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Just updated the Billboard Live '96 page. I recently came across an interview Nez gave to the Chicago Tribune in December 1996 which contained a lot of great quotes from him. I incorporated those quotes into the summary, so it has been expanded quite a bit. Check it out!
This poster promoted two new releases that year - Missing Links, a collection of previously unreleased Monkees songs, and Live 1967, featuring recordings from the band's 1967 summer tour.
Recently released on red colored vinyl by Rhino Records, Selections from the Headquarters Sessions features the following tracks:
1. All of Your Toys (mono)
2. The Girl I Knew Somewhere (mono)
3. Cripple Creek
4. Randy Scouse Git (alternate mix)
1. Nine Times Blue (demo)
2. Until It's Time For You to Go (demo)
3. Midnight Train (demo)
4. No Time (second version w/backing vocals)
The original Headquarters Sessions was a 3-CD limited edition set (4500 copies) released by Rhino back in 2000, which is long out of print and sold out.
There are some additions to the photo galleries of the following tours: '66 Promotional, 1969, 1986 20th Anniversary, 1987 North American, 1989 US, and 2012.
I've also added the KHJ audio file featured in a blog post from yesterday to the 1966 Promotional Tour page. (You'll see it towards the bottom of the summary.)
Finally, the DJBH tour program is now featured as its own section on the DJBH page.
Be sure to check out this archived podcast from Monkees historian and archivist Andrew Sandoval that was completed after Davy's passing. It's a great show and a very interesting listen (and also includes some great alternate mixes - "Time and Time Again" and "French Song" being two of them).
Listen to more of Andrew's "Come to the Sunshine" podcasts here and here. You can find them on Facebook, too. Highly recommended!
Speaking of Andrew, he has authored a new book about the Bee Gees, The Day-By-Day Story 1945-1972. If you are a fan, check this link for more information.
Today is Michael Nesmith's birthday. He was born on this day in 1942.
On this day in 1945, Davy Jones was born in Manchester, England.
Los Angeles radio station KHJ staged a promotional event for The Monkees before their television series debuted on September 12, 1966. A contest was held to meet The Monkees. Contest winners rode on a train to the coastal town of Del Mar, California, which had been renamed 'Clarksville' for the day by the town's mayor. Landing on the beach in two helicopters and dressed in their signature double-breasted shirts, the band met approximately 400 winners of KHJ's radio contest. After the event, the group traveled by train with the contest winners back to Los Angeles. On one of the train cars, The Monkees gave their first true live public performance.
This is a rare radio advertisment for the event!
The Monkees were originally scheduled to perform at Detroit's Olympia Stadium on July 29, 1967 but the show was canceled due to rioting.
In the above picture, you can see The Monkees advertised on the marquee as members of either the U.S. Army or the Michigan National Guard pass the stadium.
The Monkees returned to Detroit and played a rescheduled concert at 3:30pm on August 13, 1967.
These photos come from the last time all four Monkees would gather in the same recording studio until the sessions for Justus in 1996. The group recorded "Ditty Diego," a parody of the theme song to their television show, for the Head soundtrack in July 1968.
Peter appeared with his band, The New Monks, at the Bottom Line Club in New York City on March 11, 1982. Head was screened that same evening as a special added attraction.
From my YouTube channel comes a clip that includes coverage of this very performance:
This comes from the year-end issue of People. Thanks to Micky Dolenz Forever for this...
Monkees West was a mini-magazine published by a variety of people including Gary Strobl (longtime Monkees collector) and Gene Ashman (wardrobe designer on The Monkees television series). There were only two issues ever released. Here is the first from the spring of 1987. It includes a recap of the 1986 Reunion Tour, an interview with rock photographer Henry Diltz and a spotlight on the "Hitting the High Seas" episode.
The second issue can be found here. For easier reading, click on each image and then click on it again.
The original VHS tape was recently released for the first time on DVD as part of the Pool It! deluxe edition by Friday Music.
The entire 1997 U.S. tour program is now available for viewing on the 1997 American Tour page.
If you missed the Rhino limited edition "Girl"/"Rainy Jane" green vinyl single from earlier this year, Friday Music is taking pre-0rders on a variation of it, this time with red vinyl.
More information can be found here.
Courtesy of the Michael Nesmith Fan Page on Facebook, we are able to take a look at the recent yellow vinyl reissue of The Monkees Present by Friday Music.
Several other Monkees albums have recently been released on vinyl by Friday Music, including Instant Replay, Changes, Pool It! and Justus.
On a side note, I've read less than stellar reviews of the packaging for both Instant Replay and Justus (grainy photos, etc.) that I've decided to skip these items (though apparently they do sound fine). If Friday Music does it right all around, I'll be interested.
(Above) The complete 1967 Monkees Christmas Show episode
Photographer Colin Beard has recently released some photos of The Monkees while on tour in Australia in late 1968. Check them out in the 1968 Australia/Japan photo gallery here.