Last night, Micky sat in with The Roots on The Tonight Show Starring Jimmy Fallon. Micky is in New York City this weekend for two performances at 54 Below, and to promote the release of his new live album, recorded during his summer run at the same venue. Fallon greeted Micky warmly and spoke of the time when he opened for The Monkees at the Universal Amphitheatre in Los Angeles in 1997. Micky sang several Monkees songs throughout the evening, accompanied by The Roots, including "I'm a Believer," "Last Train to Clarksville," "Steppin' Stone," "Pleasant Valley Sunday," and "Mary, Mary."
"Next year is the 50th anniversary. Peter and I just went out, just the two of us, and played England. We've done a couple of shows on the East Coast and Canada. We're not going to be doing too much more this year. I'm doing some solo shows and we have a couple of Monkees things coming up, but we're kind of gearing up for next year, the 50th anniversary. So I would not be surprised that we'd be out there on the road."
He said the release of the Blu-Ray of the series will be the opening of the 50th anniversary celebration. "That was the kickoff thing that Rhino announced. And then, we're right in the midst of planning stuff as we speak. Nothing to announce yet, but I'm looking forward to it."
Micky also mentioned the possibility of a spring and fall tour in 2016 to celebrate The Monkees' 50th Anniversary in this interview with Jim Tofte.
Micky Dolenz will sit in with The Roots, the house band for The Tonight Show Starring Jimmy Fallon, on Thursday, September 24. Previous reports announced the date of Micky's appearance as September 23, but recent articles have listed September 24. I asked Andrew Sandoval to confirm this conflicting information, and according to Micky, he will appear on The Tonight Show on September 24.
After visiting with Jimmy Fallon, Micky returns by popular demand to 54 Below in New York City following his critically acclaimed summer concerts at that venue. A live album documenting those shows will be released by Broadway Records on Friday, September 25.
Longtime record executive Lester Sill was involved with the Monkees project from the very start. In the early days, Sill was the music coordinator for the group, overseeing the recording process under the helm of Don Kirshner. When Kirshner was sacked in early 1967, Sill took over as musical supervisor. He later became president of Colgems Records.
(From the March 1969 issue of Monkees Monthly)
There's more about Lester in the archives of the Live Almanac's blog, including an insightful interview with him conducted by the Headquarters radio show in 1988.
Micky's early 1970s singles, originally released on the MGM label, have been collected for the first time ever courtesy of Iain Lee and Glenn Gretlund, longtime Monkees fans and co-producers of Micky Dolenz - The MGM Singles Collection. You can order this release on a couple of different formats. A vinyl LP set is available on Amazon UKand via Amazon in the United States. The vinyl is also for sale through online retailer Ernie B's. And now, the collection is ready for download on both Amazon and iTunes, with bonus tracks!
To top off everything, the extremely informative liner notes for the MGM Singles Collection (written by Mark Kleiner Biggar) features rare and previously unseen photographs from iconic rock and Monkees photographer, Henry Diltz. The liner notes are worth the price alone. The Monkees Live Almanac is proud to endorse this release. Be sure to check it out!