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BeachBoysAR312

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As some may know, The Beach Boys (Mike & Bruce's group) had some lineup changes this year and I would like to hear people's thoughts. Here are the changes, for those who don't know.

At some point between the end of last year and the beginning of this year's tour, Brian Eichenberger (Ike), a former Brian Wilson Band member for a short time just before joining the BB's, made the decision to leave the road, as his wife was having a baby. That left a hole at bass/backup falsetto. Randell Kirsch came back to fill in for a few shows, sometimes singing lead on Then I Kissed Her, until they found a permanent replacement: Keith Hubacher, who supposedly was part of Frankie Valli's band at one point. To me, it seems like he doesn't sing a whole lot, and so far no leads, but he has a lot of energy and you can see it in the way he plays and dances around on stage. 

The other change was that at the beginning of the year Mike's son, Christian Love, rejoined the band and is now singing lead on God Only Knows and his former lead on Good Vibrations. Not sure what prompted that change but he's doing really well from what I've seen in videos online and gets better on God Only Knows every night. In fact, I just saw a short video yesterday from Friday's show and you can really see how far he's come since February. He sounds very close to Carl IMO. 

The only issue I am worried about is who will now be Jeff's backup falsetto if he is sick or something like that? Maybe Keith sings falsetto too, I don't know. But if not, who else will do it? Scott can to some extent but he can't go as high as is needed sometimes. 

Anyways, let me know what you guys think.
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Found this...[smile]


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These guys are not really "The Beach Boys" anymore, so who cares. It's like discussing the personnel changes in a Beach Boys cover band. No Brian Wilson (or Al Jardine)--they are not "The Beach Boys". We are discussing names that have nothing to do with the group--with all due respect--they are fill-in musicians, hired guns, and have nothing to do with the group, it's legacy, history or music. The are just a cover band.
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Absolutely, smiley Frank. No interest whatsoever in the tribute band that they are. The only thing that is worthy of any interest is that Mike Love has to write checks to Brian, Al, and Carl's survivors. 
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Al Forsyth

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But they are all keeping the music and the legacy alive.  It does matter that the product is credible. 

What about the touring schedule?  They play a heavy schedule of dates still, don't they?

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I am glad they are keeping the music alive. But fretting over who is in--or not in--the band is not important. Maybe it is to Mike, but I guarantee you, there are tons of musicians out there who could put together a very credible Beach Boys cover band that would sound just as good as Mike's version. Listen to the Fendertones or Sail On. Point is--they are not the Beach Boys. Never were. Never will.
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Al Forsyth

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No, but they are the touring "Beach Boys" and have the legal right to do so.  It's a tall order to present and represent this music correctly and the line-ups matter greatly.  Mike seems to have put together quite the ensemble and Brian, of course has the ultimate incredible touring band.  They have to deliver this music as it keeps to stand the test of time - and has. 

The cover bands are just those - and do they perform live that much and to that many as the Brian and Mike bands do? 

Earlier this year (original band members each on their respective groups):


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Hey Al - Agree completely that Brian has had "the ultimate incredible touring band" (for years) and agree that the name-sake band has a legal right to tour as such.  As far as some of the cover bands previously referenced (eg, Fendertones), I'll bet they'd like to tour as much as the Beach Boys, but of course that's hard when you don't have that name on the marquee.  And that is exactly why M&B can play so many shows.  If forced to tour under, say, "Mike Love and Bruce Johnston Surf Dudes" - or anything not referencing the Beach Boys - and Mr. Love would have to find a way to brag about playing 10 shows a year instead of 100.  Remember his attempts to tour under 'California Beach Band' after Carl's death?? - cancelled shows and small crowds, leading to his license-grab for the Beach Boys name.
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I agree! Mike is very lucky he is still able to use "The Beach Boys" name, otherwise he'd be scraping for shows. Of course he has the legal right (again, lucky for him), but that doesn't discount the fact that the band is essentially a cover band with a lot of moving pieces (some of them very good, no doubt!). If some of the bands I mentioned had the right to use "The Beach Boys" name, I'm sure they would have 100 shows a year too--but they wouldn't be "The Beach Boys" either. Of course Mike and Bruce give them an air of legitimacy, but my whole point was that fretting about who is in and who is out of the band is pointless--they are not Beach Boys--they are hired musicians to help M&B play BB songs. They are all replaceable, so it really doesn't matter who is in the band, does it?
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