This is a fun and interesting listen. Hear the backing tracks for "Randy Scouse Git," "Pleasant Valley Sunday," "Love Is Only Sleeping" (early mix), "Papa Gene's Blues," "For Pete's Sake," "I'm a Believer," "You Just May Be the One," "Daydream Believer," "Sunny Girlfriend," "All of Your Toys," "We Were Made For Each Other" (Chip Douglas alternate version), "No Time," "Gonna Buy Me a Dog," and "Porpoise Song."
Humorist, writer, and all-around entertainment personality Stan Freberg guested on The Monkees television series during its first season in the classic episode "Monkee vs. The Machine." Late last year, Micky co-hosted a tribute to Freberg in Hollywood (footage which can be viewed below).
The Monkees experienced a resurgence in Japan in the early 1980s. As a result, three of The Monkees (Micky, Davy, and Peter) toured the country as solo acts in 1981 and 1982. The demand for The Monkees was so high that the television series was aired daily and original albums were re-released. The 1976 Dolenz, Jones, Boyce & Hart album was also reissued, and here, courtesy of the Live Almanac's YouTube channel, you can see a commercial advertising it. (In the mid-1970s, former Monkees Dolenz and Jones teamed up with original Monkees tunesmiths Boyce & Hart to tour the world, record an album, and film a television special.)
Thanks to Iain Lee for uploading the rare footage he put together for a special screening at the 2014 Monkees Convention. You'll see a lot of great stuff here, including Davy on The Roger Whittaker Show from the UK on June 22, 1971, and his appearance with U2 in Los Angeles in 1997. Be sure to head over to Monkee Bootlegs on Facebook and like the page. Iain has a lot of new material on the way!
Here's a video that was posted today on the YouTube channel of John Billings, who plays bass guitar in The Monkees' touring band. You'll see members of the crew along with Jonathan and Jessica Nesmith join The Monkees for the final song of the evening, "Pleasant Valley Sunday."
In perhaps one of the more bizarre gigs of their career, Micky and Davy are seen below in photos and video footage from circa 1975, right before the start of Dolenz, Jones, Boyce & Hart. Keith Allison, a friend of Michael's from Texas who performed as a studio musician on several Monkees songs and was later a part of the Dolenz, Jones, Boyce & Hart touring band, accompanies the duo. Thanks to Andrew Sandoval for confirming details about this event.
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.