There are a few new photos posted in the gallery of the 1989 European Tour section.
I also added a new photo of The Monkees at the 1987 American Music Awards in the '87 North American Tour summary. I moved the AMAs photo I originally had there to the Australia '87 page.
Speaking of photos, check out these Nesmith pictures from my collection. You don't see these too often!
I'm currently working on adding a new page to the site that will cover the early promotional tour that the band undertook right before the television show debuted. This featured some of the earliest Monkees performances as a live band.
In the meantime, there are some new items in the following sections: 1989 Universal Amphitheatre (a video of live performance footage plus photos from the Walk of Fame ceremony), 1967 North American/British (a video towards the bottom of the page that features interviews and more from The Monkees' appearance in Buffalo, New York that August, 1989 North American/Japan (a photo of Davy fooling around with the wool hat onstage), 2011 (new photos added to the gallery section) and 1987 North American (new photos added to the gallery).
Here's what they have to say:
MONKEEMANIA continues at Friday Music…This Summer…for the first time on 180 Gram Audiophile Vinyl, a LIMITED EDITION RED VINYL pressing of the classic 1969 Monkees album INSTANT REPLAY.
For this special event, and to enhance your listening pleasure, we will be presenting this limited edition masterpiece also in a first time a Gatefold cover!
As always, we strive to make our legendary releases from The Monkees sound and look great as we used the original Colgems tapes in the mastering of this wonderful album.
Over the years, I have often told the guys that this was always one of my favorites in their large catalog of music…the great song selection and artistry within speaks for itself, plus I remember being a little kid and seeing it on the rack and grabbing it and The Beatles Lady Madonna single the same day! Records like these have staying power in my memory, and probably to a lot the Monkees fans too!
When you think of folks like Neil Young playing guitar on Davy Jones’ classic You and I, Neil Sedaka producing and playing piano on The Girl I Left Behind Me, Carole King, Glen Campbell, Bones Howe, one after another collaborating with the guys, or the groundbreaking Nashville recordings of Michael Nesmith with Don’t Wait For Me, it just makes this album all that much more important of a listen.
Although he left the band after Head, Peter Tork is still found playing guitar I Won’t Be The Same Without Her. Plus the return of Boyce and Hart…well…Through The Looking Glass, Tear Drop City truly made these Micky Dolenz tracks the classic album it is today…..and of course the Davy Jones’ vocal work on the ballad Don’t Listen To Linda...well…it’s Davy Jones…what a great great talent he still is to all of us.
Street Date looks like early July....
I can't wait....I love this album.
More to come... I promise.
I have several new audio and video uploads on the site's YouTube channel here. Check them out.
Does anyone have an audio copy of the band's show at the Fox Theatre in Detroit from last summer? If you are willing to share it, please email me.
This video isn't mine, but it's a great version of "As We Go Along" from Detroit during the 2011 tour.
I have posted three audio clips from the 1969 concert bootleg tape on the Live Almanac's YouTube Channel. Don't get excited, though, and think this is the long lost holy grail of Monkees recordings. If you haven't heard this tape before, the quality is worse than horrible. You can make out some of the music (along with the hiss, buzzing and dropouts). The tape is the only one from the '69 tour that has surfaced, and it has been floating around the trade circles for years.
I decided to post the clips for the curiosity of it all. The audio is believed to have been recorded in Wichita, Kansas on May 10, 1969 at the Century II Convention Center. There are some better recordings of The Monkees performing with Sam & The Goodtimers (but not many), and they can be found on the 1969 tour page. (You can also hear a rare radio station promo appearance there that features The Monkees promoting the Wichita show.)
I'm a Believer
Pleasant Valley Sunday
This is apparently one of the last songs Davy recorded before he passed. Enjoy...
Check out these great interviews with the individual members of The Monkees as conducted by British radio presenter Iain Lee, himself a dedicated fan of The Monkees (and of this website!). Iain has shared a few goodies with me that will soon make their way onto the Live Almanac.
UPDATE: Iain is the co-founder (along with Glenn Gretlund) of 7a Records, an independently operated record label that has treated Monkees fans to such releases as Micky Dolenz: The MGM Singles Collection, and much, much more. Catch up with 7a on Facebook for all the latest news about their upcoming projects.
Check out the details from Rhino:
A Rhino.com exclusive, we've teamed Davy Jones' immortal solo single "Girl" (made famous worldwide by its inclusion in an unforgettable episode of "The Brady Bunch") with his 1971 Hot 100 hit "Rainy Jane" for a double-A side 7" single on green vinyl. Shipping late May, this collector's item is strictly limited to 1,000 copies and is not available in stores or from any other online retailer!
UPDATE: Rhino announced on Thursday, May 17 that the single has sold out.
Everyone recognizes the music videos The Monkees filmed in the so-called Rainbow Room (in Chicago), particularly the one for "Daydream Believer." Here's a great article about the Rainbow Room and how the band ended up filming there in the summer of 1967.
I've attached below some headlines from after Davy's death. His passing certainly was a big story and I still see a lot of remembrances being posted online.
Check out this video with some classic Davy Jones footage. The description on YouTube reads:
Rare vintage film footage and photos of actor-singer Davy Jones as a young boy and teen, including a 1961 clip from the British TV series "Coronation Street" at age 14, his very first performance on U.S. television in 1963 on Merv Griffin's Talent Scouts show, his 1964 appearance on the Ed Sullivan Show as the Artful Dodger in the Broadway musical "Oliver!" and his 1965 screen test for The Monkees TV series on NBC.
I just finished overhauling the 1968 Far East Tour section. The summary has been completely rewritten and new photos have been added to the photo gallery. Be sure to also watch the video of Peter talking about the band performing in Osaka, Japan during the tour.
The 1967 North American/British Tour page has been updated for the second time in as many weeks. I've added new videos to the page from YouTube, including Peter talking about Jimi Hendrix, Mike telling a great story of experiencing Monkeemania first hand in Cincinnati, Ohio and Micky talking about being on a drug trip in Hyde Park in England.
Michael Nesmith played a short set at the Great American Music Hall in San Francisco, California on May 4. He was the guest of the band Lambchop. Mike played a Martin 12 string guitar and was accompanied by a pianist. His set included the following songs:
Some of Shelly's Blues
Courtesy of the Naked Persimmon Tumblr, here's a picture from the event:
Monkees Farewell Tour
Dolenz sings Nesmith