The Monkees performed five shows in front of packed houses at Wembley Pool in London in late June/early July 1967. In the article below, check out Michael's comments on how he thinks The Monkees TV program will live on, The Beatles, and his thoughts on the "Valleri"/"Tapioca Tundra" single.
Earlier this week, Nez appeared on Vicki Abelson's program on Conversations Radio. Here's the audio of the broadcast:
Magnetic South was the first solo album released by Michael Nesmith after his departure from The Monkees. Arriving in June 1970, the LP featured The First National Band: Red Rhodes (pedal steel), John Ware (drums), and John London (bass). It was the first in a trilogy of albums by the group, containing brand new material along with many songs that were recorded during the Monkees era but ultimately passed over for release on Monkees albums. Tracks like "Calico Girlfriend," "Nine Times Blue," "Little Red Rider," and "Hollywood" were re-recorded and reinterpreted during sessions for Magnetic South.
The first single, "Little Red Rider," failed to chart, but "Joanne" became a hit, peaking at #21 on the Billboard Hot 100. Despite this success, Magnetic South would only reach #143 on the Billboard Top LPs chart.
Loose Salute followed in late 1970, and the trilogy was completed with Nevada Fighter in 1971.
Note the dedications made by Nez on the back cover: to his fellow Monkees, Lester Sill, Bert Schneider, Jack Nicholson, and Mimi. The "Tomorrow Man" is thought to be a sly reference to Don Kirshner, who was producing a group named Toomorrow at the time (which featured Olivia Newton-John as one of its members).
Last year, Monkees fans voted Magnetic South as their favorite Nesmith solo album.
As always, thanks a lot to Ben Belmares for providing the front and back cover images, along with the labels, that are seen above!
Thanks to Rosemary Reedman for submitting this article that was originally published in the April 20, 1968 issue of Britain's Disc and Music Echo.
This article was originally published in the September 1967 issue of Monkee Spectacular.
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..."
After the show, Andrew Sandoval discussed the evening's events on Facebook:
Yesterday, Michael Nesmith announced that he will be appearing with The Monkees via Skype during this evening's concert at Town Hall in New York City. Michael will join Micky, Peter, and the band for a live performance of "Papa Gene's Blues." Nez posted the following on Facebook earlier today:
In a message posted to his Facebook page minutes ago, Michael discussed his song "I Know What I Know" from The Monkees' new album, Good Times! Nez also made a surprise announcement: he will be appearing with The Monkees' via Skype during Wednesday evening's concert at Town Hall in New York City. Michael will join Micky, Peter, and the band for a live performance of "Papa Gene's Blues." Read his below message for more details!
In this interview with Steve Earle, Michael talks about The Monkees' new album, Good Times!, The First National Band, Red Rhodes, and much, much more. And if you are a SiriusXM subscriber, the conversation with Nez is available on demand.
UPDATE June 8: Listen to the audio of the interview below, which was recently shared on Facebook by a Monkees fan: