Brian performs at an Elton John tribute concert in Anaheim, CA on the 17th. The court|
dismisses Alan's latest appeal against not being able to use the 'Beach Boys' name on the 28th.
Brian contributes backing vocals on Styx's Cyclorama album. An expanded (and more|
accurate) version of the 2002 Japanese compilation, Pet Projects - The Brian Wilson
Productions is released by Ace in the UK, as is the much-delayed "Live At Knebworth
"Brian Wilson On Tour" DVD is released in the UK. Good Timin' - Live at Knebworth|
1980 CD is also belatedly released in the US
Alan is once more sued by Brother Records for continuing to use the Beach Boys name in his|
At the 48th Ivor Novello Awards in London on May 22nd, Brian is presented with a special|
International Award to mark his outstanding contribution to popular music. A UK tour is
announced for February/March 2004 - 'Brian Wilson presents Smile'. While in London, he
records Eric Clapton's guitar solo at Olympic Studios on a track for his upcoming album
called "City Blues", originally recorded with brother Dennis in fall 1982.
Capitol release Sounds Of Summer - The Very Best Of The Beach Boys, containing 30|
US top 40 hits. To the total astonishment of absolutely everyone concerned (including, one
suspects, Capitol Records), it debuts in the Billboard Top 200 chart at #16, the first top 20
BB album in nearly 27 years since 15 Big Ones in July 1976. The Beach Boys now have a
41 year plus chart career, spanning from February 1962 to June 2003. Brian plays two
shows in the north-east on the 14th (Boston) &16th (NYC), but a scheduled Canadian
show on the 12th is cancelled due to the SARS scare and a (Newark NJ) gig on the 18th
is also cancelled. On the 14th he is also awarded an honorary doctorate at Northeastern
The touring Beach Boys visit Europe from the 10th to the 27th, playing Germany, Monaco,|
Switzerland, England and the Irish Republic. A DVD-A of Pet Sounds (containing five mixes,
bonus tracks and promotional videos) is released.
Leo Evan Knutson, first child of Wendy Wilson and Dan Knutson, and Brian's first |
grandchild, is born on the 14th. On the 20th, the long-running UK fanzine Beach Boys Stomp
holds its 25th annual convention in London - the guest speaker is Fred Vail.. Sean Love
Wilson, Dennis' fourth wife and alleged illegitimate daughter of Mike, dies in Los Angeles of
liver cancer. She was 38. Less than three months after its release, Sounds Of Summer -
The Very Best Of The Beach Boys is certified as a gold disc.
The touring Beach Boys make a short visit to Australia (4-7). On the 5th, the Supreme Court |
refused to hear Alan's appeal against the earlier ruling preventing him from using the phrase
"Beach Boys" in his band name. Originally scheduled for September 21st, the 6th annual Carl
Wilson Foundation event, reduced to a benefit concert and gala reception (much to the disgust
of many long-term supporters), is held on the 16th at UCLA's Royce Hall. Brian headlines,
the other performers being Heart, Sugar Ray and In Bloom (Sir Elton John withdraws at the
last moment). The Pet Sounds Live In London DVD is released (without a booklet, with
the wrong cover photo), but is soon withdrawn due to 'legal reasons'. A January/February
re-release is scheduled. Paul McCartney plays bass on a new Brian composition, "A Friend
Of Mine". On the 29th, the California Court of Appeal rules that Mike Love acted wrongfully
in freezing Alan Jardine out of touring under the Beach Boys name, and that Alan can now use
the name when touring. This clears the way for Alan to resume his action to regain the money
lost due to not being to use the franchise name. The case will come to court mid-2004.
|November||The touring Beach Boys play a handful of shows in Italy and Switzerland (7-9).|
To mark the 20th anniversary of his passing, a Dennis Wilson Bash is held in Chez Jay's in|
Santa Monica on the 6th. On the 13th the touring Beach Boys perform at the First Flight
Centennial Celebrations at the Wright Brothers National Memorial, Kill Devil Hill, NC.