This article was originally published in the February 1968 issue of Fave.
This article, written by Neko Cholis, appeared in the February 1968 issue of Fave magazine.
As promised by a post on The Monkees Tour Facebook page yesterday, Micky Dolenz and Peter Tork unveiled a new concert date for 2015. The duo will visit the Fantasy Springs Special Events Center in Indio, California on March 27, 2015.
Tickets go on-sale this Friday, January 30.
Earlier this month, Micky and Peter announced that they will perform two concerts in Rama, Ontario, Canada in April. The show in Indio will act as a warm-up to those concerts.
This is the message that was posted earlier today on The Monkees Tour Facebook page:
Hey, Hey: Micky & Peter are so excited about the brand new live show that they are taking to Canada in April - new setlist, new visuals and a groovy acoustic section - that they thought they’d like some of their fans in California to see what they are working up before they head north.
On March 27th, 2015, Micky & Peter are doing a warm-up date in Indio, California at Fantasy Springs Special Events Center. Tickets go on sale to the public this Friday!
Check back here for more details and pictures and videos from rehearsals!
Last summer, JD at Monkee45s.net alerted me that a 1970 program for Atlantic City's legendary Steel Pier was being auctioned on eBay. In it, The Monkees are advertised to appear in person on September 5, 6, and 7. Thanks to Kevin Schmid, I was able to obtain high quality scans of the program. The picture of The Monkees used inside of it, however, shows all four members in a late 1965 publicity photo. As we know, only Micky and Davy were working under the Monkees banner in 1970, so the whole thing immediately peaked my interest.
I searched Google to see if I could find anything about this event. (Andrew Sandoval's book does not make mention of this potential appearance.) I turned up a few internet posts that reference The Monkees at the Steel Pier, and one that mentions just Davy.
I also found a scan of a Pennsylvania newspaper from August 19, 1970 that is archived online (with an article titled "Monkee Business Paying Off"), but the print was too small to read and further attempts to obtain a superior copy were unsuccessful. I wondered if the article was promoting an upcoming appearance in nearby New Jersey at that time.
I gathered all of these items and submitted them to Andrew Sandoval, and he was able to shed a little light on this event. Andrew doesn't believe The Monkees performed at Atlantic City's Steel Pier that summer, and he thinks instead that it was a solo appearance made by Davy alone.
The search for other live appearances made by The Monkees in 1970 goes on!