Fourth Decade of Touring

January 17th, 2020

Tonight, Brian Wilson’s resurrected touring career will enter it’s fourth decade -having started his solo tours in 1999, his 2020 program will kick off with show in Miami with The Cowsills as special guests. A short but interesting January/February program will include a cruise ship on the Cayamo cruise.

Hello 20s, Goodbye Neil

January 9th, 2020

I’m late on both counts, but my first blogpost for the new decade is to both welcome the new decade as well say farewell to Neil Innes, who passed away two days before the end of the ’10s. Innes, known as the “seventh member” of Monty Python, one of the Rutles as well as part of the Bonzo Dog Doo-Dah band, may not have been a household name, but was part of a lot of great music and comedy. What struck me from the various tributes was how nice a person he seemed to be. Another big loss from the last decade -but wishing all my readers a wonderful decade full of great music.

A Late Present

December 27th, 2019

On the 14th, I posted that it looked like we weren’t getting any copyright extension presents this year.  Well, we didn’t get anything for Christmas, but two days later, we’ve got what seems to be a teaser single for possibly greater riches next year. With a strong Dennis focus, 1969: I’m Going Your Way features the title track and an instrumental only Slip On Through, both Dennis Wilson songs, as well as Carnival (Over The Waves). 

Remembering

December 21st, 2019

December is the month of remembrance and reflection for everyone, but especially Beach Boys fans. Today would have been Carl Wilson’s 73rd birthday, but sadly it is almost 22 years since he passed away. It’s also the month we remember Dennis Wilson’s birth and passing, as well as the tragic assassination of John Lennon. And maybe less famously, but no less poignantly, the tragic death of Kirsty MacColl, who died on December 18, 2000, far too early.

No Presents This Christmas?

December 14th, 2019

For most of this decade, the Beach Boys have given us a Christmas present -an archival (copyright extension) release of often previously unknown material. Last year, we had the excellent Wake The World: The Friends Sessions and I Can Hear Music: The 20/20 Sessions  as a double Christmas bonus. However, with us now well past the dates where the previous releases came out, it seems that we won’t get a decade-ending present. Of course, the only 1969 album, 20/20, was already covered in last year’s release and Sunflower only came out in 1970. So we may have to wait another year -there have been some rumors around extensive box set coverage of the much-loved but poor-selling 1970 album that started a tough decade for the Beach Boys on such a promising note.

Two To Explore In 2020

December 8th, 2019

The new decade will get off to a great musical start with the release of not one, but two new Explorers Club records out on February 2020. One is an eponymous album of originals, while the other is a covers record called To Sing And Be Born Again. You can pre-order them here  and get an advance track from each album.

Another Decade Ends In Turmoil

December 5th, 2019

5o years ago, the 60s ended with uncertainty and foreboding, after a tumultuous 1969 with the Vietnam War and many other things unresolved. So it may be fitting that in the decade of peace and love, the last classic album of the decade was a dark record reflecting both discord in the world and in the band. Let It Bleed is by no means easy listening, but the Rolling Stones classic album begins and ends with two absolute classics. Gimme Shelter and You Can’t Always Get What You Want offer contrasting tempos, but both offer hope and solace during tough times. So happy 50th birthday , Let It Bleed!

23 Songs For Today

November 29th, 2019

1) Free and Wild -Alice Peacock
2) Party Of One -Brandi Carlile
3) Tokyo Kyoto -Cornelia Murr
4) Are You With Me? -Courtney Jaye
5)Carnival -Emily Cavanagh
6)Last To Leave -Emily Cavanagh
7)Been Around -A Girl Called Eddy
8) My Only Child -The Highwomen
9)Wheels of Laredo -The Highwomen
10) Highwomen -The Highwomen
11) Ready To Love Again Joanna Wallfisch
12) Ballet of Birds -Joanna Wallfisch
13) Killing Time -The Last Detail
14) Tomorrow Morning -Lola Kirke
15) Past Life -Maggie Rogers
16) This Could Take a Lifetime -Maria Taylor
17) Frederick Douglass -Rumer
18) Take Me As I Am-Rumer
19) Goodbye Girl- Rumer
20) London Fog- Sarah Darling
21) Fall Into Me- Sugarland
22) Good Morning Tokyo -Swan Dive
23) Wild Time -Weyes Blood

A Poignant New Record

November 24th, 2019

Jeffrey Foskett has been a key part of both the Brian Wilson and Beach Boys tours, and has just released what may be his last album as a singer.  Voices came out on 22 November, including two Beach Boys songs and many other classic songs. The sad news is that Foskett has been suffering from thyroid cancer, and the treatment is likely to impact on his voice. We wish him a speedy recovery and the ability to continue making great music.

Al Podcast

November 18th, 2019

There is a podcast of an intimate interview with Al Jardine which you can find at https://broadwaypodcastnetwork.com/6-now-batting-al-jardine/?fbclid=IwAR1cbXFBD2pB3H1l2nOyro1dKA0E7EhQvUbXygfVTZSluqnA1mPdm6nyu4I . Have a listen to this interview, done after one of Brian and Al’s recent concerts.