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Oh, SmAlbany!

Daily posts and occasional longer essays about politics, culture, and life in the Capital Region...updated M-F, midmorning


"I write this not as a booster of Albany, which I am, nor an apologist for the city, which I sometimes am, but rather as a person whose imagination has become fused with a single place, and in that place finds all the elements that a man ever needs..." -W. Kennedy, from O Albany!

Smile at SPAC

Just wasn't made for these times: Brian Wilson played SPAC last night. Only 3000 people showed up, making it the - how shall I say it - most modestly attended show on this summer's SPAC calendar. I'm not a huge Beach Boys fan, but their concerts are fun. I saw the group (sans Brian Wilson) at SPAC in the late 80's and had an excellent time. And the crowd was much larger than last night. I can only imagine what it's like to go to a 60's pop show at SPAC with only 3k in the house. Probably sad verging on depressing verging on embarressing. One problem for both Wilson and the rest of the group is that they never have reconciled with each other enough to tour together. In fact, since Carl Wilson died in 1998, there have been three separate "Beach Boys" tours, none of them playing spectacularly large venues. I'm sure many more fans would show up to see the boys ensemble.

Well, maybe 50 cent or Motley Crue better scheduling next year will rescue SPAC from its lackluster season so far this summer.
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At 9:28 AM , Anonymous Anonymous said:

"Smile," which would have been ahead of its time 30 years ago, is a great album. I'm not so sure how well it can be delivered by Mr. Wilson live.

I would have been there if I weren't on the Cape that night. Choices had to be made.    



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