"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.
Kapitan: You mean "what condition my condition is in"?
Sept 19, 2021 21:16:37 GMT
B.E.: Yes. Is there more to the story? Is it from somewhere else?
Sept 19, 2021 21:51:28 GMT
Kapitan: No, I was actually wondering the same from you! I just recognized the phrase, no idea of any specific details, reasons, stories.
Sept 19, 2021 22:42:38 GMT
jk: carllove, I see you double-posted in the "365 Days" topic. You can delete the first one, you know. Just click on the cogwheel at top right of that post and it gives you that option.
Sept 20, 2021 7:14:11 GMT
Kapitan: "Sail On, Sailor" and "Only With You" are up for discussion and rating. (As of yesterday, so is George Harrison's self-titled album, in the Beatles rating thread.)
Sept 20, 2021 11:58:33 GMT
jk: Sheriff John Stone: Are you planning to continue your Sparks history? It's been fascinating so far and I'm sure I'm not the only poster here who would appreciate it. When the time is right, of course.
Sept 20, 2021 20:19:15 GMT
Sheriff John Stone: Thanks, jk. I apologize for dragging my feet. I expect to have something posted in a few days.
Sept 20, 2021 22:35:38 GMT
Kapitan: That is NO EXCUSE. You're guilty as charged (said the guy who realized today he started a Prince thread like a month or more ago and 100% forgot about it).
Sept 20, 2021 22:48:03 GMT