"Micky Dolenz asked me about this recently - how it was that my song ended up getting to them. I told him that it was just luck. He said, 'You know, luck is where preparation and opportunity meet.'"
"It is true. It wasn't as if I just woke up one day and wrote a song. I had been on the road since I was sixteen, seventeen working hard, playing five or six nights a week when nobody else was playing originals. It was all cover bands where I was - and basically starving. So we did put in our time sleeping seven guys in one hotel room. Any of you young bands would know the drill about that. So finally it paid off. I had a group back then called The Mosquitos and Arista Records was semi-interested in us and then I guess ultimately they passed, but they liked one of the songs on my EP called 'That Was Then, This Is Now.' In fact it was Clive Davis who heard it, and they picked it to be the Monkees comeback single."
Here's footage of Vance's guest appearance at the Mayo Performing Arts Center in Morristown, New Jersey on August 27: