This weekend, Peter and Micky appeared at Wizard World Comic Con in St. Louis, Missouri to sign autographs and meet fans. The event also included a Q & A session:
Watch "The Fairy Tale" below, featuring Michael Nesmith's commentary:
And here's the episode with Peter Tork's commentary. This is Peter's favorite episode of The Monkees, and he raves about Michael's performance in it:
Thanks to @Trimco_wgins on Twitter who alerted the Live Almanac about the video below, courtesy of YouTube. And if you haven't seen it, don't forget to check out the official video for the second single from The Monkees' latest album, Good Times!, produced by Michael Nesmith's son, Jonathan, and Susan Holloway.
The post below was originally published on The Monkees Live Almanac on November 23, 2016. And now it's time! Micky Dolenz returns to 54 Below in New York City this weekend...
In the summer of 2015, Micky Dolenz debuted a new concert show at 54 Below in New York City that combined his love of Broadway and Rock & Roll. He returned later that fall after appearing on The Tonight Show with Jimmy Fallon, and a live album was issued by Broadway Records. It was announced today that Micky will once again be bringing the show to 54 Below early next year, and tickets are now available:
UPDATE: Micky's sister, Coco, will debut her own show at 54 Below on March 25, as announced this afternoon by Micky's official Facebook page:
The legendary Chuck Berry, guitarist, singer, and songwriter, passed away on March 18, 2017. Micky Dolenz sang Berry's "Johnny B. Goode" while auditioning for The Monkees in 1965.
Years later, Micky reimagined the song on his 2012 solo album, Remember:
In 1994 during the Together Again tour with Davy Jones, Micky performed another Berry classic, "Too Much Monkey Business." Here's a live recording of it, courtesy of the Live Almanac's YouTube channel:
One of several songs Peter wrote and recorded during sessions for The Birds, The Bees & The Monkees, "Tear the Top Right Off My Head" was relegated to the vaults in the late '60s, finally receiving an official release in 1991 on the Listen to the Band box set. I've always liked this song and feel it should have made the cut for the Birds album in 1968.
Lance Wakely, who played guitar and harmonica on the track, was a friend of Peter's from his days in Greenwich Village before The Monkees. He was also featured as a session musician on some of Peter's other early 1968 recordings, contributing guitar and bass to "Lady's Baby" and "Long Title: Do I Have To Do This All Over Again." Dewey Martin, who drums on "Tear the Top," was a member of Buffalo Springfield at the time.
Micky Dolenz also took a turn with a lead vocal for this song:
Andrew Sandoval discussed "Tear the Top Right Off My Head" in the liner notes of the 2010 deluxe edition release of The Birds, The Bees & The Monkees by Rhino Handmade:
"Tear The Top" was first previewed on the second season episode, "Hitting the High Seas."
It made its live debut during Micky and Peter's brief run of shows in 2015:
"As We Go Along" was first performed live on The Monkees' 1989 summer tour that visited the United States, Canada, and Japan. This audience recording, from the group's final show in Japan to date, was recorded at Kosei Nenkin Hall in Tokyo, a popular venue for concerts in that city that closed in 2010.
Here's a highlight from the Live Almanac's YouTube channel: a live version of "Salesman," a track from The Monkees' fourth LP, Pisces, Aquarius, Capricorn & Jones Ltd. It was most likely recorded during one of the shows at Budokan Hall in Tokyo, Japan on October 3 or 4, 1968. One of the concerts in Tokyo was filmed and later aired on Japanese television, complete with Japanese overdubs introducing each song.
Mike Nesmith: lead vocal/guitar; Micky Dolenz: drums/backing vocals; Davy Jones: bass; Peter Tork: keyboards
Japan experienced the first rebirth of The Monkees in the 1980s even before Micky, Davy, and Peter reunited for the mega-successful 20th Anniversary Tour of North America in 1986. When "Daydream Believer" was used in a Kodak commercial in Japan in 1980, Monkeemania was rekindled as the television show returned to the airwaves and Monkees albums were reissued, causing them to chart in that country once again. Demand for The Monkees was so high in Japan that Micky, Davy, and Peter all toured the country individually between 1981 and 1982, playing to near-hysterical audiences. Thanks to everyone at Written In Our Hearts for alerting fans to this YouTube footage from the early 1980s.
Micky and Davy discuss Peter's departure from The Monkees and his new group Release, music trends, their upcoming LP that ultimately became The Monkees Present, and more:
A backing track for Jeff Barry and Joey Levine's "Gotta Give It Time" was originally recorded in January 1967 and, 49 years later, it was finally given a vocal by Micky Dolenz (with backing vocals by Michael Nesmith) for The Monkees' 2016 album, Good Times! Andrew Sandoval discussed its original '67 attempt for an entry in his Day-By-Day book:
"...The studio musicians next settle in to recording Joey Levine's promising 'Gotta Give It Time,' not coincidentally co-written with today's session producer Jeff Barry. Only four takes are made of this garage-styled rock number, the final one being marked as the master. Had The Monkees ever completed the recording it could have been another '(I'm Not Your) Steppin' Stone.'"
Here's a homemade video for the song from YouTube, splicing "Gotta Give It Time" into the first season episode "The Chaperone":
Thank you to everyone for their continued support of this website, and for a wonderful 50th Anniversary celebration of The Monkees!
Thanks to Brian Sumner for filming this historic show, advertised as Michael Nesmith's final concert with The Monkees, and to Sherri Hansen for creating a playlist of the footage on YouTube. Enjoy!
In this video, Davey Lane puts his spin on the opening number from The Monkees' 1969 LP Instant Replay. For more Monkees covers by Australian artists, check out the link below:
The Monkees Effect: Aussie Artists Pay Tribute to the Culture-Defining Band Ahead of Their Australian Tour
Here's the fuzz guitar mono mix of the song from the Instant Replay deluxe edition: