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sjeffery

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I am taking my Mom to the BB concert at Kennedy Center tomorrow. While I know everyone onstage at a Brian show, I'm not 100% on the Beach Boys other than Mike, Bruce & Jeff. I *think* when I saw them at WolfTrap last year John Cowsill, Scott Totten and Brian Eichenberger were there, but I don't remember Tim on keyboard. I searched around for awhile trying to find this. I thought I'd see it on the BB site, but didn't. I ended up finding this on Wikipedia (not my first choice for accuracy!). Can anyone confirm/correct this lineup for me?

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Stephanie



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The Beach Boys
  • Mike Love – lead and 4th harmony vocals, tambourine
  • Bruce Johnston – keyboards, lower medium harmony vocals
Supporting musicians
  • Jeff Foskett - guitar, 1st harmony vocals
  • Scott Totten – guitar, 2nd harmony vocals, musical director
  • Brian Eichenberger - bass, 2nd harmony vocals
  • Tim Bonhomme – keyboards
  • John Cowsill – drums, occasional vocals
Part-time/fill-in musicians
  • David Marks - guitar, 3rd harmony vocals
  • John Stamos – electric guitar, drums, vocals, percussion
  • Ambha Love – lead vocals
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Emdeeh

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David Marks is a Beach Boy, one of the principals, regardless of whichever touring entity he's working with at the time. Randy Leago is the newest addition to the supporting band, playing sax.

Otherwise, your list looks good.
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sjeffery

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Agreed, I absolutely consider David a Beach Boy - I just left him in that category as he doesn't always perform and is not always in either Brian's or the BB's show

Thanks for the Randy Leago info - I will read up about him.

Thank you, I appreciate the help and the fast response.
Stephanie


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Jeremy L

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     David seems like the man in the middle.   In other words it is possible for him to do some shows with Mike's group but it's also possible for him to tour with Brian and play on one of his upcoming albums.    But I'm happy for David in it seems like he actually benefitted most from the 50th Reunion in now no longer being thought of as the supposed lost Beach Boy.   If Brian's Rock N Roll album happens I hope David is one of the guitar players on the album.

       And on a somewhat related note at the show I attended I found it interesting that John Cowsill only sang lead for "California Dreamin".  At one point he seemed to have at least 4 or 5 leads depending on the setlist.   I know John used to sing "Darlin" which Jeff Foskett now does.   Plus he used to sing lead for "Help Me Rhonda" which Mike seems to be singing lead on now.   I think John's is in his early 60s so maybe drumming pretty intensely and doing lead vocals might've took its toll.   I remember being amazed when i saw him sing Wild Honey while pounding away on the drums a few years ago.
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Lee Marshall

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Ya know...I wouldn't have a problem with the 'Beach Boys' doin' a double play of, say, Indian Lake and Hair.  Those were bonafide hits...John was a part of it and they're just as suitable, in terms of the BBs performing them, as California Dreamin' really.

Of all those in attendance at any given show...as far as I'm concerned...John is the most Beach Boy-like of any of them.  He kind of adds a little touch of Dennis to the mix...and THAT is an essential ingredient.  [Sorry Mike...once again...as has ALWAYS BEEN THE CASE... it ain't all about you.]
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p.s.  And Jeff has been around so long [and has actually contributed to an official recording or 2] that I would consider him to be, at the very least, an honorary Beach Boy.  His contributions to both the group and to Brian do ADD UP.
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Actually, I like the term that was afforded both Jeff and Scott Totten during the 2012 reunion tour: "Vice Principals." Not official Beach Boys, but "one heartbeat away" from there -- fits the honorary BB concept well too. There are two other guys I'd put into that category as well -- and they're playing with Brian now -- Billy Hinsche and Matt Jardine.
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Lee Marshall

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Actually, I like the term that was afforded both Jeff and Scott Totten during the 2012 reunion tour: "Vice Principals." Not official Beach Boys, but "one heartbeat away" from there -- fits the honorary BB concept well too. There are two other guys I'd put into that category as well -- and they're playing with Brian now -- Billy Hinsche and Matt Jardine.


I HEAR that.[thumb]
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Jeremy L

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Lee,

        I could see "Indian Lake" fitting in very well during a Mike and Bruce concert.  That song has a very Beach Boys like sound.   And it's not like Mike hasn't done covers in the past.  At one point he had his band doing "Duke of Earl" and the Four Seasons' "Sherry" just because Adrian Baker could do a good Frankie Valli imitation.

Emdeeh,

          While they shouldn't be considered actual Beach Boys I can see how people like Jeff Foskett and Scott Totten could be ranked at the very next level along with Matt Jardine and Billy Hinsche.  I could be wrong but was Scott Totten the music director for the 50th shows?   I know he is the music director for Mike's group.

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Lee Marshall

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Yes Jeremy Indian Lake would work.  On 2nd thought Mike might not 'go' for Hair.  I think you're right about Scott and year 50.  Mike's fortunate to have him.  [and hats]
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Jeremy L

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   Yeah Mike might not be too fond of the song "Hair" for kind of obvious reasons.[smile]    I do agree that Mike is fortunate to have Scott overseeing things.  Mike's "Beach Boys" group has probably never sounded as good as they currently do.    Mike is currently claiming that he's going to be releasing a solo album again.   Fortunately he can't use The Beach Boys name for any albums unless Brian and Al are also involved.   But having said that I do think the album could be decent as long as he has the right people working with him and those who are bold enough to tell him when a song isn't too good.   I believe Jeff Foskett has been involved.  Don't know if Scott has any involvement with the album though.   But Mike's has already recorded a number of still never released solo albums so I wouldn't believe this one is actually coming out until their is some kind of official release announcement. 
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Lee Marshall

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Mike can do 'it' solo if he wants to.  BUT...he'll run into the same problems that he has in the past when he tries to walk out on that limb alone...He'll be LUCKY if he has even one decent song to work with.  No to so so material is a problem which many a 'singer' faces.  It never makes for a decent album.  Really?

It's not a good idea.
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Let'sgoaway

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If Mike puts out an album without the name Beach Boys on it than it should sell to about 20 people.
I think he is just trying to plug his book by saying he is doing an album as well.

If he is not careful with his revisionist history and exaggerations that book could be the final coffin in a career that has gone on far too long.
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Let'sgoaway,

       I think you are right and that's a good part of the reason why that in over a fifty year career Mike has only released one solo album which the majority of people said was forgettable.   I remember about a decade ago Mike was going on about a new solo album which at least was never officially released although some tracks got leaked onto YouTube.  And two tracks were new versions of "Brian's Back" and "Everyone's in Love With You".   If this latest solo attempt ever sees the light of day I think there will probably be a few more new versions of songs that Mike has already done once before.  Although to be fair Brian did revisit "Let Him Run Wild" and "Keep an Eye on Summer" for the Imagination album.  If the solo album ever comes to be I think more than 20 people will buy it but Mike doesn't have to worry about it charting.   He'd probably also have it sold at the souvenir stand at all his shows in hopes to sell as many copies as he can.

        As for his upcoming autobiography I don't know.   If it's not too controversial I don't think it'll hurt him but if it is controversial it will.    One big mistake will be if he does a long rant about how he didn't get credit for his lyrics when that situation was settled back in the 90s.  He's been compensated for that and should get over it.   And he would get points with me if he actually admitted to being haunted by ruining his group's Hall of Fame induction.   I mean I do think people are entitled to forgiveness for most things.  But did Mike ever formally apologize for the HOF rant?   And I don't buy into the whole forgetting to meditate bit.   I think he was drunk and wanted to steal the spotlight from the others.

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Lee Marshall

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If it's not too controversial?  Jeremy...he's been feeding us his talking points for years.  It's gonna be a shocker...at least to me...if it isn't the largest pile of fly attractant to ever sit in one place...at one time...on this specific planet...since the demise of the last of the Titanosaurs in Argentina.

https://www.theguardian.com/science/2016/jan/17/dinosaur-titanosaur-largest-animal-ever-walk-earth-argentina

The guy has a real, honest to goodness problem.  He has benefited from his association with the Wilsons his entire life and all he seems capable of doing with any on-going degree of regularity is complain and moan about it.  Get ready to read and weep. [while he continues to rake in the greenbacks through performing and receiving royalty cheques for all the stuff he did with Brian...and...Kokomo.]

I'd be thanking my lucky stars.  But then my name isn't Mike.
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Let'sgoaway

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I think when he started to pull the law suit crap back in the 90's and campaigned on Oreilly and Howard Stern for public sympathy his act somewhat went over on the common unaware fans of the group.Over the years since he has got caught up on lies and revisionist history in too many interviews and now even the casual fan knows that the discussion about how great the BeachBoys were starts and ends with the brothers Wilson.

The book is a money grab,let's face it outside of being a nemesis to Brian over the years the guy is really not all that interesting and the obsessive whining about getting his due is beyond old and boring.
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