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1  Smiley Smile Stuff / General On Topic Discussions / Re: Brian Wilson - 2021/2022 Tour Thread on: August 31, 2021, 12:13:10 AM
Brian sounds the best he has in several years absolutely but does anyone find it criminal that Blondie has more leads than Al now and the only new song they add is It’s Ok a song Brian has said makes him have bad memories? Their set lists have become so stale except for the that brief something great from 68 tour
2  Smiley Smile Stuff / General On Topic Discussions / Re: Beach Boys 2021 Feel Flows World Tour Thread on: August 26, 2021, 08:43:00 AM
All I Wanna Do from last night doesn’t sound to bad, honestly i just love that song so much I’m glad to see it consistently in the Setlist

https://youtu.be/y2jC75XM1tY
3  Smiley Smile Stuff / General On Topic Discussions / Re: Beach Boys 2020 Tour Thread on: May 19, 2021, 09:01:08 AM
Add to that you call it the Feel Flows tour and don’t add a single song from Surf’s Up or Feel Flows i saw itself yet you need to perform Pisces Brothers for what seems like the 100 millionth time and Here Comes the Sun..... I love George Harrison but come on Mike you hung out with him for 2 days 40 years ago lol
4  Smiley Smile Stuff / General On Topic Discussions / Re: Brian performing on Colbert? on: June 02, 2020, 06:17:28 PM
Looks like Brian got bumped

https://www.google.com/amp/s/headlineplanet.com/home/2020/06/01/killer-mike-added-to-june-1-late-show-with-stephen-colbert-episode/amp/
5  Smiley Smile Stuff / General On Topic Discussions / Beach Boys “Reunion” on Saturday? on: April 23, 2020, 08:35:19 AM
Is there potential for all 5 to get together?

https://esquarterly.com/2020/04/22/good-vibrations-coming-to-all-together-now-event-benefitting-the-los-angeles-emergency-covid-19-fund/

The “All Together Now” event will be a streaming online concert that is looking to raise funds to support families and small businesses in the Los Angeles area who have been impacted by the global pandemic.

In support of the event, Mike Love, along with David Marks, and many of The Beach Boys band members, including Christian Love, will be making an appearance. Although not confirmed, there is a pretty strong chance fans of the group will be greeted with a nice surprise or two!
6  Smiley Smile Stuff / General On Topic Discussions / Re: Brian Wilson 2020 Live Thread on: January 21, 2020, 04:18:39 AM
All tickets for the show are 50% off...just received an email from Ticketmaster. About half the seats are sold at this time...still spots right in the front row available, and on the other hand, you could get a seat for as low as eleven bucks for this show now.

Is there a promo code or something to get 50% off? I only see them at the original discounted price.
7  Smiley Smile Stuff / General On Topic Discussions / RS Article: How Jeffrey Foskett Went From Brian Wilson Fan to Beach Boys Insider on: December 06, 2019, 09:35:32 AM
https://www.rollingstone.com/music/music-features/jeffrey-foskett-interview-beach-boys-brian-wilson-918373/
8  Smiley Smile Stuff / General On Topic Discussions / Re: Jeff Foskett on: October 14, 2019, 09:53:12 AM
It looks like based on videos and such that as has been mentioned Jeff has been supporting the Todd Rundgren/Micky Dolenz/Christopher Cross/etc. White Album tour shows or at least appeared as a guest the other night. According to Setlistfm. Al also joined them a few nights back but I find that hard to believe....

https://www.setlist.fm/setlist/a-tribute-to-the-beatles-white-album-feat-rundgren-cross-dolenz-scheff-and-molland/2019/st-george-theater-staten-island-ny-b9da9aa.html
9  Smiley Smile Stuff / General On Topic Discussions / Re: Brian Wilson - 2019 Tour Thread on: September 12, 2019, 12:03:07 PM
Per Brian's Facebook:

Brian's got some amazing (surprise) special guests performing with him at the Greek Theatre in L.A. tonight! There are tickets still available!

I wonder who they could be talking about???
10  Smiley Smile Stuff / General On Topic Discussions / Re: Brian Wilson - 2019 Tour Thread on: September 08, 2019, 07:40:50 AM
As good as Brian sounds compared to previous tours and even though the setlist is still solid my only real motivation to go was to hear Passing By and Till I Die and of course those were cut  Roll Eyes
11  Smiley Smile Stuff / General On Topic Discussions / Re: Beach Boys 2019 Tour Thread on: September 03, 2019, 08:08:16 PM
Who is the new falsetto singer/third keyboardist in Mike's band?  ... Or Ike/Rob/Jeff's fill in?

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=X3EYd7qWuiA

I don't know, but it's pretty amazing they're down to fourth on the falsetto depth chart this summer.

Just from the 5-second clips of each song, he doesn't sound very Beach Boys-y.

Damn rough vocals in that clip, too. Do they really need a second pretend keyboardist?

Boy i second that, whoever he is he must have been apprenticing at the Bruce Johnston school of clapping, fake keyboard playing and microphone adjusting. All that aside he doesn’t sound that great.....

https://youtu.be/4h-BfCPmOmE
12  Smiley Smile Stuff / General On Topic Discussions / Re: Brian Wilson - 2019 Tour Thread on: August 30, 2019, 06:22:07 PM
https://www.desertsun.com/story/life/2019/08/29/brian-wilson-writing-songs-beach-boys-founder-unsure-new-album-touring-zombies/2152535001/

Can we read this article and just agree we love the music? Doesn’t matter who or what entity is in control let’s just be happy the beach boys music is out there! I’m just tryin to “Keep the summer Alive” I’m only 24 I’ve been to 35 Beach Boys related concerts and I’ve loved ever single one’!

Love & Mercy

Derek
13  Smiley Smile Stuff / General On Topic Discussions / Re: Beach Boys 2019 Tour Thread on: August 23, 2019, 10:23:04 PM
Highlight of my meet and great with Mike and Bruce tonight.... asking Bruce if he had tried the new Popeyes chicken sandwich. Actually answered saying no he hadn’t but he had read about it and was really looking forward to trying it.  LOL
14  Smiley Smile Stuff / General On Topic Discussions / Re: Beach Boys 2019 Tour Thread on: August 21, 2019, 08:37:52 AM
Quick question, what time did the meet and greet start before the show? I'm supposed to have one this weekend but i'm not sure when I need to leave as i'm driving 2 hours or so?

It was advertised as starting 1 hour before showtime. For the Ridgefield Playhouse Theater this meant 6 PM (the show started at 7 PM), which was also the time that the doors to the venue were opened. According to the ushers/staff there though, the actual meet and greet was supposed to start at 6:15 PM, although it ultimately got delayed even further in my case.
Great, Thanks so much!
15  Smiley Smile Stuff / General On Topic Discussions / Re: Beach Boys 2019 Tour Thread on: August 21, 2019, 06:52:46 AM
I saw the Mike and Bruce Beach Boys last night at the Ridgefield Playhouse Theater. This was the first time I've seen them since 2010, not counting the two C50 Mohegan Sun shows where I saw them with the reunited band. Growing up in the late 90s and early 2000s my parents took me to go see the Mike and Bruce Beach Boys a ton, but as I got older I gravitated more towards seeing Brian’s band and have pretty much stayed that way into adulthood. In a personal first for any concert experience, I decided to sign up for the VIP experience/package via Mike’s website. My main goal for the VIP experience was to have Mike and Bruce sign my Light-Up SMiLE Sessions box set since their autographs were the only ones I needed to complete it.

The VIP experience was good, but kind of odd due to the fact that the Ridgefield Playhouse Theater is a non-profit venue that mainly operates off of corporate sponsorships. I knew going in that the sponsors might alter the experience in some way. What I didn’t know was that the sponsors would be given their own private VIP experience during the ‘normal’/‘usual’ VIP time. The VIP experience was and is advertised on Mike’s website as lasting roughly an hour. Realistically this should actually manifest into something closer to a half hour of VIP time due to needing to receive VIP passes at the box office counter, Mike and Bruce needing to leave a little early in order to get ready for the show, etc. But last night the entire experience basically lasted about 10 minutes in total – the sponsors were let in to the VIP area separately from the ‘regular’ VIP group, and were then given a photo op with Mike and Bruce. For some reason, this photo op lasted about 25 minutes. I have no idea if each of the sponsors were given the chance to take separate/individual photos with Mike and Bruce, or if there was some other reason it took so long, but during that 25 minutes I and the four other people who had VIP passes had to wait outside in the concert hall until it was over.

I am not complaining – like I said, I knew going in that the sponsors would likely alter the experience in some way, shape, or form. And in some ways having a shorter meet and greet session is advantageous – it takes some of the social pressure away from the experience, which is nice. I am just pointing this out in case anyone is thinking about buying a VIP package for a venue like this, and who may be primarily interested in it for the social experience.

But the actual experience of meeting Mike and Bruce was great. Bruce signed the box set first. He asked me where I wanted him to sign it, and when I told him to sign underneath Brian’s signature, he called Brian his idol, to which I replied “mine too”. He then asked me if I own the Good Vibrations box set, and when I told him I did, he said to listen to disc 2 of that box set to hear where Brian was aiming to go with the SMiLE music. Mike then came over and added his autograph to it. He didn’t say much to me directly, but he was kind enough to also autograph my VIP Laminate, which was a nice gesture since the staff there were very explicit that Mike and Bruce would only sign one item as part of the VIP meet and greet session. So he didn’t have to do that, but he did so anyway. I really appreciated that.

After they finished autographing everyone’s items, Mike and Bruce then took photos with the VIPers. There was a young couple who got their photograph first, and then when my turn came Bruce noticed my sweatshirt and complimented me on it. He said “Where on earth did you get that? That’s fantastic!” Mike took notice of it and seemed to like it too. On the way out of the VIP meet and greet area as I was walking back to the theater, I ran into Scott Totten who also noticed the hoodie and complimented me on it, saying “now that’s dedication!”.

The show itself was great. Based this on some recent things I’ve read and on some of my previous experiences seeing Mike and Bruce back in the day, I was kind of skeptical that the show would be great, but I came away extremely impressed, so much so that I wouldn’t hesitate to see them again the next time they’re playing close by. Everyone was in good voice, but the person who impressed me the most was Bruce. His vocals were pretty weak when I last heard him sing live in 2012 and 2010, but last night his vocals were actually a highlight, maybe even the highlight of the night.

Rob was still filling in for Brian Eichenberger (who Mike mentioned is currently on paternity leave) and his vocals were much stronger this time around than when I saw him on Brian’s Christmas tour. In one of my posts in Brian’s 2018 tour thread, I complimented the sound of Rob’s voice, which to me sounds more like a young Brian Wilson than Matt Jardine’s voice does, but I criticized Rob’s falsetto for lacking power. Last night there was a lot more power behind his voice, and I thought he was fantastic. The setlist was good; they performed California Dreamin’, Good to My Baby, and You’re So Good To Me, which are three songs I wasn’t expecting them to do. On the other hand, they didn’t perform Darlin’ or Heroes and Villains. I know they don’t consistently perform Heroes and Villains in concert, but the lack of Darlin’ in the setlist was surprising. And they did perform some songs off of 12 Sides of Summer of course. The only song I thought sounded very out of place was Pisces Brothers – I know this has been discussed here before, but it really halted the momentum of the concert when it was performed. I can tell it is a very personal song for Mike, but that is the only song performed last night that I would argue should be left out of the setlist moving forward.

Here are some pictures from the concert, the VIP meet and greet, and my now fully completed/autographed Light-Up SMiLE Sessions box set:











Quick question, what time did the meet and greet start before the show? I'm supposed to have one this weekend but i'm not sure when I need to leave as i'm driving 2 hours or so?
16  Smiley Smile Stuff / General On Topic Discussions / Re: Brian Wilson - 2019 Tour Thread on: August 08, 2019, 12:35:26 PM
Someone posted the setlist on setlist.fm for last night's show, but I'm curious if it's accurate. The source it cites for the setlist is *this thread* we're on right now, and I don't see that anybody posted the full setlist.

Can anybody confirm this list of songs and this order? I'm curious if someone just took the previous setlists and threw in the hand full of songs mentioned in this thread.

https://www.setlist.fm/setlist/brian-wilson/2019/artpark-mainstage-lewiston-ny-539fb321.html
I'm so hesitant to ever trust that site haha. It's a great concept but man are their some errors on there and i remember back during C50 people were posting fake sets and people were getting in fights over minor errors like spelling and punctuation.
17  Smiley Smile Stuff / General On Topic Discussions / Re: Brian Wilson - 2019 Tour Thread on: June 10, 2019, 04:30:52 PM
The Gregg Allman Band toured all of 2016 while Gregg was ill without Gregg and played the same venues they originally booked. Now at this point Gregg was more and opening act/club act like Al is now but that’s still a recent example.
18  Smiley Smile Stuff / General On Topic Discussions / Re: Brian Wilson - 2019 Tour Thread on: June 08, 2019, 06:02:19 AM
I hope he's well enough for The Zombies tour...

Considering Brian was probably going to be the opening act this would be the ideal opportunity to try something I suggested a month ago. The Brian Wilson Band With Special Guests Al Jardine and Blondie Chaplin.
I love the Zombies but they were definitely the opening act not Brian, even on their reunion tours they’ve only filled venues in the hundreds not the thousands like Brian has. If anything they were co headliners but I’m pretty confident in saying Brian wasn’t the opening act. That being said, i love your idea, give Brian a rest and go on like you said. This isn’t the best example given how things ended but before Gregg Allman died his band toured as the Gregg Allman band without Gregg for almost a year before Gregg ultimately passed.
19  Smiley Smile Stuff / General On Topic Discussions / Re: Mike working on yet another new album on: May 30, 2019, 10:09:17 AM
This is actually pretty good. His voice sounds pretty good without all the excessive auto tone and certainly not worn out by all the concerts he plays. I have to say it's interesting to see what Mike Love is trying to do these days, and i'm really happy he's still around and trying to put out new music. It's a pretty good friggin' cover of a different song/genre while he stays true to himself and his sound this is very solid work by Mike and he's defiantly staying out there and relevant.  Excited. Very excited to see what the new album brings. Way to go Mike!  LOL LOL LOL LOL

20  Smiley Smile Stuff / General On Topic Discussions / Re: Mike working on yet another new album on: May 29, 2019, 09:01:17 AM
God i get the terrible feeling half these songs will end up in the Summer Beach Boys setlist....

A pretty safe assumption. The only question is how many "Unleash" tracks will get displaced because of it.

Will he finally put "Pisces Brothers" out of its misery?

I'd take hearing the album in full just to never have to hear "Pisces Brothers" live in concert again.
21  Smiley Smile Stuff / General On Topic Discussions / Re: Mike working on yet another new album on: May 29, 2019, 07:59:49 AM
God i get the terrible feeling half these songs will end up in the Summer Beach Boys setlist....
22  Smiley Smile Stuff / General On Topic Discussions / Re: What Happened to jeffrey Foskett?? on: May 29, 2019, 07:50:50 AM
Hope he’s ok. He does not look healthy at all .

Really? I think Jeff looks pretty good. He's 63.
As for Bruce, he and Mike have looked and dressed like old men for a decade and a half. They look like they're living at Del Boca Vista with Jerry Seinfeld's parents. But they're in their late 70s, so...
LOL LOL LOL LOL I love it!
23  Smiley Smile Stuff / General On Topic Discussions / Re: What Happened to jeffrey Foskett?? on: May 28, 2019, 09:44:29 AM
If that was Foskett it might have been a one off appearance and he's not back because here's video from the next nights show and no Foksett in sight.

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=YkyfrmCAxy4
24  Smiley Smile Stuff / General On Topic Discussions / Re: Brian Wilson - 2019 Tour Thread on: May 15, 2019, 06:42:53 AM
baseball95,
I definitely understand where you're coming from. In fact, before I read your comment I was preparing to post that I wish Dance, Dance, Dance would be swapped out for something else.

I completely understand Brian playing I Get Around. His first number one, and more than that, Brian flexing his songwriting/production muscles at a time when The Beatles had just "invaded". At a time when most American acts were cowering to or copying The Beatles, Brian was doing his own thing, and totally progressing. I'd almost be shocked to see a BW show without I Get Around.

As for Deuce Coupe and Shut Down, they can feel really inconsequential and like filler in the greater context of BW's career. I'm not the first person to say this, so I can't take credit for the idea, but the way I see it, is Brian must like playing Rock N Roll, feel like a teenager again, which was something he didn't get to do a lot of during his career with The BBs. He quit touring so early on, and of course had struggles with touring in the 70's and 80's. His solo career has been his first chance, when you think about it, for him to play his songs, comfortably, under his own conditions. Playing those car songs sure looked like fun in the 60's and Bri probably includes them in there cause he gets a kick out of playing them. Either that, or he and his team have deemed them necessary crowd pleasers, which is a nice pivot to Dance, Dance, Dance.

I dig Dance, Dance, Dance. It has a great bassline and it's a totally fun song. But given the potential tight setlist we'll be getting with the double booking, I would like to see Dance, Dance, Dance swapped out with something else. That doesn't mean it needs to be replaced with a deep cut or anything heavy, but maybe just rotate it with some other rockers. Just to keep things fresh. Even Mike has switched songs like It's OK, Farmer's Daughter, Still Cruisin, Good To My Baby, etc around during his equivalent "getting the crowd warmed up with the fun songs" part of the show. Some songs I'd be happy to hear instead, that could still work in that context are Hawaii, Be True, Surf City, Catch A Wave... you get the point, other classic crowd pleasers to warm the audience up, I'm growing a little tired of DDD. Although, if BW personally really likes playing it I'm fine with it staying.

It's funny how Mike still gets criticized for being the traveling jukebox when his and Brian's setlists are getting increasingly similar, with Mike's actually having a little more variety. I understand the accusation in 1999, when Mike was playing "Duke of Earl" while Brian was playing "The Night Was So Young". Things have clearly changed since then. We now have BW shows with only one solo BW song and BBs shows with 3 or 4 ML solo songs, who woulda thunk LOL? Personally, I'm fine with Mike sprinkling in multiple solo songs, and I'd be fine with BW doing the same.

That's a very good point, the "Mike's greatest hit jukebox" was more to keep the masses happy who still feel this is the case in order to get my point across haha. But you're 100% right Mike's setlists have gotten deeper and more in depth. The double billing is certainly going to keep the setlist around 30 or so. I don't get why Brian will do Honkin' or Night Was So Young for 5 shows and then cut it, that's been a few years back but still hasn't come back, I think Blondie on Long Promised Road might be interesting, I wonder if he might be on the stage for more or all of the show, I still don't understand why he isn't on stage for the whole show, still makes me mad.
25  Smiley Smile Stuff / General On Topic Discussions / Re: Brian Wilson - 2019 Tour Thread on: May 14, 2019, 09:45:22 AM
Looking at recent setlists, including the most recent “non-Pet Sounds/Christmas Album” shows, as a basis for an ongoing setlist, and keeping in mind it’s a double-billed tour with the Zombies, as well as remembering the “core” songs they always do, I’d guess this Friends/Surf’s Up-infused setlist will look something vaguely like this:

1.   California Girls
1.   Dance Dance Dance
2.   I Get Around
3.   Shut Down
4.   Little Deuce Coupe
5.   Surfer Girl
6.   Don’t Worry Baby
7.   Meant for You
8.   Friends
9.   Wake the World
10.   Busy Doin’ Nothin’
11.   California Saga: California
12.   Darlin’
13.   ‘Til I Die
14.   Surf’s Up
15.   Lookin’ at Tomorrow (A Welfare Song)
16.   Long Promised Road
17.   Feel Flows
18.   Wild Honey
19.   Sail on Sailor
20.   Do It Again
21.   Wouldn’t It Be Nice
22.   Sloop John B.
23.   God Only Knows
24.   Good Vibrations
25.   All Summer Long
26.   Help Me Rhonda
27.   Barbara Ann’
28.   Surfin’ USA
29.   Fun Fun Fun
30.   Love and Mercy


Gosh i'm so sick of Brian doing these 4 songs in a row:
1.   Dance Dance Dance
2.   I Get Around
3.   Shut Down
4.   Little Deuce Coupe

Al sounds great on the car songs I know but those are two Al leads that could be used on something better, I Get Around you have to play I get that but Brian went years without playing Deuce Coupe and Shut Down. Dance Dance Dance seems  more unnecessary to me, I know it was Top 10 and i'm essentially removing 3 well known songs but come on leave those songs to Mike's greatest hit jukebox lol
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