1998
  January   Nik Venet dies of Burkitt's Lymphoma on the 2nd. Mike, Bruce & David Marks appear
  during the Superbowl festivities as 'America's Band': the first Alan knows of this is when he
  sees it on the TV.
  February   Carl Dean Wilson dies on the 6th of complications arising from lung and brain cancer, just
  over a month past his 51st birthday. In the wake of his passing, the band splinter: Mike feels
  that they should carry on while Alan is of the opinion that without Carl's voice, a vital element is
  missing. The resolution is that Mike, Bruce & Marks continue touring, initially as America's
  Band before reverting (after negotiation with the other BRI directors) to The Beach Boys after
  bookings are hard to come by, while Alan forms Beach Boys: Family & Friends, comprising
  sons Matt & Adam, Carnie & Wendy Wilson, Billy Hinsche, Ed Carter, Darryl Dragon and
  Owen Elliott (daughter of Cass). However, there are a few contracted shows still to be
  performed as The Beach Boys featuring the Love/Jardine/Johnston line-up. Available only
  from Union 76 truck stops, Mike Love, Bruce Johnston & David Marks Of The Beach
  Boys Salute NASCAR includes, alongside remakes of classic BB car songs, a cover of
  "Little GTO" otherwise unavalable.
  May   To promote his forthcoming album, Brian performs a live concert on the 9th in St. Charles, IL.
  Guesting are Bruce Johnston, Christopher Cross & Tim Schmidt. The show is filmed (and
  overdubbed) for later video release. Also on the 9th, Alan plays his last show with The Beach
  Boys.
  June   Brian Wilson solo single "Your Imagination/Happy Days" is released on the Giant label, and
  fails to chart. At a meeting of the four directors (Mike, Brian, Alan & the estate of Carl) of
  Brother Records on the 14th, Carl's estate suggests the issuing of non-exclusive licenses to
  each shareholder on the same terms as that currently being negotiated by Mike. The vote is
  carried 3-1, thus allowing each surviving member an equal right to tour using the Beach Boys
  name.
  July   parent album Imagination is released. Produced by Brian and Joe Thomas, it peaks at #88.
  Brian performs at Farm Aid XIV.
  August   Endless Harmony, soundtrack of two-part TV biography of the band composed almost
  exclusively of rarities and unreleased material, is released. The TV show airs on the 23rd &
  24th. MOM 3 - Music For Our Mother Ocean includes "Little Deuce Coupe" as performed
  by Brians Wilson & Setzer.
  September   Ultimate Christmas, a reissue of the 1964 seasonal set expanded to include the better tracks
  from the unreleased 1997 Christmas album is released. Tribute CD Tammy Wynette
  Remembered features Brian & Tammy duetting on "In My Room" (a different mix to that
  heard on the documentary of the making of Stars & Stripes Volume 1).
  October   The inaugural Carl Wilson Walk Against Cancer and Benefit Concert takes place on the 18th
  in Los Angeles. Beach Boys Family & Friends headline the event on their first live outing. On
  the 1st, Mike conculdes an agreement with BRI that differs from the others in that it contains
  clauses to protect the value of the 'trademark', the style, and containing a list of 'approved'
  manager and booking agencies. On the 25th, Alan's attorney informs BRI that as Alan is touring
  as Beach Boys Family & Friends, a license from BRI is "unnessecary". Three days later BRI
  tell him he is wrong, to which he replies he'll tour as BBF&F anyway.
  November   At a meeting on the 24th, BRI reject a proposal from Alan for a license in which the royalty
  paid to BRI differs greatly from that set down in the 'Love license'. In subsequent months, Alan
  attempts to renegotiate, and claims that he has a license.