Thanks to our friends at Monkees Bootlegs, we have some never before seen footage of the 1968 Australian tour. There are bits and pieces of this that have been used for other releases over the years, but most of it appears to be previously unseen. Check it out!
Here's Micky at a celebrity tennis event that was sponsored by The Eagles. Not sure on the date for this, but it's sometime in the mid-1970s. Thanks to Al Bigley for the submission.
The Live Almanac's YouTube channel has surpassed half a million video views since going live in December 2011. Wow. Thanks for visiting...
Check back here tomorrow (Monday, January 28) for cities and dates for Michael's much anticipated spring solo tour.
I found this on the website of the New York Times today about a Monkees event taking place in Stamford, Connecticut on Thursday, January 31.
STAMFORD Avon Theater “Legends of Rock Live: The Monkees: Rare Clips (1966-1970),” screening and discussion with Bill Shelley. Jan. 31 at 7:30 p.m. $6 to $11; Carte Blanche members, free. Avon Theater, 272 Bedford Street. (203) 967-3660; avontheatre.org.
And from the Avon Theater's website:
ABOUT THE FILM: In recognition of the death of performer Davy Jones of The Monkees, The Avon Theatre will present a special evening celebrating the music and fun that The Monkees brought to their fans. This program will blend song promos, ads, and live performances to create a salute to the group, with time at the end for fans to share their memories and insights. Some of the songs that will be included will be “The Monkees,” the theme song for the show, “Last Train to Clarksville,” “I’m a Believer,” “Pleasant Valley Sunday,” Daydream Believer,” “A Little Bit Me, A Little Bit You,” “(I’m Not Your) Stepping Stone,” “Valleri,” and many more. Although Davy Jones, Michael Nesmith, Peter Tork, and Micky Dolenz were hired for the television show to act the part of a band, each had the talent and dedication to go beyond the limits of their contract by working hard to make their fictional band into a reality. A year after the show started, The Monkees were able to perform together in live concerts, creating a commercial success. In 1966, they outsold the Beatles in the U.S. The Monkees’ first four albums went straight to #1 on the Billboard charts and multi-platinum sales. In English | 105 minutes.
ABOUT BILL SHELLEY: Bill Shelley has been filming since the 1970s when he recorded bands Twisted Sister and Joan Jett and the Blackhearts, then he directed music videos for Public Enemy. Shelley Archives was started in 1985 and today the company has over 100,000 reels of original 35mm and 16mm films in its archives and over 10,000 hours of rare concerts, television shows, promos, interviews, out-takes and home movies. Preservation of films and music clips is the main focus of the organization.
Released in 1992, Tropical Campfires is described by AllMusic as "one of the finest and most underrated albums of the 1990s." Nez toured in support of the LP, and here's an advertisement submitted by Troy for Michael's concert at Ruth Eckerd Hall in Clearwater, Florida on September 18, 1992:
Here's another ad for a show in New York City at Lonestar Roadhouse on February 21, 1992, courtesy of Fred Velez:
In February 1996, Davy Jones, who trained as a jockey before The Monkees, won his first race on Digpast at Lingfield Park Racecourse in Surrey, United Kingdom. Troy sent in this article talking about Davy's win.
A new interview with Micky was published today on Variety's website. In it Micky discusses the 2012 tour, Davy Jones and also broaches the topic of future Monkees projects. Here's a quote from the piece, which is available to read here:
As for future Monkees projects, however, Dolenz defers to Nesmith. "I think he's going to do some solo dates to play his own music. Peter and I would like to record with Mike again but we presently have no plans. We recorded all the shows, so there might be a live album coming out. I don't think getting a deal would be a problem. We just have to agree on new music that we'd all want to record."
Recap: Monkees Farewell Tour
Dolenz sings Nesmith