After a couple of years of being semi-retired musically, Micky Dolenz toured Japan in January 1982. The Monkees had experienced a massive revival there when "Daydream Believer" was used in a television commercial in 1980. A new Dolenz single, "To Be Or Not To Be," was released in Japan during that time to coincide with his solo appearances. And now, all these years later, 7a Records is planning to issue a live CD and DVD from the tour! Keep checking back for more updates.
Check out this great group of ladies who traveled from Japan to see The Monkees live in concert this past weekend at the Moore Theatre in Seattle, Washington. Their guest appearance during "You Bring the Summer" was a big hit!
The Monkees, Head, and the 60s by author Peter Mills will be available in print and electronic editions from Jawbone Press on October 25 in the United States. (It is already for sale in the UK.) You can pre-order at both Amazon US and Amazon UK.
The Monkees Live Almanac would like to thank both Mr. Mills and Tom Seabrook of Jawbone Press for allowing fans to have an early glimpse at the book!
As promised, Micky, Peter, and the band were joined by Death Cab For Cutie's Ben Gibbard during last night's show at the Moore Theatre in Seattle, Washington. They performed "Me & Magdalena," Ben's stellar contribution to The Monkees' latest album, Good Times!
Ben hung around to take lead vocals on "Look Out (Here Comes Tomorrow)" - which can also be seen in the video above - and returned for "Pleasant Valley Sunday" and "I'm a Believer" in the encore:
UPDATE: The Monkees Tour Twitter account posted the following footage of The Monkees rehearsing "Me & Magdalena" with Ben Gibbard:
The Cactus Channel Feat. Laneous – "Can You Dig It"
The Monkees’ 1968 hit "Can You Dig It" was a sprawling affair. Multiple layers of instrumentals which took the listener on a trip around the world. Surely it was no easy task for North Carlton crew The Cactus Channel to take on, but the small crowd of musicians make it look effortless.
The already big jam was made even bigger with the 11-piece’s rendition. Historically, the band are an instrumental act, recruiting singers for special occasions. Previously, they’ve tagged the artist formally known as Chet Faker and they’re currently working on a release with Ball Park Music’s Sam Cromack. This time, they’ve teamed up with Brisbane native Laneous.
The band got special assistance from the team at Hopestreet Recordings, to make the below feat possible.
Last night The Monkees performed another show at Chinook Winds Casino Resort in Lincoln, Oregon. At Friday's concert, Peter and Micky debuted their version of "Me & Magdalena," and it returned to the set during Saturday evening's show. The song had previously been performed live with Michael Nesmith, who sang the lead vocal on the Good Times! studio version, at concerts in Arizona and California last week.
In the footage below, it seems Micky announces to the crowd that Ben Gibbard (guitarist and lead singer of Death Cab For Cutie), who wrote the song, will perform it with The Monkees at tonight's show in Seattle, Washington.
Whether in the show proper or at soundcheck, "Birth of an Accidental Hipster" is a showstopper! And Peter's banjo is a much welcomed addition. I almost wish it was featured in the studio version.
On October 1 at The Kessler Theater in Dallas, Texas, Michael Nesmith will be presented with the Video Association of Dallas' Ernie Kovacs Award. Visit the link below if you are interested in taking part in the festivities surrounding the event.
Last night The Monkees appeared in Lincoln, Oregon at Chinook Winds Casino Resort. Peter and Micky performed "Me & Magdalena" for the first time without Michael. It's a little rough around the edges, but will likely continue to be a highlight in the duo's live set: