A big thanks to Perry Corvese for scanning his program from the 1988 Chicago Monkees Convention!
In 1988 The Monkees, after two frenzied years on the road and in the studio, maintained a low profile. Micky, Davy and Peter toured Australia in late 1988, and beyond the trek down under, the only other group public appearance that year was at a Monkees convention in Chicago, Illinois in August. The trio were guests at the gathering, and Peter played a solo show at the Vic Theatre to coincide with it. Micky and Davy joined Peter there during the encore for "Daydream Believer" and "I"m a Believer."
Peter played for about 90 minutes that evening, mixing Monkees songs, solo material and covers (including Elvis and The Beatles) throughout his set. The show was billed as "Peter Tork...And Friends." The late Jerry Renino, a member of the Peter Tork Project in the early '80s who also toured with The Monkees throughout the years, played bass during the show. A bootleg recording of the Vic concert has long floated around among collectors.
Peter introduced a few friends who were in the audience that night, including Monte Landis, a frequent guest star on The Monkees television series (including the famous episode, "The Devil and Peter Tork"). Longtime Monkees associate Bill Chadwick, Monkees producer Chip Douglas, Monkees photographer and musician Henry Diltz, and Micky's sister, Coco, sang a rendition of "Higher and Higher" with Peter during the show as well. Here's a partial setlist of Peter's concert at the Vic Theatre:
Do I Have To Do This All Over Again/For Pete's Sake/Milkshake/Don't Be Cruel/All Shook Up/Cripple Creek/Since You Went Away/Vagabond John/Higher and Higher/Miracle/Daydream Believer/I'm a Believer
Interview with Wayne Avers