Before The Monkees' explosive 20th Anniversary Reunion Tour throughout North America in 1986, Davy Jones and Peter Tork performed concerts in Australia earlier that year, playing to full houses and enthusiastic audiences. I have a couple of audience recordings from this tour, and it reminds me that I should attempt to digitize them for the Live Almanac's YouTube channel. Davy and Peter returned to Australia as a duo a year later. Monkee Business Fanzine documented these shows in its June 1987 issue with this overview by Anne O'Reilly:
Micky Dolenz was once an avid polo player, and this article from the September 1990 issue of Monkee Business Fanzine (written by Vickie Barnhill) takes a look at Micky playing in a polo match at Chicago's Oak Brook Polo Club on June 3, 1990.
The monumental gathering of Monkees fans in Philadelphia on August 1-3, 1986 was a culmination of the stready growth of smaller, more intimate Monkees conventions since the late 1970s. This sold-out event, hosted by Monkee Business Fanzine editor Maggie McManus and Monkees collector Ed Reilly, and emceed by longtime fan Fred Velez, attracted Davy, Micky, and Peter during the height of The Monkees' 20th Anniversary Tour. Two sold-out shows at Philly's Mann Music Center capped off the event.
Anyone else remember watching this when it first aired? Check out the video below, from my old VHS collection and now available on the Live Almanac's YouTube channel!
This article, written by Monkee Business Fanzine editor Maggie McManus, was published in the March 2002 issue of MBF, which proved to be the penultimate issue. Maggie reveals how Donna and Micky met, the impact 9/11 had on their relationship, and more. On a side note, I'd like to say thank you to both Donna and Micky for their support of the Live Almanac!
Then & Now...The Best of The Monkees was later certified platinum in January 1987.
After releasing Justus, an album of all-new material in late 1996, The Monkees began work on an original one-hour prime time TV special in January 1997, and it eventually aired in the United States on ABC on February 17, 1997. This article, from the March 1997 issue of Monkee Business Fanzine and written by MBF editor Maggie McManus, details the genesis and filming of the television special, the group's first since 1969's 33 1/3 Revolutions Per Monkee.
Last year, it was great fun covering in real time the release of Good Times!, the first new Monkees album since 1996's Justus.
The widespread use of the internet was still a relative novelty in '96 when Justus arrived, and it was up to the traditional outlets to provide the extensive, in-depth coverage of the latest Monkees happenings. There was no greater source of Monkees news and information at that time than Monkee Business Fanzine and its editor Maggie McManus.
Scanning these pages from the December 1996 issue of MBF proved quite nostalgic. I was a junior in college when Justus hit record shops in October 1996. After my 9:30 am class that day, I purchased the CD at the town's music store. The campus bookstore carried Goldmine magazine, and if I'm remembering correctly, I had read their stellar review of Justus prior to purchasing it.
This MBF article provided early sales figures, initial reviews, and much more about the album. Enjoy, and as always, a big thanks to Maggie McManus!
Reviews for Justus were less enthusiastic in comparison with those for Good Times!:
The March 1997 issue of Monkee Business Fanzine provided an update on Justus sales figures and more:
Chip Douglas was the producer of The Monkees' two most acclaimed albums, Headquarters and Pisces, Aquarius, Capricorn & Jones Ltd., along with some of their best single sides, including "Daydream Believer," "Goin' Down," "Pleasant Valley Sunday," "Words," and "The Girl I Knew Somewhere." The December 1995 issue of Monkee Business Fanzine covered Chip's latest projects, including an album he produced for Australian band Deep End. Chip is also interviewed by Colin Sherwood about his days with The Monkees.
Here's an outtake from the 1969 photo session that produced the Cash Box ad seen above. It was first published in the December 2000 issue of Monkee Business Fanzine. Monkees stand-ins and associates Ric Klein (left) and David Pearl (right) lend assistance.
After a triumphant visit to the United Kingdom in early 1989 that was defined by sold-out venues, rave reviews, and two performances at the Royal Albert Hall in London, The Monkees conducted a summer tour of the United States and Japan in the summer of 1989. Their third US tour in three years was marred by reported friction between band members, a long-term strategic plan that was abandoned, and lower attendance figures in comparison to the 1986 and 1987 US tours. In the September 1989 issue of Monkee Business Fanzine, Maggie McManus reported on the state of Monkees affairs:
"Star Collector" was a longtime feature in Monkee Business Fanzine. Monkees collector and author Ed Reilly would break down a wide range of Monkees memorabilia, including everything from toys, trading cards, records, and much more. In this column, Ed examines items from the United Kingdom, including the Monkees Monthly publication, Monkees annuals, solo Monkees releases, and more.
After browsing through my back issues, I'm excited to present this interview with Michael Nesmith that appeared in the June 1989 issue of Monkee Business Fanzine, which, of course, was published by Maggie McManus from 1977-2002. Music journalist and New York Times bestselling writer Ken Sharp spoke to Nez while promoting Tapeheads, a movie he produced in 1988 that starred John Cusack and Tim Robbins. Sharp talks to Michael about his solo career, the 1989 compilation The Newer Stuff, music videos, heavy metal, his company Pacific Arts, reuniting with The Monkees onstage in 1986, the 1968 Nashville sessions, recording "The Girl I Knew Somewhere," and much, much more. Nez also reimagines The Monkees' lineup as a band, which includes discussion of Peter as the drummer and Micky as the bassist. Enjoy!
I'm often asked to scan and archive complete issues of Monkee Business Fanzine. That's a tall order, but I have highlighted pieces from MBF in the past. For now, here are twelve pages from the September 1986 issue, covering the latest Monkees news during the mania of the 20th Anniversary Tour, along with a report from the 1986 Philadelphia convention. Maggie McManus - thank you!
This article, written by Monkee Business Fanzine editor Maggie McManus and published in the September 1997 issue, focuses on Micky's artwork that was showcased on both The Monkees' 1996 and 1997 summer tours.
This article, examining the 1989 reunion concert featuring all four Monkees, was written by Cyndi J. Griggs and appeared in the September 1989 issue of Monkee Business Fanzine.