Hello those who are still reading! As per the usual, the lack of posts here has more to do with posting over on the Smiley Smile board and losing steam in posting essentially very similar (if hopefully more planned and formatted) thoughts here.
I’m working up some sort of Facebook page for this blog so I can perhaps use both in tandem in a more effective way; perhaps posting shorter thoughts and news bits on Facebook and posting essays and reviews here. Please keep an eye out here, as I’ll hopefully have a Facebook link here very soon.
In the meantime, Brian’s album is close to release. You’ll definitely be seeing a review of the album here. As you can see above, Target is going to be offering an “exclusive” version of the “deluxe” version that adds two tracks. This will mirror that bonus tracks found on the Japan pressing and apparently the Canadian pressing. Assuming one can track the Target version down, the headline here is that the Target version is the one and only US fans will need to track down. The two bonus tracks, as reported around the net ages ago, will be an unknown version of “Love and Mercy” (best bets among fans is that it will be some sort of new version, perhaps a stripped down version similar to his live renditions, to tie into the upcoming movie), and oddly but tantalizingly the 1975 recording Brian made of “In the Back of My Mind.”
Brian’s PBS “Soundstage Special Event” will be airing in April. Dates vary from market to market. Several tantalizing clips have been released on YouTube. It looks like it will exceed my expectations quite a bit.
There's also a rumored/tentative April 2 date for an appearance by Brian on "Jimmy Kimmel Live."
Several songs from the album have also been released/previewed online. “The Right Time” and “Runaway Dancer” are available for purchase, and “Sail Away” has just been previewed as well. It looks like “Saturday Night on Hollywood Boulevard” has also just been aired as well. I may try to do a sort of “pre-album” album review touching on the songs we’ve heard so far.
As you all probably know well by now, Brian has a North American tour set up for June and July. He will be joined by Al Jardine and Blondie Chaplin. As I write this, it now appears Brian also has UK dates set for September (whether Al and/or Blondie or anybody else will be on that tour us unknown). Here are the dates (the UK dates in particular are rumored/tentative as I write this):
18 Saratoga, CA –The Mountain Winery
19 San Diego, CA – Humphrey's Concerts by the Bay
20 Los Angeles, CA – The Greek Theatre
23 Austin, TX – Frank Erwin Center
24 Dallas, TX – Verizon Theatre at Grand Prairie
26 Atlanta, GA – Fox Theatre
27 Nashville, TN – Carl Black Chevy Woods Amphitheater
29 Philadelphia, PA – The Mann Center for the Performing Arts
30 Wantagh, NY – Nikon at Jones Beach Theater
1 Holmdel, NJ –PNC Bank Arts Center
2 Boston, MA –Blue Hills Bank Pavilion
4 Toronto, ON –Sony Center
5 Detroit, MI – Fox Theatre
6 Chicago, IL – Ravinia Festival
8 Denver, CO – 1STBANK Center
10 Las Vegas, NV – Chelsea Theater at The Cosmopolitan of Las Vegas
12 Seattle, WA – Benaroya Hall - S. Mark Taper Foundation Auditorium
18 Liverpool Echo Arena
19 Cardiff Motorpoint Arena
20 London The O2
22 Birmingham Barclaycard Arena
23 Nottingham Capital FM Arena
25 Leeds First Direct Arena
26 Manchester Arena
27 Glasgow The SSE Hydro