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1  Smiley Smile Stuff / General On Topic Discussions / Re: Brian Wilson: Long Promised Road (2019 Brent Wilson Documentary) on: June 16, 2021, 07:55:17 AM
I had the pleasure of seeing this movie last night @ Tribeca. I found it poignant and moving. It is by far the most intimate portrait of BW I've seen (and I've seen them all). To pull this off is no small feat. Some new wonderful insights into the past, some sad ones, and everything in between. It truly feels like you are riding in the car with your buddy Brian. Jason Fine did a remarkable job getting Brian to open up (you can tell how much Brian loves him and trusts him) and Brent Wilson did a remarkable job capturing some raw and spontaneous moments, as well as weaving the past with the present. Some of the most powerful moments are not in what is said, but what is shown and contextualized. Some great stuff with the BW Band as well.

They said last night they have international theatrical distribution for Q4 2021, and hope to be able to secure the same domestically in the US. I hope everyone on here is able to see this soon.
2  Smiley Smile Stuff / General On Topic Discussions / Re: Beach Boys 2020 Tour Thread on: April 16, 2021, 07:26:05 AM
Been missing live music so much.

I've seen various configurations of the touring Beach Boys over the years since Carl passed and Al left, some good some not so good. I went on a deep dive on youtube and rediscovered my appreciation for one very specific configuration of the touring Beach Boys band, whom I made a point to see at every chance after the first time seeing this configuration in 2015. I saw them live a handful of times between 2015-2018 with the touring lineup whose harmonies were anchored Jeff, Brian E, and Scott and they were so damn good. I wonder if there are any better quality live recordings from this period. It felt like Brian E really lifted the group up and you could feel the excitement from everyone when he'd sing some leads. And Jeff and Scott were in great form. Here are some I gathered in case you also are missing live music and want to spend some time watching this group from this era.

I'm So Young (Brian E Lead)
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=gokkELVspfA

I Can Hear Music (Brian E Lead)
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=KnRrDzDDV7c

You Still Believe In Me (Brian E Lead)
https://youtu.be/hhccFpgr6E4?t=2104

Then I Kissed Her (Brian E Lead)
https://youtu.be/hhccFpgr6E4?t=5039

Lady Lynda (Brian E Lead) - there are moments in here where if you told me it was Carl Wilson singing the lead Al wrote/sang, I'd believe you
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=1fQ---GodHU

I'm Waiting for the Day (Scott Lead)
https://youtu.be/hhccFpgr6E4?t=2630

Darlin' (Jeff Lead)
https://youtu.be/hhccFpgr6E4?t=2997

Good to my Baby (Jeff Lead)
https://youtu.be/hhccFpgr6E4?t=3155

California Dreamin' (Jeff Lead)
https://youtu.be/hhccFpgr6E4?t=4709

Wild Honey (John Cowsill lead)
https://youtu.be/BiauUJYhfak?t=6805

NOTE: I'm posting this in the 2020 Beach Boys tour thread because it seems much more applicable to the 2020 Touring Beach Boys than it does to the Youtube thread of Beach Boys videos that is mostly the original group.

3  Smiley Smile Stuff / General On Topic Discussions / Re: Al, Y-Day at the Hollywood Bowl, and a mysterious Gibson SG... on: April 16, 2021, 06:46:43 AM
Man I love this thread. Thank you all for the attention to details, the searching of photos, and the sharing with the rest of us!
4  Smiley Smile Stuff / General On Topic Discussions / Re: Beach Boys 2020 Tour Thread on: November 03, 2020, 01:59:57 PM
It appears Scott has suffered some sort of arm/wrist injury. I wonder who will play all the leads or if the few dates left will be cancelled.

Who was singing the first verse of Sloop in that recording? Christian?
5  Smiley Smile Stuff / The Beach Boys Media / Brian and Darlene Love on: May 22, 2020, 12:34:19 PM
Came across this video and just loved seeing these two quick moments shared between Brian and Darlene Love while singing some Beach Boys hits and wanted to share. You can feel the real love there.
https://youtu.be/GIZ3h89vvXY?t=97
6  Smiley Smile Stuff / General On Topic Discussions / Re: Ray Pohlman's 57 Fender Bass on: March 24, 2020, 10:50:34 AM
Did anyone happen to save these images? The post isnít active anymore but Iíd love to see it!
7  Smiley Smile Stuff / General On Topic Discussions / Re: Beach Boys 2019 Tour Thread on: August 20, 2019, 08:01:29 AM
Cool pics. Looks like Rob B is in for Brian E.
8  Smiley Smile Stuff / General On Topic Discussions / Re: Brian Wilson - 2019 Tour Thread on: August 15, 2019, 07:08:10 AM
They're only using that name because a lawyer said they could.

My understanding is that Brian, Estates of Carl and Dennis, Mike and Al via the corporation says he can use the name in exchange for the fee he pays to the BB Corp to license the name. The lawyers got more heavily involved when Al didnít want to pay to license the name to use within his bandís name (back when he had Carnie and Wendy in his group).

Presumably if Brian and Al were truly unhappy with Mike using the name, all itíd take would be either Carlís estate or Dennisí estate to be on board to vote against licensing the name to Mike. But of course, they all get paid for this license, including Brian and Al.

Someone please jump in and correct any misunderstanding I have here.

9  Smiley Smile Stuff / General On Topic Discussions / Re: Beach Boys 2019 Tour Thread on: August 03, 2019, 07:05:47 PM
A friend of mine is there and sent me a video of Brian E singing Donít Worry Baby. Jeff is there as well playing guitar but doesnít seem to be singing.
10  Smiley Smile Stuff / General On Topic Discussions / Re: Beach Boys 2019 Tour Thread on: July 05, 2019, 09:06:37 AM
Are there any videos of Brian E singing ďDonít Worry BabyĒ from recent shows?
11  Smiley Smile Stuff / General On Topic Discussions / Re: Beach Boys 2018 Tour Thread on: January 07, 2019, 11:49:20 AM
Posting this here and on one other thread where it seems it might be of the most interest. A friend saw the touring BBs in 2017 and Foskett didn't sing at all. Must've had a cold or something. Anyway, Brian E sang all the falsetto parts that show and here's some video with many more songs by same poster: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=sf1LYUPBozY
12  Smiley Smile Stuff / General On Topic Discussions / Re: The Beach Boys Touring Lineups on: January 07, 2019, 11:48:22 AM
Posting this here and on one other thread where it seems it might be of the most interest. A friend saw the touring BBs in 2017 and Foskett didn't sing at all. Must've had a cold or something. Anyway, Brian E sang all the falsetto parts that show and here's some video with many more songs by same poster: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=sf1LYUPBozY
13  Smiley Smile Stuff / General On Topic Discussions / Re: Brian Wilson - 2018 Tour Thread on: November 02, 2018, 09:54:48 AM
It will be The Beach Boys Christmas Album played in its entirety as well as some tracks off Brianís solo Christmas album. And yes, Little St. Nick will absolutely be played. Has been a holiday season staple in BW shows for a while and a real crowd pleaser.

https://www.rollingstone.com/music/music-news/brian-wilson-to-perform-beach-boys-christmas-album-on-holiday-tour-629035/

So you donít consider Mike a ďco-founder?Ē
14  Smiley Smile Stuff / General On Topic Discussions / Rob Bonfiglio on: November 02, 2018, 06:42:38 AM
Anyone who is touring with BW and singing the falsettos deserves his own thread here, so hereís Rob. Video from last night in NJ: https://youtu.be/zhIJschyKP4

Fits right in with the band.
15  Smiley Smile Stuff / General On Topic Discussions / Re: Brian Wilson - 2018 Tour Thread on: November 02, 2018, 06:40:50 AM
Hereís video of Rob Bonfiglio singing Wouldnít It Be Nice last night with Brian and the band. https://youtu.be/zhIJschyKP4
16  Smiley Smile Stuff / General On Topic Discussions / Re: FINALLY ! . . . . . . Part Two (suspended) on: October 10, 2018, 10:00:11 AM
Thank you, Mr. Desper. As someone late to this party (if that is what to call it), where can I find the SOS track in question? Iím a fan of the band and would be curious to hear it. I am NOT curious in debating who is singing lead!
17  Smiley Smile Stuff / General On Topic Discussions / Re: Beach Boy MIXER on: July 20, 2018, 11:27:46 AM
Fun! Thank you for all of your work on these!!!
18  Smiley Smile Stuff / General On Topic Discussions / Re: Vocal edits, punch-ins + copy/paste vocals in BB songs on: March 04, 2018, 12:09:36 PM
God Only Knows-- Brian punched himself in to replace Carl on the lead line for the coda to the end.  You can hear this on the original/known mono version.  On the stereo reissues, it's Carl.
19  Smiley Smile Stuff / General On Topic Discussions / Re: Beach Boys 2018 Tour Thread on: March 04, 2018, 11:42:10 AM
I saw the band last night in Thousand Oaks, CA.  Quick background on me: Never saw the BBs in their heyday live, but have seen all different touring versions of BBs, BW and Al's bands since the late '80s.  Up until 2016, I could take or leave Mike's band.  I was happy that he continued to tour and bring the music to so many fans, but (especially compared to Brian's band) I thought the concerts themselves were quite forgettable.  I would still see them when I could (for me hearing this music live performed by ANYONE is a treat), but never left eager to see them again.  That all changed in 2016 when I saw Mike and his band at this same venue in Thousand Oaks.  The band was tight, the harmonies were killer, the setlist had some unexpected deep cuts and the vibe was excellent.  It felt like Mike and Co. had upped their game.  Still a very different concert experience than seeing Brian and his band, but awesome in its own way.  Seeing Jeff taking some great leads, along with Scott and Brian E to me felt like the spirit of what the Beach Boys music is and can be moving forward. I was unable to make their show last year at same venue, but was thrilled to see them again last night.  It was, however, quite a letdown.

Highlights-
Christian Love performed the whole set with the band and sounded fantastic on God Only Knows and Good Vibrations.  I wish he would've sung more leads.
Bruce's falsetto at the end of Fun Fun Fun was quite impressive and he wasn't doubled by anyone else.  He also had a couple of other great stand out falsetto vocal moments.
Scott sounded lovely on Betsy, and his lead playing is top notch.
Jeff sounded great on Darlin'.

Lowlights-
Backing vocals- I'm not sure what is going on, but Jeff selectively sings falsetto now.  Sometimes someone else is on top of the stack, but other times it's just empty (or the sound mixer is asleep at the wheel, which is quite possible based on how terrible the mix was last night).  When Jeff did sing falsetto, it sounded pretty weak (though he sounded great full voice on Darlin').  A friend saw them in October last year and Jeff didn't sing at all, so I wonder if he is having voice issues.
Mike's schtick- which had toned way down the last time I saw them-- last night felt like we were back to the circus with all the dumb tired jokes and banter
Hearing so many songs from Mike's album- they are just terrible.
Stamos- He played most of show with them.  I don't mind him on 4th guitar, but when he drums instead of Cowsill, everything falls flat.  He has no sense of meter and is more concerned about twirling a drum stick in between tom hits than keeping solid time. 
Do It Again- I already mentioned Mike's album cuts, but this gets its own mention. Just...no.  Please.  Play the real version.  No one in the crowd knows or cares who Mark McGrath is.  Some people around me were quite confused.
No Brian E- Nothing against Randall who is great, but Brian's vocals on I Can Hear Music and Then I Kissed Her in 2016 elevated the whole show.  His absence is felt, even though during his entire run with band, his vocals were criminally underutilized.
The theremin substitute sounds on Good Vibrations-  Horrendous.  Sounded like a child's toy.  Clearly a choice to make it sound like this instead of what I've heard previously.  Inexplicable.  I hope someone posts a video online.
THE SOUND MIX- was the worst I've heard at a BB related show.  Ever. 
The videos played during about half the songs are of teenagers in bikinis, with no sense of irony.  It's pretty icky.

20  Non Smiley Smile Stuff / Smiley Smilers Who Make Music / Getting a 60s stacked vocal sound on: December 04, 2017, 09:20:18 AM
Anyone have tips which in box plugins help you closer approximate a 60s style Brian Wilson stack of vocals (after singing great parts and doubling them)?  Just purchased the Waves Abbey Road reverb set and am finding some success with that, but curious what works for others. Thanks!
21  Smiley Smile Stuff / General On Topic Discussions / Re: Pro Shot Beach Boys Concerts on: November 18, 2017, 08:07:51 AM
Seconding this request for someone who saved The Beach Boys stream to post. I was late to the party.
22  Smiley Smile Stuff / General On Topic Discussions / Re: Opinions On Jeffís Falsetto? on: October 24, 2017, 09:03:17 PM
Apparently Ike sang all the falsetto parts a couple of days ago at the columbia, mo show. Jeff was there but not singing.
23  Smiley Smile Stuff / General On Topic Discussions / Re: smile 2018 on: September 18, 2017, 04:11:44 PM
I personally would love to see a whole tour that is acoustic versions of BW/BB songs like he opened shows in mid 2000s. 
24  Non Smiley Smile Stuff / Smiley Smilers Who Make Music / Re: The e-Collaboration Thread (Prayer, Little Bird, Soulful Old Man Sunshine) on: June 09, 2017, 02:36:51 PM
bringing this thread back to life in hopes someone would be willing to jump in and sing a Carl Wilson part for me on a BB cover project.  Thanks!
25  Non Smiley Smile Stuff / Smiley Smilers Who Make Music / Looking for someone to sing Carl Wilson part on: June 09, 2017, 02:26:41 PM
For a parody of a Beach Boys song.  Let me know if you are interested and if you have any links to covers of BB songs with you singing!  This is just for fun, but if you like making Beach Boys covers, this is a fun one...PM me for more info
Thanks!
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