Famed studio musician Louis Shelton, who played the famous guitar lick on "Last Train to Clarksville" and was featured on numerous Monkees songs in the 1960s, guested with Micky, Peter, and the band last night during the group's final show of their 50th Anniversary Tour in Gold Coast, Australia.
Andrew Sandoval marked the occasion in a message on Facebook:
A cool moment featuring the wonderful Louie Shelton, a Candy Store Prophet and a key component of the Boyce & Hart sound. What was really a thrill was how Micky & Peter performed "Last Train To Clarksville" tonight, like they were doing it for the first time in 1966. This was in fact the first time they had ever performed with the man who played guitar on so many of their classic recordings from 1966-1969.
Of note, this is the song they've played the most since they started performing in December 1966 (pre-"I'm A Believer"). We shared so much great history this year, and this along with the appearances of Michael and hearing Davy's voice every night brought home that there is still very much a real group called The Monkees.
Monkees archivist Andrew Sandoval produced this year's 50th Anniversary Tour. Today on Facebook, he took a moment to reflect on the shows and more:
Micky Dolenz & Peter Tork played close to 50 different songs over the past 7 months, across 66 concerts in four countries (covering 30 of the 50 United States, Canada, New Zealand & Australia). We were joined by Michael Nesmith for four tremendous shows, one of which I think was maybe the best concert I have ever seen The Monkees perform.
This year, The Monkees had a new album called Good Times! that was a Top 20 charting album in the United States, United Kingdom and Australia. This just blows my mind.
I have been proud to present The Monkees in concert for 160 shows from 2011-2016: the group's longest period of continuous activity since the 1960's.
We owe a great debt to our fantastic band: Wayne Avers, John Billings, Rich Dart, Gemma Dolenz & David Alexander. This year, we were blessed by having such wonderful guest musicians as David Robicheau, Vance Brescia & Felipe Torres.
Our tremendous crew pulled off a consistently great production. Thank you to Tim Iseler, Chip Auchincloss, Austin Becker & Sabrina Rush. We were helped immeasurably on a number of dates by Guy T. Koepp, Martin Garneret, Francis Sapienza, Noamme Elisha, Dave Butterworth & Matt Littlejohn. Special thanks to Scott Gawlik for his work on our videos and live concert filming.
Lastly, my extra special thanks to everyone who came to "watch us sing and play" in this wonderful five year period. Your support, trust and love have made it all possible.
Michael Nesmith recorded his 1978 album, Live at The Palais, at this venue in 1977:
A live recording of a Dolenz, Jones, Boyce & Hart show, Concert in Japan (recorded on July 20, 1976 at Yubin Chokin Hall in Tokyo, Japan), was released as a vinyl LP set in Japan in 1981. At the time, the live album was never given a formal release in the United States or elsewhere. A big thanks to Ben Belmares for sharing his photos of the original Japanese LP:
Concert in Japan was finally issued on compact disc in the United States in 1996 during The Monkees' 30th Anniversary, featuring liner notes by Monkees archivist and producer Andrew Sandoval. Once again, Ben Belmares was kind enough to save me the time of scanning my copy of the CD and provided everything below:
Today marks the 50th Anniversary of the recording of "Your Auntie Grizelda, " Peter Tork's lone showcase on The Monkees' second album, More of The Monkees. The song was recorded at American Recording Company on Ventura Boulevard in Studio City, California on October 14, 1966, and Andrew Sandoval wrote about the session (which also included work on "Hold on Girl") in his book, The Monkees: The Day-by-Day Story of the '60s TV Pop Sensation:
Ann Moses was the editor of Tiger Beat from 1966 – 1972, writing countless stories about The Monkees during their heyday. Ann also acted as Hollywood Correspondent to Britain's New Musical Express from 1968 - 1971. She has visited with The Monkees backstage during their most recent tours, and had the opportunity to interview Monkees archivist and tour producer Andrew Sandoval before Micky and Michael performed in Phoenix, Arizona last week. Andrew talks about The Monkees' 50th Anniversary, the current tour, and much more. Be sure to visit Ann on the web, too!
Brian Marchese over at Where's That Sound Coming From? has posted Part 2 of his discussion with Monkees archivist and tour producer Andrew Sandoval. Lots of interesting topics are covered, including a behind the scenes look at the recording of Good Times!, The Monkees and The Kinks, Michael Nesmith's guitar work on the new album, Micky Dolenz and Harry Nilsson, the potential for a Pisces, Aquarius, Capricorn & Jones Ltd. super deluxe edition, what's in Michael and Peter Tork's personal tape library, songs attempted at sound check during the lead-up to the 2012 and 2013 Monkees tours, and much more! Check out Part 1 if you missed it.
Thanks to Brian Marchese of Where's That Sound Coming From? for this brand new interview with Monkees archivist and tour producer Andrew Sandoval. Andrew talks extensively about his work on the new Monkees Blu-ray collection along with Rhino's packaging issues, how he got his start in the music business, working with Micky, Davy, Michael, and Peter, and much more. Listen to Part 1 of 2 below:
"Love's What I Want" is a bonus track on the Japanese CD release of Good Times!, which hit shelves in Japan yesterday. Written by Andy Partridge and produced by Andrew Sandoval, the song will also be available as a 7" (b/w another bonus track, "A Better World") when purchasing Good Times! on vinyl at Barnes & Noble this August.
UPDATE 3:30pm EST: Peter Thomas (of Elvis Costello & The Attractions) played drums on "Love's What I Want," despite not being officially credited.
Per Andrew Sandoval, the recording studio listed is incorrect.
Last night, The Monkees completed the 20th show of their (ever expanding) 50th Anniversary Tour in Salt Lake City, Utah. Opening in Fort Myers, Florida on May 18, the tour traveled along the East Coast visiting such cities as Atlanta, Charlotte, Boston, Philadelphia, Washington, D.C., and New York before moving north for a couple of dates in Canada. And then it was back to the States for stops in Cleveland, Grand Rapids, Louisville, Indianapolis, Salt Lake City, and more. Micky, Peter, the band, their staff, and crew will now enjoy an 11 day break before starting up again on June 28 in Dallas, Texas. Here's a photo from last evening's show in Salt Lake City:
Shortly after the tour commenced, The Monkees released their first new studio album since 1996, Good Times! Produced by Adam Schlesinger and featuring Micky Dolenz, Michael Nesmith, and Peter Tork (as well as Davy Jones, who is heard on the vault track "Love to Love"), it debuted at #14 on the Billboard 200 (their best showing since 1968) and was greeted with near unanimous positive reviews and fanfare. Despite not being on the road, Nesmith has participated in multiple television, print, and radio interviews in an effort to promote the album, and even appeared "live" in New York City via Skype to sing "Papa Gene's Blues."
With the mini-break approaching, Monkees archivist and the producer of the tour, Andrew Sandoval, took a moment on Facebook to spotlight all of those involved:
Andrew on Nez joining the current Monkees tour: "He is very, very interested in coming out with The Monkees and performing maybe more than one show..."
"Love's What I Want," written by Andy Partridge and featuring Bobby Hart on Vox organ, was produced by Andrew Sandoval during sessions for Good Times! It will be included as a bonus track on the Japanese CD release of the new album, and will also be available as a 7" (b/w "A Better World") when purchasing Good Times! on vinyl at Barnes & Noble this August.
After the show, Andrew Sandoval discussed the evening's events on Facebook:
Peter Tork sings "A Better World," which is an exclusive CD bonus song on The Monkees' new album available only at f.y.e. retail outlets and online. Written by Peter's brother, Nick, the song was produced by Andrew Sandoval. "A Better World" is also the b-side to another exclusive, a 7" single that accompanies vinyl purchases of Good Times! at Barnes and Noble. Two members of Peter's band Shoe Suede Blues, Joe Boyle and Sturgis Cunningham, play on the track.