On June 13, 1970, Davy Jones and Micky Dolenz were guests on Upbeat, a syndicated musical variety show produced in Cleveland, Ohio. No other details have ever surfaced about this particular television appearance.
Thanks to Fred Velez for sending in this clipping!
UPDATE 6/29/2019: David Spero, the son of Don Webster, who hosted Davy and Micky on Upbeat in Cleveland in 1970, recently left a comment on this post (as seen below in the comments section). "Upbeat was my Dad’s show," David wrote. "I remember this day well. It was a big deal to have the Monkees on. They did two songs, lip-synced. 'Oh My My' and 'Pleasant Valley Sunday.'" David also confirmed that the promo video for "Oh My My" was not screened during Davy and Micky's appearance.
I also spoke to David via email, and he provided more details to the Live Almanac regarding the status of any surviving footage. "Unfortunately, most of the tapes were reused due to the high cost of video tape. I don’t know of any [footage] of the Monkees that survived. Having them in the studio that day was as exciting as any other act that performed on the show. One of the few times we had to bring in extra security!"
Published after the 1967 summer tour, this booklet included 32 pages of black-and-white photos and was sold only through the mail.
The first page contains a list of hotels The Monkees stayed at during the tour, along with radio station hosts.
After a few years of being semi-retired musically, Micky Dolenz toured Japan in January of 1982. The Monkees had experienced a massive revival in Japan when "Daydream Believer" was used in a television commercial in 1980. "To Be Or Not To Be" was released as a single on JAM Records in Japan to coincide with Micky's solo tour. It was backed by Micky's own "Beverly Hills."
I've been attempting research on this single (with no luck), including when and where it was recorded, and how Micky ended up singing this B.A. Robertson original. Robertson is also notable for co-writing the 1989 hit "The Living Years" with Genesis member Mike Rutherford.
Does anyone out there know more about this single?
Peter made a surprise appearance with Micky last evening at Micky's solo show at Infinity in Hartford, Connecticut. The pair sang two songs together: "Daydream Believer" and "Words."
The Monkees' official Facebook page posted this picture of Peter and Micky backstage in Hartford with songwriter/producer Adam Schlesinger of Fountains Of Wayne.
Remember that this show has not been officially confirmed by The Monkees, but tickets are on sale at this website:
UPDATE 1/17/2016: The Monkees Tour Facebook page has confirmed this appearance, which will feature Micky Dolenz and Peter Tork.
Family Gras is a Mardi Gras festival that is held outside of New Orleans. This potential concert date, however, has not been officially announced or confirmed by The Monkees. Either way, thanks to Renny Simno for the heads up!
This banner appeared on the Visit Jefferson Parish Facebook page at midnight earlier today:
In an interview with New Musical Express before The Monkees' 1969 tour, Michael discussed the state of the group at that time:
"It's not a question of us shaking off the old Monkees' image. We've nothing to escape from. What we did then was valid and honest. I'm not ashamed of it. The reason our next single is "Tear Drop City,' which was recorded around the time of 'Clarksville,' is that it's almost a concession on our part to certain people. It's one from the archives of Monkee music, one with Peter. You can call it a corporate swan song. And I'm sure it'll be commercially very profitable.
"It was no surprise when Peter left. There were no arguments. About eight or nine months ago we discussed it, and I agreed that the time was right. There were probably other things he would rather do than be a Monkee. So it was no shock. It is a fact that Peter's leaving has had the reverse effect, in that it has brought us together more: we lean on each other more, and now we believe we can develop each of our talents within the context of The Monkees."
Here's a quick piece from the article, with a quote from Micky:
Nothing has been formally announced [regarding The Monkees' 50th Anniversary], he said. "But, we're organizing and talking about it, making plans for a recording and tour. "Peter (Tork) and Mike (Nesmith) and I have talked about a recording for years."
He quickly added: "There's no dates, set lists or recording schedules yet. But. We are talking about it. We're in the middle of discussing that stuff."
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