Brian Wilson 2021 Tour Jul 21, 2021 13:36:14 GMT
Post by kds on Jul 21, 2021 13:36:14 GMT
I think, like any act that's been doing is for nearly 60 years, most fans who attend the concerts aren't as caught up in what the artist is doing currently. If Paul McCartney were judged by current output, he surely wouldn't be selling out stadiums and arenas for big bucks.
It seems to me you're blending a few different things together, Sheriff John Stone .
The idea of "the Beach Boys held Brian back" was really studio-oriented, that post-Smile breakdown where first we had David Anderle, Paul Williams, and whoever else, and then a few years later David Leaf doing his first writing about it. It was that Brian, given his druthers, would be creating experimental masterpieces in the studio, but the Beach Boys wanted to be an oldies act to cash in.
I don't think anyone expected, or expects, to be blown away by Brian's live performances, and that's what you mostly talked about in that post. But it's certainly true that when he began touring, his band was superior to the Beach Boys. And his band did do more rarities. So I think the idea grew that his genius would be reflected in set lists and the band being able to recreate his music (while he mostly watched). Then the bands became more similar over time, as was discussed above.
As for people still showing some reverence toward Brian...I'd say it's due. He's an old man 50+ years past his prime now, but damned if he wasn't one of the most brilliant pop composers and producers (not to mention an amazing singer) of all time. Reverence is warranted, even if the days of genius are overwhelmingly behind him.
Well, I had good intentions. I started out agreeing with lonelysummer and kds's posts about the double standard that exists with Brian playing the hits, much like Mike who has been consistently criticized for it. Then I veered off to the recording side. While it might not be a double standard as it relates to Mike Love, I still see something of a double standard - comparing today's Brian Wilson with the Brian Wilson of the 1960's. And I do see that, almost regularly in fact. Like I posted above, most journalists and most fans, BB diehards or just the average music fan, STILL compare or refer to Brian as the guy who did this and did that, all of which he did a half century ago, and that surely he must be doing the same thing today. Either they aren't aware that the Brian Wilson of today, or for the last 30 years for that matter, is just a shadow of that artist. It used to bother me more; I've now grown accustomed to it, though obviously not completely. Oh, it's not going to change, and I wonder how much of the reason is sympathy, something Mike Love will never receive.
You mentioned the term "reverence". No argument here. Of course Brian deserves that, and he certainly receives his share. But, doesn't there come a time, oh, maybe after fifty years, where his new records and current live performances should be previewed and reviewed, not by what he did, but by what he IS DOING TODAY. It's easy for me to sit here and say that; I don't have to publish the criticism. But, I wouldn't call that being irreverent. Maybe just being honest. What a concept, huh.
And, I think that honest assessment you're speaking of is probably why such a prolific touring artist has released so few live albums in recent years, while some of his peers churn out live product as much as, if not more than, studio product.