Wow what can I say about Dennis Wilson, the man, the myth, the legend. As drummer for The Beach Boys, Dennis played & sang his way into rock & roll history. My first time meeting Dennis was with Lindsey Buckingham, when we went to see them at the Aladdin casino in Las Vegas. One of the road crew approached us (Lindsey & I) & asked if we wanted to meet Dennis before the show started. Upon hearing this, we both excitedly said yes, & were promptly escorted to a nearby craps table within the Aladdin casino. Standing there, to our surprise, was Dennis Wilson hunched over the green felt like a vulture eying roadkill. After a brief introduction, he then proceeded to teach Lindsey & I the basic game of Craps while his road manager was begging him to get backstage & join the rest of the group, which was due to play in about 15 minutes. Reluctantly, Dennis left some chips on the table for us to play out (or lose, in our case) & he strolled down the casino floor on his way to an evening’s work. Lindsey & I really enjoyed the show & Dennis’ left-handed style of drumming. That evening after the show, Lindsey & I were invited to join Dennis & Carl Wilson down in the lounge. Those 2 hours I’ll never forget. You see Lindsey was too tired to join us so it was just me & the Wilson’s. I can’t remember exactly what we talked about that night, but I know the impressions they left will be with me the rest of my life. Dennis & I became great friends after that & had many adventures & misadventures alike. This was picture taken 2 years before his sad, premature passing, backstage at my so-called retirement party in Hawaii. It was before we had cleaned up & were still somewhat covered in pie. I’ve forgotten who captured this moment in time, but I treasure this picture as much as I treasure anything. This picture captures two friends in the embrace of friendship & every time I see this, I want to cry all over again. I guess I still miss my great friend to this day. So, to the man with a wild heart, course temperament, free style of living, & a calamity within a tornado, I love you my friend. R.I.P. (although I know there’s no peace in either heaven or hell, knowing you)
Fleetwood Mac associate remembers Dennis Wilson.