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To renew the love of Brian, the band(!), and the holiday season, this thread provides the platform to talk about the last four Holiday Shows. 
It also serves to bump the tabloid-trash-talk down a notch or two. (To our regulars - I apologize for seemingly feeding that talk, but I think you know that my passion for Brian and his friends runs deep...therefore I try to set the record straight...especially since Lee is not around [wink])

And NOW...from (sometimes) sunny California

Thousand Oaks
Cerritos
Santa Rosa
Reno (OK, so it's in Nevada...but still close)


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Curt - You're hitting the first two, aren't you?
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Delighted that the folks on the west coast can now enjoy these shows. I'm anxious to hear some feedback and reports.

Merry Christmas to all.....
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Thanks for starting this thread Bugs! Looking forward to our West Coast posters to offer some photos, comments, etc. of the shows! 

It's Carl's birthday, so let's send lotsa' love to Brian and the band.
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(Still gathering photos and thoughts from last night's wonderful Santa Rosa show) - But here's the LA Times' review of the first California holiday show at Thousand Oaks:

"...the ethereal blend of human voices Wilson crafted when he was a young man of 24, along with its transcendent musical modulations, has stood the test of time and expressly conveyed a message of kinship that beautifully encapsulated the core message of the holiday season."

https://www.latimes.com/entertainment/music/la-et-ms-brian-wilson-christmas-beach-boys-review-20181221-story.html

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Bugsy, thanks for sharing. Great review from La Times.
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(Still gathering photos and thoughts from last night's wonderful Santa Rosa show) - But here's the LA Times' review of the first California holiday show at Thousand Oaks:

"...the ethereal blend of human voices Wilson crafted when he was a young man of 24, along with its transcendent musical modulations, has stood the test of time and expressly conveyed a message of kinship that beautifully encapsulated the core message of the holiday season."

https://www.latimes.com/entertainment/music/la-et-ms-brian-wilson-christmas-beach-boys-review-20181221-story.html


Thx so much to you and Ang!  This is what I posted on my FB page: I was lucky enough to hear Brian sing "God Only Knows" beautifully in Nov. (and I've been hearing it done for decades, so)... Beyond that comment & a different set of songs, I've heard and seen exactly what the writer describes & love the beauty of his description - perfect, Randy Lewis!
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Santa Rosa - Sat, Dec 22

A very special show.  Saturday night, three days before Christmas.  Older, but festive crowd (there were many more youth at the Pet Sounds shows).  Ugly sweaters galore.   Flashing holiday lights adorned long, scraggly beards. 

As usual, I see Probyn in the lobby before the show.  But he looks SO tired, I leave him alone.  Beat Root Revival did not open the show here – rather, the Ruby Friedman “Orchestra” opened for Brian for the last four west coast shows.  One keyboard, two guitars and one fiddle hardly make an orchestra though.  Ruby has a strong voice, but an edge that didn’t mix with Brian’s Christmas music (and she sort of made that known, which was odd).  And that’s all I have to say about Ruby’s set.

Brian was not rolled out in a wheelchair, nor did it take three people to get him to his seat.  Like several of the Pet Sounds shows from the last two years (and even the No Pier Pressure tour), Brian walked out slowly…aided only by Paul (Von Mertens).  When you consider this was the third show in three nights (with a 500-mile drive between), I thought Brian held up well.  I should add a note about the stage Brian walked onto – those that have been to one of these shows know what I’m talking about.  Excellent work by those involved in the design and daily transport/setup.  Many oohs and aahs – and the stage matched the lobby decorations nicely.

The Christmas LP portion was a kick and, unsurprisingly, the band added a lot of life to these songs.  The jazzed-up arrangement of Frosty the Snowman was very, very good.  Blondie’s voice, Al’s voice – timeless!  Surprise of the night for me? – Rob’s performance (substituting for Matt).  He is a fine singer.  Darian – every time he sings “Darlin”, I end up wishing he’d have more leads!  I suppose that’s the good problem Brian created when he surrounded himself with musicians capable of recreating his music onstage. 

The audience seemed surprised with the ‘hits’ that came after the holiday set – Of course, three Pet Sounds classics can make anyone happy.  Most were up dancing by the time they wrapped up with “Auld Lang Syne.”  Many smiles leaving the venue.

I need to ask my daughters to send me their phone pictures – I spent my time basking.


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Excellent review, Bugs. The hits portion was a nice surprise addition to setlist. I spent a lot of time "basking" at these shows as well.

I hope the band has a good long rest. It is well deserved.
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Great review, Bugsy, and Brian and the band did take this tour as something special for people.  True road warrior and his warriors - all about giving us a joy to the season. The final show was last evening.  A nice long break is deserved to ALL.

Agree, more Darian to the fore. 

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A review from Saturday night's show...[smile]

"The Santa Rosa show was the only Northern California date on the itinerary, which translated to some fans having to make quite a lengthy drive. But, without a doubt, the concert proved worth the effort. Wilson and company — which included fellow former Beach Boys Al Jardine and Blondie Chaplin — opened the show, like the “Christmas Album” itself, with the memorable “Little Saint Nick,” one of the best yuletide offerings of the last 60 years."

https://www.mercurynews.com/2018/12/23/review-brian-wilson-delivers-special-christmas-gift-to-beach-boys-fans/?utm_email=142404FC4422F4B5D42134A423&utm_source=listrak&utm_medium=email&utm_term=https%3a%2f%2fwww.mercurynews.com%2f2018%2f12%2f23%2freview-brian-wilson-delivers-special-christmas-gift-to-beach-boys-fans%2f&utm_campaign=bang-mult-nl-morning-report-nl&utm_content=manual


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Santa Rosa - Sat, Dec 22

A very special show.  Saturday night, three days before Christmas.  Older, but festive crowd (there were many more youth at the Pet Sounds shows).  Ugly sweaters galore.   Flashing holiday lights adorned long, scraggly beards. 

As usual, I see Probyn in the lobby before the show.  But he looks SO tired, I leave him alone.  Beat Root Revival did not open the show here – rather, the Ruby Friedman “Orchestra” opened for Brian for the last four west coast shows.  One keyboard, two guitars and one fiddle hardly make an orchestra though.  Ruby has a strong voice, but an edge that didn’t mix with Brian’s Christmas music (and she sort of made that known, which was odd).  And that’s all I have to say about Ruby’s set.

Brian was not rolled out in a wheelchair, nor did it take three people to get him to his seat.  Like several of the Pet Sounds shows from the last two years (and even the No Pier Pressure tour), Brian walked out slowly…aided only by Paul (Von Mertens).  When you consider this was the third show in three nights (with a 500-mile drive between), I thought Brian held up well.  I should add a note about the stage Brian walked onto – those that have been to one of these shows know what I’m talking about.  Excellent work by those involved in the design and daily transport/setup.  Many oohs and aahs – and the stage matched the lobby decorations nicely.

The Christmas LP portion was a kick and, unsurprisingly, the band added a lot of life to these songs.  The jazzed-up arrangement of Frosty the Snowman was very, very good.  Blondie’s voice, Al’s voice – timeless!  Surprise of the night for me? – Rob’s performance (substituting for Matt).  He is a fine singer.  Darian – every time he sings “Darlin”, I end up wishing he’d have more leads!  I suppose that’s the good problem Brian created when he surrounded himself with musicians capable of recreating his music onstage. 

The audience seemed surprised with the ‘hits’ that came after the holiday set – Of course, three Pet Sounds classics can make anyone happy.  Most were up dancing by the time they wrapped up with “Auld Lang Syne.”  Many smiles leaving the venue.

I need to ask my daughters to send me their phone pictures – I spent my time basking.



Bugs - So sorry I missed the post/review! Thx so much. Great review - looking forward to the photos. I did the same as you and relied on my friends to take the photos.
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A review from Saturday night's show...[smile]

"The Santa Rosa show was the only Northern California date on the itinerary, which translated to some fans having to make quite a lengthy drive. But, without a doubt, the concert proved worth the effort. Wilson and company — which included fellow former Beach Boys Al Jardine and Blondie Chaplin — opened the show, like the “Christmas Album” itself, with the memorable “Little Saint Nick,” one of the best yuletide offerings of the last 60 years."

https://www.mercurynews.com/2018/12/23/review-brian-wilson-delivers-special-christmas-gift-to-beach-boys-fans/?utm_email=142404FC4422F4B5D42134A423&utm_source=listrak&utm_medium=email&utm_term=https%3a%2f%2fwww.mercurynews.com%2f2018%2f12%2f23%2freview-brian-wilson-delivers-special-christmas-gift-to-beach-boys-fans%2f&utm_campaign=bang-mult-nl-morning-report-nl&utm_content=manual



Thx again Bugs. I keep ending up in a Community area that eliminates these threads, so somehow never got back to her. So sorry. The review is appreciated. I think it's safe to say that the reviewer is a fan.
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Really wanted to catch Santa Rosa. Unfortunately, it didn't work out for me last year to see Brian and the gang. Can't wait for 2019, hoping we get another tour that's not Pet Sounds. 

We should do a tour for the 20th Anniversary of the Brian Wilson Band and switch up the setlist throughout the tour and feature band favorites and different leads, and even some fan requests. Maybe social media requests or contests. I've seen other bands do that. 

Really hope we get another Christmas tour though. I do have one thing about the '18 Xmas Tour. Why was Santa Rosa the only Nor Cal date? yes, it's the Bay Area still but not where most of the Bay is. I do lament that having that as the only date in Northern California was not a smart idea in my opinion. I really want BW to come back to the Mtn. Winery or Shoreline Amp this year. Both great venues. 
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