This Henry Diltz photograph that was embellished by Barbara Lorraine turned up in the Live Almanac's Facebook feed. Looks great, Barbara!
Last night at the Alex Theatre in Glendale, California, Micky Dolenz participated in a benefit concert for the Autism Think Tank. The show was presented by the Wild Honey Foundation and spotlighted the music of Buffalo Springfield. Richie Furay, Buffalo Springfield co-founder, was also part of the event, and Monkees archivist and producer Andrew Sandoval played in the band.
Ever since Michael Nesmith reconstituted the First National Band for a series of exclusive concerts last month, I have received many inquiries asking where to find the music of the First National Band, and in particular, which releases were best to seek out. For my money, the late 1990s/early 2000s compact discs by BMG/Camden are the superior representations of Michael's RCA work. The label released the albums as two-in-one reissues. Below are scans of the Magnetic South/Loose Salute CD from 1999.
The BMG/Camden reissues of Michael's RCA albums are readily available on Amazon:
On July 31, 1977, Peter Tork played a show at CBGB, the legendary Manhattan music club that featured rising stars of the punk and new wave genres in the late 1970s and early 1980s. Lester Bangs, who wrote for both Rolling Stone and Creem, delivered a wholly negative review of the show for the Village Voice:
Rolling Stone, of all publications, reported about Peter's appearance at CBGB in its September 22, 1977 issue:
Audio from the show has been bootlegged over the years:
In an email to subscribers, Videoranch provided an early glimpse and chance to order their latest piece of merchandise highlighting last month's revival of the First National Band on the concert stage. Prints can be ordered signed or unsigned, and Videoranch provided this description for the item:
"The official 8x10 First National Band Redux Tour poster features Nez in his Nudie suit looking up at the First National Band logo. His Nudie suit was the mascot for the January tour. Nez explained that the suit represented much of what he wanted to achieve through the art of First National Band. Nudie celebrates the high art element of Americana culture that Nez also finds in bluegrass and country music. The American flag theme is an effort to reclaim patriotism from conservative reaction. Similarly, Nez hoped to reclaim country and bluegrass styles by combining them with psychedelia -- pulling them further into that high space. "
Here's some great footage of Nez along with his two sons, Jonathan and Christian, working out "Tomorrow and Me" in preparation for last month's First National Band Redux tour:
Al Bigley also conducts an entertaining interview with John Jorgenson (who played with Michael Nesmith in the 1990s, including the Live at the Britt Festival concert) on this episode of the Texas Prairie Chicken podcast:
Did everyone catch this great photo of Peter Tork that was posted on The Monkees Tour Facebook page in celebration of his birthday earlier this week? I'm wondering if it was taken while on tour overseas that year.
New video footage of The Monkees live in New York City on their 2012 tour has surfaced on YouTube. The show took place at a sold out Beacon Theater on Broadway on December 2. It also just happened to be the final show of the tour, which featured the return of Michael Nesmith and moving tributes to Davy Jones, who had passed away on February 29, 2012.
(Screenshot courtesy of Sunshine Factory)