Originally Posted by usmsid10
First off...let me say how honored I was to attend this show. Originally was scheduled to see this show back in May before Brian's back surgery...and came solo without my wife and son who stayed behind for school. So to do this trip and show...which I've been trying to see for since the early 2000s...when he was out and toured with Pet Sounds...I've had probably 6 opportunities to see it and for whatever reason it hasn't worked out. So being there last night...and actually getting to experience this show live...well it was a dream come true.
That being said...I've got to be careful with what I say. I love Brian...and Pet Sounds especially. I've loved Pet Sounds from me being a kid...my Dad loved it and passed it down. My uncle musician loved it. I've worn out Pet Sounds listening to it so many times. I've got the Pet Sounds Live CD and DVD, Pet Sounds Box Set and multiple copies of Pet Sounds.
So I'm a big fan and I love this music.
It is awfully painful to see Brian being led out to the stage by 3 band members. It is clear that he's in some pain...and perhaps should not be doing this show. Now I will say that this is not a new thing Brian being led out on stage like this...it happened with the 50th anniversary show that I saw with the Beach Boys and my Dad saw him in Birmingham, AL last year and said the same thing. But it is just an awful thing to watch...and you just feel for him physically and appreciate the fact that he's out there performing. This is no small feat.
The band is great. No Matt Jardine. I'm not sure what happened there. No one seems to know that I've seen posted. Great to see Darian there...along with Al and Blondie. Blondie was a bit of a showman...only did 2 songs...Feel Flows and a great Sail on Sailor. He came back out and pranced around the stage with a tambourine during the encore tunes.
Thank goodness the band is there. They give such great care to the music...they are top notch. Vocally...Brian isn't what he was...no one expects him to be now in his 70s...but my issue is that his timing wasn't there...he just seemed to be short and off beat with singing and that takes away from the beautiful music going on behind his vocals.
That's not a knock on Brian...but it's honest. I was hoping and expecting a little bit better vocal from him. I have to be honest...he seemed to be a little dis-interested in being there...but I do believe this is normal as he was the same way during the 50th tour. I was just hoping to see a little more engagement from Brian. The show at times seemed a little bit sloppy...vocals just stopped at times during the show...happened a lot from Brian a few times and also Al. Brian's son-in-law Rob did a great job with the high parts and for picking up the missing vocals a few times. If I have a complaint...it's that...just no vocals a few times where there should be something...the guys looked around and seemed a little clueless on what was happening sometimes...just being honest about that.
I'm glad I went. It was a great experience. I just wanted to get some things off my chest after seeing it last night.
Really cool part at the end of the night was to get a copy of the set list from the sound guy. I will post it below.