These two spots aired during the second season of The Monkees.
In this clip from the "Monkees on Tour" episode, Mike, Micky and Davy appear at radio station KRUX in Phoenix, Arizona. The Monkees would perform at the Phoenix Coliseum later that evening.
Just a note...the setlist posted yesterday for the first show at the Iridium in New York did not include "Take a Giant Step," which was performed in Buffalo. It's the first video below, along with "Cripple Creek" and "Shades of Gray."
On this night in 1969, 33 1/3 Revolutions Per Monkee aired on NBC. Check out highlights of Micky's DVD commentary of the special below...
The Blue Meanies are a great Monkees tribute band. Check out their webpage here. Below is a video of the group performing "The Door Into Summer" at B.B. King's in New York City.
Jack Good (Courtesy Sunshine Factory)
Peter Tork made his directorial debut on the 55th episode of The Monkees, "Monkees Mind Their Manor," which aired on February 26, 1968. Jack Good, who would soon co-write and produce the group's 1969 NBC television special 33 1/3 Revolutions Per Monkee, played 'Lance Kibbee The Sot.' And as noted in a blog post on Thursday, this weekend marks the 44th anniversary of 33 1/3.
For trivia and facts about this episode, click here.
The new poll here on the blog, asking about set list selections if The Monkees were to tour again, is getting a great response. However, I just realized that I accidentally omitted a song from the poll: "The Door Into Summer." A longtime personal favorite of mine, I had intended the song to be a choice (for some reason or another, I was experiencing a lot of technical difficulties adding the poll to the blog that day and had to redo it several times). I know many other Monkees fans consider "The Door Into Summer" a favorite, and well, I'd certainly endorse it as part of any potential set list. Here's an alternate mono mix for the song from the Pisces, Aquarius, Capricorn & Jones Ltd. deluxe edition:
There are so many other songs that could be included in this poll. It just occurred to me that I would love to hear something like "P.O. Box 9847" or "Auntie's Municipal Court" be performed live, although ultimately I think those may be long shots. But hey, "All of Your Toys" got the live treatment in 2011, right? It's a testament to the number of great songs in the Monkees catalog that makes it hard to whittle it down to a few choices. Perhaps another poll will test a second round of songs that fans would like to see in a potential future Monkees set list.
On another note, if the group were to tour again and feature an unplugged set in the show, I would most definitely select "Nine Times Blue" and hope for it to be performed in the style of the '69 Johnny Cash Show appearance by Mike, Micky and Davy.
This weekend (April 14) marks the 44th anniversary of The Monkees' 1969 television special, 33 1/3 Revolutions Per Monkee. Here's a photo of the group taken during the filming of the show. Below that you can watch the special's finale featuring The Monkees and guests performing "Listen to the Band."