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stevenwiz

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I’ve been a fan of Brian Wilson and the Beach Boys for over 40 years.  I’ve seen Brian numerous times over the past few years since the Smile tour.   It was very sad to see him on stage last night at the Christmas Show.   The band was great (as usual) the vocals were saved by Al, Rob (although I prefer Matt better), and Blondie (who was fabulous).  But a few things about Brian:

Physical Condition -  I’m not sure what his present physical condition is not but he needed two people to help him on and off the stage.  He didn’t sing much during this show as compared to previous tours but he seemed to be very uncomfortable sitting behind the piano.

Singing  - the real sad part is Brian can not sing at all anymore.   I couldn’t believe how much his voice deteriorated since the Pet Sounds show last year.   He now speaks the words at times almost gasping for air, forgot many words during the songs, and usually came in late during his parts skipping words and whole lines.  Brian usually does a good job with God Only Knows (my favorite song) and it was sad watching him try to sing that last night.

I’m not sure if this was an off night or just the way Brian is now.  I believe this may have been the third show in three nights which may have added to his performance but it’s time his management team lets him retire from performing.   Like any major athlete or performer there comes a time to retire from the road so our last image of Brian is not what I saw last evening.

Brian, thank you for all the wonderful music that I’ll treasure forever but as much as I’ll miss your shows it’s time to stop touring.

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smileyFrank

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I've heard from an anonymous band member that this is what is. Although he insists he wants to be on the road and play concerts/tours, on this tour at least,  he is disconnected. Doesn't sing when he should, skips lines he is supposed to sing  and looks and seems out of the loop. Sad indeed--and actually not fair to the band, which works so hard for him, and not fair to the fans who shell out big bucks to see him perform. Brian has been known to be "passive--aggressive" so maybe this is his way of being displeased or unhappy with something. Band members are already contemplating this being Brian's final swing after 19 years. I'm scheduled to see him Friday, and after seeing him so many times, I hate the thought of this being how he is on maybe the last time I see him in a concert...
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stevenwiz

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Yes it is very sad... that's what I experienced last night.  I couldn't even say the crowd was part of the problem because the audience was into the show from start to finish. Let us know how he performs Friday.   Catch the opening act they were terrific
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Let'sgoaway

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Probably a lot of truth here about the recent concerts but thank you Brian for your incredible catoloque of music. Everyone has an opinion but mine is that no one individual in the last 55 years can claim a career quite like his and his ability to produce, write, sing and play piano as well as other instruments. He created a sound and harmony that will forever stand up to time so if it all ends here then we should be forever thankful for this incredible musician.
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Al Forsyth

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I hope that he can finish this strong. It woukd be cool if Carnie and Wendy can join in California. Keep it going Brian and band. It's still early in this tour. He seems to vary from show to show.
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smileyFrank

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Just saw the BW show at Staten Island NYC, and happy to report BW's singing and demeanor were much better! He actually sang (not talk/sing) his vocals, hit his cues and pretty much seemed into the show. I won't sugar coat, but he was better than reports from previous shows. As usual for Brian, often he just sat there as others did leads, but as I said hit his cues, came in when he was supposed to, and didn't leave the band hanging with empty vocal spots. Spoke very little (including what seemed like scripted patter with Al), so I have seen him more talkative and animated in the past. His vocals were OK--actually a bit strong in spots (in the context of his vocals in recent years), and at least he seemed Ok to be there. Crowd gave him a lot of respect, calling his name and cheering for him when he sang. He did have trouble getting on and off stage (he heeded assistance) which I thought the back surgery would help (it didn't). Hopefully he is getting comfortable and used to the Xmas material, which is why he is coming off better. Hope it continues.
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BeachBoysAR312

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As I've seen from previous tours, usually things start out a little bumpy and get smoother and better as time goes on and BW/the band get more shows under their belt and everybody gets more comfortable with the material being played. Glad to hear Staten Island was better. We will see what happens as the tour goes on. Please share videos if you find any
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Al Forsyth

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Oakdale, Connecticut show is tonight.  I can't make this but we'll get the reports!  It really seems to be hit or miss with Brian.  After tonight, the climate will be warmer and the tour will go forward.  Good report from Staten Island.  [smile]
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Debbie KL

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Certainly everyone can express their views of the shows. I must have had a good night as far as his singing about 3 weeks ago - when he sang, he wasn't "talking," he sang, actually well. And I suspect he still can when all is going well. AND, most importantly, the audience had a great time and they're still letting me know how much they loved it, so...

I don't think anyone is looking for fantasy reviews here. I got him on a good singing day. Others may have not. I wasn't there. He knows that he's providing the audiences with his spectacular band performing his incredible songs. He clearly enjoys the band, Blondie and Al as we do.

But please, please stop suggesting that he is being forced to tour. You have no idea how opposite that is of the truth. People are supporting his desire to tour, no matter how much work that is for them. Everyone around Brian is quite comfortable and doesn't need the money - including his friends/support people on the road. They support what he wants out of love.

Healing works in strange ways. Brian is an enigma whom no one can second guess. I don't even try after all these years.

I don't mind critiques, I'm terrible about criticizing myself and others. I just hope people can relax and enjoy themselves. I did.
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surferdude62

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Originally Posted by stevenwiz
I’ve been a fan of Brian Wilson and the Beach Boys for over 40 years.  I’ve seen Brian numerous times over the past few years since the Smile tour.   It was very sad to see him on stage last night at the Christmas Show.   The band was great (as usual) the vocals were saved by Al, Rob (although I prefer Matt better), and Blondie (who was fabulous).  But a few things about Brian:

Physical Condition -  I’m not sure what his present physical condition is not but he needed two people to help him on and off the stage.  He didn’t sing much during this show as compared to previous tours but he seemed to be very uncomfortable sitting behind the piano.

Singing  - the real sad part is Brian can not sing at all anymore.   I couldn’t believe how much his voice deteriorated since the Pet Sounds show last year.   He now speaks the words at times almost gasping for air, forgot many words during the songs, and usually came in late during his parts skipping words and whole lines.  Brian usually does a good job with God Only Knows (my favorite song) and it was sad watching him try to sing that last night.

I’m not sure if this was an off night or just the way Brian is now.  I believe this may have been the third show in three nights which may have added to his performance but it’s time his management team lets him retire from performing.   Like any major athlete or performer there comes a time to retire from the road so our last image of Brian is not what I saw last evening.

Brian, thank you for all the wonderful music that I’ll treasure forever but as much as I’ll miss your shows it’s time to stop touring.

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surferdude62

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When my wife and I saw him in Atlanta, we were surprised as well. He seemed to be having trouble singing and when we saw his leg in the brace, I was surprised. He seemed to be uncomfortable. I am wondering why they didn't postpone the tour. We would have , as I think most people, understood.  I'm hoping that Brian feels better soon-but I think it's time for him to stop touring.
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Al Forsyth

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Here's hoping that he gets back into the studio.  Have something new, with the new film coming out.  
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