A big thanks to Daniel Coston for sharing his Monkees concert photos with the Live Almanac. Here's three from Micky and Peter's appearance in Atlanta, Georgia on May 21, 2016.
Over the last few weeks, longtime Monkees fan Jennifer Winkle has been sharing with the Live Almanac her rich collection of photos from Monkees concerts going all the way back to 2001. Jennifer has taken some great photos, and you'll be seeing them here on the blog and elsewhere over the coming months. Here's two from The Monkees' show at the Beacon Theatre in New York City on December 2, the last night of the 2012 tour.
A new page has been added to The Monkees Live Almanac website, chronicling The Monkees' appearance at the Pantages Theatre in Los Angeles, California this past September, which Michael Nesmith said would be his last with the group. The essay examines Michael's history with The Monkees since the group's revival in 1986 as well as the Pantages concert itself.
I'd like to say a big thank you to Sherri Hansen who provided most of the photos you will see on the page (with more on the way to be added at a later date). A shout-out as well to Elliott Marx, who shared his wonderful audience recording of the show on SoundCloud, and to all the fans who uploaded their video footage to YouTube. Please enjoy - and I welcome any feedback.
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.
Monkees archivist Andrew Sandoval produced this year's 50th Anniversary Tour. Today on Facebook, he took a moment to reflect on the shows and more:
Micky Dolenz & Peter Tork played close to 50 different songs over the past 7 months, across 66 concerts in four countries (covering 30 of the 50 United States, Canada, New Zealand & Australia). We were joined by Michael Nesmith for four tremendous shows, one of which I think was maybe the best concert I have ever seen The Monkees perform.
This year, The Monkees had a new album called Good Times! that was a Top 20 charting album in the United States, United Kingdom and Australia. This just blows my mind.
I have been proud to present The Monkees in concert for 160 shows from 2011-2016: the group's longest period of continuous activity since the 1960's.
We owe a great debt to our fantastic band: Wayne Avers, John Billings, Rich Dart, Gemma Dolenz & David Alexander. This year, we were blessed by having such wonderful guest musicians as David Robicheau, Vance Brescia & Felipe Torres.
Our tremendous crew pulled off a consistently great production. Thank you to Tim Iseler, Chip Auchincloss, Austin Becker & Sabrina Rush. We were helped immeasurably on a number of dates by Guy T. Koepp, Martin Garneret, Francis Sapienza, Noamme Elisha, Dave Butterworth & Matt Littlejohn. Special thanks to Scott Gawlik for his work on our videos and live concert filming.
Lastly, my extra special thanks to everyone who came to "watch us sing and play" in this wonderful five year period. Your support, trust and love have made it all possible.
Michael Nesmith recorded his 1978 album, Live at The Palais, at this venue in 1977:
Peter and Micky perform in Shippensburg, Pennsylvania (Photos by Jennifer Winkle)
On Wednesday evening, Micky Dolenz, Michael Nesmith, and the band performed in Tucson, Arizona at the Fox Tucson Theatre. Because of a family emergency Peter Tork was unable to make that show and was also forced to miss tonight's performance in Phoenix, Arizona at the Mesa Arts Center. As a result, Michael subbed for Peter on both nights. Here's the Phoenix set list (Michael's copy), courtesy of Sherri Hansen:
Here's a photo from last night's show, the first ever Monkees concert to feature a Dolenz/Nesmith duo! Thanks to Chanda Miller.
"Birth of an Accidental Hipster"!
And Nez with his iconic Gretsch:
For the first time ever, Micky Dolenz and Michael Nesmith will comprise The Monkees when the duo and the band appear this evening in Tucson, Arizona at the Fox Tucson Theatre. Because of a family emergency, Peter Tork is unable to perform in Tucson or tomorrow in Phoenix, and Michael Nesmith agreed to substitute for Peter at both shows.
The Monkees' 50th Anniversary Tour commenced on May 18 but has featured only Dolenz and Tork. Nesmith, however, has joined along at various other events this year, including an interview for CBS Sunday Morning, a SiriusXM Town Hall, and a radio guest spot in Louisville, Kentucky. He also "appeared" with Micky and Peter in New York City on June 1 via Skype, performing "Papa Gene's Blues," and popped in for the encore performance in Monterey, California on August 5. And of course, The Monkees' first album of all new material since 1996, Good Times!, features all three surviving members of the group.
Over the years, The Monkees have experienced several variations in their lineup. In late 1968, Peter departed leaving Micky, Davy, and Michael to carry on. Nez eventually followed suit in early 1970, resulting in the duo of Dolenz and Jones. In 1986, Dolenz, Jones, and Tork reunited for The Monkees' 20th Anniversary and continued to perform on and off as a trio through 2011. Peter and Davy even toured Australia in 1986 and 1987 while Micky and Davy joined forces in 2002. During all that time, Nesmith joined his bandmates for various projects and appearances in the '80s and '90s, but when Davy died on February 29, 2012, a new incarnation of The Monkees arose, with Micky, Michael, and Peter performing live as a trio for tours in 2012, 2013, and 2014. Nez stayed off the road in the summer and fall of 2015 when Micky and Peter decided to test the waters, and that duo has represented The Monkees onstage ever since.
So, tonight should be interesting. I hope to have a set list for everyone after the show, and will keep an eye on YouTube for video footage from tonight and tomorrow's events. And finally, The Monkees Live Almanac would like to extend its best wishes to Peter and his family, and look forward to his return!