This article by Ric Klein, a friend of The Monkees and Micky's stand-in on the group's television series, was originally published in the June 1968 issue of Flip. It discusses Micky's musical background, including information about The Missing Links!
Here's Davy in his element at a stop on the 2001 tour with longtime touring bassist, the late Jerry Renino, and saxophonist Sam Albright.
Lots to check out in this cool screenshot taken from "The Monkees on Tour" episode, including the large screen that projected images of The Monkees during their performance, along with several of the group's Gretsch brand instruments: Micky's champagne sparkle drum kit, Peter's burgundy bass, and Davy's customized bass!
Micky Dolenz, in an interview for Harold Bronson's Hey, Hey, We're The Monkees book, remembered The Monkees' earliest live performances and the hysteria that greeted The Monkees in concert. "We would burst out of these big, mock Vox speakers onto the stage and the place would go bananas," Dolenz said. We had one of the first multimedia presentations; we projected this film up behind us on a big movie screen." The screams coming from the audience, however, often hindered the band as they could barely hear themselves play. "I get up behind the drums and I couldn't hear any count so Mike would turn and he would look at me and I'd look at him and we'd all look at each other because you couldn't hear or see a thing," he recalled. "We had a lot of good times," Nesmith told Bronson.
The Chicago Tribune spotlights The Monkees' 1969 NBC television special, 33 1/3 Revolutions Per Monkee:
Famed actress Rose Marie guested on two episodes of The Monkees during its first season: "Monkees in a Ghost Town" and "Monkee Mother." Here's a great interview with her courtesy of the Zilch podcast as conducted by Jeff Gehringer:
Longtime Monkees fan Jennifer Winkle has attended a lot of Monkees concerts, and she has kindly shared her rich catalog of photos with the Live Almanac. Here's a collection from The Monkees' concert at the Xanadu Theater in Atlantic City, New Jersey on March 17, 2001. Thanks, Jennifer, and there's more to come!
7a Records recently announced their next project, Listen to the Bands, a CD and digital release that features songs from The Monkees' catalog as performed by a variety of bands and artists. Coming soon, all proceeds will benefit the Davy Jones Equine Memorial Foundation. Check out the selections and performers below, which includes The Wayne Avers Group (Wayne has acted as The Monkees' touring guitarist and musical director since 1996), The Characters, and Deep End (who worked with beloved former Monkees producer Chip Douglas). Live Almanac contributors Joe Alterio and Scott Erickson will also be spotlighted. Congratulations to everyone!
1. Listen To The Band – The Unswept
2. She – The Flashcubes
3. (Look Out) Here Comes Tomorrow – The Characters
4. (I’m Not Your) Steppin’ Stone – Rich & Nico
5. The Girl I Knew Somewhere – Gary Owen
6. You And I – WORDS
7. If I Ever Get To Saginaw Again – Scott Parker
8. What Am I Doing Hangin' 'Round – Bradley James Skistimas
9. For Pete’s Sake – The Wayne Avers Group
10. Love To Love – Michael Lynch
11. Me & Magdalena - Lynsey Moon & The Somethings
12. Gotta Give It Time – Freddy And The Four Gone Conclusions
13. Porpoise Song – Lazy Flies
14. As We Go Along - John Montagna
15. The Door Into Summer - Deep End With Chip Douglas
16. Pleasant Valley Sunday - Glowbox
17. The Crippled Lion - The Roundups feat. Joe Alterio
18. Lady’s Baby – Scott Erickson
19. Through The Looking Glass - Joe Kane's Radiophonic Tuckshop & The Martial Art
20. Alternate Title - The Balcony Shirts Band
21. P.O. Box 9847 - The Sleestacks
22. Auntie’s Municipal Court - What Is Kind
23. A Little Bit Me, A Little Bit You - Dan Carasco
24. The Day We Fall In Love - The Dredge/Hibbett Conunundrum
25. Listen To The Band - Nude Furniture
This summer, Micky Dolenz will be performing in the 50 Summers of Love show, along with Mark Lindsay of Paul Revere and The Raiders, and The Fab Four, a Beatles tribute band. The tour, which is being produced by Andrew Sandoval, will open on July 14, 2017 in San Diego, California at Humphreys Concerts by the Bay. Tickets for that show go on sale April 1, and be sure to stay tuned to The Monkees Live Almanac for additional dates as they are announced.
Micky also has a host of solo shows scheduled for this year, so...he may be coming to your town!
July 22 & 23, 2017: Northeast Comic Con & Collectibles Extravaganza at the Hanover Mall Event Center in Hanover, Massachusetts
Watch "The Fairy Tale" below, featuring Michael Nesmith's commentary:
And here's the episode with Peter Tork's commentary. This is Peter's favorite episode of The Monkees, and he raves about Michael's performance in it:
Interview with Wayne Avers