The Monkees performed in front of a sold-out audience of over 17,000 at the historic Hollywood Bowl on June 9, 1967. Just five days earlier, The Monkees had attended the 19th Primetime Emmy Awards where the group's television series took home two awards, including 'Outstanding Comedy Series.'
After this concert, The Monkees recorded "Pleasant Valley Sunday" in the studio, which became their smash hit during the Summer of Love.
Keith Altham wrote for Britain's New Musical Express and later represented some of the biggest names in rock. Here, in the November 1967 issue of Flip, Altham covers The Monkees' visit to England in late June/early July 1967.
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.