This article was originally published in the Vancouver Sun after The Monkees' performance at the Pacific Coliseum in Vancouver, BC, Canada on March 29, 1969:
While you won’t hear Tork and Dolenz...singing their hits, Wizard World offers you the chance to enjoy the Monkees in their natural habitat, entertaining an audience. According to the event’s website, www.wizardworld.com, “A Conversation with Micky Dolenz & Peter Tork of the Monkees” will take place March 19 at 11:30 a.m.
"I’m always thinking and working on stuff. I get offers and I’m doing my 'Little Bit Broadway, Little Bit Rock and Roll' show in New York again at the end of March [at 54 Below, under the old Studio 54 location]. We’re talking about another Monkee project. Nothing to announce at this point, but it’s in the air because this year is the 50th anniversary of our first real tour. So there’ll be stuff going on this summer and fall and then, well you just never know."
The editor of Monkees Monthly penned this piece for the September 1969 issue, which was also its last.
Peter Tork on his fellow Monkees:
“Well, I’ve never been really close with Michael [Nesmith] for some reason. You know, I have a lot of respect for him and admiration. But somehow we’ve never integrated. We’ve never been warm with each other. We worked together and did pretty well at it really. But Micky on the other hand, I enjoy hugely. We have some very good times together. We laugh a lot. We pay attention to what each other is doing on stage and so there’s communication there. Micky’s always been a lot of fun.” Tork then shares a warm sentiment on his late friend, Davy Jones, who passed away at age 66 back in 2012. “Who I miss is Davy of course. Davy is the guy who…I’ve always said I loved, liked and respected [the band members] in different proportions but Davy actually kinda got my heart.”
Micky and Peter talk about their friendship with The Beatles, and Ringo Starr in particular:
Both Monkees seem to agree on their favorite Beatle: “I would say by far the person I spent the most time with probably would have been Ringo,” Dolenz shares. “He moved out to L.A. and spent a lot of time there in the 70’s and we had a lot of mutual friends like Harry Nilsson, the singer/songwriter. I also spent time with John and Paul.” Tork is quick to share on his affection for good old Ringo: “He is my favorite Beatle. It truly was Ringo that I found to be the most open and human.”
The Monkees performed at Public Hall in Cleveland, Ohio on January 15, 1967. Flip later reported that Michael Nesmith tossed his green wool hat into the audience during this performance.
This article, from the July/August 1997 issue of Experience Hendrix (The Official Jimi Hendrix Magazine), goes into depth on the pairing of The Monkees with the Jimi Hendrix Experience during The Monkees' 1967 summer tour. Featuring remarks from Peter Tork, Micky Dolenz, Michael Nesmith, Chas Chandler (who managed Hendrix), and Dick Clark (who promoted the tour), it's one of the most detailed accounts of this unique period in Monkees history.
David Price was a friend of Michael Nesmith's before The Monkees. He later became a stand-in for Davy Jones on the set of The Monkees' TV show, and he also traveled with the group during their concert tours. Beyond numerous cameos on the show as an extra, you can also spot David playing drums during "Little Darlin'" on the 1969 Monkees television special, 33 1/3 Revolutions Per Monkee.
In 1969, Price became a member of the band Blue Mountain Eagle. The group released a lone album for Atlantic Records in 1970 (which is available on Amazon). He was seen in pictures taken at the private memorial for Davy Jones held at Samantha Juste's house after Davy passed away in 2012.
In this article, from the June 1967 issue of Tiger Beat, Price recalls the trip Mike and his wife, Phyllis, made to London in early February 1967.
This article is a time capsule on the state of The Monkees heading into what turned out to be the very challenging year of 1969 for the group. Davy talks about the lack of success of their most recent singles and why he thinks they underperformed. He also discusses 33 1/3 Revolutions Per Monkee (which had yet to air), songwriting (including Micky's "Mommy and Daddy"), what he thinks their 1969 tour should encompass, and much more.
Jerry Blavat, "The Geator with The Heater" and "The Boss with the Hot Sauce," is a longtime disc jockey and Philadelphia icon who appeared in the second season episode, "Some Like It Lukewarm."
Broadway Records Announces the Return of Micky Dolenz: A LITTLE BIT OF BROADWAY, A LITTLE BIT OF ROCK N' ROLL at Feinstein's/54 Below
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