Quick Notes About The Beach Boys Tour
The opening night was last night, and while I wasn’t there (I repeat, I *wasn’t there*, this is not a review, I’ll be posting my own reviews in July, when I go to Italy to see the tour), a LOT of people are hitting my blog looking for information, so I thought I’d post a quick summary. Most of this comes from ‘Prodigal Son’ on the blue board, plus bits of information from newspaper reviews etc.
Apparently all the band were in good voice. Brian was nervous in the first half, but more relaxed in the second. It was a 42-song set, and the songs they played were essentially a normal Beach Boys set, plus the following songs that either Mike & Bruce don’t normally play in the US or never play at all:
The Little Girl I Once Knew, This Whole World, You’re So Good To Me, Cottonfields, Disney Girls, Please Let Me Wonder, Forever, Sail On Sailor, Heroes & Villains, All This Is That, That’s Why God Made The Radio.
The band were pretty much exactly what we’d been hearing for a while, with the odd addition of Mike D’Amico rather than Brett on bass (odd because Mike is a drummer). David Marks took almost all of the lead guitar. The rest of the band were Scott Totten (guitar and co-musical-director), Paul Von Mertens (woodwinds and co-musical-director), Darian Sahanaja (keyboards), Nick Walusko (guitar), Probyn Gregory (everything), Mike D’Amico (bass), Nelson Bragg (percussion), Scott Bennett (keyboards), Jeff Foskett (guitar) and John Cowsill (drums).
Oddly, and I’m worried that this could be very tacky, but reports from people who were there say it worked, Forever and God Only Knows had the lead vocals performed by videos of Dennis and Carl, with the band backing. Jeff Foskett took lead on Don’t Worry Baby, and Darian sang Carl’s part on All This Is That, but otherwise all lead vocals (other than the falsetto parts) were by one of the band members.
Again, I wasn’t there, but it sounds like while it wasn’t exactly what I’d have liked to see (I would have liked them to come out, do the whole Love You, Smiley Smile, Smile, and Friends albums, in order, then encore with Mt Vernon And Fairway.) it was done well enough, and with enough stuff to keep people like me happy (as well as people who just go to throw beach balls and shout for Kokomo) that it’ll be worth the trip to Italy.