The Monkees had a wide variety of endorsement deals ranging from Gretsch guitars to Kellogg's to even Thom McAn shoes:
The Monkees Present is now available for high resolution download here. I have not purchased this yet, so if anyone has, please feel free to submit a review of the sound quality.
Still no word from Rhino about a deluxe edition for this album...
In this mid-2000s interview with Monkees archivist Andrew Sandoval, Michael discusses Sam & The Goodtimers, The Monkees' 1969 appearances in Mexico and some curious behind the scenes experiences there, the phenomenal success of The Monkees in 1967, and working with Jack Nicholson on the soundtrack for Head. (This podcast was originally available at Monkees.com.)
This past week, Rhino released the official Monkees app for iPhone, iPad and Android. It's a nice start, but here's hoping Rhino expands the app a bit more to include pictures, a wider selection of videos and other items.
On another note, Rhino's Monkees.com website has not seen any major improvements or enhancements since it was debuted in the mid-2000s. The selection of photographs on the site are nice, especially the recording studio shots from '66, but nothing has been added to sections like that one in ages. The coverage of the 2012 tour was limited to displaying tour dates and a press release. There is a lot of potential there for Rhino to open the vaults a bit and release photographs, backing tracks, outtakes, and more on the website for the fans to enjoy.
Here is a clipping about Dolenz, Jones, Boyce and Hart performing in Bangkok, Thailand in late July 1976. It's thought to come from either Billboard or Cashbox magazines.
Thanks to Lisa Manekofsky for the submission!
Check out this article at Examiner.com for a complete review (with pictures) of the first show on Michael's 2013 Spring Tour in Franklin, Tennessee.
Michael opened his 2013 solo tour last night in Franklin, Tennessee, but I have received few reports. Here is a setlist I was emailed along with three great videos from the show that were found on YouTube:
Thanks to Al Bigley for the submission!
In announcing the official Monkees app for iPhone, iPad and Android today via Facebook, a fan replied to the initial post asking about online availablity of merchandise from the 2012 Monkees tour (something that has been promoted as "coming soon" on Rhino's monkees.com site for months now). Here was Rhino's reply:
The following message appeared today on the Monkees Facebook page:
It's here! The official Monkees app for iPhone and iPad! Get the latest real-time news, official Monkees Facebook & Twitter feeds, solo tour dates & more, all in one convenient app! And yes, an Android version is on the way...!
You can preview the iPhone/iPad Monkees app here. It's also available in the Android store.
Check out the article here.
A friend of Mike's in the pre-Monkees era, John London later accompanied Mike to Los Angeles to try their hand at the music scene there. London later became Mike's stand-in on the television series and would occasionally play bass guitar on Monkees recordings. He later co-wrote "Don't Call on Me" with Mike, which appeared on the group's fourth album, Pisces, Aquarius, Capricorn and Jones Ltd. After The Monkees, Mike asked John to join him in the First National Band.
In this picture, the duo play at a show in San Antonio, Texas in August 1965.
Michael's Spring Tour starts tomorrow. The first show is in Franklin, Tennessee. Please feel free to submit reports from the upcoming concerts and photos, too.
A complete list of dates, venues and links to purchase tickets can be found here.
Micky Dolenz talks drumming and is profiled in this article that was originally published in Vintage Drummer. Micky discusses his influences, his style, his experiences in rock and roll as the drummer of The Monkees, and more.
Note: For easier reading, click on each image and then click on the image again.