Who else had this bootleg that was released by Bird Brain Records? An audience recording with an undesirable sound quality, Live In Los Angeles could be found in record shops that would carry less than official merchandise. Though the tape source is dubious, the boot does capture a near exuberant audience throughout the duration of the show, especially when Nez showed up for the encore that night.
As someone who is generally a fan of live recordings, I've always been frustrated by the lack of official live albums by The Monkees. We had the '86 live album, the two 1967 releases, Live Summer Tour (an incomplete documentation of the 2001 show on the King Biscuit label), and that's been about it. There were others, like the ones sold at the concert merchandise booths on the 2001 and 2002 tours, but those were not Rhino sanctioned official offerings. (The 2001 live CD is especially horrendous, featuring, of all things, canned applause!)
Take a moment to refresh your memory of the 1987 setlist. And how about the 1989 shows that featured an unplugged set? What about the Justus shows with all four Monkees in the UK in 1997?! It would have been great for these tours to have been officially documented. (And by the way, who dropped the ball when it came to having the ultra-successful 1986 tour filmed for video release? I still can't figure that one.)
Perhaps at the top of my list would be live recordings from the previous three tours, which fans have widely praised as some of the group's best performances. How about a box set for this request, Rhino? We'll be ready to purchase. Drop them an email and let them know you're interested.
Published in the wake of Monkeemania II in 1986, The Monkees Scrapbook is a familiar piece of memorabilia from the 1980s. This publication, along with Eric Lefcowitz's Monkees Tale, was a go-to resource for Monkees loyalists new and old during the 20th Anniversary reunion. A key selling point was the inclusion of a complete Monkees discography, though time has proven it to be somewhat inaccurate (while Andrew Sandoval's book is the ultimate reference for this information today).
Featuring biographies, trivia, pictures, '86 tour dates, and an interview with Michael Nesmith, The Monkees Scrapbook is a haphazard collection of Monkees fun and a time warp back to 1986.
Released at the start of the 20th Anniversary Tour (and containing the Top 20 hit "That Was Then, This Is Now"), Then and Now became a big seller in the summer of 1986, quickly achieving platinum certification.
Following the conclusion of the 1987 tour, The Monkees were sued by tour producer David Fishof, who claimed he was owed large sums of back profits. The suit made headlines, and Monkee Business Fanzine reported the end result in the December 1988 issue. Fishof’s claims were ultimately dismissed.
All four Monkees took part in filming a Christmas medley music video for MTV in early December 1986 (seen below). The video featured Michael as "Santa Claus" and was in heavy rotation on the cable network during the holiday season. After filming, the quartet hosted a party at a Manhattan nightclub to celebrate the end of a very successful year for The Monkees.