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!
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.
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).
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.
In this article, Lulu, who opened for The Monkees at Wembley in 1967, offers her thoughts on each of the individual Monkees.
Samantha Juste reports on The Monkees in London in 1967: Live at Wembley, Partying with The Beatles, and more
Alan Smith critiqued one of The Monkees' performances at Wembley in a July 1967 issue of the British music magazine New Musical Express.
The review was recently reprinted in The History of Rock (1967), published by Uncut magazine. The issue contains a couple of different articles on The Monkees and features Jimi Hendrix on the cover. Copies are available at bookstores and online.
Arriving in London on June 28, 1967, The Monkees held their first group press conference before the shows at Wembley. Five concerts were played there between June 30 and July 2 in front of audiences of 10,000 at each show. Below is newly released footage of the group's arrival in London and of the press conference, seen in color for the first time (to my knowledge). Thanks to Iain Lee for the heads up!
Here's some items from the Live Almanac's archive covering The Monkees on tour in England in 1967:
This article was originally published in the July 1969 issue of Monkees Monthly. It covers Micky's visit to Hyde Park, The Monkees expressing sympathy for The Rolling Stones, partying with Keith Moon and George Harrison, and more.