Dolenz, Jones, and Tork (September - October 1988)
THE SET LIST
Last Train to Clarksville A Little Bit Me, A Little Bit You Pleasant Valley Sunday Cuddly Toy No Time Look Out (Here Comes Tomorrow) Your Auntie Grizelda Heart and Soul Shades of Gray Goin' Down I Wanna Be Free Gettin' In Cripple Creek Zilch / Randy Scouse Git That Was Then, This Is Now Valleri Every Step of the Way MGBGT For Pete's Sake I'll Love You Forever She Daydream Believer (I’m Not Your) Steppin’ Stone Encore: Ditty Diego (Monkees rap) I'm a Believer
1988 Australian tour program
THE TOUR SCHEDULE
September 21-25: Twin Towns Services Club, Tweed Heads, Australia September 27-30: Burswood Convention Centre, Perth, Australia October 1: Queens Park Theatre, Geraldton, Australia October 4: Alexanders, Melbourne, Australia October 5: Goulburn Valley, Shepparton, Australia October 6: Alexanders, Melbourne, Australia October 7: Entertainment Centre, Melbourne, Australia October 8: Festival Hall, Adelaide, Australia October 9: Lady Bay, Warrnambool, Australia October 13: State Theatre, Sydney, Australia October 14: Tiffany's, Sydney, Australia October 15: State Theatre, Sydney, Australia
Promotional appearance for the '88 Australian shows
This late 1988 tour featured Micky joining Davy and Peter in Australia for the first time since Davy and Peter had started touring there as a duo in 1986. The tour was well-received and the band was met by sold out crowds at almost every venue. Numerous promotional appearances were made on Australian TV, one which included a rare live television performance of "She." A new backing band (minus the brass section) supported The Monkees on the road. The band featured Doug Trevor, former member of The Cherokees, who opened for The Monkees in Australia in 1968. For the most part, Micky played drums on the songs he didn't sing the lead vocal, Peter stuck mainly to electric guitar and banjo, and Davy played his usual percussion parts. One of the concerts was filmed and later released by Davy’s promotional company, Dome Press, in 1989.
The '88 Australian shows mirrored the concerts performed in North America in 1987 but without the extensive props and memorabilia featured on the stage. The set list was also pared down to more of a 'greatest hits' show as the deep cuts played on tour in '87 were omitted, but the newer Pool It! songs remained.
The only other concert appearance made by the trio this year was on August 20, 1988 in Chicago, Illinois at the Vic Theatre. A Peter Tork solo show was the highlight of a Monkees convention being held in Chicago, and Micky and Davy joined Peter during the encore to sing "Daydream Believer" and "I'm A Believer."
The Monkees at Chicago's Vic Theatre in 1988 (Photo by Michael G. Bush)
1988 Australian Tour handbill (From the collection of Kevin Schmid)
1988 Australian Tour advertisement (From the collection of Kevin Schmid)
Ticket for the second show in Sydney, the last of the '88 Australian tour (From the collection of Tom Czarnota)
1988 CHICAGO MONKEES CONVENTION
Backstage at the Vic Theatre in 1988 (Photo by Henry Diltz)