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.
Ric Klein reports on The Monkees' 1967 summer tour: Brian Jones, The Beatles, Wembley, Jimi Hendrix, and more
Ric Klein was Micky's stand-in on The Monkees television show and can be seen frequently in the background or as an extra on the series. Ric also acted as stage manager for The Monkees when the group was on tour in the '60s, and was the best man when Micky married Samantha Juste in July 1968. He co-wrote "Bye Bye Baby Bye Bye" with Micky, too, a song that appeared on The Monkees Present album in 1969.
Peter talks about Jimi Hendrix, the 50th Anniversary Tour, Good Times! and more:
Thanks to John Wilson for sending along an article from his personal archives about The Monkees and Jimi Hendrix. Hendrix, of course, opened for The Monkees on seven dates of their 1967 summer concert tour. This piece originally appeared in The Gainesville Sun in September 1990. (Hendrix played two dates with The Monkees in Florida that summer.)
Speaking of John, he recently acted as a guest author for the Live Almanac, writing about The Monkees and their place in the Los Angeles music scene of the 1960s. It received nearly 1,500 likes on Facebook before I recently updated the URL for this website, causing previous stats to be wiped. Thanks, John, for your contribution!
David Price was a friend of Mike's before The Monkees and was Davy's stand-in on The Monkees TV show. 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. Price was a constant companion of the group during the 1960s, and he recently made some comments on Facebook regarding Jimi Hendrix and The Monkees on tour in 1967. A big thanks to Kevin Schmid for passing this along to the Live Almanac!
In this clip (circa late 1989/1990), MTV VJ Adam Curry introduces a brief interview with Peter, who talks about his initial impressions of Jimi Hendrix at the Monterey Pop Festival and more.
Michael talks about a lot of topics in this interview, including the movies Tapeheads, Square Dance, and Repo Man; The Monkees; his days at the Troubadour in the 1960s; Linda Ronstadt; hanging out with The Beatles; Jimi Hendrix; and much more. Michael's comments on The Beatles and Hendrix are a fun listen...those remarks start at 8:23.
Bassist Bobby Dick was a member of the 1960s music group, The Sundowners, who opened for The Monkees (along with Jimi Hendrix and Lynne Randell) on their 1967 summer tour. In this two-part interview from the Headquarters radio program (originally airing on August 18 and September 1, 1988), Bobby talks about his days with The Sundowners, touring with Jimi Hendrix, and what it was like being on the road with The Monkees in 1967.
This piece comes from Harold Bronson's book, Hey, Hey, We're The Monkees. For easier reading, click on each image to enlarge.
"I was talking to Jimi while I was just learning vibrato on the guitar. I had learned to "pull" vibrato, but you can't pull on the first string, so you have to learn to "push" vibrato. I was saying to Jimi, "I'm just beginning to get that push vibrato." He said, "Yeah, you push against the weight of the guitar." And my eyes lit up. "Mother of God, that's how he does it!"
So you have to push and be conscious of the weight of what you're pushing against, not just pushing the string. There's nothing more annoying than somebody who has "panic vibrato," when they shake their fingers as hard as they can. Panic vibrato is the most annoying, unmusical thing you can think of. Hendrix's vibrato was so engaging, and it involved you and it was earth-shaking. When he said, "You work against the weight of the guitar," suddenly I was pushing stuff around in a big way. That was a wonderful clue."
This comes from Harold Bronson's book, Hey, Hey, We're The Monkees. For easier reading, click on the image below and then click on it again.