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“The terrific and multi talented band, who over the years has supported and propped him up now seemingly uses Brian as a prop.”
This is a great band with good people who love Brian and are clearly devoted to his music. They support each other.


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Last night's show in NYC was enjoyable. The Zombies were solid, albeit with too much stage chatter. BW & Co were as expected. The band was tight as ever, and the lead vocals were fine. Brian was strained at times, but was in fine form at others, especially as the night went on. H&V, and L&M were highlights.
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Just got back from the Waterbury/Palace Theater show Outstanding show. Band members saying best of the tour. Lot of Blueboard friends present. One of the best Brian and band shows that I have ever been to.

We fans met at a quiet restaurant nearby with EXCELLENT food. Talked and shared our time and then proceeded down the hill to the lovely Palace Theater. Stopped outside and spoke with bandmembers Probyn and Jim for twenty minutes or so.

Inside the Zombies kicked things off with a newer song and then She's Not There. Then the full Odyssey and Oracle band comes out while they feature the ENTIRE album. Rod Argent explained the process of making the album at Abbey Road and Darian and Probyn were also there playing at the show with the newly inducted into Rock an Roll Hall of Fame, Zombies. Colin Blunstone, Rod Argent, and all vocals - superb. Rod Argent the player, particularly when he was really ripping on She's Not There and Time of the Season - nothing short of amazing. The song, The Butcher, does stand out as well.

Half hour intermission? It seemed shorter.

Brian and THE BAND were ready to deliver and deliver, they did. Cali Girls, I Get Around, Don't Worry Baby and Darlin' get it all going. The band and Brian's vocals were ALL on tonight and then some.

Al Jadine then celebrates the Zombies and mentions what the Beach Boys were doing in 68 - hence the tour title. They kick into their "Friends" songs beginning with Brian singing Meant For You, followed by the song Friends, Wake The World, and Rob B. is simply marvelous on the Spanish guitar licks on Busy Doing Nothing.

So they segue right into the Pet Sounds songs of Wouldn't It Be Nice, Sloop, and God Only Knows. All done perfectly. Love how Brian added his dimension on WIBN part and of course the entire GOK vocal.

Now the Blondie Chaplin songs and shout outs to Brother Carl and dedication to Audree Wilson. You cou lo d feel it in his voice. Feel Flows, Long Promised Road, and Sail On Sailor ALL done in Blondie Style and that kind of jolt to the entire concert. He stays out with his tambourine to keep.it all going.

Next Darian delivering a knock-out version of I Can Hear Music which was incredible as everything preceding. Al mentions that it's back to Friends songs. He mentions Dennis and Brian writing Little Bird as Brian sings it out. Beautifully done. Diamond Head with Probyn on pedal steel, is the new instrumental feature and it is incredible. Then Passing By is played and they go right into a fabulous Til I Die and Brian goes this is from Surf's Up as he sings the title song. Al does Lookin at Tomorrow, bluesy vocal and well done and and announces that in this world there are heroes and villains as they count into the song. Amazing!!!

Now without a break they go into the standard encore songs all done to perfection: Good Vibrations, Rhonda, Barbara Ann, SUSA, Fun, Fun, Fun and Brian announces lastbsong as they all gather round for L&M, except Darian on keys behind.

This show was special and amazing and one not to be forgotten. Everyone was ON and after the show admitted it saying best performance of this tour to date from several band members.

More thoughts later. I rest my texting thumbs and fingers.

Thank YOU, Brian and the amazing band and to the Zombies. A magical and beautiful night to hear this music.

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Nicely done Al, especially if you texted that! - anything more than one sentence and I have to save it for my laptop [biggrin] .  I knew you'd enjoy the heck out of this tour.  And to get a better show than Oakland or LA?!?  Wish I'd been there.  Good that you got to spend time with Jim and Probyn...and Blueboarders (btw, tell them to get back on board!).

Something about these two bands that really complement each other - Rod Argent really rocks still...and Colin's voice!  You're right about them and Butcher's Tale...which is my least favorite songs on O&O, but was one of my favorites live.  Then, 'Little Bird' was quite a surprise from Brian & Band - 'Diamond Head'! - 'Till I Die'!, etc.  I'd see this show again and again.

Thanks for sharing so much, so late. [thumb]

-Doug

 

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yep, always happy to.
in the 'good old days' there'd be oodles of posts
right here on the board of blue
around tour dates / meets / reviews'n'stuff.
doesn't happen enough nowadays
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sounding like a sad nostalgic old git)...

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Then Passing By is played and they go right into a fabulous Til I Die and Brian goes this is from Surf's Up as he sings the title song.


N-i-i-i-c-e....I can hear a segue from "Passing By" into "Til I Die". What a treat, along with "Diamond Head". 

Great review, Al...and greater that a bunch of "Blueys" met up before and after...I'm little envious of that, but glad a great night was had! 
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Yah, Doug, texting this not my fave way to go but when duty calls. Yes to Paul A. about all of the reviews that we would post back in the day. An honor to do so. I was really blown away by this show and performance.

Things to reflect on - Blondie announcing to Brian to begin SOS and when they did it was Brian's piano and Blondies' guitar the way that it should be.

Probyn really having fun with the steel and getting this song working - Diamond Head.

I thought several songs REALLY added something to this and too many to mention.

Blueboarders - Deb, Clara, Martha, Maureen - there and present. My two good friends fir letting me come to this and also attending: Leslie and Bryan.

Good chats with band before and after.

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Whoa, Al...my life flashed before my eyes for a minute. 

When you said Blondie announced to Brian to begin SOS, it took a minute to realize you mean "Sail On Sailor" of course, not ABBA's SOS.   [rofl]

Hokey smokes, Bullwinkle...time for me to call it a night. 
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We were at the Thursday Beacon show. Went out to Long Island in Friday traffic to take care of some things, then to LaGuardia for an evening flight to KC, and got in on time between T storms. Up early today for a busy day getting caught up, so this is my first chance to post. Now I have to do it after Mr. Adsett. Paul, wish we could have met.

Al, if Friday's concert was the best show of the tour, then wow. I walked out of the Beacon Thursday night in a complete state of music induced ecstasy.

We drove into the city early so we could walk a bit. Al Jardine was sitting outside the diner next to the Beacon with some people so I briefly excused myself just to say thanks. We walked to Lincoln Center. Cheryl had not been to that part of Manhattan. I showed her where I once worked across the street from Juilliard. We went back to the diner for dinner, waved to Probyn as he walked by. 

The Zombies only did a few songs from Odessey and Oracle in Las Vegas but I feel fortunate that we got to hear two different sets. I can't add to what's been said about the O and O performance. Loved it. Then on to Brian and Company.

We were about 21 or 22 rows from the stage Thursday after being up close in L.V., and I was glad. I was able to better see what was being played by each band member on the Friends material, especially on Diamond Head. This is hard to explain, but I felt something special Thursday night. I thought this performance was just amazing. "Superhuman philharmonic" indeed. And as for the always fabulous Mike D'Amico....something hit me a few songs into the set. It was as if, to use a racing expression, he caught a flyer out of the gate. I was mesmerized watching him.

After the concert, we caught a flyer and made it from W. 76th Street back to our hotel in New Jersey in about 18 minutes.

Finally - while waiting on the men's room line at intermission, I had a brief conversation with two others and mentioned the different Zombies' set in Las Vegas. One of the men said something about being a musician and something about Vanilla Fudge, but I wasn't sure what he meant. I was waiting for Cheryl when I got out of the men's room and one of the guys came over to ask me if I knew to whom I was speaking. I said no. He said it was Carmine Appice.




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Here's hoping that they are hitting their stride. It was absolute perfection, I thought, and to hear three band members say the same, it was astounding. They say that it has all to do with Brian. They also mentioned that in the sound check Brian called 409, which they did at bg the check but not in the concert.

Goid reports, everyone, from Beacon and looking forward to hear about Philly. These are the final Zombies' shows, aren't they?

Paul in KC, I agree about Mike D'Amico and told him that, it begins with HIM.

The Friends' tunes were all so.well performed and chosen. I've always been a fan of Passing hum and strum tune and new respect for Diamond Head.

Lisa, there's an "Almost Queen" tribute and plenty of ABBA tributes surely. I wish that I recorded this song (SOS) with Blondie's direct to Brian. Told the sound booth to please turn Blondie down in the mix. They said that they can't. "He's Blondie." He did his shout outs to Brother Carl Wilson and to mother Audree.

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there's an "Almost Queen" tribute and plenty of ABBA tributes surely.


Precisely. That would have been an absolute "when pigs fly" moment for BW & Band.
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Here is a review from last weeks show.

https://www.theoaklandpress.com/entertainment/brian-wilson-zombies-make-the-past-near-perfect-in-royal/article_7749ef6c-df8b-11e9-b63e-2796178de4ee.html

"The Wilson show remains an impressive exposition of a composer presenting more than performing his works; With unhidden and undenied damage from decades of mental and physical health issues continuing to limit and even diminish his contributions, Wilson -- who entered the stage using a walker -- sat at his white baby grand piano, judiciously picking his spots to sing and getting more than a little help from his friends on stage."

I'm not sure about everyone else, but if I'm paying to see Brian Wilson, I would rather him be a performer than a presenter...something I think an earlier poster referred to as it being akin to a tribute band.

I must take exception to Roy saying Brian "killed it" on God Only Knows and that the calling for water during the show was cute. The call for water came in the middle of God Only Knows for crying out loud! Brian started the song soft and off key in the first verse, got a bit stronger in the second verse, then called to Al twice asking for water, drank some, missed his cue while every else sang the "bam ba baa's", was choking and coughing when he came back for the last verse, and was totally absent for the God only knows chorus at the end of the song. I have the song recorded and would share if I knew how, but perhaps its better I didn't.

Another poster asked why I would post something they perceived as critical here. Isn't this where people that care about Brian gather? Please don't think I'm being unkind to someone whom we all love; as a musician, composer, performer, and a person. My taking the time to point out the performer part of Brian didn't go well at Royal Oak is more a observation so that some close to him can say "time to stop now". What if he still wants to tour? Just because you can, doesn't mean you should. This year I've seen Mott the Hoople '74, the Who, the Rolling Stones, the Zombies, Bob Seger on his farewell tour, and Brian Wilson. All those bands/performers have members in their mid to late 70's. Sadly, it was Brian not Bob who should say "farewell".
IMG_2620.jpg  I was transfixed by the lightning licks of Blondie....but not the maestro?IMG_2619.jpg  Thanks for letting me share my concerns. Again, I hope they are taken in the context of trying to help and not hurt.

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There's a bit of a negative article from the Pennsylvania show this past weekend. The show that I saw in Waterbury, CT, was brilliantly performed by ALL. One of the top five shows by Brian and the band that I've seen and I've seen my share of shows over time. It depends on Brian's involvement but truly it's everyone's involvement. Brian has so much on his plate and surrounded by such immense talent. Every show is different. He gets ready for the next one.

I can certainly say that the audience in Connecticut heard something special last Friday.

Now they have cruises to do in 2020. May it all work out.

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I'm not sure about everyone else, but if I'm paying to see Brian Wilson, I would rather him be a performer than a presenter...something I think an earlier poster referred to as it being akin to a tribute band.

My taking the time to point out the performer part of Brian didn't go well at Royal Oak is more a observation so that some close to him can say "time to stop now". What if he still wants to tour? Just because you can, doesn't mean you should. This year I've seen Mott the Hoople '74, the Rolling Stones, the Zombies, Bob Seger on his farewell tour, and Brian Wilson. All those bands/performers have members in their mid to late 70's. Sadly, it was Brian not Bob who should say "farewell".
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Well, that's it - RockaBilly says Brian should stop touring now, so those close to him can finally say "time to stop now, [Brian]."  Doesn't matter if Brian is happiest while touring - or that thousands of people STILL love to pay money and travel (in some cases thousands of miles) to see the man, be with the man, and hear his music presented by Brian and his very top-notch band.

I truly don't enjoy being so gruff...but you simply don't have to go anymore, RockaBilly.  Your seat will be taken be someone who cherishes the opportunity.


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I have hesitated in responding to poster Rockabilly so as not to appear to either be defensive or to disrespect his opinion.  That would never be my intent as we are all dedicated to Good Vibration on this site, right?

Like my original post, I refer to the words of Tommy Devito.  We just saw things differently.  

My opinions could be colored by a number of things:  Maybe I had a great meal prior to show time?  (I did)  Maybe my girlfriend looked particularly cute? (She did)  Maybe 'cause I had some great seats?  (Yep!)  Could be the 20 oz Rolling Rock they served?  (Oh, yeah!)

Could be any of those, but I really believe it is because of the fact that Brian's music has touched my life.  I value and cherish what he has shared.   The music, the words, the sounds resonate with me.  A totally a personal perspective.  I choose to support him.  I choose to extend grace to him.  

As for the water thing.....that's Brian.  

Go in peace.    

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