THE GREEK THEATRE LOS ANGELES, CALIFORNIA With Special Guest Michael Nesmith (September 7, 1986)
"Nesmith walked slowly out onto the stage and toward the other Monkees, who comically feigned incredulity. Then all four embraced at center stage while the capacity crowd cheered wildly."
-Stan Becker of Rhino Records, on the super-charged atmosphere of the Greek Theatre concert, 9/7/86
THE SET LIST
Last Train to Clarksville A Little Bit Me, A Little Bit You (I’m Not Your) Steppin’ Stone Cuddly Toy Goin’ Down I Wanna Be Free Your Auntie Grizelda She Cripple Creek For Pete’s Sake That Was Then, This Is Now Shades of Gray Look Out (Here Comes Tomorrow) No Time Daydream Believer Zilch / Randy Scouse Git I’ll Love You Forever MGBGT Valleri I’m a Believer ENCORE WITH MICHAEL NESMITH: Listen to the Band Pleasant Valley Sunday
Michael Nesmith at the Greek (Photo by Stan Brick)
Five days short of the 20th anniversary of their television show debut, Mike joined Micky, Davy, and Peter for an encore performance on the last night of a three night stand for The Monkees in Los Angeles in September 1986. Due to ongoing business commitments, Nesmith, who led the Pacific Arts Corporation at the time, was unable to commit to the 20th Anniversary Tour. He had been privately and publicly supportive of the reunion and had expressed interest in joining the trio when their schedules permitted. The appearance of all four original Monkees performing on the same stage for the first time since 1968 generated a lot of publicity and was widely covered by news outlets. MTV was present for the show and filmed the encore.
The Monkees sang “Listen To The Band” first, with Mike handling lead vocals. During the song the other three Monkees introduced the backing band to Mike. The final number was a rousing version of “Pleasant Valley Sunday,” complete with Nesmith handling the lead guitar riff as he had done on the original studio version nineteen years earlier.
(Photo by Henry Diltz)
(Above) The complete encore performance with Michael Nesmith
(Above) MTV interviews Michael, and later Micky, after the show
(Above) MTV interviews Michael about his participation in The Monkees' 20th Anniversary activities
The Monkees performing "Goin' Down" at The Greek Theatre (audience recording)
Practicing at the Greek Theatre before the reunion show (Photo by Henry Diltz)
The Monkees with Bob Rafelson (left) and Bert Schneider (center), backstage at the Greek Theatre in September 1986 (Photo by Henry Diltz)
(From The Monkees Photo Album)
(Photo by Henry Diltz)
"Listen to the Band" at the Greek (Photo by Nancy Clendaniel)
Rehearsing before the reunion show
Mike enters at the Greek
Leaving the stage at the Greek (Photo by Stan Brick)