After playing live shows on the road in 1983, the Peter Tork Project eventually recorded several demos in New York City that year. These are a couple of my favorites from the demo tapes that have circulated among collectors for a long time now. It's too bad these songs were never formally produced into a final product.
The last demo below is "Maybe Tonight." I had previously published it on the Live Almanac's YouTube Channel but this one is a bit of an upgrade.
The late Jerry Renino, who was a member of the Peter Tork Project, played bass for The Monkees on the 1989, 1996, 1997, 2001 and 2002 tours.
Thanks to Kevin Schmid for these rare Project photos that come from his collection. According to the Project's former manager, Carol Gore, who contacted me a few months ago after seeing the "Maybe Tonight" demo on YouTube, the photo above was taken on top of a building in the lower east side of New York City. Carol talked more about publicity photos completed for the Peter Tork Project. "We also did a private photo shoot in Central Park that we never did anything with and our very first one was with a professional photographer...that picture had an entirely different look before we went with the industrial one. They had on suits and string ties with well-groomed hair." Carol described another photo to me, which I believe is the one below: "I took one other before that in a park near my office on 57th Street & 9th Avenue."
If anyone has any other Project memorabilia and would like to share, please contact me.
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