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1  Smiley Smile Stuff / General On Topic Discussions / Re: BBs members sharing outfits on: March 27, 2019, 05:22:48 AM
Is this Dennis on Hallowe'en 1970 wearing Brian's coat from the Pet Sounds shoot?




2  Smiley Smile Stuff / General On Topic Discussions / Re: Will there be a Smiley Smile 180G Vinyl Reissue? on: June 07, 2017, 04:42:15 AM
I have the Smiley Smile 180g edition that came out in 2000

Here's the link and £17 is pretty good considering how much new vinyl is these days:

https://www.discogs.com/The-Beach-Boys-Smiley-Smile/release/636550

3  Smiley Smile Stuff / General On Topic Discussions / Re: Beach Boys Punk Covers on: July 27, 2016, 07:20:40 AM
More a cover of a Beach Boys cover but this deserves to be in this thread:

Guitar Wolf-Summertime Blues

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=wgaVe6miq-8


I love this but is more My Bloody Valentine than Ramones:

Yo La Tengo-Little Honda

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=GyiZFlHuPqg
4  Smiley Smile Stuff / General On Topic Discussions / Re: Thread for various insignificant questions that don't deserve their own thread! on: July 18, 2016, 10:19:20 AM
Inside The Music Of Brian Wilson: Phillip Lambert Pg 158

....Dennis contradicts the main message with his spoken interjection "But not for us now".

So clearly Brian… doesn’t even sound like Dennis. I’ll go write my own book.

It might be mentioned in Jon's book on Dennis that it's him although it's been a while since I've picked it up (time to change that, I think!)
Listening to the track, Brian continues his harmony line, although it's low in the mix, so unless he punched it in later, I'm still sticking with Dennis
5  Smiley Smile Stuff / General On Topic Discussions / Re: Thread for various insignificant questions that don't deserve their own thread! on: July 11, 2016, 08:53:31 AM
I second Dennis-I'm sure it's in the vocals thread somewhere
6  Smiley Smile Stuff / General On Topic Discussions / Re: The age of BB members when songs were recorded on: June 30, 2016, 05:14:36 AM
Well, looking at the Bellagio site and being that Mike was born on March 15 1941:

First session with a 30 year old BB-April 3 1971-Don't Go Near The Water/Old Movie (4th July)/Long Promised Road. This is unless Mike was at Dennis' session on March 15 for Old Movie (4th July) and Barnyard Blues ie unlikely
First session with a 40 year old BB-April 16th 1982-Beach Boys Medley #2

Mike was also the first 70 year old as the TWGMTR sessions started on Feb 3 2012!

7  Smiley Smile Stuff / General On Topic Discussions / Re: Mike thrown out of Martoni's Italian Restaurant? on: May 25, 2016, 03:42:01 AM
"That pizza that Tony used to make was a very powerful dish, very dynamic. That was the last of the super-dynamism cooking from Tony I think, and that was 1965".
Ultimately I think why that pizza was so important to everybody was the positivity in the coking, and that was ME.

Not sure it was Mike doing the coking!

"I did not fire Tony from Martoni's. I cannot fire Tony from Martoni's. I am not his employer. I do not have such authority. And even if I did, I would never Tony from Martoni's. I love Tony. We are partners"

By the way, thanks for all the background information-very interesting and a great read
8  Smiley Smile Stuff / General On Topic Discussions / Re: Brian Wilson 2016 Tour Thread (Pet Sounds 50th Anniversary Tour) on: May 23, 2016, 08:49:56 AM
Just thought I'd post my two cents about Friday's show. I can't really add to what's been said about the performance-the band were 'on', especially Nicky and Blondie was loving it up there pulling poses with his tambourine. I can only compare to the Bristol show and the main difference was the audience-the London crowd seemed very aware how Brian would be on stage and was up for most of the first set. If the oldish posh woman next to me reads here (OSD?), I apologize for giving you a faceful of my bag whilst trying to sit down.

Now....afterwards, there was about 30 of us by the stage door. We were told by security that Brian had left the stage and gone straight into a taxi, which didn't put anyone off meeting the others. Al and Blondie came out together with security. Blondie looked at my copy of Rock n Roll and said, "Sh*t, man, I'd love to but I can't-sorry, man". He looked a bit lost as the taxis were further down the road so I said, "Gotcha" and he happily signed the LP and said he loved that album. Al signed a few items too before heading to the cars. The band then came out and told us Brian had gone. There was no after show so they left straight away. It seems on the Saturday night, they signed items and had photos taken, which is cool

It was also really good meeting up with others before the gig and I bumped into the tour photographer, who had been given the task of having the first three songs to get a photo of Brian smiling!

Anyways, without rambling, it was an incredible day topped off by a fantastic performance. Yeah, Brian's voice may be a bit croaky at times but Matt and Al sure do make up for that.
9  Smiley Smile Stuff / General On Topic Discussions / Re: Thread for various insignificant questions that don't deserve their own thread! on: May 22, 2016, 04:25:03 AM
Do you meet Brian before or after the concert if one has a meet & greet?

It's before the gig, about 5-5.30pm to be more precise

10  Smiley Smile Stuff / General On Topic Discussions / Re: Brian Wilson 2016 Tour Thread (Pet Sounds 50th Anniversary Tour) on: May 17, 2016, 04:17:24 AM
Hey guys - quick question for people who've booked the meet and greet. I've booked for Manchester and I've had my normal ticket through the post but I don't have anything that tells me time or accreditation for the meet n greet. Is this normal? Should I be worried? If it's not normal who should I contact? Ticket vendor, venue or bw website?

Cheers in advance

I got an email about a week before. This is the address you should contact: vipinfouk@artistarenasupport.com

Cheers
11  Smiley Smile Stuff / General On Topic Discussions / Re: Brian Wilson 2016 Tour Thread (Pet Sounds 50th Anniversary Tour) on: May 17, 2016, 03:47:35 AM
It's great to see everyone's reviews on the recent gigs, looking forward to Saturday now!

I have emailed the promoter but no reply yet so I wondered if any of the posters who went to Bristol could help?

I have booked the meet and greet package at the Palladium but was quite surprised to see the arrival time was 3:30! I have a 6 week old baby who would need to be fed by someone else and I am not sure my baby will be happy doing that for the whole afternoon and evening! I wondered if there were any breaks in between check in, sound check, meeting that I could go and feed my baby in? Are you allowed to go off as long as you return for a certain time?

Thanks!

Hi,

We arrived for 3.30pm and was met around 3.45pm by the lady in charge who 'booked' us in. Due to 'techincal issues', we had to wait nearly an hour to go in. After soundcheck, we immediately got shown into a room for the meet and greet but had to wait about 10mins for Brian to arrive.
I would just mention your situation to the lady (she's quite short with long dark hair) and I'm sure you would be able to escape between the soundcheck and meet and greet*





*I am not a qualified meet and greet organiser and so can only advise what would be sensible to someone with a 6 week baby who had spent £275 on a package!
12  Smiley Smile Stuff / General On Topic Discussions / Re: Brian Wilson 2016 Tour Thread (Pet Sounds 50th Anniversary Tour) on: May 16, 2016, 11:35:12 AM
Great photos, Rob. Yes-after nearly an hour of waiting to get into the soundcheck, I wasn't sure what I was most jealous of-your t-shirt or the pint you were holding!
13  Smiley Smile Stuff / General On Topic Discussions / Re: Brian Wilson 2016 Tour Thread (Pet Sounds 50th Anniversary Tour) on: May 16, 2016, 07:42:20 AM
I think he used yours as practice!

Funnily enough I brought along my copy of Rock n Roll too but left it in my bag. I mentioned it to Blondie who said, "Too late, man...too late"

I'll bring it on Friday in case I see him on the way to the bus.

Rob-was that you who met Blondie and Matt off the bus while we were waiting to go into soundcheck?
14  Smiley Smile Stuff / General On Topic Discussions / Re: Brian Wilson 2016 Tour Thread (Pet Sounds 50th Anniversary Tour) on: May 16, 2016, 07:30:41 AM
Firstly, apologies to Rob and Loaf for missing the pre gig drinks-I had to go straight to Temple Meads station after the meet and greet and meet my girlfriend.

There was about 30 of us for the soundcheck and meet and greet and the whole experience was handled incredibly well. We had to wait about an hour to go into the soundcheck as there was'techincal issues'. When we did eventually go in, we were told we could film and take as many photos as we liked and sit where we wanted and move about-a very relaxed atmosphere.
The soundcheck itself was a real eye opener watching the guys trying to get all the levels correct, especially considering how many instruments are on stage. They ran through California Girls and after a lengthy discussion about levels, during which Brian was getting quite impatient, they went into Wake The world. They then did God Only Knows and then Blondie came out to do Sail on Sailor.
Throughout the soundcheck it seemed apparent that Gary Griffin and Billy Hinsche were still finding their feet playing together.
Al asked us how it was sounding and Paul did a great job explaining to everyone what was going on.
After Sail on Sailor, the band continued to soundcheck while Brian, Al and Blondie went to do the meet and greet.
We were advised that we could have two items signed and a picture taken but to keep it short. What was funny was that a few people obviously wanted a chat with the guys but would either be met by Brian shouting, 'Next' or 'Stand behind me for the photo'. Al and Blondie were chatting about the soundcheck but were also really open to questions and shaking hands etc.
I got my copy of Holland signed plus the Pet Sounds lithograph.

In all, the whole experience was incredibly well managed-the lady in charge was really nice but also very professional and advised how Brian was quite tired so keep any conversations quick. I don't think she bargained on Brian running the meet and great from his chair!

So....the gig itself. I can't really add to what's already been said. Bar a couple of mic issues, the sound was excellent although I felt the other people around me didn't really wake up until the encore. Only a few people got up at the end of God Only Knows. I was in Row F so maybe it was different behind me but after seeing so many RFH shows, the audience seemed a bit on the subdued side.

Al absolutetly nails his vocals and Matt had Brian's back during every song, stepping in when needed, which wasn't too often. There didn't seem to be much banter between Al and Brian but the appearance of Blondie certainly raised the show a few notches.

All in all, an amazing day-the soundcheck and meet and greet defintely surpassed my expectations and the gig itself was great.
Roll on Friday at The Palladium!

Here's a few photos:





15  Smiley Smile Stuff / General On Topic Discussions / Re: Bristol - Colston Hall Sunday 15th May - Fans Pre Meet, Drinks food and a laugh on: May 14, 2016, 08:08:19 AM
Just a reminder to those going to the first date of the UK Tour in Bristol.

Meet up at 4pm in the Bar area adjacent to the venue

AND Cliff, enjoy your experience and see you in the Bar  Grin

Thanks Rob-the soundcheck etc starts at 3.30pm so I will try and see you guys afterwards
16  Smiley Smile Stuff / General On Topic Discussions / Re: EYE , November 1968 on: May 13, 2016, 02:28:52 AM


Nothing to do with anything, it's just always fun to have an excuse to put this out there.


I prefer to think that these are Julie's parents, who are worried that Julie has gone out for her 16th birthday and may be up to no good. Because if that's Julie in the photo, it's just too creepy.

"It's OK.....I have a friend called Dennis......"
17  Smiley Smile Stuff / General On Topic Discussions / Re: Bristol - Colston Hall Sunday 15th May - Fans Pre Meet, Drinks food and a laugh on: May 08, 2016, 06:03:19 AM
Hi Rob,

I'll be at The Colston Hall around 2pm as I've purchased the soundcheck/meet and greet package but it would great to say hello between that and the gig starting

Cliff
18  Non Smiley Smile Stuff / The Sandbox / Re: Extraordinarily disappointing news regarding Scott Bennett on: May 08, 2016, 06:01:22 AM
Anyone in here going to the Bristol show on the 15th?

Yep, I will be at the Bristol gig
I'll be at the Bristol gig plus I'll be at the soundcheck/meet and greet beforehand. Obviously, I won't be mentioning this to anyone there but I think the guys have a job to do and have already played a number of gigs without Scott so I don't think it is going to affect their performance.
I'm still pretty speechless over this and my first thoughts will always be with the victim. I've spoken to Scott, like many of us here, over the years and he has always been generous with his time with the fans. Unfortunately, over the same years, I've also heard comments about behaviour on tour.
Ultimately, regardless of Scott's CV, the albums and songs he has written/co-written, the people he has let down (let's not forget his wife in all this), a young lady has had her life changed for the considerable worse.
19  Smiley Smile Stuff / General On Topic Discussions / Re: Brian Wilson Doll on: February 23, 2016, 05:05:41 AM
yeah! van dyke, and an ultra rare 'carol kaye' doll.


But surely the Carol Kaye doll was in all the best selling doll sets?
20  Smiley Smile Stuff / General On Topic Discussions / Re: Brian Wilson 2016 Tour Thread (Pet Sounds 50th Anniversary Tour) on: January 29, 2016, 03:39:18 AM
Well, not only did my girlfriend become a member of Bristol Colston Hall yesterday just to buy tickets for my birthday but they have just come through the letterbox-Stalls Row F

Just sorting out Palladium tickets, hope BW adds the Sunday and maybe get the VIP package to boot

21  Smiley Smile Stuff / General On Topic Discussions / Re: Brian Wilson 2016 Tour Thread (Pet Sounds 50th Anniversary Tour) on: January 27, 2016, 03:20:35 AM
We are all lucky that Brian is giving us Pet Sounds live a final time. And making it back to the UK as well.

We are. Just got my ticket for the Manchester Apollo -- Row F. I'll be buying one for Liverpool on Friday, probably with the VIP option...

Hi Andrew,
Did you get to see the price ranges for tickets? I'm wondering how much The Palladium shows will be and how much the VIP options are
Thanks

Only for the Manchester show. The tickets were, if I recall, forty-six to sixty-four pounds, but I imagine the London tickets will be more. VIP options aren't available til Friday, so no idea about their cost yet.
Thanks Andrew-I agree, the London shows will be more-just wanted a ball park figure. Not sure I can justify the VIP packages although the soundcheck one does sound promising!
22  Smiley Smile Stuff / General On Topic Discussions / Re: Brian Wilson 2016 Tour Thread (Pet Sounds 50th Anniversary Tour) on: January 27, 2016, 02:23:09 AM
We are all lucky that Brian is giving us Pet Sounds live a final time. And making it back to the UK as well.

We are. Just got my ticket for the Manchester Apollo -- Row F. I'll be buying one for Liverpool on Friday, probably with the VIP option...

Hi Andrew,
Did you get to see the price ranges for tickets? I'm wondering how much The Palladium shows will be and how much the VIP options are
Thanks
23  Smiley Smile Stuff / General On Topic Discussions / Re: Don Henley/Mike Love on: January 19, 2016, 01:33:54 AM
Speaking of Mr Jones...

Dale Griffin, drummer for rock group Mott The Hoople, has died aged 67.
He was a founder member of the group, best known for classic tracks Roll Away The Stone and All The Young Dudes.
The latter was written and produced by David Bowie, who sang backing vocals on the track.


http://www.bbc.com/news/entertainment-arts-35342699


Right about the gut punch southbay. While not really a fan of the Eagles, there will be many taking it hard.

For years I only knew Dale as the producer of some of my favourite John Peel sessions like Nirvana and Pulp-it was only a couple of years ago that I found out he was Mott's drummer.
24  Smiley Smile Stuff / General On Topic Discussions / Re: Where would The Beach Boys be if they never became The Beach Boys? on: January 05, 2016, 03:08:35 PM
I think considering how much Murry and Audree surrounded their children with music, I can believe Brian and Carl heading towards a career in this field.
I can imagine Brian taking the music teacher route whilst Carl hooks up with David and forms a short-lived surf band. Dennis fleets between jobs, girlfriends and the beach whilst Mike becomes a salesman of some kind.

This carries on until February 16th 1964-The Beatles on Ed Sullivan

Is this the jolt to start a band? Brian maybe wants a change of career, Carl and David have had a couple of local singles out and have a contact to record a demo. The surf craze has been and gone so what do they write about? Would Mike join them considering, and this wouldn't surprise me, that he is now fairly successful and wouldn't want to give up the income, especially with a wife and child(ren)? Dennis wants an escape from low paid jobs so joins in an instant.

Worth considering:

I've always had the feeling Murry would have pushed Brian into music, whether it was writing for others or shipping his demos to labels. Maybe Murry would have wanted Brian to succeed where he had failed

Without those informative early years learning from Jan Berry and Phil Spector, how would Brian have managed in the studio? Without the hits to give him confidence, how would he have acted around The Wrecking Crew and vice versa?

I can see Carl becoming a session musician turned star in his own right a la Glen Campbell. It's not often you get those guitar skills and that voice coming from the same person

It's an interesting question but after typing this out, I'm just very grateful how things turned out and what we have. Imagine never seeing Dennis pounding the drums and shaking his hair or never seeing Carl Wilson sing? And who knows, Mike could be a property tycoon running for president and Al.....well, Al could have become the West Coast Dylan with a cult following who asks his old football mate Brian if he wants to play piano on some demos!


25  Smiley Smile Stuff / General On Topic Discussions / Re: Dennis as the Silver Surfer on: December 30, 2015, 08:53:45 AM


"Know me, Mike. Know me.....and KNOW FEAR"
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