Posted in music | pictures on November 22, 2008

photos by Tim Griffin

Brian Wilson

"Brian was really into the music and in command- He did about 50 minutes of Beach Boys stuff (including a great Marcella), than after intermission did the whole That Lucky Old Sun album-it was really good. Midnight's Just Another Day was better than the album. Encores of Johnny B Goode, Fun, Fun, Fun, Help Me Rhonda, Surfing USA and Love and Mercy- Truly a great show-Hammerstein Ballroom has great sound too- far better then the Beacon.
In all honesty-the show far exceeded my expectations." [ian rusten]
As advertised, Brian played hits in addtion to his entire new album last night (11/21) at Hammerstein Ballroom in NYC. His tour continues for three more shows (PA, NJ & Westbury). Thursday night he performed two songs on Conan O'Brien. You can watch the whole episode at Conan's site. More pictures from Hammerstein below...

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Comments (21)

yikes

Posted by Anonymous | November 22, 2008 3:05 AM

"far better then the Beacon."

jesus, it's THAN.

Posted by Anonymous | November 22, 2008 8:29 AM

"far better then the Beacon."

jesus, it's THAN.

Posted by Anonymous | November 22, 2008 8:31 AM

"than after intermission..."

Jesus! It's THEN!

Posted by Freepster | November 22, 2008 9:18 AM

Thanks, BV et al., for continuing to cover artists and events outside of the the blogtastic Loud-New.

Don't get me wrong, I love your ponytails and deers and castles as much as the average BV reader. But the past is just as key.

Posted by Nesty | November 22, 2008 9:48 AM

One day King Deacon, who has a ponytail, talks like a girl, and lives in Hipster Castle, sent his army of rabid deer to attack me. So I hate them all.

Posted by Anonymous | November 22, 2008 9:54 AM

...totally hit that backup singer in blue.

Posted by greg | November 22, 2008 11:06 AM

I too am glad that this site covers more than just the current hip stuff.

What on earth would the music landscape sound like today if the Beach Boys never existed?

Brian Wilson's life has had more angst and crazy tales than any emo band could ever wish for.

Posted by Kurt C. | November 22, 2008 1:54 PM

In that first picture, Brian Wilson looks like the Ronald Reagan puppet from the Land of Confusion music video.

Posted by Anonymous | November 22, 2008 2:15 PM

yup, the backup singer looks yummilicious... god only knows what i'd do to her.

Posted by Anonymous | November 22, 2008 2:57 PM

This show was incredible! Brian was in top form.

Posted by Anonymous | November 22, 2008 3:28 PM

wish i could have afforded to go!

brian wilson rules.

Posted by Anonymous | November 22, 2008 4:27 PM

did anyone who went to hammerstein also go to summer brooklyn show? How did it compare?

Posted by Anonymous | November 22, 2008 4:27 PM

That back-up singer is married and has freckles and moles all over her shoulder.

Posted by Anonymous | November 22, 2008 6:44 PM

that percussionist looks like a refugee from the partridge family

Posted by Anonymous | November 22, 2008 9:29 PM

Glad to see he's still playing and enjoying it. When I was little I used to love listening to The Beach Boys.

Posted by Vegan Taco Bell Menu | November 23, 2008 4:44 PM

big up to brian wilson and his dubious connections responsible for the darkest period of the 60's counterculture revolution. and respect for brooklyn vegan for not being stupid, and or utilizing cencorship.

Posted by alexb | November 23, 2008 6:28 PM

it was dennis who was "connected" with the manson family, not brian.

Posted by Anonymous | November 23, 2008 7:56 PM

I don't know about paying loads of money to see brian wilson.

Posted by Dooder City | November 23, 2008 8:15 PM

This show was absolutely incredible. I did see Brian for free in Brooklyn this summer, and the Hammerstein show was far far better. Dude rocked out nearly three full sets and had the whole place totally captivated. His voice was on, and he was cracking spacey and awkward jokes all night.

His current band is also worth the seeing. They played some songs that the original Boys avoided live because of their difficulty, and made it look like a breeze.

God Only Knows and Midnight's Another Day were completely heartbreaking and gorgeous.

Oh, and in case you haven't gotten around to it yet: That Lucky Old Sun is easily one of the best albums of the year. I am serious. Right up there with Skeletal Lamping, Devotion, and Dear Science. Who would have thought? Washed up, the man is not.

Posted by Seth | November 23, 2008 11:06 PM

I was at the show and was impressed with the first set.I never expected the new album to sound so good.I have already heard a recording of the second set and it still sounds great they were that good

Posted by anonymous | November 29, 2008 6:48 PM

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