Check out this great group of ladies who traveled from Japan to see The Monkees live in concert this past weekend at the Moore Theatre in Seattle, Washington. Their guest appearance during "You Bring the Summer" was a big hit!
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.
Whether in the show proper or at soundcheck, "Birth of an Accidental Hipster" is a showstopper! And Peter's banjo is a much welcomed addition. I almost wish it was featured in the studio version.
Ann Moses was the editor of Tiger Beat from 1966 – 1972, writing countless stories about The Monkees during their heyday. Ann also acted as Hollywood Correspondent to Britain's New Musical Express from 1968 - 1971. She has visited with The Monkees backstage during their most recent tours, and had the opportunity to interview Monkees archivist and tour producer Andrew Sandoval before Micky and Michael performed in Phoenix, Arizona last week. Andrew talks about The Monkees' 50th Anniversary, the current tour, and much more. Be sure to visit Ann on the web, too!
Happy belated birthday to Monkees touring bassist John Billings, who celebrated the big 5-0 this past Friday in Los Angeles before The Monkees took the stage at the Pantages Theatre. Video is courtesy of his fellow band member, Dave Alexander.
Please note that this post is being constantly updated with new video footage.
Last night, The Monkees performed to a sold out audience at the Pantages Theatre in Los Angeles, where Michael Nesmith made his stated final concert appearance with the group. Thanks a lot to Sherri Hansen for submitting photographs of the set list:
Here's a couple of videos that feature over a half hour of footage from the show:
The Monkees make their way to the stage at the start of the show:
"You Bring the Summer," "Listen to the Band," and "What Am I Doing Hangin' 'Round?":
"You Just May Be the One," "You Told Me," "Birth of an Accidental Hipster," and "Goin' Down":
Large portions of last night's concert were streamed live on The Monkees Tour Facebook page, and it is currently archived there.
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:
The Monkees Effect: Aussie Artists Pay Tribute To The Culture-Defining Band Ahead Of Their Australian Tour
Fans may recall the 1966 uber-hit "Last Train To Clarksville" as a bubbly, grinning jam with ‘Dos-dos’ and ‘oh-ohs’ to spare. But not anymore. Melbourne trio Woodlock have man-handled the track into a gritty, punctuated acoustic number with a hefty amount of stomping and clapping. Check it our for yourselves, alongside a gallery of the band in full studio action!
Woodlock are currently on tour, and will be playing "Last Train To Clarksville" and their new single "The Only Ones" at The Northcote Social Club this weekend.
Earlier this 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 the show, and Nez subbed for him. "Me & Magdalena" and "Birth of an Accidental Hipster," two songs from The Monkees' new album Good Times!, made their live concert debut. Here's the set list, courtesy of Andrew Sandoval:
Here's a further breakdown of the set list in Tucson, courtesy of Chris Coyle:
Last Train to Clarksville
Papa Gene's Blues
She Makes Me Laugh
The Girl I Knew Somewhere (Michael lead vocal)
Saturday's Child (without Michael)
She (without Michael)
A Little Bit Me, A Little Bit You (without Michael)
Sometime in the Morning (segues into...)
Me & Magdalena
For Pete's Sake (without Michael)
Randy Scouse Git (without Michael)
You Bring the Summer
Listen to the Band
What Am I Doing Hangin' 'Round?
Porpoise Song (without Michael)
You Just May Be the One
You Told Me (jam into...)
Birth of an Accidental Hipster
Goin' Down (without Michael)
That Was Then, This Is Now (without Michael)
Tapioca Tundra (Michael solo)
Pleasant Valley Sunday
I'm a Believer
And finally, Nez performs "Tapioca Tundra" solo:
Check out this ride down memory lane: Huey Lewis & The News, Madonna, David Lee Roth, Belinda Carlisle, Glass Tiger, and The Monkees...brings me back! MTV, Nick Rocks...the old days!
Former Mosquitos frontman Vance Brescia, who wrote The Monkees' 1986 Top 20 comeback hit "That Was Then, This Is Now," appears below in footage from a Monkees convention on August 9, 1987 in Teaneck, New Jersey, posing with a platinum record for the Then & Now...The Best of The Monkees compilation with Micky Dolenz and Peter Tork. Thanks to both Vance and Dana Cordero for their recent communications with the Live Almanac about this video footage!
On August 19, a Monkees tribute album led by Scott McCaughey and featuring members of R.E.M. and The Smithereens was released.
Micky is in the UK for International Beatleweek...
Here's WWE personality The Miz starring in a new ad for Domino's Pizza, featuring a quick Monkees mention. Thanks to Rick Quetta for the heads up!
On Saturday night, the Egyptian Theatre in Hollywood hosted a special event honoring The Monkees' 50th Anniversary, screening four episodes of The Monkees television series (from the new masters). A Q&A discussion with Micky Dolenz also took place and was hosted by Illeana Douglas. The episodes shown were "Monkee vs. Machine," "Monkees Get Out More Dirt," "The Devil and Peter Tork," and "The Frodis Caper." Both Andrew Sandoval and Rhino's John Hughes were also in attendance and later joined Micky onstage during the Q&A session.