The Beach Boys 1967 UK tour never got off to a good start
, 50% of The Beach Boys were missing.
Namely the 'Genius' of - Brian Wilson.
He stayed at home, probably taking illegal substances, and went to
go to bed for a few years to
write 'Smile' or something equally brilliant .......
The Beach Boys first show at the Dublin Adelphi was a disaster,
Carl Wilson was still half way across the Atlantic.
So there was only 25% of The Beach Boys for their first
performance in the UK.
This was only made worse when Bruce Johnston attempted to fill out
their programme by attempting
to sing God Only Knows, ( Carl Wilson's song ) and didn't know the
words .. !
The Beach Boys evening performance was slightly better. Carl Wilson
had been rushed through Irish customs,
got to the Adelphi, picked up a guitar and shot onto the stage for
half of their performance.
Now they were something more like 50% of The Beach Boys ... !
Simon Dupree and The Big Sound joined the tour along
with Helen Shapiro, The Nite People,
The Marionettes and Terry Reid with Peter Jay's Jaywalkers from
Hammersmith Odeon onwards.
One revue of The Beach Boys show at Hammersmith Odeon said ,
( Quote )
The Beach Boys were better than I anticipated , but
not as good as I expected.
I couldn't help feeling that up there onstage , veritable gods of
sound and song , they seemed
to give the impression they were doing us all one big favour by playing.
( Unquote )
Helen Shapiro received a very good review, and good revues also went
Terry Reid and the Jaywalkers, and The Marionettes.
Unfortunately Simon Dupree and the Big Sound's revue was
- Not a strong part of the show.
Strong in sound maybe, but not in quality. Well it was our
first major tour guv !! ... promise ....
We did an afternoon matinee plus a evening show.
The Beach Boys didn't travel with the rest of us Plebs on the
tour coach , or stay at the same hotel.
Their transport was a large black Austin Princess.
They were welcome to their own company because what I saw of them
I didn't want it.
The Beach Boys never mixed with the rest of us at all , and were
very much a closed shop.
This is what made the Gene Pitney tour so pleasant to
be part of.
Gene Pitney was the complete opposite.
He joined us on the tour coach , played poker , told jokes , and
generally made an ass of
himself along with the rest of us.
This restored my faith a bit in Superstars....
© P. O'Flaherty , 2004.