Check out four new photos in the 1969 tour gallery including a cool ad for the first show of the '69 tour in Vancouver. Take a look at the very bottom of the 1969 tour page, too, for another new image.
Yet more pictures have been added to the 1968 Far East Tour photo gallery. Thanks to Tom for all of the submissions, including more to be posted in a later update.
I've had a few emails and/or blog comments about Friday Music and the status of the vinyl releases for Instant Replay and Justus, as well as the Justus CD/DVD deluxe edition. Their website advertises all of these products, but gives little other information. A while back, it was announced that these products would be available this summer. I'll update the blog as needed on these items.
Micky will soon be on the road with the Happy Together tour. Check out the dates here. Tickets are now available for the shows Mike is performing in the UK. No word on any U.S. appearances.
Here are the latest updates to the site. You'll also notice that I've rearranged some of the tops of the tour pages.
1. 1968 Far East Tour (new pictures in the gallery from the Sydney press conference...first time I have ever seen these! Thanks, Tom.)
I received the limited edition Davy Jones 45 in the mail today. It arrived (thankfully) in a sturdy box and was in pristine condition. The green vinyl is pretty cool, and the picture sleeve is protected by a plastic slip.
Check out the 1969 tour page. You'll see a new picture in the tour summary (a 1969 Monkees fan club postcard...thanks, Kevin). I took a moment to combine a couple of the photo galleries into one, but don't miss some new photos in the gallery.
Finally, I added pictures of all the Monkees albums and singles from 1969, and you can also hear two audio files from the 1969 bootleg tape ("Tapioca Tundra" and "I"m a Believer").
There are 8 new photos in the gallery of the 1966 Promotional Tour page. Most are at the bottom of the gallery, but to keep some of the photos in order, you'll have to look around for a few of them.
1. Two pictures of the Screen Gems promotional event: the band inside the Monkeemobile and Mike, Micky and Peter with KHJ DJ Don Steele 2. The Monkees with Bert Schneider in Chicago 3. An early picture of the Monkeemobile with the trailer attached that was going to open up for The Monkees to perform 4. Two early promo shots 5. Another early photo of The Monkees posing with the Monkeemobile 6. A collage of photos featuring a pre-Monkees Peter Tork
Here are a few pictures for sharing. The first are of Micky and Peter at the Monterey Pop Festival in June 1967. The next is of Michael Nesmith in a photo I believe was taken by Henry Diltz. Finally, anyone else have that poster of The Monkees in the '80s?
Via the Monkees Facebook page, Rhino will begin shipping the limited edition Davy Jones 7" vinyl single of "Girl"/"Rainy Jane" tomorrow. (This product has already sold out.) Here's a picture they provided from their warehouse...
In case you haven't heard, a Monkees convention in honor of Davy will be held at the Sheraton Meadowlands in East Rutherford, New Jersey on March 1-3, 2013. This is the first Monkees convention on the East Coast since The Monkees' resurgence in the '80s. A website for the David T. Jones Memorial Monkees Convention went live a couple of weeks ago, and tickets are available now. Micky and Peter are both scheduled to appear, along with other guests, including numerous memorabilia dealers and displays. Courtesy of Brad Waddell over at monkees.net, here are some more details:
Dear Fellow Monkees Fans and Friends,
Join fellow fans from all over the world to mark the one-year anniversary of Davy Jones' passing with a celebration of the former teen idol's life, and his band, at the The David T. Jones Memorial Monkees Convention, March 1-3, 2013 at The Sheraton Hotel and Conference Center, 2 Meadowlands Plaza, East Rutherford, New Jersey. Tickets are now on sale at: http://monkeeconvention.com/tickets.html
There will be live concert performances, special guest interviews, autograph and photo opportunities, question and answer sessions; a mammoth Monkees music & memorabilia marketplace and rock & roll flea market, art, exhibits, film and video showings, the "David T. Jones Message of Hope" book project, plus much more.
Headlining the memorial convention are former Monkees Micky Dolenz and Peter Tork. Other Special Guests of Honor includes actor Christopher Knight, who played Peter Brady in the Brady Bunch, on which Davy Jones appeared, plus other Brady Bunch actors; TV personality Butch Patrick, who is best known as Eddie Munster from "The Munsters" - Butch appeared in one of the Monkees' TV episodes; singer Ron Dante, who was the lead singer in the Archies and was one of Davy Jones' record producers; singer Gary DeCarlo who was the lead singer in the band Steam ("Na Na Hey Hey Kiss Him Goodbye") and appeared with Davy Jones on Davy's last PBS TV concert appearance; actresses Donna Loren and Arlene Martel, who each appeared in Monkees television episodes; and world famous rock & roll artist Shannon, known for her "7 Faces of Beatles" collection will be introducing her "7 Faces of Davy" collection specifically for this event. Other guests are being added.
Performing live over the three-day extravaganza will be members of Davy Jones' touring band along with popular Monkees tribute bands including "The Characters," who played many of the Monkees Conventions through the years and also backed up Micky, Davy and Peter; "The Blue Meanies," who performed at a Davy Jones tribute at NY's BB Kings club; and "Loose Salute" who specialize in Mike Nesmith songs. The very rare Monkeemobile will also be on display.
The David T. Jones Memorial Monkees Convention is being presented with the blessings of Davy's family, and funds will be raised to support the former Monkees' favorite charity, The Davy Jones Equine Memorial Fund. Jones was an avid horseman and this charity ensures the continuing care of the horses he so loved.
This event is open to all ages, and the hotel is offering special reduced convention rates for guests wishing to stay overnight. Join fellow fans and music lovers from all over the country and overseas as they take the Last Train To Clarksville (actually the Meadowlands) to be a Believer! The weekend guarantees fun-filled activities and attractions with Music, Memories, Monkees and much more.
The David T. Jones Memorial Monkees Convention is produced by Phyllis Paganucci of Then & Now Events in association with Charles F. Rosenay's Liverpool Productions. Davy, Micky and Peter were all the special guests at the very last national Monkees Convention produced on the East Coast in 1987, and this production team has reunited after twenty-five years to bring fans the ultimate celebration possible in memory of Davy Jones.
Check out the 1967 American/British tour page. I've added a lot more information in the tour summary, as well as a few new pictures, including Davy Jones with Lulu and Lynn Randell, both opening acts during the tour.
Still waiting to hear more about the Justus deluxe edition from Friday Music, which is supposed to be released this summer, along with a vinyl gatefold edition of Instant Replay and a vinyl release for Justus.
I'm also ready for Rhino to announce a Monkees Present deluxe edition. Let's go, Rhino!
"OK -- I agreed to play three solo shows in the UK. October 26 in Glasgow; October 28th in London; and October 29th in Manchester. I'll put the schedule up at Videoranch. :) I'm looking forward to it. I think it will be fun."
I had completely forgotten that footage of the band playing on the train during the event in Del Mar, California was screened during an episode of E! True Hollywood Story on The Monkees back in 1999. (Thanks, Perry!) I have added a YouTube video to the 1966 Promotional Tour page that shows the footage and noted the times where you can see it during the episode.
Also new today: a picture of The Monkees performing their first live concert in Hawaii in the 1966-1967 Tour section as well as a few new photos in the gallery of the 1997 Justus Tour (including a scan of the tour program).
Finally, Peter discussed in a recent interview the idea of appearing with Micky and Mike to honor Davy. "I'm not tugging anybody's coat, [begging] 'Please, please, please, let's go out as a trio,'" Tork says. "But we actually had a brief discussion. We met to honor Davy and we … you know, it's not out of the question."