Ric Klein reports on The Monkees' 1967 summer tour: Brian Jones, The Beatles, Wembley, Jimi Hendrix, and more
Ric Klein was Micky's stand-in on The Monkees television show and can be seen frequently in the background or as an extra on the series. Ric also acted as stage manager for The Monkees when the group was on tour in the '60s, and was the best man when Micky married Samantha Juste in July 1968. He co-wrote "Bye Bye Baby Bye Bye" with Micky, too, a song that appeared on The Monkees Present album in 1969.
Thanks to JD McCutcheon of Monkee45s for sharing this with the Live Almanac!
A while back, Michael shared this photograph (an early selfie?) on his Facebook page. It was taken while on tour with The Monkees in the summer of 1967.
The Monkees performed five shows in front of packed houses at Wembley Pool in London in late June/early July 1967. In the article below, check out Michael's comments on how he thinks The Monkees TV program will live on, The Beatles, and his thoughts on the "Valleri"/"Tapioca Tundra" single.
Here's an interesting piece from Britain's New Musical Express (courtesy of Rosemary Reedman) that was published sometime around The Monkees' London appearances in the summer of 1967. Davy talks about his musical abilities, taking The Monkees to Broadway, his chances of becoming the full-time drummer in the group, and more. Author Keith Altham also references high jinks between Davy and Michael.
After seeing the recent Monkees in Paris article here on the Live Almanac's blog, Renny Simno contacted me. A friend of Renny's, Mike Hanemann, was in Paris in June 1967 at the same time as The Monkees, and he recently shared with Renny previously unseen photos he took of the group. Check them out below, and thanks to both Renny and Mike!
That looks like Bob Rafelson above in the car next to The Monkees.
David Pearl was a friend of Michael Nesmith's from Texas who eventually moved to California and immediately became involved in the Monkees project. Through Nez, Pearl became Peter's stand-in on the television show and was often seen as an extra on many episodes of The Monkees. He also became very good friends with Davy Jones. Pearl traveled with the group on tour, and in 1969 co-managed The Monkees along with Brendan Cahill.
After their appearance at the Hollywood Bowl on June 9, The Monkees spent time in the studio recording songs for what would become Pisces, Aquarius, Capricorn & Jones Ltd. On June 23, the band departed Los Angeles for Paris, France. Over the next several days in the French capital, The Monkees filmed what would become the second season episode "Monkees in Paris." Leaving Paris for London on June 28, the band held their first 'group' press conference before playing five concerts at Wembley between June 30 and July 2 (in front of audiences of 10,000 at each show).
Michael Nesmith blew up Monkees social media sites yesterday when he posted this picture and message on his Facebook page:
Today, he followed up with some additional commentary:
Thanks to John Wilson for sending along an article from his personal archives about The Monkees and Jimi Hendrix. Hendrix, of course, opened for The Monkees on seven dates of their 1967 summer concert tour. This piece originally appeared in The Gainesville Sun in September 1990. (Hendrix played two dates with The Monkees in Florida that summer.)
Speaking of John, he recently acted as a guest author for the Live Almanac, writing about The Monkees and their place in the Los Angeles music scene of the 1960s. It received nearly 1,500 likes on Facebook before I recently updated the URL for this website, causing previous stats to be wiped. Thanks, John, for your contribution!
Thanks to Rosemary Reedman for submitting this article that was originally published in Britain's New Musical Express. Keith Altham provides coverage of the shows at Wembley in late June and early July 1967, The Monkees' London press conference, Peter playing "Eleanor Rigby" on his guitar in the hotel, Mike's take on his own popularity, and more.