I have updated the blog post from a couple of days ago that featured the 1970 concert ad. Andrew Sandoval verified that this May 1970 show in Philadelphia took place, saying it's the one confirmed appearance by Micky and Davy as The Monkees that year. Thanks, Andrew!
Wouldn't you like to know what songs were performed by Micky and Davy at that concert, and if any Changes material made it to the setlist?!
Speaking of 1970, check out this photo of Davy and Micky. The location is unknown to me.
The Monkees in 1970, down to Davy and Micky (Photo by Henry Diltz)
(From the collection of Lisa Manekofsky)
I just added this clipping for a 1967 concert in Philadelphia to the 1967 US/British Tour photo gallery. Thanks, Lisa, for another great submission!
(Photo courtesy Micky Dolenz Facebook page)
Here's Micky onstage back on July 15 at the Pacific Coast Amphitheatre in Costa Mesa, California. Looks like the turnout for the Happy Together show there was great.
Here's another rare item, something I didn't know existed - a program from the first full live concert given by The Monkees. The show took place in Honolulu, Hawaii in December 1966. I've never seen this program in any memorabilia collections, nor is it listed in such books like The Monkees Collectibles Price Guide.
Here is a rare find sent in to the Live Almanac by Lisa - an ad from 1970 for the only confirmed live appearance by The Monkees that year, playing in Philadelphia at a festival-like event sponsored by WFIL Radio in May 1970. I passed this along to Monkees historian Andrew Sandoval, and he told me that this show did indeed take place with Micky and Davy.
Little is known about any other concerts that might have been performed by The Monkees in 1970. Brendan Cahill, who along with longtime Monkees associate David Pearl managed the group during 1969, told Andrew Sandoval in 1991 that a short American club tour was conducted by Dolenz and Jones in 1970 to promote the Changes album. Andrew writes in the liner notes of the 1991 Listen to the Band box set that such a club tour took place, but later could not completely confirm the idea in an internet interview conducted in 2006 as Cahill was deceased. In his book, however, Andrew does report on a performance that took place on November 21, 1970 at the Valley REC Center in Van Nuys, California with Micky, Davy and Peter. The show was billed as "Freaky, Foxy, Funky Revival." But, there are no other details about shows that Micky and Davy might have performed in 1970.
Thanks to Lisa for this great find, and to Andrew Sandoval for confirming everything.
Below is the rare promo video for the only single from Changes, "Oh My My."
I just noticed on Amazon that the Instant Replay limited edition 180 gram red vinyl is now shipping. (Friday Music's website is still not updated.) It features a gatefold cover, which looks awful. Why didn't they use photos from the '69 era? Instead we get pictures and lyrics from the back cover of an '80s Japanese release of the album, complete with Japanese writing.
I'm also reading reviews that the back cover of the gatefold is dark and grainy, though the front cover appears sharp. Check it out below. Thumbs down. I actually just cancelled my order. (Thanks to JDistheone at the Steve Hoffman forums for the images below.)
My suggestion: if you want to check out a special release for Instant Replay, stick with Rhino's deluxe edition. Well worth it!
On a brighter note, check out this post from Nez and be sure to take a look at the big update for the 1997 US Tour page:
To my everlasting delight, gratitude – and relief -- the show I am doing October 29th at Queen Elizabeth Hall has sold out!
I am so happy and excited to be performing there, and am thinking of doing a second show in London due to the demand.
I’ll keep posting here about where and when the second show will be – if it happens.
I am elated and optimistic about my trip there in October and happily anticipate seeing Glasgow and Manchester and London again, maybe even a little social visit to Edinburgh and Dublin to check in with friends.
Be sure to check out the recent updates to the 1997 US Tour page. It has been completely revamped with an expanded tour summary, new photos, reviews, etc. It's a good read for those interested in how the '96-'97 reunion changed when Mike opted out of the American portion of the Justus tour. I also just found a few pictures from 1997 in my collection that I have now posted under the tour summary. Check it out here.
As I said in yesterday's post, if you have any 1997 US tour photos, or even some promo shots from the ABC television special and would be willing to share for the website, please contact me.
Speaking of photos, here's a few others I've got hanging around. Enjoy. (I'm not really sure on the photo credits for these, though I'm guessing pictures 1, 5, 6, 7 & 8 are Henry Diltz shots.)
A huge update for today: the 1997 American tour page has been completely revamped. It's a must read! The tour summary has been expanded and discusses all of the details about Michael Nesmith not participating in the tour, reactions from Micky, Davy and Peter, and more. I also provided additional examples regarding the setlists, since they were ever-changing during that year's tour. There's a few new pictures all around and another part of a review posted from a show that was held in Indiana.
Some of the quotes gathered about the '97 US tour were taken from music magazines from that time period, but a huge chunk of them came from Monkee Business Fanzine. After reviewing a few old issues for this update, it only makes me miss MBF that much more. (Thanks, Maggie.)
A request: does anyone have any great photos from the '97 US tour for the website? If so, pleasecontact me!
Please check out the 1996 tour page. The tour summary has been largely expanded to include a more detailed look at how the 30th Anniversary unfolded, including Michael Nesmith's participation. There are also a few new pictures in the photo gallery.
I also updated the first paragraph on the 1986 Reunion Tour page to clarify Mike's inability to join the 20th Anniversary reunion.
Still no word on the latest round of Monkees releases from Friday Music, including the Justus deluxe and the vinyl editions of Instant Replay and Justus. Their websitepictures these items prominently on their homepage, but provides no other information.
In 1988 The Monkees, after two frenzied years on the road and in the studio, maintained a low profile. Micky, Davy and Peter toured Australia in late 1988, and beyond the trek down under, the only other group public appearance that year was at a Monkees convention in Chicago, Illinois in August. The trio were guests at the gathering, and Peter played a solo show at the Vic Theatre to coincide with it. Micky and Davy joined Peter there during the encore for "Daydream Believer" and "I"m a Believer."
Peter played for about 90 minutes that evening, mixing Monkees songs, solo material and covers (including Elvis and The Beatles) throughout his set. The show was billed as "Peter Tork...And Friends." The late Jerry Renino, a member of the Peter Tork Project in the early '80s who also toured with The Monkees throughout the years, played bass during the show. A bootleg recording of the Vic concert has long floated around among collectors.
Peter introduced a few friends who were in the audience that night, including Monte Landis, a frequent guest star on The Monkees television series (including the famous episode, "The Devil and Peter Tork"). Longtime Monkees associate Bill Chadwick, Monkees producer Chip Douglas, Monkees photographer and musician Henry Diltz, and Micky's sister, Coco, sang a rendition of "Higher and Higher" with Peter during the show as well. Here's a partial setlist of Peter's concert at the Vic Theatre:
Do I Have To Do This All Over Again/For Pete's Sake/Milkshake/Don't Be Cruel/All Shook Up/Cripple Creek/Since You Went Away/Vagabond John/Higher and Higher/Miracle/Daydream Believer/I'm a Believer
Peter is joined onstage at the Vic by (left to right) Henry Diltz, Bill Chadwick, Coco Dolenz and Chip Douglas for a performance of "Higher and Higher"
Monte Landis and Peter Tork at the 1988 Chicago Monkees convention (Photo by Michael G. Bush)
These photos are from my collection...I'm not sure I've seen them anywhere else. The first one of the band in 1996 is a Henry Diltz shot, and my guess is that the photo of Micky (date and location unknown to me) is a Diltz, too.
Uncut magazine recently posted the following on its website:
Ahead of his first UK live shows in over 30 years, country rock pioneer, film producer, MTV 'creator' and former Monkee, Michael Nesmith, is set to answer your questions in Uncut as part of our regular Audience With… feature.
So is there anything you’ve always wanted to ask the Nez..?
As the author of "Different Drum", does he prefer the Linda Ronstadt or Evan Dando version? What does he remember of working with Bert Jansch, on LA Turnaround? Does he still have that woolly hat he wore in The Monkees?
Send your questions to us by noon, Monday July 16 to email@example.com. The best questions, and Michael's answers, will be published in a future edition of Uncut magazine. Please include your name and location with your question.