This highlight from the first season of The Monkees aired 50 years ago tonight on NBC. The article also examines The Monkees' comments at the end of the show regarding the Sunset Strip riots (an event referenced later by Michael Nesmith in the song "Daily Nightly").
And check out all of the Gretsch gear below that was prevalent throughout this episode!
Japan experienced the first rebirth of The Monkees in the 1980s even before Micky, Davy, and Peter reunited for the mega-successful 20th Anniversary Tour of North America in 1986. When "Daydream Believer" was used in a Kodak commercial in Japan in 1980, Monkeemania was rekindled as the group's television show returned to the airwaves and Monkees albums were reissued, causing them to chart in that country once again. Demand for The Monkees was so high in Japan that Micky, Davy, and Peter (with The New Monks) all toured there individually between 1981 and 1982, playing to near-hysterical audiences.
Thanks to everyone at Written In Our Hearts for alerting fans to this YouTube footage from the early 1980s.
Over the last few weeks, longtime Monkees fan Jennifer Winkle has been sharing with the Live Almanac her rich collection of photos from Monkees concerts going all the way back to 2001. Jennifer has taken some great photos, and you'll be seeing them here on the blog and elsewhere over the coming months. Here's two from The Monkees' show at the Beacon Theatre in New York City on December 2, the last night of the 2012 tour.
Thanks to 7a Records for giving The Monkees Live Almanac an exclusive sneak peek at their next release, and their first Davy Jones-related product! "Daydream Believer" b/w "I Wanna Be Free" was recorded live in Japan during a concert performance by Davy in 1981. This 7" single will arrive on yellow vinyl and be limited to 500 copies. Details on how to order appear below. Thanks again to 7a!
Pre-orders in the United States are now being taken by Deep Discount and Amazon with a release date of March 3, 2017. The single will be available in the United Kingdom on February 24 and can be pre-ordered from Amazon UK.
UPDATE 1/30/2017: 7a Records has provided a sample of both sides of the single:
Micky and Davy discuss Peter's departure from The Monkees and his new group Release, music trends, their upcoming LP that ultimately became The Monkees Present, and more: