Special guest Brian Wilson joined the lineup for the Carl Wilson Foundation's event, held on Sunday, October 19, 2008. The “Carl Wilson Tribute: 10 Year Anniversary Benefit Concert & Fundraiser” was held at the Roxy Theatre in West Hollywood, CA. Other performers included Al Jardine, David Marks, Dick Dale, Carnie & Wendy Wilson, The Honeys, In Bloom, and Adam Marsland's Chaos Band. Billy Hinsche organized and hosted the celebration. Details and photos at the CWF website and CWF's MySpace site. (updated 11/25/08)

The third CWF Scramble Against Cancer Golf Tournament was held Saturday, August 2, 2008, at Yarrow Golf and Conference Center in Augusta, MI. Please visit the 2008 Scramble website for photos of the event. (11/23/08)


Beach Boys Capitol Records rooftop reunion, June 13, 2006
Photo ©2006, Trisha Campo

Five surviving Beach Boys — Al Jardine, Bruce Johnston, Mike Love, Brian Wilson, and David Marks — gathered on top of the Capitol Tower on June 13, 2006, to receive a Double Platinum award for Sounds of Summer. This is the first time the full core group has appeared together since receiving their Lifetime Achievement Grammy in 2001. Artwork for the special anniversary reissues of Pet Sounds and “Good Vibrations”(with bonus tracks, see below) was revealed, and a second hits compilation, The Warmth of the Sun, was announced for release in spring '07. Thanks to Trisha Campo for the photo above! More photos of the event are here and here. (6/13/06)


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. (updated 4/13/05)

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)

The first official Dennis Wilson Bash, celebrating the life and music of Beach Boy Dennis Wilson, was held on Saturday December 6, 2003 at Chez Jay's in Santa Monica, California. Guests included all four of Dennis' sons, David Marks, The Honeys, Billy Hinsche, and many more! For pix and details of the day's activities, hasten to (updated 12/15/03)

Follow these links for photo essays on 2002's CWF events:

Also, please check out these photo essays on previous Walks: