Former Mosquitos frontman Vance Brescia, who wrote The Monkees' 1986 Top 20 comeback hit "That Was Then, This Is Now," joined Micky and Peter onstage in the performance of the song during all three of the shows last week in New Jersey, Pennsylvania, and New York. Micky shared vocal duties with Vance, who still records and performs. On his website, Vance talks about how The Monkees got a hold of his song in the '80s:
"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:
L to R: Mosquitos members Tony Millions, Steve Prisco and Mitch Towse, Micky Dolenz, Vance Brescia, Peter Tork, Scott Savitt and Judy Tint (Photo courtesy of VanceBrescia.com)
Micky and his ex-wife, Trina, are photographed on September 5, 1986 as they arrive at the MTV Video Music Awards. The Monkees performed "Daydream Believer" and "I'm a Believer" live on the broadcast that evening.