Thanks to Michael Lundy for the heads up!
From the October 1987 issue of Rockline comes this interview with Micky's daughter, Ami. For easier reading, click on each image and then click on it again.
The Monkees have a history with Frank Zappa. The piece below comes from Harold Bronson's book, Hey, Hey, We're The Monkees.
For the last couple of years, two episodes of The Monkees have aired on the television network Antenna TV on both Saturdays and Sundays starting at 4pm. According to the channel's website, The Monkees will now air twice on Sunday's only beginning November 10 during the 10am (ET) hour.
Antenna TV has been kind to The Monkees. After Davy passed, the network ran a marathon of Monkees episodes, and screened the group's 1968 movie, Head. Later during the 2012 tour, Antenna TV sponsored a contest to see The Monkees in Los Angeles at the Greek Theatre.
I asked the waitress at Over Easy in Scottsdale how the latte was? She hesitated a nanosecond and I said I’ll just have a cup of regular coffee. That was the better decision – the coffee was good and the breakfast was really good. I recommend it but I can’t recommend the latte since I didn't have it.
That little pause speaks volumes and I have learned to listen to it.
There was an entire movie made about it in the 30’s or 40’s but I can’t think of the name of it. She is standing on the street level at the foot of the stairs outside a brownstone in New York looking up at him and she says something like, “Do you love me, Johnny?” and there is that pause. Devastating.
Because it’s a movie the pause is longer than real life for dramatic effect – and in that pause her face falls and her shoulders slump. She knows he doesn't love her regardless of what he might say next. It would be even worse if he said “Sure, kid.” Or some horrible flip reply – like Nicholson’s response to Shirley McClain in Terms of Endearment –“I love you too, babe.” Again, devastating.
Fortunately is was only a latte this morning and not a life changer – but that little hesitation brought back so many moments like that in my life. In the blink of an eye everything is known; one of life’s little features to steer us down the right paths by just listening.
I’m in Scottsdale today to perform the “Movies of the Mind” opening show at the Musical Instrument Museum tonight. It is such a great facility. I am going over early to go through the museum with Chris Scruggs. Chris is on tour with me and Joe and Boh and Paul – and he is a real treasure of information about instruments and the history of music –Nashville music especially -- and he is a gifted player. (I hope you get to hear him in this band.) I think he will love the Museum so I am really looking forward to it.
Since tonight is the first night of the tour everyone’s heart is racing. Like the start of a great marathon or something. So exciting.
It’s sold out and that is always a thrill.
This will also be the first time that the Live album “Movies of the Mind” will go on sale.
Not the album itself but a card for it –like a Starbuck’s card or a Target card -- because I am recording every show for archival purposes and then I will select the best performance of each song and each narrative and create the Live Movies of the Mind album in three packages.
It will be a limited edition so I am going to make a total of a thousand copies.
The first package of 200 will be signed and numbered CD’s and have the complete best of the Movies of the Mind Tour 2013 – songs and narratives -- plus a vinyl LP signed and numbered and some other collectibles in a Super Deluxe Edition. (The first ten of those are reserved so the first one for sale will be number 11)
The second package will be another 200 of the CD’s signed with complete music and narrative and a t-shirt in a Deluxe Edition.
The third package, the Standard Edition -- will be a compilation of the all the music that will fit on one CD – also with a t-shirt.
After I select and edit everything I’ll master and produce and ship sometime in January.
You can find out more about it here:www.videoranch.com and there will be sales at the merch tables at the shows.
We left Nashville yesterday in 28 degree weather and now we are sitting in the Arizona desert where it is 80. These fall tours leave it so one never knows exactly how to pack. I have gloves, a ski hat, and a bathing suit and flip flops. Austin tomorrow then Dallas – all sold out.
These tours have been great to do. The last Monkees tour was a blast. And now this one – my solo one –is even more fun.
No hesitation about that.
Michael's official website, Videoranch, posted the following today:
Michael Nesmith's Fall 2013 tour will be documented on Movies Of The Mind - The Michael Nesmith Limited Edition Live Album. This premium item will come in three configurations - Standard, Deluxe & Super Deluxe - each with it's own attributes and number. Nez will be recording every show on the tour and selecting the best performances for the album. The Deluxe Edition will feature the entire show and introductory narratives over two compact discs. Additional performances from the tour will be available on the Super Deluxe vinyl LP, which is limited to 200 copies (personally signed and numbered by Nez and accompanied by the full two CD set). See bundle descriptions below for specific package details.
By placing an order today, you are purchasing one (or as many as you like) of the live albums. These will be produced immediately after the tour and shipped on or before January 28th, 2014. Your card will be charged now and you will receive a Movies Of The Mind numbered card as proof of purchase with the item bundle to follow in January. These albums will only be available online and at Nez's concert dates while supplies last.
Purchasers of the Super Deluxe Edition will receive a card numbered between 1 and 200. Purchasers of the Deluxe Edition will receive a card numbered between 201 and 400. Purchasers of the Standard Edition will receive a card between 401 to 1000. These cards and numbers will be allocated on a first come first served basis.
The best of Nez' live set from the 2013 tour on a single audio CD, plus a tour shirt in the size of your choice. The first 600 copies in this edition come with a limited edition, numbered card.
Click here to PRE-ORDER the Standard Edition 1CD/1 T-shirt bundle.
A limited, numbered edition of 200 copies, each signed by Nez. The two CDs are handsomely packaged in a cardboard CD sleeve and include the full setlist from the 2013 tour as well as all of Nez' narrative links. Also included in the bundle is a tour T-shirt in the size of your choice and a commemorative numbered card.
Click here to PRE-ORDER the Deluxe Edition 2 CDs/1 T-shirt bundle
A limited, numbered edition of 200 copies, each signed and hand numbered by Nez and housed in a presentation box. This set includes a 12-inch LP featuring exclusive content unavailable digitally and pressed on heavy-weight, audiophile vinyl. This vinyl LP will not be sold separately and may become one of the rarest Nez record releases of all time. Additionally, the set features the two beautifully packaged Deluxe CDs with the full setlist from the 2013 tour and all of Nez' narrative links. Also included in the bundle are a tour T-shirt in the size of your choice, a poster, a commemorative numbered card and a few more unique surprises.
Click here to PRE-ORDER the Super Deluxe Edition 1 vinyl LP/2CDs/1 T-shirt + some surprises
Michael Nesmith debuted his fall solo tour Sunday evening with a sold-out performance at the MIM Music Theater in Phoenix, Arizona.
Here is the setlist:
Nine Times Blue
Little Red Rider
Propinquity (I've Just Begun To Care)
Tomorrow and Me
Some of Shelly's Blues
Rising in Love
Listen to the Band
And here's a look at the tour merchandise, courtesy of the Michael Nesmith Fan Page on Facebook! (If you have an exact breakdown of everything offered, along with prices, please email me or respond with a comment.)
Interview with Wayne Avers