The Monkees Live Almanac website debuted online on July 4, 2011. At the time, Micky, Davy and Peter were on tour in the United States celebrating the band's 45th Anniversary. In the year since the site's first birthday, Monkees fans have mourned the loss of Davy Jones. And then Micky, Mike and Peter reunited for a brief tour to celebrate Davy and the group's legacy. On the Live Almanac's second birthday today, fans are eagerly anticipating more Monkee business as Micky, Mike and Peter prepare to launch a new summer tour on July 15 and await the release of The Monkees Present deluxe edition in August.
Over the course of the past year, the Live Almanac website has broadened to include revised and expanded tour summaries, listings of tour dates (thanks to Malcolm Searles), a new Instruments & Gear page, and a more active blog that is usually updated several times daily. I gave my best attempt to live blog the 2012 tour, an event that continued to expand the traffic the website experiences. I am continually amazed at the amount of visits the site receives daily, and the recent unveiling of the Gear page provided the most one day traffic since the kickoff of the 2012 tour.
The blog is by far the most visited area on the Live Almanac site. The homepage is the second. After that, the following pages have been frequented the most in the last year:
1. 2012 Monkees Tour
2. 1969 North American Tour
3. 1967 American/British Tour
5. 1966-1967 North American Tour
6. 1986 20th Anniversary Tour
7. 1968 Australia/Japan Tour
8. 2011 45th Anniversary World Tour
9. 1966 Promotional Tour
10. Head (Original Motion Picture Concert)
The top 3 most viewed categories in the blog since last July are the following:
1. Michael Nesmith (pushed by his recent spring solo tour)
2. 2012 Monkees Tour
3. Monkees Present Deluxe Edition
And the single blog post that received the most traffic in the last year was the 2012 Tour Merchandise post.
The Live Almanac's YouTube channel debuted in late December 2011 and on this site's first birthday, the channel had been viewed 321,956 times. That figure has almost doubled in a year with a total of 636,836 channel views. The number of subscribers has also doubled to 827. Here are the ten most viewed videos in the lifetime of the channel:
1. "I'm a Believer" - Live on British TV 1989
2. Monkees interviewed on The Tonight Show in 1996
3. "Steppin' Stone" live on The Tonight Show in 2001
4. The Monkees perform on The Rosie O'Donnell Show in 1996
5. "Daydream Believer" - Live 1989
6. The Monkees 1989 Reunion on USA Today
7. Mike Nesmith on A.M. Chicago in 1982
8. The Monkees on Regis & Kelly in 2001 (Part 1/2)
9. Micky Dolenz Kelloggs Sugar Pops commercial
10. Monkees 1969 concert bootleg clips
Finally, I'd like to thank everyone who has contributed information, pictures and more to the website. There are too many to mention here and I don't want to leave anyone out, but you know who you are. Please be in touch. I must give a special thanks, however, to Kevin Schmid, who recently assisted with the new Gear page and who has always contributed pictures and more. A big thanks to Al Bigley as well, who is responsible for the cool banners (including the one on the homepage) that you see around the site and which were added over the last several months.
And don't forget these great Monkees resources online, including Monkee45s, Monkee Bootlegs (thanks to Iain Lee and Suzanne Gee for providing some very rare footage for Monkees fans over the course of the last year!), Monkees Mixography and more.
Please continue to visit! And feel free to contact me here.
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