"But this deal is different from those made by Neil Young or Bob Dylan — whose songs fetched as much as $300 million — in that the band is giving Azoff’s company, Iconic, control over everything from their social-media accounts to their names, likenesses and life stories. He will be the steward of the Beach Boys, overseeing their work even after the remaining members die."
Might their work (finally) be consistently well represented/well served?
...a day after receiving the first dose of the Covid vaccine at Dodger Stadium, [Brian] Wilson sounds upbeat. He says he misses touring, and he’s been staying in shape by walking in the park “every goddamn day” and working with his vocal coach three times a week. “We did 20 songs today,” he says. “My voice is sounding really good!”
The possibility of marking the band’s latest milestones appeals to him. “I want to make the 60th anniversary a big celebration,” he says. “We’re thinking it might be cool to have a restaurant and some stores to sell cool Beach Boys stuff.” Most exciting to Brian is the idea of touring and possibly recording with the group he founded in his parents’ living room six decades ago. “It’d be a great trip, a big thrill,” he says. “When we went on tour for the 50th anniversary we had so much fun. It’d be such a joy to be singing with the boys again.”
I am not exactly excited about a Beach Boys branded restaurant. This part doesn't appeal to me:
“In a lot of ways, they were what Jimmy Buffett did with Margaritaville before Margaritaville. It just never got done,” says Olivier Chastan, Iconic’s CEO. “The Beach Boys, in a sense, are not just a band. They’re a lifestyle. They’re a consumer brand. And they’ve never really exploited that.”
Chastan met with the Beach Boys, pitching them on a partnership that included two goals: brand development and brand monetization. With development, they would aim to reintroduce the group to new listeners through social media, radio, YouTube, and more. With monetization, they would leverage the Beach Boys’ music, brand, video content, and memorabilia for film placement, documentaries, biopics, touring exhibits, and more.
I get that this is possible and lucrative for them, but this stuff isn't appealing to me at all. In fact, it is the part that could go horribly awry and make their image worse than it was, say, in the "corny" 80s-90s. (If well done, it could be very useful, of course.)
But I hated when Harley Davidson and Gibson Guitars decided they weren't a motorcycle company and a guitar company, but rather "lifestyle brands."
Post by Sheriff John Stone on Feb 18, 2021 20:40:50 GMT
I don't envy these Azoff/Iconic people working with Brian Wilson, Mike Love, and Al Jardine. Just reading some of Mike's and Al's quotes makes me laugh...and cringe. It's good that Azoff/Iconic has majority holdings.
That being said, this absolutely jump starts ALL prospects and ideas for a 60th reunion, prospects that I think would've been severely limited - or not existing at all - with BRI alone.
I wonder why Brian WASN'T disclosing (with photos!) on Facebook or Twitter that he was walking/exercising and working extensively with a voice coach?
Brian: "I've been working out every muthafucking day, getting myself in the best fucking shape since I was with that bastard Eugene Landy. Dammit! I want to go on a fucking world tour now, dammit! I wanna get out there and kick some ass with Mike and Al again!"
Post by Sheriff John Stone on Feb 19, 2021 13:18:36 GMT
Brian Wilson: Most exciting to Brian is the idea of touring and possibly recording with the group he founded in his parents’ living room six decades ago. “It’d be a great trip, a big thrill,” he says. “When we went on tour for the 50th anniversary we had so much fun. It’d be such a joy to be singing with the boys again.”
Al Jardine: Jardine had been touring with Wilson’s band before the pandemic hit, but he also regularly talks to Love. “We don’t discuss business much,” he says.
Don't get me wrong. These are nice things to read and I hope they're true. I'll take a Beach Boys' reunion - any kind of a reunion - over the continuing Brian solo/Mike solo...careers. But, somebody is full of crap here. Since the end of the 2012 reunion, with very, very few exceptions, Brian, Al, and especially Mike have had nothing, um, positive to say about each other. It's been one swipe against each other after another. Now, almost overnight, everything is beautiful. Jeez (as he shakes his head)...
I read the RS article yesterday, and I have to say, I'm optimistic. I love the idea of a new documentary, especially since I think music docs have come a long way since Endless Harmony was released in 1998.
jk: That's good news, Sheriff. And good news from you too, Cap'n.
Sept 21, 2021 10:12:14 GMT
carllove: Sheriff and Kapitan, totally understand! Just let us know when there is an update. I am enjoying both! I really appreciate both of your efforts!
Sept 21, 2021 13:44:37 GMT
carllove: Looks like Sheriff has already added to the Sparks history! Yay!
Sept 21, 2021 13:46:01 GMT
Kapitan: Shamed, I began a new Prince thread post. But work rudely interrupted by wanting me to, you know, work. So it'll have to wait.
Sept 21, 2021 19:31:50 GMT
jk: Ooohh, we need a new "year" -- preferably from someone who hasn't chosen one yet...
Sept 22, 2021 9:59:24 GMT
Kapitan: Yes, let's keep it going. If you're not sure which years we've covered, check the first post of the thread: I've edited it to list each year we've touched upon.
Sept 22, 2021 13:10:08 GMT
jk: If no one jumps in soon, I'll go for 1997, which is 13 years back from 2010. Fact is, we haven't had a '90s year yet.
Sept 22, 2021 13:46:32 GMT
Kapitan: No, but we do have a whole '90s thread that covered a lot of that territory. (In fact, that's what inspired the idea, to some extent)
Sept 22, 2021 13:52:28 GMT
Kapitan: Not that I'm opposed to a '90s year, mind you
Sept 22, 2021 13:52:58 GMT
jk: I see where you're coming from, Cap'n. I even did a double-take when looking through 1997 albums and songs (these look familiar!). My next suggestion is that we go back 13 years from 1972 to 1959.
Sept 22, 2021 17:04:34 GMT
jk: OK, it's one of the "doldrum years" but it was crammed full of goodies that even register with folks who weren't born for another 20 years. Of course, if anyone has a better idea, I'm all for it.
Sept 22, 2021 17:05:59 GMT
Kapitan: That would make sense; we also haven't really touched the early to mid 80s, which I'm sure people (mostly) recall. And of course EVERY year in the '60s seems loaded...
Sept 22, 2021 17:06:53 GMT
jk: Yes, the early-ish '80s also came to mind. But let's see who else joins in...
Sept 22, 2021 17:08:04 GMT
Kapitan: So far we've had me, jk, kds, and carllove choosing years. Would love to expand that circle.
Sept 22, 2021 17:13:20 GMT
Kapitan: Which, I guess with four of us so far, is more a square.
Sept 22, 2021 17:13:38 GMT
jk: Ha, yes. Sheriff? B.E.? sockit? The Kid?... We'll see.
Sept 22, 2021 17:16:41 GMT