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Concert Review: Brian Wilson (w/ Al Jardine & David Marks) at Interlochen, 7-23-2013
Discussion in 'Music Corner' started by Jose Jones, Jul 24, 2013.
The big night finally arrived last night at the Kresge Auditorium in the campus of Interlochen Center For The Arts, near Traverse City, Michigan. Girlfriend & I arrived quite early, I thought (to straighten out a ticket snafu at the box office ahead of time) but there was already a crowd gathering, decidedly older and grey-haired, mixed with the teenage student body of the Interlochen Arts & Music Camp, who were milling about in their cutesy uniforms of light blue shirts & socks with dark blue shorts.....
This was the first time I had ever been to this venue, which was built in 1948 on the shores of Green Lake for classical and jazz/pops performances. It holds nearly 4000 people under a pavilion roof. No lawn or hill seating. No alcohol either, being part of a school campus.
While waiting for opening act Wilson Phillips to take the stage, who but Brian Wilson himself ambled out across the stage, accompanied by some crew member, walking with somewhat of a limp, but still purposefully, for the sole reason of checking out one of the stage microphones. Not the one at the white grand piano, either. Hmm....
At 8:15 pm sharp, Wilson Phillips began their set, introduced by none other than Papa Brian himself. Opening with my favorite song of theirs, "Reckless", I was surprised that WP was self-contained, with their own 5-piece backing band. I had thought that Brian Wilson's group would be backing the girls, but nope. The ladies looked fine and sang well, despite Carnie Wilson complaining of a chest cold at one point. Chynna Philips told the crowd that she had actually been a student at Interlochen as a 14 year old......for a grand total of 5 days. Apparently the precocious California teen wasn't used to the strict rules at Interlochen (No Cigarettes Allowed!) and ran away after a few days to a gas station in town and frantically called Mama Michelle begging to come home....
Other songs played included "Dream Is Still Alive", "You're In Love", covers of the Eagles ("Already Gone"), and from their recent 'Dedicated' album, "California Dreamin'", "Dedicated To The One I Love", and their own hits, "Release Me", and closing with "Hold On". It was a strong set, although somewhat old-school in that they used microphones with cables, which the girls were clearly not used to, as they good-naturedly complained about the mic cords getting in the way.
After they finished, there was a cute moment when Chynna told the crowd that "The Beach Boys are next....", to which someone quickly corrected, "Brian Wilson!". But the point had been made...
And even though this was billed as "Brian Wilson and guests", there was no doubt that this was a Beach Boys show in all but name and the lack of Mike Love. Not one song from Wilson's solo career was performed.
The set list was as follows:
1) California Girls
2) Catch A Wave
3) Dance, Dance, Dance
4) Girl Don't Tell Me
5) Little Deuce Coupe
6) Surfer Girl (Brian introduced this as "the first song I ever wrote....."
7) Please Let Me Wonder (featured a nice, a-capella vocal tag)
8) Then I Kissed Her (lead vocal: Al Jardine)
9) Don't Worry Baby (lead vocal: Jeff Foskett)
10) In My Room (mainly sung by Wilson Phillips, who joined Brian around the piano)
11) Darlin' (lead vocal: Darian Sanaja)
12) Ol' Man River/Cottonfields (possibly my favorites of the entire night and of the older crowd)
13) Little Bird (lead vocal: David Marks) (a surprise choice and done well)
14) Our Prayer
15) Heroes & Villains (with the SMiLE arrangement/in the cantina section)
16) I Get Around
17) Summertime Blues (introduced by and sung by David Marks)
18) That's Why God Made The Radio
19) (On My Way To Sunny) California
20) Sail On Sailor (lead vocal: one of the keyboardists)
22) Wouldn't It Be Nice (lead vocal: duet with Jeff Foskett & Al Jardine)
23) Sloop John B (lead vocal: Al Jardine, entire song)
24) God Only Knows
25) Good Vibrations
26) All Summer Long
27) Help Me Rhonda
28) Barbara Ann
29) Surfin' USA
Al Jardine looked exactly like he did in that old footage of the Beach Boys touring Europe in the late 60s---all white suit, with a very sharp candy apple ORANGE Fender Jaguar. In fact, this was a tour-de-force of odd Fenders----David Marks had a candy apple red Jaguar, Wondermint Nick Walusko (introduced as 'Nick Wonder') had a white Jazzmaster, while Jeff Foskett must have brought along 5 different guitars to play, including a sunburst Gibson Dove acoustic. Most of the band from the SMiLE tour was there----The Wondermints Plus.
Which brings us to the man himself.
I had last seen Brian Wilson in Ann Arbor in 1999, at his 2nd ever solo show, and the man, then, was frankly nervous as could be. I had hoped that this many years later and a hundred more shows under his belt, that things would be better this time around....
And to some extent, Wilson did seem more relaxed, but he didn't seem any more engaged, or proficient. I couldn't see his hands from where we were sitting but I would be surprised if his piano was even miked up. He was looking down most of the time (at the teleprompter?) and the biggest sound issue/complaint of the concert was that most of the verses Wilson sang had the first word or two cut off---either from singing off-mic, or worse, from being a beat or two behind from reading the lyrics and then singing them. This happened time and again throughout the show.
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