January   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.
  February   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
  1980" DVD.
  March   "Brian Wilson On Tour" DVD is released in the UK.  Good Timin' - Live at Knebworth
  1980 CD is also belatedly released in the US
  April   Alan is once more sued by Brother Records for continuing to use the Beach Boys name in his
  May   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.
  June   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
  July   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.
  September   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.
October   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).
December   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.