The monumental gathering of Monkees fans in Philadelphia on August 1-3, 1986 was a culmination of the stready growth of smaller, more intimate Monkees conventions since the late 1970s. This sold-out event, hosted by Monkee Business Fanzine editor Maggie McManus and Monkees collector Ed Reilly, and emceed by longtime fan Fred Velez, attracted Davy, Micky, and Peter during the height of The Monkees' 20th Anniversary Tour. Two sold-out shows at Philly's Mann Music Center capped off the event.
I'm often asked to scan and archive complete issues of Monkee Business Fanzine. That's a tall order, but I have highlighted pieces from MBF in the past. For now, here are twelve pages from the September 1986 issue, covering the latest Monkees news during the mania of the 20th Anniversary Tour, along with a report from the 1986 Philadelphia convention. Maggie McManus - thank you!
A Monkees convention was held in conjunction with the group's Los Angeles area concerts during the 20th Anniversary Reunion Tour in September 1986. Thanks to Jeff Gehringer who took these pictures at the event!
Left to Right: frequent Monkees TV show guest star Monte Landis, Jessica Jones, Monkees wardrobe designer Gene Ashman, Monkees screenwriter Dave Evans, Davy, Talia Jones, Monkees TV show production assistant Marilyn Schlossberg, Monkees TV show editor and associate producer Gerald Shepard, Sarah Jones, Linda Haines (Davy's first wife), Anita Pollinger (Davy's second wife)