In late 1980, Peter formed a band called The New Monks. On February 13, 1981, they recorded a single, "Steppin' Stone"/"Higher and Higher." The 45 was eventually released on the Claude's Music Works label, named after Peter's then-manager Claude Hayn. Thanks a lot to Ben Belmares for sharing the scans of his single!
Note the gentleman behind Peter is wearing a Pacific Arts T-shirt. Pacific Arts, of course, was Michael Nesmith's production company that he led from the late 1970s through the 1990s.
The Monkees and their band performed "I'm a Believer" on The Tonight Show with Jay Leno on June 17, 1996. Davy, Micky, and Peter spoke with Leno afterwards and announced the release of The Monkees' 1996 album, Justus.
Peter is seen below playing his Guild acoustic guitar during filming of the second season episode "Hitting the High Seas." This is also the same guitar Peter used during sessions for the Pisces, Aquarius, Capricorn & Jones Ltd. album. Peter's Guild guitar was purchased in Nashville, Tennessee in 1967, and he's had it refinished several times since acquiring it.
Today marks the 50th Anniversary of the recording of "Your Auntie Grizelda, " Peter Tork's lone showcase on The Monkees' second album, More of The Monkees. The song was recorded at American Recording Company on Ventura Boulevard in Studio City, California on October 14, 1966, and Andrew Sandoval wrote about the session (which also included work on "Hold on Girl") in his book, The Monkees: The Day-by-Day Story of the '60s TV Pop Sensation:
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’ was about, ‘We’ll get along, and be happy.’ And we represent that, even on stage. As entertainers, that’s our job. And it’s a very good job, if you ask me.”
“Michael joins us when he wants to and has reasons for it and all of that is all right. That’s just Michael being Michael – we don’t fault him for it or go into ecstasy over it. We work together when we work together. We’re all on each other’s sides.”
Michael Nesmith to substitute for Peter Tork on upcoming Monkees dates in Arizona due to family emergency
Earlier this evening, this message appeared on Peter's official Facebook page: