Sunday, July 21, 2013

Brian, Al, and David - Atlantic City 7/20/13

The first reports are in from the debut "BAD" show. Here's the reported setlist:
California Girls
Catch A Wave
Dance Dance Dance
Girl Don't Tell Me
In My Room
Surfer Girl
Don't Worry Baby (Jeff)
Then I Kissed Her (Al)
Please Let Me Wonder
Old Man River/Cottonfields (Al)
Little Bird (David)
Our Prayer
Heroes and Villains
Break Away
Do You Wanna Dance?
I Get Around


Do It Again
Summertime Blues (David)
Your Imagination
Let Him Run Wild (Jeff)
Going Home
That's Why God Made The Radio
California Saga (Al)
Sail on Sailor (Scott)
Darlin' (Darian)
Pet Sounds
Wouldn't It Be Nice (Jeff)
Sloop John B
God Only Knows
Good Vibrations


All Summer Long
Help Me Rhonda (Al)
Barbara Ann
Surfin' USA
Fun Fun Fun
Summer's Gone
I can't offer any particular complaints about the setlist. There aren't a ton of totally new inclusions. David's two lead turns are interesting and new, especially "Little Bird." I had a feeling they might hand him a Dennis tune to sing on this tour.  The "Old Man River" intro should be interesting to hear. Otherwise, the setlist seems to be variations on the 50th Anniversary tour and recent Brian solo shows.
My main complaint would be the lack of additional Al leads. His voice is in such good shape, I wish he could feature more prominently. Having the other band members sing a few numbers is cool, but I wish they'd give Al a few more. He is at least a bit more prominent here than on the 2006/2007 shows he did with Brian. I also wish they'd work in a few more Al-centric songs. Other than "California Saga" and "Cottonfields", there aren't any Al-sung tunes that Brian doesn't already do in his own show. "Santa Ana Winds" or even "Honkin' Down the Highway" would be neat.
Let's hope they mix up the setlist even more, and more importantly book more shows!

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