Brian Wilson

Robert,Have you ever thought about working with Brian Wilson on any upcoming projects? I know you and Carl Wilson along with Gerry Beckley just clicked and were magnificent together on BLW Like A Brother!Thanks.Robin

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  • One of my favorite songs "Watchin' the Time Go By" from Beckley, Lamm Wilson's "Like a Brother" performed live here by Robert Lamm and his solo band - Great discussion Robin.

    • Thanks Mary! I love that song also!
  • It's a sweet idea ...Brian and I are very good friends, we have so much history.

    The trick is getting him into the studio, while I'm doing a project. These things happen when they happen. 

    • Robert,
      I remember a few years ago you sharing a story about going to see Brian Wilson at Carnegie Hall on your Birthday and Brian leading the audience in singing Happy Birthday to you! How cool that must have been!
      If the project with Brian happens I am sure it will be magical and worth waiting for.
  • Carl would have been 70 today. I met him once. He didn't attend the official meet and greet hosted by Mike Love but I happened to see his wife Gina and asked her if I could meet him. She escorted me over to the bus. Carl had this very kind and quiet presence. I didn't say much other than thank you, and he autographed my Pet Sounds album and patted me on the shoulder. I was 13 and will never forget it.

    I saw a show of Brian's at a little club near Fenway Park in Boston when he played Pet Sound in full, another wonderful moment. He's a big guy but always seemed so fragile. 


    • My little hometown in New England was very well known for its 4th of July celebration, and they usually had a somewhat famous band. In the early '80s, The Beach Boys were supposed to be the headlining act, but due to several circumstances, they ended up playing in DC instead. I'm not sure in the end if The Beach Boys were just a rumored act or if they withdrew.

      Well, there were tempers flaring in town that w'd been shunned, etc. and lo and behold, the next year, The Beach Boys played our state park, though no t in matter he 4th of July. The park was not equipped to handle concerts, which made it very easy to meet the musicians. It was an amazing show, though!
    • Hi Briana!
      That sounds so fun! I'm glad they made it to your town. I never saw them in concert. I'm sure they were great when they played with Chicago too!
    • Hi Stephanie!
      Nice song! You must have been thrilled. I never saw them in concert. I only ever heard about Carl Wilson when RL spoke about him. He seems like a really genuine soul.
    • A second golden era of The Beach Boys, in my opinion, overlaps with Chicago's classic era of the early 70s with albums like Sunflower, Surf's Up, Carl and the Passions, and Holland. The Beach Boys were at one point playing live with a five-piece horn section. I do wonder where they got that idea!? That's on You Tube too, a Central Park show. This part of their history doesn't get talked about as much. Like Chicago gets misunderstood as a ballad band, the Beach Boys had all this great material that has been overlooked by the mainstream who just boil them down to nostalgia. They were so much more... 

    • Hi Stephanie!
      I actually found and watched on YouTube the New Years show last night! That was really funny to watch! They were all in rare form and my favorite song they all sing together is Wishing You Were Here. Carl Wilson has such a great Voice.
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Robin replied to Robin's discussion Burt Bacharach
Thank you for taking the time to respond. That Burt Bacharack moment must have been something. I didn't know about Hal David but that's quite an amazing story that you were sitting behind him at a baseball game and had the oppprtunity to ta…"
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Stephanie Carta commented on Stephanie Carta's blog post Chicago in South Carolina! (Review, Interview, Pictures)
"My mom did that. The meet and greets were weird, like deer in the headlights at first, but fun. The best geek moment for me was talking trumpet players with Lee, and his eyes lit up when I said there was a movie out about Lee Morgan. Film Rise has t…"
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Shannon Denise Foster commented on Stephanie Carta's blog post Chicago in South Carolina! (Review, Interview, Pictures)
"Oh well it does happen let me tell you ha!"
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Tina Kadelski commented on Stephanie Carta's blog post Chicago in South Carolina! (Review, Interview, Pictures)
"She missed the best part about meeting Robert - where you get to GEEK THE HELL OUT like a 15-yr old again. You think you won't, that you'll be cool, then -- BLAM!"
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Tina Kadelski replied to Robin's discussion Burt Bacharach
"Yipes. I think we all can relate to having somebody do something like that to us, or doing it ourselves. You're right about that, it has to do with the lyrics."
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Robert Lamm replied to Robin's discussion Burt Bacharach
"I met Burt, only briefly, thanked him for the songwriting lessons his work continues to provide me. He was very humble, kind of "aw, shucks" and laughed. Years later I was at a baseball game, seated behind Hal David, but an acquaintance seated next…"
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A very epic show last night in Durant Oklahoma the show just blew me away like always and now looking forward to the Dallas show coming up in a few months!
Another great photo of Robert with Beginnings taken right at the stage
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Shannon Denise Foster commented on Stephanie Carta's blog post Chicago in South Carolina! (Review, Interview, Pictures)
"Some wonderful close up of the guys you have there! So happy for you that you got to sit down with Lee and had a wonderful interview with him! I'm happy you had an epic time and that Robert was as gracious as he can be love him to death!! And of cou…"
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I had a wonderful time last weekend, two shows (Colubmia and Greenville) at lovely theaters in the front row for both. I think it is a very special time for Chicago right now. Jeff Coffey is everything we've heard, bringing fresh spirit to the tenor…
Tina Kadelski replied to Robin's discussion Burt Bacharach
"It's fun when he does. One day I'll put my video here of meeting Robert & Lee. I don't know how to transfer iPod to iPad. Maybe YouTube? I keep stalling."
Tina Kadelski replied to Robin's discussion How Does Robert Lamms Music Make You Feel?
"Oh, yes. You can feel his emotion, you can relate to his homesickness and joy about getting back home..
Joni Mitchell wrote California, which is just so wonderful, so poetic. Same thing - homesickness.
Have you listened to Joni Mitchell's or Laura N…"
Tina Kadelski commented on Stephanie Carta's blog post Robert's most biting, and often humorous, lyrics
"I love that he wrote "...There was no evolution, only a flood..."
Science must negate God or they'll have no jobs."
Robin replied to Robin's discussion Burt Bacharach
"Hi Tina!
I'm not sure if he has the time. I just ask whatever comes to mind that I would like to know more about . My schedule is crazy busy. I hope I can."
Tina Kadelski replied to Robin's discussion Burt Bacharach
"Does he pop in any more to respond?
I'd love to see them again this year, but don't know yet if I can. Didn't stick around too long at the last one.
How about you? Any Chicago concert plans?"