool.



Title: Re: Brian / Al / Blondie Summer 2015 Tour Thread
Post by: Shady on June 24, 2015, 12:01:44 PM
I'm not going to lie...I'm really sad about missing the meet and greet. It's one of those things where the more I think about it,  the worse I'm feeling about it.

That said, got to meet a couple of the guys post-show (Paul and Darian), who were extremely nice and cool.



We'd all take it badly, unlucky man.


Title: Re: Brian / Al / Blondie Summer 2015 Tour Thread
Post by: shadownoze on June 24, 2015, 01:14:16 PM
Re: VIP experience --
We had to be at the venue at 3:00; the show started at 7:30. Once we checked in, we were given a nice BW VIP laminate on a lanyard. We had a chance to check out the merch table and to buy stuff as long as we had cash in the proper amount. Nice to get that out of the way. After waiting awhile, we could hear the band starting up. Ten or fifteen minutes later, we were admitted to the theater and told we could sit anywhere, roam around if we wished, and allowed to take photos and video at will. Al and Paul welcomed us to the sound check and told us it was really behind-the-scenes stuff. So there was starting and stopping and rerunning of that last chorus one more time. After each song, Brian would say, "What now, Paul?"
When everyone was satisfied, our guide led us back out to the lobby as Paul asked the band to stay put, except for the three stars. We were given copies of the Love and Mercy sheet music, which Brian had signed earlier in the day. After five minutes or so, Brian, Al, and Blondie came out and sat at a table. We had been told we could bring one item to have signed. I had them sign a birthday card for my daughter. There was no photographer present, bunt the road manager was happy to take shots with your phone or camera. I had a few seconds to speak to the guys and pose for a pic. Then I held out my hand to Brian and said Thank you and he shook my hand, looking me in the eye and saying you're welcome, while my wife snapped a shot. That's the one I'll treasure. He looked much more at ease and natural this time, with a not-fakey looking smile.
I was first in line, so I was the first one done. I wish now that I'd hung around to see what others brought to be signed. But we were now free until showtime, so we left the venue, went and had dinner and came back in plenty of time for the show.


Title: Re: Brian / Al / Blondie Summer 2015 Tour Thread
Post by: ♩♬🐸 Billy C ♯♫♩🐇 on June 24, 2015, 01:37:29 PM
 :thud :


Title: Re: Brian / Al / Blondie Summer 2015 Tour Thread
Post by: ontor pertawst on June 24, 2015, 02:02:08 PM
Damn, this is a great tour. I was just remembering that the other night right as the audience was reeling from "Wake the World" and they lurched into "Busy Doin' Nothin'," people behind me literally gasped loudly. I suspect one of them to be the guy who yelled KEEP IT CLEAN!

I know you're out there, you!

I am definitely in for another round in September.


Title: Re: Brian / Al / Blondie Summer 2015 Tour Thread
Post by: ♩♬🐸 Billy C ♯♫♩🐇 on June 24, 2015, 02:16:29 PM
Damn, this is a great tour. I was just remembering that the other night right as the audience was reeling from "Wake the World" and they lurched into "Busy Doin' Nothin'," people behind me literally gasped loudly. I suspect one of them to be the guy who yelled KEEP IT CLEAN!

I know you're out there, you!

I am definitely in for another round in September.

If you're talking about last night, that was me :D


Title: Re: Brian / Al / Blondie Summer 2015 Tour Thread
Post by: Shady on June 24, 2015, 02:17:40 PM
How was the attendance for last nights show?


Title: Re: Brian / Al / Blondie Summer 2015 Tour Thread
Post by: ♩♬🐸 Billy C ♯♫♩🐇 on June 24, 2015, 02:45:14 PM
Pretty much full or close to it. 


Title: Re: Brian / Al / Blondie Summer 2015 Tour Thread
Post by: mikeddonn on June 24, 2015, 02:54:04 PM
Sounds great!  Keep it coming so all of us in the UK know what we're missing! ;D


Title: Re: Brian / Al / Blondie Summer 2015 Tour Thread
Post by: shadownoze on June 24, 2015, 03:16:58 PM
At last night's show in Austin, the second balcony was closed, but the rest seemed pretty full. A friend who is an usher there said there were over 1600 tickets sold in advance.


Title: Re: Brian / Al / Blondie Summer 2015 Tour Thread
Post by: ♩♬🐸 Billy C ♯♫♩🐇 on June 24, 2015, 03:23:53 PM
Ahh...didn't even realize there was a second balcony.


Title: Re: Brian / Al / Blondie Summer 2015 Tour Thread
Post by: HeyJude on June 24, 2015, 08:33:59 PM
Anyone at tonight's show?


Title: Re: Brian / Al / Blondie Summer 2015 Tour Thread
Post by: Emdeeh on June 25, 2015, 05:30:35 AM
Better late than never (in publicity)... from today's AJC:

http://music.blog.ajc.com/2015/06/24/brian-wilson-will-bring-good-vibrations-to-atlanta/

BRIAN WILSON WILL BRING GOOD VIBRATIONS TO ATLANTA
June 24, 2015
By Melissa Ruggieri

Brian Wilson has watched “Love & Mercy,” the new theatrical adaptation of his life, four times.

“Each time I liked it even more. I was fascinated with the people who portrayed me. They were very well done,” Wilson said last week.

Chatting briefly after a flight from northern California to San Diego, where he would perform the second of his 20-date summer tour with opener Rodriguez, Wilson praised the accuracy of the film -- which stars Paul Dano as “Pet Sounds”-era Wilson and John Cusack as the musical legend in the ‘80s -- and acknowledged that “the harder parts of my life were difficult to watch.”

Wilson’s complicated life story is certainly ripe for Hollywood and is handled with sincerity and sensitivity in “Love & Mercy.” Even the love story with wife Melinda (astutely played by Elizabeth Banks) earns validation from Wilson, who said he was pleased with the portrayal of the couple.

But while the Hollywood-ized story of Wilson’s life is nestled in theaters alongside summer blockbusters such as “Jurassic World” and “Inside Out,” his current musical journey has steered him back to the stage. He will perform in Atlanta on Friday at the Fox Theatre.

The career-spanning set lists from the first few dates of the tour have so far included Beach Boys chestnuts “Heroes and Villains,” “In My Room,” “God Only Knows,” “Little Deuce Coupe” (with tour guest Al Jardine), “Sail On, Sailor” (with other tour guest Blondie Chaplin on lead vocals) and the two songs Wilson said he enjoys playing most in concert “because they’re good records” -- “California Girls” and “Good Vibrations.”

The show also includes a trio of tunes from Wilson’s current album, “No Pier Pressure,” released in April. “Sail Away,” “Runaway Dancer” and “One Kind of Love” are the choices Wilson plucked to play from the new release.

Wilson, who turned 73 last week, worked on the album for about a year and was joined by younger artists including country darling Kacey Musgraves and Fun frontman Nate Ruess. The celebrated songwriter said he knew the album was ready to roll, “by the harmonies … we tried to make a lot of harmonies on the album.”

While he hadn’t yet met tour opener Rodriguez after the first night of the tour, Wilson was eager to shake hands with the man who was the topic of the fascinating 2012 documentary “Searching for Sugar Man.” The film won an Academy Award the following year for best documentary feature and turned the once-reclusive folk performer Sixto Rodriguez into a cult favorite who has now achieved single-moniker recognition.

Rodriguez is the only other name joining Wilson and his crew for the near future.

When asked if there were any plans for another Beach Boys reunion concert, such as the one in 2012 in celebration of the band’s 50th anniversary, Wilson responded resolutely, “At this point, no.”

CONCERT PREVIEW
Brian Wilson
With Rodriguez. 8 p.m. Friday. $46.50-$96.50. Fox Theatre, 660 Peachtree St. N.E., Atlanta. 1-855-285-8499, www.foxtheatre.org.




Title: Re: Brian / Al / Blondie Summer 2015 Tour Thread
Post by: rn57 on June 25, 2015, 07:20:24 AM
http://www.dallasobserver.com/music/brian-wilson-was-at-peace-with-his-legacy-last-night-at-verizon-theatre-7346669


Title: Re: Brian / Al / Blondie Summer 2015 Tour Thread
Post by: J.G. Dev on June 25, 2015, 07:29:58 AM
I watched "Searching for Sugar Man" last night to get a better idea of what Rodriquez is all about. It's an incredible story and he seems like quite a character. Looking forward to seeing the Boston show.


Title: Re: Brian / Al / Blondie Summer 2015 Tour Thread
Post by: HeyJude on June 25, 2015, 07:39:44 AM
The setlist is up on the setlists.fm website, and appears identical to Austin. No "Ding Dang" or "Funky Pretty" yet.


Title: Re: Brian / Al / Blondie Summer 2015 Tour Thread
Post by: rn57 on June 25, 2015, 08:33:49 AM
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=yBfbKmysOpw

Wild Honey last night. Sound could be better, but you can still hear Blondie scorchin' it at the end.


Title: Re: Brian / Al / Blondie Summer 2015 Tour Thread
Post by: Kamandi on June 25, 2015, 11:34:49 AM
Finally, the VIP experience was fairly smooth and less strict than VIP Nation's version on the C50 tour. Today, we were let into sound check, told we could sit anywhere, roam around, take as many photos as we wanted. That was great! Almost made the concert anticlimactic. Al and Blondie were still trading lines on Sail Away: "Why don't you do this part and I'll come in here..." When Brian, Al, and Blondie left, the band stayed to run through some stuff and that's when I heard them trying Funky Pretty. We were escorted to a table in the lobby where the three BBs sat, Sharpies in hand. They were all pleasant, signing things readily, and Brian gave some very genuine smiles and handshakes, looking me right in the eye when I thanked him. Good experience.
I'd like to hear more about the VIP experience. I figured it would be a rehash of the strict VIP Nation C50 experience. I had no interest in a quick posed picture and then hustled away without any meaningful engagement. How far ahead of the concert did you have to be there for the soundcheck? Did they do a professional photo at the meet & greet or could you use your own camera? Did they limit what you could have signed and how many things you could bring? I'm on the fence, but might have to pull the trigger depending on your response...

In LA the VIP folks were asked to be there by 3 PM but there was a delay in getting into the venue of at least a half hour. The soundcheck was several songs in when the group was asked to sit in the first couple rows, right in the blazing 100 degree sun! Most of the band was in the heat so there could be little complaining. I didnt hear any notice regarding photos but people quickly pulled out cameras and phones and recorded the event. Brian asked a couple times if it was time for the meet and greet but Von Mertens would say they need to do a few more songs. Blondie was there the entire time but only played for Wild Honey and Sail Away however he would be motioning to the sound guys in the back during the entire check if something seemed off. Sebu came out to do his tune and to practice Dont Worry Baby. He pretended to take a bite out of Al's apple. Eventually Brian said "Its time for the meet and greet!" so thus endeth the soundcheck.

A table was set up in the shade and water was provided for the guests. It was a lot more leisurely than the 50th anniversary VIP. You could take a photo with your own camera or phone and could have 1 item signed. Most had their tickets signed, a few had cd covers and there was one Pet Sounds album and 3 Holland lps.  Brian seemed drained from the heat and by the end seemed to want to get it over with as he would encourage chatters to get behind them so they could take a photo. Al and Blondie were receptive and friendly. Al was very surprised to see my Magic Transistor Radio EP sleeve and kept asking how much I paid for it. He said it was Brian's masterpiece and asked again where I got it. I told Blondie I saw him with the Stones during the Bridges to Babylon tour and Al piped in that he saw that tour as well and thought it was very good. Technically I had two items to be signed (Holland and the EP) but none of the organizers noticed or said anything and Brian, Al and Blondie all signed. They guy taking photos mistakenly gave my camera to Al so I had to ask for it back. Brian was asked to sign a few more pieces of sheet music and by that time really wanted to go eat, as he stated a couple times while it was winding down.

I had some internal debates about getting the package but now I am really glad I did.




Title: Re: Brian / Al / Blondie Summer 2015 Tour Thread
Post by: Menace Wilson on June 25, 2015, 01:07:44 PM
The vibe last night in Dallas was fantastic.  Brian was in a good mood, and the band kicked ass.  It was a night and day difference compared to the BBs 50th reunion show, which was at the same venue.  This show was so much better.   

Random memories as they come to me:

Brian introduced The Little Girl I Once Knew by saying that the first two notes sounded "Chinese," but not to worry because the rest of the song was "American." 

Twice during the show, Brian divided the audience up and asked the boys to yell real loud and then the girls too.  After the first time, he said something to the effect of "they sound so different but they are both part of the same trip." 

As they were about to begin Sail Away, Al said something like "Aren't you gonna introduce Blondie?" but Brian had apparently forgotten.

Speaking of Al, seemed like he was having some sort of issue with his monitor most of the night. 

Brian introduced "Wild Honey" by saying "This next song rocks like hell!" 

I was really hoping for "Funky Pretty," but it didn't happen.  Maybe next time.  Regardless, the show stepped up a notch whenever Blondie was onstage.

Wake The World segued straight into Busy Doin' Nothin', so there really wasn't much of a gap in between.  Regardless, I screamed my head off after Wake The World, and I think I startled the old couple sitting in front of me.

During the encore, Nelson Bragg pulled out a cowbell and began to 'explore the space.'  Then he went up to Al and started doing the full Will Farrell bit.  I thought it was hilarious...dunno what Al thought.

Also during the encore, Scott Bennet ran over to the drums and started playing the floor tom, and later was doing 'The Robot' at his keyboard station.

Brian introduced Surf's Up by saying "This next song has some really complex vocals."  I braced myself, remembering what some had said about it on this forum, but I thought it was outstanding.  Brian sang on practically the entire song, except a couple of times when he left the high bits for Matt.

Brian was doing his pantomime hand gestures throughout the night: when the lyric referenced driving, he acted like he had a steering wheel in his hands.  When the lyric referenced eating, he'd act like he was spooning something into his mouth. 

Before Runaway Dancer, Brian said, "This next song is usually sung by a guy named Sabu...S..A..B..U...and he's got a big black beard."   


Title: Re: Brian / Al / Blondie Summer 2015 Tour Thread
Post by: Gregg on June 25, 2015, 01:45:36 PM
One sort of funny thing at the Austin show...... there were two women at the front right side providing sign language interpretations to some audience members throughout the entire concert. Each would do a few songs and then the other one would do a few. It was very interesting to watch as they were very animated in their signing, using their entire body to convey the essence of the song. One of them kept making a face like she was smelling something bad. Guess that was supposed to signify " bad ass rock music".

But the funniest thing was when Brian and band did "Surf's Up". She pretty much stood there dumbfounded.


Title: Re: Brian / Al / Blondie Summer 2015 Tour Thread
Post by: petsoundsnola on June 25, 2015, 01:50:03 PM

Before Runaway Dancer, Brian said, "This next song is usually sung by a guy named Sabu...S..A..B..U...and he's got a big black beard."   

That is freaking hilarious.  Should go into the list of Brianisms for sure.


Title: Re: Brian / Al / Blondie Summer 2015 Tour Thread
Post by: ♩♬🐸 Billy C ♯♫♩🐇 on June 25, 2015, 03:22:45 PM
One sort of funny thing at the Austin show...... there were two women at the front right side providing sign language interpretations to some audience members throughout the entire concert. Each would do a few songs and then the other one would do a few. It was very interesting to watch as they were very animated in their signing, using their entire body to convey the essence of the song. One of them kept making a face like she was smelling something bad. Guess that was supposed to signify " bad ass rock music".

But the funniest thing was when Brian and band did "Surf's Up". She pretty much stood there dumbfounded.

Saw that! She was also doing the chatter motion with her hand while Brian was talking during several songs, and pantomined laughter when Brian chuckled after the 'how many Jardines do we have?' bit.


Title: Re: Brian / Al / Blondie Summer 2015 Tour Thread
Post by: HeyJude on June 26, 2015, 08:08:41 PM
My hastily written review of opening night in Saratoga is up on my blog (blog and Facebook links below in the signature line). Wrote it to get out there before the tour ends! Because it was written during random down time this past week, it's probably not the most well-written review ever, but in any event...


Title: Re: Brian / Al / Blondie Summer 2015 Tour Thread
Post by: drbeachboy on June 27, 2015, 07:53:19 AM
To those of you attending the Philadelphia show on Monday (6/29), let's agree on a time & place to meet up, if only for a few minutes before the show. I would really like to meet all of you.


Title: Re: Brian / Al / Blondie Summer 2015 Tour Thread
Post by: Douchepool on June 27, 2015, 08:00:16 AM
To those of you attending the Philadelphia show on Monday (6/29), let's agree on a time & place to meet up, if only for a few minutes before the show. I would really like to meet all of you.

I second this.


Title: Re: Brian / Al / Blondie Summer 2015 Tour Thread
Post by: Emdeeh on June 27, 2015, 01:38:03 PM
A similar version of these comments are also posted in the "Brian in Atlanta tonight at the FOX!" thread:
http://smileysmile.net/board/index.php/topic,22229.0.html

This was definitely one of the best Brian (as opposed to The Beach Boys with Brian) shows I've seen. There's a lot of variety (crowdpleasers, deep cuts, and new) in the setlist, the band is solid (as always), and Al, Blondie, and Matt are great additions to the ensemble.

That, and it took place in the very BEST, top-of-the-line venue in Atlanta. As Paul von Mertens said so joyfully in his band intro last night, the Fox was the place his band Poi Dog Pondering wished they could have played back in the day, and now he was there thanks to Brian.

Brian seemed very comfortable, although both pleased and a bit non-plussed when the standing O for GOK went on and on. Blondie brought a tremendous amount of energy to his numbers -- you could see he learned a lot in his tenure with the Stones. Al's voice is as strong as ever, and you could hear him playing guitar throughout the show, even taking some lead parts. He had his own Fender amp, as did Blondie. In the Fox's splendid acoustics, you could hear everything clearly. Darian, Matt, and Scott also had featured leads.

As for the setlist, I found it on setlist.fm. See listing below. It's not every day I get to hear my two favorite songs, "Wild Honey" and "This Whole World," played in the same concert. They also did "Surf's Up" and "Wake the World"/"Busy Doin' Nothing." "The Little Girl I Once Knew" was a surprise for me. The band is still working on "Funky Pretty," but it was not in the show.

   *  *  *

http://www.setlist.fm/setlist/brian-wilson/2015/fox-theater-atlanta-ga-33c95c9d.html

Brian Wilson
No Pier Pressure Tour: With Al Jardine and Blondie Chaplin
Fox Theater, Atlanta, GA
June 26, 2015

Our Prayer
Heroes and Villains
California Girls
Shut Down (Brian and Al Jardine on vocals)
Little Deuce Coupe (Al Jardine lead vocal)
I Get Around (Al Jardine lead vocal)
The Little Girl I Once Knew
This Whole World (Brian with Darian Sahanaja on vocals)
Then He Kissed Me (Al Jardine lead vocal)
Cotton Fields
In My Room
Surfer Girl
Don't Worry Baby (Matt Jardine on lead vocals)
One Kind of Love
Sail Away (Brian, Al and Blondie Chaplin on vocals)
Wild Honey (Blondie Chaplin on lead vocals)
Sail On, Sailor (Blondie Chaplin on lead vocals)
Darlin' (with Darian Sahanaja on lead vocals)
Wake the World (Al Jardine on lead vocals)
Busy Doin' Nothin'
Surf's Up
The Right Time (Brian and Al Jardine on vocals)
Runaway Dancer
Wouldn't It Be Nice (Matt Jardine on lead vocals)
Sloop John B (Brian and Al Jardine on vocals)
God Only Knows
Good Vibrations

Encore:
All Summer Long
Help Me, Rhonda (Al Jardine on lead vocals)
Barbara Ann
Surfin' U.S.A.
Fun, Fun, Fun
Love and Mercy



Title: Re: Brian / Al / Blondie Summer 2015 Tour Thread
Post by: RJM on June 27, 2015, 02:09:57 PM
The vibe last night in Dallas was fantastic.  Brian was in a good mood, and the band kicked ass.  It was a night and day difference compared to the BBs 50th reunion show, which was at the same venue.  This show was so much better.   

Random memories as they come to me:

Brian introduced The Little Girl I Once Knew by saying that the first two notes sounded "Chinese," but not to worry because the rest of the song was "American." 

Twice during the show, Brian divided the audience up and asked the boys to yell real loud and then the girls too.  After the first time, he said something to the effect of "they sound so different but they are both part of the same trip." 

As they were about to begin Sail Away, Al said something like "Aren't you gonna introduce Blondie?" but Brian had apparently forgotten.

Speaking of Al, seemed like he was having some sort of issue with his monitor most of the night. 

Brian introduced "Wild Honey" by saying "This next song rocks like hell!" 

I was really hoping for "Funky Pretty," but it didn't happen.  Maybe next time.  Regardless, the show stepped up a notch whenever Blondie was onstage.

Wake The World segued straight into Busy Doin' Nothin', so there really wasn't much of a gap in between.  Regardless, I screamed my head off after Wake The World, and I think I startled the old couple sitting in front of me.

During the encore, Nelson Bragg pulled out a cowbell and began to 'explore the space.'  Then he went up to Al and started doing the full Will Farrell bit.  I thought it was hilarious...dunno what Al thought.

Also during the encore, Scott Bennet ran over to the drums and started playing the floor tom, and later was doing 'The Robot' at his keyboard station.

Brian introduced Surf's Up by saying "This next song has some really complex vocals."  I braced myself, remembering what some had said about it on this forum, but I thought it was outstanding.  Brian sang on practically the entire song, except a couple of times when he left the high bits for Matt.

Brian was doing his pantomime hand gestures throughout the night: when the lyric referenced driving, he acted like he had a steering wheel in his hands.  When the lyric referenced eating, he'd act like he was spooning something into his mouth. 

Before Runaway Dancer, Brian said, "This next song is usually sung by a guy named Sabu...S..A..B..U ...and he's got a big black beard."   

I don't think Darian or Scott would appreciate some crazy guy  moonsaulting onto their keyboards.


Title: Re: Brian / Al / Blondie Summer 2015 Tour Thread
Post by: Phoenix on June 27, 2015, 02:13:56 PM
To those of you attending the Philadelphia show on Monday (6/29), let's agree on a time & place to meet up, if only for a few minutes before the show. I would really like to meet all of you.

I second this.

I'd like this as well.


Title: Re: Brian / Al / Blondie Summer 2015 Tour Thread
Post by: drbeachboy on June 27, 2015, 03:21:07 PM
To those of you attending the Philadelphia show on Monday (6/29), let's agree on a time & place to meet up, if only for a few minutes before the show. I would really like to meet all of you.


I second this.

I'd like this as well.
I haven't been to the Mann Center in many years. Are there any specific areas where we can all meet up?


Title: Re: Brian / Al / Blondie Summer 2015 Tour Thread
Post by: Menace Wilson on June 27, 2015, 08:36:27 PM
The vibe last night in Dallas was fantastic.  Brian was in a good mood, and the band kicked ass.  It was a night and day difference compared to the BBs 50th reunion show, which was at the same venue.  This show was so much better.   

Random memories as they come to me:

Brian introduced The Little Girl I Once Knew by saying that the first two notes sounded "Chinese," but not to worry because the rest of the song was "American." 

Twice during the show, Brian divided the audience up and asked the boys to yell real loud and then the girls too.  After the first time, he said something to the effect of "they sound so different but they are both part of the same trip." 

As they were about to begin Sail Away, Al said something like "Aren't you gonna introduce Blondie?" but Brian had apparently forgotten.

Speaking of Al, seemed like he was having some sort of issue with his monitor most of the night. 

Brian introduced "Wild Honey" by saying "This next song rocks like hell!" 

I was really hoping for "Funky Pretty," but it didn't happen.  Maybe next time.  Regardless, the show stepped up a notch whenever Blondie was onstage.

Wake The World segued straight into Busy Doin' Nothin', so there really wasn't much of a gap in between.  Regardless, I screamed my head off after Wake The World, and I think I startled the old couple sitting in front of me.

During the encore, Nelson Bragg pulled out a cowbell and began to 'explore the space.'  Then he went up to Al and started doing the full Will Farrell bit.  I thought it was hilarious...dunno what Al thought.

Also during the encore, Scott Bennet ran over to the drums and started playing the floor tom, and later was doing 'The Robot' at his keyboard station.

Brian introduced Surf's Up by saying "This next song has some really complex vocals."  I braced myself, remembering what some had said about it on this forum, but I thought it was outstanding.  Brian sang on practically the entire song, except a couple of times when he left the high bits for Matt.

Brian was doing his pantomime hand gestures throughout the night: when the lyric referenced driving, he acted like he had a steering wheel in his hands.  When the lyric referenced eating, he'd act like he was spooning something into his mouth. 

Before Runaway Dancer, Brian said, "This next song is usually sung by a guy named Sabu...S..A..B..U ...and he's got a big black beard."   

I don't think Darian or Scott would appreciate some crazy guy  moonsaulting onto their keyboards.

Me neither.  Also, I'm confused.


Title: Re: Brian / Al / Blondie Summer 2015 Tour Thread
Post by: bossaroo on June 28, 2015, 09:14:05 AM
made it over to Nashville last night... what a great f*cking show.

I've never seen Brian so animated and funny and just happy to be there, and I've seen quite a few shows since '99. I was blown away by how cool and comfortable he seemed.

nothing new on the setlist, and Little Girl I Once Knew was dropped... one of my favorites but I've seen them do it a few times.

Wake the World/Busy Doin Nothin was definitely the highlight for me, much of the crowd didn't seem to get into it but that was deep cut heaven! man I'd love to see them play the entire Friends album... or at least When A Man Needs A Woman!  :)

they put up a little barricade as folks were leaving to let some vehicles out of the backstage area, including Brian in the passenger seat of a van with his window rolled down. he gave everyone a big wave which was a nice way to end the evening.

so glad I made the trip, especially after missing the Brian/Jeff Beck show a couple years ago and regretting it for quite some time. you never know when it might be the last time he takes his show on the road, and seeing him with Al and Blondie playing such a sweet setlist would be a great last show for me... if that's the case.



Title: Re: Brian / Al / Blondie Summer 2015 Tour Thread
Post by: bossaroo on June 28, 2015, 10:39:21 AM
a few Brianisms:

when Brian came out to start the show he said, "It's great to be in Salt Lake City! uh, I mean Nashville" clearly making a joke... it was great.

after Our Prayer the band kicked into Heroes & Villains and Brian said right into the mic, "hey the teleprompter's not working!" to which Al replied, "you know the words to this one, Brian." towards the end Brian goes, "ok it's working now!" funny sh!t.

Brian introduced Darian as "one of the greatest singers in the world" or words to that effect, before This Whole World. (Brian sang the bridge)

when it came Al's turn to do Then I Kissed Her, Brian gave him a really nice long introduction... something like, "and now here's one of the most powerful singers of all-time, not from an egotistical place but from his heart..." and so on. then he failed to actually say Al's name. Al just kinda stood there waiting. a friend of mine likened Al & Brian to an old married couple, having some passive aggressive fun with each other throughout the night. hilarious

before Cottonfields Brian was like, "you wanna sing this Al, or should we let Paul do it?"  :lol

before In My Room/Surfer Girl he goes, "all these fast tunes are makin' me nervous! we're nervous wrecks up here!!! we need to slow it down with some sweet ballads..." or similar words.

can't remember his exact intro for Blondie but it was very complimentary. he said Blondie was in the Beach Boys and then played with the Rolling Stones for 10 years. before Wild Honey, Brian said they were gonna really rock out and Al said, "we're gonna get wild, eh Bri?" or words to that effect. afterwards Al said something like, "boy he learned a thing or two playing with the Stones!"

before Darlin Brian said something like, "here's a song I wrote for my brother Carl who died. Darian does a fantastic job with it." and he did

before Surf's Up Brian said, "this next  song is 20 minutes long!"
afterwards Al goes, "it's actually 4 minutes with 20 minutes worth of information!"  :)
(Al was definitely singing the "children's song" part on the tag... apparently he didn't at other shows?)

before God Only Knows Brian said something like, "here's a song that a lot of people tell me is the best song I ever wrote." it was probably the best I've heard Brian sing it live. a real softness in his delivery and he hit the high notes fairly effortlessly.

likewise Love & Mercy was beautifully executed with Brian really engaged, sometimes speaking and altering the lyrics just a bit.

Brian did the "how loud can all the girls yell???" and "now the guys" a couple times. the first time he goes, "the girls sound sweeter but the guys sound more money, y'know?"  :lol



Title: Re: Brian / Al / Blondie Summer 2015 Tour Thread
Post by: Hank Briarstem on June 29, 2015, 08:39:25 AM
It was rather warm during the Nashville sound check, and I was forced several times to take on oxygen. Unfortunately, while there was cold Pabst available in the bar at an on-site restaurant, there was none at the sound check. I made do.

Blondie and the band worked through “Sail Away,” and Blondie asked to do the same with “Sail on Sailor.” The band struggled some in determining the proper backing vocals to “Shut Down” and asked whether any of the 50 or so of us in attendance could help. Having at the moment had head stroke, I was unable to provide guidance, but the proper lyrics were determined, and all were pleased. The band had come up with a special intro piece to accompany “Wake the World,” but Brian rejected the idea, indicating that he wished it to adhere closely to the record. And so it was done.

The band ran through a nice, relaxed “Don’t Worry Baby,” which made my soul soar and brought cool relief for the remainder of the sound check.

After a rather sterling Italian dinner at the on-site restaurant (I had chicken saltimbocca and seven Pabsts), we re-entered the concert area to be treated to a lovely set from Rodriguez who was wonderful on his acoustic “I Only Have Eyes for You”. Blondie stood in the wings listening intently to the set.

The sun showed us mercy by sinking as it does below the horizon, and the impressive afternoon heat gave way to a splendid evening, “Our Prayer” offering the enthusiastic audience all the proof it needed that harmonies would be in abundance. The segue to “Heroes & Villains” brought the audience to its collective feet – most of which were clad in one type of shoe or another. Some were baffled, or so it seemed, by the “Cantina” section, but it was done so beautifully the brief confusion gave way to excitement.

As is always the case, with the first notes of “California Girls” the crowd erupted in ecstasy, or perhaps hives. The performance was immaculate, and by following with “Shut Down,” “Little Deuce Coupe,” and a driving “I Get Around,” the band forced the elders among us to the realization that seating would not be an option for much of the performance. A young man directly in front of me was either mesmerized by the show or seriously involved in an LSD trip.

“You’re So Good to Me” was a highlight. What an amazing vehicle for the guitar! Many in the crowd might have been unfamiliar with “This Whole World,” but the response to the song was quite wonderful. Al did his usual solid job on “Then I Kissed Her” and “Cottonfields” before Brian remarked that a nice ballad would ensue – “In My Room,” which was merely magical and which clearly moved the audience, including the LSD fellow. “Surfer Girl” followed, and I was moved to see the 60th businessman-type fellow in front of me sing his heart out with every word. It was an emotional highlight.

Matt Jardine simply nailed “Don’t Worry Baby,” and the harmonies were sublime. Brian then introduced “a love song for my wife” and credited Scott Bennett with his collaboration – “One Kind of Love.” The response from the audience was quiet, but not in a negative manner. Many had seen the film, it was clear, and a certain reverence prevailed.

Brian offered Blondie an enthusiastic introduction, referencing his time in the Beach Boys and his decade-long stint with the Stones. “Now he’s with my band!” The crowd was quite taken with “Sail Away,” and it was a somewhat surprising highlight of the night. “Wild Honey” followed – a blistering version. Blondie moves the band a step from pop and into the rock realm. Brian introduced “Sail on Sailor” as “Sail Away Sailor” and was corrected by Al, who was summarily executed. Years of clean-leaving prevailed, though, and Al emerged phoenix-like back on the stage. The performance was strong, and Blondie’s vocal was soulful.

Brian then referred to Darian as “one of the greatest singers in the world,” and told the crowd he had written “Darlin’” for his brother Carl. Darian gave a remarkably strong performance – remarkably strong. I was, though, forced to be alert to avoid his spittle.

Al was quite effective on “Wake the World,” and it was fabulous in the outdoor setting. While it is a “deep cut,” it was sufficiently strong and well-positioned to do more than delight the crowd. “Busy Doin’ Nothing Followed,” and I much preferred the live version to the Friends recording, which I quite like.

Brian then said something to the effect of “this next song is 20 minutes long” and conceded that the title was deceptive. He followed with a mesmerizing performance of “Surf’s Up,” Matt Jardine somehow managing to be both strong and unobtrusive in providing the high parts. The younger Jardine’s vocals were impressive throughout the night. At one point, I noticed Al looking back at his son with quite obvious pride,” and I wept unashamedly until the man next to me threatened to have me removed.

“Surf’s Up” is a bit of an issue in such an eclectic set of songs. Brian was strong. Matt was strong. The band was beyond strong. But the song didn’t quite fit in context with the rest of the concert. The audience was respectful, no question. But being sandwiched between “Busy Doin’ Nothing,” and “The Right Time,” “Surf’s Up” left something of the impression of having visited an exhibit of Rockwell paintings and seeing in their midst a “Renoir.”

But “The Right Time: was done well, and Al was in great voice. As was the case with most of the songs from No Pier Pressure, the audience response was more enthusiastic than I had anticipated. The slight exception was “Runaway Dancer,” which followed. The version was quite solid, but the response was perhaps a bit confused. If there was a weak moment in the concert, this was probably it. That’s not to say it was a clunker – not in the sense that my third wife was a clunker, a Chevy Nova if you will.

Any brief loss of audience enthusiasm was recouped and then some with the opening strains of Wouldn’t It Be Nice,” and Matt Jardine sang it remarkably well. Thus began a half-hour or more of sheer perfection. “Sloop John B” was done incredibly well, and the acapella break was seamless. It was here, or perhaps earlier – forgive an old man’s memory – that Brian broke into a magnificent grin and shouted “Wilson and Jardine!” He and Al looked at each other, and it seemed as if for a moment they were transported back in time. I believe that Brian’s relaxed mood – and by his standards he was quite relaxed – might be attributable to Al’s presence on stage. Perhaps knowing he is near the end of his touring days, Brian finds some joy in being joined by his long-time friend and band mate.

Vocally, I thought “God Only Knows” was Brian’s highlight, at least this night. His voice was as pure as I’ve heard it in a long, long time. His phrasing was impeccable. Brian can have a tendency to “bark” lyrics, a bit, and it can be at least slightly noticeable that he is relying on a teleprompter. But he did a beautiful, fragile, nearly perfect “God Only Knows,” and this is the memory I will take from the concert. I was jolted.

“Good Vibrations” brought the crowd to its feet, was done beautifully, and closed the pre-encore show in a rousing, scintillating fashion, as one would expect. It remains remarkable to me to see the song done so well in a live setting.

The encore was strong. Paul introduced the band members individually, and they took deserved bows. He pointed out that they needed trombone for one song, and Probyn volunteered to teach himself to play. The crowd clearly appreciated this wonderful band.

“All Summer Long” opened the encore and was a crowd favorite. Al did a great job on “Help Me Rhonda,” and the noise level raised appreciably during the performance. The audience loves “Help Me Rhonda.” “Barbara Ann” isn’t a personal favorite, but it was exciting in its context and kept the audience dancing in the aisles. “Surfin’ USA” maintained the elevated mood. And “Fun Fun Fun”... how could this ever be anywhere but in its penultimate place in the show? Young and old, people were on their feet, singing along and pretending to be masters of falsetto. Powerful rock ‘n’ roll.

“Love & Mercy” closed the show, as always these days, and Brian did a nice job. As evidence of his relaxed mood, he played with the lyrics a bit – and it had nothing to do with memory or with stumbling over a lyric. It was intentional, and it was good. The backing vocals were superb. The audience would have loved another encore.

Random thoughts: Fred Vail introduced the band, and I found myself quite emotional. “I’ve known these guys for 53 years,” he said. He referred to Brian as his “hero.” And he riffed on the “gala concert” bit from the first live album. Many in the audience were reciting the words he used that night so long ago. It was a treat.

A random young woman – quite attractive – joined the band on stage during the encore and waltzed from one mike to another. She is either a Nashville country star or someone sufficiently attractive nobody bothered to check her credentials. She was not introduced.

Brian was humorous and – by his standards, at least – comfortable. More than that, he was happy. I would defy anyone who saw the show to think otherwise. This was, on this night, a remarkably happy man.


Title: Re: Brian / Al / Blondie Summer 2015 Tour Thread
Post by: drbeachboy on June 29, 2015, 08:57:18 AM
Terrific review and quite funny, as well. I am so happy that you enjoyed the show. My turn tonight. :)


Title: Re: Brian / Al / Blondie Summer 2015 Tour Thread
Post by: shadownoze on June 29, 2015, 09:48:09 AM
The attractive young woman who came onstage at the end of the concert was also present in Austin. I'm going to assume she is the girlfriend or wife of drummer Mike D'Amico...because Scott Bennett grabbed a mic at one point and said, "This is our drummer's DAUGHTER!" So I'm thinking it was an in-joke. She's cute but it seemed odd for her to be flitting about the stage.


Title: Re: Brian / Al / Blondie Summer 2015 Tour Thread
Post by: HeyJude on June 29, 2015, 09:59:18 AM
Seeing the description of Paul introducing the band, that reminds me of something I didn’t put in my review of opening night in Saratoga. As Paul was getting ready to do the introductions, all of the band came back on stage all at once. Paul then said something along the lines that he was going to introduce everybody, but they were already on stage, so they just went into the next song instead. He seemed amused by the band being oblivious. I would imagine they “rehearsed” this for the subsequent shows. I obviously know who everybody is, but had never heard a non-Foskett introduction before.


Title: Re: Brian / Al / Blondie Summer 2015 Tour Thread
Post by: Emdeeh on June 29, 2015, 10:11:04 AM
(Al was definitely singing the "children's song" part on the tag... apparently he didn't at other shows?)

Al very definitely sang the "children's song" part of "Surf's Up" in Atlanta, clear as a bell.


Title: Re: Brian / Al / Blondie Summer 2015 Tour Thread
Post by: Hank Briarstem on June 29, 2015, 01:03:25 PM
Terrific review and quite funny, as well. I am so happy that you enjoyed the show. My turn tonight. :)

Enjoy! I shall lift a Pabst to you.


Title: Re: Brian / Al / Blondie Summer 2015 Tour Thread
Post by: Shady on June 29, 2015, 05:49:22 PM
Hard to believe they haven't canceled the Nikon Beach show, it just isn't selling, simple as that.

Really getting jealous reading all these reviews, praying Brian comes to Ireland in 2016, if not I'll make it to the UK. These shows sound incredible.


Title: Re: Brian / Al / Blondie Summer 2015 Tour Thread
Post by: Douchepool on June 29, 2015, 09:03:25 PM
Just got home from the Mann in Philly.

I arrived just as Rodriguez began his set; people were very receptive to his performance. I've listened to some of his stuff before but haven't really spent a lot of time with it. I plan to in the future.

Pretty amazing stuff on display. My thoughts echo pretty much everyone else's in the thread who has seen the recent shows. Just an all around great time. Always great to see Al and Blondie alongside the man himself. The mix was a bit wonky early in the show; Matt was hard to hear and some of the instruments seemed a bit buried in the mix. It was pretty cool to hear some of the No Pier Pressure songs in concert, but to be honest, Runaway Dancer has to go. It just doesn't work either on the album or (barely) in concert.

The big moment for me was the Friends medley. I was so glad Brian dusted those two songs off and did them again tonight. I was kind of stunned that Do It Again wasn't played; seems like a glaring omission or it could not be fit into the itinerary due to a slightly abbreviated show. Blondie was a trip during his mini-set. Probably one of the best Wild Honey performances I've heard. And of course, lots of Al to be found in the mix as well.

Great show. See this tour, people. And again, bolded, italicized, underlined, striked-through, glowed, shadowed, marquee'd, and BLOWN UP NICE AND HUGE...

SEE THIS TOUR

Seriously. Do it.


Title: Re: Brian / Al / Blondie Summer 2015 Tour Thread
Post by: Pretty Funky on June 29, 2015, 10:29:56 PM
Some great sound check clips here.

https://www.youtube.com/channel/UCYMDWfYMwM1HRX_ht0X9umQ

Re Brians piano. Not sure if its just him playing but someone says "Brian Wilson on the piano" at the end. Nicely done.

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=igF1wheAUEU


Title: Re: Brian / Al / Blondie Summer 2015 Tour Thread
Post by: Don't Back Down on June 29, 2015, 10:56:34 PM
Just got home from the Mann in Philly.

I arrived just as Rodriguez began his set; people were very receptive to his performance. I've listened to some of his stuff before but haven't really spent a lot of time with it. I plan to in the future.

Pretty amazing stuff on display. My thoughts echo pretty much everyone else's in the thread who has seen the recent shows. Just an all around great time. Always great to see Al and Blondie alongside the man himself. The mix was a bit wonky early in the show; Matt was hard to hear and some of the instruments seemed a bit buried in the mix. It was pretty cool to hear some of the No Pier Pressure songs in concert, but to be honest, Runaway Dancer has to go. It just doesn't work either on the album or (barely) in concert.

The big moment for me was the Friends medley. I was so glad Brian dusted those two songs off and did them again tonight. I was kind of stunned that Do It Again wasn't played; seems like a glaring omission or it could not be fit into the itinerary due to a slightly abbreviated show. Blondie was a trip during his mini-set. Probably one of the best Wild Honey performances I've heard. And of course, lots of Al to be found in the mix as well.

Great show. See this tour, people. And again, bolded, italicized, underlined, striked-through, glowed, shadowed, marquee'd, and BLOWN UP NICE AND HUGE...

Seriously. Do it.

They did "Do It Again" during soundcheck, but said it wouldn't be in the show. I second, awesome show at The Mann!!!


Title: Re: Brian / Al / Blondie Summer 2015 Tour Thread
Post by: KDS on June 30, 2015, 05:47:31 AM
Was at The Mann last night also.  

Probably too tired to write a full review as I had to drive over 100 miles from Baltimore, but here's a few things observations from my first BW solo show.  
 
-The crowd was very respectful.  I was expecting to hear some rude talking, cell phone conversations, etc during newer tracks and lesser known BB songs, but everybody seemed to be there to see and hear a great show.

-I've seen Surf's Up in concert now!!  After Surf's Up, he could've played Shortenin Bread for an hour, and I'd have been OK.  

-Wake the World/Busy Doin Nothing were really nice surprises.  I really liked the look on Al's face when Brian intro'ed Wake the World by saying "Here's a song for Al, and this one's a really good one."  

-Who was the blonde woman who came out during Barbara Ann and Fun Fun Fun??

-Now I know why people were critical of the sound mix of the Soundstage DVD.  This band rocks in person, but the DVD sound is pretty flat.  

-I liked the less is more stage approach.  Just the band and the music.  

-Still can't believe I saw Surf's Up live!!!!!

-The live version of One Kind of Love was amazing.  The NPP songs held their own alongside the numerous BB classics.  

-On the way out, I actually heard somebody say (and they were serious), "They missed Mike Love.  He sang most of the those songs."  (I don't want this thread to devolved into a ML hate thread, but I thought this was worth pointing out."

-Darian did a wonderful job on This Whole World.  Great voice.  

-The pavilion looked to be about 85% full, which was really great to see.  

-Saw the following T-shirts in the crowd - C50, Gershwin, BW Pet Sounds, BW Smile.

-Weather was absolutely perfect for an early summer evening.  

-Love and Mercy is a great closer and a nice way to come down a bit from the corker of an encore set of All Summer Long, Help Me Rhonda, Barbara Ann, Surfin USA, Fun Fun Fun.  

-Surf's Up!!!!!!

-Love Matt Jardine's leads on Don't Worry Baby and Wouldn't It Be Nice.  


Title: Re: Brian / Al / Blondie Summer 2015 Tour Thread
Post by: drbeachboy on June 30, 2015, 07:03:36 AM
I really cannot add much to what Jason & KDS had to say about the show. I took my brother, a long time Beach Boys fan, who actually started me on my journey back in 1964. This was his first solo Brian show and he was not let down. He was so impressed with everything that we talked about the concert for the entire 1 hour drive home.

My thoughts: Brian was very chipper. More so than just about any other show that I have attended. He was in pretty good voice, as well. Al was terrific, as usual. I cannot believe how well his voice has held up. You could hear his guitar on quite a few songs, especially on Sail On, Sailor. Blondie looked like he was really enjoying himself out there. He was dancing around and making arm and hand gestures, and can play a mean tambourine. I love the energy his guitar playing brings to the band. Matt did a great job backing up Brian on falsetto. Once they finally got the mix right, he sounded great on the back up vocals too. In my opinion he sounds better than Jeff. His lead vocal on Don't Worry Baby was very good, but I think I would have rather heard Al sing lead on Wouldn't It Be Nice. Kudos to the band, excellent as always. Great show and as both before have said, don't miss it.


Title: Re: Brian / Al / Blondie Summer 2015 Tour Thread
Post by: RangeRoverA1 on June 30, 2015, 07:34:06 AM
The attractive young woman who came onstage at the end of the concert was also present in Austin. I'm going to assume she is the girlfriend or wife of drummer Mike D'Amico...because Scott Bennett grabbed a mic at one point and said, "This is our drummer's DAUGHTER!" So I'm thinking it was an in-joke. She's cute but it seemed odd for her to be flitting about the stage.
At 1st reading the last posts I was unsure of the girl's ID. But now I am, because Scott wasn't joking - it is indeed D'Amico's daughter. She's done it before during Barbara Ann, Surfin' USA & Fun Fun Fun. There's a video on Youtube dating 2011 with her. Some old threads indicate it too.


Title: Re: Brian / Al / Blondie Summer 2015 Tour Thread
Post by: KDS on June 30, 2015, 07:48:42 AM
Sorry, didn't see Shadownoze's post about the identity of the mystery lady during the encore. 

The guy next to me at the show definitely noticed her and he craned his neck in front of me a couple times while following her on the stage. 

Another nice moment last night worth mentioning is that I noticed Blondie offstage waving his arms during God Only Knows.  He was a great addition to the tour. 


Title: Re: Brian / Al / Blondie Summer 2015 Tour Thread
Post by: The LEGENDARY OSD on June 30, 2015, 08:01:04 AM
Was at The Mann last night also. 

Probably too tired to write a full review as I had to drive over 100 miles from Baltimore, but here's a few things observations from my first BW solo show. 
 
-The crowd was very respectful.  I was expecting to hear some rude talking, cell phone conversations, etc during newer tracks and lesser known BB songs, but everybody seemed to be there to see and hear a great show.

-I've seen Surf's Up in concert now!!  After Surf's Up, he could've played Shortenin Bread for an hour, and I'd have been OK. 

-Wake the World/Busy Doin Nothing were really nice surprises.  I really liked the look on Al's face when Brian intro'ed Wake the World by saying "Here's a song for Al, and this one's a really good one." 

-Who was the blonde woman who came out during Barbara Ann and Fun Fun Fun???? 

-Now I know why people were critical of the sound mix of the Soundstage DVD.  This band rocks in person, but the DVD sound is pretty flat. 

-I liked the less is more stage approach.  Just the band and the music.   

-Still can't believe I saw Surf's Up live!!!!!

-The live version of One Kind of Love was amazing.  The NPP songs held their own alongside the numerous BB classics. 

-On the way out, I actually heard somebody say (and they were serious), "They missed Mike Love.  He sang most of the those songs."  (I don't want this thread to devolved into a ML hate thread, but I thought this was worth pointing out."

-Darian did a wonderful job on This Whole World.  Great voice. 

-The pavilion looked to be about 85% full, which was really great to see. 

-Saw the following T-shirts in the crowd - C50, Gershwin, BW Pet Sounds, BW Smile.

-Weather was absolutely perfect for an early summer evening. 

-Love and Mercy is a great closer and a nice way to come down a bit from the corker of an encore set of All Summer Long, Help Me Rhonda, Barbara Ann, Surfin USA, Fun Fun Fun. 

-Surf's Up!!!!!!

-Love Matt Jardine's leads on Don't Worry Baby and Wouldn't It Be Nice. 

Flew in from Miami Beach :lol. This was without a doubt, the absolute pinnacle of following Brian Wilson and his music over the past 53 years and yes, with no disrespect,  I was at Carnegie '71.
Brian, Al, Blondie, Matt, Darien and every other member of the band put down a flawless performance that I would find difficult to be surpassed by any band now touring. Wake the World was far beyond wonderful but the segue into Busy Doin' Nothing with Brian taking the lead, well, it just doesn't get any better than that period. If you are a fan, do whatever you have to do to see this amazing show-you will not be disappointed. myKe luHv comments? Yep, heard plenty of 'em and they weren't pretty. Funny, but as I look back on last night's incredible show, M&B never crossed my mind. Looking back, they wouldn't have been needed whatsoever. Just telling it like it is, man.
I'd like to personally thank every last person who helped put it all together and to Brian, thank you for signing NPP and the Catch A Wave book and to Al, thanks for signing Postcard. Al, thanks (ha!) for remembering the ride I gave you to the hotel after the Villanova concert in '72 in the back seat of my '70 Camero.

Whew! What a night including the ride to 30th Street Station!


Title: Re: Brian / Al / Blondie Summer 2015 Tour Thread
Post by: KDS on June 30, 2015, 08:06:59 AM
More observations during the Mann show.

-If they release a show from the tour of DVD, they need a special feature where you can isolate Nelson Bragg.  

-I agree with Dr. Beach Boy that Runaway Dancer is a bit of a square peg in the setlist.  I'd like to swap it for Saturday Night.  Its probably my least favorite track of NPP.  Not a bad melody, and the live version is much better.  But it just didn't seem to fit with the rest of the song.  Sail Away, Right Time, and One Kind of Love melted perfectly with the classics.  The band seems to enjoy playing it though.  

-A lot of people were singing along to Surf's Up, and the song earned a standing ovation.  


Title: Re: Brian / Al / Blondie Summer 2015 Tour Thread
Post by: KDS on June 30, 2015, 08:10:44 AM
OSD,

I agree that I never really thought of M&B during the two hours. 

I'm seeing them in August, and I'm sure it'll be a fun show, there's no way they're going to top what happened at The Mann last night. 

My only real complaint was, no offense to Rodriguez, I'd have rather see a longer set with no opener (similar to C50). 


Title: Re: Brian / Al / Blondie Summer 2015 Tour Thread
Post by: drbeachboy on June 30, 2015, 08:15:51 AM
OSD,

I agree that I never really thought of M&B during the two hours. 

I'm seeing them in August, and I'm sure it'll be a fun show, there's no way they're going to top what happened at The Mann last night. 

My only real complaint was, no offense to Rodriguez, I'd have rather see a longer set with no opener (similar to C50). 
C50 was a delight twice, for me at least. But no, no Mike & Bruce in my thoughts either last night. The show was excellent without them.


Title: Re: Brian / Al / Blondie Summer 2015 Tour Thread
Post by: HeyJude on June 30, 2015, 08:17:22 AM
Unlike the Beck tour, I don't feel like the opening Rodriguez set significantly shortened Brian's set. Looking back at his non-album-themed tours, this current setlist isn't a great deal shorter (some early shows also might have felt longer because there were often intermissions). Rodriguez also did a relatively short opening set for an "opening act." I don't think it clocked in at much more than 30 minutes. I've seen opening acts do 45 easily.

Back to "Runaway Dancer", while it isn't one of my favorites, I would say it's probably the tightest-sounding performance in the show in terms of the new album stuff. "Sail Away" always sounds great, but it always feel like they still can't decide who should sing which part of it. Brian seems to dig doing "Runaway Dancer", so if it gets him all jazzed, then I'm all for it. I enjoyed watching Al on stage essentially watch the rest of the band doing the song while he just shook the apple shaker. (Glad to see Al stay up on stage for even the solo stuff he wasn't originally on; as opposed to the Venetian Blu-ray where he came and went several times). Given how these guys were estranged for much of the 2000's, it's still surreal to see Al on stage singing along to Brian's solo material (didn't get to see the 2013 shows where both Al and Dave were on stage singing and playing on "Your Imagination" and "Goin' Home.")


Title: Re: Brian / Al / Blondie Summer 2015 Tour Thread
Post by: RubberSoul13 on June 30, 2015, 08:25:53 AM
Sounds like I missed something remarkable! NO doubt about that...hoping there's a second leg in the fall...just couldn't work it out for last night!


Title: Re: Brian / Al / Blondie Summer 2015 Tour Thread
Post by: Zesterz on June 30, 2015, 09:01:42 AM
>> Real Beach Boy---wd very much wish to see this tour but AM IN UK.

Ticketmaster called today to say my refund is on the way. I should have preferred to see & hear this.




Title: Re: Brian / Al / Blondie Summer 2015 Tour Thread
Post by: Jesse Reiswig on June 30, 2015, 09:48:53 AM
Going to the Jones Beach show tonight. Can't wait.


Title: Re: Brian / Al / Blondie Summer 2015 Tour Thread
Post by: ♩♬🐸 Billy C ♯♫♩🐇 on June 30, 2015, 10:31:46 AM
Going to the Jones Beach show tonight. Can't wait.

One of my good friends is going tonight too...you're in for a treat!


Title: Re: Brian / Al / Blondie Summer 2015 Tour Thread
Post by: Jonathan Blum on June 30, 2015, 11:14:24 AM
Really interesting to compare these Brian/Al/Blondie setlists with the recent Mike/Bruce ones.  If you put their most recent US setlists against each other, they've got about half the songs in common -- 16 shared numbers, Brian doing another 17, and Mike doing another 22.  But the other numbers make them look like completely different bands -- Mike's setlist basically stops dead after "Good Vibrations" (only "Do It Again", the shared "Darlin'", "Disney Girls", "Goin' To The Beach", "California Dreamin'", "Kokomo", and "Pisces Brothers" after that), while Brian has fifteen tracks from "Smile" through "No Pier Pressure".  On the flipside, Brian has only two non-shared tracks before that point -- "In My Room" and "The Little Girl I Once Knew" -- while Mike has sixteen more cuts from the early days, including deep cuts from "Farmer's Daughter" to "Why Do Fools" to "Betsy" and four or five more tracks from "Today!".

It really does give the sense of two very different careers, even with about half the songs overlapping.  I always knew the Beach Boys were one of the greatest rock bands ever...  these setlists make a strong case that they're two of the greatest rock bands ever.

Cheers,
Jon Blum


Title: Re: Brian / Al / Blondie Summer 2015 Tour Thread
Post by: Gohi on June 30, 2015, 11:18:38 AM
Really interesting to compare these Brian/Al/Blondie setlists with the recent Mike/Bruce ones.  If you put their most recent US setlists against each other, they've got about half the songs in common -- 16 shared numbers, Brian doing another 17, and Mike doing another 22.  But the other numbers make them look like completely different bands -- Mike's setlist basically stops dead after "Good Vibrations" (only "Do It Again", the shared "Darlin'", "Disney Girls", "Goin' To The Beach", "California Dreamin'", "Kokomo", and "Pisces Brothers" after that), while Brian has fifteen tracks from "Smile" through "No Pier Pressure".  On the flipside, Brian has only two non-shared tracks before that point -- "In My Room" and "The Little Girl I Once Knew" -- while Mike has sixteen more cuts from the early days, including deep cuts from "Farmer's Daughter" to "Why Do Fools" to "Betsy" and four or five more tracks from "Today!".

It really does give the sense of two very different careers, even with about half the songs overlapping.  I always knew the Beach Boys were one of the greatest rock bands ever...  these setlists make a strong case that they're two of the greatest rock bands ever.

Cheers,
Jon Blum
Excellent point. I am glad to have both these bands.

I wish I could see this tour, but I'm happy I saw the BAD tour stop in Ohio, at least. :)


Title: Re: Brian / Al / Blondie Summer 2015 Tour Thread
Post by: RubberSoul13 on June 30, 2015, 02:32:57 PM
Really interesting to compare these Brian/Al/Blondie setlists with the recent Mike/Bruce ones.  If you put their most recent US setlists against each other, they've got about half the songs in common -- 16 shared numbers, Brian doing another 17, and Mike doing another 22.  But the other numbers make them look like completely different bands -- Mike's setlist basically stops dead after "Good Vibrations" (only "Do It Again", the shared "Darlin'", "Disney Girls", "Goin' To The Beach", "California Dreamin'", "Kokomo", and "Pisces Brothers" after that), while Brian has fifteen tracks from "Smile" through "No Pier Pressure".  On the flipside, Brian has only two non-shared tracks before that point -- "In My Room" and "The Little Girl I Once Knew" -- while Mike has sixteen more cuts from the early days, including deep cuts from "Farmer's Daughter" to "Why Do Fools" to "Betsy" and four or five more tracks from "Today!".

It really does give the sense of two very different careers, even with about half the songs overlapping.  I always knew the Beach Boys were one of the greatest rock bands ever...  these setlists make a strong case that they're two of the greatest rock bands ever.

Cheers,
Jon Blum

EXCELLENT post.

We're in a very fortunate position as fans to hear essentially any Beach Boys material we want live...popular or not. Sure, there's always more to be had...but that's what keeps us coming back, right??


Title: Re: Brian / Al / Blondie Summer 2015 Tour Thread
Post by: ♩♬🐸 Billy C ♯♫♩🐇 on June 30, 2015, 11:08:17 PM
Any reports yet?


Title: Re: Brian / Al / Blondie Summer 2015 Tour Thread
Post by: HeyJude on July 01, 2015, 06:00:58 AM
Looks like someone posted the setlist and I don't see any new additions:

http://www.setlist.fm/setlist/brian-wilson/2015/nikon-at-jones-beach-theater-wantagh-ny-33c94411.html


Title: Re: Brian / Al / Blondie Summer 2015 Tour Thread
Post by: KDS on July 01, 2015, 06:11:53 AM
Same set as Philly. 

I always find it amusing to see Then He Kissed Me (Al Jardine lead vocal) on BB/BW setlists.  You'd think Setlist.FM would call the song by the actual title used on Summer Days, Summer Nights. 


Title: Re: Brian / Al / Blondie Summer 2015 Tour Thread
Post by: HeyJude on July 01, 2015, 06:53:01 AM
Same set as Philly. 

I always find it amusing to see Then He Kissed Me (Al Jardine lead vocal) on BB/BW setlists.  You'd think Setlist.FM would call the song by the actual title used on Summer Days, Summer Nights. 

Yeah, that’s a weird tick that the website has. I think they do that to collate all of the data across all bands/setlists about a given song. I’m not sure who would need to know *every* band that has ever performed “Then He Kissed Me”, but I guess one can do that.


Title: Re: Brian / Al / Blondie Summer 2015 Tour Thread
Post by: KDS on July 01, 2015, 07:02:31 AM
Same set as Philly. 

I always find it amusing to see Then He Kissed Me (Al Jardine lead vocal) on BB/BW setlists.  You'd think Setlist.FM would call the song by the actual title used on Summer Days, Summer Nights. 

Yeah, that’s a weird tick that the website has. I think they do that to collate all of the data across all bands/setlists about a given song. I’m not sure who would need to know *every* band that has ever performed “Then He Kissed Me”, but I guess one can do that.


I know of at least three variations on the title:

Then He Kissed Me  - Crystals
Then I Kissed Her - Beach Boys
Then She Kissed Me - KISS


Title: Re: Brian / Al / Blondie Summer 2015 Tour Thread
Post by: filledeplage on July 01, 2015, 07:39:46 AM
Same set as Philly. 

I always find it amusing to see Then He Kissed Me (Al Jardine lead vocal) on BB/BW setlists.  You'd think Setlist.FM would call the song by the actual title used on Summer Days, Summer Nights. 

Yeah, that’s a weird tick that the website has. I think they do that to collate all of the data across all bands/setlists about a given song. I’m not sure who would need to know *every* band that has ever performed “Then He Kissed Me”, but I guess one can do that.

Ya think?  And for a long time, s/he/they conveniently forgot to give "attribution." 


Title: Re: Brian / Al / Blondie Summer 2015 Tour Thread
Post by: Watch a Cave on July 01, 2015, 08:32:54 AM
I went to the Jones Beach show last night and here are my thoughts..

1.  The band was AWESOME.  Insanely good.. If you have any reservations about seeing the show.. Don't.. GO SEE THEM!

2.  Al sounds like he is still 25.  Simply amazing! 

3.  No offense to Jeff Foskett, but Matt Jardine sounds much better in the blend (to my ears).  His vocal on Don't worry baby was especially beautiful.  Even my wife said so during the song!

4.  Loved seeing Blondie..  Wild Honey seriously rocked.

5.  Brian seemed happy and relaxed and sounded very good, especially on the new stuff.

6.  Plenty of "Brianisms" throughout the show..  Introducing Darlin' he says "I wrote this for my brother Carl (cheers from the crowd) ..and then he died".  Introducing God only Knows he says "I wrote 400 songs and this is the best"

7.  Loved the Friends songs..  a very pleasant surprise

8.  Good vibrations rocked very hard

9.  Did I mention the band was insanely good?

All in all a wonderful experience, and thank you to my wife for an amazing Father's Day gift.


Go see this show!


Title: Re: Brian / Al / Blondie Summer 2015 Tour Thread
Post by: KDS on July 01, 2015, 08:49:24 AM
That just reminded me of the God Only Knows intro from Philly on Monday night

"I've written a lot of songs.  I've heard this one is the best one.  Maybe it is.  God Only Knows." 


Title: Re: Brian / Al / Blondie Summer 2015 Tour Thread
Post by: Jesse Reiswig on July 01, 2015, 10:11:32 AM
Saw the Jones Beach show last night. Stadium was only about 30% full, so they closed down the mezzanine and we swapped out for closer seats. It was still so relaxed that we gradually drifted down further and further to the front, till by the end we were dancing in the aisle next to the front row with others. I was standing about 3 yards away from Brian and his piano. I'll post some photos as soon as I can figure out how to upload them onto this finicky server.

All in all, a great show. Brian seemed like he was doing great (although physically quite shaky when he walked off stage) and the band totally kicked ass. A few highlights: The great scat-singing bit on "One Kind of Love." A fantastic stuttured vocal a-la "My Generation" by Blondie on the "lying, dying" part of "Sail on, Sailor." Darian sounded just great--and a lot like Carl--on "Darlin'," and they ended the song with a great a cappella bit. The vibraphone (I think by Scott) on "Busy Doin' Nothin'" was fantastically inventive. Great sounding mandolin on "Wouldn't It Be Nice" and they DID NOT include the "goodnight oh baby" vocals at the end, or at least I couldn't hear them in the mix. "Love and Mercy" was just beautiful, and Brian's piano was simple and lovely on it. Brian was a little shouty last night, but certainly more than competent.


Title: Re: Brian / Al / Blondie Summer 2015 Tour Thread
Post by: EgoHanger1966 on July 01, 2015, 12:16:30 PM
That just reminded me of the God Only Knows intro from Philly on Monday night

"I've written a lot of songs.  I've heard this one is the best one.  Maybe it is.  God Only Knows." 

He also swapped out "a lot of people out there hurtin'" with "a lot of people getting shot" in L&M  :lol


Title: Re: Brian / Al / Blondie Summer 2015 Tour Thread
Post by: ♩♬🐸 Billy C ♯♫♩🐇 on July 01, 2015, 12:52:55 PM
In Austin,  he sang ' and it scares the hell out of me' :lol


Title: Re: Brian / Al / Blondie Summer 2015 Tour Thread
Post by: KDS on July 01, 2015, 12:56:47 PM
That just reminded me of the God Only Knows intro from Philly on Monday night

"I've written a lot of songs.  I've heard this one is the best one.  Maybe it is.  God Only Knows." 

He also swapped out "a lot of people out there hurtin'" with "a lot of people getting shot" in L&M  :lol

I'm glad you mentioned that.  I thought I misheard him.  So, I did hear right. 


Title: Re: Brian / Al / Blondie Summer 2015 Tour Thread
Post by: Rocky Raccoon on July 01, 2015, 02:57:25 PM
Sitting outside the venue, Probyn Gregory just happens to be out here too, just kind of hanging out.  He talked to a bunch of fans for a little bit while we're waiting for the doors to open, it was pretty cool.


Title: Re: Brian / Al / Blondie Summer 2015 Tour Thread
Post by: SMiLE Brian on July 01, 2015, 03:01:45 PM
That just reminded me of the God Only Knows intro from Philly on Monday night

"I've written a lot of songs.  I've heard this one is the best one.  Maybe it is.  God Only Knows." 

He also swapped out "a lot of people out there hurtin'" with "a lot of people getting shot" in L&M  :lol
good times :lol


Title: Re: Brian / Al / Blondie Summer 2015 Tour Thread
Post by: rab2591 on July 01, 2015, 03:47:41 PM
Went to the Philly show and I'm still blown away. Brian sounded really good on God Only Knows, Darian sang Darlin I believe and I almost thought Carl himself was singing.

The real horns add so much to the mix, the sax that was played during the chorus of Don't Worry Baby was truly a highlight for me.

The best part of the concert for me was Surf's Up. Was tremendously moved by how perfect it sounded, and the song received a long standing ovation from the majority of the crowd. Runaway Dancer was killer - I love the album version, but the live version has a perfect feel to it - it's more acoustic than electronic, making it seem more Brian Wilson and less Capital Cities.

The band was really tight. The acoustics of the venue were perfect. Blondie sounded almost better on the live version of Sail Away than on the actual album!

The encore was truly special - the energy of the crowd was electric, and everyone was up dancing and singing. Anyways, I'm running on almost zero sleep for the last few days, so this post may seem a bit scattered. Point is, if you have the ability to see any shows on this tour do not hesitate to get a ticket. Invite your friends, family; they will not be disappointed.

Thank you Brian and the band for putting on such a tremendous show. Without a doubt it'll be a night I will never forget.


Title: Re: Brian / Al / Blondie Summer 2015 Tour Thread
Post by: Rocky Raccoon on July 01, 2015, 07:42:55 PM
Some quick comments about tonight's show.

-"Cottonfields" was performed as a duet between Al and Mike D"Amico's daughter who did a fine job.

-"God Only Knows" recieved a standing ovation, Brian stepped out from behind his piano and took a bow.  Beautiful moment.

-Brian led the crowd in a singalong of "Row Row Row Your Boat" with Al joking that it's a good lead-in to the next song which turned out to be an incredible "Surf's Up".

-Bruce Springsteen was present at the show though stayed mostly incognito.  He came out during the encore in a baseball cap, nobody recognized him until Al sings "tried Bruce Springsteen" during "Barbara Ann".  Chants of "Bruuuuuce" most certainly followed and he strapped on a guitar for "Surfin' USA" and then quietly walked off.

-Tonight's lyric improv in Love & Mercy. "A lot of people broke in the money, well it's just not fair."

-Setlist surprise of the night was "Drive-In"!  An odd inclusion but Brian got really into that one.

Overall, an incredible show even though the sound mix was a bit lacking at times.  I'll have more to say about the show later I'm sure.


Title: Re: Brian / Al / Blondie Summer 2015 Tour Thread
Post by: Lee Marshall on July 01, 2015, 07:50:54 PM
I'll catch the show Sunday at the Fox Theater in Detroit.  It seemed like an eternity away when I bought the tickets...4 nights from right now I should be in the car and heading back home.  I'm thinkin' this'll likely be the LAST time I'll get to see Brian. :(

My wife is still not here...she'll miss the show by a couple of weeks...so I'm takin' a golfing buddy.  He'll love it I'm sure.  Can't waste a ticket.  :o

Rodriquez is quite the story.  I have one of his albums.  Maybe it's the only one...from back around 1970?  That'll be OK...but the more Brian [et al] the better. :hat


Title: Re: Brian / Al / Blondie Summer 2015 Tour Thread
Post by: donald on July 01, 2015, 07:51:42 PM
Glad you had a good time RR!     Saw Mike and company Monday night.   Both bands a good time even on a bad nite  for folks like us.    right ?


Title: Re: Brian / Al / Blondie Summer 2015 Tour Thread
Post by: Custom Machine on July 01, 2015, 08:58:21 PM
He also swapped out "a lot of people out there hurtin'" with "a lot of people getting shot" in L&M  :lol

In Austin,  he sang ' and it scares the hell out of me' :lol

EgoHanger and Billyman, I find the lol smileys at the end of your comments to be highly inappropriate.  

Is there something funny about Brain lamenting a lot of people getting shot and saying it scares the hell out of him?





Title: Re: Brian / Al / Blondie Summer 2015 Tour Thread
Post by: guitarfool2002 on July 01, 2015, 09:03:12 PM
Where to start? Brian Wilson at the Mann in Philly, June 29th. A terrific show. I don't say this lightly, but still coming down from the whole experience, I am still thinking this was the most enjoyable show I've ever been to. It was definitely the most memorable experience I've ever had at a concert, for that there is no doubt. But as a pure rock and roll live show, this was as much fun as I've had.

Echoing others who have said this already: Try to see this band if at all possible. I was again amazed at the level of musicianship both individually and as a group that these musicians bring to the table. I'll try to single out the highlights where possible, but taking in the big picture - This group is amazing. Adding Al, Blondie, and Matt to that blend made an already great band even better. I'm calling them "The Best Band In The Land" on Facebook, and I'm calling them that from now on. As Sinatra sang, "here's to the band." Indeed, I drink a toast to everyone involved.

I need to say a few things.

First, thank you to everyone who made this possible. Words can't express my gratitude. If there is a way to say thank you for giving this fan the experience of a lifetime beyond saying "thank you for everything", I'll come back and edit it into this paragraph.

Second, there wouldn't be a better group of fans I would have chosen to share the experience with then those in our group Monday. For those I knew personally and those I only knew through online communities and fan circles but finally met in person Monday, I say thank you, it was great to share the experiences. I feel like we got the golden ticket. All of you are great people and great fans, it was a pleasure to talk, meet, and watch the show with you. I have a few Stellas left over, to all of you I'll raise one and say "Cheers!".

Third, during the show I kept up a steady stream of air drumming, air guitar, air vibraphone, conducting, shaking my head back and forth to the beat, shouting "yeah!" and other things, and singing along with what could have been any of the harmony parts or none at all. I hope I was at least somewhat in tune and not too distracting. I couldn't help myself. But kudos that we did get a well-timed "keep it clean!" into the mix.

So the show...The Mann in the summer can have a habit of hosting concerts where it pours down rain or has stifling humidity and summer heat. Monday's weather was beautiful. Perfect outdoor concert weather, not too hot and not humid, and the sun shining with a nice breeze blowing at night. Perfection. We had flooding rains and downpours all around Philly over the weekend, I had visions of the Mann's grass parking lots being like Woodstock with all the mud, or "BrianStock" as I called it. But somehow it all left the area and a beautiful day opened up around the Mann on Monday.

At some point walking the parking lot, there was a group of fans already tailgating who had "Karate" playing on their speakers. Talk about deep cuts you wouldn't hear outside any other show...Well, ours were deeper and the beer in the trunk was Belgian (and Coronas too), so...

And not one parrot head or cheeseburger hat to be seen in these Philly lots in the middle of summer, not one Eagles flag or EAGLES chant going up at random, not anything like that anywhere close. You knew this was the right place when rarities and deep cuts were playing from the cars. I'm surprised no one had an Uncle Sam hat, though, to be honest. Al and Apollo Creed owned that look in 1976, it's a Philly thing.

So onto the soundcheck. Wow. A few details that stood out:

The band was going to run through "Wake The World", and Darian started playing the intro. It sounded incredible, the sound of that detuned piano filled the place and it was note-perfect, spot-on. I think Al and I know a few other band members even commented on how cool it sounded, that for me was a highlight. What a sound, what a musician.

They go to kick off "You're So Good To Me", and Nick has the original Leslie'd guitar tone dialed in. What a sound, and again what a musician. Nailed it.

They do "The Little Girl I Once Knew", and Probyn was playing a red Danelectro 12-string and it was *that tone* channeled from 1966 filling the Mann in 2015. That's the kind of things us gear and tone freaks both appreciate to the core and tip our hats when it's hitting on all cylinders. Add to that Scott and those vibes sustaining in the breaks...awesome.

Blondie had been hanging out off the stage, and came up to give the thumbs-up and listen as he walked around. Then he took the stage to do his tunes like Wild Honey, straps on the Les Paul, and it's off to the races.

Let me say this: Blondie brings the rock and roll. He tore into the song - and this was only the soundcheck - singing all out, and taking an extended guitar solo on that Les Paul that seemed to kick everyone on stage into turbo drive. It rocked like there was no tomorrow, and you could see and hear his bandmates riding the wave of energy. Blondie walked all around the stage soloing, from the front to the drum risers, and it was rock and roll bliss seeing this man play all-out, balls-to-the-wall rock and roll...during a soundcheck... It's a thrill to see him on stage.

Onto the show. To be honest, I don't remember too many specifics from song-to-song. I had to look up the setlist to recall the order that they played the songs. It was all a wash of fun and the joy of hearing a terrific band playing live in front of a crowd that gets what they're doing, and some unexpected emotion mixed in too.

Rodriguez opened with just his vocals and acoustic guitar. It was very cool to see him in person. If you've seen the documentary "Searching For Sugar Man", then you're sitting in the audience hearing him perform in 2015, it's a pretty neat way things came full-circle. It was a very cool and very fitting opening set. And I can say I saw "Sugar Man" play live after the chances of that for decades were slim to none as he had basically disappeared from the music scene if not the general public's eye in general. Much like Brian up to the late 90's, some of us never thought we'd be able to buy a ticket to see Brian perform live, now look at things in 2015 for both he and Rodriguez. Again, a fitting choice and an enjoyable opening set.

"Our Prayer" segued into "Heroes And Villains"...opening a set with music of that caliber and difficulty? The band, as usual, nailed it. Heroes has become for me both a driving song and a song which sounds great live, where at one point it was a "listener" when at home with the stereo. And I confess, the first time I welled up (out of many, and I wonder if those around me saw it later in the set...) was when the "Cantina" section started up. One of my favorite pieces of music Brian ever wrote. And here it was, again live, right in front of me performed by the man who wrote it. Damn, we're fortunate.

One of the tunes that also got me right away was "I Get Around". The vocal and instrumental elements combined made for a version that blew me away. Brian sang this in full-voice, with some added grit and punch that I didn't expect. He also played with the phrasing of his lead vocal, changing some rhythms and accents like I had not heard on that song. Matt Jardine *nailed* the falsetto. Instrumentally, the band again delivered. But the vocal blend...having Al and Matt in the harmony blend made this one really stand out. It was a rocking good version of a song I heard so many times since I was a little kid. This was one of the best versions I've heard.

"Surf's Up". I knew it was coming, but as other commentators and reviewers have said, this version really seemed to connect with the audience Monday night. It had that extra bit of that unknown something that made it a special performance. And the audience connected and responded in kind. Wow.

"Wake The World" into "Busy Doin Nothing"...never thought I'd hear these tunes done live on stage in person, and I just did. Darian's perfect version of Brian's classic detuned piano, Al's vocals, Probyn's trombone, Brian singing those lyrics to that Bossa beat...that's the good stuff.

"Sail Away". I had heard this at the WXPN studios in Philly a few weeks ago, when Blondie and Al were not on stage. Now there were the three vocalists from the record on stage in a row trading lead vocals. I wrote in my review of No Pier Pressure that the element of having those three men sharing leads and telling the story was one of the album's standouts. Seeing them live like this, trading leads? Priceless. The song brought energy and a bit of emotion to the Mann, the emotion of seeing it come together and come together so well in such capable musical hands. A+. Special credit to Paul von Mertens whose playing throughout the whole show was great, but on this song and the others surrounding it, he knocked it out of the park.

"Sail On Sailor"...this is the Real McCoy. Fantastic.

Brian's vocals were something I listened to closer than perhaps at other shows. I really liked the way he seemed to stretch out a bit with the phrasing and his delivery, and it brought a new kind of feel to some of the songs we all know. I really enjoyed that, and it was neat to hear some of the melodies delivered a little differently than they've been done hundreds of times. That was very cool. And the piano playing? Hell yes. I love hearing Brian's piano playing, especially when he's banging out those familiar chords.

Al Jardine sounded terrific. I'll say it again, he's discovered the fountain of youth. His voice hasn't aged. He delivers the goods. He sang every lead right on the mark, and they were great, every one of them.

Matt Jardine's falsetto fits this vocal blend so well, and he has that perfect kind of tone to fit the music too. There is again that family connection with the voices that creates that "third voice" when family members are singing harmony together, and the Jardines' vocals sounded great.

Blondie Chaplin - As I mentioned before with the soundcheck, he brings a certain energy level and a certain rock and roll vibe to the music when he's on stage. I can't pinpoint exact moments or reasons why, but when he's on stage the energy level goes up a few notches and you can feel it even in the way the rest of the band plays the songs with Blondie. I missed his original run when he and Ricky were Beach Boys, and now I have heard live part of what those who saw him in the early 70's on stage have said about the way those shows rocked. Now I know firsthand having heard him sing and play that Les Paul. Pure energy and rock and roll.

Drums and percussion - Mike and Nelson, Bob on bass, Nick, Darian, Scott, Probyn, Matt, Paul...A+. Fantastic.

This is, in my opinion, "The Best Band In The Land". I can't single anything else out because it was all that good and that full of energy throughout the entire show.

As far as the other songs, again it was all kind of a blur. There was a certain feel to this show that other Brian concerts I've been to didn't have, and it's hard to explain. It felt like there was more of a celebratory vibe as they played versus other shows I've seen. It wasn't as much about meeting expectations or living up to something or another...it felt like Brian and the band were there to rock the house and have as much fun as they can doing it. I can't explain it any other way. They had a different kind of energy Monday night, and it was again something I think I noticed throughout the band and it was something that at various points (some unexpected) the crowd seemed to feel and respond by either jumping up and dancing, or simply cheering after a certain musical moment.

And there were emotional moments too. The ballads, Surfer Girl, In My Room, Love And Mercy, God Only Knows...beautiful moments. The slow organ section before the climax of Good Vibrations just slayed me for some reason this time, can't explain why, don't know why, but that organ break "gotta keep those lovin good, vibrations a-happenin...", perhaps it had a different meaning in 2015, June 29th to be exact, then it had ever hit me before.

It all felt *right* and it all felt good. It felt like it was all working together, from artists to audience. And the summer weather in Philly even cooperated and delivered an almost perfect night for an outdoor show. Go figure.

Do what you can to see this show, if possible. Share the experience with fellow fans and friends. I'm happy and feel so grateful that I had the chance to do so Monday. Again, my heartfelt thanks to everyone involved. And, as I post this so everyone who was there can see it whatever forum they choose to read online, I open, pour, and raise a glass of Stella to my friends who were there. Cheers.


Title: Re: Brian / Al / Blondie Summer 2015 Tour Thread
Post by: donald on July 01, 2015, 09:35:53 PM
Again, thrilled to hear folks were so knocked out.   I read and hear too much negative stiff about these bands.     Glad it is good.   Haven't seen BW since the Jeff Beck shows.  Glad to hear it is going so well this time around.


Title: Re: Brian / Al / Blondie Summer 2015 Tour Thread
Post by: HeyJude on July 01, 2015, 09:51:45 PM
"Drive In", interesting! I remember seeing him do it on the 2004 Smile tour, and it looks like it last made it into some 2011 setlists.


Title: Re: Brian / Al / Blondie Summer 2015 Tour Thread
Post by: Mayoman on July 01, 2015, 09:52:23 PM
Seeing on FB that Bruce Springsteen was onstage during Barbara Ann tonight.

Nevermind, someone who was there already posted about it.


Title: Re: Brian / Al / Blondie Summer 2015 Tour Thread
Post by: ♩♬🐸 Billy C ♯♫♩🐇 on July 02, 2015, 01:03:35 AM
He also swapped out "a lot of people out there hurtin'" with "a lot of people getting shot" in L&M  :lol

In Austin,  he sang ' and it scares the hell out of me' :lol

EgoHanger and Billyman, I find the lol smileys at the end of your comments to be highly inappropriate. 

Is there something funny about Brain lamenting a lot of people getting shot and saying it scares the hell out of him?





It's because Brian was playing with the words. He's changed them in every performance of L&M on this tour.   It's basically a Brianism...he never performs that song the same way twice. Hell, at the show I went to in 2004, he began speaking the lyrics in a William Shatner-esque manner. So, speaking for myself, I didn't mean the lyrics were funny,  more of a lol in the sense I found it endearing.  Trust me...I'm the LAST person here to be making fun of Brian, and I'm sorry you took it that way.


Title: Re: Brian / Al / Blondie Summer 2015 Tour Thread
Post by: Rocky Raccoon on July 02, 2015, 04:36:55 AM
Brian and the Boss

(https://fbcdn-photos-f-a.akamaihd.net/hphotos-ak-xaf1/v/t1.0-0/11703041_10153435657967241_2944523858384828828_n.jpg?oh=3dbbf5b09b3b3a150f25e5a9acbe1d92&oe=561E55E2&__gda__=1445627990_9d6c7ceb7eb37b6e8e5840c7661b6a98)

What a thrill to see two of my musical heroes onstage together.


Title: Re: Brian / Al / Blondie Summer 2015 Tour Thread
Post by: J.G. Dev on July 02, 2015, 04:46:29 AM
Great to see "the Boss kick out the jams" with Brian


Title: Re: Brian / Al / Blondie Summer 2015 Tour Thread
Post by: KDS on July 02, 2015, 05:22:38 AM
Nice photobomb by Blondie. 


Title: Re: Brian / Al / Blondie Summer 2015 Tour Thread
Post by: LandyAndy on July 02, 2015, 06:07:22 AM
All I can say is Wow! Last night was the third time I've seen Brian. I saw him twice in 2012 on the reunion tour and both times Brian did not seem that into it. However, last night he was animated, singing great and seemed to be having a great time. Al Jardine's voice was as clear and strong as ever. As many have said it seems as his voice has not aged at all. Matt Jardine was a wonderful addition to the band his falsetto has that bite to it that (no disrespect) Jeff lacked. I thought Brian did a wonderful job on God Only Knows and Our Kind Of Love his voice sounded clear and sweet. The highlight of the show for me was Blondie Chaplin. I have always loved him and Sail on Sailor is one of top 3 favorite Beach Boys songs. He was rocking on Wild Honey and Sail On Sailor. His Les Paul was on fire and really brought a ton of energy to the show. He ROCKED! I would have loved to see him sing lead on one more and would have died if they pulled out Here She Comes with Blondie and the band it would have been amazing! Bruce Springsteen showing up at the end was a fun surprise and Bruce was very humble and did not want to take the attention away from Brian and the band. Overall it was the best Brian Wilson show I've seen!


Title: Re: Brian / Al / Blondie Summer 2015 Tour Thread
Post by: KDS on July 02, 2015, 06:15:16 AM
I saw Brian in 2012, and have seen a few videos of some of the C50 shows and, with the exception of the final show at Wembley, I agree that Brian didn't seem to be as into the shows.  He definitely seems to be more comfortable with his own band than with The Beach Boys. 


Title: Re: Brian / Al / Blondie Summer 2015 Tour Thread
Post by: guitarfool2002 on July 02, 2015, 06:56:24 AM
The Asbury Park Press newspaper linked to this fan video of Bruce Springsteen on stage with the band:

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=rL6wd3OgUrY (https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=rL6wd3OgUrY)


Title: Re: Brian / Al / Blondie Summer 2015 Tour Thread
Post by: coco1997 on July 02, 2015, 07:13:09 AM
Brian and the Boss

(https://fbcdn-photos-f-a.akamaihd.net/hphotos-ak-xaf1/v/t1.0-0/11703041_10153435657967241_2944523858384828828_n.jpg?oh=3dbbf5b09b3b3a150f25e5a9acbe1d92&oe=561E55E2&__gda__=1445627990_9d6c7ceb7eb37b6e8e5840c7661b6a98)

What a thrill to see two of my musical heroes onstage together.

Maybe Brian'll ask The Boss to be on his Rock 'n Roll album!  8)


Title: Re: Brian / Al / Blondie Summer 2015 Tour Thread
Post by: The LEGENDARY OSD on July 02, 2015, 07:14:15 AM
Awesome review, GF! Just awesome. Thank you.  :h5 :rock :thumbsup :woot :woot :grouphug :drunks


Title: Re: Brian / Al / Blondie Summer 2015 Tour Thread
Post by: 37!ws on July 02, 2015, 07:17:00 AM
Just hoping Brian's energy is still there Monday night...


Title: Re: Brian / Al / Blondie Summer 2015 Tour Thread
Post by: wantsomecorn on July 02, 2015, 07:39:26 AM
Just hoping Brian's energy is still there Monday night...

Me too! I regret missing his last show at the Ravinia, but man, I cannot wait for Monday now.


Title: Re: Brian / Al / Blondie Summer 2015 Tour Thread
Post by: keysarsoze001 on July 02, 2015, 07:45:51 AM
I'll be at tonight's Boston gig, as well as the VIP, so I'll report on it late tonight, and maybe grab some video if I'm able.


Title: Re: Brian / Al / Blondie Summer 2015 Tour Thread
Post by: rn57 on July 02, 2015, 09:11:05 AM
So far just two clips of Runaway Dancer on the tour have been Youtubed; one with Sebu in LA, the other from the Fox Theatre below. I don't think this is going to get me to move the studio RD from the second-to-last NPP track ranking I gave it on another thread but it's making me realize that the song is not as drastic a stylistic departure for Brian as I at first thought.

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=NsUl7awMbno


Title: Re: Brian / Al / Blondie Summer 2015 Tour Thread
Post by: Smilin Ed H on July 02, 2015, 09:43:58 AM
Springsteen's hair's the damnedest, isn't it? Whoever it originally belonged to...


Title: Re: Brian / Al / Blondie Summer 2015 Tour Thread
Post by: Wirestone on July 02, 2015, 10:09:13 AM
I'll be at the Boston show too! My ninth BW solo show, if I recall correctly.


Title: Re: Brian / Al / Blondie Summer 2015 Tour Thread
Post by: Mike's Beard on July 02, 2015, 10:41:04 AM
Springsteen's hair's the damnedest, isn't it? Whoever it originally belonged to...

I think he's glued Blondie's pubes to his head.


Title: Re: Brian / Al / Blondie Summer 2015 Tour Thread
Post by: EgoHanger1966 on July 02, 2015, 11:44:46 AM
Not much more to add to Guitarfool's post - but I was at the Philly show as well, and it was wonderful to meet and hang with some of the board members here. In the sea of a few thousand, I felt I was at home with people who shared the love of the best music ever made. Brian was the best I've ever seen him in concert. The set list satisfied hit seekers as well as hard-core fans.


Title: Re: Brian / Al / Blondie Summer 2015 Tour Thread
Post by: PongHit on July 02, 2015, 11:53:08 AM
(https://fbcdn-photos-f-a.akamaihd.net/hphotos-ak-xaf1/v/t1.0-0/11703041_10153435657967241_2944523858384828828_n.jpg?oh=3dbbf5b09b3b3a150f25e5a9acbe1d92&oe=561E55E2&__gda__=1445627990_9d6c7ceb7eb37b6e8e5840c7661b6a98)

Blondie photobomb! Apropo of nothing, here's a text from my friend who'd just seen the show here in Phila, Monday night:

Blondie Chaplin should stay home though. What a jackass. He's noisy, out of sync with the group and the vibe, and acts all goofy with body language like the whole thing is a joke. About 10 times he mentioned he used to be in the Rolling Stones band. He should go back to the stones. I'd have preferred john stamos.

 :lol


Title: Re: Brian / Al / Blondie Summer 2015 Tour Thread
Post by: SMiLE Brian on July 02, 2015, 11:54:24 AM
That's not the show I saw. ::)


Title: Re: Brian / Al / Blondie Summer 2015 Tour Thread
Post by: HeyJude on July 02, 2015, 12:05:40 PM

Blondie photobomb! Apropo of nothing, here's a text from my friend who'd just seen the show here in Phila, Monday night:

Blondie Chaplin should stay home though. What a jackass. He's noisy, out of sync with the group and the vibe, and acts all goofy with body language like the whole thing is a joke. About 10 times he mentioned he used to be in the Rolling Stones band. He should go back to the stones. I'd have preferred john stamos.

 :lol

Not trying to shoot the messenger of course.

I’ve never heard Blondie mention the “Rolling Stones” at either of the gigs (2013 and 2015) I’ve seen him play with Brian and Al. For that matter, nobody else mentioned the Rolling Stones as far as I can remember. It sounds like at later gigs on the current tour Brian started mentioning this.

He’s not out of sync with the band; he’s only brought on for the three songs he sings a lead on, and then comes on during the encore. On opening night, he did often just come out on stage and sit behind the drums. I get the feeling he doesn’t have much to do in between songs. I was a bit surprised to see that they only bring Blondie out on his songs during this tour. It was sort of a “special guest” situation at select shows in 2013. But he was on equal billing with Al for this 2015 tour, so I assumed he would be on stage for the full thing. It’s not a big deal; it’s not as if he’s going to bust out a guitar solo for “Little Deuce Coupe” or something. But I am surprised that they’re taking on the expense to have Blondie on for the entire tour, but don’t either have him on stage for longer, or at least add another song or two for him to sing when he *is* on stage.

And yeah, Blondie definitely puts off a different vibe from either Brian or Al. That’s why it’s awesome he’s there. He’s an oldschool veteran of the biz; I love that he has a “I don’t give a f—k” vibe in terms of demeanor, but not in terms of singing and playing. He sings and plays his ass off on the tracks he does. It was funny watching him during soundcheck in Saratoga just sitting in the front row and joking, asking Al to play a solo.

I heard one guy after the show in Saratoga say something to the effect that Blondie doesn’t sing well. I have to say it takes some huge balls to go to a Brian Wilson gig and criticize someone *else’s* singing, especially Blondie. I’m as big of a Brian fan as one can be, and I cut him way more slack than most. But objectively his voice has its limitations even on the best of nights. It’s pretty rich to single out Blondie.

And he’s nothing like Stamos. Not only does Stamos usually stay on stage way longer than Blondie does (and keep in mind Blondie is an actual advertised member of the band presently), but Stamos is an amateur musician. Blondie can rip on the guitar in addition to singing. And even if only for a couple years, he was an actual Beach Boy.


Title: Re: Brian / Al / Blondie Summer 2015 Tour Thread
Post by: KDS on July 02, 2015, 12:17:51 PM
Different strokes, I guess.

I was at the Philly show too, and I thought Blondie was great.  He brings a lot of energy to the show, and I think it's a bit contagious as the band seemed to feed off it, especially during the rocking encore.  Loved his leads on Sail Away, Sail On Sailor, and Wild Honey.

Now, when Brian introduced Blondie, he did mention that he was with The Rolling Stones, and it got brought up a couple times on stage too. 


Title: Re: Brian / Al / Blondie Summer 2015 Tour Thread
Post by: SMiLE Brian on July 02, 2015, 12:25:23 PM
Agreed KDS, blondie hasn't lost a step from his BBs days. Sail on sailor and wild honey were amazing.


Title: Re: Brian / Al / Blondie Summer 2015 Tour Thread
Post by: PongHit on July 02, 2015, 12:33:41 PM
I was a bit surprised to see that they only bring Blondie out on his songs during this tour. It was sort of a “special guest” situation at select shows in 2013. But he was on equal billing with Al for this 2015 tour, so I assumed he would be on stage for the full thing.

Incidentally, what's up with David Marks? I'd think he'd be a great addition to the lineup.


Title: Re: Brian / Al / Blondie Summer 2015 Tour Thread
Post by: The LEGENDARY OSD on July 02, 2015, 12:34:46 PM
(https://fbcdn-photos-f-a.akamaihd.net/hphotos-ak-xaf1/v/t1.0-0/11703041_10153435657967241_2944523858384828828_n.jpg?oh=3dbbf5b09b3b3a150f25e5a9acbe1d92&oe=561E55E2&__gda__=1445627990_9d6c7ceb7eb37b6e8e5840c7661b6a98)

Blondie photobomb! Apropo of nothing, here's a text from my friend who'd just seen the show here in Phila, Monday night:

Blondie Chaplin should stay home though. What a jackass. He's noisy, out of sync with the group and the vibe, and acts all goofy with body language like the whole thing is a joke. About 10 times he mentioned he used to be in the Rolling Stones band. He should go back to the stones. I'd have preferred john stamos.

 :lol

Next time you talk to your "friend" you might want to tell him how off base he was about trashing  Blondie. Just knowing he would have preferred Stamohs tells me the guy is a complete wack job.


Title: Re: Brian / Al / Blondie Summer 2015 Tour Thread
Post by: KDS on July 02, 2015, 12:53:04 PM
I was a bit surprised to see that they only bring Blondie out on his songs during this tour. It was sort of a “special guest” situation at select shows in 2013. But he was on equal billing with Al for this 2015 tour, so I assumed he would be on stage for the full thing.

Incidentally, what's up with David Marks? I'd think he'd be a great addition to the lineup.

Nothing new on his website.  Looks like he was with Mike and Bruce's The Beach Boys during that UK tour a month ago. 


Title: Re: Brian / Al / Blondie Summer 2015 Tour Thread
Post by: PongHit on July 02, 2015, 12:57:14 PM
Just knowing he would have preferred Stamohs tells me the guy is a complete wack job.

That ^ was a joke. I'm a Blondie fan, and came to his defense.


Title: Re: Brian / Al / Blondie Summer 2015 Tour Thread
Post by: PongHit on July 02, 2015, 12:58:10 PM
Nothing new on his website.  Looks like he was with Mike and Bruce's The Beach Boys during that UK tour a month ago.  

I loved Marks so much at the 50th show, wish he'd come back to someone's tour!


Title: Re: Brian / Al / Blondie Summer 2015 Tour Thread
Post by: KDS on July 02, 2015, 01:13:08 PM
I'm hoping he rejoins Mike and Bruce at some point.  It would be nice to have another Beach Boy in the lineup when I see them in August. 


Title: Re: Brian / Al / Blondie Summer 2015 Tour Thread
Post by: drbeachboy on July 02, 2015, 01:46:30 PM
(https://fbcdn-photos-f-a.akamaihd.net/hphotos-ak-xaf1/v/t1.0-0/11703041_10153435657967241_2944523858384828828_n.jpg?oh=3dbbf5b09b3b3a150f25e5a9acbe1d92&oe=561E55E2&__gda__=1445627990_9d6c7ceb7eb37b6e8e5840c7661b6a98)

Blondie photobomb! Apropo of nothing, here's a text from my friend who'd just seen the show here in Phila, Monday night:

Blondie Chaplin should stay home though. What a jackass. He's noisy, out of sync with the group and the vibe, and acts all goofy with body language like the whole thing is a joke. About 10 times he mentioned he used to be in the Rolling Stones band. He should go back to the stones. I'd have preferred john stamos.

 :lol
You friend sounds like he takes himself just a bit too seriously. Blondie was terrific in Philly. The hand waving  was during the encore. He didn't have a guitar nor a tambourine, so he started waving around while at the mic. He looked to me like was enjoying himself. This time, at this show at least, he looked more comfortable than when in Philly during the Beck tour.


Title: Re: Brian / Al / Blondie Summer 2015 Tour Thread
Post by: lee on July 02, 2015, 02:45:51 PM
I thought Blondie was a definite highlight and loved the energy he had throughout the show. The two things that still stand out the most to me were his guitar playing during Wild Honey and his tambourine/dancing/backing vocals during Darlin'.


Title: Re: Brian / Al / Blondie Summer 2015 Tour Thread
Post by: keysarsoze001 on July 02, 2015, 02:52:44 PM
Ok, band was late starting cause they were stuck in holiday weekend traffic. But once we got in the soundcheck was great. They ran through "Salt Lake City" a couple times (I'll post video later). Brian wanted the band to watch his hand for the fade at the end, then Al made a crack about something sounding similar to "Christmas Day" and then started singing it and Brian joined in while Darian pointed out it was Al's first lead vocal and Brian said "1964!" At one point Brian asked Matt if he was taking one of the high parts in "Salt Lake" and demonstrated briefly, which was awesome to know he can still sing that high from time to time when he wants. Al referenced Boston history a lot while they were doing "Cal Saga". "Sail Away" and then "prayer/heroes" and it was done.

I was first in line for the Meet and Greet. Brian lamented about his bottled water being room temperature and then he and Al debated whether to pronounce "liberty" in "Cal Saga" as "li-ber-ty" or to say it like Bostonians like "libuhdee", which was kind of funny. I brought my copy of the Made in California box (which surprisingly few people in the VIP with me seemed to recognize), and Blondie, Al, and Brian jokingly debated whether they should try to trace over the signatures that are printed on the inside gatefold but eventually signed the front. Al was very chatty as he tends to be. I think he serves as kind of a wingman ice breaker for Brian, so Brian seems very at ease. His smile was very genuine in the photo and at one point in the soundcheck Al said something I couldn't hear and Brian laughed aloud for a solid thirty seconds. He seems to be in really high spirits.

Also, at one point while everyone else was talking Brian was noodling around on the bass end of his keyboard and it was mixed very loud, which is awesome to think that he's in the mix at all. Very much looking forward to the gig in a couple of hours.


Title: Re: Brian / Al / Blondie Summer 2015 Tour Thread
Post by: HeyJude on July 02, 2015, 03:28:28 PM
Cool report, keep them coming! I would imagine they're rehearsing "Salt Lake City" in anticipation of the show there next week.


Title: Re: Brian / Al / Blondie Summer 2015 Tour Thread
Post by: ♩♬🐸 Billy C ♯♫♩🐇 on July 02, 2015, 03:36:25 PM
So jealous...I missed my meet and greet due to traffic. Meeting Brian's on my bucketlist, alas, that will have to remain unchecked for the time being.


Title: Re: Brian / Al / Blondie Summer 2015 Tour Thread
Post by: Wirestone on July 02, 2015, 03:56:34 PM
I'm here and seated!


Title: Re: Brian / Al / Blondie Summer 2015 Tour Thread
Post by: guitarfool2002 on July 02, 2015, 04:25:54 PM
(https://fbcdn-photos-f-a.akamaihd.net/hphotos-ak-xaf1/v/t1.0-0/11703041_10153435657967241_2944523858384828828_n.jpg?oh=3dbbf5b09b3b3a150f25e5a9acbe1d92&oe=561E55E2&__gda__=1445627990_9d6c7ceb7eb37b6e8e5840c7661b6a98)

Blondie photobomb! Apropo of nothing, here's a text from my friend who'd just seen the show here in Phila, Monday night:

Blondie Chaplin should stay home though. What a jackass. He's noisy, out of sync with the group and the vibe, and acts all goofy with body language like the whole thing is a joke. About 10 times he mentioned he used to be in the Rolling Stones band. He should go back to the stones. I'd have preferred john stamos.

 :lol

That's bullshit. I mean, total bullshit, what that person said. He wasn't at the Philly show if that's the story you got.


Title: Re: Brian / Al / Blondie Summer 2015 Tour Thread
Post by: guitarfool2002 on July 02, 2015, 04:28:57 PM
If it's a joke, I don't get it. Just ask the people who were actually there. Blondie was one of the true highlights of the whole event, pre-show, show, and after-show. But don't ask me or anyone else, we were only there and just wrote about it. Yep, same old board. Have fun while it lasts.


Title: Re: Brian / Al / Blondie Summer 2015 Tour Thread
Post by: guitarfool2002 on July 02, 2015, 04:36:19 PM
For those interested, this is a shot of the encore/finale from Philly Monday and Blondie is playing his Les Paul guitar.

(http://i115.photobucket.com/albums/n295/guitarfool2002/IMG_0228_zps6v5bb8fz.jpg)


Title: Re: Brian / Al / Blondie Summer 2015 Tour Thread
Post by: guitarfool2002 on July 02, 2015, 04:44:49 PM
Nick, Blondie, Paul during the encore(s)...note the guitar.  :)

(http://i115.photobucket.com/albums/n295/guitarfool2002/1a6cd010-2a98-44c2-aef0-0b5be6f5ea08_zpshidsposw.jpg)


Title: Re: Brian / Al / Blondie Summer 2015 Tour Thread
Post by: HeyJude on July 02, 2015, 04:49:36 PM
I don't agree with that person's assessment of Blondie's role in Brian's show, and it may show a predisposition to not like Blondie's style. I don't think that means the person is lying about having been at the show, though. I've been to shows where others had vastly different opinions of the very same thing. Like I said, some dude was railing against Blondie's singing after opening night. I think the guy was an idiot, but he was definitely at the show.


Title: Re: Brian / Al / Blondie Summer 2015 Tour Thread
Post by: guitarfool2002 on July 02, 2015, 04:54:56 PM
Philly soundcheck:

(http://i115.photobucket.com/albums/n295/guitarfool2002/9c9b2228-96bf-4b5e-a39c-0103f388c1e1_zps15anfx4d.jpg)


Title: Re: Brian / Al / Blondie Summer 2015 Tour Thread
Post by: guitarfool2002 on July 02, 2015, 05:02:32 PM
I don't agree with that person's assessment of Blondie's role in Brian's show, and it may show a predisposition to not like Blondie's style. I don't think that means the person is lying about having been at the show, though. I've been to shows where others had vastly different opinions of the very same thing. Like I said, some dude was railing against Blondie's singing after opening night. I think the guy was an idiot, but he was definitely at the show.

Man, if someone says things happened that just didn't happen, you don't chalk it up to difference of opinion. You call bullshit. Which is exactly what that original "report" was. And if that person was actually at the show, they're full of sh*t in what they're saying. Simple as that.


Title: Re: Brian / Al / Blondie Summer 2015 Tour Thread
Post by: Howie Edelson on July 02, 2015, 05:07:31 PM
It was emotional watching the show the other night, for many reasons. And after dozens of shows over the years, the reason why is this: The proper amount of LOVE is being put out onstage. I’ve more or less watched these same guys perform this music -- as Brian produced it -- with love for 16 years. And it’s been delivered with same intent that it originally was conceived and performed by the Beach Boys. This band loves Brian, they love his music. They create a place for him. No one hates him. No one resents him. When Brian hits the stage he sits IN his records, which are -- as we can attest to -- the most loving and safe place. And, yes, it IS the best band. And it’s the best band because it has the best intent. Even on nights where you know Brian is having a tough time, they provide the love. They've never phoned it in. And the thing that hit me the other night was not only the obvious “We’re not going to have Brian forever” -- but the fact is when that happens we won’t have them forever, either. And that made me very sad. These brilliant musicians doing God's work will one day move on and away from each other and this music. With Darian and Al sandwiching Brian onstage, he was cushioned by love. He’s never been better supported -- along with Matt Jardine hitting those notes in a way you forgot you weren’t hearing 22-year-old Brian. It fit and felt like home. It wasn't like a McCartney show where it's an imitation of it -- it WAS it. Nothing there reeks of Mitch Weissman.

Y’know, as great as Pino Palladino is, he’ll move on to another gig someday. Despite how hard Abe Laboriel tries to convince you how incredibly into it he ALWAYS is (e.g. the arms and grimaces and manhole cymbals) it’s just a guy distracting you while playing songs for really good cash. Brian’s band means something. They have become historical because they play Brian Wilson music the best. It’s the best that music can sound. My only hope is that it continues in indoor venues created specifically designed only for music and that Brian rounds third with every one of them along with Al, Blondie, David, Billy, and his eldest daughters.

That’s how it should fade out.



Title: Re: Brian / Al / Blondie Summer 2015 Tour Thread
Post by: HeyJude on July 02, 2015, 05:09:26 PM
I don't agree with that person's assessment of Blondie's role in Brian's show, and it may show a predisposition to not like Blondie's style. I don't think that means the person is lying about having been at the show, though. I've been to shows where others had vastly different opinions of the very same thing. Like I said, some dude was railing against Blondie's singing after opening night. I think the guy was an idiot, but he was definitely at the show.

Man, if someone says things happened that just didn't happen, you don't chalk it up to difference of opinion. You call bullshit. Which is exactly what that original "report" was. And if that person was actually at the show, they're full of sh*t in what they're saying. Simple as that.

I suppose. Most of that short comment is opinion though. The "ten times" comment is surely incorrect, but is just a jackass case of hyperbole.

I came away finding the comment hilariously ass backwards. But I could totally envision someone exaggerating their distaste like that even if they were at the show. My first reaction was not that they weren't at the show and just made the whole thing up from scratch.

Believe me, I know how this can get. I was at the 2007 gig where Brian took a nap on stage, and within hours I saw utterly incorrect reports because they were coming from people that weren't actually at the show.


Title: Re: Brian / Al / Blondie Summer 2015 Tour Thread
Post by: HeyJude on July 02, 2015, 05:13:54 PM
It was emotional watching the show the other night, for many reasons. And after dozens of shows over the years, the reason why is this: The proper amount of LOVE is being put out onstage. I’ve more or less watched these same guys perform this music -- as Brian produced it -- with love for 16 years. And it’s been delivered with same intent that it originally was conceived and performed by the Beach Boys. This band loves Brian, they love his music. They create a place for him. No one hates him. No one resents him. When Brian hits the stage he sits IN his records, which are -- as we can attest to -- the most loving and safe place. And, yes, it IS the best band. And it’s the best band because it has the best intent. Even on nights where you know Brian is having a tough time, they provide the love. They've never phoned it in. And the thing that hit me the other night was not only the obvious “We’re not going to have Brian forever” -- but the fact is when that happens we won’t have them forever, either. And that made me very sad. These brilliant musicians doing God's work will one day move on and away from each other and this music. With Darian and Al sandwiching Brian onstage, he was cushioned by love. He’s never been better supported -- along with Matt Jardine hitting those notes in a way you forgot you weren’t hearing 22-year-old Brian. It fit and felt like home. It wasn't like a McCartney show where it's an imitation of it -- it WAS it. Nothing there reeks of Mitch Weissman.

Y’know, as great as Pino Palladino is, he’ll move on to another gig someday. Despite how hard Abe Laboriel tries to convince you how incredibly into it he ALWAYS is (e.g. the arms and grimaces and manhole cymbals) it’s just a guy distracting you while playing songs for really good cash. Brian’s band means something. They have become historical because they play Brian Wilson music the best. It’s the best that music can sound. My only hope is that it continues in indoor venues created specifically designed only for music and that Brian rounds third with every one of them along with Al, Blondie, David, Billy, and his eldest daughters.

That’s how it should fade out.



Well put....

It does feel immensely better to know every person on that stage feels that way about Brian.


Title: Re: Brian / Al / Blondie Summer 2015 Tour Thread
Post by: guitarfool2002 on July 02, 2015, 05:19:59 PM
I'll come back briefly to I Get Around. It's one of those songs some have referred to as part of the "meat and potatoes" setlist. But on Monday it was *not*, it was different, and it really got to me. I'll add to the comments about Matt Jardine's vocal, that falsetto of his on that tune (and others of course) just seemed to have the tone that I didn't hear in previous performances, and adding to that his dad Al in the harmony blend, and Brian that night singing the song all-out in a way I can't remember him singing, it was special. This is one helluva lineup, they deliver the goods.


Title: Re: Brian / Al / Blondie Summer 2015 Tour Thread
Post by: RubberSoul13 on July 02, 2015, 05:51:48 PM
McCartney's show is an imitation?...Please.......


Title: Re: Brian / Al / Blondie Summer 2015 Tour Thread
Post by: Howie Edelson on July 02, 2015, 06:05:19 PM
Yes. It is.


Title: Re: Brian / Al / Blondie Summer 2015 Tour Thread
Post by: ♩♬🐸 Billy C ♯♫♩🐇 on July 02, 2015, 06:05:26 PM
It was emotional watching the show the other night, for many reasons. And after dozens of shows over the years, the reason why is this: The proper amount of LOVE is being put out onstage. I’ve more or less watched these same guys perform this music -- as Brian produced it -- with love for 16 years. And it’s been delivered with same intent that it originally was conceived and performed by the Beach Boys. This band loves Brian, they love his music. They create a place for him. No one hates him. No one resents him. When Brian hits the stage he sits IN his records, which are -- as we can attest to -- the most loving and safe place. And, yes, it IS the best band. And it’s the best band because it has the best intent. Even on nights where you know Brian is having a tough time, they provide the love. They've never phoned it in. And the thing that hit me the other night was not only the obvious “We’re not going to have Brian forever” -- but the fact is when that happens we won’t have them forever, either. And that made me very sad. These brilliant musicians doing God's work will one day move on and away from each other and this music. With Darian and Al sandwiching Brian onstage, he was cushioned by love. He’s never been better supported -- along with Matt Jardine hitting those notes in a way you forgot you weren’t hearing 22-year-old Brian. It fit and felt like home. It wasn't like a McCartney show where it's an imitation of it -- it WAS it. Nothing there reeks of Mitch Weissman.

Y’know, as great as Pino Palladino is, he’ll move on to another gig someday. Despite how hard Abe Laboriel tries to convince you how incredibly into it he ALWAYS is (e.g. the arms and grimaces and manhole cymbals) it’s just a guy distracting you while playing songs for really good cash. Brian’s band means something. They have become historical because they play Brian Wilson music the best. It’s the best that music can sound. My only hope is that it continues in indoor venues created specifically designed only for music and that Brian rounds third with every one of them along with Al, Blondie, David, Billy, and his eldest daughters.

That’s how it should fade out.



Beautifully put.


Title: Re: Brian / Al / Blondie Summer 2015 Tour Thread
Post by: SMiLE Brian on July 02, 2015, 06:16:06 PM
Howie wins the thread!


Title: Re: Brian / Al / Blondie Summer 2015 Tour Thread
Post by: RubberSoul13 on July 02, 2015, 06:33:09 PM
Yes. It is.


I hate to derail the thread, maybe start a new one? I am curious to what leads you to think this though.

He's out there playing his songs, the way he wrote them, from his past and present still in (for the most part) great voice...just like Brian.


Title: Re: Brian / Al / Blondie Summer 2015 Tour Thread
Post by: guitarfool2002 on July 02, 2015, 06:34:43 PM
Maybe this will catch on at the remaining shows, maybe not, but I forgot to mention: Besides our group's "Keep It Clean!" shout-out, I've been wanting to pay tribute for years to whoever the guy was at the Allman Brothers show that's on "Live At The Fillmore" who yelled "Play all night!" after one of Duane's jams, but wanted to find the right show and the right band to do it. This was the right show to do it. So if any live recordings come out from Philly June 29, and you hear some dude yell "play all night!" at least twice toward the end of the performance, it was me.  ;D  

And I really did want them to play all night.


Title: Re: Brian / Al / Blondie Summer 2015 Tour Thread
Post by: Howie Edelson on July 02, 2015, 06:50:30 PM
Rubber --

I don't want to derail the thread either, but it's Mitch Weissman territory. And has been for a while.

I'd give anything if it wasn't, but I'm long done pretending it's the live Macca of '76/'79 -- it's Presley '75 with dudes with hair-do's backing a lead singer burping his way through the most beautiful songs of all time on a cheap obsolete instrument.

I love Paul McCartney to death, but it's devolved into a tribute show (and not even the best one running.)
And he is most certainly NOT for the most part in great voice. He's in fact in horrible voice.

What happens when that thing you love isn't really that thing you love anymore?


Title: Re: Brian / Al / Blondie Summer 2015 Tour Thread
Post by: Wirestone on July 02, 2015, 07:43:06 PM
Lovely show tonight in Boston. No Runaway Dancer. Blondie on fire.


Title: Re: Brian / Al / Blondie Summer 2015 Tour Thread
Post by: guitarfool2002 on July 02, 2015, 07:47:09 PM
Lovely show tonight in Boston. No Runaway Dancer. Blondie on fire.

 :woot :rock :thewilsons :serenade   Awesome!


Title: Re: Brian / Al / Blondie Summer 2015 Tour Thread
Post by: ♩♬🐸 Billy C ♯♫♩🐇 on July 02, 2015, 07:59:50 PM
No Runaway Dancer?! Was there a new song added?



Title: Re: Brian / Al / Blondie Summer 2015 Tour Thread
Post by: HeyJude on July 02, 2015, 08:25:47 PM
Rubber --

I don't want to derail the thread either, but it's Mitch Weissman territory. And has been for a while.

I'd give anything if it wasn't, but I'm long done pretending it's the live Macca of '76/'79 -- it's Presley '75 with dudes with hair-do's backing a lead singer burping his way through the most beautiful songs of all time on a cheap obsolete instrument.

I love Paul McCartney to death, but it's devolved into a tribute show (and not even the best one running.)
And he is most certainly NOT for the most part in great voice. He's in fact in horrible voice.

What happens when that thing you love isn't really that thing you love anymore?

I would add that it hasn't helped that McCartney has gone, in the US at least, from exclusively the already-large indoor arenas of 2002 and 2005 to in some cases the even larger outdoor stadiums in more recent years. Paying hundreds to watch a jumbotron isn't so fun.

McCartney *could* do something more interesting.


Title: Re: Brian / Al / Blondie Summer 2015 Tour Thread
Post by: Lee Marshall on July 02, 2015, 08:28:30 PM
3 nights to go for me.  Can't wait.  And...regarding McCartney...Paul himself has called Brian's backing unit the BEST in the biz...and Brian has improved it since then.  So Howie isn't even marginally wrong.  Ask Paul.


Title: Re: Brian / Al / Blondie Summer 2015 Tour Thread
Post by: Wirestone on July 02, 2015, 08:45:29 PM
Girl Don't Tell Me and California added. No Cotton Fields either.


Title: Re: Brian / Al / Blondie Summer 2015 Tour Thread
Post by: RubberSoul13 on July 02, 2015, 08:56:33 PM
Rubber --

I don't want to derail the thread either, but it's Mitch Weissman territory. And has been for a while.

I'd give anything if it wasn't, but I'm long done pretending it's the live Macca of '76/'79 -- it's Presley '75 with dudes with hair-do's backing a lead singer burping his way through the most beautiful songs of all time on a cheap obsolete instrument.

I love Paul McCartney to death, but it's devolved into a tribute show (and not even the best one running.)
And he is most certainly NOT for the most part in great voice. He's in fact in horrible voice.

What happens when that thing you love isn't really that thing you love anymore?


Those are incredibly absurd and exaggerated observations.

This is from two weeks ago...first time played in the states in EXCELLENT voice, playing his heart out.

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ZIZL94d2ayQ

Cheap, obsolete, horrible....? I think we have different definitions on this terms.


Title: Re: Brian / Al / Blondie Summer 2015 Tour Thread
Post by: keysarsoze001 on July 02, 2015, 09:09:01 PM
Set list for tonight, complete with Brianisms:

Right as Scott was doing the vibraphone intro to "Our Prayer", Brian finds a spot is shining in his face and shouts out "Hey, lighting guy! This is Brian Wilson here! Turn that spot off!" PERFECT Brianism to start.

Our Prayer
Heroes and Villains
California Girls
Shut Down (Al)
Little Deuce Coupe (Al)
Girl Don't Tell Me (Brian w/Matt)
I Get Around

Brianism #2: "I wrote this for my brother Carl, then he died. Darian breathes new life into it"

This Whole World (Darian)
Then I Kissed Her (Al)
California Saga (Al)

Brianism #3: "OK, now let's slow it down. Slooooowwwwwwwwwww dowwwwwwwwwnnnnnnnn down down..."

In My Room
Surfer Girl
Don't Worry Baby (Matt)
One Kind of Love
Sail Away (Blondie/Al)

Brianism #4: "Now it's time to REALLY rock. That last one was kind of medium. This one is REAL rock!"

Wild Honey (Blondie)
Sail on Sailor (Blondie)

Brianism #5: Identically word for word the same intro he gave "This Whole World". Darian even sort of gave a puzzled look and indicated like "is that the second time he said that?"

Darlin (Darian)
Wake the World (Al)
Busy Doin Nothing
Surf's Up (Brian in VERY gravelly voice until around "The laughs come hard in auld lang syne" at which point Matt covered while Paul brought Brian a bottle of water. Brian came back in on "a choke of grief")
The Right Time (Al)
Wouldn't It Be Nice (Matt)
Sloop John B (Al on 1st verse, Brian on second 2)

Brianism #6: He did the "Row Row Row" thing, except when he cut us off we kept going for another two or three rounds. Al found this hilarious, but eventually Brian just shouted over us "OK, here's the best song I ever wrote" and launched straight into

God Only Knows (probably his best vocal of the night)
Good Vibrations ("finally!" as he put it)

Encore:
All Summer Long
Help Me Rhonda (Al)
Barbara Ann
Surfin USA
Fun Fun Fun
Love and Mercy ("from my new movie!")

I was absolutely dead center in the front row, so I got some great photos (which I'll post next). I didn't take any video during the show, but I got some at soundcheck. Al has most definitely broken the ice for Brian. Brian seemed dramatically more comfortable than when I saw the C50 and Jeff Beck shows. The chemistry up there is great, and you can feel that Brian is having a good time. Several times when he looked out to the audience and saw that someone had a phone held up, he would smile as if to give them a better picture. He played piano throughout, even during many - but not all - songs on which he was singing lead. Blondie's set was a scorcher, much more so than when he did the same numbers at the Jeff Beck shows. It's also remarkable how well Al and Matt sort of make eye contact with each other at various times to figure out if one of them needs to suddenly cover for Brian. Matt is an extraordinary addition to an already incredible band, and his falsetto has a grit to it that Foskett never did.

Fabulous evening that I'll remember the rest of my life.


Title: Re: Brian / Al / Blondie Summer 2015 Tour Thread
Post by: Wirestone on July 02, 2015, 09:35:58 PM
This was the fourth of four shows in a row for BW. He seemed spirited, but perhaps a bit tired.

My favorite BW moment was when Blondie started on his second extended solo in Wild Honey. Brian looked at him, a little puzzled, stopped playing the piano and took a drink of water. Then he went back to playing the piano.


Title: Re: Brian / Al / Blondie Summer 2015 Tour Thread
Post by: Wirestone on July 02, 2015, 09:39:03 PM
Some of the best on-stage vibes I've ever felt at a BW show. Howie nailed this point. Everyone there is just so happy for and supportive of BW.

A side note: Little Deuce Coupe was sung in unison by Brian and Al. It sounded pretty cool. And Matt is awesome. Some ladies around me acted like they were at a showing of Magic Mike when he sang Don't Worry Baby.


Title: Re: Brian / Al / Blondie Summer 2015 Tour Thread
Post by: startBBtoday on July 02, 2015, 10:51:21 PM
Apropo of nothing, here's a text from my friend who'd just seen the show here in Phila, Monday night:

Blondie Chaplin should stay home though. What a jackass. He's noisy, out of sync with the group and the vibe, and acts all goofy with body language like the whole thing is a joke. About 10 times he mentioned he used to be in the Rolling Stones band. He should go back to the stones. I'd have preferred john stamos.

 :lol

I can see your friend's point about Blondie -- if I'm looking through the perspective of someone who hates fun and would prefer no one dares move, except to play an instrument. Is he also bothered when Scott circles the stage during Help Me, Rhonda? Or when Nelson runs around with his cowbell? If so, maybe he should close his eyes at concerts. Otherwise, such antics might offend.

I went to the Boston show tonight, and Blondie was an absolute highlight. He was having fun, and it's obvious from his vocals and guitar solos that he's certainly not taking this as a joke.

Something that stood out about his performance is that I saw him interact with nearly every band member on stage. When Darian sang Darlin', Blondie came over with a tambourine and tapped Darian on the back with it mid-song. Darian looked over and laughed/smiled.

During Help Me, Rhonda, Scott came out to share a mic with Blondie, and Blondie kind of took a step back like he didn't want to sing with him. He quickly stepped back up and Scott doubled over laughing. He also looked back to mimic Nelson a couple times while he had his tambourine, and the two shared some laughs.

It's fun to see Blondie walk all over the stage while he's up there, either while soloing or while playing the tambourine. His vocals on Wild Honey, Sail On, Sailor and Sail Away were superb. Brian and Paul mentioned Blondie was in the Rolling Stones. I couldn't imagine Blondie saying it.

It's a bit strange that Blondie comes and goes, but it kind of makes sense. Beach Boys songs aren't easy to play on guitar, and the vocal blend already sounds so good.

I think this is the best touring entity of Brian Wilson's band yet. The additions of Al, Blondie and Matt really pull everything together. It also gives Brian some rest from having to sing every song while adding some Beach Boys "legitimacy" to lead vocals. (I would have liked to see Scott take a lead vocal, since Darian got two, but I'm sure he appreciates hearing Brian sing "One Kind Of Love" every night.)

Matt sounded great on all the falsettos, and his new bandmates seemed to admire his rendition of "Don't Worry Baby." DWB is my favorite Beach Boys song, and it never felt quite right with Jeff singing it, though I'm not sure why. I like Jeff and Jeff's falsetto. It just suits Matt better.

Al still sounds fantastic and appeared very happy to be there. I was happy to see him sing so many leads -- basically 9 total. They're definitely not wasting him.

Brian was a bit hoarse at times, and both Scott and Paul made sure he had water a couple times during the show. He sounded best on "God Only Knows," and the raspiness actually kind of worked on faster songs like Fun, Fun, Fun and Surfin USA. He was very animated between songs and appeared comfortable. He introduced almost every single song.

I noticed Blondie, not Brian, sang the "Oh, let me take you there to another land. Don't expect the world to understand." Sail Away bridge.

Overall, it was a fantastic show that covered the highlights of Brian's whole career. Surf's Up was fantastic.


Title: Re: Brian / Al / Blondie Summer 2015 Tour Thread
Post by: Awesoman on July 02, 2015, 11:29:38 PM
Yes. It is.


Imitation of what? 


Title: Re: Brian / Al / Blondie Summer 2015 Tour Thread
Post by: Awesoman on July 02, 2015, 11:38:24 PM
Rubber --

I don't want to derail the thread either, but it's Mitch Weissman territory. And has been for a while.


Too late.   ;D

I'd give anything if it wasn't, but I'm long done pretending it's the live Macca of '76/'79 -- it's Presley '75 with dudes with hair-do's backing a lead singer burping his way through the most beautiful songs of all time on a cheap obsolete instrument.

Why would you expect him to sound and perform the same as he did in the 70's?  And do you really want to see him with the same hairdo he had back then???

I love Paul McCartney to death, but it's devolved into a tribute show (and not even the best one running.)
And he is most certainly NOT for the most part in great voice. He's in fact in horrible voice.

What happens when that thing you love isn't really that thing you love anymore?

But this is all subjective.  The ironic thing is you could make the same exact argument about Brian Wilson.  Hell, he doesn't even sing lead anymore on about half the songs.  And even if McCartney's voice isn't quite what it used to be, he still sounds a thousand times better on stage than Brian does. 

Honestly I love both guys and have seen them both in concert, but trying to compare their shows directly is a tad ridiculous.  They both have different strengths but I came away satisfied (for different reasons) after seeing them both live (multiple times). 


Title: Re: Brian / Al / Blondie Summer 2015 Tour Thread
Post by: Awesoman on July 02, 2015, 11:40:39 PM
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Blondie photobomb! Apropo of nothing, here's a text from my friend who'd just seen the show here in Phila, Monday night:

Blondie Chaplin should stay home though. What a jackass. He's noisy, out of sync with the group and the vibe, and acts all goofy with body language like the whole thing is a joke. About 10 times he mentioned he used to be in the Rolling Stones band. He should go back to the stones. I'd have preferred john stamos.

 :lol

Dislike.  Blondie was easily the most entertaining guy up on stage.  He was like a South African Keith Richards (which would make sense, as Blondie actually toured with the Stones for years). 


Title: Re: Brian / Al / Blondie Summer 2015 Tour Thread
Post by: ♩♬🐸 Billy C ♯♫♩🐇 on July 02, 2015, 11:44:46 PM
Quote
  And even if McCartney's voice isn't quite what it used to be, he still sounds a thousand times better on stage than Brian does. 

Not lately. And that's not a knock against Paul, either.


Title: Re: Brian / Al / Blondie Summer 2015 Tour Thread
Post by: undercover-m on July 03, 2015, 12:08:23 AM
Anyone else seeing the show on the 12th?

Man, it just hit me that I'm going to be seeing the man who wrote and sung the music that I loved so much as a kid. I am so excited... I will probably cry like the fangirl that I am. And my dad will be there... 


Title: Re: Brian / Al / Blondie Summer 2015 Tour Thread
Post by: ♩♬🐸 Billy C ♯♫♩🐇 on July 03, 2015, 12:33:38 AM
I cried like a baby (happy tears) during several songs at my show. As I shouted out between  songs, I love that man, in a platonic way.


Title: Re: Brian / Al / Blondie Summer 2015 Tour Thread
Post by: Andrew G. Doe on July 03, 2015, 01:02:54 AM
Love the music, love the band, love the man, just as surely as night follows day.

Howie got it, about the band, but Brian is also buoyed up by the love from the fans: my (then) gf saw the TLOS show in 2007, and Mike & Bruce's legendary UK show the following spring, and she put it far better than I ever could: "Mike's show is great, huge fun... but at Brian's show you could feel the love for him". Not better, just different.


Title: Re: Brian / Al / Blondie Summer 2015 Tour Thread
Post by: HeyJude on July 03, 2015, 02:24:02 AM
I certainly hope they can do some more touring. Obviously, if Brian's ready to retire soon, that's cool. But with Jardine still singing like its 40 years ago, and with Brian in perhaps the most sustained, consistent high spirits of any tour he's done, and with fresh blood in the band with Matt, and with the consistent support and perfectionism of the entire band, I'd love to see them keep going for awhile longer.

I also wish Al had the capital and management to get his own tour going and just use most of Brian's band when Brian isn't on the road. I'd love to see Al backed by Matt and those guys, digging into the back catalog.


Title: Re: Brian / Al / Blondie Summer 2015 Tour Thread
Post by: Pacific Ocean Blue on July 03, 2015, 03:03:07 AM
Does anyone know if Brian will have Al and/or Blondie in his band when he tours the UK later this year?


Title: Re: Brian / Al / Blondie Summer 2015 Tour Thread
Post by: The Shift on July 03, 2015, 04:14:56 AM
Love the music, love the band, love the man, just as surely as night follows day.

Howie got it, about the band, but Brian is also buoyed up by the love from the fans: my (then) gf saw the TLOS show in 2007, and Mike & Bruce's legendary UK show the following spring, and she put it far better than I ever could: "Mike's show is great, huge fun... but at Brian's show you could feel the love for him". Not better, just different.

Spot on.

I worry that soon someone will be writing posts along the lines of "you couldn't possibly have enjoyed that show, because this other show was better…"

We the luckiest fans in the music world cos we have two top notch bands out there playin the best music ever written in the best way possible. Neither is a tribute band: we get two helpings of the real deal.

I'm happy with that.


Title: Re: Brian / Al / Blondie Summer 2015 Tour Thread
Post by: J.G. Dev on July 03, 2015, 05:27:34 AM
Was also at the Boston show last night.  The other posters covered most of what I would have written as well. Few additional random thoughts;

-Rodriquez seems to have quite a faithful following. There were quite a bit of his fans there.
-Matt J was excellent. Haven't seen him since the early 90's.
-In my opinion, Wild Honey and Sail On Sailor were the best two #'s of the night. WH seemed longer, hotter, and better than any of the Youtube video's I've seen thus far. As someone mentioned, a big difference between Blondie doing these now than on the Beck tour. He's not a guest, he's part of the band, and you can see the difference .
-Was disappointed that they didn't do Runaway Dancer as the other 3 songs from the new record were really good. I think they had a punch in a live setting...better than the recordings.
-The two songs from Friends were fantastic. I've been going to shows for close to 30 years and it's always great to hear something you've not heard live before.
-This band really enjoys performing together and you can see it in their interaction with each other on stage.


Title: Re: Brian / Al / Blondie Summer 2015 Tour Thread
Post by: Andrew G. Doe on July 03, 2015, 05:53:13 AM
Does anyone know if Brian will have Al and/or Blondie in his band when he tours the UK later this year?

So... the tour's back on ? Most excellent !  ;D


Title: Re: Brian / Al / Blondie Summer 2015 Tour Thread
Post by: keysarsoze001 on July 03, 2015, 06:34:00 AM
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Title: Re: Brian / Al / Blondie Summer 2015 Tour Thread
Post by: keysarsoze001 on July 03, 2015, 06:35:30 AM

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Title: Re: Brian / Al / Blondie Summer 2015 Tour Thread
Post by: Marty Castillo on July 03, 2015, 06:44:54 AM
^Looks like some good merch, what else did they have available on this tour?


Title: Re: Brian / Al / Blondie Summer 2015 Tour Thread
Post by: Russ_B66 on July 03, 2015, 07:03:01 AM
Yes. It is.


One thing that is striking about the difference between Paul and Brian's shows is that Paul plays huge venues and fills them which means that he could easily afford to carry a larger band. I think that there are missed opportunities that are being filled in with modern technology.

I believe that Paul is still a great and exciting performer. The catalog is huge and above reproach but he comes across as a bit cheap. He has a great band but it could be fuller.


Title: Re: Brian / Al / Blondie Summer 2015 Tour Thread
Post by: RubberSoul13 on July 03, 2015, 07:31:06 AM
Yes. It is.


One thing that is striking about the difference between Paul and Brian's shows is that Paul plays huge venues and fills them which means that he could easily afford to carry a larger band. I think that there are missed opportunities that are being filled in with modern technology.

I believe that Paul is still a great and exciting performer. The catalog is huge and above reproach but he comes across as a bit cheap. He has a great band but it could be fuller.

A string quartet and a small brass section would go a LONG way, and still leave Wix (keyboard guy) plenty to do on just about every song!


Title: Re: Brian / Al / Blondie Summer 2015 Tour Thread
Post by: J.G. Dev on July 03, 2015, 07:43:01 AM
^Looks like some good merch, what else did they have available on this tour?
I bought an autographed NPP cd for only $25. I figured since Jeff isn't around anymore it must be Brian's signature.  ;D


Title: Re: Brian / Al / Blondie Summer 2015 Tour Thread
Post by: Gerry on July 03, 2015, 08:01:54 AM
Let me tell you what the BW show in Austin did for some friends of mine. Their husband/Dad has been sick with terminal cancer for two years and we went to the show. They were laughing, clapping and singing along the entire concert.We played Beach Boy music all the way home(2 1/2 hours). We bought both daughters t-shirts. They haven't taken them off yet. That's what this concert meant to three people from Houston.


Title: Re: Brian / Al / Blondie Summer 2015 Tour Thread
Post by: keysarsoze001 on July 03, 2015, 09:05:58 AM
There was a white tee with the NPP sign on the front and the tour cities on the back, a sort of baseball-style shirt, one with surf boards, the signed NPP CD, and a signed lithograph with Brian's image made up of lyrics.


Title: Re: Brian / Al / Blondie Summer 2015 Tour Thread
Post by: HeyJude on July 03, 2015, 10:07:03 AM
Most of the tour merchandise is up on Brian's website store:

http://insomniac.fanfire.com/cgi-bin/WebObjects/Store.woa/wa/artist?sourceCode=FANWEB&artistName=Brian+Wilson


Title: Re: Brian / Al / Blondie Summer 2015 Tour Thread
Post by: RJM on July 03, 2015, 11:15:22 AM
Yes. It is.


One thing that is striking about the difference between Paul and Brian's shows is that Paul plays huge venues and fills them which means that he could easily afford to carry a larger band. I think that there are missed opportunities that are being filled in with modern technology.

I believe that Paul is still a great and exciting performer. The catalog is huge and above reproach but he comes across as a bit cheap. He has a great band but it could be fuller.

A string quartet and a small brass section would go a LONG way, and still leave Wix (keyboard guy) plenty to do on just about every song!

But aren't you the guy who said that Wix's Casio sounded "just as good as a real string quartet"?


Title: Re: Brian / Al / Blondie Summer 2015 Tour Thread
Post by: RJM on July 03, 2015, 11:30:15 AM
The point Howie is making is that at a Brian show, you get Brian being himself. He says whatever comes to his mind at that exact moment, sings whatever notes he wants (sometimes it works, other times it doesn't) and puts up very little in the way of pretension. At a Paul show, you see a guy pretending to be Beatle Paul and deliberately doing so. His shows have become high-end Beatles tribute shows. The Wings shows were much more organic and not-quite as calculated.


Title: Re: Brian / Al / Blondie Summer 2015 Tour Thread
Post by: undercover-m on July 03, 2015, 11:36:46 AM
Let me tell you what the BW show in Austin did for some friends of mine. Their husband/Dad has been sick with terminal cancer for two years and we went to the show. They were laughing, clapping and singing along the entire concert.We played Beach Boy music all the way home(2 1/2 hours). We bought both daughters t-shirts. They haven't taken them off yet. That's what this concert meant to three people from Houston.
That's amazing! Music has that weird ability to affect our lives like that. I'm glad they enjoyed the show, and I hope the dad is doing well!

I cried like a baby (happy tears) during several songs at my show. As I shouted out between  songs, I love that man, in a platonic way.
Hey, you're just saying what we're all thinking  ;D


Title: Re: Brian / Al / Blondie Summer 2015 Tour Thread
Post by: RubberSoul13 on July 03, 2015, 11:37:41 AM
Yes. It is.


One thing that is striking about the difference between Paul and Brian's shows is that Paul plays huge venues and fills them which means that he could easily afford to carry a larger band. I think that there are missed opportunities that are being filled in with modern technology.

I believe that Paul is still a great and exciting performer. The catalog is huge and above reproach but he comes across as a bit cheap. He has a great band but it could be fuller.

A string quartet and a small brass section would go a LONG way, and still leave Wix (keyboard guy) plenty to do on just about every song!

But aren't you the guy who said that Wix's Casio sounded "just as good as a real string quartet"?


Yes, absolutely! For one, he doesn't use a Casio...anyway; I do think it sounds just as good but, if he can have the live strings/brass...why not? It would add another element. I don't think one is better than the other, nor do I think THAT many people would care. But like I said, it would go a long way (to certain fans) and still leave Wix with plenty to do.

I totally agree, Paul's show is way too scripted. I've heard the Jimi Hendrix plays Sgt. Pepper, George Harrison played the ukulele, and the Russians learned English from the Beatles story way too many times. But I can also point out the differences as well. I think Paul has "checkpoints" in his dialogue that he ensures he gets to, but there's plenty different. To say that what he does on stage is "pretending" is absurd.


Title: Re: Brian / Al / Blondie Summer 2015 Tour Thread
Post by: Gerry on July 03, 2015, 11:39:11 AM
Why are you talking about McCartney in a thread about Brian's current tour. Why not start a new thread and let the negativity begin.


Title: Re: Brian / Al / Blondie Summer 2015 Tour Thread
Post by: ♩♬🐸 Billy C ♯♫♩🐇 on July 03, 2015, 12:05:50 PM
Why are you talking about McCartney in a thread about Brian's current tour. Why not start a new thread and let the negativity begin.

Thank you. I'm a fan of McCartney, but this is a thread about the current tour of the greatest songwriter on the planet. Let's please keep it that way.


Title: Re: Brian / Al / Blondie Summer 2015 Tour Thread
Post by: Matt H on July 03, 2015, 12:17:34 PM
Are they still trying Funky Pretty or Ding Dang during the sound checks, or have they given up on doing those songs?


Title: Re: Brian / Al / Blondie Summer 2015 Tour Thread
Post by: RubberSoul13 on July 03, 2015, 12:21:20 PM
Are they still trying Funky Pretty or Ding Dang during the sound checks, or have they given up on doing those songs?

Funky Pretty would be an excellent addition. I'd say swap this for "Sail Away"...or maybe make "Sail Away" into a medley with "Sloop John B" and then continue the Pet Sounds trifecta.


Title: Re: Brian / Al / Blondie Summer 2015 Tour Thread
Post by: Wirestone on July 03, 2015, 12:31:31 PM
Seems like Funky Pretty is out of the picture for now.


Title: Re: Brian / Al / Blondie Summer 2015 Tour Thread
Post by: RubberSoul13 on July 03, 2015, 12:35:54 PM
Seems like Funky Pretty is out of the picture for now.

Hard to say, but you're probably right. At least we've gotten "California Saga" and "Girl Don't Tell Me" in there..would have been nice for "Drive-In" to stick around. I don't really care for Brian doing the straight up hit car songs...it just doesn't really seem to be him. But "Drive-In" just digs a little bit deeper! Also glad to see "Runaway Dancer" out of there...


Title: Re: Brian / Al / Blondie Summer 2015 Tour Thread
Post by: RiC on July 03, 2015, 01:30:15 PM
Have I missed something, did they really play Ding Dang in a soundcheck!? That's super cool!


Title: Re: Brian / Al / Blondie Summer 2015 Tour Thread
Post by: bgas on July 03, 2015, 01:32:34 PM
Seems like Funky Pretty is out of the picture for now.

as it hasn't been played in any of the shows yet, it doesn't appear to have ever been in the picture.

Why are you talking about McCartney in a thread about Brian's current tour. Why not start a new thread and let the negativity begin.

Thank you. I'm a fan of McCartney, but this is a thread about the current tour of the greatest songwriter on the planet. Let's please keep it that way.


Why draw the line now? Why THIS thread?
The beauty of Smiley is every thread digresses into 7 other threads; right?


Title: Re: Brian / Al / Blondie Summer 2015 Tour Thread
Post by: ♩♬🐸 Billy C ♯♫♩🐇 on July 03, 2015, 01:40:18 PM
Quote
Why draw the line now? Why THIS thread?
The beauty of Smiley is every thread digresses into 7 other threads; right?

True, but this one is about Brian's current tour, and I'd rather just about any other thread get derailed before this one.


Title: Re: Brian / Al / Blondie Summer 2015 Tour Thread
Post by: Wirestone on July 03, 2015, 01:51:06 PM
Seems like Funky Pretty is out of the picture for now.

as it hasn't been played in any of the shows yet, it doesn't appear to have ever been in the picture.

If you'd paid attention to the thread, you would know that they worked on it in sound check at least a couple of times. A band member also confirmed to me personally that they were planning to add it.



Title: Re: Brian / Al / Blondie Summer 2015 Tour Thread
Post by: bgas on July 03, 2015, 02:30:14 PM
Seems like Funky Pretty is out of the picture for now.

as it hasn't been played in any of the shows yet, it doesn't appear to have ever been in the picture.

If you'd paid attention to the thread, you would know that they worked on it in sound check at least a couple of times. A band member also confirmed to me personally that they were planning to add it.

I've, sadly, read every single post in this thread, no matter how bored I got; and I repeat, it hasn't been played in concert once, so....


Title: Re: Brian / Al / Blondie Summer 2015 Tour Thread
Post by: RubberSoul13 on July 03, 2015, 02:45:47 PM
Seems like Funky Pretty is out of the picture for now.

as it hasn't been played in any of the shows yet, it doesn't appear to have ever been in the picture.

If you'd paid attention to the thread, you would know that they worked on it in sound check at least a couple of times. A band member also confirmed to me personally that they were planning to add it.

I've, sadly, read every single post in this thread, no matter how bored I got; and I repeat, it hasn't been played in concert once, so....

You're both right! The back and forths on this board are ridiculous.

It hasn't been played in concert. It has been rehearsed and soundchecked (is that a word?)

Anything is possible...I think there's still a chance of hearing it if they're still making additions this late in the tour.

What I'm more curious abotu than songs...is future dates! I've seen San Francisco on Sept. 11th advertised...anything else out there I've missed? I'd love to  catch this since they skipped MD/DC this time 'round...as usual.


Title: Re: Brian / Al / Blondie Summer 2015 Tour Thread
Post by: Wirestone on July 03, 2015, 03:02:19 PM
Seems like Funky Pretty is out of the picture for now.

as it hasn't been played in any of the shows yet, it doesn't appear to have ever been in the picture.

If you'd paid attention to the thread, you would know that they worked on it in sound check at least a couple of times. A band member also confirmed to me personally that they were planning to add it.

I've, sadly, read every single post in this thread, no matter how bored I got; and I repeat, it hasn't been played in concert once, so....

So why on earth did you pick a fight with me, man?

Just trying to stir up sh*t? Because I am so not in the mood right now, it's not funny.


Title: Re: Brian / Al / Blondie Summer 2015 Tour Thread
Post by: The Cincinnati Kid on July 03, 2015, 03:20:19 PM
Seems like Funky Pretty is out of the picture for now.

as it hasn't been played in any of the shows yet, it doesn't appear to have ever been in the picture.

If you'd paid attention to the thread, you would know that they worked on it in sound check at least a couple of times. A band member also confirmed to me personally that they were planning to add it.

I've, sadly, read every single post in this thread, no matter how bored I got; and I repeat, it hasn't been played in concert once, so....

So why on earth did you pick a fight with me, man?

Just trying to stir up sh*t? Because I am so not in the mood right now, it's not funny.

He's stirring up sh*t because he disagrees with you?


Title: Re: Brian / Al / Blondie Summer 2015 Tour Thread
Post by: lee on July 03, 2015, 03:20:56 PM

What I'm more curious abotu than songs...is future dates! I've seen San Francisco on Sept. 11th advertised...anything else out there I've missed? I'd love to  catch this since they skipped MD/DC this time 'round...as usual.

I'm curious if more US shows will be announced for the fall. Considering it's already July, that doesn't leave a whole lot of time ticket sales.

I may be the only one but I'm sad to see Runaway Dancer leave the setlist. I think it has a strong melody and great energy. It was one of my favorite performances at the Atlanta show.


Title: Re: Brian / Al / Blondie Summer 2015 Tour Thread
Post by: Wirestone on July 03, 2015, 04:41:38 PM
Seems like Funky Pretty is out of the picture for now.

as it hasn't been played in any of the shows yet, it doesn't appear to have ever been in the picture.

If you'd paid attention to the thread, you would know that they worked on it in sound check at least a couple of times. A band member also confirmed to me personally that they were planning to add it.

I've, sadly, read every single post in this thread, no matter how bored I got; and I repeat, it hasn't been played in concert once, so....

So why on earth did you pick a fight with me, man?

Just trying to stir up sh*t? Because I am so not in the mood right now, it's not funny.

He's stirring up sh*t because he disagrees with you?

Yes, yes. That's the exact reason.

There's nothing to disagree about. The band rehearsed Funky Pretty. That's a fact. They were planning to include it in shows. That's a fact. So the song was in the picture -- especially given that seats at soundcheck are now sold to paying customers.

People paid to go to a Brian Wilson show. They heard the band play the song. Ergo it was in the picture. Then the band stopped playing it, and people stopped hearing it. And thus it was out of the picture.

The only reason someone would attempt to take issue with such self-evident facts is because he or she is trying to start something. It would be comical if it weren't so infuriating.


Title: Re: Brian / Al / Blondie Summer 2015 Tour Thread
Post by: John Malone on July 03, 2015, 04:55:11 PM
Sigh.....

Good lord, people. These are supposed to be happy times? I'm leaving for Detroit in the morning. Can't wait.

On that note, lighten up.


Title: Re: Brian / Al / Blondie Summer 2015 Tour Thread
Post by: HeyJude on July 03, 2015, 06:15:48 PM
I'd say a song that is seriously rehearsed at a soundcheck, with or without an audience, can be characterized as "in the picture" at that point.


Title: Re: Brian / Al / Blondie Summer 2015 Tour Thread
Post by: bgas on July 03, 2015, 06:39:38 PM
Seems like Funky Pretty is out of the picture for now.

as it hasn't been played in any of the shows yet, it doesn't appear to have ever been in the picture.

If you'd paid attention to the thread, you would know that they worked on it in sound check at least a couple of times. A band member also confirmed to me personally that they were planning to add it.

I've, sadly, read every single post in this thread, no matter how bored I got; and I repeat, it hasn't been played in concert once, so....

So why on earth did you pick a fight with me, man?

Just trying to stir up sh*t? Because I am so not in the mood right now, it's not funny.

He's stirring up sh*t because he disagrees with you?

Yes, yes. That's the exact reason.

There's nothing to disagree about. The band rehearsed Funky Pretty. That's a fact. They were planning to include it in shows. That's a fact. So the song was in the picture -- especially given that seats at soundcheck are now sold to paying customers.

People paid to go to a Brian Wilson show. They heard the band play the song. Ergo it was in the picture. Then the band stopped playing it, and people stopped hearing it. And thus it was out of the picture.

The only reason someone would attempt to take issue with such self-evident facts is because he or she is trying to start something. It would be comical if it weren't so infuriating.

I'd say a song that is seriously rehearsed at a soundcheck, with or without an audience, can be characterized as "in the picture" at that point.

The two of you must be checking out different picture books from me, then.
 I haven't seen any evidence that every song played in soundchecks ends up being played in concert.
If you have some definitive evidence of same, please present it now.
Otherwise, I guess we're going to have to agree to disagree.   
BUT, if we're to come to blows, Wirestone, will you be claiming  the Cassius or the the Sonny trunks? 


Title: Re: Brian / Al / Blondie Summer 2015 Tour Thread
Post by: Phoenix on July 03, 2015, 07:03:10 PM
Yes. It is.


I hate to derail the thread, maybe start a new one? I am curious to what leads you to think this though.

He's out there playing his songs, the way he wrote them, from his past and present still in (for the most part) great voice...just like Brian.

Word.  Mostly (if not always?) in the original keys too.  Everything from "Yesterday" to "Helter Skelter" and everything in between.


Title: Re: Brian / Al / Blondie Summer 2015 Tour Thread
Post by: HeyJude on July 03, 2015, 08:15:56 PM
To me, "in the picture" as a setlist inclusion means it's a possibility, not that it's guaranteed. If a song had already been performed in concert, I wouldn't characterize it as "in the picture"; I would just say it has already been performed.

To me, "not even in the picture" connotes something that is nothing more than a pie in the sky wish or guess, not something the band is in the process of demonstrably considering.


Title: Re: Brian / Al / Blondie Summer 2015 Tour Thread
Post by: startBBtoday on July 03, 2015, 09:43:02 PM
Some videos from Boston (not mine):

Surf's Up:
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=NwcocOIXLGQ

Darlin' (at :43, you see Blondie tap Darian on the backside with his tambourine, followed by Probyn cracking up):
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=LSNyBRdc9vE

Don't Worry Baby:
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=R52nuRmQoTY

This Whole World:
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=mcEttWu8ThU

Good Vibrations:
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=3A3_ButWECE

Sloop John B:
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=imsLvPYbDwk

All Summer Long:
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=79J-fGVPrCk

Wouldn't It Be Nice:
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ElMPDAWK9ck

California Saga:
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=XSAOZkaW4ME

I Get Around:
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=pM6SBLoIimw


Title: Re: Brian / Al / Blondie Summer 2015 Tour Thread
Post by: filledeplage on July 04, 2015, 07:31:09 AM
(https://fbcdn-photos-f-a.akamaihd.net/hphotos-ak-xaf1/v/t1.0-0/11703041_10153435657967241_2944523858384828828_n.jpg?oh=3dbbf5b09b3b3a150f25e5a9acbe1d92&oe=561E55E2&__gda__=1445627990_9d6c7ceb7eb37b6e8e5840c7661b6a98)

Blondie photobomb! Apropo of nothing, here's a text from my friend who'd just seen the show here in Phila, Monday night:

Blondie Chaplin should stay home though. What a jackass. He's noisy, out of sync with the group and the vibe, and acts all goofy with body language like the whole thing is a joke. About 10 times he mentioned he used to be in the Rolling Stones band. He should go back to the stones. I'd have preferred john stamos.

 :lol
Blondie did not mention The Stones, but was intro'd as having been with them for 10 years.  They did what I'd call an "extended jam" at the close of WH that was fantastic.  Paul von Mertens had to tell the audience, "Boston, get up off your asses!" Game over. 


Title: Re: Brian / Al / Blondie Summer 2015 Tour Thread
Post by: Pretty Funky on July 04, 2015, 05:18:35 PM
(https://fbcdn-photos-f-a.akamaihd.net/hphotos-ak-xaf1/v/t1.0-0/11703041_10153435657967241_2944523858384828828_n.jpg?oh=3dbbf5b09b3b3a150f25e5a9acbe1d92&oe=561E55E2&__gda__=1445627990_9d6c7ceb7eb37b6e8e5840c7661b6a98)

Blondie photobomb! Apropo of nothing, here's a text from my friend who'd just seen the show here in Phila, Monday night:

Blondie Chaplin should stay home though. What a jackass. He's noisy, out of sync with the group and the vibe, and acts all goofy with body language like the whole thing is a joke. About 10 times he mentioned he used to be in the Rolling Stones band. He should go back to the stones. I'd have preferred john stamos.

 :lol
Blondie did not mention The Stones, but was intro'd as having been with them for 10 years.  They did what I'd call an "extended jam" at the close of WH that was fantastic.  Paul von Mertens had to tell the audience, "Boston, get up off your asses!" Game over. 

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=MVvHOOLxWAw


Title: Re: Brian / Al / Blondie Summer 2015 Tour Thread
Post by: the professor on July 04, 2015, 06:13:12 PM
WIBN: who is singing lead? that's Al's song live, but he he only singing his small studio part. . . .what is happening. Is this becoming a BB covers band? DWB: with Jeff gone, I want Brian to sing it. . .



Some videos from Boston (not mine):

Surf's Up:
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=NwcocOIXLGQ

Darlin' (at :43, you see Blondie tap Darian on the backside with his tambourine, followed by Probyn cracking up):
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=LSNyBRdc9vE

Don't Worry Baby:
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=R52nuRmQoTY

This Whole World:
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=mcEttWu8ThU

Good Vibrations:
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=3A3_ButWECE

Sloop John B:
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=imsLvPYbDwk

All Summer Long:
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=79J-fGVPrCk

Wouldn't It Be Nice:
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ElMPDAWK9ck

California Saga:
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=XSAOZkaW4ME

I Get Around:
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=pM6SBLoIimw


Title: Re: Brian / Al / Blondie Summer 2015 Tour Thread
Post by: Wirestone on July 04, 2015, 06:41:06 PM
Matt sings WIBN (with BW on the bridge) and DWB.

When I saw the Beach Boys in 1997, Matt sang Don't Worry Baby as well.

Darian sings This Whole World (again, with Brian on the bridge) and Darlin'.

That's four songs of a 32-song setlist. The rest are done by Brian, Al and Blondie.


Title: Re: Brian / Al / Blondie Summer 2015 Tour Thread
Post by: Marty Castillo on July 05, 2015, 04:37:45 PM
I'm in my seat for the show in Detroit tonight. I saw Scott Bennett outside the venue and he was a little hoarse and said he was battling a cold. He said he hoped he didn't pass it to Brian...I hope he's joking.

BTW, Fox Theatre in Detroit is absolutely beautiful. I'll give a fuller report tomorrow.


Title: Re: Brian / Al / Blondie Summer 2015 Tour Thread
Post by: lee on July 05, 2015, 04:48:56 PM
Enjoy yourself!


Title: Re: Brian / Al / Blondie Summer 2015 Tour Thread
Post by: SBonilla on July 05, 2015, 04:51:43 PM
I saw Scott Bennett outside the venue and he was a little hoarse and said he was battling a cold. He said he hoped he didn't pass it to Brian...I hope he's joking.

You don't mean that, do you?


Title: Re: Brian / Al / Blondie Summer 2015 Tour Thread
Post by: Marty Castillo on July 05, 2015, 04:57:51 PM
I saw Scott Bennett outside the venue and he was a little hoarse and said he was battling a cold. He said he hoped he didn't pass it to Brian...I hope he's joking.

You don't mean that, do you?

I wouldn't joke about that. Scott was definitely hoarse, not sure if he was joking about Brian. I'm sure there is concern any time someone in the band is under the weather. I'll let you know how he sounds tonight.


Title: Re: Brian / Al / Blondie Summer 2015 Tour Thread
Post by: Custom Machine on July 05, 2015, 06:59:23 PM
Eclaim.ca Music Concert Review
Brian Wilson
Danforth Music Hall, Toronto ON, July 4
By Thierry Côté
Published Jul 05, 2015

http://exclaim.ca/music/article/brian_wilson-danforth_music_hall_toronto_on_july_4

Same thing I noticed on night 2 of the tour in San Diego, and others have mentioned as well, "he has never seemed more at peace on stage".





Title: Re: Brian / Al / Blondie Summer 2015 Tour Thread
Post by: John Malone on July 05, 2015, 08:24:43 PM
Tonight in Detroit was the 11th BW solo show I have attended. And, it was...without question...the absolute best one I have ever seen. From the moment they walked onstage, I could tell it was going to a great night. Brian opened by saying "It's great to be in the Motor City.....Black and White by Three Dog Night!!!!!" Then, into Our Prayer...and off to the races!


Title: Re: Brian / Al / Blondie Summer 2015 Tour Thread
Post by: Lee Marshall on July 05, 2015, 10:04:32 PM
Just got home from Detroit.  Great show.  Tired.  Have to be up at 6:00...which is 5 hours from now...so...to be continued.  I have my doubts that I'll get to see Brian perform another live show.  There may well be another album...but a tour that'll venture anywhere near me again?  I don't think so.  The UK next year?  As much as Brian might 'prefer' to honour the commitment...I don't know that he'll be able to do it.

The poor guy needs help onto and off of the stage.  [as did Rodriquez...who was also quite the entertainer.]

Do NOT pass up the opportunity to catch Brian on THIS tour.  Really.  The grains of sand left in THIS hourglass are running really low.
---------------------

ps...Ran into Doo Dah.  Nice.


Title: Re: Brian / Al / Blondie Summer 2015 Tour Thread
Post by: ForHerCryingSoul on July 05, 2015, 11:41:27 PM
I'm sorry to add negativity to this thread but here goes:

I missed the Detroit show.  I had the wrong date on my calendar.  Since I can't fly anywhere else to see him, I probably missed the only opportunity to meet the man.  I'm really sad and heartbroken.  They all mean so much to me and not being able to shake Wilson's hand really hurts me deeply.  Did anyone film the show or record audio of it?  That would ease a little bit of my pain right now.  I apologize for spoiling the fun fun fun.   :'(


Title: Re: Brian / Al / Blondie Summer 2015 Tour Thread
Post by: Andrew G. Doe on July 06, 2015, 01:22:49 AM
I'm curious if more US shows will be announced for the fall.

But surely there can't be, as they would conflict with those important "commitments" that caused the UK tour to be pulled.


Title: Re: Brian / Al / Blondie Summer 2015 Tour Thread
Post by: bgas on July 06, 2015, 05:39:49 AM
I'm curious if more US shows will be announced for the fall.

But surely there can't be, as they would conflict with those important "commitments" that caused the UK tour to be pulled.

There isn't anything that could be MORE important than adding more US shows


Title: Re: Brian / Al / Blondie Summer 2015 Tour Thread
Post by: HeyJude on July 06, 2015, 06:20:15 AM
I'm curious if more US shows will be announced for the fall.

But surely there can't be, as they would conflict with those important "commitments" that caused the UK tour to be pulled.

I’m not defending the abrupt, under-explained cancelation of the UK dates, but I could easily see *more* US dates as a justification (whether a valid one or not). A “need” to promote the film further in the US could include touring to promote it.


Title: Re: Brian / Al / Blondie Summer 2015 Tour Thread
Post by: HeyJude on July 06, 2015, 06:25:07 AM
Just got home from Detroit.  Great show.  Tired.  Have to be up at 6:00...which is 5 hours from now...so...to be continued.  I have my doubts that I'll get to see Brian perform another live show.  There may well be another album...but a tour that'll venture anywhere near me again?  I don't think so.  The UK next year?  As much as Brian might 'prefer' to honour the commitment...I don't know that he'll be able to do it.

The poor guy needs help onto and off of the stage.  [as did Rodriquez...who was also quite the entertainer.]

Do NOT pass up the opportunity to catch Brian on THIS tour.  Really.  The grains of sand left in THIS hourglass are running really low.
---------------------

ps...Ran into Doo Dah.  Nice.

Apparently, their reasons for needing help on and off the stage are different. Brian has back issues, while I’ve read that Rodriguez is suffering from glaucoma and is partially/nearly blind at this stage.


Title: Re: Brian / Al / Blondie Summer 2015 Tour Thread
Post by: filledeplage on July 06, 2015, 06:25:19 AM
I'm curious if more US shows will be announced for the fall.

But surely there can't be, as they would conflict with those important "commitments" that caused the UK tour to be pulled.

There isn't anything that could be MORE important than adding more US shows
Yes, there is.  Rest for his back.  I can't even imagine a transatlantic flight with that back.  I cringed watching him helped off the stage for the encore, watching every pain-laden step.  Add Some's post from last night indicates it might not be much better.

It isn't the first time a rock tour or segment has been cancelled or postponed, and I truly empathize. I held a Maharishi tour ticket.  Show cancelled "hours" prior to the show.  I still haven't decided if I going to forgive them...a 15 year old with a front row ticket.

Maybe I should.   :lol

But, I do bet the tour will be rebooked. He loves the UK.  :love


Title: Re: Brian / Al / Blondie Summer 2015 Tour Thread
Post by: KDS on July 06, 2015, 06:26:12 AM
I'm curious if more US shows will be announced for the fall.

But surely there can't be, as they would conflict with those important "commitments" that caused the UK tour to be pulled.

I’m not defending the abrupt, under-explained cancelation of the UK dates, but I could easily see *more* US dates as a justification (whether a valid one or not). A “need” to promote the film further in the US could include touring to promote it.

Those are valid points.  

But the UK Tour was relatively short.  If there were going to be more US shows added, I would think they could have been scheduled for Fall, when the UK Tour ends.  

But, it's all speculation right now until September comes.  


Title: Re: Brian / Al / Blondie Summer 2015 Tour Thread
Post by: wantsomecorn on July 06, 2015, 07:49:56 AM
I'm sorry to add negativity to this thread but here goes:

I missed the Detroit show.  I had the wrong date on my calendar.  Since I can't fly anywhere else to see him, I probably missed the only opportunity to meet the man.  I'm really sad and heartbroken.  They all mean so much to me and not being able to shake Wilson's hand really hurts me deeply.  Did anyone film the show or record audio of it?  That would ease a little bit of my pain right now.  I apologize for spoiling the fun fun fun.   :'(

Detroit's only a few hours away from the Ravinia show in Chicago tonight, if you feel like taking a drive.


Title: Re: Brian / Al / Blondie Summer 2015 Tour Thread
Post by: Marty Castillo on July 06, 2015, 08:05:10 AM
Fox Theatre, Detroit, Michigan - July 5, 2015

I made the drive from Grand Rapids to Detroit and arrived early due to warnings about construction and the afternoon Tigers game possibly causing delays. Unfortunately, I was unable to buy the soundcheck and meet & greet package, both due to cash considerations and waiting too long and it no longer being available when I finally was ready to bite the bullet. Instead, I was behind the venue as the tour buses arrived between 2:30-3:30pm. There were maybe 4-5 of us back there, the others were "fans" but did not have tickets for the show that night (but stacks of LPs to have signed). They yelled, "Hey, Blondie, please sign?!?!?" to Darian, which he just ignored until I said "Hi, Darian!"--he pointed and smiled. Brian was sitting right up front in his tour bus, so it was easy to spot him when he came in. The bus pulled right next to the stage door (behind a huge gated fence) and he gingerly walked in with to helpers at his side. Al and Blondie were on the same bus, Blondie said he would come out later to sign and Al just looked disgusted with the suggestion to come over to sign.

At that point, I figured my best shot at meeting any of them was after the concert. I grabbed some dinner and walked back to the venue just as the soundcheck and meet & greet was letting out. I saw a lot of lanyards/passes signed, a Pet Sounds LP only signed by Brian, and a Smile LP signed by Brian, Al and Blondie??? (editorial comment: it always bothers me when one of the Beach Boys signs an LP that they are not featured on, whether it be Al, Dave, Bruce or Blondie--no your BB history!).

Around 6:30pm is when I bumped into Scott on the street outside the venue. I said, "Hi, I'm really looking forward to the show tonight." That's when he replied something to the fact that it should be great and we are excited to play Detroit. Then he offered, "I have a bit of a cold. I hope I don't/didn't pass it to Brian." I can't remember exactly how he phrased it, but it definitely took be aback considering he was a little raspy/hoarse.

I went in the venue a little before the stated doors at 7:00pm. Here is a quick photo of the merch (as stated before, they had the signed LP for $75, the signed CD for $25 and the signed lyrics litho for $75--going by memory):

(http://i233.photobucket.com/albums/ee92/mbriev16/BW01_zpsk8exdhnt.jpg)

None of the shirts really appealed to me. I already have the signed LP and I really didn't need another copy of NPP on CD (though I was tempted). I know this is a Brian Wilson show, but how about some retro merch that doesn't even say Beach Boys? (i.e. Brother Records logo t-shirts, "Help Me Rhonda" 3/4 sleeve that Brian made famous, etc.).

As for the show, the venue was absolutely beautiful, I had never been to the Fox Theatre before, and I had front row seats in the mezzanine:

(http://i233.photobucket.com/albums/ee92/mbriev16/BW02_zpsu8jrrxp8.jpg)

If there were any fears due to Scott's comments earlier, let me put them to rest, as Brian was an excellent voice and was smiling a lot on stage. I didn't take setlist notes, as I wanted to enjoy myself, but I think it was almost identical to what was played in Toronto.

Highlights for me:

Heroes & Villains
I Get Around
California Saga
In My Room (Brian sounded great)
Surfer Girl (same)
Don't Worry Baby (as noted before, Matt does an incredible job)
Blondie's mini set seriously rocks
Surf's Up (intro'd by Brian as being "20 years long, not really, it's about 3 minutes, but it feels like 20 years"--at the conclusion, he said something to the effect of "I toldya it feels 20 years long")
God Only Knows (personally, for me, as it is my favorite song, but could tell it was getting later in the concert and his voice was starting to give a little)

Al, Matt and Blondie bring so much to the table. I'm glad I was able to see this tour. Overall, an amazing experience. If I could tweak anything, it would be to drop Shut Down and Little Deuce Coupe and add another Blondie tune in their place.

Being in the balcony/mezzanine was a trip, all of the rockers/hits made the my seat and floor vibrate and I could see the rail in front of me moving up and down. I would say the venue was 85% full with the upper third of the balcony essentially empty. Here are some photos from during the show (best I could do with an iPhone):

(http://i233.photobucket.com/albums/ee92/mbriev16/BW03_zpsjlfnr6b7.jpg)

(http://i233.photobucket.com/albums/ee92/mbriev16/BW04_zpsobhcensx.jpg)

After the show I raced to the back of the venue, where there was a bigger contingency that earlier in the day waiting for photos, autographs. Brian had already left on my bus (must have been two minutes at the most since the final note of Love & Mercy). Blondie came out and, true to his word, signed for a good five minutes. No chance for photos due to the giant gated fence. I think I was the only person to get him on something he actually contributed to (aside from tickets and scraps of paper):

(http://i233.photobucket.com/albums/ee92/mbriev16/BW05_zpsbzkc7y8e.jpg)

When he handed it back to me, I thought he forgot to sign or used a dead sharpie, turned it over and he signed the back. I like it! Kicking myself for not buying Holland or In Concert on vinyl ahead of the show, but thrilled to come away with anything. Al was a bit sour, again, after the show. Had a bottle of wine in his hand and a scowl on his face. I don't know if he feels burned by the eBay types, but it's simple enough to do one per person or at least acknowledge the fans and say thanks for coming out. I'm a huge Al Jardine fan, but left disappointed by his demeanor yesterday afternoon and last night.

I'm hoping this isn't the last time Brian is in the Detroit/Chicago region. He certainly walked gingerly across the stage, but he seemed very happy and sounded amazing. His backing band was absolutely on point. Well worth the money and effort to see him!


Title: Re: Brian / Al / Blondie Summer 2015 Tour Thread
Post by: Wirestone on July 06, 2015, 08:08:19 AM
Brian needed help during the C50 shows too -- and he's done two tours since then.

Frankly, the organizers need to simply look out for him more -- he should not be playing four shows in four days. Go back to the way they did the shows back in 99 -- one or two shows, then one or two days off.


Title: Re: Brian / Al / Blondie Summer 2015 Tour Thread
Post by: HeyJude on July 06, 2015, 08:14:35 AM
I take it no new setlist additions for Detroit?


Title: Re: Brian / Al / Blondie Summer 2015 Tour Thread
Post by: RubberSoul13 on July 06, 2015, 08:15:05 AM
I'm curious if more US shows will be announced for the fall.

But surely there can't be, as they would conflict with those important "commitments" that caused the UK tour to be pulled.

unless they ARE the commitments.......


Title: Re: Brian / Al / Blondie Summer 2015 Tour Thread
Post by: HeyJude on July 06, 2015, 08:20:21 AM
Brian needed help during the C50 shows too -- and he's done two tours since then.

Frankly, the organizers need to simply look out for him more -- he should not be playing four shows in four days. Go back to the way they did the shows back in 99 -- one or two shows, the one or two days off.

Also worth noting, and this depends on the stage setup and venue, a concert stage and stage area isn't the same as a random room. There are sometimes a myriad of amps, monitors, cables, and steps that can make even a steady person trip and fall. Brian may well need some help due to his back and his age, but they may also be going to every extreme possible to not have him trip on a cable and knock himself out hitting his head on the corner of Blondie's amp or something.

That actually reminds me of a story going all the way back to the 2001 Paul Simon tour. As I was waiting for Brian's set to begin, I could see him kind of just pacing and back forth behind the stage. Literally from left to right, right to left. Not sure if he was bored or looking for someone or something. At one point, he clearly tripped on a cable or something. He just tripped and stumbled, obviously didn't fall or anything, and just stopped and looked back at what he had tripped on. It was kind of a visually funny moment; Brian seemed strangely bemused about it.  :lol

Long story short, if someone already has even slight mobility issues, (or vision issues in the case of Rodriguez), they would understandably be extra careful even when the person may not always need quite that much support.


Title: Re: Brian / Al / Blondie Summer 2015 Tour Thread
Post by: filledeplage on July 06, 2015, 08:27:48 AM
Fox Theatre, Detroit, Michigan - July 5, 2015

I made the drive from Grand Rapids to Detroit and arrived early due to warnings about construction and the afternoon Tigers game possibly causing delays. Unfortunately, I was unable to buy the soundcheck and meet & greet package, both due to cash considerations and waiting too long and it no longer being available when I finally was ready to bite the bullet. Instead, I was behind the venue as the tour buses arrived between 2:30-3:30pm. There were maybe 4-5 of us back there, the others were "fans" but did not have tickets for the show that night (but stacks of LPs to have signed). They yelled, "Hey, Blondie, please sign?!?!?" to Darian, which he just ignored until I said "Hi, Darian!"--he pointed and smiled. Brian was sitting right up front in his tour bus, so it was easy to spot him when he came in. The bus pulled right next to the stage door (behind a huge gated fence) and he gingerly walked in with to helpers at his side. Al and Blondie were on the same bus, Blondie said he would come out later to sign and Al just looked disgusted with the suggestion to come over to sign.

At that point, I figured my best shot at meeting any of them was after the concert. I grabbed some dinner and walked back to the venue just as the soundcheck and meet & greet was letting out. I saw a lot of lanyards/passes signed, a Pet Sounds LP only signed by Brian, and a Smile LP signed by Brian, Al and Blondie??? (editorial comment: it always bothers me when one of the Beach Boys signs an LP that they are not featured on, whether it be Al, Dave, Bruce or Blondie--no your BB history!).

Around 6:30pm is when I bumped into Scott on the street outside the venue. I said, "Hi, I'm really looking forward to the show tonight." That's when he replied something to the fact that it should be great and we are excited to play Detroit. Then he offered, "I have a bit of a cold. I hope I don't/didn't pass it to Brian." I can't remember exactly how he phrased it, but it definitely took be aback considering he was a little raspy/hoarse.

I went in the venue a little before the stated doors at 7:00pm. Here is a quick photo of the merch (as stated before, they had the signed LP for $75, the signed CD for $25 and the signed lyrics litho for $75--going by memory):

(http://i233.photobucket.com/albums/ee92/mbriev16/BW01_zpsk8exdhnt.jpg)

None of the shirts really appealed to me. I already have the signed LP and I really didn't need another copy of NPP on CD (though I was tempted). I know this is a Brian Wilson show, but how about some retro merch that doesn't even say Beach Boys? (i.e. Brother Records logo t-shirts, "Help Me Rhonda" 3/4 sleeve that Brian made famous, etc.).

As for the show, the venue was absolutely beautiful, I had never been to the Fox Theatre before, and I had front row seats in the mezzanine:

(http://i233.photobucket.com/albums/ee92/mbriev16/BW02_zpsu8jrrxp8.jpg)

If there were any fears due to Scott's comments earlier, let me put them to rest, as Brian was an excellent voice and was smiling a lot on stage. I didn't take setlist notes, as I wanted to enjoy myself, but I think it was almost identical to what was played in Toronto.

Highlights for me:

Heroes & Villains
I Get Around
California Saga
In My Room (Brian sounded great)
Surfer Girl (same)
Don't Worry Baby (as noted before, Matt does an incredible job)
Blondie's mini set seriously rocks
Surf's Up (intro'd by Brian as being "20 years long, not really, it's about 3 minutes, but it feels like 20 years"--at the conclusion, he said something to the effect of "I toldya it feels 20 years long")
God Only Knows (personally, for me, as it is my favorite song, but could tell it was getting later in the concert and his voice was starting to give a little)

Al, Matt and Blondie bring so much to the table. I'm glad I was able to see this tour. Overall, an amazing experience. If I could tweak anything, it would be to drop Shut Down and Little Deuce Coupe and add another Blondie tune in their place.

Being in the balcony/mezzanine was a trip, all of the rockers/hits made the my seat and floor vibrate and I could see the rail in front of me moving up and down. I would say the venue was 85% full with the upper third of the balcony essentially empty. Here are some photos from during the show (best I could do with an iPhone):

(http://i233.photobucket.com/albums/ee92/mbriev16/BW03_zpsjlfnr6b7.jpg)

(http://i233.photobucket.com/albums/ee92/mbriev16/BW04_zpsobhcensx.jpg)

After the show I raced to the back of the venue, where there was a bigger contingency that earlier in the day waiting for photos, autographs. Brian had already left on my bus (must have been two minutes at the most since the final note of Love & Mercy). Blondie came out and, true to his word, signed for a good five minutes. No chance for photos due to the giant gated fence. I think I was the only person to get him on something he actually contributed to (aside from tickets and scraps of paper):

(http://i233.photobucket.com/albums/ee92/mbriev16/BW05_zpsbzkc7y8e.jpg)

When he handed it back to me, I thought he forgot to sign or used a dead sharpie, turned it over and he signed the back. I like it! Kicking myself for not buying Holland or In Concert on vinyl ahead of the show, but thrilled to come away with anything. Al was a bit sour, again, after the show. Had a bottle of wine in his hand and a scowl on his face. I don't know if he feels burned by the eBay types, but it's simple enough to do one per person or at least acknowledge the fans and say thanks for coming out. I'm a huge Al Jardine fan, but left disappointed by his demeanor yesterday afternoon and last night.

I'm hoping this isn't the last time Brian is in the Detroit/Chicago region. He certainly walked gingerly across the stage, but he seemed very happy and sounded amazing. His backing band was absolutely on point. Well worth the money and effort to see him!
Marty- you had my 1st choice with that album but I found the Holland LP and brought that.  Blondie seemed happy to sign it, and I was happier to have found it! I saw new lot of "new" (which takes some getting used to) vinyl but was happy to have my well- loved oldie at the ready.  It does make absolute sense for him to sign something that he contributed to.  Agree 100%!   ;)


Title: Re: Brian / Al / Blondie Summer 2015 Tour Thread
Post by: Marty Castillo on July 06, 2015, 08:38:54 AM
I take it no new setlist additions for Detroit?

As I suspected, identical to Toronto:  http://www.setlist.fm/setlist/brian-wilson/2015/fox-theatre-detroit-mi-73f6aec1.html


Brian needed help during the C50 shows too -- and he's done two tours since then.

Frankly, the organizers need to simply look out for him more -- he should not be playing four shows in four days. Go back to the way they did the shows back in 99 -- one or two shows, the one or two days off.

Also worth noting, and this depends on the stage setup and venue, a concert stage and stage area isn't the same as a random room. There are sometimes a myriad of amps, monitors, cables, and steps that can make even a steady person trip and fall. Brian may well need some help due to his back and his age, but they may also be going to every extreme possible to not have him trip on a cable and knock himself out hitting his head on the corner of Blondie's amp or something.

That actually reminds me of a story going all the way back to the 2001 Paul Simon tour. As I was waiting for Brian's set to begin, I could see him kind of just pacing and back forth behind the stage. Literally from left to right, right to left. Not sure if he was bored or looking for someone or something. At one point, he clearly tripped on a cable or something. He just tripped and stumbled, obviously didn't fall or anything, and just stopped and looked back at what he had tripped on. It was kind of a visually funny moment; Brian seemed strangely bemused about it.  :lol

Long story short, if someone already has even slight mobility issues, (or vision issues in the case of Rodriguez), they would understandably be extra careful even when the person may not always need quite that much support.

From my vantage point, it seemed offstage and the first couple of steps on stage, he had helpers, but once he was onstage, he was on his own. To be honest, I would have felt better if someone gave him an arm or shoulder, just in case.

First review is out and I think it is a pretty fair assessment: http://www.mlive.com/entertainment/detroit/index.ssf/2015/07/brian_wilson_sings_the_beach_b.html


Title: Re: Brian / Al / Blondie Summer 2015 Tour Thread
Post by: Marty Castillo on July 06, 2015, 08:43:37 AM
Marty- you had my 1st choice with that album but I found the Holland LP and brought that.  Blondie seemed happy to sign it, and I was happier to have found it! I saw new lot of "new" (which takes some getting used to) vinyl but was happy to have my well- loved oldie at the ready.  It does make absolute sense for him to sign something that he contributed to.  Agree 100%!   ;)

Yes, this was my first choice, but wish it was vinyl and not my CD booklet. After the show I saw Blondie signing C50 programs, Endless Summer LP, just about anything Beach Boys related, but essentially nothing but my In Concert booklet that he appeared on. Again, I understand the thrill of meeting him and getting the autograph, but I feel it shows ignorance and almost a lack of respect to get him on Smile or something else he had nothing to do with. To each their own...


Title: Re: Brian / Al / Blondie Summer 2015 Tour Thread
Post by: HeyJude on July 06, 2015, 08:49:57 AM
Didn’t someone here have Scott Totten sign their “Pet Sounds” LP? To his credit, the story I remember reading was that he very respectfully demurred for the obvious reasons and had to be extra persuaded to do so once it was made clear that the person really truly understood he wasn’t on the album but still wanted him to sign.

There is indeed a point at which you have to fall back on whatever someone wants if it’s their thing. Maybe someone wants their “Pet Sounds” LP signed by Wilfred Brimley. Or a photo of Sean Connery signed by Roger Moore….

(http://farm4.staticflickr.com/3138/2878577349_87e7bb7f5f.jpg)


Title: Re: Brian / Al / Blondie Summer 2015 Tour Thread
Post by: Marty Castillo on July 06, 2015, 09:41:10 AM
Didn’t someone here have Scott Totten sign their “Pet Sounds” LP? To his credit, the story I remember reading was that he very respectfully demurred for the obvious reasons and had to be extra persuaded to do so once it was made clear that the person really truly understood he wasn’t on the album but still wanted him to sign.

There is indeed a point at which you have to fall back on whatever someone wants if it’s their thing. Maybe someone wants their “Pet Sounds” LP signed by Wilfred Brimley. Or a photo of Sean Connery signed by Roger Moore….

(http://farm4.staticflickr.com/3138/2878577349_87e7bb7f5f.jpg)

+1

This might deserve it's own thread. I've seen Bruce sign the back of Pet Sounds, since he doesn't appear on the front cover. I think that is more the fan's preference then his policy, since I have seen him sign the front cover. There is a 15 Big Ones LP on eBay right now signed by Brian, Mike and Bruce, for a steal, I have no interest with Bruce inking it. Again, I think some people are commemorating a moment they had with one of the Beach Boys--for me, as a collectible and historical piece, it ruins it.


Title: Re: Brian / Al / Blondie Summer 2015 Tour Thread
Post by: Emdeeh on July 06, 2015, 10:05:03 AM
From the photos, it looks like the Detroit Fox is as beautiful as its sister venue, the Atlanta Fox.

I thought about what to have Blondie sign, if I got the chance -- and when it happened, I took the Holland CD insert. So now I have Holland signed by three Beach Boys. :)


Title: Re: Brian / Al / Blondie Summer 2015 Tour Thread
Post by: Wirestone on July 06, 2015, 10:17:57 AM
There is a 15 Big Ones LP on eBay right now signed by Brian, Mike and Bruce, for a steal, I have no interest with Bruce inking it. Again, I think some people are commemorating a moment they had with one of the Beach Boys--for me, as a collectible and historical piece, it ruins it.

Well, Bruce does both sing backing vocals and contribute instrumentally to 15 Big Ones.


Title: Re: Brian / Al / Blondie Summer 2015 Tour Thread
Post by: Marty Castillo on July 06, 2015, 10:37:20 AM
There is a 15 Big Ones LP on eBay right now signed by Brian, Mike and Bruce, for a steal, I have no interest with Bruce inking it. Again, I think some people are commemorating a moment they had with one of the Beach Boys--for me, as a collectible and historical piece, it ruins it.

Well, Bruce does both sing backing vocals and contribute instrumentally to 15 Big Ones.

Good point. I guess I just don't think of that as a record Bruce is heavily involved in.


Title: Re: Brian / Al / Blondie Summer 2015 Tour Thread
Post by: drbeachboy on July 06, 2015, 11:00:33 AM
Didn’t someone here have Scott Totten sign their “Pet Sounds” LP? To his credit, the story I remember reading was that he very respectfully demurred for the obvious reasons and had to be extra persuaded to do so once it was made clear that the person really truly understood he wasn’t on the album but still wanted him to sign.

There is indeed a point at which you have to fall back on whatever someone wants if it’s their thing. Maybe someone wants their “Pet Sounds” LP signed by Wilfred Brimley. Or a photo of Sean Connery signed by Roger Moore….

(http://farm4.staticflickr.com/3138/2878577349_87e7bb7f5f.jpg)

+1

This might deserve it's own thread. I've seen Bruce sign the back of Pet Sounds, since he doesn't appear on the front cover. I think that is more the fan's preference then his policy, since I have seen him sign the front cover. There is a 15 Big Ones LP on eBay right now signed by Brian, Mike and Bruce, for a steal, I have no interest with Bruce inking it. Again, I think some people are commemorating a moment they had with one of the Beach Boys--for me, as a collectible and historical piece, it ruins it.
What does that have to do with Bruce signing the album? He's not on the front cover for contractual reasons, not because he didn't sing or play on it. What about Surfer Girl? Can Al not sign that album? He is on at least 1/2 the tracks. He's not pictured on Little Deuce Coupe either, but is on almost all of the tracks. Can Blondie sign my Samuel Adams bar napkin if he has never tried drinking that brand of beer?


Title: Re: Brian / Al / Blondie Summer 2015 Tour Thread
Post by: Marty Castillo on July 06, 2015, 11:16:18 AM
Didn’t someone here have Scott Totten sign their “Pet Sounds” LP? To his credit, the story I remember reading was that he very respectfully demurred for the obvious reasons and had to be extra persuaded to do so once it was made clear that the person really truly understood he wasn’t on the album but still wanted him to sign.

There is indeed a point at which you have to fall back on whatever someone wants if it’s their thing. Maybe someone wants their “Pet Sounds” LP signed by Wilfred Brimley. Or a photo of Sean Connery signed by Roger Moore….

(http://farm4.staticflickr.com/3138/2878577349_87e7bb7f5f.jpg)

+1

This might deserve it's own thread. I've seen Bruce sign the back of Pet Sounds, since he doesn't appear on the front cover. I think that is more the fan's preference then his policy, since I have seen him sign the front cover. There is a 15 Big Ones LP on eBay right now signed by Brian, Mike and Bruce, for a steal, I have no interest with Bruce inking it. Again, I think some people are commemorating a moment they had with one of the Beach Boys--for me, as a collectible and historical piece, it ruins it.
What does that have to do with Bruce signing the album? He's not on the front cover for contractual reasons, not because he didn't sing or play on it. What about Surfer Girl? Can Al not sign that album? He is on at least 1/2 the tracks. He's not pictured on Little Deuce Coupe either, but is on almost all of the tracks. Can Blondie sign my Samuel Adams bar napkin if he has never tried drinking that brand of beer?

I guess that wasn't my point. Al and Bruce both don't appear on the cover of Summer Days (and Summer Nights), but I personally would get both of them to sign it. My comment about Bruce signing Pet Sounds on the back was more about the preference of individual collectors, not the legitimacy of having him sign the album. Like I have said in almost all my posts, people can get whatever they want signed, and its clear most of the band members are fairly liberal when it comes to signing stuff they weren't personally involved with (i.e. I saw a copy of Smile last night signed by Blondie). That doesn't mean I would personally do it.

For all I have written about this, my basic point is Blondie signing CATP, Holland or In Concert is preferable to having him sign Surfin' Safari. Feel free to disagree.


Title: Re: Brian / Al / Blondie Summer 2015 Tour Thread
Post by: HeyJude on July 06, 2015, 11:34:28 AM
Things can be worse. I remember an infamous “Made in USA” album on eBay years ago signed by all of the members including Dennis. Now *that* is an inappropriate signature if ever there was one.   :lol


Title: Re: Brian / Al / Blondie Summer 2015 Tour Thread
Post by: Rocker on July 06, 2015, 01:53:07 PM
From Brian's facebook:


(https://scontent-ams3-1.xx.fbcdn.net/hphotos-xtf1/v/t1.0-9/11703113_10153449018082241_7527043048916725270_n.jpg?oh=be4c25c1aa2355db216a1ad2a5887181&oe=56294763)


Title: Re: Brian / Al / Blondie Summer 2015 Tour Thread
Post by: Doo Dah on July 06, 2015, 03:31:02 PM
Great review and most excellent photos Marty!

I drove in from Pittsburgh for the show, because yes - I kind of feel like this is the grand hurrah touring-wise. Ditto on reports on Brian's demeanor; I haven't seen him as engaged throughout a show as I have last night in Detroit. Hearing magestic music in such a classic old school theater made it all the better. The Fox Detroit hails from a classic era of theater architecture, where going to the movies was a spiritual event. The design of this classic hall is like a wedding cake dipped in gold.

The band seemed loose, the atmosphere was fun and it was also good to see Lizik back on the bass!

A couple of notes:

Yeah, the setlist was identical to Toronto. Folks in the UK shouldn't feel as if they're missing out from too much of NPP. It was a subtle nod to the LP (would've liked to hear stuff such as 'Whatever Happened' but alas), along with a nice smattering of deep cuts such as Busy Doin' Nothin. The real wild-card for the UK is Blondie...as in, will he be there? Which brings me to...

Apart from the obligatory rawk-out for the encores, I've never heard the Brian Wilson band rock OUT mid set the way they did with Blondie on Wild Honey. There was a little less of the 'by the numbers studio recreation' in favor of pure jam. WH went on and on and kept building and building (with Blondie leading the way on guitar). God what a hot short set - leading into Sail on Sailor no less. CLASSIC.

For those who haven't heard Rodriguez - what a nice set. I'll have to search out that Doc that came out a few years back (Searching for Sugarman), but I'll sum up his style as the vocal timbre of Donovan with that mid-era Dylan riddler lyrics. Such a great overlooked artist that is finally getting his due stateside. And last night in his hometown, no less. Again, classic.

Some folks bemoan the parsing out of Brian leads to others. Nonsense. What we have now is the 'Brian Wilson Revue', and it works. It celebrates the past and it tangibly brings it to the present. There's a balancing act here obviously, but it works.

As an aside, some rocker dude sat down next to my seat stage right. In conversation, we got to talking about his music. He's been playing the part of Ronnie Wood in a Stones cover band, and he just got selected as a lead guitar in a new project. What project? He's backing Liv Tyler's mom. Holy sh*t...it wasn't until I got home that I realized that he'll be backing Bebe Buell in her new project. She's a classic rock and roll lady, romantically linked with Rundgrun, Steve Tyler (obviously), Elvis Costello, et all. Apparently, she was an inspiration for the lead character in Almost Famous.

And so it goes. All of Brian's shows are special moments in time. Go see 'em. You only live once. ENJOY.

-----------------

Oh yeah, I DID meet Add Some (Lee) in the restroom after the show. We had a short pleasant conversation, but we kept it short - because a gentleman should always limit his conversation while waiting in line at the restroom.  ;D







Title: Re: Brian / Al / Blondie Summer 2015 Tour Thread
Post by: wantsomecorn on July 06, 2015, 04:05:04 PM
Here right now and dying of anticipation!  I'll hold out a tiny glimmer of hope for Funky Pretty. Who knows, this could be the night!


Title: Re: Brian / Al / Blondie Summer 2015 Tour Thread
Post by: wantsomecorn on July 06, 2015, 04:35:27 PM
They just ran through Honeycomb in soundcheck. Brian totally in charge.

Scott Bennett came out into the crowd to use the bathroom or something and told the people standing next to me that the tour bus broke down and he taught it to all of them while they waited.


Title: Re: Brian / Al / Blondie Summer 2015 Tour Thread
Post by: bgas on July 06, 2015, 05:16:43 PM
Here right now and dying of anticipation!  I'll hold out a tiny glimmer of hope for Funky Pretty. Who knows, this could be the night!

WHOA!!  This Could Be The Night....  Love to hear Brian sing that one!


Title: Re: Brian / Al / Blondie Summer 2015 Tour Thread
Post by: wantsomecorn on July 06, 2015, 05:25:26 PM
Here right now and dying of anticipation!  I'll hold out a tiny glimmer of hope for Funky Pretty. Who knows, this could be the night!

WHOA!!  This Could Be The Night....  Love to hear Brian sing that one!

I'd kill to hear that too... hope I didn't accidentally get your hopes up!


Title: Re: Brian / Al / Blondie Summer 2015 Tour Thread
Post by: guitarfool2002 on July 06, 2015, 05:37:46 PM
Thank you to everyone who has posted reviews and reports from the shows so far. It's great to read all of them!

It was a week ago tonight I was there in Philly. After a week I still haven't shaken it, and am convinced it was perhaps the best show I have seen in person. It's cool to read how most if not all reviews of the tour have said it's the most relaxed and comfortable Brian has been on stage, how for the audience it was a total blast, and how much of an *experience* this has been to take part in, a shared experience and a connection between fans and performers. The band...what more can we say? They're the best, the perfect musicians to be on stage for these shows.

I wanted to post something I thought of today. This appeared January of this year, what was the kick-off to a really great year so far. This is the quote, and I think perhaps the spirit of the words has been one of the driving forces in everything that the fans have been able to experience so far in 2015:

Hey - it's Brian. I'm here - let's have some fun



Title: Re: Brian / Al / Blondie Summer 2015 Tour Thread
Post by: The LEGENDARY OSD on July 06, 2015, 06:20:48 PM
Thank you to everyone who has posted reviews and reports from the shows so far. It's great to read all of them!

It was a week ago tonight I was there in Philly. After a week I still haven't shaken it, and am convinced it was perhaps the best show I have seen in person. It's cool to read how most if not all reviews of the tour have said it's the most relaxed and comfortable Brian has been on stage, how for the audience it was a total blast, and how much of an *experience* this has been to take part in, a shared experience and a connection between fans and performers. The band...what more can we say? They're the best, the perfect musicians to be on stage for these shows.

I wanted to post something I thought of today. This appeared January of this year, what was the kick-off to a really great year so far. This is the quote, and I think perhaps the spirit of the words has been one of the driving forces in everything that the fans have been able to experience so far in 2015:

Hey - it's Brian. I'm here - let's have some fun



There was a lot of love going back and forth at the Mann between Brian, his incredible band and the audience. It was Valentine's day all over again. You could cut it with a knife. All those standing ovations and encores were completely from the heart. And like GF, It's something that stays with you for an extended period of time. What a night! 


Title: Re: Brian / Al / Blondie Summer 2015 Tour Thread
Post by: coco1997 on July 06, 2015, 08:44:21 PM
They played "Honeycomb" tonight at Ravinia! It was really sloppy so Brian aborted the song about halfway through.


Title: Re: Brian / Al / Blondie Summer 2015 Tour Thread
Post by: 37!ws on July 06, 2015, 09:59:41 PM
In short....Ravinia was just plain FUN. Seriously. I told The Mrs. that I feel Brian was phoning it in -- but in a >>GOOD<< way. He totally owned the show and it was clear that he was there to have fun and be loose and not really care about being perfect all the way through. (But he performed VERY well. And he definitely put in some extra effort for "God Only Knows.") I gotta admit I did miss Jeff a little, as Matt wasn't quite the same Matt I saw in 1996, but you couldn't beat the group dynamic...great interaction among Brian, Blondie, Al, Scott, Darian....

Judging from Ravinia's web site still selling tickets, the show wasn't sold out, but man, it was pretty packed. There were some empty seats, but not a lot, and the lawn was jammed.

I thought I'd be bothered that they do "Wild Honey" in E instead of G (songs do NOT sound right to me when they're in different keys!) but...Blondie just KILLED! wow!


Title: Re: Brian / Al / Blondie Summer 2015 Tour Thread
Post by: coco1997 on July 06, 2015, 10:04:57 PM
So cool hearing "Wake the World" and "Busy Doin' Nothin.'" The transition between the two was a little jarring but it was a huge treat nonetheless.

Took me a minute to realize they were performing "Honeycomb"! Maybe the 'rock 'n roll' album is closer to reality than we think.


Title: Re: Brian / Al / Blondie Summer 2015 Tour Thread
Post by: wantsomecorn on July 06, 2015, 10:30:39 PM
Amazing show. Brian was funny as hell. Especially during Honeycomb and the intro to Surf's Up, which he called "the one song here I don't really like doing" and then him and Al went back and forth for a while over it.

It was my first time seeing any combination of the Beach Boys, and it lived up to all my expectations. Being seated in between two sets of fans was fun (one woman, who was also a friend of Nelson's, was shocked that a 19 year old would go to a Brian Wilson concert alone), and hearing the guy behind me sing Brian's part on the single edit of California during the song (they stuck to the album version, without the "on my way"s) was great.

The only bad part was after the show ended, I hung around the stage door with two other fans waiting to see if anyone would come out and sign something. Scott Bennett came out and apologized for not being able to hook us up with autographs, but then Blondie came out... and didn't do anything. He had a massive champagne glass in one hand, and a huge bottle of wine in the other. He said he'd sign some things later, because he "was drinking his wine". It was really weird, because he was just standing outside the gate right near the public, staring up at the drizzling sky as if he wasn't sure if the rain would cause him to melt or not. Then he went back inside, and we found out Brian had already flown the coop. Blondie then came out again, stood around again, declining to sign anything, then finally left for good, but not before Scott walked by again and pointed out that Al was standing about ten feet behind us, chatting up some old ladies. By this time the security was trying to get us all to leave, so we were shooed out while Al invited the women in to talk where it was dry. No autographs from him either, unfortunately.


Title: Re: Brian / Al / Blondie Summer 2015 Tour Thread
Post by: ♩♬🐸 Billy C ♯♫♩🐇 on July 06, 2015, 11:03:57 PM
Ok, dumb question...what is Honeycomb? Not familiar with that song.


Title: Re: Brian / Al / Blondie Summer 2015 Tour Thread
Post by: BrianAlDaveFan on July 06, 2015, 11:15:30 PM
Amazing show. Brian was funny as hell. Especially during Honeycomb and the intro to Surf's Up, which he called "the one song here I don't really like doing" and then him and Al went back and forth for a while over it.

It's a spiritual experience hearing him sing "Surf's Up", so I'm sorry to hear it's not at the top of his list...(meaning, that I wish he got as much joy out of performing it as I get from hearing it!) but I respect Brian's views (of course!) and at least it seems like he doesn't hate singing it; perhaps he just wishes it was replaced with something he's more into. Still, hopefully he can go ahead and change it, because Brian being happy is more important than one fantastic song being removed form the set...and it's just wonderful that he, Al, Blondie, and the band are doing their thing, and so excellently!  :3d I'm quite thankful, to say the very, very least!


Title: Re: Brian / Al / Blondie Summer 2015 Tour Thread
Post by: Eric Aniversario on July 07, 2015, 12:30:11 AM
Ok, dumb question...what is Honeycomb? Not familiar with that song.
Same question here.


Title: Re: Brian / Al / Blondie Summer 2015 Tour Thread
Post by: guitarfool2002 on July 07, 2015, 12:34:15 AM
Ok, dumb question...what is Honeycomb? Not familiar with that song.
Same question here.

I wasn't at Ravinia but Honeycomb was a #1 crossover hit for Jimmie Rodgers (on the Roulette label) in 1957 that Brian had covered before. Here's the original:
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=scVMdzT6FXs (https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=scVMdzT6FXs)


Title: Re: Brian / Al / Blondie Summer 2015 Tour Thread
Post by: Andrew G. Doe on July 07, 2015, 03:50:31 AM
Brian recorded a basic track for "Honeycomb" at the same 10/74 session as "It's O.K.". Marilyn's vocal was added by spring 1976.


Title: Re: Brian / Al / Blondie Summer 2015 Tour Thread
Post by: Wrightfan on July 07, 2015, 07:00:48 AM
Brian recorded a basic track for "Honeycomb" at the same 10/74 session as "It's O.K.". Marilyn's vocal was added by spring 1976.

So the unreleased Honeycomb is the Jimmie Rodgers hit? I thought I had heard it was a synth experiment.


Title: Re: Brian / Al / Blondie Summer 2015 Tour Thread
Post by: beatle608 on July 07, 2015, 07:16:59 AM
I heard them practice Honeycomb during sound check, and I assumed it wouldn't be brought out during the show because they hardly did a full run through. When they played it during the show, Brian missed a lot of the lyrics, Blondie walked on and tried helping but then the song ended. Brian wanted to do it again and Al was trying to get the words back onto the teleprompter, but they didn't have any luck so Brian said they should move on.


Title: Re: Brian / Al / Blondie Summer 2015 Tour Thread
Post by: NateRuvin on July 07, 2015, 07:26:08 AM
I was at the Ravinia show last night, and in my opinion, it was magical. Brian seemed to really be having a nice time. He MC'd most of the show, which was surprising. He played half of Honeycomb, and said, "Wait- can we start over? I messed up the first verse." The band started over, but BW said, "Wait never mind. The next song is..." It was hilarious!! Al sounded INCREDIBLE too! Although, he kept dropping his guitar pick and Probyn would run over an give him a new one. When the band played "Surf's Up", Brian said "This is the only number I don't like..." Which wasn't surprising to me, because it probably brings back bad memories. Then Al said, "WHAT? This is from the SMiLE album, the most brilliant piece of music ever recorded!" And Brian said, "Okay......."
It was a great show. And everyone was giving it their all.


Title: Re: Brian / Al / Blondie Summer 2015 Tour Thread
Post by: HeyJude on July 07, 2015, 08:04:33 AM
The only bad part was after the show ended, I hung around the stage door with two other fans waiting to see if anyone would come out and sign something. Scott Bennett came out and apologized for not being able to hook us up with autographs, but then Blondie came out... and didn't do anything. He had a massive champagne glass in one hand, and a huge bottle of wine in the other. He said he'd sign some things later, because he "was drinking his wine". It was really weird, because he was just standing outside the gate right near the public, staring up at the drizzling sky as if he wasn't sure if the rain would cause him to melt or not. Then he went back inside, and we found out Brian had already flown the coop. Blondie then came out again, stood around again, declining to sign anything, then finally left for good, but not before Scott walked by again and pointed out that Al was standing about ten feet behind us, chatting up some old ladies. By this time the security was trying to get us all to leave, so we were shooed out while Al invited the women in to talk where it was dry. No autographs from him either, unfortunately.

Maybe Blondie reads the board and saw the criticism of his signing copies of "Smile" and "Pet Sounds!"  :lol


Title: Re: Brian / Al / Blondie Summer 2015 Tour Thread
Post by: keysarsoze001 on July 07, 2015, 08:46:24 AM
What I'll say about Blondie is that if Brian really does make his next album a Rock and Roll tribute, he better have Blondie on every damn track, and record it live with the band in the studio like he did in the old days instead of hundreds of overdubs. Do that and the record will absolutely crackle.


Title: Re: Brian / Al / Blondie Summer 2015 Tour Thread
Post by: startBBtoday on July 07, 2015, 09:04:02 AM
I can't really blame any of the members for not signing autographs before or after the shows. Isn't that what the VIP tickets are for?


Title: Re: Brian / Al / Blondie Summer 2015 Tour Thread
Post by: coco1997 on July 07, 2015, 09:08:47 AM
I can't remember which it was but right before one of the songs Brian said kind of off-the-cuff "When was this damn song written again?"  :lol


Title: Re: Brian / Al / Blondie Summer 2015 Tour Thread
Post by: Jim McShane on July 07, 2015, 09:11:36 AM
I was at the Ravinia show last night, and in my opinion, it was magical. Brian seemed to really be having a nice time. He MC'd most of the show, which was surprising. He played half of Honeycomb, and said, "Wait- can we start over? I messed up the first verse." The band started over, but BW said, "Wait never mind. The next song is..." It was hilarious!! Al sounded INCREDIBLE too! Although, he kept dropping his guitar pick and Probyn would run over an give him a new one. When the band played "Surf's Up", Brian said "This is the only number I don't like..." Which wasn't surprising to me, because it probably brings back bad memories. Then Al said, "WHAT? This is from the SMiLE album, the most brilliant piece of music ever recorded!" And Brian said, "Okay......."
It was a great show. And everyone was giving it their all.

I must have been at a different show. Yes, Brian was "engaged", but other than that I thought it was the worst show I've ever attended. The sound was not just bad, it was horrid - you could not hear most vocals most of the night. Only the acapella vocals were able to be heard clearly. You could barely hear Matt Jardine all night with just a few exceptions - which was probably good since he was pitchy and on a number of songs his voice had a reedy quality that was simply awful (after hearing Matt last night I MUCH prefer Brian Eichenberger). Al wasn't much better, his vocal parts were M.I.A. quite often - he sounded like he was half a step sharp for much of the night. Darian just simply didn't sing parts of This Whole World - I have no idea why since he sounded pretty good on Darlin'.

Brian may have been energized, but he shouted into the mic most of the night - his performance of Busy Doin' Nothing was cringeworthy. The truncated Love and Mercy was blah - I was hoping we'd hear the full version with the break like on the Tribute show, but no luck. To me Brian' vocals on it sounded NOTHING like has been described at previous shows.

Even much of the band was off - lots of wrong notes (instrumental, not vocal) especially. Although - in their defense the sound was so evil it may not have been as bad as it sounded. BTW, I was seated in the pavilion, row 21 in the middle of the left section, good seats.

The audience stayed in their seats almost all night and offered no more than polite applause after most songs other than after WIBN (why not let Al sing it? I just can't fathom why Matt gets the lead, his Dad does a hugely better job), GV, and the encores. And really, that's all that was deserved.

Finally, I just can't stand any more of that same encore set they've played for 15 years now.

I am near 100% sure I would not attend any more Brian shows. I'm tired of many of the hits in these shows. We got all the usual suspects, we got the pair of car songs, we got pretty much the same thing as I've heard at these shows for the last 5-6 years. It was nice to hear Blondie on Sail On Sailor, but otherwise he was not much of a factor (I think Wild Honey is awful). The usually spectacular band was
off, led by what I would have to call really poor performances by the Jardines. And Brian - well, he's a great composer/arranger/producer, but his performance last night convinced me (and others sitting near me) that this should be the last tour for him.

I'm sure this post will upset a number of people, but I call' em as I see 'em. And the group of four of us that went last night all agree, it wasn't very good.


Title: Re: Brian / Al / Blondie Summer 2015 Tour Thread
Post by: startBBtoday on July 07, 2015, 09:22:11 AM
There are seriously complaints about this setlist? Brian played 33 songs last night, and by my count, only 16 of them can be categorized as meat and potatoes. And I don't know about most posters on here, but I'd be disappointed if I went to a Beach Boys-related show and didn't hear some of these asterisked songs:

Our Prayer
Heroes and Villains
California Girls *
Shut Down *
Little Deuce Coupe *
I Get Around *
This Whole World
Girl Don't Tell Me
Honeycomb
Then He Kissed Me
California Saga: California
In My Room *
Surfer Girl *
Don't Worry Baby *
One Kind of Love
Sail Away
Wild Honey
Sail On, Sailor
Darlin' *
Wake the World
Busy Doin' Nothin'
Surf's Up
The Right Time
Wouldn't It Be Nice *
Sloop John B *
God Only Knows *
Good Vibrations *
Encore:
All Summer Long
Help Me, Rhonda *
Barbara Ann *
Surfin' U.S.A. *
Fun, Fun, Fun *
Love and Mercy


Title: Re: Brian / Al / Blondie Summer 2015 Tour Thread
Post by: HeyJude on July 07, 2015, 09:33:43 AM
I would say, as it pertains to “Love and Mercy”, other than the unique TNT tribute show performance, Brian is currently performing the song exactly the same way he has since he started touring in 1999. Not sure why anyone would expect anything different on that one.

Can’t speak to the observations of numerous poor vocal performances, though this is clearly another example of people going to the same show and having very different reactions.

I would also say that if you go to a Brian show (or really any BB-related show) predisposed to being annoyed by an encore that includes “Barbara-F***ing-Ann”, “Surfin’ USA”, “Fun Fun Fun”, etc., then you’re probably ALWAYS going to be disappointed. Brian always does those songs, even when he’s doing a “Smile” show or “Pet Sounds” show.

The evidence at hand for the last couple years has been that Brian is not *expanding* the interesting setlist inclusions, but rather curtailing them (though not doing away with them; “Wake the World”, etc.). I’ve seen around ten shows starting with 1999, and the one area where things have plateaued is the setlist. I’ve come to terms with that, having seen the full PS and Smile albums multiple times, with and without Al present, and numerous other interesting tracks (still picking my jaw up off the floor after hearing him do “Let It Shine” in 2000).

As for Brian’s vocals, I’ll reiterate what I said after personally witnessing his “episode” in 2007 when he just slumped down on stage in the middle of the show, and then commentators starting calling for his retirement: Brian has always been in a unique situation regarding performing live. He has always had skittish, vocally wonky episodes going all the way back to 1999. I’ve *never* seen him do a 100% smooth, impeccable vocal performance live. Some have been better than others, though I’ve never heard him sing twice as good or twice as bad as any other performance. But nothing happening in 2015, other than whatever Brian is feeling himself, is telling me that Brian touring in 2015 is any more appropriate or inappropriate than 2010, or 2005, or 1999. 2015 was NOT the worst vocal performance I’ve heard from him, and even if it had been, I wouldn’t call for his retirement based on that. I’ve also heard gigs over the years where Al was pitchy, probably even Matt a bit now and then (can’t think of an example at the moment though, frankly). Not so on this tour, either at the show I was at or on any recordings I’ve heard/seen so far. Foskett, who overall did a fine job with Brian over the years, was more more erratic and pitchy at some of the shows I saw in his 14 years with the band than Matt has ever been at any Beach Boys or Al or Brian show I’ve seen or heard.

Maybe some of the guys have an off night vocally (though others clearly didn’t hear it), and that happens. If the mix was poor at the show as well (not the fault of the band of course), maybe the separate on-stage monitor mix wasn’t dialed in well either, which can affect the performances as well.

I’ve actually been surprised that both Matt and Al finally seem to regularly have switched over to in-ear monitors. I think Matt even posted on this board once describing his preference for the old-school floor/wedge monitors, which Al has also seems to prefer.


Title: Re: Brian / Al / Blondie Summer 2015 Tour Thread
Post by: HeyJude on July 07, 2015, 09:40:32 AM
There are seriously complaints about this setlist? Brian played 33 songs last night, and by my count, only 16 of them can be categorized as meat and potatoes. And I don't know about most posters on here, but I'd be disappointed if I went to a Beach Boys-related show and didn't hear some of these asterisked songs:

Our Prayer
Heroes and Villains
California Girls *
Shut Down *
Little Deuce Coupe *
I Get Around *
This Whole World
Girl Don't Tell Me
Honeycomb
Then He Kissed Me
California Saga: California
In My Room *
Surfer Girl *
Don't Worry Baby *
One Kind of Love
Sail Away
Wild Honey
Sail On, Sailor
Darlin' *
Wake the World
Busy Doin' Nothin'
Surf's Up
The Right Time
Wouldn't It Be Nice *
Sloop John B *
God Only Knows *
Good Vibrations *
Encore:
All Summer Long
Help Me, Rhonda *
Barbara Ann *
Surfin' U.S.A. *
Fun, Fun, Fun *
Love and Mercy

That is an important point to reiterate. There’s still a good hunk of songs in there that have never been “standard” BB setlist picks. I think some fans, rather justified or not, have become a bit jaded having seen Brian do a good amount of more obscure songs going all the way back to 1999/2000. So for him, “deep cuts” like “This Whole World” or “Surf’s Up”, or even Al doing “California Saga”, are now seen as semi-standards for Brian’s show.

I’d love to see a longer show with more “new” tracks (who wouldn’t?), with Al and Blondie taking on more of the heavy lifting. I’m bummed that they haven’t at least added a small selection of seeming no-brainers given the band lineup, stuff like “Funky Pretty” or “Honkin’ Down the Highway” or “Lookin’ at Tomorrow.” But we do have to keep things in perspective. Brian’s 2015 setlist is more than appropriate and still plenty engaging.


Title: Re: Brian / Al / Blondie Summer 2015 Tour Thread
Post by: RubberSoul13 on July 07, 2015, 09:50:54 AM
I find it interesting that many fans here expect so many of those songs from Brian. I've only seen him once outside of C50, on the Jeff Beck tour and I was shocked to hear all the car songs. It was also very weird hearing Brian singing "Surfin' USA" and "Fun, Fun, Fun" and having essentially no emotion whatsoever.

If I were going to see Brian Wilson, I would expect songs like Heroes and Villains, Good Vibrations, Surfer Girl, God Only Knows to be the staples. And if Al is in the band, California Saga, Help Me Rhonda, Then I kissed her...


Title: Re: Brian / Al / Blondie Summer 2015 Tour Thread
Post by: Jim McShane on July 07, 2015, 09:57:27 AM
I don't completely disagree, although I've heard the "live" Love and Mercy an awful lot - and Honeycomb? I It didn't even remotely qualify as a song - I thought it was some scripted comedy skit or ?? So 50% o the songs were definitely "meat and potatoes".

I just think of all the great stuff that never gets played that could sub for some of the "meat and potatoes" - Melt Away, Little Girl I Once Knew, Friends, Breakaway, and a lot of the stuff from the later BW solo albums.

Other than the Smile shows the greatest BW show I ever heard was at the House of Blues in Chicago in about 2002 or 2003 where they played a bunch all the songs I listed above and more. There was plenty of very familiar stuff, but not 50% of the show. People who went there were just blown away by what they heard in addition to Pet Sounds. Look here to see the set list: http://smileysmile.net/board/index.php?topic=3396.0 (http://smileysmile.net/board/index.php?topic=3396.0)


Title: Re: Brian / Al / Blondie Summer 2015 Tour Thread
Post by: Jim McShane on July 07, 2015, 10:05:40 AM
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I would say, as it pertains to “Love and Mercy”, other than the unique TNT tribute show performance, Brian is currently performing the song exactly the same way he has since he started touring in 1999. Not sure why anyone would expect anything different on that one.

It was done with the break on the original recording, on the TNT show, and on the benefit performance for the Tsunami victims that included Markus form the Stockholm Strings. And I can't recall for sure, but it might have been done with the break at the House of Blues show. Why not play it complete now - in fact I kind of thought that's what they'd play after seeing all the posts raving about it.


Title: Re: Brian / Al / Blondie Summer 2015 Tour Thread
Post by: KDS on July 07, 2015, 10:07:24 AM
I think the 2015 setlist has achieved a good balance of hits, new tracks, and deeper cuts.  Especially for a set of just under two hours.  

Other than Bruce Springsteen and, on occasion Iron Maiden, I can't think of a legacy artist who doesn't rely primarily on their past hits for the majority of their setlist.  Its pretty much the nature of the beast.  


Title: Re: Brian / Al / Blondie Summer 2015 Tour Thread
Post by: HeyJude on July 07, 2015, 10:11:17 AM
I find it interesting that many fans here expect so many of those songs from Brian. I've only seen him once outside of C50, on the Jeff Beck tour and I was shocked to hear all the car songs. It was also very weird hearing Brian singing "Surfin' USA" and "Fun, Fun, Fun" and having essentially no emotion whatsoever.

If I were going to see Brian Wilson, I would expect songs like Heroes and Villains, Good Vibrations, Surfer Girl, God Only Knows to be the staples. And if Al is in the band, California Saga, Help Me Rhonda, Then I kissed her...

Brian is singing songs he wrote or co-wrote. He has never rejected the early stuff he wrote or co-wrote. I don’t doubt that concert promoters want some recognizable songs in the setlist. But it’s worth thinking about the fact that, prior to 1999, fans had probably heard more live renditions of those “meat and potatoes” songs than the number of times Brian had sung them himself.

Perhaps he feels, and rightly so, that “Shut Down” or “Fun Fun Fun”, etc. are as much *his* songs as Mike’s or the Beach Boys’. How many songs has Brian performed in concert that were recorded by the Beach Boys *and* were non-covers written by another member of the band without Brian? He doesn’t do “Kokomo” or “Getcha Back” or “Still Cruisin’.” He was doing “Forever” for a short while; they had Dave sing “Little Bird.” Even when Al and Blondie are in the band, they rarely even have those guys sing songs not co-written by Brian. (Other than covers or “California Saga”, it’s usually all Brian-penned material).

I think some fans, especially perhaps some newer fans, are not understanding the gravity of Brian doing post-Pet Sounds material, especially late 60’s material, even post-Smile stuff. There are some interviews with one or two of Brian’s band where they describe just how touchy that topic was even in 2000 or 2001. One of the guys (Darian?) described someone asking Brian to play “Heroes and Villains” at a party, and he said (vaguely paraphrasing) that he expected Brian to freak out. I’m sure the stuff from PS and prior is easier for Brian to enjoy singing in some cases.


Title: Re: Brian / Al / Blondie Summer 2015 Tour Thread
Post by: HeyJude on July 07, 2015, 10:18:11 AM
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I would say, as it pertains to “Love and Mercy”, other than the unique TNT tribute show performance, Brian is currently performing the song exactly the same way he has since he started touring in 1999. Not sure why anyone would expect anything different on that one.

It was done with the break on the original recording, on the TNT show, and on the benefit performance for the Tsunami victims that included Markus form the Stockholm Strings. And I can't recall for sure, but it might have been done with the break at the House of Blues show. Why not play it complete now - in fact I kind of thought that's what they'd play after seeing all the posts raving about it.

According to setlists.fm, Brian has performed “Love and Mercy” 308 times in concert, only 7 of which came prior to his 1999 touring. I would assume other than those two one-off TV show appearances (don’t know about that House of Blues show), pretty much every other performance of the song has been the usual arrangement. I’d love to hear the full arrangement, don’t get me wrong. But there’s no reason going into a 2015 show that one could expect it, or even be anything other than slightly hopeful. I’m just talking about expectations. If one wants to criticize Brian for truncating the arrangement, that’s a separate issue. While I like the full song, I also defer to Brian doing it the way he wants, especially since it seems to be one of his more personal latter-era compositions. He clearly has an ideal behind performing it, as evidenced by doing a simple piano arrangement instead of the blast of 80’s synths and echoey drums heard on the original recording.


Title: Re: Brian / Al / Blondie Summer 2015 Tour Thread
Post by: filledeplage on July 07, 2015, 10:25:03 AM
There are seriously complaints about this setlist? Brian played 33 songs last night, and by my count, only 16 of them can be categorized as meat and potatoes. And I don't know about most posters on here, but I'd be disappointed if I went to a Beach Boys-related show and didn't hear some of these asterisked songs:

Our Prayer
Heroes and Villains
California Girls *
Shut Down *
Little Deuce Coupe *
I Get Around *
This Whole World
Girl Don't Tell Me
Honeycomb
Then He Kissed Me
California Saga: California
In My Room *
Surfer Girl *
Don't Worry Baby *
One Kind of Love
Sail Away
Wild Honey
Sail On, Sailor
Darlin' *
Wake the World
Busy Doin' Nothin'
Surf's Up
The Right Time
Wouldn't It Be Nice *
Sloop John B *
God Only Knows *
Good Vibrations *
Encore:
All Summer Long
Help Me, Rhonda *
Barbara Ann *
Surfin' U.S.A. *
Fun, Fun, Fun *
Love and Mercy
That is an important point to reiterate. There’s still a good hunk of songs in there that have never been “standard” BB setlist picks. I think some fans, rather justified or not, have become a bit jaded having seen Brian do a good amount of more obscure songs going all the way back to 1999/2000. So for him, “deep cuts” like “This Whole World” or “Surf’s Up”, or even Al doing “California Saga”, are now seen as semi-standards for Brian’s show.

I’d love to see a longer show with more “new” tracks (who wouldn’t?), with Al and Blondie taking on more of the heavy lifting. I’m bummed that they haven’t at least added a small selection of seeming no-brainers given the band lineup, stuff like “Funky Pretty” or “Honkin’ Down the Highway” or “Lookin’ at Tomorrow.” But we do have to keep things in perspective. Brian’s 2015 setlist is more than appropriate and still plenty engaging.
Hey Jude - at Brian's show, he said everything but, "Hotwire the hot rods!" Brian has every right in the world to use those car songs and it went over like wild fire.  As I counted about 19 songs that are routinely done by the touring band, and some others such as Heroes, and Sail On Sailor are done in the UK shows. They (the touring band) recently did a Fendertones version of Surf's Up, which got great reviews on this forum. And, WH is done fairly often since 2013. I'm thinking your analysis is off.  

And Foskett didn't have a voice change operation when he went to the touring band.  Try being objective and fair to each member, regardless of where they are working in the BB/BW sphere.  ;)


Title: Re: Brian / Al / Blondie Summer 2015 Tour Thread
Post by: Emdeeh on July 07, 2015, 10:30:22 AM
I can't really blame any of the members for not signing autographs before or after the shows. Isn't that what the VIP tickets are for?

Not all fans can afford VIP tickets. (I got lucky this time around, a friend had an extra one and invited me.)


Title: Re: Brian / Al / Blondie Summer 2015 Tour Thread
Post by: Wirestone on July 07, 2015, 10:31:27 AM
Some people will like the shows, some won't.

Some will be on Brian's wavelength, some won't.

It's cool.

FWIW, it is my impression that Brian pushes for the hits at the shows, and it's the band members who often have to talk him into doing rarer things. He's proud of the standards, as is his right.


Title: Re: Brian / Al / Blondie Summer 2015 Tour Thread
Post by: HeyJude on July 07, 2015, 10:34:35 AM
There are seriously complaints about this setlist? Brian played 33 songs last night, and by my count, only 16 of them can be categorized as meat and potatoes. And I don't know about most posters on here, but I'd be disappointed if I went to a Beach Boys-related show and didn't hear some of these asterisked songs:

Our Prayer
Heroes and Villains
California Girls *
Shut Down *
Little Deuce Coupe *
I Get Around *
This Whole World
Girl Don't Tell Me
Honeycomb
Then He Kissed Me
California Saga: California
In My Room *
Surfer Girl *
Don't Worry Baby *
One Kind of Love
Sail Away
Wild Honey
Sail On, Sailor
Darlin' *
Wake the World
Busy Doin' Nothin'
Surf's Up
The Right Time
Wouldn't It Be Nice *
Sloop John B *
God Only Knows *
Good Vibrations *
Encore:
All Summer Long
Help Me, Rhonda *
Barbara Ann *
Surfin' U.S.A. *
Fun, Fun, Fun *
Love and Mercy
That is an important point to reiterate. There’s still a good hunk of songs in there that have never been “standard” BB setlist picks. I think some fans, rather justified or not, have become a bit jaded having seen Brian do a good amount of more obscure songs going all the way back to 1999/2000. So for him, “deep cuts” like “This Whole World” or “Surf’s Up”, or even Al doing “California Saga”, are now seen as semi-standards for Brian’s show.

I’d love to see a longer show with more “new” tracks (who wouldn’t?), with Al and Blondie taking on more of the heavy lifting. I’m bummed that they haven’t at least added a small selection of seeming no-brainers given the band lineup, stuff like “Funky Pretty” or “Honkin’ Down the Highway” or “Lookin’ at Tomorrow.” But we do have to keep things in perspective. Brian’s 2015 setlist is more than appropriate and still plenty engaging.
Hey Jude - at Brian's show, he said everything but, "Hotwire the hot rods!" Brian has every right in the world to use those car songs and it went over like wild fire.  As I counted about 19 songs that are routinely done by the touring band, and some others such as Heroes, and Sail On Sailor are done in the UK shows. They (the touring band) recently did a Fendertones version of Surf's Up, which got great reviews on this forum. And, WH is done fairly often since 2013. I'm thinking your analysis is off.  

And Foskett didn't have a voice change operation when he went to the touring band.  Try being objective and fair to each member, regardless of where they are working in the BB/BW sphere.  ;)

I have no idea what you’re talking about. I don’t think you’re reading my posts. I didn't post that asterisked setlist analysis; someone else did. Not that I disagreed with it, and I don't think the person who posted it was making any reference or comparison to Mike's touring band.

I just agreed that Brian is justified in doing car songs; I just defended him doing them. I also never commented on Foskett’s voice in Mike’s current band; I was talking about his work in Brian’s band during his 14-year-tenure, having seen Jeff perform in person with Brian around nine or ten times.

In fact, we’ve been doing a lot of internal comparisons among Brian’s various tours and setlists. I don’t think anyone even brought Mike’s touring band/setlist into the discussion as of late. I also don’t think anyone was discussing the Fendertones in any context either, and certainly nobody was claiming, what, that they *didn’t* record a cover version of “Surf’s Up?”


Title: Re: Brian / Al / Blondie Summer 2015 Tour Thread
Post by: filledeplage on July 07, 2015, 10:46:20 AM
There are seriously complaints about this setlist? Brian played 33 songs last night, and by my count, only 16 of them can be categorized as meat and potatoes. And I don't know about most posters on here, but I'd be disappointed if I went to a Beach Boys-related show and didn't hear some of these asterisked songs:

Our Prayer
Heroes and Villains
California Girls *
Shut Down *
Little Deuce Coupe *
I Get Around *
This Whole World
Girl Don't Tell Me
Honeycomb
Then He Kissed Me
California Saga: California
In My Room *
Surfer Girl *
Don't Worry Baby *
One Kind of Love
Sail Away
Wild Honey
Sail On, Sailor
Darlin' *
Wake the World
Busy Doin' Nothin'
Surf's Up
The Right Time
Wouldn't It Be Nice *
Sloop John B *
God Only Knows *
Good Vibrations *
Encore:
All Summer Long
Help Me, Rhonda *
Barbara Ann *
Surfin' U.S.A. *
Fun, Fun, Fun *
Love and Mercy
That is an important point to reiterate. There’s still a good hunk of songs in there that have never been “standard” BB setlist picks. I think some fans, rather justified or not, have become a bit jaded having seen Brian do a good amount of more obscure songs going all the way back to 1999/2000. So for him, “deep cuts” like “This Whole World” or “Surf’s Up”, or even Al doing “California Saga”, are now seen as semi-standards for Brian’s show.

I’d love to see a longer show with more “new” tracks (who wouldn’t?), with Al and Blondie taking on more of the heavy lifting. I’m bummed that they haven’t at least added a small selection of seeming no-brainers given the band lineup, stuff like “Funky Pretty” or “Honkin’ Down the Highway” or “Lookin’ at Tomorrow.” But we do have to keep things in perspective. Brian’s 2015 setlist is more than appropriate and still plenty engaging.
Hey Jude - at Brian's show, he said everything but, "Hotwire the hot rods!" Brian has every right in the world to use those car songs and it went over like wild fire.  As I counted about 19 songs that are routinely done by the touring band, and some others such as Heroes, and Sail On Sailor are done in the UK shows. They (the touring band) recently did a Fendertones version of Surf's Up, which got great reviews on this forum. And, WH is done fairly often since 2013. I'm thinking your analysis is off.  

And Foskett didn't have a voice change operation when he went to the touring band.  Try being objective and fair to each member, regardless of where they are working in the BB/BW sphere.  ;)

I have no idea what you’re talking about. I don’t think you’re reading my posts.

I just agreed that Brian is justified in doing car songs; I just defended him doing them. I also never commented on Foskett’s voice in Mike’s current band; I was talking about his work in Brian’s band during his 14-year-tenure, having seen Jeff perform in person with Brian around nine or ten times.

#503 reply
"Foskett, who overall did a fine job with Brian over the years, was more erratic and pitchy some of the shows I saw in his 14 years with the band than Matt has ever been at any Beach Boys or Al or Brian show I've seen or heard." 

Brian did 3 of 33 or about 10% of the setlist with new songs.  Sharing with another performer reduces stage time.  It did not seem structured as the Pet Sounds, Smile or TLOS tour, doing the entire album.  And whether it was a direct or indirect diss, "erratic and pitchy" is no compliment.  JMHO



Title: Re: Brian / Al / Blondie Summer 2015 Tour Thread
Post by: HeyJude on July 07, 2015, 10:46:56 AM
Some people will like the shows, some won't.

Some will be on Brian's wavelength, some won't.

It's cool.

FWIW, it is my impression that Brian pushes for the hits at the shows, and it's the band members who often have to talk him into doing rarer things. He's proud of the standards, as is his right.

That’s a good point/theory. Not saying anyone else in the band doesn’t like the early material, but I’ve never pictured the other band guys pushing for “Shut Down” for instance. In fact, Brian sang over/with Al on those songs on opening night. He seemed to really be into singing “Little Deuce Coupe” with Al.


Title: Re: Brian / Al / Blondie Summer 2015 Tour Thread
Post by: HeyJude on July 07, 2015, 10:50:00 AM
There are seriously complaints about this setlist? Brian played 33 songs last night, and by my count, only 16 of them can be categorized as meat and potatoes. And I don't know about most posters on here, but I'd be disappointed if I went to a Beach Boys-related show and didn't hear some of these asterisked songs:

Our Prayer
Heroes and Villains
California Girls *
Shut Down *
Little Deuce Coupe *
I Get Around *
This Whole World
Girl Don't Tell Me
Honeycomb
Then He Kissed Me
California Saga: California
In My Room *
Surfer Girl *
Don't Worry Baby *
One Kind of Love
Sail Away
Wild Honey
Sail On, Sailor
Darlin' *
Wake the World
Busy Doin' Nothin'
Surf's Up
The Right Time
Wouldn't It Be Nice *
Sloop John B *
God Only Knows *
Good Vibrations *
Encore:
All Summer Long
Help Me, Rhonda *
Barbara Ann *
Surfin' U.S.A. *
Fun, Fun, Fun *
Love and Mercy
That is an important point to reiterate. There’s still a good hunk of songs in there that have never been “standard” BB setlist picks. I think some fans, rather justified or not, have become a bit jaded having seen Brian do a good amount of more obscure songs going all the way back to 1999/2000. So for him, “deep cuts” like “This Whole World” or “Surf’s Up”, or even Al doing “California Saga”, are now seen as semi-standards for Brian’s show.

I’d love to see a longer show with more “new” tracks (who wouldn’t?), with Al and Blondie taking on more of the heavy lifting. I’m bummed that they haven’t at least added a small selection of seeming no-brainers given the band lineup, stuff like “Funky Pretty” or “Honkin’ Down the Highway” or “Lookin’ at Tomorrow.” But we do have to keep things in perspective. Brian’s 2015 setlist is more than appropriate and still plenty engaging.
Hey Jude - at Brian's show, he said everything but, "Hotwire the hot rods!" Brian has every right in the world to use those car songs and it went over like wild fire.  As I counted about 19 songs that are routinely done by the touring band, and some others such as Heroes, and Sail On Sailor are done in the UK shows. They (the touring band) recently did a Fendertones version of Surf's Up, which got great reviews on this forum. And, WH is done fairly often since 2013. I'm thinking your analysis is off.  

And Foskett didn't have a voice change operation when he went to the touring band.  Try being objective and fair to each member, regardless of where they are working in the BB/BW sphere.  ;)

I have no idea what you’re talking about. I don’t think you’re reading my posts.

I just agreed that Brian is justified in doing car songs; I just defended him doing them. I also never commented on Foskett’s voice in Mike’s current band; I was talking about his work in Brian’s band during his 14-year-tenure, having seen Jeff perform in person with Brian around nine or ten times.

#503 reply
"Foskett, who overall did a fine job with Brian over the years, was more erratic and pitchy some of the shows I saw in his 14 years with the band than Matt has ever been at any Beach Boys or Al or Brian show I've seen or heard."  

Brian did 3 of 33 or about 10% of the setlist with new songs.  Sharing with another performer reduces stage time.  It did not seem structured as the Pet Sounds, Smile or TLOS tour, doing the entire album.  And whether it was a direct or indirect diss, "erratic and pitchy" is no compliment.  JMHO



Nothing in that commentary pertains to Mike’s current touring band. I discussed Brian’s band, Al’s band, the pre’98 touring Beach Boys (as it pertains to discussing Matt; and no, the hand full of post-Al shows he did with Mike doesn’t count, though he sounded fine at those examples I’ve heard too). But nothing about Mike’s current band. You are introducing that into the discussion.



Title: Re: Brian / Al / Blondie Summer 2015 Tour Thread
Post by: Wirestone on July 07, 2015, 11:15:53 AM
Here are my thoughts on the Boston show. It wasn't a great night for me, which unfortunately affected my enjoyment of the show. But we'll get to that.

Got to the venue in good time, had an excellent spot, right in the middle. A sizable crowd, with a smattering of empty seats. I got the impression that a lot of people had seen the movie.

Rodriguez was, as most mentioned, a great opener. I didn't really expect much from him, but he was engaging and funny. Very loose, with a fun vibe from the crowd.

There was then an intermission, and I said hi to Ray Lawlor, who was there in the flesh.

Brian and the band started at about 8:30. I found the sound a little overbright -- it's an issue at the Waterfront Pavilion in Boston. I've seen a handful of shows there, and I don't think the sound has ever been clear.

The spirit onstage was definitely vibrant, and Brian was very enthusiastic in introducing the tunes. He seemed a little tired to me. I've mentioned this before -- it was the fourth show in four days for him, and that would wear on almost any performer. Most of the time, his voice was clear and strong -- it honestly hasn't changed significantly in tone or range since I first saw him live in 2000. That being said, he also had a frog in his throat, or some kind of drainage -- he had to have water brought to him a couple of times over the show.

Highlights --

Heroes and Villains -- They did a cool lighting effect on the various guys singing (Matt for the high part, Nicky for "you're under arrest" that emphasized the tune's cinematic quality.

Little Deuce Coupe -- Brian and Al sang this in unison, after Al had tackled Shut Down on his own. They did something similar on "Somewhere Quiet" and "Whatever Happened on NPP, and I can see why BW brought that approach into the live arena. The dual voices sounded excellent.

Girl Don't Tell Me -- A debut for the tour, now refashioned as a duet between Brian and Matt. This really sparkled, which I would not have expected.

In My Room / Surfer Girl -- A two-fer, with Brian and the group singing sweetly. Standards, but they go over incredibly well.

Don't Worry Baby -- Matt J. was seriously terrific on this. He sounds like family in the band, not a hired gun. And the audience thought he was terrific.

Wild Honey -- I can't say anything that hasn't been said already, but holy mother of mercy, it's like a different band cranks into action when Blondie comes out. Wow.

Wake the World  / Busy Doin' Nothin' -- Al amazing in the first, Brian channeling his '60s self in the second. Stunning.

Surf's Up -- Brian had some water brought over to him here, and some Matt ghosting in spots, but he sounded mostly like he did in the 2004 Smile shows.

The Right Time -- This really works as another Al-BW feature. Not the most in-depth song ever, but it has a nice loping energy and fits the setlist well.

At about this point in the show -- about 25 songs in -- I start to have some issues. I'm a diabetic, and I didn't have all my supplies with me, etc. etc. Nothing serious, but I needed to make sure that everything was in order, and I couldn't do it in a darkened amphitheater. So I had to leave as the band played Sloop. As I walked away, I head BW singing a lovely God Only Knows.

So that's the reason I ultimately didn't post as much about the show. I had a truncated experience, and my own anxiety about what was going on with me meant that I couldn't escape into the music as the show was hitting its climax.

All of that being said, though, I will reiterate something that I've said before, after watching the BW/Beck show, and after seeing the new album come together.

Brian Wilson is done with being a solo artist. The C50 confirmed to him that he was happiest and most productive working in a group situation.

So, once the BBs fell apart (again), Brian and those around him have set up an alternative group. Brian, Al and Blondie are the core members, with Darian and Matt taking extra leads between them. Going to see a BW show now means that you will see these five guys sing and perform, but doing so in a context where it's Brian's music and arrangements, and where he's playing and singing and leading the band throughout the show. There has been a fundamental change in approach and attitude.

It is, I believe, above all a creative change. This is how BW wants to present himself and his music -- not as someone hogging all the attention, but as a creator and conductor. It also allows him to show off on the songs he does best, play along on the songs he likes playing, and basically enjoy himself as much as he can in live performance.

Interesting times, and a lovely show. Enjoy it while you can.


Title: Re: Brian / Al / Blondie Summer 2015 Tour Thread
Post by: drbeachboy on July 07, 2015, 11:21:16 AM
Brian Wilson is done with being a solo artist. The C50 confirmed to him that he was happiest and most productive working in a group situation.

So, once the BBs fell apart (again), Brian and those around him have set up an alternative group. Brian, Al and Blondie are the core members, with Darian and Matt doing extra leads between them. So going to see a BW show now means that you're going to see these five guys sing and perform, but doing so in a context where it's Brian's music and arrangements, and where he's playing and singing and leading the band throughout the show. There has been a fundamental change in approach and attitude.

It is, I believe, above all a creative change. This is how BW wants to present himself and his music -- not as someone hogging all the attention, but as a creator and conductor. It also allows him to show off on the songs he does best, play along on the songs he likes playing, and basically enjoy himself as much as he can in live performance.

Interesting times, and a lovely show. Enjoy it while you can.
I think you hit the nail right on the head with this explanation.


Title: Re: Brian / Al / Blondie Summer 2015 Tour Thread
Post by: HeyJude on July 07, 2015, 11:24:28 AM
Here are my thoughts on the Boston show. It wasn't a great night for me, which unfortunately affected my enjoyment of the show. But we'll get to that.

Got to the venue in good time, had an excellent spot, right in the middle. A sizable crowd, with a smattering of empty seats. I got the impression that a lot of people had seen the movie.

Rodriguez was, as most mentioned, a great opener. I didn't really expect much from him, but he was engaging and funny. Very loose, with a fun vibe from the crowd.

There was then an intermission, and I said hi to Ray Lawlor, who was there in the flesh.

Brian and the band started at about 8:30. I found the sound a little overbright -- it's an issue at the Waterfront Pavilion in Boston. I've seen a handful of shows there, and I don't think the sound has ever been clear.

The spirit onstage was definitely vibrant, and Brian was very enthusiastic in introducing the tunes. He seemed a little tired to me. I've mentioned this before -- it was the fourth show in four days for him, and that would wear on almost any performer. Most of the time, his voice was clear and strong -- it honestly hasn't changed significantly in tone or range since I first saw him live in 2000. That being said, he also had a frog in his throat, or some kind of drainage -- he had to have water brought to him a couple of times over the show.

Highlights --

Heroes and Villains -- They did a cool lighting effect on the various guys singing (Matt for the high part, Nicky for "you're under arrest" that emphasized the tune's cinematic quality.

Little Deuce Coupe -- Brian and Al sang this in unison, after Al had tackled Shut Down on his own. They did something similar on "Somewhere Quiet" and "Whatever Happened on NPP, and I can see why BW brought it into the live arena. The dual voices sounded excellent.

Girl Don't Tell Me -- A debut for the tour, no refashioned as a duet between Brian and Matt. This really sparkled, which I would not have expected.

In My Room / Surfer Girl -- A beautiful two-fer, with Brian and the group singing sweetly. Standards, but they go over incredibly well.

Don't Worry Baby -- Matt J. was seriously terrific on this. He sounds like family in the band, not like a hired gun. And the audience thought he was terrific.

Wild Honey -- I can't say anything that hasn't been said already, but holy mother of mercy, it's like a different band cranks into action when Blondie comes out. Amazing.

Wake the World  / Busy Doin' Nothin' -- Al amazing in the first, Brian channeling his 60s self in the second. Stunning.

Surf's Up -- Brian had some water brought over to him here, and some Matt ghosting in spots, but he sounded mostly like he did in the 2004 Smile shows.

The Right Time -- This really works as another Al-BW feature. Not the most in-depth song ever, but it has a nice loping energy and fits in well.

At about this point in the show -- about 25 songs in -- I start to have some issues. I'm a diabetic, and I didn't have all my supplies with me, and etc. etc. Nothing serious, but I needed to make sure that everything was in order, and I couldn't do it in a darkened amphitheater. So I had to leave as the band played Sloop. And as I walked away, I head BW singing a lovely God Only Knows.

So that's the reason I ultimately didn't post as much about the show. I had a truncated experience, and my own anxiety about what was going on with me meant that I couldn't escape into the music as the show was hitting its climax.

All of that being said, though, I will reiterate something that I've said before, after watching the BW/Beck show, and after watching the new album come together.

Brian Wilson is done with being a solo artist. The C50 confirmed to him that he was happiest and most productive working in a group situation.

So, once the BBs fell apart (again), Brian and those around him have set up an alternative group. Brian, Al and Blondie are the core members, with Darian and Matt doing extra leads between them. So going to see a BW show now means that you're going to see these five guys sing and perform, but doing so in a context where it's Brian's music and arrangements, and where he's playing and singing and leading the band throughout the show. There has been a fundamental change in approach and attitude.

It is, I believe, above all a creative change. This is how BW wants to present himself and his music -- not as someone hogging all the attention, but as a creator and conductor. It also allows him to show off on the songs he does best, play along on the songs he likes playing, and basically enjoy himself as much as he can in live performance.

Interesting times, and a lovely show. Enjoy it while you can.

Excellent thoughts. I hope perhaps Brian does another swing around the US and you get another chance to fully escape into the music. I've definitely had experiences like that, where various *other* issues make it difficult to fully immerse.

I think you're spot on about the group aspect, and I'm glad that they are embracing this group presentation without all of the politics that might otherwise be involved. I sensed there were still some politics surrounding aspects of Al's stint with Brian in 2006/2007, but it doesn't feel like that this time (not that those 06/07 shows were bad in any way; I immensely enjoyed the two '07 shows with Brian and Al together, yes, even the one where Brian took a momentary nap on stage). It isn't a Brian show with others dropping in (I suppose this is the case with Blondie to some degree still; it will be interesting to see if Blondie is involved more heavily in future shows if he is invited along), but a "Brian Wilson Band." If I thought it would make any difference or matter at this stage, I'd perhaps suggest they actually use that name. But it doesn't matter. The show is just that, and it is I think a slightly new era for Brian's touring. I hope they can keep it going at least for a little while longer.


Title: Re: Brian / Al / Blondie Summer 2015 Tour Thread
Post by: chaki on July 07, 2015, 11:43:22 AM
Ugh I hope they keep doing Busy Doing Nothing and This Whole World by the time the SF show happens (btw if anyone wants to meet up at the tiki bar nearby before the show let me know).  ;D


Title: Re: Brian / Al / Blondie Summer 2015 Tour Thread
Post by: The LEGENDARY OSD on July 07, 2015, 12:00:15 PM
Here are my thoughts on the Boston show. It wasn't a great night for me, which unfortunately affected my enjoyment of the show. But we'll get to that.

Got to the venue in good time, had an excellent spot, right in the middle. A sizable crowd, with a smattering of empty seats. I got the impression that a lot of people had seen the movie.

Rodriguez was, as most mentioned, a great opener. I didn't really expect much from him, but he was engaging and funny. Very loose, with a fun vibe from the crowd.

There was then an intermission, and I said hi to Ray Lawlor, who was there in the flesh.

Brian and the band started at about 8:30. I found the sound a little overbright -- it's an issue at the Waterfront Pavilion in Boston. I've seen a handful of shows there, and I don't think the sound has ever been clear.

The spirit onstage was definitely vibrant, and Brian was very enthusiastic in introducing the tunes. He seemed a little tired to me. I've mentioned this before -- it was the fourth show in four days for him, and that would wear on almost any performer. Most of the time, his voice was clear and strong -- it honestly hasn't changed significantly in tone or range since I first saw him live in 2000. That being said, he also had a frog in his throat, or some kind of drainage -- he had to have water brought to him a couple of times over the show.

Highlights --

Heroes and Villains -- They did a cool lighting effect on the various guys singing (Matt for the high part, Nicky for "you're under arrest" that emphasized the tune's cinematic quality.

Little Deuce Coupe -- Brian and Al sang this in unison, after Al had tackled Shut Down on his own. They did something similar on "Somewhere Quiet" and "Whatever Happened on NPP, and I can see why BW brought that approach into the live arena. The dual voices sounded excellent.

Girl Don't Tell Me -- A debut for the tour, now refashioned as a duet between Brian and Matt. This really sparkled, which I would not have expected.

In My Room / Surfer Girl -- A two-fer, with Brian and the group singing sweetly. Standards, but they go over incredibly well.

Don't Worry Baby -- Matt J. was seriously terrific on this. He sounds like family in the band, not a hired gun. And the audience thought he was terrific.

Wild Honey -- I can't say anything that hasn't been said already, but holy mother of mercy, it's like a different band cranks into action when Blondie comes out. Wow.

Wake the World  / Busy Doin' Nothin' -- Al amazing in the first, Brian channeling his '60s self in the second. Stunning.

Surf's Up -- Brian had some water brought over to him here, and some Matt ghosting in spots, but he sounded mostly like he did in the 2004 Smile shows.

The Right Time -- This really works as another Al-BW feature. Not the most in-depth song ever, but it has a nice loping energy and fits the setlist well.

At about this point in the show -- about 25 songs in -- I start to have some issues. I'm a diabetic, and I didn't have all my supplies with me, etc. etc. Nothing serious, but I needed to make sure that everything was in order, and I couldn't do it in a darkened amphitheater. So I had to leave as the band played Sloop. As I walked away, I head BW singing a lovely God Only Knows.

So that's the reason I ultimately didn't post as much about the show. I had a truncated experience, and my own anxiety about what was going on with me meant that I couldn't escape into the music as the show was hitting its climax.

All of that being said, though, I will reiterate something that I've said before, after watching the BW/Beck show, and after seeing the new album come together.

Brian Wilson is done with being a solo artist. The C50 confirmed to him that he was happiest and most productive working in a group situation.

So, once the BBs fell apart (again), Brian and those around him have set up an alternative group. Brian, Al and Blondie are the core members, with Darian and Matt taking extra leads between them. Going to see a BW show now means that you will see these five guys sing and perform, but doing so in a context where it's Brian's music and arrangements, and where he's playing and singing and leading the band throughout the show. There has been a fundamental change in approach and attitude.

It is, I believe, above all a creative change. This is how BW wants to present himself and his music -- not as someone hogging all the attention, but as a creator and conductor. It also allows him to show off on the songs he does best, play along on the songs he likes playing, and basically enjoy himself as much as he can in live performance.

Interesting times, and a lovely show. Enjoy it while you can.

OOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHH YYYYYEEEEEAAAAAAAAAAHHHHHHHH!!!!!!! Superb review and afterthought.  :woot :woot


Title: Re: Brian / Al / Blondie Summer 2015 Tour Thread
Post by: SMiLE Brian on July 07, 2015, 12:04:06 PM
OSD was a witness to this in philly. ;)


Title: Re: Brian / Al / Blondie Summer 2015 Tour Thread
Post by: 37!ws on July 07, 2015, 12:15:55 PM
(hand to God, if I'm lying, then my handle is not 37!ws...I actually sat there last night wondering if Jim McShane was there and was going to be complaining about it.)


Title: Re: Brian / Al / Blondie Summer 2015 Tour Thread
Post by: keysarsoze001 on July 07, 2015, 12:30:32 PM
In reference to Darian only singing part of "This Whole World", from what I could tell at the Boston show, they had rehearsed it with Brian alternating certain lines with Darian, and then Brian was missing cues as he tends to do when he's focused on the piano. For instance, I seem to remember no one sang "when girls get mad at boys" because Darian expected Brian to do it and Brian missed it, so Darian did "many times they're just putting on" at which point Brian decided he was going to take that section after all. Because Darian is positioned on the stage in front of Brian, he kept sort of looking over his shoulder to try and tell if Brian was going to take the line or not. In the Foskett days, Jeff was usually positioned in such a way that he could see Brian's face most of the time, and could therefore pick up Brian's missed cues more easily without anyone noticing it wasn't planned. I noticed that Matt kept his eyes on Al most of the night and Al would sort of keep an eye on Brian and would then make eye contact with Matt to fill in as needed if Brian decided not to take a higher-range bit. Regarding pitchiness and other bobbled cues, most likely that was a monitor problem and none of them could properly hear each other. But that's speculation on my part.



Title: Re: Brian / Al / Blondie Summer 2015 Tour Thread
Post by: coco1997 on July 07, 2015, 12:32:40 PM
"Wild Honey" drags on way too long, I will say that.


Title: Re: Brian / Al / Blondie Summer 2015 Tour Thread
Post by: RONDEMON on July 07, 2015, 12:52:49 PM
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=pLYiTRVEIuY

Here's video from last week of the band doing "This Whole World"
Sounds great! Those xylophone parts are complicated!


Title: Re: Brian / Al / Blondie Summer 2015 Tour Thread
Post by: Jim McShane on July 07, 2015, 12:56:54 PM
(hand to God, if I'm lying, then my handle is not 37!ws...I actually sat there last night wondering if Jim McShane was there and was going to be complaining about it.)

I only complain when there is something to complain about. I was there at Ravinia 2 years ago and it was terrific. I was at the House of Blues, it was staggeringly good. I was at the Smile and TLOS shows, they were superb. I saw Pet Sounds - amazing!  This time, not so much.

It's humbling to know how much influence I have on your thinking!  :lol


Title: Re: Brian / Al / Blondie Summer 2015 Tour Thread
Post by: Jim McShane on July 07, 2015, 01:01:16 PM
In reference to Darian only singing part of "This Whole World", from what I could tell at the Boston show, they had rehearsed it with Brian alternating certain lines with Darian, and then Brian was missing cues as he tends to do when he's focused on the piano. For instance, I seem to remember no one sang "when girls get mad at boys" because Darian expected Brian to do it and Brian missed it, so Darian did "many times they're just putting on" at which point Brian decided he was going to take that section after all. Because Darian is positioned on the stage in front of Brian, he kept sort of looking over his shoulder to try and tell if Brian was going to take the line or not.

That could well be - Darian is such a perfectionist and so careful to do the songs justice.


Title: Re: Brian / Al / Blondie Summer 2015 Tour Thread
Post by: drbeachboy on July 07, 2015, 01:12:45 PM
"Wild Honey" drags on way too long, I will say that.
It is a jam, like it was performed in the early to mid 1970's. Man, I must be getting old. I thought it was one of the best performances of the night at the Philly show. Just so full of energy and fun.


Title: Re: Brian / Al / Blondie Summer 2015 Tour Thread
Post by: John Malone on July 07, 2015, 01:26:51 PM
I found the Ravinia Show to be just plain fun. I enjoyed the loose atmosphere, and I thought the Honeycomb attempt was a refreshing live moment where we saw behind the curtain, of you will. I am going to refrain from responding to some of the comments that came from the same person, if I remember, that was mad about getting a greatest hits show instead of a Gershwin show a few years ago. Everybody's a critic, albeit some more demanding and difficult to please than others.


Title: Re: Brian / Al / Blondie Summer 2015 Tour Thread
Post by: Marty Castillo on July 07, 2015, 01:33:51 PM
"Wild Honey" drags on way too long, I will say that.
It is a jam, like it was performed in the early to mid 1970's. Man, I must be getting old. I thought it was one of the best performances of the night at the Philly show. Just so full of energy and fun.
Agree. Felt the same way in Detroit. Brian seems to really enjoy it, even if his intro to it seems somewhat canned at this point. Just one of many things that makes this tour feel special.


Title: Re: Brian / Al / Blondie Summer 2015 Tour Thread
Post by: MyDrKnowsItKeepsMeCalm on July 07, 2015, 01:35:43 PM
"Wild Honey" drags on way too long, I will say that.
It is a jam, like it was performed in the early to mid 1970's. Man, I must be getting old. I thought it was one of the best performances of the night at the Philly show. Just so full of energy and fun.
Listening to a recent Wild Honey on Youtube, it sounds fantastic to my ears. When I heard it on the Brian/Beck tour 2 years ago, my take was 'nice to hear, but not quite there yet' but it obviously got there. Great energy in these recent performances.  :)



Title: Re: Brian / Al / Blondie Summer 2015 Tour Thread
Post by: filledeplage on July 07, 2015, 01:38:23 PM
"Wild Honey" drags on way too long, I will say that.
It is a jam, like it was performed in the early to mid 1970's. Man, I must be getting old. I thought it was one of the best performances of the night at the Philly show. Just so full of energy and fun.

Agree! 1000% - pretty funky linked the jam version on a previous page; belated thank you...

Leaving This Town on Concert 73 is one of the best tracks...another Blondie gem!  ;)


Title: Re: Brian / Al / Blondie Summer 2015 Tour Thread
Post by: HeyJude on July 07, 2015, 01:44:18 PM
I found the Ravinia Show to be just plain fun. I enjoyed the loose atmosphere, and I thought the Honeycomb attempt was a refreshing live moment where we saw behind the curtain, of you will. I am going to refrain from responding to some of the comments that came from the same person, if I remember, that was mad about getting a greatest hits show instead of a Gershwin show a few years ago. Everybody's a critic, albeit some more demanding and difficult to please than others.

I wouldn’t mind seeing Brian just whip out some random half-rehearsed song spontaneously. Obviously, an entire show of under-rehearsed, aborted songs wouldn’t be advisable. But an occasional spontaneous moment is welcomed.

In terms of setlist, I think even just among hardcore fans, there isn’t a consensus on what’s the best type of setlist. I’m not super-duper into the Gershwin album, so I’d probably rather hear more “hits.” We can’t even decide anymore whether “Surf’s Up” should still be considered a “rare” cut for Brian to perform anymore.

For instance, I tend to advocate for something different and new, to a certain degree even to the detriment of what I personally like. For instance, “Busy Doin’ Nothin’” is not on my A-list of material I personally like the most. I probably enjoy, say, “Please Let Me Wonder” or “Marcella” more. But I don’t think Brian has done “Busy Doin’ Nothin’” as often, so I’d probably prefer to see that one added. Same thing with even “Funky Pretty.” Everybody including myself has been screaming for that one on this tour. But, unlike some other folks, that’s another one that, while I certainly *like*, isn’t among my all-time favorites either. I’d probably rather hear “Goin’ On” or “Santa Ana Winds” or even “Lookin’ at Tomorrow.” But “Funky Pretty” would be a great rare pick, not to mention a chance to work Blondie in more (obviously, any KTSA tracks would be pretty rare as well). So I take that sort of measured approach.


Title: Re: Brian / Al / Blondie Summer 2015 Tour Thread
Post by: RubberSoul13 on July 07, 2015, 02:27:16 PM
I find it interesting that many fans here expect so many of those songs from Brian. I've only seen him once outside of C50, on the Jeff Beck tour and I was shocked to hear all the car songs. It was also very weird hearing Brian singing "Surfin' USA" and "Fun, Fun, Fun" and having essentially no emotion whatsoever.

If I were going to see Brian Wilson, I would expect songs like Heroes and Villains, Good Vibrations, Surfer Girl, God Only Knows to be the staples. And if Al is in the band, California Saga, Help Me Rhonda, Then I kissed her...

Brian is singing songs he wrote or co-wrote. He has never rejected the early stuff he wrote or co-wrote. I don’t doubt that concert promoters want some recognizable songs in the setlist. But it’s worth thinking about the fact that, prior to 1999, fans had probably heard more live renditions of those “meat and potatoes” songs than the number of times Brian had sung them himself.

Perhaps he feels, and rightly so, that “Shut Down” or “Fun Fun Fun”, etc. are as much *his* songs as Mike’s or the Beach Boys’. How many songs has Brian performed in concert that were recorded by the Beach Boys *and* were non-covers written by another member of the band without Brian? He doesn’t do “Kokomo” or “Getcha Back” or “Still Cruisin’.” He was doing “Forever” for a short while; they had Dave sing “Little Bird.” Even when Al and Blondie are in the band, they rarely even have those guys sing songs not co-written by Brian. (Other than covers or “California Saga”, it’s usually all Brian-penned material).

I think some fans, especially perhaps some newer fans, are not understanding the gravity of Brian doing post-Pet Sounds material, especially late 60’s material, even post-Smile stuff. There are some interviews with one or two of Brian’s band where they describe just how touchy that topic was even in 2000 or 2001. One of the guys (Darian?) described someone asking Brian to play “Heroes and Villains” at a party, and he said (vaguely paraphrasing) that he expected Brian to freak out. I’m sure the stuff from PS and prior is easier for Brian to enjoy singing in some cases.


HeyJude- I do agree, that Brian has every right in the world to be performing them. I just don't expect that of him on a live stage. As a fan that has enjoyed seeing Mike's show and then Brian's show, I went in expecting more music that I hadn't heard with M&B. I also don't find Brian's voice suitable at this stage for the songs that Mike sang in the early 60's. I think Al's voice works on them in most cases...maybe instead give Al those leads? Doubling Brian Wilson gets tricky from what I've seen. When they did "Isn't it Time" on C50 Brian totally missed the intro cue and came in late. Jeff was doubling and it took a bit of time for the two of them to sync back up.


Title: Re: Brian / Al / Blondie Summer 2015 Tour Thread
Post by: Ang Jones on July 07, 2015, 02:34:00 PM
I wasn't there but I've just seen the California Girls video and that sounded fine.to me. The set list looks good and most of the reviewers seem happy.

Obviously, there are sometimes problems with live shows but there is usually more concerted opinion when a show has serious faults.  Brian seems relaxed and happy and that is usually a very good sign.



Title: Re: Brian / Al / Blondie Summer 2015 Tour Thread
Post by: guitarfool2002 on July 07, 2015, 03:04:35 PM
I thought the jam during Wild Honey was terrific, as I mentioned in the Philly review when Blondie takes the stage the whole band seems to play harder and rock out more than I've seen them do, especially this tour, and now they have a perfect vehicle and opportunity to stretch out on some songs. All musicians love to jam. It's one of the "let's have some fun" elements that has been setting these shows apart, and Blondie has been a big part of it. He brings the rock and roll to the stage. And I could have heard more of the jamming, to be honest, as the band was in high gear for the show and the soundcheck as Blondie was up there rocking out. One more reason I wanted them to play all night.


Title: Re: Brian / Al / Blondie Summer 2015 Tour Thread
Post by: guitarfool2002 on July 07, 2015, 03:15:24 PM
Not being there in person, I also watched a handful of songs from Ravinia today and they sounded great. Matt was nailing the falsetto parts as he's been doing at every show and the band was as tight as they've been.


Title: Re: Brian / Al / Blondie Summer 2015 Tour Thread
Post by: lee on July 07, 2015, 04:10:07 PM
Having seen two C50 shows and one during the Jeff Beck tour, the recent show in Atlanta was my favorite. The music (and sound in the venue) was fantastic and Brian seemed 10 times happier than the previous three times I saw him. The entire band seemed to be having a ball and it made for a wonderful night.


Title: Re: Brian / Al / Blondie Summer 2015 Tour Thread
Post by: Terry on July 07, 2015, 04:14:36 PM
The sound was fine last night from where I was sitting. It definitely had a looser more relaxed vibe and Brian seemed to enjoy himself.  I did think his voice had a little bit more of the bark back in it last night than what I've seen from him the past few years..maybe it's because he feels more relaxed. As far the setlist goes...of course I would rather see more deep cuts, but judging by the crowd there and the conversations I was overhearing, their seemed to be a fair amount of first timers there due to the movie and I'm not sure how that would have gone over. Like someone else mentioned earlier, the House Of Blues show in Chicago in 2002(?) had a great setlist, but I remember Brian looking pretty out of it and not seeming to want to be there. I think the days of him doing 40 plus song sets are probably over as well.


Title: Re: Brian / Al / Blondie Summer 2015 Tour Thread
Post by: filledeplage on July 08, 2015, 06:59:05 AM
I thought the jam during Wild Honey was terrific, as I mentioned in the Philly review when Blondie takes the stage the whole band seems to play harder and rock out more than I've seen them do, especially this tour, and now they have a perfect vehicle and opportunity to stretch out on some songs. All musicians love to jam. It's one of the "let's have some fun" elements that has been setting these shows apart, and Blondie has been a big part of it. He brings the rock and roll to the stage. And I could have heard more of the jamming, to be honest, as the band was in high gear for the show and the soundcheck as Blondie was up there rocking out. One more reason I wanted them to play all night.
The jam was outstanding.  Recalled the "long" jam versions of classics such as Light My Fire...and the great "Leaving This Town," from In Concert.

Yes, they had fun on that stage!   ;)


Title: Re: Brian / Al / Blondie Summer 2015 Tour Thread
Post by: 37!ws on July 08, 2015, 07:57:35 AM
Like someone else mentioned earlier, the House Of Blues show in Chicago in 2002(?) had a great setlist, but I remember Brian looking pretty out of it and not seeming to want to be there. I think the days of him doing 40 plus song sets are probably over as well.

Yeah...I was talking to a couple of the guys in the band after that HoB show. They said one big factor was that it was an unusually late show, and Brian wasn't used to performing so late. We saw Jeff outside when we left, on his way to the hotel across the parking lot...HE was clearly exhausted, too, and said that Brian basically left the stage and went straight to bed, and I'm sure he added, "...which is where I'm going right now!" He was kind enough to pose for a picture with the Mrs. and me, though...


Title: Re: Brian / Al / Blondie Summer 2015 Tour Thread
Post by: coco1997 on July 08, 2015, 08:52:04 AM
"Wild Honey" drags on way too long, I will say that.
It is a jam, like it was performed in the early to mid 1970's. Man, I must be getting old. I thought it was one of the best performances of the night at the Philly show. Just so full of energy and fun.

I like the jam element, I just thought it brought the pace of the show to a screeching halt. I noticed this from some of the people around me who looked visibly bored about halfway through the song.


Title: Re: Brian / Al / Blondie Summer 2015 Tour Thread
Post by: 37!ws on July 08, 2015, 08:53:50 AM
Ooh, one thing I forgot to mention....Al wasn't wearing his white suit at Ravinia...he actually looked really cool! I was glad he wasn't wearing that suit because 1) it's not 1968 any more, and 2) it makes him look like a damn fool.


Title: Re: Brian / Al / Blondie Summer 2015 Tour Thread
Post by: CenturyDeprived on July 08, 2015, 09:09:26 AM
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I would say, as it pertains to “Love and Mercy”, other than the unique TNT tribute show performance, Brian is currently performing the song exactly the same way he has since he started touring in 1999. Not sure why anyone would expect anything different on that one.

It was done with the break on the original recording, on the TNT show, and on the benefit performance for the Tsunami victims that included Markus form the Stockholm Strings. And I can't recall for sure, but it might have been done with the break at the House of Blues show. Why not play it complete now - in fact I kind of thought that's what they'd play after seeing all the posts raving about it.

According to setlists.fm, Brian has performed “Love and Mercy” 308 times in concert, only 7 of which came prior to his 1999 touring. I would assume other than those two one-off TV show appearances (don’t know about that House of Blues show), pretty much every other performance of the song has been the usual arrangement. I’d love to hear the full arrangement, don’t get me wrong. But there’s no reason going into a 2015 show that one could expect it, or even be anything other than slightly hopeful. I’m just talking about expectations. If one wants to criticize Brian for truncating the arrangement, that’s a separate issue. While I like the full song, I also defer to Brian doing it the way he wants, especially since it seems to be one of his more personal latter-era compositions. He clearly has an ideal behind performing it, as evidenced by doing a simple piano arrangement instead of the blast of 80’s synths and echoey drums heard on the original recording.

Speaking of, on any of his solo tours, has Brian ever performed L&M with the aforementioned blast of 80’s synths and echoey drums heard on the original recording? I think the song was performed like that on a TV show from 1988 when he sang the missing 3rd verse, but since then?


Title: Re: Brian / Al / Blondie Summer 2015 Tour Thread
Post by: drbeachboy on July 08, 2015, 09:15:37 AM
Ooh, one thing I forgot to mention....Al wasn't wearing his white suit at Ravinia...he actually looked really cool! I was glad he wasn't wearing that suit because 1) it's not 1968 any more, and 2) it makes him look like a damn fool.
Must just be you. While many may not like the style, you're the first to use the "damn fool" moniker. He had the suit on in Philly and I cannot for the life me remember anyone bringing that up. I don't recall anyone laughing at him as he stood out there on stage. Good thing he sings real goodlike. ;)


Title: Re: Brian / Al / Blondie Summer 2015 Tour Thread
Post by: 37!ws on July 08, 2015, 09:16:00 AM
FWIW, "Love and Mercy" had a different arrangement during the Smile tours. The Swedes played along with it too. It started in the key of G, and modulated to G# for the final chorus.


Title: Re: Brian / Al / Blondie Summer 2015 Tour Thread
Post by: rab2591 on July 08, 2015, 09:17:49 AM
Rodriguez was, as most mentioned, a great opener. I didn't really expect much from him, but he was engaging and funny. Very loose, with a fun vibe from the crowd.

Meant to talk about this in my original review of the Philly show. I know he was just the opener, but I was bummed that so much of the crowd was talking during his set. I would actually love to see him again in a smaller setting where he is the main focus, and not Brian. That being said, the parts I could hear were really good, and I'll be looking into his music in the future. Glad I got to see him!


Title: Re: Brian / Al / Blondie Summer 2015 Tour Thread
Post by: SBonilla on July 08, 2015, 09:28:26 AM
Rodriguez was, as most mentioned, a great opener. I didn't really expect much from him, but he was engaging and funny. Very loose, with a fun vibe from the crowd.

Meant to talk about this in my original review of the Philly show. I know he was just the opener, but I was bummed that so much of the crowd was talking during his set. I would actually love to see him again in a smaller setting where he is the main focus, and not Brian. That being said, the parts I could hear were really good, and I'll be looking into his music in the future. Glad I got to see him!

I am curious to know if Blondie was aware of his records at the time and if they have hung out during this tour?




Title: Re: Brian / Al / Blondie Summer 2015 Tour Thread
Post by: wantsomecorn on July 08, 2015, 10:20:16 AM
Rodriguez was, as most mentioned, a great opener. I didn't really expect much from him, but he was engaging and funny. Very loose, with a fun vibe from the crowd.

Meant to talk about this in my original review of the Philly show. I know he was just the opener, but I was bummed that so much of the crowd was talking during his set. I would actually love to see him again in a smaller setting where he is the main focus, and not Brian. That being said, the parts I could hear were really good, and I'll be looking into his music in the future. Glad I got to see him!

I am curious to know if Blondie was aware of his records at the time and if they have hung out during this tour?




Cold Fact was released in 1971, so I think Blondie and the Flames had already left South Africa.


Title: Re: Brian / Al / Blondie Summer 2015 Tour Thread
Post by: SBonilla on July 08, 2015, 10:58:56 AM
Rodriguez was, as most mentioned, a great opener. I didn't really expect much from him, but he was engaging and funny. Very loose, with a fun vibe from the crowd.

Meant to talk about this in my original review of the Philly show. I know he was just the opener, but I was bummed that so much of the crowd was talking during his set. I would actually love to see him again in a smaller setting where he is the main focus, and not Brian. That being said, the parts I could hear were really good, and I'll be looking into his music in the future. Glad I got to see him!

I am curious to know if Blondie was aware of his records at the time and if they have hung out during this tour?




Cold Fact was released in 1971, so I think Blondie and the Flames had already left South Africa.
Some have mentioned possible future writing sessions coming out of this tour. I think Blondie and Rodriguez should have a go at writing some songs together. They might be compatible. Looks good on paper, anyway.


Title: Re: Brian / Al / Blondie Summer 2015 Tour Thread
Post by: HeyJude on July 08, 2015, 08:55:46 PM
Anyone here at tonight's show? I think we've had someone here at almost every show so far.


Title: Re: Brian / Al / Blondie Summer 2015 Tour Thread
Post by: baseball95 on July 08, 2015, 09:49:17 PM
Good show tonight, Brian on top form. They did Honeycomb it was more of a snipet than the full version. Runaway Dancer back besides that same set. The band did a cover of the Beatles When I'm 64 for Blondie's birthday changing the lyrics to "Blondie's 64". Got Matt to sign my setlist after the show and asked him about Funky Pretty he said he's been pushing for that and things like it but it probably wouldn't be until the next tour. Good to hear they're thinking about another tour but I don't think we'll be seeing Funky Prettt before the end here.


Title: Re: Brian / Al / Blondie Summer 2015 Tour Thread
Post by: Sgt Pepper on July 08, 2015, 10:24:21 PM
I just got back from the show in Denver. This was my first ever concert. Not just my first Brian concert, but my first concert of any kind (I'm 23).

It was amazing. I love The Beach Boys. I love Brian. I love Al. I love Blondie. I love his entire band. I'm still processing it all. I'm so happy.  :angel:


Title: Re: Brian / Al / Blondie Summer 2015 Tour Thread
Post by: RubberSoul13 on July 09, 2015, 08:01:02 AM
Good show tonight, Brian on top form. They did Honeycomb it was more of a snipet than the full version. Runaway Dancer back besides that same set. The band did a cover of the Beatles When I'm 64 for Blondie's birthday changing the lyrics to "Blondie's 64". Got Matt to sign my setlist after the show and asked him about Funky Pretty he said he's been pushing for that and things like it but it probably wouldn't be until the next tour. Good to hear they're thinking about another tour but I don't think we'll be seeing Funky Prettt before the end here.

Very good! Sounding more and more like a possible string of US dates again this fall...lots of missed markets to pursue.


Title: Re: Brian / Al / Blondie Summer 2015 Tour Thread
Post by: lee on July 09, 2015, 09:11:40 AM
I think it's great that Runaway Dancer is back.  :hat

I wonder if we'll see a 2nd leg to this current tour in the US or if Matt Jardine was referring to a US portion of the Pet Sounds 50th celebration tour next year.


Title: Re: Brian / Al / Blondie Summer 2015 Tour Thread
Post by: Magic City Surfer on July 09, 2015, 09:15:21 AM
A couple of Brian-isms from the Atlanta show on June 26, paraphrasing:


"I promised you could hear Al Jardine sing and I'm not going to back out now. Here he is, a really fine singer."  

[after Don't Worry Baby]  "The great Matt!"   [to which Matt replied "The great Brian!"]

At one point, I'm guessing either just before Wild Honey or SOS, Blondie attempted to start up some banter with Brian. But Brian just wanted to get to the music. "This audience is ready for you, if you're ready for them." It was one of those unintentionally blunt comments that just shut Blondie up. He laughed it off with a shrug and started playing.



Title: Re: Brian / Al / Blondie Summer 2015 Tour Thread
Post by: MyDrKnowsItKeepsMeCalm on July 09, 2015, 09:50:59 AM
I just got back from the show in Denver. This was my first ever concert. Not just my first Brian concert, but my first concert of any kind (I'm 23).

It was amazing. I love The Beach Boys. I love Brian. I love Al. I love Blondie. I love his entire band. I'm still processing it all. I'm so happy.  :angel:
Excellent, great to hear!   8)



Title: Re: Brian / Al / Blondie Summer 2015 Tour Thread
Post by: PS on July 09, 2015, 02:41:57 PM
I saw my first Beach Boy concert in 1971 at Carnegie Hall. At least 20 times since then, 70's and 80's, NY area. In on the rehearsals and recording of the two Burbank shows for the SMiLE live DVD, and in the audience shots some 16x. Pet Sounds tour, Smile tour, C-50 at Red Rocks - saw the BW band many times. But last night in Denver was really something special. Never heard the band sound so good, never heard Brian sound so strong (missed some high notes here and there and some lines toward the latter half). Completely wonderful show and set list, with some surprises for me (didn't know they were doing "Girl, Don't Tell Me" and a very cute version of "When I'm 64" for Blondie's birthday). Never heard California Girls sound so --incredible--and Al was cutting through all night with his vocals (Saga also rocked the house). Blondie was great, but I agree with a previous comment that his noise-based soloing was a little off kilter and not quite right for the momentum. The lighting, the sound mix, the arena (First Bank Center, 5 minutes from my house), the audience (except for one Grateful Deadish dance maven who decided to stand up and sway and swoon from the middle of the concert to the finale, everyone else be damned and one asshole who yelled out Kokomo as Surf's Up was starting) was the best. I could HEAR everything and delight in the pure experience actually listening to the music with the fewest distractions. Having Sixto Rodriguez open was an inspired choice, too (how did that happen? Blondie SA connection?). The net effect of the emotional connection from Love and Mercy was palpable (I spoke to a lot of first-timers who told me they saw the film and that inspired them to come).

If this is to be my last go round with Brian, I could not ask for anything more. Fantastic way to cap this still miraculous BW touring career.

Elated.


Title: Re: Brian / Al / Blondie Summer 2015 Tour Thread
Post by: Pretty Funky on July 09, 2015, 03:40:33 PM
Its funny how an extended WH has been poorly received by some. I'm only going from the youtube clips but I like it. As soon as I heard Blondie was involved I felt that as he was of the period where the Beach Boys were playing extended cuts, then why not go for it in 2015? Not unlike David playing a 'surf guitar' style. Just their signature I guess.


Title: Re: Brian / Al / Blondie Summer 2015 Tour Thread
Post by: HeyJude on July 09, 2015, 04:03:32 PM
Its funny how an extended WH has been poorly received by some. I'm only going from the youtube clips but I like it. As soon as I heard Blondie was involved I felt that as he was of the period where the Beach Boys were playing extended cuts, then why not go for it in 2015? Not unlike David playing a 'surf guitar' style. Just their signature I guess.

It's not super surprising that there is a segment of fans who are especially into Brian's pristine 60's arrangements who aren't into the "jam" vibe of the current iteration of "Wild Honey." I enjoy it. I'd probably rather see Blondie take on "Leaving this Town" or "Funky Pretty" or "Carry Me Home" (yeah, right, I know) or something like that. But, as I pointed out a little while back, even when Al and Blondie are in the band, the band seems to focus mostly (though not completely) on songs that Brian has written or co-written, and then some cover versions. This may be one of the reasons other than "California Saga", Al hasn't really done anything *he* wrote without Brian, like "Lookin' at Tomorrow", or solo Al stuff, etc. "Lookin' at Tomorrow" did make it onto the Vegas setlist late last year, but wasn't performed. I'm curious how much they rehearsed it.

I've been pretty surprised that Al didn't somehow get "Honkin' Down the Highway" into the setlist after all this time, though. It seemed an obvious choice. Brian wrote it, Al sang it, plus Brian seems to still be quite fond of "Love You"; meanwhile, Al re-recorded it, with Brian adding backing vocals. So I've been a bit surprised they haven't tried that one out.

But I think, despite the increased involvement from other vocalists and more of a "Band" vibe at Brian's shows, we still have to look at these as Brian Wilson gigs; so they tend to feature "Brian" material even when the other guys are singing. It isn't like Ringo's All-Starr band; I don't imagine Al or Blondie will get a 10-minute solo set in the middle of the show (which I think would actually be a cool way to make the shows a bit longer without having to tax Brian further).


Title: Re: Brian / Al / Blondie Summer 2015 Tour Thread
Post by: wantsomecorn on July 09, 2015, 04:23:37 PM
I personally loved the extended Wild Honey, although some of the audience in Chicago didn't seem as receptive. Scott intro'd it by asking everyone from his hometown to stand up and dance, but hardly anyone except those at the very front did, and most of the audience was back in their seats by the sax solo.


Title: Re: Brian / Al / Blondie Summer 2015 Tour Thread
Post by: Lee Marshall on July 09, 2015, 04:38:57 PM
I really enjoyed the guys 'jammin' out' with Wild Honey.  I also like the wee 'improvement they made to Barbara Ann.  As they kicked into it I thought "really" I can NEVER go to a BBs or Brian show and not hear THIS?  But they kind of 'fixed it' somehow.  Just a little bit of show-biz I guess.  I'd also appreciate hearing the album ending to it.  THAT would be fun.

Sorry they didn't play Runaway Dancer.  I guess they have to remember that the casual fans...who must make up about 1/2 of the audience...need to hear way more Endless Summer and a lot less 'cool' and 'new'.  For many of them at the Fox in Detroit there would have been some Blondie who? goin' on.

Something else I've NEVER seen at a BRIAN concert...people getting up and leaving the seating area in packs to go 'tinkle'.  ::) WTF???  Piss BEFORE the show.  PISS while they tear down the chair, mic and table and roll up the two wires Rodriquez used.  That was close to 20 minutes...or it SEEMED like it.  Otherwise stay and enjoy the show.  [girls]


Title: Re: Brian / Al / Blondie Summer 2015 Tour Thread
Post by: PS on July 09, 2015, 05:40:43 PM
I, too, loved the extended Wild Honey (and treasure the version on Made in California) - I was specifically talking about the sound of his guitar in the mix on a specific evening at a specific venue (blistering and unintelligible for the most part) and the choice to go for an arhythmic and atonal noise wall over an articulated, melodic lead for the break. IMO, it didn't mesh with the rest of the band and the groove in the live mix that i heard. Otherwise, it was very exciting and a great vocal and band performance.


Title: Re: Brian / Al / Blondie Summer 2015 Tour Thread
Post by: ontor pertawst on July 09, 2015, 05:54:51 PM
I think he sounds fucking fantastic and makes everyone else in the band up their game to keep up. Glorious noise!


Title: Re: Brian / Al / Blondie Summer 2015 Tour Thread
Post by: lee on July 09, 2015, 06:00:03 PM
I think he sounds fucking fantastic and makes everyone else in the band up their game to keep up. Glorious noise!

+1


Title: Re: Brian / Al / Blondie Summer 2015 Tour Thread
Post by: guitarfool2002 on July 09, 2015, 07:32:09 PM
I want more jams from Blondie.


Title: Re: Brian / Al / Blondie Summer 2015 Tour Thread
Post by: HeyJude on July 09, 2015, 09:19:19 PM
Looks like they did do "Salt Lake City" in Salt Lake City tonight.


Title: Re: Brian / Al / Blondie Summer 2015 Tour Thread
Post by: Fall Breaks on July 10, 2015, 03:47:16 AM
I want more jams from Blondie.
Me too. Leaving This Town with a guitar solo maybe?


Title: Re: Brian / Al / Blondie Summer 2015 Tour Thread
Post by: KDS on July 10, 2015, 05:18:07 AM
I want more jams from Blondie.
Me too. Leaving This Town with a guitar solo maybe?

Maybe they'll do a second leg of the tour where they focus more on the CATP/Holland material. 

You never know. 


Title: Re: Brian / Al / Blondie Summer 2015 Tour Thread
Post by: barsone on July 10, 2015, 09:03:22 AM
Looks like they did do "Salt Lake City" in Salt Lake City tonight.

Hey Jude, that's neat they did SLC.  Anyone going to the Seattle show Sunday night and want to meet up prior to the show for some vino ?  Show is sold out 


Title: Re: Brian / Al / Blondie Summer 2015 Tour Thread
Post by: HeyJude on July 10, 2015, 09:42:51 AM
I want more jams from Blondie.
Me too. Leaving This Town with a guitar solo maybe?

Maybe they'll do a second leg of the tour where they focus more on the CATP/Holland material. 

You never know. 

I think there's definitely room for individual out-of-the-ordinary song choices. But generally speaking, they don't seem to be moving towards heavily working Blondie into the show. I mentioned earlier that I was surprised that his participation in the current tour is pretty close to his participation in the 2013 Oakland show I saw with Brian, Al, Dave, and Blondie, with the only addition being Blondie's part on "Sail Away."

I figured they would have either had him on stage for longer (even if his participation would be minimal on some songs), or they would at least add another 1-3 Blondie-centric songs. But as I've been rambling on about, they seem to want to keep it relatively Brian-centric even with Al and Blondie's vocal turns. 

I'm thinking that it may well be down to a pretty set amount of time Brian wants to be on stage (32-25 songs, about 90 minutes or so of actual playing time), and the focus on it still being a "Brian Wilson" show, that they don't more heavily feature Blondie and even Al for that matter.

The bummer in this in terms of Al has less to do with anything Brian or his band are doing, and more that Al doesn't seem to be able or willing to do any significant solo presentations, so the only way to see him outside of the occasional gig he does (which are usually "Endless Summer Band"-style events heavy on the meat-and-potatoes numbers) is to see him sit in with Brian's band (or I guess theoretically Mike's). Given the format of Mike's shows, I think Al would probably feature even less prominently if he were to sit in with Mike, since Brian tosses Al a couple of "Mike leads" at his shows.

I do think as this current tour has progressed, either due to taking a bit of a load off Brian or to more heavily feature Al, they have given Al more leads. On opening night, Brian sang "Shut Down" and "Wake the World", while those (and sometimes "Little Deuce Coupe", which on opening night and on some other nights they've sang in unison either on purpose or because somebody forgot their vocal cue) were quickly handed off to Al. They've also lately swapped "Cottonfields" out for *two* other Al leads ("California Saga" and "Then I Kissed Her"), in the process apparently at least lately dropping Matt's turn on "She Knows Me Too Well."


Title: Re: Brian / Al / Blondie Summer 2015 Tour Thread
Post by: RubberSoul13 on July 10, 2015, 02:54:27 PM
It's interesting to consider...what if Al appeared with Mike on the same terms that David Marks does? Obviously it wouldn't happen, but if it were to be the current circumstances...what would we hear?

He'd definitely take back his roles on "Help Me Rhonda" and "Then I Kissed Her"...but would he get any additions? "California Saga"...maybe take the lead on "Wouldn't it Be Nice"? I can't see too much else fitting into their typical setlist.


Title: Re: Brian / Al / Blondie Summer 2015 Tour Thread
Post by: HeyJude on July 10, 2015, 03:25:34 PM
It's interesting to consider...what if Al appeared with Mike on the same terms that David Marks does? Obviously it wouldn't happen, but if it were to be the current circumstances...what would we hear?

He'd definitely take back his roles on "Help Me Rhonda" and "Then I Kissed Her"...but would he get any additions? "California Saga"...maybe take the lead on "Wouldn't it Be Nice"? I can't see too much else fitting into their typical setlist.

There was some discussion about this last year when it looked like Al might do the Jones Beach gig with Mike. If Al regularly toured with Mike, I would imagine eventually he might worm a song selection or two of his own into the setlist, maybe for something like the extended UK shows. But yeah, by and large, he'd probably be *less* prominent in a Mike show than at Brian's shows. He'd take back a few leads.

We do know based on the eventual Jones Beach setlist and show length that that wasn't even going to be a super long show. It had other acts on the bill and probably a curfew, so they definitely wouldn't have worked any unique Al stuff into the setlist. Dave did the gig, and he wasn't prominently featured either.

I do think Al would make Mike's band better. Something Al really brings to Brian's band, especially since 2013, is a key voice in the vocal blend. I recall him being a little more tentative in his participation in the harmony blend during his 2006/2007 shows with Brian. But now his voice really is that tipping point that makes it sound like the Beach Boys. I think this would just as easily benefit Mike's band if Al appeared there.

But I certainly feel like Al is a much better fit for Brian's band, and after a 2006/2007 stint which seemed to be imbued with a bit more politics and whatnot, I think Al truly does actually comfort Brian. He does kind of serve a little bit of Foskett's old "wing man" role.


Title: Re: Brian / Al / Blondie Summer 2015 Tour Thread
Post by: RubberSoul13 on July 10, 2015, 04:19:53 PM
Totally agree. In my opinion right at this moment in time, Al Jardine is the most important living Beach Boy on stage.

If Al and Dave could tour with Mike and Bruce full time as "The Beach Boys", Mike could easily dismiss Foskett (Ike & Scott have the falsetto covered)...and in a dream world, Brian Wilson would fit back into the equation when health/schedules suited!  :lol But seriously.....


Title: Re: Brian / Al / Blondie Summer 2015 Tour Thread
Post by: Andrew G. Doe on July 11, 2015, 01:13:27 AM
I also like the wee 'improvement they made to Barbara Ann.

As in... not playing it ?  :-D


Title: Re: Brian / Al / Blondie Summer 2015 Tour Thread
Post by: Niko on July 11, 2015, 08:26:58 PM
Just got to Seattle for the show tomorrow - immediately bumped into Blondie and got him to sign the copy of Surfs Up I brought with me


Title: Re: Brian / Al / Blondie Summer 2015 Tour Thread
Post by: undercover-m on July 11, 2015, 08:36:54 PM
 :o whatttt. That's pretty cool.  My friends saw the members of a band we were going to see at a local poster shop but I wasn't with them :(


Title: Re: Brian / Al / Blondie Summer 2015 Tour Thread
Post by: Niko on July 12, 2015, 09:51:36 AM
Also got to chat with Probyn and Bob lizik. I'd heard so many stories about how warm members of the BW are to fans, so I wasnt too nervous going up and saying hi. They really are lovely people.


Title: Re: Brian / Al / Blondie Summer 2015 Tour Thread
Post by: pixletwin on July 12, 2015, 10:14:13 AM
Brian's show in Salt Lake was wonderful. I was over the moon hearing he and Al sing Surfs Up and I got to hear Busy Doin Nothing... live... Add Blondie to the mix and I had to pinch myself. I recorded the audio of nearly the whole concert. Loved every second.

Rodriguez was ok. Nice diverse set of covers and a few originals. He does a great Bob Dylan impersonation.


Title: Re: Brian / Al / Blondie Summer 2015 Tour Thread
Post by: Niko on July 12, 2015, 05:26:41 PM
They soundcheckesd I'm Broke.

Yes. Just YES

There was also a moment where he made sure his piano just as loud as Scott and Darians


Title: Re: Brian / Al / Blondie Summer 2015 Tour Thread
Post by: barsone on July 12, 2015, 05:36:26 PM
They soundcheckesd I'm Broke.

Yes. Just YES

There was also a moment where he made sure his piano just as loud as Scott and Darians
Will be there in an hour.....how does BW mood seem this evening ?  I'll be in the 5th row behind you meet and greets with my black and blue BW hat on.  Can't wait !!!!!!!!!!!   


Title: Re: Brian / Al / Blondie Summer 2015 Tour Thread
Post by: Niko on July 12, 2015, 05:39:31 PM
They soundcheckesd I'm Broke.

Yes. Just YES

There was also a moment where he made sure his piano just as loud as Scott and Darians
Will be there in an hour.....how does BW mood seem this evening ?  I'll be in the 5th row behind you meet and greets with my black and blue BW hat on.  Can't wait !!!!!!!!!!!  

Very happy and VERY in control. I found out from the band that they started planning the song last night. Brian was handing out parts and it all came together incredibly quickly. The acoustics is this place are beautiful BTW.

Expect the best show you could expect  ;D


Title: Re: Brian / Al / Blondie Summer 2015 Tour Thread
Post by: SMiLE Brian on July 12, 2015, 05:46:55 PM
YES! ;D


Title: Re: Brian / Al / Blondie Summer 2015 Tour Thread
Post by: Lee Marshall on July 12, 2015, 05:51:00 PM
I also like the wee 'improvement they made to Barbara Ann.

As in... not playing it ?  :-D

That would be best.  I mean really.

But.  In the US it's their 5th highest charting hit ever 1 notch below I Get Around, Help Me Rhonda, Good Vibrations and Kokomo.  Everthing else... ... ...follows.

So?  We know nuttin' Andrew. :lol


Title: Re: Brian / Al / Blondie Summer 2015 Tour Thread
Post by: barsone on July 12, 2015, 05:55:41 PM
They soundcheckesd I'm Broke.

Yes. Just YES

There was also a moment where he made sure his piano just as loud as Scott and Darians
Will be there in an hour.....how does BW mood seem this evening ?  I'll be in the 5th row behind you meet and greets with my black and blue BW hat on.  Can't wait !!!!!!!!!!!  

Very happy and VERY in control. I found out from the band that they started planning the song last night. Brian was handing out parts and it all came together incredibly quickly. The acoustics is this place are beautiful BTW.

Expect the best show you could expect  ;D

Great acoustics....start out with Our Prayer.....Its going to be a very fun evening......wishing now I had bought the meet and greet/soundcheck !!


Title: Re: Brian / Al / Blondie Summer 2015 Tour Thread
Post by: startBBtoday on July 12, 2015, 05:56:06 PM
They soundcheckesd I'm Broke.

Yes. Just YES

There was also a moment where he made sure his piano just as loud as Scott and Darians

Wow. That's insane. Of all the officially released songs Brian has, he chooses that to play.

I want to hear Brian and Al tackle "Crack At Your Love."


Title: Re: Brian / Al / Blondie Summer 2015 Tour Thread
Post by: Wirestone on July 12, 2015, 06:28:37 PM
Holy moly. That's really special.


Title: Re: Brian / Al / Blondie Summer 2015 Tour Thread
Post by: pixletwin on July 12, 2015, 06:43:03 PM
Pardon my ignorance, but what is "I'm broke"?


Title: Re: Brian / Al / Blondie Summer 2015 Tour Thread
Post by: 37!ws on July 12, 2015, 06:48:23 PM
PT -- "I'm Broke" is a song that, according to "Brian's" "autobiography," he wrote after the big trial to separate him and Landy. Which is strange because Gary Usher, who died two years earlier, mentioned it in his diaries he took when he worked with Brian circa 1986-1988.

Here's the song, as recorded circa 1994:

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=n0fywmY52r0


Title: Re: Brian / Al / Blondie Summer 2015 Tour Thread
Post by: bgas on July 12, 2015, 06:49:13 PM
Pardon my ignorance, but what is "I'm broke"?

http://smileysmile.net/board/index.php?topic=1136.0



Title: Re: Brian / Al / Blondie Summer 2015 Tour Thread
Post by: pixletwin on July 12, 2015, 06:52:11 PM
Thanks you two. I hadn't heard this song before.  :)


Title: Re: Brian / Al / Blondie Summer 2015 Tour Thread
Post by: undercover-m on July 12, 2015, 11:48:48 PM
Just got back from tonight's show! I have to study for a test (on basic music theory, no less), so maybe I'll throw out a review or something later.
I will say I had the biggest smile (no pun intended) when they came on stage and played Our Prayer/HV. And I teared up during Surf's Up.


Title: Re: Brian / Al / Blondie Summer 2015 Tour Thread
Post by: barsone on July 13, 2015, 12:42:40 AM
Well everyone....just back from the Seattle show.  My daughter and I were 5th row center with just a great view of the entire stage.  It was my first concert at the Benaroya Hall and WOW, as Woodstock said earlier during the soundcheck, the acoustics were just fantastic. Maybe because this was the last stop before a 2 week break on the tour, the band had an electricity about them tonite I hadn't seen before in the prior 3 BW shows I've seen since 2011 (BW-Gershwin 2011 in St. Charles Ill.  BW-Ravinnia Chicago   BW-BAD 2013 Akron Ohio).  Everyone and especially Brian seemed stoked.  Brian so much as he almost seemed goofy and confused most of the night.  Actually was at times tripping over his words and lost as he talked too much (yes I know hard to believe). 

Other positives.  Blondie just effin ROCKED.  Wild Honey was fantastic with Blonde's riffs late in the song as he pranced all around the stage.  For you Brits...he was almost "Mick-like" as he was moving around.  I've read everyone's comments over the past year about Jeff Foskett vs Matt Jardine.  Well folks, I heard the winner tonite.  Coming from Matt, the falsetto is MUCH less forced and seems really natural on the high end notes.  He did a GREAT job on Don't Worry Baby and the audience went nuts.  Also he did a fine job covering his old man when AL couldn't quite hit the high notes on I'm Broke.  It was rather funny actually as said earlier on the thread , they put this together today.....and yes it sounded like a student unprepared for his final exam.  Al was wonderful on all his leads and "Right Time" was VERY well received by the Seattle crowd.  Sadly the Seattle crowd was so respectful of others behind them, it took the egging from Scott Bennett to get people to finally stand up mid way through the concert.  The entire back row of guys was FULLY engaged all night.  I am always amazed at the energy Nelson puts in on concert night.   Tonight the dude was nuts.  Over the top in a completely positive way making the sound "sound" like it just came from the studio !!!.  Nick was nuts tonight.  I have never seen him put so much energy into a show like he did tonight.  His energy seemed infectious, and with Paul and Nelson on each side, the entire stage seemed electric.

So Brian.  I was pumped when Woodstock said during Sound check that Brian was animated and relaxed. And wow, I've never EVER seen Brian like this.  Totally relaxed to a fault where he came across as really goofy to the crowd.  Yes I get it, its BW, but at times he really struggled with names in the band and remembering stuff...like the name of his album NPP.  I guess I just felt sorry for him a bit......because I love him so much it hurt seeing him confused a bit.

On a scale of 10 I give it an 8+.  The sound guys were off a bit as some of the mics weren't turned up until a 1/4 into the song, especially for Al.  I dunno, maybe being so close, 5th row, the sound went around us.  But nothing better than enjoying an evening with my daughter at a BW show.  And Love and Mercy at the end had tears in my eyes.  Just love those lyrics.  Typical encore with All Summer Long,  Help ME Rhonda, Surfin USA, Barabara Ann, and FUN Fun Fun.  With Love and Mercy at the end.

I do miss Jeff Foskett's introduction of the band.  He does have more of a show business intro than Paul von Merten's.  Strictly personal preference on my part.
And his  B-R-I-A-N   W-I-L-S-O-N  intro is the best.

Lastly I do truly hope this isn't the last time I get to see him.  Yes he looks old.  But he does seem a bit rejuvenated....maybe the new album....maybe the accolades from the movie.  But he seemed very with it at times tonight.  Yes goofy,  yes confused    but its BW in concert, what more do we want.


Title: Re: Brian / Al / Blondie Summer 2015 Tour Thread
Post by: Smilin Ed H on July 13, 2015, 05:29:08 AM
" Yes I get it, its BW, but at times he really struggled with names in the band and remembering stuff...like the name of his album NPP."

Bit concerning.


Title: Re: Brian / Al / Blondie Summer 2015 Tour Thread
Post by: HeyJude on July 13, 2015, 06:25:09 AM
" Yes I get it, its BW, but at times he really struggled with names in the band and remembering stuff...like the name of his album NPP."

Bit concerning.

He’s been doing stuff like that for decades. That doesn’t particularly worry me, any more so than any of his weird behavior over the last several decades has. 


Title: Re: Brian / Al / Blondie Summer 2015 Tour Thread
Post by: HeyJude on July 13, 2015, 06:27:29 AM
Coming from Matt, the falsetto is MUCH less forced and seems really natural on the high end notes.  He did a GREAT job on Don't Worry Baby and the audience went nuts.  Also he did a fine job covering his old man when AL couldn't quite hit the high notes on I'm Broke.  It was rather funny actually as said earlier on the thread , they put this together today.....and yes it sounded like a student unprepared for his final exam. 

So they did perform “I’m Broke” during the actual show, and Al sang the lead? Very interesting. Hope someone got that one on video for YouTube. I could equally see them add that into the setlist for future shows, or that we’ll never hear it again!


Title: Re: Brian / Al / Blondie Summer 2015 Tour Thread
Post by: HeyJude on July 13, 2015, 06:36:59 AM
PT -- "I'm Broke" is a song that, according to "Brian's" "autobiography," he wrote after the big trial to separate him and Landy. Which is strange because Gary Usher, who died two years earlier, mentioned it in his diaries he took when he worked with Brian circa 1986-1988.

Here's the song, as recorded circa 1994:

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=n0fywmY52r0


I haven’t seen it in quite some time, but I recall that Brian also goes into “I’m Broke” on that “Hotel Tape” video from July 1990 with Bruce, Foskett, and Stamos.


Title: Re: Brian / Al / Blondie Summer 2015 Tour Thread
Post by: guitarfool2002 on July 13, 2015, 06:57:13 AM
How about a medley of "I Just Got My Pay/I'm Broke"?  ;D


Title: Re: Brian / Al / Blondie Summer 2015 Tour Thread
Post by: filledeplage on July 13, 2015, 07:02:31 AM
How about a medley of "I Just Got My Pay/I'm Broke"?  ;D
Or mash up.

That's funny, GF!  :lol


Title: Re: Brian / Al / Blondie Summer 2015 Tour Thread
Post by: Niko on July 13, 2015, 07:41:37 AM
" Yes I get it, its BW, but at times he really struggled with names in the band and remembering stuff...like the name of his album NPP."

Bit concerning.

Brian started the show by rushing out before the band, sitting down at his piano, and starting to play. He was super high energy but also obviously a bit nervous, like he said himself at in point. I never saw any of it as struggling.

I'm going to go over the full setlist and post my thoughts on the bus home . It was an amazing show.


Title: Re: Brian / Al / Blondie Summer 2015 Tour Thread
Post by: Niko on July 13, 2015, 01:30:23 PM
Here are my thoughts on last night's show...

This was my first time seeing Brian Wilson solo, and my second time seeing him at all after seeing the C50 Hong Kong show, which was so glorious it melted my brain. I saw M&B play a 1+ hour set shortly afterwards and in retrospect I don't really have much to say about it, other than it made me a little nervous that I wasn't going to enjoy hearing any of the hits being played again. I saw a C50 version of Shut Down, then I saw an inferior version played by Mike's band...why would I need to hear it one more time?

Well, because the band was on fire and made these songs (which I was almost expecting to sound a bit weathered with age and overplay) sound genuinely exciting. To me, it sounded like every hit was being played by the original band who had JUST released the record, because there was so much joy and excitement in the way they played each song. Every member of the band, including Brian, Al and Blondie, played and sang like there was no where else in the world they would rather be than on that stage performing for us in that hall. It was spectacular.

I got to Seattle a day before and bumped into Probyn and Bob Lizik, who were both as humble and nice as people say - they took the time to share stories with me about recording albums and playing tours, which meant a lot to me considering how many conversations they've probably had with fans over the years. Then the next morning I ran into Al Jardine and his wife, who both also took some time to talk to me and sign the two albums I had brought with me. Al was exactly as I expected, very friendly and chatty, not at all like a founding member of one of the worlds most famous rock bands. I liked him - he asked me where to find the venue ^^

I got into soundcheck while they were getting I'm Broke together, which happened pretty quick. It was FANTASTIC to see Brian Wilson so lucid - at one point he yelled to the sound guy "Is my piano on par with Scott and Darian's?" - he mentioned this again later in the actual show...seemed to be important to him that people heard him play piano, especially since he opened Honeycomb by playing the piano part himself. The meet n greet was nice...got my copy of Surf's Up signed - Al recognized me and asked me what I thought about their new song, and few other things as I shuffled along...he signed our copy of Surfin' USA a second time though, which somehow better exemplifies the man than any single signature can. Again, I liked him a lot. So genuine.

I've heard very mixed things about Rodriguez's live set on this tour, but his set last night was stellar, and I loved every moment of it. So did Seattle, apparently, because he got a standing ovation as soon as he came onstage. There was a lot of love for him, and when he played, the entire hall was silent. I'm glad I got to see him, because being near him, it's quite clear he won't be playing live for much longer.

Brian came out after - he went onstage first, and immediately sat down at his piano and started to play. It was clear he was excited, and the rest of the band joined him for the normal Our Prayer/H&V. H&V was phenomenal - I've never heard a better version. It was fast and the band was so tight - ever note was punched with perfect timing. The C50 version I saw had Foskett so loud in the mix, and Brian not very into it, whereas this version had so much to it. Like I said earlier, it sounded like the band had just released the record and were thrilled to be playing it for the an audience for the first time, which is how it stayed for the next few hits they played.

I'm Broke was cool. Al and Brian sang it together. The high note was a bit hard for them to sing, but they managed pretty well, and even though no one in the audience knew the song, it was clear they were playing the song just for the fun of it and that was what mattered. They had played Honeycomb before it, which was equally fun.

Highlights:
Every hit that was played was glorious
Don't Worry Baby - Matt nailed it and the response from the crowd was over the top
One Kind of Love
Blondie's set - he sang with a LOT of power
Darlin
Surf's Up - amazed I got to hear this one live
Wake the World/Busy Doing Nothing - My favorite part of the show. I can't believe they played these. After tackling Pet Sounds and Smile, I think the Brian Wilson band should do the entire Friends album. They just sound like they'd be able to do justice to the entire thing.

Brian got a standing ovation for singing God Only Knows, which he seemed very happy about.

The encore was ridiculous. The entire band was going nuts, moving around, playing each other instruments, singing together and dancing...crew members were dancing to the side of the stage...M. Ward appeared and played guitar and sang. And then right at the peak of the crazy energy, it all cooled down into L&M and the show was over.


The best way to describe this show, and from I've heard the rest of the tour, is to talk about the energy and joy that comes from the musicians, intro the music, and through the audience. It was a remarkable show, and to see Brian so happy, so relaxed and so full of life is what I want from his show more than anything else. After hearing a show split between hits and deeper cuts, I realized I don't actually care what he plays as long as he plays them like that. There were some issues with the mix, and a couple almost-flubs onstage, but none if it mattered. The band was fantastic, the crowd loved them, and I don't think anyone there could have asked for a better show.

It was amazing. I'll be in Britain for the next string of shows. If you get the chance to see a Brian Wilson show in the near future DO NOT MISS IT. What's happening right now is truly remarkable.

Thank you to everyone I got to meet. I'm a bit blown away by the kindness of everyone in and related to the band. They're kind, humble, wonderful people, exactly the kind who should surround Brian on stage.


Title: Re: Brian / Al / Blondie Summer 2015 Tour Thread
Post by: Music Lover on July 13, 2015, 04:35:39 PM
I just got back from my Las Vegas trip and wanted to write about my experience. 
Brian was more animated and excited during his concert at The Chelsea than I have ever seen him. Daria Wilson was running from side to side in the audience and it was obvious she had a great time and maybe her father was extra motivated to make her happy. They seemed especially into it during "Runaway Dancer."
Rodriguez opened and he was very good. It was his 73rd birthday and he seemed to have enjoyed a few drinks or so before and during the show.
Highlights of the show:
After they opened with "Our Prayer" and segued into "Heroes and Villains," Brian stopped the procedures, because "the sound was not right." While people frantically changed mics etc.. Al Jardine quipped "So much for rehearsal, Brian." Scott and Darian Sahanjana seemed to get a kick out of all that. Then, the show continued.
Blondie Chaplin was a little late when the band was introduced before the encore, because he was "whetting his whistle" with Rodriguez for his birthday.
The band was amazing throughout. Brian was especially strong on "One Kind of Love", "Surf's Up," and "God Only Knows."
I loved the very soulful feel of the sequence "Sail Away", "Wild Honey," "Sail On Sailor," "Darlin'".
The more doo-woppy arrangement of "Surfer Girl" was beautiful and I enjoyed "Honeycomb." Brian was really into it!
I found it touching to see Matt Jardine's little kids on stage (at least I assume they were his kids, I admittedly don't know much about the band's personal lives); to think that grandfather Al, son Matt and Al's grandkids were singing together was so sweet.
The band seemed to have a lot of fun and great camaraderie, just awesome!
Around 8 A.M the next morning, I ran into Paul Mertens at the breakfast buffet in the Cosmopolitan. He was very polite and kind. Around mid day, I saw Al Jardine walking hand in hand with his wife through the casino, and about 45 seconds later Blondie Chaplin was strolling along. I assume they were walking to wherever they got picked up to travel onwards to their next show in Seattle the following day.
It was an unforgettable experience.  Thank you for the memories.


Title: Re: Brian / Al / Blondie Summer 2015 Tour Thread
Post by: undercover-m on July 13, 2015, 04:53:01 PM
Then the next morning I ran into Al Jardine and his wife, who both also took some time to talk to me and sign the two albums I had brought with me. Al was exactly as I expected, very friendly and chatty, not at all like a founding member of one of the worlds most famous rock bands. I liked him - he asked me where to find the venue ^^
Well dayum, that's awesome! Al does seem like a nice guy. Also, I was so impressed by how good great incredible his voice was.

The first part of my review is sorta a bummer. I hate hate myself for saying this but I guess I need to get it off my chest. But for some reason I could tell the guy next to me was in an off mood. I don't think he was a fan of Rodriguez's liberal comments, and I think he only stood up for 2 or 3 songs. I shouldn't have let that bother me but I guess I was picking up bad vibrations. I mean, I understand that he was probably 3 times my age and all that, but he and his wife even left early, before Love and Mercy… what? So I wanted to dance around and all, but he kinda killed my mood, which sucks. I tried so hard to shake off this feeling, but I couldn’t :(.

BUT. There were highlights.
Before Brian came on my dad and I were chatting with another couple (not the cranky one). The wife and I were pretty much fangirling over the Beach Boys, talking about how much we loved Pet Sounds, the Love and Mercy movie, etc. She was blown away that I was so much younger and knew and loved the band so much—apparently her own kids aren’t so much into it. :P

As barsone noted, the sound was great but I felt like it could have been a touch louder? Maybe being on the bottom level meant the sound just went over our heads? At any rate, it was a beautiful venue but I didn’t feel completely… “surrounded” by the music. But I also tend to go to louder concerts with younger crowds so maybe I’m not used to this mellow setting :P.

As soon as they played HV I wanted to get up and rock out to the music (but everyone was sitting down). This Whole World was amazing. Darian is the greatest. And later they played Surf’s Up… and that was the most emotional moment of the concert for me. I was struck by the music and Matt’s singing, and Brian’s mission of making beautiful music that made people Smile. I thought about all of the good memories I’ve ever had from listening to them as a kid and getting into their history in the past few months and realized how his creativity and genius has made me smile over the years. So I got overwhelmed and starting tearing up, in a good way.

Speaking of the man himself, Brian is hilarious on stage. I think it was when he stumbled on NPP that he just said, “I’m nervous,” and laughed at himself. (I stutter and mess up words all the time with customers at work, so it's nice to know that even Brian does that). And he does all the little hand motions to some of the songs when he’s not playing piano.

Now, Wouldn’t It Be Nice is probably my favorite song in the whole world, but it didn’t blow me away as much as I anticipated… I feel like someone else has mentioned this before, but I guess the arrangements on PS don’t always translate 100% into live concerts? But it was still amazing live. One Kind of Love (Brian: “You don’t have to sing along, but try to.” Al: “Yeah, the album’s called No Pier Pressure, so there’s no peer pressure on this one.” or something like that) , GV, and Help Me Rhonda (again: Al’s voice is amazing!) were other highlights for me. Oh, and Darlin' is so much fun live. Another favorite song of mine. What a talented band. You could tell they were really going all out during the encore, running around on stage and smashing cymbals and jumping around.

Oh, and about Rodriguez… I liked his performance. He’s hilarious and super talented. My dad describes him as a mix between Bob Dylan and Jose Feliciano. I don’t know how much he’s done this at other shows, but he’ll talk about his songs and his background, saying things like, “The rich think they can buy the White House… and they’re right,” as well as poking fun at his ethnicity (something I do all the time, too ;D). I’m fine with the songs and comments he made, but something tells me that the old cranky guy next to me didn’t think so.

Anyway, I’m sorry my review got rather negative and political. But I’m happy to say that I saw such an inspirational man in concert. Brian looked happy and relaxed, and Al was looking classy as always. This was my first BB-related concert ever, and I really do hope to see him again.

edit: oh my, that got long. anyway, I forgot to mention how much fun Blondie was! When he wasn't singing he was running behind everyone else with a tambourine. Also, here's a pic of the venue.
(http://i60.tinypic.com/wvd0ya.jpg)


Title: Re: Brian / Al / Blondie Summer 2015 Tour Thread
Post by: Shady on July 13, 2015, 06:54:53 PM
Shouldn't have let that person put you off, it's a Brian Wilson show, live in the moment, you're so lucky to be there  ;D

How strange that this is possibly Brian's last US tour but going by the reviews it's possibly his best ever...the man just get's better.


Title: Re: Brian / Al / Blondie Summer 2015 Tour Thread
Post by: undercover-m on July 13, 2015, 07:26:16 PM
I know :P. That's why I feel terrible saying that.

I will also say, that flute bit during God Only Knows might have been the highlight of my life. Prettiest little sound ever.

Also, during Surf's Up, when it sorta pauses after "Brother John," Brian was like, "Wait, it's not over yet!"

God, part of me knows that at 73, it's hard to keep doing anything. But still... I don't want this to be the last we see of him :'( (live, anyway)


Title: Re: Brian / Al / Blondie Summer 2015 Tour Thread
Post by: Shady on July 13, 2015, 07:34:57 PM
I really hope it won't be. With Al and Blondie joining in a lot of the workload has been taken off him.

I know I'll be seeing him in 2016 and that's all that matters  ;D


Title: Re: Brian / Al / Blondie Summer 2015 Tour Thread
Post by: undercover-m on July 13, 2015, 07:53:04 PM
If I graduate in 2016, I kinda wanna travel somewhere. I might will have an reason to stop by the UK, then, right?


Title: Re: Brian / Al / Blondie Summer 2015 Tour Thread
Post by: barsone on July 13, 2015, 08:25:46 PM
Ray Lawlor....were you at the Seattle show last nite ?


Title: Re: Brian / Al / Blondie Summer 2015 Tour Thread
Post by: RubberSoul13 on July 13, 2015, 09:35:30 PM
Unless (God forbid) something tragic happens, I will be incredibly shocked if this is his last US tour. No doubt it will slow down year after year, but to stop this machine? No way.


Title: Re: Brian / Al / Blondie Summer 2015 Tour Thread
Post by: Wirestone on July 13, 2015, 09:49:19 PM
Unless (God forbid) something tragic happens, I will be incredibly shocked if this is his last US tour. No doubt it will slow down year after year, but to stop this machine? No way.

That's my take, too. Willie Nelson is into his 80s and still touring briskly, and Leonard Cohen was doing marathon sets into his late, late 70s. No reason Brian couldn't follow them, especially if he's expecting to have another 15 years.

I expect he will do what he's done since the late aughts -- a dozen dates one year, a couple of dozen dates the next. Maybe a year off here and there. He seems to be on an incredible roll.

(That being said, it looks like he really needs to lose some weight. That would help with his back, if nothing else.)


Title: Re: Brian / Al / Blondie Summer 2015 Tour Thread
Post by: STE on July 14, 2015, 01:30:35 AM

"Honeycomb" and "I'm Broke", Seattle July 12

https://youtu.be/fQWi6jzK220 (https://youtu.be/fQWi6jzK220)

Very rough but love them!
I could listen to Brian trying out songs all day.



Title: Re: Brian / Al / Blondie Summer 2015 Tour Thread
Post by: pixletwin on July 14, 2015, 06:25:34 AM
There was a strange moment in the SLC show where Al wanted to do Cotton Fields and Brian nixed it.


Title: Re: Brian / Al / Blondie Summer 2015 Tour Thread
Post by: HeyJude on July 14, 2015, 06:29:53 AM
There was a strange moment in the SLC show where Al wanted to do Cotton Fields and Brian nixed it.

"Cottonfields" was in the setlist earlier in the tour; I'm guessing Al just wanted to switch it up a bit (or forgot it wasn't in the setlist), and was shot down. As I've mentioned before, perhaps for both better and worse, Al gets little in the way of any input into the setlist. While that totally makes sense (it's Brian's tour), my sense is it might be cool if they took one or two suggestions.


Title: Re: Brian / Al / Blondie Summer 2015 Tour Thread
Post by: HeyJude on July 14, 2015, 06:30:14 AM

"Honeycomb" and "I'm Broke", Seattle July 12

https://youtu.be/fQWi6jzK220 (https://youtu.be/fQWi6jzK220)

Very rough but love them!
I could listen to Brian trying out songs all day.



Exactly. I love this; it’s a spontaneity that has rarely been found at Beach Boys or Beach Boys-related shows. No, I wouldn’t want a full set of nothing but half-rehearsed songs. Ideally, they’d do what the Stones did however many tours back and just rehearse like 100 songs and have that many ready to go to rotate in and out, and then they could be both spontaneous and still have the songs rehearsed. But when you’re just doing a short 20-date tour, that’s not enough time to build up that many freshly-rehearsed songs.

But after years of touring Beach Boys shows in the past where it was considered a mind-blowing treat to see them add something like “This Whole World” to the setlist for a few months in 1988 for instance, to see Brian and Al try out a “new” song that nobody but the most hardcore fans would have any knowledge of, is pretty cool.

When was the last time Brian did a totally unreleased, non-cover version song in concert (not counting previewing “new album” tracks just prior to an album’s release)? I guess the two “new” tracks on “Live at the Roxy” would technically fit. He did “Desert Drive” in 2001, which wasn’t released until 2004. I suppose “Walking Down the Path of Life” was another one. Any others I’m not remembering at the moment?


Title: Re: Brian / Al / Blondie Summer 2015 Tour Thread
Post by: MyDrKnowsItKeepsMeCalm on July 14, 2015, 07:12:42 AM

"Honeycomb" and "I'm Broke", Seattle July 12

https://youtu.be/fQWi6jzK220 (https://youtu.be/fQWi6jzK220)

Very rough but love them!
I could listen to Brian trying out songs all day.



Exactly. I love this; it’s a spontaneity that has rarely been found at Beach Boys or Beach Boys-related shows.
Agreed, these are a lot of fun!   8)



Title: Re: Brian / Al / Blondie Summer 2015 Tour Thread
Post by: Matt H on July 14, 2015, 07:43:02 AM

"Honeycomb" and "I'm Broke", Seattle July 12

https://youtu.be/fQWi6jzK220 (https://youtu.be/fQWi6jzK220)

Very rough but love them!
I could listen to Brian trying out songs all day.



Exactly. I love this; it’s a spontaneity that has rarely been found at Beach Boys or Beach Boys-related shows.
Agreed, these are a lot of fun!   8)



That was cool!


Title: Re: Brian / Al / Blondie Summer 2015 Tour Thread
Post by: puni puni on July 14, 2015, 07:59:20 AM
I like how the new arrangements are actually interesting and sound nothing like Imagination or NPP. Makes me optimistic about the covers album.


Title: Re: Brian / Al / Blondie Summer 2015 Tour Thread
Post by: Wirestone on July 14, 2015, 09:46:13 AM
When was the last time Brian did a totally unreleased, non-cover version song in concert (not counting previewing “new album” tracks just prior to an album’s release)? I guess the two “new” tracks on “Live at the Roxy” would technically fit. He did “Desert Drive” in 2001, which wasn’t released until 2004. I suppose “Walking Down the Path of Life” was another one. Any others I’m not remembering at the moment?

I think that's about it.

Although in terms of rockin' covers, he did do "Keep a Knockin'" with the band in '09 ...

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=D81R-EQ_EoI


Title: Re: Brian / Al / Blondie Summer 2015 Tour Thread
Post by: Azmo on July 14, 2015, 01:24:27 PM
I like how the new arrangements are actually interesting and sound nothing like Imagination or NPP. Makes me optimistic about the covers album.

Who originally did "I'm Broke"?  It is not ringing any bells.  Thanks


Title: Re: Brian / Al / Blondie Summer 2015 Tour Thread
Post by: coco1997 on July 14, 2015, 01:30:22 PM
Who originally did "I'm Broke"?  It is not ringing any bells.  Thanks


Brian.


Title: Re: Brian / Al / Blondie Summer 2015 Tour Thread
Post by: puni puni on July 14, 2015, 01:51:18 PM
Yeah, 'I'm Broke' is a Wilson/Paley song, but the arrangement is slightly different from the original recording


Title: Re: Brian / Al / Blondie Summer 2015 Tour Thread
Post by: Wirestone on July 14, 2015, 02:27:08 PM
Yeah, 'I'm Broke' is a Wilson/Paley song, but the arrangement is slightly different from the original recording

I doubt the Wilson-Paley version is the original recording. It's the only booted version, but Brian spent four sessions tracking it with Gary Usher back in 1986.

http://www.esquarterly.com/bellagio/gigs86.html


Title: Re: Brian / Al / Blondie Summer 2015 Tour Thread
Post by: Rocker on July 14, 2015, 02:40:25 PM

"Honeycomb" and "I'm Broke", Seattle July 12

https://youtu.be/fQWi6jzK220 (https://youtu.be/fQWi6jzK220)

Very rough but love them!
I could listen to Brian trying out songs all day.




Do we witness the evolution of Brian's Rock and Roll album....finally?  ;D
Boy, talk about surprises


Title: Re: Brian / Al / Blondie Summer 2015 Tour Thread
Post by: barsone on July 14, 2015, 04:36:14 PM

"Honeycomb" and "I'm Broke", Seattle July 12

https://youtu.be/fQWi6jzK220 (https://youtu.be/fQWi6jzK220)

Very rough but love them!
I could listen to Brian trying out songs all day.




Do we witness the evolution of Brian's Rock and Roll album....finally?  ;D
Boy, talk about surprises

A couple of thoughts from being there right in front of Al during these 2 songs (esp. I'm Broke).  Its tough pulling stuff off new live songs anyway, but when your 70+ and trying to do it with not enough practice, they did come off ragged.  Al has a tendency to start pointing everywhere (like to Brian) when mistakes are made.  What the video did not show at the end (an extra 10 seconds would have caught it). Was Al frustrated with the last high note he missed and then pointing to Matt in the back left corner thanking him for covering him on the last bar of the song that both he and Brian both missed badly on.

Everyone I get it.  There not perfect and neither are any of us.  I said on a post a month ago when the new rock & roll album was being discussed, that I felt Brian's band was 100% up to the task....not only for the studio work but also taking these songs out on another tour if this album even comes to fruition.

What was neat about the other night was how happy Brian seemed.  My wife is a therapist and has been burdened with my Beach Boys love since 1973.  At breakfast the next morning she said this entire year probably has been very therapudic to Brian as he's been able to somewhat come to terms with the ugliness that occurred in his life, which in turn can lead to emotional happiness AND maybe more energy to keep on going for a while.  If it takes listening to the goofy BW and making silly mistakes on stage for us to see another tour in the future...I'm all in.  As I said in my post concert post, I did feel a bit sorry as I saw him struggle on stage trying to remember stuff.

Lastly a GREAT review today in the Seattle Times entertainment section on the show.  Will post the review later......100% positive


Title: Re: Brian / Al / Blondie Summer 2015 Tour Thread
Post by: jakeg1235 on July 14, 2015, 07:25:14 PM
I was also at the Seattle show; so happy I finally got to see him! There is something really beatuiful/haunting about seeing a large band play Our Prayer/Heroes and Villains live, there's such a spooky energy in H&V live, it was awesome. However, I couldn't help but notice some odd moments, maybe others can help shed light on them.

One was Rodriguez; he either seemed very drunk or perhaps he's just getting a bit old and rambly. He said he was turning 75 at least twice, as well as saying"I'm as happy as a Beach Boy" and "Brian should have a Vegas show" twice. There was also a weird moment where he kept muttering about how the sound was off and he would strum his guitar and mutter to himself again, doing this for a solid minute. Maybe he was just joking around and I wasn't reading it?

Brian sounded great, his voice reminded me a little bit of "Orange Crate Art" music, but I never had a problem with that album anyway, and he seemed to be enjoying himself, making banter in between songs. However, when intriducing "Darlin'" as being sung by Carl, saying, "Carl died of... He died in 1998." Is it possible he forgot what his brother died of...? Also, I noticed that when he introduced "Surf's Up", he didn't say the name of the song, and then during the song, when Matt Jardine started to sing, "Surf's up, mmm...", Brian just hummed through it and then sang the next set of lyrics. Does he maybe have a weird association with the name of the song? Totally possible I'm looking way too much into everything, curious if anyone else had noticed any of this. Also, don't get me wrong, still an amazing, powerful show, and so glad I finally got an opportunity to see him.


Title: Re: Brian / Al / Blondie Summer 2015 Tour Thread
Post by: Niko on July 14, 2015, 08:12:06 PM

"Honeycomb" and "I'm Broke", Seattle July 12

https://youtu.be/fQWi6jzK220 (https://youtu.be/fQWi6jzK220)

Very rough but love them!
I could listen to Brian trying out songs all day.




Do we witness the evolution of Brian's Rock and Roll album....finally?  ;D
Boy, talk about surprises

It took me a few minutes to place the song during soundcheck. It sounded like a rock n roll clsssic.


Title: Re: Brian / Al / Blondie Summer 2015 Tour Thread
Post by: barsone on July 14, 2015, 08:21:47 PM
I was also at the Seattle show; so happy I finally got to see him! There is something really beatuiful/haunting about seeing a large band play Our Prayer/Heroes and Villains live, there's such a spooky energy in H&V live, it was awesome. However, I couldn't help but notice some odd moments, maybe others can help shed light on them.

One was Rodriguez; he either seemed very drunk or perhaps he's just getting a bit old and rambly. He said he was turning 75 at least twice, as well as saying"I'm as happy as a Beach Boy" and "Brian should have a Vegas show" twice. There was also a weird moment where he kept muttering about how the sound was off and he would strum his guitar and mutter to himself again, doing this for a solid minute. Maybe he was just joking around and I wasn't reading it?

Brian sounded great, his voice reminded me a little bit of "Orange Crate Art" music, but I never had a problem with that album anyway, and he seemed to be enjoying himself, making banter in between songs. However, when intriducing "Darlin'" as being sung by Carl, saying, "Carl died of... He died in 1998." Is it possible he forgot what his brother died of...? Also, I noticed that when he introduced "Surf's Up", he didn't say the name of the song, and then during the song, when Matt Jardine started to sing, "Surf's up, mmm...", Brian just hummed through it and then sang the next set of lyrics. Does he maybe have a weird association with the name of the song? Totally possible I'm looking way too much into everything, curious if anyone else had noticed any of this. Also, don't get me wrong, still an amazing, powerful show, and so glad I finally got an opportunity to see him.

Jake, your right on about Surf's Up.  I didn't have the heart to say it in my earlier posts that the error on Surf's Up was really bad, hearing Brian hum the entire verse.  You could immediately tell things went bad as the entire band turned their heads toward Brian.  The rest of the song was really nice.   Didn't want to bring up the negative on SU as a lot of people on the board are following how both groups are doing on that particular song.   Matt Jardine on the falsetto all evening was a treat to hear in person.


Title: Re: Brian / Al / Blondie Summer 2015 Tour Thread
Post by: undercover-m on July 14, 2015, 08:32:31 PM
Yeah, for a split second at the concert I was confused... no Surf's Up in Surf's Up? :S

I found a video of Busy Doing Nothing / Surf's Up. They had a balcony seat, so you can see everyone in the band :). I do like how he tells you to listen to the lyrics of SU...
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=aoubC1n3WZA
In this recording you can close your eyes and almost imagine Matt is Brian. Watching this video gives me the chills. What a voice.


Title: Re: Brian / Al / Blondie Summer 2015 Tour Thread
Post by: startBBtoday on July 14, 2015, 08:37:38 PM
Yeah, for a split second at the concert I was confused... no Surf's Up in Surf's Up? :S

I found a video of Busy Doing Nothing / Surf's Up. They had a balcony seat, so you can see everyone in the band :). I do like how he tells you to listen to the lyrics of SU...
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=aoubC1n3WZA
In this recording you can close your eyes and almost imagine Matt is Brian. Watching this video gives me the chills. What a voice.

Well, he does introduce Surf's Up, and he doesn't hum through the whole verse. Just that one lyric.

Brian sounds really good with Matt on "While at port adieu or die."


Title: Re: Brian / Al / Blondie Summer 2015 Tour Thread
Post by: barsone on July 14, 2015, 10:01:41 PM
Yeah, for a split second at the concert I was confused... no Surf's Up in Surf's Up? :S

I found a video of Busy Doing Nothing / Surf's Up. They had a balcony seat, so you can see everyone in the band :). I do like how he tells you to listen to the lyrics of SU...
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=aoubC1n3WZA
In this recording you can close your eyes and almost imagine Matt is Brian. Watching this video gives me the chills. What a voice.

Well, he does introduce Surf's Up, and he doesn't hum through the whole verse. Just that one lyric.

Brian sounds really good with Matt on "While at port adieu or die."

My bad   typed verse meant lyric........up close in person it was rather obvious.   Yes and Matt did a fine job all nite whether covering or on his own with Don't Worry baby


Title: Re: Brian / Al / Blondie Summer 2015 Tour Thread
Post by: LostArt on July 15, 2015, 05:37:52 AM

"Honeycomb" and "I'm Broke", Seattle July 12

https://youtu.be/fQWi6jzK220 (https://youtu.be/fQWi6jzK220)

Very rough but love them!
I could listen to Brian trying out songs all day.




Do we witness the evolution of Brian's Rock and Roll album....finally?  ;D
Boy, talk about surprises

Maybe he's got studio time booked this fall for the Rock n' Roll album, and that is the reason he cancelled his UK tour.


Title: Re: Brian / Al / Blondie Summer 2015 Tour Thread
Post by: KDS on July 15, 2015, 05:45:26 AM
I think Brian's forgetfulness on stage is largely due to his stage freight.  Even when he seems relaxed, his banter seems a little frenetic and rushed. 

So, I don't think there's really anything wrong with him. 


Title: Re: Brian / Al / Blondie Summer 2015 Tour Thread
Post by: HeyJude on July 15, 2015, 06:18:55 AM
I was also at the Seattle show; so happy I finally got to see him! There is something really beatuiful/haunting about seeing a large band play Our Prayer/Heroes and Villains live, there's such a spooky energy in H&V live, it was awesome. However, I couldn't help but notice some odd moments, maybe others can help shed light on them.

One was Rodriguez; he either seemed very drunk or perhaps he's just getting a bit old and rambly. He said he was turning 75 at least twice, as well as saying"I'm as happy as a Beach Boy" and "Brian should have a Vegas show" twice. There was also a weird moment where he kept muttering about how the sound was off and he would strum his guitar and mutter to himself again, doing this for a solid minute. Maybe he was just joking around and I wasn't reading it?

Brian sounded great, his voice reminded me a little bit of "Orange Crate Art" music, but I never had a problem with that album anyway, and he seemed to be enjoying himself, making banter in between songs. However, when intriducing "Darlin'" as being sung by Carl, saying, "Carl died of... He died in 1998." Is it possible he forgot what his brother died of...? Also, I noticed that when he introduced "Surf's Up", he didn't say the name of the song, and then during the song, when Matt Jardine started to sing, "Surf's up, mmm...", Brian just hummed through it and then sang the next set of lyrics. Does he maybe have a weird association with the name of the song? Totally possible I'm looking way too much into everything, curious if anyone else had noticed any of this. Also, don't get me wrong, still an amazing, powerful show, and so glad I finally got an opportunity to see him.

I don’t want to make any assumptions, but your observations of a few of Brian’s tics tells me you would be more acclimated to it if you had seen him in concert in the past. Nothing you’re noting is really particularly out of the ordinary for him. I’ve seen Brian do some weird (in comparison to a “typical” concert) stuff on stage. I won’t go into all the same stories I’ve told over the ten or so times I’ve seen Brian live, but what you’re describing is just how he is. Some of it may be stage fright, some of it may be due to being either too tired or too amped up. Some of it is just because that’s his personality.

I’d say the same thing about Rodriguez. The guy is, I believe, the exact same age as Brian, and that guy apparently has been though some interesting stuff in his life too. He’s also apparently going blind/nearly blind at this stage, so that may account for some of his on-stage persona. On opening night, he also did the mumbly in-between-song thing. I think that’s just how he is. Seriously, having seen Brian so many times, I’ve seen Brian act weirder on stage that anything Rodriguez did.

And that’s not to be negative about Brian. I’ve known his deal since the first time I saw him in 1999; I knew it would be a little weird, a little awkward from time to time. His shows have always still been amazing, and I’d say his 2015 energy and persona are among his most upbeat/energetic I’ve *ever* seen him on stage. That’s saying something considering he’s 73 now and more upbeat than the first time I saw him when he was 57.


Title: Re: Brian / Al / Blondie Summer 2015 Tour Thread
Post by: atroxi on July 15, 2015, 08:46:19 AM
After they opened with "Our Prayer" and segued into "Heroes and Villains," Brian stopped the procedures, because "the sound was not right." While people frantically changed mics etc.. Al Jardine quipped "So much for rehearsal, Brian." Scott and Darian Sahanjana seemed to get a kick out of all that. Then, the show continued.
I thought it was the prompter that was out of position at the top of the show.  Either way, I got a kick out of it.  Brian was quite animated through the whole show...


Title: Re: Brian / Al / Blondie Summer 2015 Tour Thread
Post by: jakeg1235 on July 15, 2015, 09:36:52 AM
I was also at the Seattle show; so happy I finally got to see him! There is something really beatuiful/haunting about seeing a large band play Our Prayer/Heroes and Villains live, there's such a spooky energy in H&V live, it was awesome. However, I couldn't help but notice some odd moments, maybe others can help shed light on them.

One was Rodriguez; he either seemed very drunk or perhaps he's just getting a bit old and rambly. He said he was turning 75 at least twice, as well as saying"I'm as happy as a Beach Boy" and "Brian should have a Vegas show" twice. There was also a weird moment where he kept muttering about how the sound was off and he would strum his guitar and mutter to himself again, doing this for a solid minute. Maybe he was just joking around and I wasn't reading it?

Brian sounded great, his voice reminded me a little bit of "Orange Crate Art" music, but I never had a problem with that album anyway, and he seemed to be enjoying himself, making banter in between songs. However, when intriducing "Darlin'" as being sung by Carl, saying, "Carl died of... He died in 1998." Is it possible he forgot what his brother died of...? Also, I noticed that when he introduced "Surf's Up", he didn't say the name of the song, and then during the song, when Matt Jardine started to sing, "Surf's up, mmm...", Brian just hummed through it and then sang the next set of lyrics. Does he maybe have a weird association with the name of the song? Totally possible I'm looking way too much into everything, curious if anyone else had noticed any of this. Also, don't get me wrong, still an amazing, powerful show, and so glad I finally got an opportunity to see him.

I don’t want to make any assumptions, but your observations of a few of Brian’s tics tells me you would be more acclimated to it if you had seen him in concert in the past. Nothing you’re noting is really particularly out of the ordinary for him. I’ve seen Brian do some weird (in comparison to a “typical” concert) stuff on stage. I won’t go into all the same stories I’ve told over the ten or so times I’ve seen Brian live, but what you’re describing is just how he is. Some of it may be stage fright, some of it may be due to being either too tired or too amped up. Some of it is just because that’s his personality.

I’d say the same thing about Rodriguez. The guy is, I believe, the exact same age as Brian, and that guy apparently has been though some interesting stuff in his life too. He’s also apparently going blind/nearly blind at this stage, so that may account for some of his on-stage persona. On opening night, he also did the mumbly in-between-song thing. I think that’s just how he is. Seriously, having seen Brian so many times, I’ve seen Brian act weirder on stage that anything Rodriguez did.

And that’s not to be negative about Brian. I’ve known his deal since the first time I saw him in 1999; I knew it would be a little weird, a little awkward from time to time. His shows have always still been amazing, and I’d say his 2015 energy and persona are among his most upbeat/energetic I’ve *ever* seen him on stage. That’s saying something considering he’s 73 now and more upbeat than the first time I saw him when he was 57.


Awesome, thanks for some clarification, sorta had that feeling; still an awesome show!


Title: Re: Brian / Al / Blondie Summer 2015 Tour Thread
Post by: HeyJude on July 15, 2015, 11:18:08 AM
Wasn't sure I'd be able to do it, but went ahead and snagged tickets for the September 11th show at Davies Symphony Hall in San Francisco. They had already billed Brian and Al, but it looks like they just added Blondie to the billing as well.

Saw Brian there in 2004 on the "Smile" tour. I prefer outdoor venues (nice ones of course), and not having to haul my carcass into "the city", but I couldn't pass it up.

(http://daviessymphonyhall.org/wp-content/uploads/2012/09/davies-symphony-hall.jpg)


Title: Re: Brian / Al / Blondie Summer 2015 Tour Thread
Post by: chaki on July 15, 2015, 11:26:41 AM
just grabbed some sf tickets too! its a lovely venue next to some of my favorite bars! there's still tons of good seats left!


Title: Re: Brian / Al / Blondie Summer 2015 Tour Thread
Post by: puni puni on July 15, 2015, 01:09:35 PM
The "it's not over... not over" in the middle of Surf's Up fits it so well.

Obviously he was consciously experimenting with the 'surf's up mmhmm mmhmm' melody. Nothing strange about it. It's live and he can sing anything however he wants.


Title: Re: Brian / Al / Blondie Summer 2015 Tour Thread
Post by: tpesky on July 15, 2015, 07:32:03 PM
It's the loosest a BB related band has been probably since 1980? Maybe even mid 70s.  Jams, trying things in the set like Honeycomb and I'm Broke that had never been done, and changing the arrangement along the way.  All that went out the window after Dennis died and you got more of that packaged oldies tribute band presentation.  Mostly tight, kinda boring at times. Same arrangements.


Title: Re: Brian / Al / Blondie Summer 2015 Tour Thread
Post by: HeyJude on July 16, 2015, 11:24:32 AM
Another new show date, for October 10th in New York. So far, after the final two summer dates on July 24/25, we have two additional dates on the schedule:

September 11 - Davies Symphony Hall - San Francisco, CA
October 10 - Seneca Allegany Events Center - Salamanca, NY

Both Al and Blondie are scheduled for SF, while only Al so far is listed for the NY gig.


Title: Re: Brian / Al / Blondie Summer 2015 Tour Thread
Post by: SurfRiderHawaii on July 16, 2015, 04:41:34 PM
Anybody, besides me, going to the July 25th show?


Title: Re: Brian / Al / Blondie Summer 2015 Tour Thread
Post by: ♩♬🐸 Billy C ♯♫♩🐇 on July 16, 2015, 04:43:56 PM
I'll be there in spirit ^_^


Title: Re: Brian / Al / Blondie Summer 2015 Tour Thread
Post by: SMiLE Brian on July 16, 2015, 04:44:29 PM
Or from the shadows as billyman.... :hat


Title: Re: Brian / Al / Blondie Summer 2015 Tour Thread
Post by: HeyJude on July 16, 2015, 04:49:35 PM
Anybody, besides me, going to the July 25th show?

I was about to ask if anyone was going to either of the last two summer shows. Please report setlist and other details!

Anyone here going to the Canadian date on the 24th?


Title: Re: Brian / Al / Blondie Summer 2015 Tour Thread
Post by: SurfRiderHawaii on July 16, 2015, 05:05:43 PM
Anybody, besides me, going to the July 25th show?

I was about to ask if anyone was going to either of the last two summer shows. Please report setlist and other details!

Anyone here going to the Canadian date on the 24th?

Last shows of a tour can be special. Then again, Brian is playing aa show the night before in a different Country. He may be tired.

In any event, I will file a report and note any special additions to the setlist.


Title: Re: Brian / Al / Blondie Summer 2015 Tour Thread
Post by: Niko on July 16, 2015, 05:08:52 PM
Anybody, besides me, going to the July 25th show?

I was about to ask if anyone was going to either of the last two summer shows. Please report setlist and other details!

Anyone here going to the Canadian date on the 24th?

Last shows of a tour can be special. Then again, Brian is playing aa show the night before in a different Country. He may be tired.

In any event, I will file a report and note any special additions to the setlist.

Unfortunately that show was announced AFTER I had bought my plane tickets. I'll be flying out 2 days beforehand  :(


Title: Re: Brian / Al / Blondie Summer 2015 Tour Thread
Post by: SurfRiderHawaii on July 16, 2015, 05:18:05 PM
Anybody, besides me, going to the July 25th show?

I was about to ask if anyone was going to either of the last two summer shows. Please report setlist and other details!

Anyone here going to the Canadian date on the 24th?

Last shows of a tour can be special. Then again, Brian is playing aa show the night before in a different Country. He may be tired.

In any event, I will file a report and note any special additions to the setlist.

Unfortunately that show was announced AFTER I had bought my plane tickets. I'll be flying out 2 days beforehand  :(
That is a bummer! Atleast you caught them in Seattle.


Title: Re: Brian / Al / Blondie Summer 2015 Tour Thread
Post by: ♩♬🐸 Billy C ♯♫♩🐇 on July 16, 2015, 05:39:53 PM
Or from the shadows as billyman.... :hat

Shhhh


:lol


Title: Re: Brian / Al / Blondie Summer 2015 Tour Thread
Post by: Jim V. on July 16, 2015, 06:13:17 PM
Anybody, besides me, going to the July 25th show?

I was about to ask if anyone was going to either of the last two summer shows. Please report setlist and other details!

Anyone here going to the Canadian date on the 24th?

Last shows of a tour can be special. Then again, Brian is playing aa show the night before in a different Country. He may be tired.

In any event, I will file a report and note any special additions to the setlist.

Unfortunately that show was announced AFTER I had bought my plane tickets. I'll be flying out 2 days beforehand  :(
That is a bummer! Atleast you caught them in Seattle.

Welcome back ORR. Stick around. Enjoy having you here on the board.


Title: Re: Brian / Al / Blondie Summer 2015 Tour Thread
Post by: SMiLE Brian on July 16, 2015, 06:15:05 PM
Welcome back! 8)


Title: Re: Brian / Al / Blondie Summer 2015 Tour Thread
Post by: SurfRiderHawaii on July 16, 2015, 06:32:26 PM
Anybody, besides me, going to the July 25th show?

I was about to ask if anyone was going to either of the last two summer shows. Please report setlist and other details!

Anyone here going to the Canadian date on the 24th?

Last shows of a tour can be special. Then again, Brian is playing aa show the night before in a different Country. He may be tired.

In any event, I will file a report and note any special additions to the setlist.

Unfortunately that show was announced AFTER I had bought my plane tickets. I'll be flying out 2 days beforehand  :(
That is a bummer! Atleast you caught them in Seattle.

Welcome back ORR. Stick around. Enjoy having you here on the board.
Welcome back! 8)
Thanks friends!

Took me a while to "sober up". Luckily, I was accepted and treated at OSD's "The Dewey Weber Center for Alcohol and Gambling Addiction". Now if I just can get in and out of Brian's July 25th casino show without a relapse.  :P


Title: Re: Brian / Al / Blondie Summer 2015 Tour Thread
Post by: RBennett123 on July 16, 2015, 07:03:16 PM
Anybody, besides me, going to the July 25th show?

My girlfriend and I will be there!!! So excited. Bummed all the rooms are sold out at the casino though. Not looking forward to driving back to Portland after the show.


Title: Re: Brian / Al / Blondie Summer 2015 Tour Thread
Post by: Niko on July 16, 2015, 07:35:25 PM
Anybody, besides me, going to the July 25th show?

I was about to ask if anyone was going to either of the last two summer shows. Please report setlist and other details!

Anyone here going to the Canadian date on the 24th?

Last shows of a tour can be special. Then again, Brian is playing aa show the night before in a different Country. He may be tired.

In any event, I will file a report and note any special additions to the setlist.

Unfortunately that show was announced AFTER I had bought my plane tickets. I'll be flying out 2 days beforehand  :(
That is a bummer! Atleast you caught them in Seattle.

Welcome back ORR. Stick around. Enjoy having you here on the board.
Welcome back! 8)
Thanks friends!

Took me a while to "sober up". Luckily, I was accepted and treated at OSD's "The Dewey Weber Center for Alcohol and Gambling Addiction". Now if I just can get in and out of Brian's July 25th casino show without a relapse.  :P

Welcome back indeed!

Shame casino's are such popular places for bands to play. Gambling is just awful.


Title: Re: Brian / Al / Blondie Summer 2015 Tour Thread
Post by: barsone on July 16, 2015, 11:08:02 PM
Anybody, besides me, going to the July 25th show?

I was about to ask if anyone was going to either of the last two summer shows. Please report setlist and other details!

Anyone here going to the Canadian date on the 24th?

Last shows of a tour can be special. Then again, Brian is playing aa show the night before in a different Country. He may be tired.

In any event, I will file a report and note any special additions to the setlist.

Brought it up with my wife at the breakfast table the morning after the Seattle show.  She looked at me like I was crazy.  Tickets still avail as of that morning.  haven't looked since.


Title: Re: Brian / Al / Blondie Summer 2015 Tour Thread
Post by: Doo Dah on July 16, 2015, 11:31:05 PM
The show on the 24th in Richmond, BC would be a good one to check out. Right off the highway, just outside of Vancouver.

TINY auditorium. Like, tv studio sized. Sometime around 9-10 years ago I caught Brian's unplugged show - the ones with Gary Griffin, Probyn (on bass) and Jeffrey. Up until this recent tour, I've never seen Brian so animated and loosey goosey on stage. No teleprompter as well!

Anyway, kind of a small setting for such a big band. If you'd like an up close concert experience it'd be worth your while!


Title: Re: Brian / Al / Blondie Summer 2015 Tour Thread
Post by: Bud Shaver on July 16, 2015, 11:42:11 PM
I feel stupid for not realizing Brian was performing in Oregon. What's wrong with me? If I didn't have to work (and I can't take the night off) I would go. It bums me out.

How did this get past me?


Title: Re: Brian / Al / Blondie Summer 2015 Tour Thread
Post by: SurfRiderHawaii on July 17, 2015, 12:36:32 AM
I feel stupid for not realizing Brian was performing in Oregon. What's wrong with me? If I didn't have to work (and I can't take the night off) I would go. It bums me out.

How did this get past me?

I would have missed it too if I weren't on the mailing list (saw 'Yes" there last year and Chris Issak the year before.). Sorry you are missing it Bud :-(


Title: Re: Brian / Al / Blondie Summer 2015 Tour Thread
Post by: SurfRiderHawaii on July 17, 2015, 02:25:13 AM
Anybody, besides me, going to the July 25th show?

My girlfriend and I will be there!!! So excited. Bummed all the rooms are sold out at the casino though. Not looking forward to driving back to Portland after the show.
It is amazing how that big hotel books up in the summer. I'd keep checking for cancelations.


Title: Re: Brian / Al / Blondie Summer 2015 Tour Thread
Post by: HeyJude on July 17, 2015, 05:55:23 AM
I feel stupid for not realizing Brian was performing in Oregon. What's wrong with me? If I didn't have to work (and I can't take the night off) I would go. It bums me out.

How did this get past me?


The last two shows on July 24 and 25 were announced well after the rest of the tour had been announced, so it's understandable to have missed out on that announcement.

It's also slightly odd tour scheduling, to do 18 shows and then a 12-day break before the last two shows. I wonder if they were originally hoping to fill those 12 days in with a few other shows.


Title: Re: Brian / Al / Blondie Summer 2015 Tour Thread
Post by: KDS on July 17, 2015, 06:05:46 AM
I wonder if there will be any shake ups to the setlists for the later shows this month, or the fall shows. 

Personally, I wish The Little Girl I Once Knew had stayed in the set over You're So Good to Me. 


Title: Re: Brian / Al / Blondie Summer 2015 Tour Thread
Post by: doc smiley on July 17, 2015, 06:50:29 AM
I like to think that in these 12 days off they: 1. take a few days rest   2.Hang out in a rehearsal studio hacking away on material for the Rock 'n' Roll cd !  8)


Title: Re: Brian / Al / Blondie Summer 2015 Tour Thread
Post by: SurfRiderHawaii on July 17, 2015, 01:40:34 PM
I feel stupid for not realizing Brian was performing in Oregon. What's wrong with me? If I didn't have to work (and I can't take the night off) I would go. It bums me out.

How did this get past me?


The last two shows on July 24 and 25 were announced well after the rest of the tour had been announced, so it's understandable to have missed out on that announcement.

It's also slightly odd tour scheduling, to do 18 shows and then a 12-day break before the last two shows. I wonder if they were originally hoping to fill those 12 days in with a few other shows.

It was kinda surprising to see them come back up to the PNW for two shows after aleady being up here. Maybe they decided they wanted to keep going, and this time, the lead singer said yes.  ;D


Title: Re: Brian / Al / Blondie Summer 2015 Tour Thread
Post by: chaki on July 17, 2015, 03:44:45 PM
so who is in the caretaker role now that foskett is out?


Title: Re: Brian / Al / Blondie Summer 2015 Tour Thread
Post by: HeyJude on July 17, 2015, 04:16:00 PM
Ray Lawlor posted a number of times explaining what Jeff Foskett did and didn't do while he was with Brian, and during which eras different people helped Brian out in different roles. Not sure whether "caretaker" is the best term to use. I don't think Brian went out and found a literal "replacement Jeff", other than in a musical sense of finding falsetto replacements.

I'd say on stage, Al surprisingly fills a bit of a Foskett-esque role as far as being in a physical/literal sense Brian's right-hand man (or I guess he's on Brian's left technically).


Title: Re: Brian / Al / Blondie Summer 2015 Tour Thread
Post by: Ray Lawlor on July 17, 2015, 09:30:22 PM
Ray Lawlor posted a number of times explaining what Jeff Foskett did and didn't do while he was with Brian, and during which eras different people helped Brian out in different roles. Not sure whether "caretaker" is the best term to use. I don't think Brian went out and found a literal "replacement Jeff", other than in a musical sense of finding falsetto replacements.

I'd say on stage, Al surprisingly fills a bit of a Foskett-esque role as far as being in a physical/literal sense Brian's right-hand man (or I guess he's on Brian's left technically).

Hey Jude ; thanks ; I wanted to speak up and say there is no "caretaker" and I agree with your comment that it is not the best term to use ; Brian does have a personal assistant as do countless other people in the entertainment industry, and for those of us who saw this tour , it was fairly apparent that he does not require any backup support on stage. Jeff was ultimately replaced on stage and studio by Matt Jardine, who has done a stellar job on both the falsetto parts , as well as the lead vocals he has been handed.  There was great interplay between Brian and Al , the by product of knowing each other since high school I would think ; there was a great rapport with Blondie as well, and Brian loves his vocals as well as energy. The band,as I have said several times is the best in the world, in my opinion ,  kicked it up another notch on this tour; I think , feeding off a Brian Wilson that quite frankly , most of us had not seen before.





Title: Re: Brian / Al / Blondie Summer 2015 Tour Thread
Post by: ♩♬🐸 Billy C ♯♫♩🐇 on July 17, 2015, 10:04:18 PM
To piggyback on that last sentence...Brian has seemed so much more confident and outgoing on this tour than, well, *ever* onstage. The band's chemistry is outstanding, and it shows. Brian himself has gained a swagger that many of us never expected, and it's been quite exciting and heartwarming to see.


Title: Re: Brian / Al / Blondie Summer 2015 Tour Thread
Post by: acedecade75 on July 19, 2015, 02:14:17 PM
Anybody, besides me, going to the July 25th show?

I was about to ask if anyone was going to either of the last two summer shows. Please report setlist and other details!



Anyone here going to the Canadian date on the 24th?

Last shows of a tour can be special. Then again, Brian is playing aa show the night before in a different Country. He may be tired.

In any event, I will file a report and note any special additions to the setlist.

Unfortunately that show was announced AFTER I had bought my plane tickets. I'll be flying out 2 days beforehand  :(
That is a bummer! Atleast you caught them in Seattle.

Welcome back ORR. Stick around. Enjoy having you here on the board.
Welcome back! 8)
Thanks friends!

Took me a while to "sober up". Luckily, I was accepted and treated at OSD's "The Dewey Weber Center for Alcohol and Gambling Addiction". Now if I just can get in and out of Brian's July 25th casino show without a relapse.  :P

Welcome back indeed!

Shame casino's are such popular places for bands to play. Gambling is just awful.

My complaint with casino shows is that they pretty much always make the band do a shorter show.  The casinos are so greedy that can't even let you enjoy the show that you bought a high priced ticket to before they try and rush you back in to the gambling arena.


Title: Re: Brian / Al / Blondie Summer 2015 Tour Thread
Post by: undercover-m on July 19, 2015, 06:34:14 PM
My problem with casino shows is that I can't even GO there, so I can't get into the Oregon show regardless... :'(


Title: Re: Brian / Al / Blondie Summer 2015 Tour Thread
Post by: ppk700 on July 20, 2015, 09:05:39 AM
Speaking of casino shows, looks like Brian and Al will be playing at the Seneca Allegany Casino in Salamanca, NY (a bit south of Buffalo, near the PA border) on Saturday October 10th.


Title: Re: Brian / Al / Blondie Summer 2015 Tour Thread
Post by: J.G. Dev on July 20, 2015, 09:28:22 AM
My problem with casino shows is that I can't even GO there, so I can't get into the Oregon show regardless... :'(

Are you referring to your age? I can't speak for all venues but I saw them at Mohegan Sun in CT and took my 14 year old son. The rule is that minors couldn't walk on the casino floor though.


Title: Re: Brian / Al / Blondie Summer 2015 Tour Thread
Post by: undercover-m on July 20, 2015, 12:21:17 PM
My problem with casino shows is that I can't even GO there, so I can't get into the Oregon show regardless... :'(

Are you referring to your age? I can't speak for all venues but I saw them at Mohegan Sun in CT and took my 14 year old son. The rule is that minors couldn't walk on the casino floor though.
Yeah, although I have been to some casinos where my parents took me to shows. But it seems like the ones that the Beach Boys go to around my area are 21+.

That said, my dad and I are going to a Mike+Bruce show in Canada later this summer. Yay legal age!


Title: Re: Brian / Al / Blondie Summer 2015 Tour Thread
Post by: HeyJude on July 21, 2015, 01:58:03 PM
Don’t know if we’ll have to start a new “Late Summer/Fall Tour” thread after the last “Summer” shows this week, but it looks like we’ve got a third Brian show for September/October. It’s October 23 in Easton, PA. The schedule so far:

September 11 - Davies Symphony Hall - San Francisco, CA
October 10 - Seneca Allegany Events Center - Salamanca, NY
October 23 – State Theatre – Easton, PA


Title: Re: Brian / Al / Blondie Summer 2015 Tour Thread
Post by: guitarfool2002 on July 21, 2015, 02:09:32 PM
Don’t know if we’ll have to start a new “Late Summer/Fall Tour” thread after the last “Summer” shows this week, but it looks like we’ve got a third Brian show for September/October. It’s October 23 in Easton, PA. The schedule so far:

September 11 - Davies Symphony Hall - San Francisco, CA
October 10 - Seneca Allegany Events Center - Salamanca, NY
October 23 – State Theatre – Easton, PA[/size]


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 :beer


Title: Re: Brian / Al / Blondie Summer 2015 Tour Thread
Post by: HeyJude on July 24, 2015, 01:04:46 PM
Did we determine that no folks on the board here are going to tonight’s show in Richmond, BC? It’ll be interesting to see if the setlist varies at all. Any bets on whether they try “I’m Broke” again?


Title: Re: Brian / Al / Blondie Summer 2015 Tour Thread
Post by: joe_blow on July 25, 2015, 11:19:09 AM
Did we determine that no folks on the board here are going to tonight’s show in Richmond, BC? It’ll be interesting to see if the setlist varies at all. Any bets on whether they try “I’m Broke” again?

I made a last minute decision to go to the show once I was finally able to confirm Al would be there. What a show! I didn't think they would have the full band, as I had seen him in the same venue, very scaled down in 2007. Brian was all over the place; witty at times, obviously reading so many lines, coughed into the mic, but also seemed animated and engaged. The room, which seats 1000 was about 95% full. There were people going up to the stage to dance and take pictures from time to time, before being told to go back to their respective seats. For the encore the floor was packed with lots of dancing and photos being taken. Al had an apple for most of the show, which he would hold onto and then place onto Brian's piano. At one point Brian repeated his lines about how loud can you yell....just the girls, just the boys....The highlights for me were Sloop John B., Wild Honey (Blondie was awesome), and Love and Mercy (with the line "a lot of people out there getting shot....: instead of hurting.) My only regret is I didn't get myself a Keep It Clean shirt, as I was so close to Al, and got a nod from him. After the show I was about to meet Scott Bennett and Probyn. Really nice guys. Matt Jardine spend a lot of time afterwards meeting fans and signing autographs. Just my random thoughts review, but there it be!

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=W2Zwo_wCoIU


Title: Re: Brian / Al / Blondie Summer 2015 Tour Thread
Post by: Andrew G. Doe on July 25, 2015, 12:28:18 PM
Alan's "apple" is a shaker.  :)


Title: Re: Brian / Al / Blondie Summer 2015 Tour Thread
Post by: joe_blow on July 25, 2015, 04:34:13 PM
Alan's "apple" is a shaker.  :)
Now that makes sense!


Title: Re: Brian / Al / Blondie Summer 2015 Tour Thread
Post by: RBennett123 on July 26, 2015, 08:43:48 AM
The show at Spirit Mountain was great last night! Have a video of You Keep a Knockin I'll post later. Best part of the night for me was Brian's monologue in between songs that had the audience cracking up. Describing Surfs Up :"I mean, the lyrics on this song are so poetic, like, you know, you can't even hear them they are so poetic".


Title: Re: Brian / Al / Blondie Summer 2015 Tour Thread
Post by: coco1997 on July 26, 2015, 08:58:52 AM
So Brian's done "Honeycomb" "You Keep A Knockin'" and "I'm Broke" so far. The rock 'n roll album album cycle is in full swing!  8)


Title: Re: Brian / Al / Blondie Summer 2015 Tour Thread
Post by: SurfRiderHawaii on July 26, 2015, 11:39:33 AM
The show at Spirit Mountain was great last night! Have a video of You Keep a Knockin I'll post later. Best part of the night for me was Brian's monologue in between songs that had the audience cracking up. Describing Surfs Up :"I mean, the lyrics on this song are so poetic, like, you know, you can't even hear them they are so poetic".
Great show! Brian was loose, talkative and funny. Scott sang lead on Knockin I believe. I liked the Wall of Sound arrangement of Barbara Ann, with Scott and Brian doing a boogie woogie piano thing together on Brian's piano.

Seeing three Beach Boys on stage together with this band, the real deal! Al does a better Mike than Mike on Shut Down/Coupe. Bummed that they skipped Busy Doing Nothing. They did Sail Away, which was great. Blondie nailed it. Adding Runaway Dancer and cutting the two Friends songs, not a good idea.

I missed the Smile tour so seeing Brian do the greatest song of the rock era, in my opinion, Surf's Up, was a thrill!


Title: Re: Brian / Al / Blondie Summer 2015 Tour Thread
Post by: SurfRiderHawaii on July 26, 2015, 11:51:45 AM
Completely sold out show, by the way. I checked with the box office.

And Brian got a lengthy standing O after God Only Knows.

Jeff, Matt - do a fine job but neither can ever match Brian in his prime.


Title: Re: Brian / Al / Blondie Summer 2015 Tour Thread
Post by: The LEGENDARY OSD on July 26, 2015, 12:01:39 PM
The show at Spirit Mountain was great last night! Have a video of You Keep a Knockin I'll post later. Best part of the night for me was Brian's monologue in between songs that had the audience cracking up. Describing Surfs Up :"I mean, the lyrics on this song are so poetic, like, you know, you can't even hear them they are so poetic".
Great show! Brian was loose, talkative and funny. Scott sang lead on Knockin I believe. I liked the Wall of Sound arrangement of Barbara Ann, with Scott and Brian doing a boogie woogie piano thing together on Brian's piano.

Seeing three Beach Boys on stage together with this band, the real deal! Al does a better Mike than Mike on Shut Down/Coupe. Bummed that they skipped Busy Doing Nothing. They did Sail Away, which was great. Blondie nailed it. Adding Runaway Dancer and cutting the two Friends songs, not a good idea.

I missed the Smile tour so seeing Brian do the greatest song of the rock era, in my opinion, Surf's Up, was a thrill!

The real deal is right, ORR! Al does an incredible lead on SD and LDC. So much better hearing him do them than a bleater who can't bleat anymore, thank heaven.  ;)


Title: Re: Brian / Al / Blondie Summer 2015 Tour Thread
Post by: SurfRiderHawaii on July 26, 2015, 12:07:54 PM
The show at Spirit Mountain was great last night! Have a video of You Keep a Knockin I'll post later. Best part of the night for me was Brian's monologue in between songs that had the audience cracking up. Describing Surfs Up :"I mean, the lyrics on this song are so poetic, like, you know, you can't even hear them they are so poetic".
Great show! Brian was loose, talkative and funny. Scott sang lead on Knockin I believe. I liked the Wall of Sound arrangement of Barbara Ann, with Scott and Brian doing a boogie woogie piano thing together on Brian's piano.

Seeing three Beach Boys on stage together with this band, the real deal! Al does a better Mike than Mike on Shut Down/Coupe. Bummed that they skipped Busy Doing Nothing. They did Sail Away, which was great. Blondie nailed it. Adding Runaway Dancer and cutting the two Friends songs, not a good idea.

I missed the Smile tour so seeing Brian do the greatest song of the rock era, in my opinion, Surf's Up, was a thrill!

The real deal is right, ORR! Al does an incredible lead on SD and LDC. So much better hearing him do them than a bleater who can't bleat anymore, thank heaven.  ;)
This be true! Al can do a great "Mike voice" but a lot less nasally. Amazing how superb Al's voice remains!


Title: Re: Brian / Al / Blondie Summer 2015 Tour Thread
Post by: SMiLE Brian on July 26, 2015, 12:12:32 PM
Al's voice on the Mike songs rules! 8)


Title: Re: Brian / Al / Blondie Summer 2015 Tour Thread
Post by: Rocker on July 26, 2015, 12:15:32 PM
The show at Spirit Mountain was great last night! Have a video of You Keep a Knockin I'll post later. Best part of the night for me was Brian's monologue in between songs that had the audience cracking up. Describing Surfs Up :"I mean, the lyrics on this song are so poetic, like, you know, you can't even hear them they are so poetic".


You mean the Little Richard tune "Keep a knockin'", don't you? Just to make sure that it's not a new song I haven't heard about yet.


Title: Re: Brian / Al / Blondie Summer 2015 Tour Thread
Post by: SurfRiderHawaii on July 26, 2015, 12:22:39 PM
The show at Spirit Mountain was great last night! Have a video of You Keep a Knockin I'll post later. Best part of the night for me was Brian's monologue in between songs that had the audience cracking up. Describing Surfs Up :"I mean, the lyrics on this song are so poetic, like, you know, you can't even hear them they are so poetic".


You mean the Little Richard tune "Keep a knockin'", don't you? Just to make sure that it's not a new song I haven't heard about yet.

Yes, Brian introduced it as one of Little Richard's best songs.


Title: Re: Brian / Al / Blondie Summer 2015 Tour Thread
Post by: joe_blow on July 26, 2015, 12:30:21 PM
The show at Spirit Mountain was great last night! Have a video of You Keep a Knockin I'll post later. Best part of the night for me was Brian's monologue in between songs that had the audience cracking up. Describing Surfs Up :"I mean, the lyrics on this song are so poetic, like, you know, you can't even hear them they are so poetic".
At the River Rock Casino he described Surf's Up as a song he wrote in 1964 that feels like 10 minutes but is 3 minutes and 15 seconds.


Title: Re: Brian / Al / Blondie Summer 2015 Tour Thread
Post by: drbeachboy on July 26, 2015, 12:34:08 PM
Completely sold out show, by the way. I checked with the box office.

And Brian got a lengthy standing O after God Only Knows.

Jeff, Matt - do a fine job but neither can ever match Brian in his prime.
Hmmmm, never saw Brian live in his prime. Since 1969, there has always been someone else singing his high parts.


Title: Re: Brian / Al / Blondie Summer 2015 Tour Thread
Post by: SurfRiderHawaii on July 26, 2015, 12:57:54 PM
Completely sold out show, by the way. I checked with the box office.

And Brian got a lengthy standing O after God Only Knows.

Jeff, Matt - do a fine job but neither can ever match Brian in his prime.
Hmmmm, never saw Brian live in his prime. Since 1969, there has always been someone else singing his high parts.
Me neither. Just what is on video and record.


Title: Re: Brian / Al / Blondie Summer 2015 Tour Thread
Post by: RBennett123 on July 26, 2015, 12:58:59 PM
The show at Spirit Mountain was great last night! Have a video of You Keep a Knockin I'll post later. Best part of the night for me was Brian's monologue in between songs that had the audience cracking up. Describing Surfs Up :"I mean, the lyrics on this song are so poetic, like, you know, you can't even hear them they are so poetic".
Great show! Brian was loose, talkative and funny. Scott sang lead on Knockin I believe. I liked the Wall of Sound arrangement of Barbara Ann, with Scott and Brian doing a boogie woogie piano thing together on Brian's piano.

Seeing three Beach Boys on stage together with this band, the real deal! Al does a better Mike than Mike on Shut Down/Coupe. Bummed that they skipped Busy Doing Nothing. They did Sail Away, which was great. Blondie nailed it. Adding Runaway Dancer and cutting the two Friends songs, not a good idea.

I missed the Smile tour so seeing Brian do the greatest song of the rock era, in my opinion, Surf's Up, was a thrill!



When Al started singing SD I did a triple take. His voice sounded so amazing that for a split second I thought it was a recording from the early 60's. Made up for the fact that he totally spaced on the lyrics for Then I Kissed Her. The people behind me got a good chuckle out of him singing "then I asked her to be my bride" for all 3 verses.


Title: Re: Brian / Al / Blondie Summer 2015 Tour Thread
Post by: drbeachboy on July 26, 2015, 01:10:52 PM
Completely sold out show, by the way. I checked with the box office.

And Brian got a lengthy standing O after God Only Knows.

Jeff, Matt - do a fine job but neither can ever match Brian in his prime.
Hmmmm, never saw Brian live in his prime. Since 1969, there has always been someone else singing his high parts.
Me neither. Just what is on video and record.
Ok. Tough to compare two guys singing live to Brian singing in the studio, because he was in a league by himself, in my opinion.


Title: Re: Brian / Al / Blondie Summer 2015 Tour Thread
Post by: SurfRiderHawaii on July 26, 2015, 01:45:16 PM
Completely sold out show, by the way. I checked with the box office.

And Brian got a lengthy standing O after God Only Knows.

Jeff, Matt - do a fine job but neither can ever match Brian in his prime.
Hmmmm, never saw Brian live in his prime. Since 1969, there has always been someone else singing his high parts.
Me neither. Just what is on video and record.
Ok. Tough to compare two guys singing live to Brian singing in the studio, because he was in a league by himself, in my opinion.
(http://rymimg.com/lk/f/l/be7d2c4ebef6949b3dfc244f3530e539/3842323.png)


Title: Re: Brian / Al / Blondie Summer 2015 Tour Thread
Post by: RBennett123 on July 26, 2015, 03:04:07 PM
Here is my video.

Keep A Knockin/Surf's Up/The Right Time intro

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ejl50mNvBIo&feature=youtu.be


Title: Re: Brian / Al / Blondie Summer 2015 Tour Thread
Post by: wantsomecorn on July 26, 2015, 07:11:44 PM
The show at Spirit Mountain was great last night! Have a video of You Keep a Knockin I'll post later. Best part of the night for me was Brian's monologue in between songs that had the audience cracking up. Describing Surfs Up :"I mean, the lyrics on this song are so poetic, like, you know, you can't even hear them they are so poetic".
At the River Rock Casino he described Surf's Up as a song he wrote in 1964 that feels like 10 minutes but is 3 minutes and 15 seconds.

Brian's introductions to Surf's Up have been great all tour. At Ravinia, he went on a long tangent:

"This song is four minutes long, but it has about 20 years of music in it."

*audience laughter*

"...you know, I don't really know what that means."

*audience laughter*

"...actually, this is the one song I don't really like to sing. I like to sing every other song this show, but not really this one. But what are you going to do?"

*audience laughter, although more confused and hesitant*

Al: But Brian, this is from the Smile album, one of the best albums ever!

*audience applause*

Brian: Yeah, alright. Let's start the song.


Title: Re: Brian / Al / Blondie Summer 2015 Tour Thread
Post by: marcella27 on July 26, 2015, 07:42:38 PM
The show at Spirit Mountain was great last night! Have a video of You Keep a Knockin I'll post later. Best part of the night for me was Brian's monologue in between songs that had the audience cracking up. Describing Surfs Up :"I mean, the lyrics on this song are so poetic, like, you know, you can't even hear them they are so poetic".
Great show! Brian was loose, talkative and funny. Scott sang lead on Knockin I believe. I liked the Wall of Sound arrangement of Barbara Ann, with Scott and Brian doing a boogie woogie piano thing together on Brian's piano.

Seeing three Beach Boys on stage together with this band, the real deal! Al does a better Mike than Mike on Shut Down/Coupe. Bummed that they skipped Busy Doing Nothing. They did Sail Away, which was great. Blondie nailed it. Adding Runaway Dancer and cutting the two Friends songs, not a good idea.

I missed the Smile tour so seeing Brian do the greatest song of the rock era, in my opinion, Surf's Up, was a thrill!

The real deal is right, ORR! Al does an incredible lead on SD and LDC. So much better hearing him do them than a bleater who can't bleat anymore, thank heaven.  ;)
This be true! Al can do a great "Mike voice" but a lot less nasally. Amazing how superb Al's voice remains!

Al's voice is absolutely in top form.  He sounded incredible in Toronto.  So sad I wasn't able to go to the Richmond show!


Title: Re: Brian / Al / Blondie Summer 2015 Tour Thread
Post by: pixletwin on July 26, 2015, 09:30:10 PM
In SLC he introduced Surfs Up saying "here is a 4 minute song that feels like a 10 minute song".

:lol


Title: Re: Brian / Al / Blondie Summer 2015 Tour Thread
Post by: Emdeeh on July 27, 2015, 10:25:00 AM
Who was singing lead on "You Keep a'Knockin"? Was that Scott?



Title: Re: Brian / Al / Blondie Summer 2015 Tour Thread
Post by: SurfRiderHawaii on July 27, 2015, 11:06:44 AM
Who was singing lead on "You Keep a'Knockin"? Was that Scott?


Yes, Scott.


Title: Re: Brian / Al / Blondie Summer 2015 Tour Thread
Post by: Marty Castillo on July 27, 2015, 11:32:42 AM
Do you think we see additional October, November and/or December dates? There were a good number of markets missed on the first leg. It seems a little odd if they were to do a second leg that they have only released a couple additional dates, instead of having a bigger announcement for multiple new dates.


Title: Re: Brian / Al / Blondie Summer 2015 Tour Thread
Post by: GoodVibrations33 on July 27, 2015, 11:50:09 AM
Do you think we see additional October, November and/or December dates? There were a good number of markets missed on the first leg. It seems a little odd if they were to do a second leg that they have only released a couple additional dates, instead of having a bigger announcement for multiple new dates.

I hope they make it down to FL, but also make good on the aborted U.K. tour for those fans too.


Title: Re: Brian / Al / Blondie Summer 2015 Tour Thread
Post by: Rocker on July 27, 2015, 01:00:56 PM
Who was singing lead on "You Keep a'Knockin"? Was that Scott?


Yes, Scott.



Sounds more like Darian on the first verse and Scott on the second to my ears.

Thanks for posting RBennett123! Very good sound and it definitely sounds like there's something in Brian's mind with this song.



Title: Re: Brian / Al / Blondie Summer 2015 Tour Thread
Post by: Andrew G. Doe on July 27, 2015, 02:41:42 PM
First known performance of this was July 11th 2009 at Guilfest in Surrey. I was there and can affirm it was... loose.  ;D


Title: Re: Brian / Al / Blondie Summer 2015 Tour Thread
Post by: DC310 on July 27, 2015, 06:14:04 PM
Yes Darian first verse, Scott on second verse.  With Al chiming in on some harmonies.


Title: Re: Brian / Al / Blondie Summer 2015 Tour Thread
Post by: Shady on July 27, 2015, 06:23:05 PM
Do you think we see additional October, November and/or December dates? There were a good number of markets missed on the first leg. It seems a little odd if they were to do a second leg that they have only released a couple additional dates, instead of having a bigger announcement for multiple new dates.

I hope they make it down to FL, but also make good on the aborted U.K. tour for those fans too.

Hopefully a UK tour next summer with tickets going on sale sometime in September/October..

That would be ideal for everyone


Title: Re: Brian / Al / Blondie Summer 2015 Tour Thread
Post by: ♩♬🐸 Billy C ♯♫♩🐇 on July 28, 2015, 12:34:57 AM
Forgot to do this earlier, but here's the (audio only) Busy Doin' Nothing from 23 June 2015 in Austin, Texas.

https://youtu.be/nBHT0Uf4FNY

He hits a few duff notes at times early , but he hits some really great notes the rest of the way. To be honest, I think my flash DID blind him for a minute, which is why it goes dark. Oops. And I just realized you CAN hear me singing during part of it. Oops part 2 :lol

Some really nice spots though...wish I could've gotten the video so you could see how happy Brian looked. Or how happy my wife and daughter were.


Title: Re: Brian / Al / Blondie Summer 2015 Tour Thread
Post by: GoodVibrations33 on August 10, 2015, 04:21:08 PM
Some videos from Brian's show, with Al, for a fundraiser in Aspen, CO on August 6th:

Do It Again:  https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=qZCHIBt0HsU (https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=qZCHIBt0HsU)

Good Vibrations:  https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=NiwdyTPJAF8 (https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=NiwdyTPJAF8)

In My Room:  https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=yV7btJqXh3Q (https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=yV7btJqXh3Q)

Sloop John B:  https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=52AdTou7fJ8 (https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=52AdTou7fJ8)

Surfer Girl:  https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=7a9nhaH6-8E (https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=7a9nhaH6-8E)

Then I Kissed Her:  https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=sdR04TLDnxc (https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=sdR04TLDnxc)


Title: Re: Brian / Al / Blondie Summer 2015 Tour Thread
Post by: Jesse Reiswig on August 12, 2015, 09:26:06 AM
I do know of a performance at the Kupferberg Arts Center at Queens College in New York on October 9. I don't know if it's officially on sale yet.


Title: Re: Brian / Al / Blondie Summer 2015 Tour Thread
Post by: chaki on August 12, 2015, 11:00:09 AM
woof some of those aspen clips are rough!


Title: Re: Brian / Al / Blondie Summer 2015 Tour Thread
Post by: HeyJude on August 12, 2015, 11:39:55 AM
It’s probably kind of like the “NonComm” show from May. Especially with these one-off shows, and one-off benefit shows, they often just fly in and do little rehearsal and often aren’t using their own sound gear; often just using rented equipment. One of the tells is when Al is playing a guitar he doesn’t normally play, as is the case in this clip.

It’s interesting, because nobody officially publicized this show on the usual websites or facebook pages prior to the show. Also interesting is that usually lately Al has not done the one-off, non-California benefit shows like this with Brian.

I only watched one clip in full so far, “Then I Kissed Her”, and that sounded okay, other than Al biffing lyrics as he often does.


Title: Re: Brian / Al / Blondie Summer 2015 Tour Thread
Post by: chaki on August 12, 2015, 11:48:37 AM
yah also the angle is right in front of al's monitor.. he apologizes to darian for playing in the wrong key at one point. but goshdarn the guy is so likeable.


Title: Re: Brian / Al / Blondie Summer 2015 Tour Thread
Post by: HeyJude on August 13, 2015, 10:18:27 AM
Here’s a link to a review of the Aspen show. The reviewer mentions that Al sang “Whatever  Happened”, but I’m guessing they’re actually referring to “The Right Time.” Not sure if the writer was just lazy and wrote down the first line of the song and then consulted the tracklisting for NPP.   :3d

http://www.aspentimes.com/news/17601406-113/aspen-times-weekly-a-midsummer-nights-brian-wilson


Title: Re: Brian / Al / Blondie Summer 2015 Tour Thread
Post by: HeyJude on August 13, 2015, 10:20:38 AM
Also, does anybody know if Blondie slated to appear at the October shows? He’s been confirmed for the September San Francisco show (though I don’t think Brian’s website, or Beach Boys Fan Club, etc. have Blondie listed; but the Davies Symphony Hall website lists Blondie and Blondie’s FB page mentions he’ll be there), but only Al is listed for the three October dates.


Title: Re: Brian / Al / Blondie Summer 2015 Tour Thread
Post by: Emdeeh on August 13, 2015, 11:43:09 AM
HeyJude, if BBFC can get confirmation on Blondie joining those dates, we'd be happy to add him to the tour dates. All the venue websites I checked just list Al and Brian. Will add Blondie to the Sept. date, since he confirmed it on FB.


Title: Re: Brian / Al / Blondie Summer 2015 Tour Thread
Post by: HeyJude on August 13, 2015, 12:26:29 PM
HeyJude, if BBFC can get confirmation on Blondie joining those dates, we'd be happy to add him to the tour dates. All the venue websites I checked just list Al and Brian. Will add Blondie to the Sept. date, since he confirmed it on FB.

I do know that, initially only Brian and Al were listed for SF too. (The official artist billing for the show, and the tickets, still say “Brian Wilson & Al Jardine”). Before tickets went on sale, the SFJAZZ website did add Blondie’s name under Brian and Al’s. I don’t think any blurbs on Brian’s page or FB have listed Blondie for the gig, but if the venue and Blondie say it’s a go, hopefully that’s solid enough.

Perhaps someone can ask Blondie on FB if he’s doing the October gigs. Or maybe even he doesn’t know yet! I don’t think Brian has officially announced the 10/9 date himself yet either. I was curious if they were going to actually piece together a longer September/October “Fall” tour, but it’s looking more like they’re just doing scattered dates as they did in 2014.


Title: Re: Brian / Al / Blondie Summer 2015 Tour Thread
Post by: Debbie KL on August 13, 2015, 02:47:00 PM
Forgot to do this earlier, but here's the (audio only) Busy Doin' Nothing from 23 June 2015 in Austin, Texas.

https://youtu.be/nBHT0Uf4FNY

He hits a few duff notes at times early , but he hits some really great notes the rest of the way. To be honest, I think my flash DID blind him for a minute, which is why it goes dark. Oops. And I just realized you CAN hear me singing during part of it. Oops part 2 :lol

Some really nice spots though...wish I could've gotten the video so you could see how happy Brian looked. Or how happy my wife and daughter were.

Oops - just caught this Billy - nice duet with Brian...seriously...


Title: Re: Brian / Al / Blondie Summer 2015 Tour Thread
Post by: Margarita on August 20, 2015, 12:05:06 PM
I got a Ticketmaster alert today - Brian is doing a concert on Friday 11/13 at the Four Winds Casino in New Buffalo, MI.  Tix go on sale Friday 8/21 at 10 am Eastern time. 


Title: Re: Brian / Al / Blondie Summer 2015 Tour Thread
Post by: Marty Castillo on August 20, 2015, 12:25:31 PM
I got a Ticketmaster alert today - Brian is doing a concert on Friday 11/13 at the Four Winds Casino in New Buffalo, MI.  Tix go on sale Friday 8/21 at 10 am Eastern time. 
Thanks for the heads up...wish I had longer to decide whether to bite the bullet and do VIP.

Does anyone know if they put restrictions on what Brian and Al will sign?


Title: Re: Brian / Al / Blondie Summer 2015 Tour Thread
Post by: HeyJude on August 20, 2015, 03:13:05 PM
These are the Brian "Fall" tour dates we know of so far (perhaps when we get closer to the SF show, we can start a new "Fall" thread): 

September 11, 2015
 Davies Symphony Hall
 San Francisco, CA

October 9, 2015
 Colden Auditorium at Kupferberg Center for the Arts
 Queens, NY

October 10, 2015
 The Seneca Allegany Events Center
 Salamanca, NY

October 23, 2015
 State Theatre
 Easton, PA

October 24, 2015
 Topicana Casino & Resort
 Atlantic City, NJ

November 13, 2015
 Four Winds Casino
 New Buffalo, MI


Title: Re: Brian / Al / Blondie Summer 2015 Tour Thread
Post by: The LEGENDARY OSD on August 20, 2015, 05:53:39 PM
I got a Ticketmaster alert today - Brian is doing a concert on Friday 11/13 at the Four Winds Casino in New Buffalo, MI.  Tix go on sale Friday 8/21 at 10 am Eastern time. 
Thanks for the heads up...wish I had longer to decide whether to bite the bullet and do VIP.

Does anyone know if they put restrictions on what Brian and Al will sign?

From what I understand, automobiles, lawn tractors and drones are disqualified as are any myKe luHv solo albums.  :-D


Title: Re: Brian / Al / Blondie Summer 2015 Tour Thread
Post by: wantsomecorn on August 20, 2015, 06:39:26 PM
I got a Ticketmaster alert today - Brian is doing a concert on Friday 11/13 at the Four Winds Casino in New Buffalo, MI.  Tix go on sale Friday 8/21 at 10 am Eastern time. 
Thanks for the heads up...wish I had longer to decide whether to bite the bullet and do VIP.

Does anyone know if they put restrictions on what Brian and Al will sign?

From what I understand, automobiles, lawn tractors and drones are disqualified as are any myKe luHv solo albums.  :-D

Come on OSD, you can have Brian and Al sign your copy of Looking Back With Love. Consider it an exorcism, if you will.


Title: Re: Brian / Al / Blondie Summer 2015 Tour Thread
Post by: Pretty Funky on August 20, 2015, 10:54:22 PM
These are the Brian "Fall" tour dates we know of so far (perhaps when we get closer to the SF show, we can start a new "Fall" thread): 

September 11, 2015
 Davies Symphony Hall
 San Francisco, CA

October 9, 2015
 Colden Auditorium at Kupferberg Center for the Arts
 Queens, NY

October 10, 2015
 The Seneca Allegany Events Center
 Salamanca, NY

October 23, 2015
 State Theatre
 Easton, PA

October 24, 2015
 Topicana Casino & Resort
 Atlantic City, NJ

November 13, 2015
 Four Winds Casino
 New Buffalo, MI


Has anyone considered a UK leg? Perhaps between say Sept 18 -27?

.....oh wait. ;D


Title: Re: Brian / Al / Blondie Summer 2015 Tour Thread
Post by: RubberSoul13 on August 20, 2015, 11:17:36 PM
It would seem obvious that between Sept. 11th and Oct. 9th Brian would bring play his way across the country from one coast to the other, literally. But in Beach Boys world...who knows....besides, that would give approximately about 3-6 weeks for tickets to sell.


Title: Re: Brian / Al / Blondie Summer 2015 Tour Thread
Post by: Marty Castillo on August 21, 2015, 05:47:55 AM
I got a Ticketmaster alert today - Brian is doing a concert on Friday 11/13 at the Four Winds Casino in New Buffalo, MI.  Tix go on sale Friday 8/21 at 10 am Eastern time. 
Thanks for the heads up...wish I had longer to decide whether to bite the bullet and do VIP.

Does anyone know if they put restrictions on what Brian and Al will sign?

From what I understand, automobiles, lawn tractors and drones are disqualified as are any myKe luHv solo albums.  :-D

Come on OSD, you can have Brian and Al sign your copy of Looking Back With Love. Consider it an exorcism, if you will.

My fault, I guess I should have been more specific. At the NPP signings, he restricted signing instruments. I'm tempted to pickup a Fender/Squier White Precision Bass.


Title: Re: Brian / Al / Blondie Summer 2015 Tour Thread
Post by: HeyJude on August 21, 2015, 06:11:24 AM
It would seem obvious that between Sept. 11th and Oct. 9th Brian would bring play his way across the country from one coast to the other, literally. But in Beach Boys world...who knows....besides, that would give approximately about 3-6 weeks for tickets to sell.

As I've probably mentioned before, when I saw a few Sep/Oct dates pop up, I wondered if we might see a relatively "full" tour materialize around those dates. But I think it's unlikely at this stage. Certainly, I don't envision a strong likelihood of more September dates being announced as that would indeed not provide much time to sell tickets (as I recall, that "TLOS" date he did in 2008 in Oakland, CA that was notoriously poorly attended was due in large part to the show on going on sale *very* close to the show date).

I'm kind of curious how and why these random October/November dates are being booked. I can't complain of course; any additional chance to see Brian and Al (and Blondie on at least some dates) is awesome.

The September San Francisco gig was booked before the UK tour was called off, so I always assumed that one was a warm-up gig for the UK in addition to being a sort of fancy venue for a specific concert series (The "Great American Songbook" if I'm remembering the name correctly). So that seemed like a logical "one-off" gig.

Perhaps they really are just taking a few concert bookings here and there as in 2014, just gigs where promoters offer a good deal, and then it keeps Brian active and out there. I just figured since they're schlepping out to these concert dates, they would have tried to pursue some additional bookings to fill in some of the gaps.


Title: Re: Brian / Al / Blondie Summer 2015 Tour Thread
Post by: darling on August 21, 2015, 07:59:53 AM
Also, does anybody know if Blondie slated to appear at the October shows?

FWIW, it doesn't look like Darian will be at any of the fall shows - he's touring with The Zombies at the same time:
https://www.facebook.com/FanClubforTheZombiesOfficial/posts/1645535949027941


Title: Re: Brian / Al / Blondie Summer 2015 Tour Thread
Post by: RubberSoul13 on August 21, 2015, 09:17:21 AM
Also, does anybody know if Blondie slated to appear at the October shows?

FWIW, it doesn't look like Darian will be at any of the fall shows - he's touring with The Zombies at the same time:
https://www.facebook.com/FanClubforTheZombiesOfficial/posts/1645535949027941

Another tour I'm pissed about missing this fall!


Title: Re: Brian / Al / Blondie Summer 2015 Tour Thread
Post by: HeyJude on August 21, 2015, 10:01:22 AM
Also, does anybody know if Blondie slated to appear at the October shows?

FWIW, it doesn't look like Darian will be at any of the fall shows - he's touring with The Zombies at the same time:
https://www.facebook.com/FanClubforTheZombiesOfficial/posts/1645535949027941

It'll be interesting to see if he still makes the September SF date, as that one doesn't conflict with the Zombies schedule from what I can tell.

Past indications, though we have little to go on, is that the setlist doesn't tend to get *more* interesting when Darian isn't there. But I remain hopeful.

Wonder who might fill the spot in the band. I suppose Billy Hinsche or Gary Griffin might be the most likely candidates.


Title: Re: Brian / Al / Blondie Summer 2015 Tour Thread
Post by: Margarita on August 21, 2015, 01:20:28 PM
Since the Zombies tour ends 10/27, I hope Darian will be at the New Buffalo show.


Title: Re: Brian / Al / Blondie Summer 2015 Tour Thread
Post by: carolinablonde on August 26, 2015, 05:39:27 PM
I just bought tickets through a pre-sale offer for a Brian and Al show at the Carolina Theatre in Durham, NC on November 19.  Tickets go on sale to the general public Friday.  Judging by the seating chart on Ticketmaster, probably 1/3 - 1/2 of the tickets are already spoken for - but it is a very small venue (less than 1500 seats, IIRC).  It hasn't been announced on Facebook or Brian's website; I only happened across it as I subscribe to their email list for other events. 


Title: Re: Brian / Al / Blondie Summer 2015 Tour Thread
Post by: Andrew G. Doe on August 27, 2015, 05:11:10 AM
I got a Ticketmaster alert today - Brian is doing a concert on Friday 11/13 at the Four Winds Casino in New Buffalo, MI.  Tix go on sale Friday 8/21 at 10 am Eastern time. 
Thanks for the heads up...wish I had longer to decide whether to bite the bullet and do VIP.

Does anyone know if they put restrictions on what Brian and Al will sign?

From what I understand, automobiles, lawn tractors and drones are disqualified as are any myKe luHv solo albums.  :-D

Come on OSD, you can have Brian and Al sign your copy of Looking Back With Love. Consider it an exorcism, if you will.

My fault, I guess I should have been more specific. At the NPP signings, he restricted signing instruments. I'm tempted to pickup a Fender/Squier White Precision Bass.

I know of one already signed by all surviving members.  :)


Title: Re: Brian / Al / Blondie Summer 2015 Tour Thread
Post by: HeyJude on August 27, 2015, 06:27:14 AM
I just bought tickets through a pre-sale offer for a Brian and Al show at the Carolina Theatre in Durham, NC on November 19.  Tickets go on sale to the general public Friday.  Judging by the seating chart on Ticketmaster, probably 1/3 - 1/2 of the tickets are already spoken for - but it is a very small venue (less than 1500 seats, IIRC).  It hasn't been announced on Facebook or Brian's website; I only happened across it as I subscribe to their email list for other events. 

I don’t have any specific info for this particular show (thanks for filling us in on the new date by the way), but I know in the past that “pre-sales” usually only have a portion of seats set aside specifically for the pre-sale. So it’s possible that what appear to be already-sold seats are actually seats that haven’t been sold yet that are not available to purchase during the pre-sale. I think venues do this, especially for super popular shows, to keep the show from potentially selling out before they even hit the actual general on-sale date.

That’s why pre-sales are always a crap shoot, and I’ve done them several times (I think I did that for the C50 tour if I’m recalling correctly). You have an early shot at seats and have less “competition” to buy seats, but you also have a smaller pool of seats to pull from. So when the general sale takes place, there are probably some “better” seats available, but way more competition and a chance at scoring either better or worse seats than what you’d get in a pre-sale.


Title: Re: Brian / Al / Blondie Summer 2015 Tour Thread
Post by: Marty Castillo on August 27, 2015, 06:49:43 AM
I got a Ticketmaster alert today - Brian is doing a concert on Friday 11/13 at the Four Winds Casino in New Buffalo, MI.  Tix go on sale Friday 8/21 at 10 am Eastern time. 
Thanks for the heads up...wish I had longer to decide whether to bite the bullet and do VIP.

Does anyone know if they put restrictions on what Brian and Al will sign?

From what I understand, automobiles, lawn tractors and drones are disqualified as are any myKe luHv solo albums.  :-D

Come on OSD, you can have Brian and Al sign your copy of Looking Back With Love. Consider it an exorcism, if you will.

My fault, I guess I should have been more specific. At the NPP signings, he restricted signing instruments. I'm tempted to pickup a Fender/Squier White Precision Bass.

I know of one already signed by all surviving members.  :)

I would love to see photos. I ended up buying the "Ultimate VIP Package" for the New Buffalo show on November 13. Based on a few e-mail replies from members on this board, I feel comfortable that there are no restrictions on bringing guitars to be signed. I'm leaning towards either purchasing a Squier Vintage Modified Jaguar Electric Guitar in Olympic White ($300) or Fender Standard Stratocaster in Arctic White ($500).

Again, for those who have done the VIP meet and greet, please chime in if there were restrictions on bringing guitars. Also, would love to hear feedback on if I should go with the Jaguar or Strat.


Title: Re: Brian / Al / Blondie Summer 2015 Tour Thread
Post by: HeyJude on August 27, 2015, 08:29:50 AM
Looks like there's also an 11/21 date at the "BergenPAC" in Englewood, NJ.

Updated tour schedule:

September 11, 2015
 Davies Symphony Hall
 San Francisco, CA

October 9, 2015
 Colden Auditorium at Kupferberg Center for the Arts
 Queens, NY

October 10, 2015
 The Seneca Allegany Events Center
 Salamanca, NY

October 23, 2015
 State Theatre
 Easton, PA

October 24, 2015
 Topicana Casino & Resort
 Atlantic City, NJ

November 13, 2015
 Four Winds Casino
 New Buffalo, MI

November 19, 2015
 Carolina Theatre
 Durham, NC

November 21, 2015
 Bergen Performing Arts Center
 Englewood, NJ


Title: Re: Brian / Al / Blondie Summer 2015 Tour Thread
Post by: chaki on August 27, 2015, 10:02:23 AM
This is just a personal opinion, but you don't want to be THAT GUY that brings in a brand fucking new guitar you guys bought at Guitar Center to a fucking concert.


Title: Re: Brian / Al / Blondie Summer 2015 Tour Thread
Post by: Marty Castillo on August 27, 2015, 10:08:49 AM
This is just a personal opinion, but you don't want to be THAT GUY that brings in a brand fucking new guitar you guys bought at Guitar Center to a fucking concert.

It's a meet and greet...wouldn't be taking it into the concert.


Title: Re: Brian / Al / Blondie Summer 2015 Tour Thread
Post by: chaki on August 27, 2015, 10:21:41 AM
Oh whoops. You do you then, bud. *fistbump*


Title: Re: Brian / Al / Blondie Summer 2015 Tour Thread
Post by: Shady on August 27, 2015, 11:06:25 AM
That's how Brian's schedule should be from now on. A couple of dates well spread out, nothing too heavy.


Title: Re: Brian / Al / Blondie Summer 2015 Tour Thread
Post by: HeyJude on August 27, 2015, 11:21:31 AM
That's how Brian's schedule should be from now on. A couple of dates well spread out, nothing too heavy.

If that's what Brian wants and needs to do, I'm cool with it. Sporadic dates don't mesh well with evolving setlists or out of the blue rarities, though. Doesn't mean we won't get anything new and interesting, but one-offs (or strings of two or three shows) tend to lead to more of the "meat and potatoes" numbers. It also leads to increased likelihood of having band members not being available. Seriously, I'm cool with what Brian needs and am happy to see any dates. But there are pros and cons for both the band/organization and fans.


Title: Re: Brian / Al / Blondie Summer 2015 Tour Thread
Post by: chaki on August 27, 2015, 11:30:16 AM
FINE NO ONE WANTS TO GET DRUNK WITH ME A THE TIKI BAR NEXT TO THE SF SHOW FINE I GET IT WHATEVER.  >:(


Title: Re: Brian / Al / Blondie Summer 2015 Tour Thread
Post by: chaki on August 27, 2015, 01:11:12 PM
yikes speaking of, it doesn't look like many tickets have been sold for the sf show.. still tons of seats available.


Title: Re: Brian / Al / Blondie Summer 2015 Tour Thread
Post by: HeyJude on August 27, 2015, 01:52:28 PM
I bought tickets, because, beyond all the obvious reasons, it’s still rare relative to Brian’s touring career as a whole to see Al and Blondie there, and also because regardless of when or if Brian retires, I’m probably not going to get 10 or even 5 more chances to see Brian in the Bay Area.

But they’re doing themselves no favors with the pricing on this show. I know the market is one of the more expensive markets in the country as far as ticket prices (the June Saratoga show was on the high end of prices for the tour as well), but the price breakdown for the SF show is: $175/135/100/75/50, and pretty much everything on the floor is $135 or higher (there might be some outskirt sections on the floor at cheaper prices). This is just for tickets. I don’t think they’re even offering VIP packages for this show.

I paid more for this show than the C50 tour. I’m not saying the show isn’t worth it. I probably would have found some way to stretch things and buy tickets even if it was a little more expensive. But this kind of pricing leads to more casual fans skipping it. Too expensive. He also is doing this show less than three months after playing in the same market, at a show that was nearly but not quite a full sellout. I think Davies Symphony Hall actually seats at least 500 more than the Mountain Winery in Saratoga (around 2700 versus 2200, all approximate of course).

A similar thing happened in 2008 at the Paramount Theatre in Oakland, which was poorly attended in part due to Brian having done two shows (with Al, who wasn’t on the 2008 tour) in the Bay Area in 2007. That 2008 gig had other problems, including going on sale *very late* compared to most shows.

I’m not trying to be naysayer. I’m beyond stoked to get a second chance to see Brian, Al, and Blondie, less than three months after seeing them in June. If they do the same setlist, even that will be amazing. But objectively, I’m not surprised it isn’t selling out. Brian *can* do it; when I saw Brian at this same venue, Davies Symphony Hall, in 2004 on the “Smile” tour, it seemed like a hugely hot ticket with numerous people out in front of the venue trying to *buy* tickets, not sell them!


Title: Re: Brian / Al / Blondie Summer 2015 Tour Thread
Post by: chaki on August 27, 2015, 03:12:35 PM
I agree 100%


Title: Re: Brian / Al / Blondie Summer 2015 Tour Thread
Post by: ontor pertawst on August 27, 2015, 03:19:45 PM
In a few years, you'll just be glad you caught the show and won't be fretting about how much tickets cost. It's worth it!


Title: Re: Brian / Al / Blondie Summer 2015 Tour Thread
Post by: Wirestone on August 27, 2015, 03:56:24 PM
The price breakdown for the SF show is: $175/135/100/75/50, and pretty much everything on the floor is $135 or higher (there might be some outskirt sections on the floor at cheaper prices). This is just for tickets. I don’t think they’re even offering VIP packages for this show.

I paid more for this show than the C50 tour. I’m not saying the show isn’t worth it. I probably would have found some way to stretch things and buy tickets even if it was a little more expensive. But this kind of pricing leads to more casual fans skipping it. Too expensive.

That's been the price breakdown pretty much every time I've seen BW (or the C50 tour) in the past decade, and I've seen him in multiple markets.

Not sure if you've been getting some special deal on tickets or what.


Title: Re: Brian / Al / Blondie Summer 2015 Tour Thread
Post by: HeyJude on August 27, 2015, 03:59:11 PM
In a few years, you'll just be glad you caught the show and won't be fretting about how much tickets cost. It's worth it!

I've seen Brian at least ten times, and I've surely collectively spent a few grand on it. I know it's worth it. Doesn't mean they have to charge that much, and even setting aside what I or any hardcore fan knows and is willing to pay for, I'm simply saying that as an observer, I can see why ticket sales get slower and slower when the ticket price goes that high.

Look at, for instance, the 10/10 gig. The price breakdown is 85/45/35. HUGE difference. The 10/24 gig gets more expensive, but still cheaper than SF: It's priced at 100/80/70/60.

I also understand that venues vary, and I'll be seeing a show a nice indoor theater, Davies Symphony Hall, and understandably some casino gigs are going to be cheaper for a bunch of reasons.

Like I said, I'd probably have paid *even more* than what I did for the SF show. But I'm not surprised one of the more expensive tickets on any Brian gig in recent memory is having some slow sales.



Title: Re: Brian / Al / Blondie Summer 2015 Tour Thread
Post by: HeyJude on August 27, 2015, 04:13:36 PM
The price breakdown for the SF show is: $175/135/100/75/50, and pretty much everything on the floor is $135 or higher (there might be some outskirt sections on the floor at cheaper prices). This is just for tickets. I don’t think they’re even offering VIP packages for this show.

I paid more for this show than the C50 tour. I’m not saying the show isn’t worth it. I probably would have found some way to stretch things and buy tickets even if it was a little more expensive. But this kind of pricing leads to more casual fans skipping it. Too expensive.

That's been the price breakdown pretty much every time I've seen BW (or the C50 tour) in the past decade, and I've seen him in multiple markets.

Not sure if you've been getting some special deal on tickets or what.

I'd have to go back and look at all my old stubs. It's been pretty consistent in the Bay Area in the 2010's, but my recollection has been that when I check other gigs on the same tour in question, many of the gigs have a lower top tier price. For instance, the only thing I can find above $175 face value among the current 2015 BW shows are luxury box-type seats for the NC show.

I think tickets for BW tours tended to be markedly cheaper in his first five or six years of touring. My ticket for the 2004 Smile tour at Davies Symphony Hall was $65.50. I've, by happenstance, managed to get nearly identical tickets in 2015 at the same venue, and the ticket is $135. A rough inflation adjustment shows that $65.50 is worth about $82.75 in 2015. So there's still something like a 60% markup even after factoring in inflation.

I only shows I've paid over $100 face value (and I usually go for best seats, or maybe one tier below in some cases) for three four BW-related shows, and they're all post-2011.

I suppose my general point is simply that the SF show is on the high end of what BW can charge, and he played the same market less than three months prior (and the time between his first show in the Bay Area taking place, and the second show in SF going on sale, was only maybe 6 or 7 weeks, which is something that potential ticket buyers might factor in as well), so slow sales are not surprising.


Title: Re: Brian / Al / Blondie Summer 2015 Tour Thread
Post by: HeyJude on August 27, 2015, 04:27:24 PM
Here's the price spread I could find on the currently scheduled Brian dates:

9/11 - San Francisco - 175/135/100/75/50
10/9 - Kupferberg Center - 89-39 (they only list a range right now)
10/10 - Salamanca, NY -  85/45/35
10/23 - Easton, PA - 85/76/62
10/24 - Atlantic City - 100/80/70/60
11/13 - New Buffalo, MI - 125/95/75/55
11/19 - Durham, NC - 255/202/137/97/77/57 (the two top tiers are "Legacy Box" and "Pit Seating")
11/21 - Englewood, NJ - 254/129/99/79/69/49 (the top tier is "Platinum Orchestra")

The two shows are comparable to SF, and arguably more expensive (I sense "Legacy Box" is sort of a fancy seating level SF doesn't have, but dunno), everything else is cheaper. I'm not forwarding any theory that Bay Area shows are always the most expensive. But I think there is probably a corollary between the ticket price in SF and potentially slow sales, in addition to the other factors I've mentioned.

Also worth keeping in mind is that Brian may make more money selling 50% or 75% of a venue at high end prices than cutting the prices in half and still not selling out. 


Title: Re: Brian / Al / Blondie Summer 2015 Tour Thread
Post by: BriansBack on August 27, 2015, 06:33:41 PM
Just got my ticket for the 10/9 show in Flushing, front row for 89 bux, cant beat that!


Title: Re: Brian / Al / Blondie Summer 2015 Tour Thread
Post by: Andrew G. Doe on August 27, 2015, 11:00:37 PM
I bought tickets, because, beyond all the obvious reasons, it’s still rare relative to Brian’s touring career as a whole to see Al and Blondie there...

BBFC listings and The Bloo say Alan only, no Blondie.


Title: Re: Brian / Al / Blondie Summer 2015 Tour Thread
Post by: SurfRiderHawaii on August 27, 2015, 11:31:32 PM
I see that Blondie is on four tracks of Keith Richards new solo album. Maybe Blondie is doing Keith's tour?


Title: Re: Brian / Al / Blondie Summer 2015 Tour Thread
Post by: HeyJude on August 28, 2015, 05:54:14 AM
I bought tickets, because, beyond all the obvious reasons, it’s still rare relative to Brian’s touring career as a whole to see Al and Blondie there...

BBFC listings and The Bloo say Alan only, no Blondie.

Both the SFJazz/Davies Symphony Hall website and Blondie's Facebook page say he'll be at the SF show, and the venue added his name to the listing after being up for a week or two, so it's not likely an erroneous remnant from a copied and pasted blurb from the summer tour. It's looking more and more like that may be the only show among the eight scheduled. He indeed is not mentioned by any other venues or Brian's pages.

But he should be at the SF show. I'm cool either way.


Title: Re: Brian / Al / Blondie Summer 2015 Tour Thread
Post by: Jesse Reiswig on August 28, 2015, 08:14:19 AM
Just got my ticket for the 10/9 show in Flushing, front row for 89 bux, cant beat that!

Yup! I got one of these too. See you there!