The Monkees and MTV participated in a softball game event in Central Park in New York City during the summer of 1986.
To add more to a previous blog post, here's another story about the falling out between The Monkees and MTV in 1987. This piece comes from Musicade Catalog and was published sometime in late 1987/early 1988.
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Despite a friendship with MTV in 1986 that helped make The Monkees one of the biggest music stories of that year, things went sour in 1987 after an apparent misunderstanding between the band and the cable music network. Despite heavy airplay of the music video for The Monkees' 1986 comeback single, "That Was Then, This Is Now," MTV refused to play the video for "Heart and Soul," the lead single from the 1987 album, Pool It! Clearly MTV's lack of support for the video (at a time when MTV still screened music videos and played a larger role in making 'hits') had a negative impact on the single, a strong pop song that most likely could have been a bigger hit that summer. TV Guide reported the dispute, and the clipping above appeared in a late 1987 edition of the magazine.
The story below, which was originally published in Monkee Business Fanzine issue #43 in December 1987, goes into further detail.
Second post today, but had to put this up on the blog. A blast from the past: Peter as a guest VJ on MTV in May 1986, right before the 20th Anniversary Tour got underway. (Micky also appears at the end.) Those were the days when MTV was awesome. Hearing all the videos being played, too...good stuff.
This video comes from the RareMonkees YouTube channel. Check it out.
1. Posted a few more pictures in the following sections:
1966-1967 North American Tour
1969 North American Tour
1997 North American Tour
2. In the 1986 '20th Anniversary Tour' section, there are a couple of new YouTube videos:
a. the full 1986 MTV Video Music Awards performance (with both "Daydream Believer" and "I'm a Believer," as I previously only had posted a video for "I'm a Believer"). Check out those '80s clothes...
b. at the bottom of the page, an MTV 'Year in Review' video featuring The Monkees
c. also at the bottom of the page, an upgraded version of the MTV '86 Christmas Medley video
3. The LINKS section of this website was updated.
4. Added video of Davy joining U2 onstage in the 1997 North American Tour section.
5. I also found this on YouTube today, something I have on an old VHS tape somewhere: The Monkees at the American Music Awards in early 1987.