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Al Forsyth

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The show in it's third time played.  All of the similar songs but different order.  They are still playing/tinkering with this.  Some incredible song renderings in here.  From Saint Nick to Auld Lang Syne, the show had a lot going for it, and the band and performances had so much stylistic change throughout the show - versatility.  Both Al Jardine and Blondie add so much and are so important to the show. The band, as always, brilliant. 

Here is what was played with some observations:

Brian Wilson Band Christmas Show, Northfield Rocksino, December 1, 2018

Little Saint Nick

The Man With All The Toys

Santa’s Beard

Merry Christmas Baby (Blondie and Al on the leads)

Christmas Day (Al Jardine on lead – explains how they originally recorded it)

Frosty The Snowman (Big Band Sound)

Santa Claus Is Coming To Town (Big Band Again)

Christmas-y

What I Really Want For Christmas

On Christmas Day

Blue Christmas (Blondie and he explains how he came to do this)

We Three Kings (Al explains the arrangement by Dick Reynolds of Four Freshmen fame)

Christmas Time Is Here Again

I’ll Be Home For Christmas (Rob Bonfiglio on vocal lead)

O Holy Night ( Blondie – amazing solo vocal)

Run, Run Rudolph (Blondie vocal and guitar)

Beach Boys Songs listed as encores on set list:

Wouldn’t It Be Nice

God Only Knows

Sloop John B

Good Vibrations

Help Me Rhonda

Barbara Ann

Surfin’ USA

Fun, Fun, Fun

White Christmas (Rob B. again)

Auld Lang Syne (the band around Brian a capella)

They took their bow and began taking down the equipment as the show goes on.

The Beat Root Revival opened:



More thoughts and comments tomorrow (today now).
We purchased THREE of their works (cds).  VERY good.

Brian does announce, who is about to sing.  Paul von Mertens, always the lovely announcing of who is in the band and doing what.  All in all - a wonderful evening of music.


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Al Forsyth

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Cleveland.com/The Cleveland Plain Dealer did their review and it's good and accurate.  My take was Brian being comfortably uncomfortable last evening, but I think that it may be too soon into this particular tour.  Here's theirs:

Brian Wilson and Friends bring Christmas cheer to Ohio (Review)

https://www.cleveland.com/music/2018/12/brian-wilson-and-friends-bring-christmas-cheer-to-ohio-review.html

I like the sleighful of Christmas songs.  Also that Blondie does add his own magic to the evening. 

What I found to be amazing was Brian sitting down at the piano and welcoming everyone and then opens his bottle of water as LSN is going and somehow begins the vocal, which was better than the previous shows, right on cue.  Mr. Cool begins his show.

I think that the Plain Dealer did a great job.  Now I have to edit my writing from last evening. A tired, but holiday inspired poster I am.


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GREAT work Al!  Very inspired.  I'm getting a strong vibe that this tour is attracting the interest of veteran concert-goers longing for something besides Pet Sounds (not that there's anything wrong with that).  The band is probably loving the mix-up as well.

Look forward to more news - thanks!

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Thanks for your posts and the review, Al.
Cleveland was my first Christmas show even though I’d heard a small preview inToronto. I’m sorry I missed the chance for a hello. I remember the quick hello at Tanglewood.
I think the Plain Dealer review was a good and fair review. He mentions that Brian sang many of the songs. He did and when he did he sang them strong. He misses cues, struggles with maintaining his breath, but he’s still got greatness in that voice. The newest songs, Christmasy and What I Really Want for Christmas, seemed to be the easiest. And again the review is right to say that Brian no longer has his once legendary range. What was surprising was to hear him hit some of the lower range so strong...as when he sings “ He don’t miss no one” in LSN. A strong bass... Some of the earlier Christmas songs have a tough upper range and I even see Rob struggles to get some of the highest notes. These songs were written for 20 something voices.
One thing I will say about the concert, though, is that I didn’t care much for this audience. Very little enthusiasm. Not all, as there were people cheering Brian and the band the whole way. But the crowd was more like bumps on a log. I can see why someone would want to leave as soon as he could.

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Debbie KL

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Originally Posted by Al Forsyth
The show in it's third time played.  All of the similar songs but different order.  They are still playing/tinkering with this.  Some incredible song renderings in here.  From Saint Nick to Auld Lang Syne, the show had a lot going for it, and the band and performances had so much stylistic change throughout the show - versatility.  Both Al Jardine and Blondie add so much and are so important to the show. The band, as always, brilliant. 

Here is what was played with some observations:

Brian Wilson Band Christmas Show, Northfield Rocksino, December 1, 2018

Little Saint Nick

The Man With All The Toys

Santa’s Beard

Merry Christmas Baby (Blondie and Al on the leads)

Christmas Day (Al Jardine on lead – explains how they originally recorded it)

Frosty The Snowman (Big Band Sound)

Santa Claus Is Coming To Town (Big Band Again)

Christmas-y

What I Really Want For Christmas

On Christmas Day

Blue Christmas (Blondie and he explains how he came to do this)

We Three Kings (Al explains the arrangement by Dick Reynolds of Four Freshmen fame)

Christmas Time Is Here Again

I’ll Be Home For Christmas (Rob Bonfiglio on vocal lead)

O Holy Night ( Blondie – amazing solo vocal)

Run, Run Rudolph (Blondie vocal and guitar)

Beach Boys Songs listed as encores on set list:

Wouldn’t It Be Nice

God Only Knows

Sloop John B

Good Vibrations

Help Me Rhonda

Barbara Ann

Surfin’ USA

Fun, Fun, Fun

White Christmas (Rob B. again)

Auld Lang Syne (the band around Brian a capella)

They took their bow and began taking down the equipment as the show goes on.

The Beat Root Revival opened:



More thoughts and comments tomorrow (today now).
We purchased THREE of their works (cds).  VERY good.

Brian does announce, who is about to sing.  Paul von Mertens, always the lovely announcing of who is in the band and doing what.  All in all - a wonderful evening of music.



Thx for sharing this, Al.
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Thanks for your posts and the review, Al.
Cleveland was my first Christmas show even though I’d heard a small preview inToronto. I’m sorry I missed the chance for a hello. I remember the quick hello at Tanglewood.
I think the Plain Dealer review was a good and fair review. He mentions that Brian sang many of the songs. He did and when he did he sang them strong. He misses cues, struggles with maintaining his breath, but he’s still got greatness in that voice. The newest songs, Christmasy and What I Really Want for Christmas, seemed to be the easiest. And again the review is right to say that Brian no longer has his once legendary range. What was surprising was to hear him hit some of the lower range so strong...as when he sings “ He don’t miss no one” in LSN. A strong bass... Some of the earlier Christmas songs have a tough upper range and I even see Rob struggles to get some of the highest notes. These songs were written for 20 something voices.
One thing I will say about the concert, though, is that I didn’t care much for this audience. Very little enthusiasm. Not all, as there were people cheering Brian and the band the whole way. But the crowd was more like bumps on a log. I can see why someone would want to leave as soon as he could.


Thx Deb#1 - I always love your honest reviews, and heaven knows, you've seen your share of these shows.
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I was at this show as well. A couple of observations:

- The audience was beyond lame. I didn't expect anyone to get up and dance to frosty the snowman, but I did expect everyone to get up for the encore songs. We sat in section 2 Row S and when anyone got up in front of us we got up as well but eventually they sat down so I then felt like an idiot standing. 

- This was my 3rd Brian Wilson concert in the last two years. I went with a group of 7, 3 of them never seen Brian before but enjoyed Christmas music. I tried my best to explain what Brian has gone through and how he is on stage but they couldn't get past how uncomfortable he looked. One of the people who went left feeling sad. That was heartbreaking to me, but I guess I get it. 

-The band once again sounded amazing. Paul took the time to introduce the band which was nice (they didn't do that at the last concert I went to (Greatest Hits in Mt Pocono over the summer). 

- I would say the venue was at least 3/4 full if not more. Not too bad, but I always think he deserves sold out shows but the tickets aren't exactly cheap either. 

- Brian's son in law did a good job. I missed Matt though. Nothing against Rob, I am just more used to Matt. They both are excellent. 

I am not sure how many more shows we will get with Brian. He is obviously getting older (as we all are) and seems to struggle more and more each show. As it was mentioned above, they concluded with Auld Lang Syne all gathered around the piano. Before they finished the song, Brian looked up at Paul and said "Ready Paul?" over the speakers before they finished the last note. It was kind of a funny moment.  I hope there are many more shows and I hope he gets to do this as long as he wants to. Lord know I will go to as many as I can.

Merry Christmas and Peace and Love

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