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)
UPDATE 5/26/2018: Here's a preview of Micky's appearance. Check your local listings at www.PBS.org or watch it on the brand new Ray Stevens Roku Channel.
Listen to this sample of Michael Nesmith performing at McCabes in Santa Monica, California in August 1973 that was shared on Facebook by Ed Heffelfinger. Red Rhodes accompanies Nez on pedal steel:
Ed was asked to clarify the date of the recording, and responded with the following:
A big thanks to David Marcone for alerting the Live Almanac about this posting!
UPDATE 2/12/2018: Monkees archivist Andrew Sandoval confirmed in a comment on the Live Almanac's Facebook page that a full recording of yet another 1973 performance around the time of the McCabe's show does indeed exist:
Here's some great footage of Micky Dolenz and Davy Jones walking the streets of New York City in 1969 while in town for The Monkees' appearance on The Tonight Show with Johnny Carson. Micky and Davy seemingly encounter members of The Motions, a 1960s Dutch group they had seen perform live in concert the previous night at the Manhattan nightclub The Scene. Thanks a lot to David Cox for reminding me about this video on YouTube!