Before the start of their extensive tour across North America, Micky, Davy, and Michael were guests on Glen Campbell's variety show on February 5, 1969. The trio performed "Last Train to Clarksville," "I'm a Believer," and "Salesman" live and lip-synced "Tear Drop City" (their brand new single at the time) after a series of comedy sketches. Those sketches are outrageously dated and a bit over the top, but it's still a fun watch and one of the few surviving pieces of footage of The Monkees as a trio in 1969. Plus, you get to catch a glimpse of Davy's ultra-cool customized Gretsch bass.
Jon Andersen directed two episodes of The Monkees, "The Christmas Show" and "The Wild Monkees," and was assistant director for a multitude of episodes throughout the first and second seasons, and for the movie Head.
The Monkees visited the historic Ryman Auditorium when they were guests on The Johnny Cash Show on July 19, 1969. The trio sang Michael Nesmith's "Nine Times Blue" in an appearance that was filmed earlier that May.
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.
Neil Diamond preps 50th Anniversary Tour of his own and plans to highlight songs he penned for The Monkees
Singer-songwriter Diane Hildebrand co-wrote some of The Monkees' most well-known songs. "Early Morning Blues and Greens" and "Your Auntie Grizelda" were composed by both Diane and Jack Keller. "Goin' Down," largely considered a Monkees classic, is a collaboration between the band and Diane. She released an album for Elektra Records in 1967, and continued writing songs throughout the 1970s. In 1968, Hildebrand contributed to Monkees Monthly in an article entitled "The Monkees Never Relax."
In these late 1989 episodes of the Headquarters radio program, Diane speaks with hosts Paris Stachtiaris and John Di Maio about her career in music, her relationship with The Monkees and the songs she wrote for the group, and much more.
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.
The Monkees Effect: Aussie Artists Pay Tribute To The Culture-Defining Band Ahead Of Their Australian Tour
Fans may recall the 1966 uber-hit "Last Train To Clarksville" as a bubbly, grinning jam with ‘Dos-dos’ and ‘oh-ohs’ to spare. But not anymore. Melbourne trio Woodlock have man-handled the track into a gritty, punctuated acoustic number with a hefty amount of stomping and clapping. Check it our for yourselves, alongside a gallery of the band in full studio action!
Woodlock are currently on tour, and will be playing "Last Train To Clarksville" and their new single "The Only Ones" at The Northcote Social Club this weekend.
Check out this ride down memory lane: Huey Lewis & The News, Madonna, David Lee Roth, Belinda Carlisle, Glass Tiger, and The Monkees...brings me back! MTV, Nick Rocks...the old days!
Former Mosquitos frontman Vance Brescia, who wrote The Monkees' 1986 Top 20 comeback hit "That Was Then, This Is Now," appears below in footage from a Monkees convention on August 9, 1987 in Teaneck, New Jersey, posing with a platinum record for the Then & Now...The Best of The Monkees compilation with Micky Dolenz and Peter Tork. Thanks to both Vance and Dana Cordero for their recent communications with the Live Almanac about this video footage!
On August 19, a Monkees tribute album led by Scott McCaughey and featuring members of R.E.M. and The Smithereens was released.