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The 50th anniversary tour began! Tuscon AZ. I remember being glued to the blue board. (I still call it the blue board) . It was an amazing trip. I was fortunate enough to do 10 shows. My first one was Raleigh N.C. My second was Cuyahoga falls Ohio , Columbia MD, Camden NJ. Went home for a week. Started back up at Saratoga Springs NY, Jones Beach with my friend Susan, and then off to Boston. From there it was on to Holmdel NJ then back home to Darien lake, Taylor was at that show. And my last show was DTE auburn hills Michigan. Every show I went to was great. The band was fabulous and I think the fans were in awe seeing everyone on stage.... My biggest thrill was getting an email from Brianwilson.com the morning after the Jones beach show telling me how thrilled Brian was with me posting on here doing play by play of the shows I went to. I was invited to be his guest at the Holmdel show and got to hang out with him backstage. I also got to meet his friends Ray and Jerry. Ray sat with me during the concert. Jeff was the nicest person. I got to hang with everyone the last 3 concerts of that tour. Every time I play the album that's why God made the radio I think about that summer and the traveling I did going from city to city.
. What are your memories from your shows that you went to in 2012 for the tour? Please share.
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Hey Chris - Can you do us a favor and post this in the Beach Boys Category as well?  I'd also like to hear others' experience/memories, and we may get a few more responses if folks have that category tagged.

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Sure! Probably should have done that in the first place
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No worries - it's all good, here and there.
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Chris,

Nice to see you posting here again - at the BLUEBOARD - yes it is!  

My recollections are still very vivid.  I saw two shows and they could not have been more opposite. The first was the second gig at The Beacon in NYC (upper west side) and it was electric - you could feel the entire place vibrating and shaking.  They always knock it out of the park in NYC.  Brian does as well.  It was my first "sound check" experience and it was incredible to see The Beach Boys at work.  This was wehere they changed up how they would do Add Some Music To Your Day - all around Brian at the piano.  It appeared to be Mike having the idea to do this.  I then sat for a photo in the meet and greet piece of this.  I said that I was here from Brian Wilson dot com where Mike leaned over to me and went "oh yeah?" It was so cool and funny. Outside the theater we were interviewed for a documentary that never quite made it but I have heard that it is somewhere out there.  I got to speak with Melinda briefly after the concert.  Probably one of the top ten concert experiences EVER, along with my first seeing them in 1972 where they were amazing.  

The show at the Woodstock site, Bethel Woods.  Many very cool things happened during this day as well.  I went with former Blueboarder Mike Becher and his son.  We toured the museum which honored the Woodstock concert and then walked down the street to a distillery to hear Blondie Chaplin do a gig,  I filmed the entire thing including his doing Sail On Sailor where I am eight to ten feet away from him.  He was VERY cool to speak to.  I found out about his playing there that day from the Blueboard, which when I first joined in 2000 WAS the place to get your Brian Wilson news.  There was no FB, Twitter, or I-gram.  

We ate at the distillery, walked back to the concert site, ate again at the food trucks and walked over to the Woodstock field concert site - which is over the side of the hill from the new Bethel Woods venue.  Police immediately drove up to us and asked what we were doing.  We said looking at where it all happened.  They said - get out!  Almost arrested for looking.  

The show was very low key compared to NYC - almost a peace out vibe - like Woodstock.  Getting out of there was almost like the Woodstock concert itself - took forever.  

Someone closely aligned with this BB camp (I won't say) said that something may be in the works for year 2020.  Let's see.  

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