blue square dot Mike Love recorded a public service announcement for Three versions of Mike's PSA are available for listening at the Arbor Day website. (9/15/05)

blue square dot The Carl Wilson Foundation hosted the first CWF Scramble Against Cancer Golf Tournament on August 8, 2005, at Gull Lake View Golf Club and Resort in Augusta, MI. Please visit the Scramble website to see a photo essay of the day's events. (updated 10/3/05)

blue square dot Another fine BB fan convention from the same folks who brought us “Busy Doin' Somethin',” was held in Connecticut on July 16, 2005, at the Hilton Southbury hotel in Southbury, CT. Special guests included Danish fan filmmaker Rasmus Skotte, writers Peter Reum and Jon Stebbins, and original Beach Boy David Marks. Beach Boys' engineer extraordinare Stephen W. Desper and surprise guest Beach Boy Al Jardine called in for a teleconference. (updated 10/3/05)

blue square dot ROCKIN' ALL OVER THE WORLD: Brian Wilson and his band took part in July 2's Live 8 worldwide event, performing in Berlin in front of the Brandenburg Gate. The Live 8 event is a followup to 1985's Live Aid and will benefit African aid efforts. Beach Boys Mike Love and Bruce Johnston returned to the Mall in Washington, DC on July 4 for a concert appearance on PBS/NPR's A Capitol Fourth broadcast. East Coasters celebrated the 4th of July with Al Jardine and the Endless Summer Band at Six Flags Great Adventure, in Jackson, NJ. (updated 7/19/05)

blue square dot Good Vibrations, a musical using more than 30 Beach Boys songs, opened on Broadway in January and is now closed. (updated 6/2/05)

blue square dot NEW BW DVD: As we reported previously, Brian's live Smile has been released on DVD. Brian Wilson Presents Smile: The DVD, is on Rhino Home Video. The four-hour package includes a performance of Smile filmed in Los Angeles in 2004 and nearly two hours of bonus footage, including the Beautiful Dreamer documentary that ran on Showtime and BBC TV last year. Order directly from producer-director David Leaf and receive a special bonus BWPS-related collectible CD, autographed by Leaf. (updated 6/2/05)

blue square dot Al Jardine will be signing copies of his new book, Sloop John B: A Pirate's Tale, on Sunday, June 5, 2005, at Books of Wonder (18 West 18th St.) in New York City. Alan will perform at 1 p.m., then greet fans and friends, and sign books until 3 p.m. Refreshments will be served. The event is free to the public and all are welcome. (6/2/05)

blue square dot Tsunami victim Markus Sandlund, cellist for the Stockholm Strings and Horns and a member of Brian Wilson's touring Smile band, has been located. His girlfriend Sofia Pettersson, who survived the tsunami's fury in Thailand, writes: “I just need to tell all of you that Markus Sandlund is finally found and will be buried the 16th of June in his hometown Norrfjärden in Sweden. God takes good care of him now...” (updated 6/1/05)

A commemorative landmark plaque and monument was dedicated on May 20, 2005 at the site of the Hawthorne, CA house where the Wilson brothers grew up and The Beach Boys began as a group. Harry Jarnagan, with help from Paula Bondi-Springer, worked with the Hawthorne City Council and the state Historical Resources Commission to install the landmark plaque at 3701 W. 119th St. The project has the full support of the Wilson family, who were out in full force for the ceremony, as were the Jardines. Dennis' eldest son Scott Wilson provided construction services for the monument. About 1000 people attended the ceremony, which was hosted by Fred Vail and included speakers and musical performances. Brian Wilson and members of his current touring band sang “In My Room” and “Surfer Girl.” Fellow Beach Boys Alan Jardine and David Marks were also there. David performed Dennis Wilson's song “You and I,” accompanied by Billy Hinsche on keyboards and Dennis' grandson Matt Wilson on guitar. Alan reminisced about the early days and the Beach Boys' beginnings. All three Beach Boys unveiled the monument together. The house was torn down in the 1980s to make way for the Century Freeway (I-105). Custom engraved bricks were sold to help raise money for the landmark construction. Information on the Beach Boys landmark project can be found at their website.
blankspacerThe Hawthorne Chamber of Commerce still has some of the items available that were sold at the landmark dedication. You can purchase the pins, postcards, and envelopes. The pins/badges and postcards are color and say “Greetings from Hawthorne, Home of the Beach Boys.” The envelopes are black and white and contain a flyer about the dedication. Both the postcards and the envelopes state that they're honoring the dedication of the Beach Boys California Historical Landmark, May 20, 2005. You can buy any combination of the 3 for $10, plus $3 shipping, and they reportedly accept credit card payments. Contact Susan Lanfre at 310-676-1163 or by email.

MORE LANDMARK: The Beach Boys Historic Landmark Project will be inscribing new donated bricks on the monument in Hawthorne, CA (where the Beach Boys began), in time for the upcoming first anniversary of its dedication on May 20th. See below for details on all the landmark activities, and go to the landmark website for donations and the latest on the landmark effort! Fan photo albums from the event may be found here, here, here, and here. Closeup views of the monument may be found here.
blankspacerA DVD of last year's Beach Boys Landmark dedication, filmed by the City of Hawthorne, is also available. It has the full ceremony, as well as interviews with attending Beach Boys, family members, and fans. Price for the DVD is $25 to U.S. locations and $28 to all other international locations. Order your copy from Hawthorne Parks and Recreation Foundation, P.O. Box 1910, Hawthorne, CA 90251 (please specify DVD purchase.) All proceeds are nonprofit and go to cover upkeep for the monument. (updated 4/26/06)

blue square dot Former Beach Boy Blondie Chaplin will be honored with a Lifetime Achievement Award on April 17, 2005 in Santa Monica, CA. Blondie will appear at “Jorl-A-Palooza 2005,” an event celebrating the cultural heritage of South Africa. Part of the proceeds of the event will benefit NextAid, “dedicated to creating sustainable solutions for African children orphaned as a result of AIDS.” (4/9/05)

blue square dot CONGRATULATIONS to Brian Wilson on winning a Grammy Award for Best Rock Instrumental Performance for “Mrs. O'Leary's Cow”! (2/14/05)

blue square dot Brian Wilson was honored as “MusiCares 2005 Person of the Year” for his accomplishments as a musician and humanitarian. He received the honor at a special tribute dinner, concert and silent auction on Friday, February 11, 2005, at the Palladium in Hollywood, CA. The tribute dinner was part of the Grammy Week events. (2/14/05)

blue square dot Brian Wilson made a rare appearance at the NAMM music trade show in Anaheim, CA, over the weekend of Jan. 22, 2005. Brian joined Gibson guitars' CEO Henry Juszkiewcz to announce a forthcoming Brian Wilson Gibson Valley Arts Signature Model bass guitar. (Buy one to keep your Carl Wilson Rickenbacker company!) Photos of Brian and his signature model bass can be found here and here. (1/24/05)

blue square dot Brian Wilson is speaking at the South By Southwest Music and Media Conference on Friday, March 18, 2005, at the Austin Convention Center in Austin, TX. Van Dyke Parks and David Leaf will join Brian in a panel discussion of Brian Wilson Presents Smile. (1/21/05)

blue square dot Brian Wilson guest stars in “Surf the Stars,” a new episode of the Cartoon Network's series Duck Dodgers. Brian plays himself as a spiritual adviser to Dodgers (aka Daffy Duck) and was so enthused by the project that he wrote and produced a new song, “Believe in Yourself,” for the episode. (updated 1/21/05)

blue square dot Brian Wilson, Jeffrey Foskett, and Randell Kirsch have joined with fellow performers to contribute vocals to “Grief Never Grows Old,” an Asian tsunami relief charity single to be released on One World Records on Monday, January 24, 2005. Joining Brian on the single are Gary Moore, Boy George, Steve Winwood, Jon Anderson, Rick Wakeman, Sir Cliff Richard, Bill Wyman, Barry Gibb, Robin Gibb, America, Kenny Jones, Chicago, Russell Watson, Davy Spillane, and others. Sales from the single will go the Disasters Emergency Committee Charity. You may be able to view the video for the song at producer Steve Levine's website. (1/18/05)

blue square dot The Carl Wilson Foundation has announced that the “Carl Wilson Room” at the new Helford Clinical Research Hospital at the City of Hope will open in 2005. Carnie Wilson has been recently spotted on TV's Celebrity Blackjack, playing on behalf of the CWF, her charity beneficiary of choice. (updated 1/3/05)



blue square dot Donate to Katrina Relief and Get a Personal Call from Brian Wilson: Brian Wilson has made the following challenge, which lasts until Oct. 1st. “... Jerry Boyd [a regular on Brian's message board] has been collecting donations for the Hurricane victims who have been left homeless and in shelters. He told us at this point he has collected around $4,000, and many of you have sent items too. He is grateful, but we want to make a bigger difference. Here's my challenge, for anyone who sends Jerry a donation of $100.00 or more, I will call you personally and answer a question that you may have, or just say hello or whatever. Also, my wife and I will match the donation. I know that this may not work for all of you, but anything that you can afford will help and I will match it. You can contact Jerry Boyd [by email] and he can tell you how to go from there. I hope we call all have some fun with this and raise lots of money.”

blue square dot Touring Beach Boys Mike Love and Bruce Johnston headlined an all-star concert on September 25, 2005, at the Greek Theatre in Los Angeles, CA, with proceeds going to American Red Cross Disaster Relief Fund.

blue square dot David Marks appeared at a multi-artist benefit concert for the American Red Cross at New York City's Laugh Factory on Sept. 13, 2005. (updated 9/25/05)

blue square dot Brian Wilson and his current band performed “The Path of Life” and “Love and Mercy” during the “ReAct Now: Music & Relief” benefit telethon for hurricane relief on Sept. 10, 2005. Blondie Chaplin performed with the Rolling Stones in the same show. (updated 9/25/05)

blue square dot Brian Wilson released this statement on his website: “Performing at New Orleans' JazzFest earlier this year was amazing for me. I have rarely felt so welcomed in such a wonderful community that has given so much music to so many of us. Now, to see the devastation in New Orleans, Biloxi, and so many other communities in Louisiana and Mississippi, is heartbreaking. My thoughts and prayers go out to everyone affected by this disaster.” (updated 9/25/05)