The Monkees Present (DELUXE EDITION) will be available for pre-order at Monkees.com beginning May 9th.
The 3 CD set will feature a remastered version of the original album, plus unissued songs, alternate takes, mono mixes, backing tracks and radio spots.
Stay tuned for an official track listing.
Here is a link to the pre-sale site: click here.
And this via The Monkees' Facebook page:
Exclusive pre-sale and VIP tickets for A MIDSUMMER'S NIGHT WITH THE MONKEES 2013 Tour go on sale tomorrow morning, Wednesday, May 1 at 10am ET at Monkees.com!
VIP packages include your concert ticket, a special commemorative souvenir ticket to keep, and the new 3CD Rhino Handmade box set of THE MONKEES PRESENT (DELUXE EDITION).
Visit Monkees.com at 10am ET tomorrow for full pre-sale & VIP ticket instructions and to purchase.
The following interview with Davy was part of a special Monkees edition of Creem magazine in early 1987. The interview was conducted in November 1986 as the 20th Anniversary Tour was coming to a conclusion. Davy discusses the revival of The Monkees; Oliver!; the Dolenz, Jones, Boyce & Hart era; reuniting with Mike Nesmith at the Greek Theatre; the "Rainy Jane" single and more.
Note: For easier reading, click on each image and then click on the image again.
There's not much new to report on pre-sales or other ticket information. The only thing confirmed is that meet and greet options are not a part of the VIP packages.
The Monkees Tour Facebook page, in a response to various comments, said more information will be forthcoming on that page.
Many thanks for everyone's emails! My inbox has been flooded with questions about how and when to get tickets, what's included in the VIP packages and more. However, I have no other information at this time to relay to everyone. Please stay tuned to the following sites throughout the day on Wednesday to insure that you receive the most up-to-date information about tickets sales:
The Monkees Tour Facebook page
What do we know so far?
1.The Monkees Tour Facebook page left a comment that they will be posting all information regarding ticket sales as well as pre-sales within the next day. It is most likely safe to assume that this information will be made available on Wednesday, April 30. The Live Almanac will also share these details here on the blog once it becomes available. However, check the tour's Facebook page and Monkees.com throughout the day on Wednesday for the most immediate news regarding ticket sales.
2. Monkees.com has reported that Pre-sale and VIP ticket packages for all shows will go on sale exclusively at Monkees.com on Wednesday, May 1 at 10AM local time. What is local time? That wasn't made clear and hopefully this will be clarified shortly.
3. VIP ticket packages are said to include a copy of the upcoming Rhino deluxe edition of The Monkees Present. (The Monkees Present deluxe will also be sold separately.) No other details were given about VIP packages, including whether or not they will include meet and greet options. UPDATED 4/30: There will be no options for meet and greet in the VIP packages.
4. No release date has been given for The Monkees Present deluxe edition, nor is a track listing available at this time.
5. General on-sales for all dates, according to Monkees.com, will begin on Friday, May 3.
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Quite a day for Monkees fans, with the announcement of a new tour as well as news on the long-awaited Rhino deluxe edition of the 1969 album The Monkees Present.
As we wait for more details about the Present deluxe, take a moment and check out the 1967 summer tour page where you can now view the entire '67 tour program. Just scroll down the page and start the slideshow.
Presale and VIP ticket packages for all shows will go on sale exclusively right here at www.monkees.com on May 1 at 10AM local time. VIP ticket packages will also include a copy of the upcoming deluxe edition of THE MONKEES PRESENT, the next in the acclaimed series of Monkees reissues from Rhino Handmade. General on sales for all dates begin May 3. THE MONKEES PRESENT will also be sold separately.
(Please be sure to check the blog for the most recent updates.)
The last original Monkees album, Justus, was recorded by all four Monkees in 1996. Speaking to Rolling Stone about the upcoming tour, Micky expressed high interest in The Monkees recording a new album's worth of material. "I'd love to make a new one," Micky said. "We haven't had any discussions about that beyond, 'Wouldn't it be cool to have a new one?' We're just taking this whole thing one step at a time."
This isn't the first time Micky talked about The Monkees making music again. In an interview with Variety earlier this year, Micky said the following:
"Peter and I would like to record with Mike again but we presently have no plans...I don't think getting a deal would be a problem. We just have to agree on new music that we'd all want to record."
In an interview published this morning on the Rolling Stone website, Micky surmised about future touring plans for The Monkees.
Though stressing that nothing concrete is set beyond this summer's round of concerts, Micky did hint at the idea of extending the tour outside of the United States. "I can be frank and tell you we are thinking about taking it everywhere," he said. "There's always been interest in Japan, Eurasia and Australia and New Zealand. There's a huge fan base in South America and Brazil in specific, which we've never really tapped into. There's also talk about Europe and the U.K."
The Monkees were last overseas in May 2011 when Micky, Davy and Peter began the group's 45th Anniversary tour in the United Kingdom, playing a series of shows that was highlighted by a sold-out performance at the Royal Albert Hall in London. The Monkees have not visited Japan since 1989, and the last extensive European tour was also conducted that year. (Michael did join the group for a brief U.K. run in 1997.)
It's been even longer since The Monkees visited the land Down Under. The group's most recent trek to Australia was in 1988 when Micky, Davy and Peter visited the country for a month's worth of dates. Michael Nesmith, however, hasn't appeared in Australia or Japan as a member of The Monkees since 1968 (though he did visit Australia as a solo artist in the 1970s).
The group's worldwide popularity sometimes resulted in certain songs being smashes on the charts in foreign countries while not even seeing single release in the United States or the United Kingdom. "Hard to Believe" spent four weeks at #1 in the Philippines in 1968, and "We Were Made For Each Other" peaked at #3 there that same year. Both "Listen to the Band" and "Good Clean Fun," two singles released in the United States in 1969 as the band's popularity was in a free fall, were big hits in Australia, reaching #8 and #13, respectively. The last original Monkees single, "Oh My My," while peaking at #98 in the United States, made it to #34 in Australia in 1970.
Japan, in fact, experienced the first rebirth of The Monkees in the 1980s even before Micky, Davy and Peter reunited for the mega-successful 20th Anniversary Tour of North America in 1986. When "Daydream Believer" was used in a Kodak commercial in Japan in 1980, Monkeemania was reborn there as the television show returned to the airwaves and Monkees albums were reissued, causing them to chart in that country once again. Demand for The Monkees was so high in Japan in the early '80s that Micky, Davy and Peter all toured the country individually between 1981 and 1982, playing to near-hysterical audiences.
The Monkees Tour Facebook page will be posting all information regarding ticket sales as well as pre-sales within the next day. The Live Almanac will also share this information here on the blog once it becomes available.
UPDATE 3:30 p.m. ET: Presale and VIP ticket packages for all shows will go on sale exclusively at monkees.com on May 1 at 10AM local time. VIP ticket packages will also include a copy of the upcoming deluxe edition of The Monkees Present, the next in the acclaimed series of Monkees reissues from Rhino Handmade. General on sales for all dates begin May 3. The Monkees Present will also be sold separately.
The Monkees are returning to the concert stage! It was announced today that Micky Dolenz, Michael Nesmith and Peter Tork will embark on a summer tour throughout the United States from July through August. The tour will visit 24 different cities, and includes stops in Seattle, Philadelphia, Nashville, Boston, Houston, San Diego and Washington, D.C.
Here is the complete list of tour dates, courtesy of Rolling Stone:
7/15 Capitol Theatre, Port Chester, NY
7/16 Citi Performing Arts Center, Boston, MA
7/17 Count Basie Theatre, Red Bank, NJ
7/19 NYCB Theatre at Westbury, Westbury, NY
7/20 Mann Music Theatre, Philadelphia, PA
7/21 Warner Theatre, Washington, D.C.
7/23 Memorial Auditorium, Raleigh, NC
7/24 Ryman Auditorium, Nashville, TN
7/26 St. Augustine Amphitheatre, St. Augustine, FL
7/27 Mizner Park Amphitheatre, Boca Raton, FL
7/28 Ruth Eckerd Hall, Clearwater, FL
7/31 Long Center, Austin, TX
8/1 Arena Theatre, Houston, TX
8/2 Verizon Theatre, Grand Prairie, TX
8/3 Brady Theater, Tulsa, OK
8/5 Paramount Theatre, Denver, CO
8/9 Mesa Arts Center, Mesa, AZ
8/10 Green Valley Events Center, Henderson, NV
8/11 Humphreys, San Diego, CA
8/12 Terrace Theatre, Long Beach, CA
8/14 Mountain Winery, Saratoga, CA
8/15 Uptown Theatre, Napa, CA
8/17 Benaroya Hall, Seattle, WA
8/18 Arlene Schnitzer Concert Hall, Portland, OR
Tickets go on sale on May 3.
The upcoming tour marks the second time Micky, Michael and Peter have performed together since the sudden passing of Davy Jones on February 29, 2012. The trio undertook a small round of concerts late last year that visited a dozen cities. The shows were widely praised by the press and well-received by the fans, and also included tributes to Davy throughout the concert. The 2012 tour also marked the return of Nesmith to the group, who had last toured with The Monkees in 1997 in the United Kingdom. Micky told Rolling Stone today that "the reaction to the last tour was euphoric...It was pretty apparent there was a demand for another one."
Stay tuned to the Live Almanac for more updates as they become available.
This article, from the St. Louis Post-Dispatch, was published around the time The Monkees appeared at the Kiel Auditorium on August 5, 1967.
For easier reading, click on each image and then click on it again. (Sorry, I was unable to stitch together parts 2 and 3.)
In the meantime here's a page from the 1967 program...an advertisement from the makers of the Monkeemobile.
These pictures come from a vintage 1968 Japanese article that I have in my collection.
The photo on the Monkees Tour Facebook page has been updated (above), and a portion of the text on the page now reads this:
Watch here for all tour info relating to Michael Nesmith, Micky Dolenz & Peter Tork: The Monkees!
Stay tuned to the Live Almanac for more information as it becomes available.
A big thanks to Richard Silverberg for submitting this review of the Peter Tork Project in Rockaway Beach, Queens, New York in 1983. Richard always has some great pieces to share, and this goes along nicely with an earlier blog post that featured Project demos. Thanks, Richard!
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Interview with Wayne Avers