A week before The Monkees was set to debut on NBC on September 12, 1966, Micky, Davy, Mike and Peter undertook a promotional tour that made stops in Chicago, Boston, New York and Los Angeles. The group was introduced to deejays, members of the press and record dealers. The Monkees' first single, "Last Train to Clarksville," had been released in August and was already quickly climbing the Billboard Hot 100 chart. The promotional tour was launched in Hollywood on September 1 with a private reception at Screen Gems. For the first time, The Monkees played briefly in front of an audience. The picture below comes from that event. It is not known which songs were played that day.