Courtesy of the Tulsa Poster Project, here's a poster advertising The Monkees at the Century II Convention Hall in Wichita, Kansas on May 10, 1969.
For years, rumors have floated that a concert from the 1969 Monkees tour was recorded. However, no tapes have ever turned up. One concert, thought to be the May 10, 1969 performance in Wichita, Kansas as advertised in the poster above, does exist as bootleg, but it’s an absolutely horrible recording usually sought after for historical purposes only. You can hear audio snippets from the bootleg at the Live Almanac's YouTube channel.
Both Micky and Monkees archivist Andrew Sandoval have seemingly confirmed that audio recordings of the 1969 tour don't exist. In an online interview with Micky in 2005, he said there's no official documentation of the shows. "We never recorded that," Dolenz recalled. "I recorded Sam & The Goodtimers [the supporting band on the 1969 tour] as an act, and was trying to sell them to a record company. But we never recorded - I wish we had, it was funny, it was really great having that band, they were a great band." Sandoval agreed with Micky about the nonexistence of 1969 live audio. "Certainly there’s no tape of a 1969 show in the Monkees vault. What Micky says…that he taped them (The Goodtimers) at that Souled Out Club in Los Angeles…makes a lot of sense," the Monkees historian said in a 2005 interview. "I tried to do research about that club. I found out where it was but there were never any advertisements or listings of who played there in that time period, so it was hard to say when the Goodtimers played there or when The Monkees might have come to see them. It seems more and more that if there had been a recording it would have shown up by now. It’s been a long time, you know?”
This rare clip below (courtesy of the Live Almanac's YouTube channel) features The Monkees on radio station KLEO promoting their concert at the Century II in Wichita.
This article was originally published in the November 1969 issue of Flip.
Tickets went on sale today for Micky and Peter's show at the Nashville Symphony on July 31. Here's the seating chart as of 4pm today (the blue dots are available seats):
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