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26  Smiley Smile Stuff / General On Topic Discussions / Re: Mike and Bruce Tour 2015 on: December 04, 2015, 06:21:51 AM
Obviously Brian has sang lead on Rhonda in solo sets but did he ever sing lead on the song at a Beach Boys show?  If so, I guess Bruce is the only member who never took a turn on lead.
27  Smiley Smile Stuff / General On Topic Discussions / Re: Fireside Sessions questions on: September 23, 2015, 06:49:31 AM
Sheriff- I was able to dig up the recording for the Spectrum show and Mike introduces Brian and plugs his solo album and then says to Brian, "Why don't we start with the basics?  Let's go back and do the first song you ever wrote." They then play Surfer Girl and then the band exits after the song with Brian saying to the audience, "They'll be right back.  They'll be right back." He then goes into his 3 song solo set.  Must have been an interesting show to be at.
28  Smiley Smile Stuff / General On Topic Discussions / Re: Fireside Sessions questions on: September 16, 2015, 03:02:58 PM
It is indeed the Philadelphia show with Chicago where Brian does his mini-set.  I have that show (audience recording).  He sounds ok, certainly not great.  The only other song I remember hearing him on from that show was Surfer Girl.  It's been a few years since I have listened to that show but the combined set with both bands was great.
29  Smiley Smile Stuff / General On Topic Discussions / Re: I Am Brian Wilson: New Autobiography on: July 31, 2015, 04:57:06 PM
Here is what always amazed me about the end of C50...regardless of whether Mike wanted to go on or not...where the hell is the band's management?Huh  Why would someone in charge not step in and say, "Ok, Brian, Al and Dave want to continue on and have signed on do to (fill in the number) more shows which we have contracts waiting to be signed for.  Mike, Bruce, we are just waiting on your signatures."  At least this then puts the entire thing on Mike (and Bruce) to choose to continue or not and there isn't any of this back and forth, "Brian got fired- no he didn't" crap.  It ended poorly with the band members obviously not communicating because of no management being in charge.  Everyone has their own manager, wife, etc. that they seem to answer to or try to placate and that is why we (the fans) end with a mess like we got. 
30  Smiley Smile Stuff / General On Topic Discussions / Re: Bruce book. on: July 31, 2015, 04:42:49 PM
Interesting to note in that article, off topic though, is that Bruce says he hasn't spoken to the Beach Boys manager in 6 months.  That is amazing to me.  Only in the Beach Boys could you have one of the main members not have any contact with the band's manager for 6 months.
31  Smiley Smile Stuff / General On Topic Discussions / Re: NY Observer: 'Beyond the Life of Brian: The Myth of the ‘Lesser’ Beach Boys' on: July 22, 2015, 09:58:19 AM
Just throwing this out there...Bruce has heard NPP and actually had good things to say about it when I spoke to him in May.
32  Smiley Smile Stuff / General On Topic Discussions / Re: \ on: June 10, 2015, 11:09:46 AM
Junkstar- Is that really you?

Just saw the movie last night with my girlfriend.  Only two other people in the theater for a 7:45PM show.  I thought it was an amazing film.  Kudos to everyone involved.  Going to try and get out to see it at least one more time.  One quick comment on how Mike was portrayed...my girlfriend who knows very little about the history of the band (she knows who Mike was going in and has met Bruce in person but very little about the actual history) turned to me at one point and said, "I hate Mike."  She laughed at the part when Brian was recording the cellos on Good Vibrations and Mike started complaining about how long it was taking and Brian said something along the lines of "If you don't like it, you can just leave."  I felt that they portrayed Mike somewhat fairly, maybe a little bit overboard with the acting, but I don't think most people will leave hating Mike Love. 
33  Smiley Smile Stuff / General On Topic Discussions / Re: Love and Mercy - News and Reviews - First clip is out. on: June 06, 2015, 11:35:49 AM
Can someone expand on what the "homage to 2001" is?  Going to see it on Tuesday night after work and can't wait.  Was going to go this morning and my girlfriend is making me wait til Tuesday because she wants to go too. 
34  Smiley Smile Stuff / General On Topic Discussions / Re: Meeting Brian Wilson on: May 14, 2015, 04:28:55 PM
And Mikie-
I also want to add that that was one of the greatest stories I have ever heard.  Great stuff!
35  Smiley Smile Stuff / General On Topic Discussions / Re: Meeting Brian Wilson on: May 14, 2015, 04:27:49 PM
I met Brian during the C50 tour.  Due to them playing at my place of employment, I was lucky enough to also meet Al and David for the first time as well (they were issued Iphones for the tour and Al was having issues trying to use his). I volunteered to pick up Brian at his hotel room and bring him to the venue.  I was very nervous and did not know what to expect.  When I knocked on the door, Foskett was in the suite with him and answered the door.  He invited me in, saying they would be ready in a minute.  I entered the room and there was Brian sitting on the couch.  He really wasn't doing anything, just sitting there while Foskett got ready.  He stood up and grabbed some cookies that were on the table and asked, "Do you want one?"  I politely declined but figured this was my chance to at least thank him for his music and was able to tell him it was an honor to meet him.  I remember he said "thanks" but there was nothing else I could muster at that point.  Luckily Foskett was ready to go and we started moving.  After we started walking to the vehicle, I noticed how bad Brian was walking.  I was wondering if he was going to need help getting into the SUV, but he was able to do it by himself.  On the short drive we had, he asked a few questions about the venue and so forth.  More than I was expecting honestly.  When we got backstage, he went into his dressing room which is where he stayed until it was time to go on stage.  Everyone else was milling around backstage (I remember Al talking to Mike about trying to get California Saga into the setlist at the time) but Brian remained in the dressing room.  Afterwards, my son (who was about 2 weeks from turning 4 at the time) got to have his picture taken with Brian and walked with us back to the SUV. My hands were shaking holding the camera and I remember Brian saying, "Hurry up!" Lucily the picture didn't come out too badly.
The next day, I brought Brian down from his room to the tour bus without Foskett.  Foskett was in a bad mood that morning for some reason and wasn't with Brian until he got on the bus. In hindsight it was very telling but at the time I didn't think too much of it: Dave, Al and Brian along with some backing band members got on the bus that morning. Mike and Bruce traveled separate.  This was May 2012.
36  Smiley Smile Stuff / General On Topic Discussions / Re: Jeff Foskett replacement on: April 21, 2015, 04:25:21 AM
I was unaware that Randell had left the band going into seeing them this past weekend.  Ike playing bass but no lead vocals and seemed like he sang backing vocals very sparingly also.  Foskett sang most non-Mike leads with the exception of Bruce doing Wendy and Totten doing Ballad of Ol' Betsy and Cowsill on HMR. 
37  Smiley Smile Stuff / General On Topic Discussions / Re: Brian's UK tour.... on: March 24, 2015, 03:25:42 PM
Interesting that America is the support act...they are opening for Mike and Bruce at a number of venues this spring and summer.
38  Smiley Smile Stuff / General On Topic Discussions / Re: Fall Tour on: February 18, 2015, 04:33:53 PM
The film is definitely going to be what they are counting on to sell tickets for the tour.  The album being released in the spring, may get a second wind after the movie comes out (if the movie turns out to be a hit).  Then in the perfect storm, the tour becomes very successful.
39  Smiley Smile Stuff / General On Topic Discussions / Re: The Four Seasons on: February 04, 2015, 05:06:03 PM
Does anyone know how "East Meets West" came to be?  Obviously it was written by the Seasons camp, but just looking for some background if anyone knows. 

And Valli does use a backing vocal track when he performs live.  The guy is over 80.  He still sings live but for some of those high parts, it is pre-recorded.  The show is still very good.  If you are a fan and haven't seen him, who knows how much longer he is going to continue to perform.
40  Smiley Smile Stuff / General On Topic Discussions / Re: SIP Could Have Sold Much Better As Is on: December 18, 2014, 04:49:26 PM
As bad as Surfin' is on this album, has anyone else at all heard that they remixed (or were going to remix) Surfin' into "a dance song" in the late 90's/early 00's?  I swear I did not dream this...Mike and Bruce played Reading Municipal Stadium in 2001 I believe and the local radio station, Y-102 (102.5) was promoting the show.  They were playing some Beach Boys songs during the day, including Getcha Back which I hadn't heard on the radio in well over a decade at that point, and the DJ mentioned that they were going to play a "new" Beach Boys' song around 5PM that day and then clarified it and said that it was a dance remix of Surfin'.  My initial reaction was "Please don't" but although I was morbidly curious, I wasn't around a radio around that time and missed it.  I did make it to the show that night though.  Has anyone else heard about this?
41  Smiley Smile Stuff / General On Topic Discussions / Re: Mike and Bruce Tour 2015 on: December 11, 2014, 04:55:40 AM
Cam- to my knowledge we have never been provided anything misleading by Beach Boys management.  As I said, we were provided with the updated band photo for the 2014 appearance.  We never post performer bios so we never request them from the artists. Do some places cut corners or get lazy?  I'm sure they do.  I could see it being done very easily if a venue booked the C50 tour and then booked Mike and Bruce last year.  A lazy employee in advertising (and one who probably has no interest in the band) could very easily say, "We've booked the Beach Boys before.  It was just 2 years ago!  I have all the advertising for that show saved.  All I have to do is change the date on the collateral for this show.  Makes my job easier!"

And on a personal note, obviously I have posted very little on this board.  I read it for years and joined in 2012.  I posted a long while ago under "Shark" on the Male Ego board.  Back in the days of Mike's the Greatest taking on Dan Davidson and a guy named Alan.  After Junkstar shut that board down, I started reading this one.  Just never registered until a couple of years ago.  In my opinion, even though this board sometimes breaks down in personal attacks, it is by far the best Beach Boys message board going and has been for quite some time.  I love the insiders who post here as well as the historians like AGD, Stebbins, etc.
42  Smiley Smile Stuff / General On Topic Discussions / Re: Mike and Bruce Tour 2015 on: December 10, 2014, 02:05:08 PM
To answer Cam's question, the management of the performer or their PR staff will supply us with images, etc. for advertising.  I don't believe we have ever supplied a "bio" of a performer anywhere on our website or to the press to advertise a show so I can only speak from what I know first-hand.  For instance, you may remember the "commercial" for the C50 tour that showed a lot of the "lost" Good Vibrations recording video along with other montages through the years.  We were supplied with that to advertise the show.  For this year's Mike and Bruce show we had received the latest band photo- inclusion of JF and no Christian Love.  We just booked them w/America for the spring.  I haven't seen a rider or any other media come through yet for the show but we probably won't put it on sale for another month or so anyway. 

I can't speak for other venues, promoters, etc. on what they use to advertise shows.  We promote our own shows so we don't deal with bringing in outside promoters.  We book the acts ourselves and promote the shows ourselves.  We get our promo materials from the artists' management or tour management.
43  Smiley Smile Stuff / General On Topic Discussions / Re: All This Is That on: December 10, 2014, 09:05:24 AM
One of my favorite BB tracks ever.  Carl's vocals along with the lyrics just put you in a peaceful frame of mind.  Amazing.
44  Smiley Smile Stuff / General On Topic Discussions / Re: Mike and Bruce Tour 2015 on: December 10, 2014, 09:00:56 AM
Wow. I just read all of the pages in this thread and I'm glad to see order somewhat restored.  I really enjoyed reading AGD's post regarding how he views the band.

I just wanted to mention this (it was more appropriate to the discussion many pages ago) regarding the Smoking Gun rider.  I can tell you with absolute certainty that the rider (or parts of different riders) on that site is definitely not a rider being used by Mike and Bruce post 2007.  I have seen every rider from them as well as the C50 tour as I work for a venue that has booked them every year since 2007. 
45  Smiley Smile Stuff / General On Topic Discussions / Re: Mike Love memoir due 2016 on: November 19, 2014, 06:03:08 PM
I think we are going to get some good stuff out of it but...and I say this as a big fan of Mike's...there will almost certainly be some of the same that we get over and over in interviews: playing up his contributions, while minimizing others.  I truly hope he gives credit where it's due and what I'm most anxious to see is how he talks about Dennis.  Its been over 3 decades since his death and hopefully he can let some of the bad blood go and not rag on the guy too much for his drug use, womanizing, etc. 

Does anyone want to make any predictions if he mentions his own marijuana use in the book? 
46  Smiley Smile Stuff / General On Topic Discussions / Re: Rolling Stone on the Mike/Bruce South American Shows on: June 27, 2012, 06:23:56 AM
While I'm not going to pretend to know all about the finances of this tour, I do know for a fact that some venues (a number of the casino shows) the band is getting a flat fee to play. This is regardless of how many tickets are sold. The band then gets the merch take minus what the venue gets (usually 10 percent). While the overhead, I agree, is more on this tour, remember that for a lot of shows, the venue puts the band up in hotels ( depending on what the contract is) and supplies food and beverage. The Beach Boys are commanding a much larger fee to play compared to just Mike and Bruce, so for these shows, I am willing to bet that Mike is making more. Again, I can't speak for every show on this tour and every venue.
47  Smiley Smile Stuff / Concert Reviews / Re: Show 31: Susquahanna Bank Center - 6/16/12 - Camden, NJ (Philadelphia area) on: June 17, 2012, 05:02:21 PM
A few things about last night...Nicky was not there. I don't know if he is off the tour entirely at this point or what.  And Mike was really pushing the album hard. When he first talked about buying the ten and getting an autographed copy, he messed up and said that you could get the ten for $10.00.  I think it was Bruce who pointed out the mistake and made a comment like, "What a great deal." Mike quickly corrected himself lol.  Overall I think everyone sounded great last night. Brian started singing IJWMFTT early and the band had to adjust to catch up but they did.

This was the first time my wife has seen Brian live and she came away very impressed. He was definitely more animated for the second set.

And I just want to echo what others have said about the drunk people. There seemed to be quite a few last night. I was lucky that none of them were sitting very close to me.
48  Smiley Smile Stuff / General On Topic Discussions / Video for TWGMTR on: June 13, 2012, 01:40:28 PM
The new video is now up on Vevo. The Beach Boys have a cameo. After seeing this I'm not sure what took so long in releasing it.
49  Smiley Smile Stuff / Concert Reviews / Re: Show 22: Santa Barbara Bowl - Santa Barbara, CA 5/28/12 on: May 29, 2012, 06:46:37 PM
Bruce has been doing the falsetto at the end of Fun, Fun, Fun not Jeff. Unless for the recent shows, Jeff has been doing it since Bruce seems to be having some voice issues. But at the early shows Bruce has been singing that part spot on.
50  Smiley Smile Stuff / General On Topic Discussions / Re: VIP Nation Giving Out Signed Pictures At Meet & Greets??? on: May 24, 2012, 05:35:44 PM
At the AC show I saw what I assume was a poster size version of what the inside of the album will look like with the lyrics for all of the songs. It was basically the CD booklet, uncut,in poster size. I was told there were 100 of them on the tables they were sitting on, although when I passed by, it looked far less than that. Anyway, each of the Beach Boys took time to sign them. I was assuming they were going to be handed out to the VIP package people but I'm not sure. Did anyone on the board buy the VIP package for this show?
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