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dancai

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Much too young.  Condolences to all who knew him.
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Oh no!!!  Nicky was a terrific guitar player and captured all of the nuance of all of Brian's many successful creations down through the years.  My first encounter with the Wonder-man was at Massey Hall in Toronto when Brian and his marvelous crew popped in the introduce us all to the recently completed SMiLE... ... ...LIVE!!!  It was magic...and Nicky was a key part of making it work.  Impossible to replace...my condolences to his family and friends. 


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I’ve been fortunate to have been following Brian and his band this last week. I’ve been trying to post a few review notes but words have been escaping me. From the shock in Lewiston NY to the meager eager crowd in Fort Wayne, to the multitudes grooving in symphonic splendor at Cleveland’s Blossom Center what a long strange trip it’s been ...lookin’ for that long promised road. Thanks, Friends. Missing Nicky big time. ☹️
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Deb,

This may not be the thread, cut can you post how the shows have been?  I was considering Blossom but personal things to care for.  

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Does anyone know if a cause of death has been established?
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Just came across this today...that's a stunner! 

Some of you may vaguely remember a brief meeting I had with him back in 2007, but it bears repeating now:

I had flown out to Vancouver, BC to catch BW & Band in concert at the River Rock Casino Resort in Richmond. I splurged booking a room in the resort for convenience. Lo and behold, BW & Band were staying there also...had the thrill of a lifetime meeting the Maestro with his assistant on the boardwalk, along with a few other spottings of him and the band members in my stay there! However..

...there was also one time I got on an empty elevator. Just as the doors were almost closing, a gentleman hopped on. I looked him over, making a definite ID and casually said "You're Nicky Walusko". He turned, looked genuinely startled, saying "yes" but you could still almost see question marks over his head, puzzled how I knew him. So I explained I'd come for the show and was a fan of both BW and their great works. We shook hands, I wished them well and we went on our ways. Yep, perfectly innocent but still impressed by how modestly he came across. 

I hope and trust nothing sinister (ie: substance abuse) is connected to the cause of death, maybe one of those medical anomalies affecting an organ you don't know about until it's too late. 

We lost a classy fella....huge condolences to his family and friends, including BW and the band.


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Lisa - Yours is a "typical" story we've occasionally seen/heard from those lucky enough to spend a little real-world time with Brian's band members.  Thank you for sharing. 
You and others may want to see this as well:

http://floodmagazine.com/65965/remembering-nick-walusko-1960-2019/


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Thanks for that, bugs/Doug. 

Yeah, from what I've seen and heard of the band since then, they tend to come off....pretty human, as in no pompous, pretentious airs about them. With that in mind, kudos to them for finding the strength and focus for the show just hours after that shocker. 

If he passed in his sleep, I just hope that does mean it was quick and without suffering - he wouldn't deserve any other way. 

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Been keeping up with this thread and thinking about it frequently. After pondering for the past few days, I decided to post this, just not sure whether it would be technically feasible, especially in a short period of time before the next round of shows. I also don't know who monitors the board.

From looking at some setlists online, it appears the Pet Sounds instrumental was not played during recent concerts as a tribute to Nick. Part of my love for this band, aside from the great vocals and musicianship, has been watching every member of the band since 1999. They each have their own unique style. I thought about the 50th anniversary tour tributes to Carl and Dennis. Wonder (!) whether this could be done for Nick....Pet Sounds played live by the band with Nick playing lead guitar on a video screen.

We are looking forward to Las Vegas August 31 and NYC September 26. I will have to listen to Friends, Surf's Up and Odessey and Oracle before we travel.
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Been keeping up with this thread and thinking about it frequently. After pondering for the past few days, I decided to post this, just not sure whether it would be technically feasible, especially in a short period of time before the next round of shows. I also don't know who monitors the board.

From looking at some setlists online, it appears the Pet Sounds instrumental was not played during recent concerts as a tribute to Nick. Part of my love for this band, aside from the great vocals and musicianship, has been watching every member of the band since 1999. They each have their own unique style. I thought about the 50th anniversary tour tributes to Carl and Dennis. Wonder (!) whether this could be done for Nick....Pet Sounds played live by the band with Nick playing lead guitar on a video screen.

We are looking forward to Las Vegas August 31 and NYC September 26. I will have to listen to Friends, Surf's Up and Odessey and Oracle before we travel.
Paul - That's an awesome thought.  Some may think/say "well, he wasn't truly part of the Beach Boys like Carl and Dennis, and therefore doesn't deserve that recognition."  BUT, Nick/Nicky, Darian, Probyn, Paul, etc. have been SO important to Brian/for Brian (for the music) to live and thrive another 20 years that they, too, deserve honors.  I agree with your thought and feelings - for these reasons and more.  These guys (and gal, Taylor!) have also MADE new music with Brian - music that will stand the test of time.  I, too, love seeing the band members during each show - they are incredible.

And as a fan, I can't thank them enough. 

-Doug

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… it appears the Pet Sounds instrumental was not played during recent concerts as a tribute to Nick.


Their version of the "Pet Sounds" title track was one of the first things that registered when I read of his passing. One prime example of a massive void that won't be filled anytime soon, or ever. There may be imitators but no duplicators. So glad I saw that performed live in concert a couple of times.
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My favourite Nicky Wonder contribution to BW's music has always been his megaphone speech on “On A Holiday“, followed by his hookhand guitar strumming (see Julian Korph's famous YT upload). This is what I'll keep in mind forever, this is what I want to watch, lying on my own deathbed. So hilarious, so funny, so uplifting. It's strange with “BW Presents SMiLE“. It brought Brian back to life, but it seems to have taken other lives instead (e. g. two Swedish strings and horns guys who were taken by the Thai tsunami disaster shortly after). Now its stigma is complete for me. I won't ever be able again to listen to it without tears. An epic, tragic masterpiece, which has now lost its uplifting moments. In a row with Mozart's Requiem.

“NW, THE PIRATE WITH A TUNE ON A HOLIDAY“



RIP Nicky, very sad.

Reading about Scott Bennett being well might be a little consolation.
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I can't believe it, what a loss. Such a talented musician, and it sounds like he was a great guy too. My sincere condolences to his family, Brian and the rest of the band, especially Darian. Aside from Nicky's wonderful playing, I'll also always remember him saluting the audience with the 'Live Long & Prosper' hand sign, whenever he was introduced. Sad news indeed.
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Their interpretation of the Pet Sounds song is a highlight of any show.  His playing on it was incredible!  I liked the "You're under arrest" on Heroes and Villains. 
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Also learning a bit more about Nick, the man/friend, etc., through posts on the Brian Wilson Band page.  This is Probyn's remembrance:

https://www.facebook.com/Brian.Wilson.Band/posts/10157604929118054

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