"As We Go Along" was first performed live on The Monkees' 1989 summer tour that visited the United States, Canada, and Japan. This audience recording, from the group's final show in Japan to date, was recorded at Kosei Nenkin Hall in Tokyo, a popular venue for concerts in that city that closed in 2010.
In promotion of their upcoming appearance at the Universal Amphitheatre in Los Angeles, The Monkees appeared on The Mark and Brian Show on 95.5 KLOS-FM on June 28, 1989. The quartet sang "Papa Gene's Blues" and "Daydream Believer" live on the air that day.
After a triumphant visit to the United Kingdom in early 1989 that was defined by sold-out venues, rave reviews, and two performances at the Royal Albert Hall in London, The Monkees conducted a summer tour of the United States and Japan in the summer of 1989. Their third US tour in three years was marred by reported friction between band members, a long-term strategic plan that was abandoned, and lower attendance figures in comparison to the 1986 and 1987 US tours. In the September 1989 issue of Monkee Business Fanzine, Maggie McManus reported on the state of Monkees affairs:
This article, examining the 1989 reunion concert featuring all four Monkees, was written by Cyndi J. Griggs and appeared in the September 1989 issue of Monkee Business Fanzine.
A big thanks to Bill Shinn for sharing an audience recording from the 1989 summer tour over at Iain Lee's Monkee Bootlegs Facebook page. Check out the '89 North American/Japanese tour page here on the site to listen to a radio advertisement for this show (which can be found at the bottom of that page).
Maybe Bill or someone can leave a comment letting us know if this was the first or second show at Humphrey's that day.
Thanks to Iain Lee for uploading this collection of clips from the 1989 reunion concert at the Universal Amphitheatre on July 9, 1989. Be sure to head over to Monkee Bootlegs on Facebook and like the page. Iain is posting a lot of new material!
On July 9, 1989, Michael joined Micky, Davy, and Peter in concert at the Universal Amphitheatre in Los Angeles.
A big thanks to Richard Zimmerman for submitting these photos from a stop on the 1989 summer tour.
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