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.
Hey, Hey We're The Monkees premiered on the Disney Channel in late January 1997. The documentary includes interviews with all four Monkees. It was later made available on VHS, but has never been officially released on DVD or Blu-ray. Here's a sampling of interviews with The Monkees that didn't make the final cut.
Thanks to YouTube user Fuzzy Reflections for updating a romp from the first season episode "One Man Shy" so that it can feature "Terrifying," a (bonus) track from The Monkees' new album, Good Times! There's little I'd change about Good Times!, but it's hard for me to understand how "Terrifying" didn't make the standard release.
You can download "Terrifying" on iTunes or Amazon.
On July 23, 2011, five years ago now, Davy Jones gave his last performance as a member of The Monkees. The concert, held in Milwaukee, Wisconsin at the Marcus Amphitheater, was the final stop on the group's successful 45th Anniversary World Tour. Sadly, Davy passed away on February 29, 2012.
Thank you very much to Sherri Hansen for sharing previously unseen video footage from that show, which can be viewed below. Sherri has a few other items related to this historic performance that she's going to submit to the Live Almanac a little later, but for now, enjoy:
Check out this video that was just published on The Monkees' official YouTube channel:
On April 28, Rolling Stone unveiled the first new Monkees single since 1987, "She Make Me Laugh."
It was quickly followed by "You Bring the Summer" on May 2. An animated video for the song, directed by Jonathan Nesmith and Susan Holloway, premiered on Entertainment Weekly's website on June 21.
The third single to date, "Me & Magdalena," was released on YouTube on May 19.
What does everyone think should be the next single from the album?
By the way, my web hosting service has removed the "Poll" feature from its blog options (frustratingly, I might add), and it was my intention to make this the next polling question. For now, and while I search for a new app to fix this issue, please share your thoughts by leaving a comment!
UPDATE: I have found a new polling option! Take a moment to vote in the new poll asking what should be the next single from Good Times! (located in the blog sidebar to the right).
This is a must watch interview with Bob Rafelson that was filmed for the Criterion Collection release of Head in 2010. Rafelson starts at the beginning, talking about the audition process that led to the selection of Micky Dolenz, Davy Jones, Michael Nesmith, and Peter Tork, all the way through the making of the movie Head in 1968.
Be sure to take a moment to watch the excellent new video for "You Bring the Summer," which was directed by Michael Nesmith's son, Jonathan, and Susan Holloway. Jonathan and Susan also produced the video packages seen on the big screen during the 2014 Monkees Tour.
And of course, the "Circle Sky" live sequence for the movie Head was filmed at Valley Music Center in Salt Lake City in May 1968:
Created by Carlos Boellinger and featuring footage from The Monkees' TV show, take a look at this unofficial video for "Birth of an Accidental Hipster," a song from The Monkees' new album, Good Times! It's a really fun watch.
A fan on YouTube created this video featuring footage from the second season episode "Monkees in Paris" paired with the fast version of "Me & Magdalena," a bonus track from The Monkees' brand new album Good Times!
This evening, Monkees.com emailed the following message about the forthcoming Monkees Blu-ray package that was scheduled for a June 24 release:
The Blu-ray set was first announced by Rhino on September 8, 2015 with a street date of January 29, 2016. On January 12, 2016, Rhino pushed back the release date for the first time to April 29, 2016 but later announced on April 14 that the set would be delayed until June. Rhino's John Hughes commented on the third postponement on the Zilch Facebook page:
"Love's What I Want," written by Andy Partridge and featuring Bobby Hart on Vox organ, was produced by Andrew Sandoval during sessions for Good Times! It will be included as a bonus track on the Japanese CD release of the new album, and will also be available as a 7" (b/w "A Better World") when purchasing Good Times! on vinyl at Barnes & Noble this August.