Here's the Changes duo onstage during the 2002 tour. After Peter's departure at the end of the 2001 Tour, Micky and Davy would deliver one more round of Monkees concerts until Peter rejoined them for the 45th Anniversary World Tour in 2011.
A sold out performance at the Grammy Museum in Los Angeles last evening marked the end of what has to be considered Peter Tork's most acclaimed round of solo concerts to date. The 'In This Generation Tour: My Life in the Monkees and So Much More' show, co-produced by Peter and Monkees historian Andrew Sandoval, played a little over a dozen cities around the United States since early May. Reviews were universally positive and many fans posted on various internet forums that the show was the best they'd seen Peter perform over the years. Featuring varied setlists from night to night and an accompanying multimedia presentation, it was also reported by concertgoers at most stops that Peter took the time to autograph items and take pictures with fans after the performance.
Below is a film Peter made as a college student in the early 1960s entitled The Love Potion, which was screened at the start of each 'In This Generation' show:
Check out additional photos of Peter's performance at San Francisco's Great American Music Hall here.
Per Andrew Sandoval, this silk screen limited edition poster will be available at the merchandise booth at this summer's shows. The new poster also seems to be a pretty cool nod to the past.
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Rhino's online Monkees store doesn't sell them, but can you imagine the popularity of the 8-button shirts if they were offered for sale? Below is an example of one sold in the 1960s, along with its value as listed in Marty Eck's Monkees Collectibles Price Guide book in 1998. Beneath that, Michael Nesmith, who fostered the idea of the 8-button shirt to Monkees wardrobe designer Gene Ashman, recalls the origins of the group's unique clothing trademark in Harold Bronson's book, Hey, Hey, We're The Monkees.
For further reading about Gene Ashman and the 8-button Monkees shirts, check out this 1987 interview with Mr. Ashman.
Nilsson penned both "Cuddly Toy" and "Daddy's Song" for The Monkees. As a result of The Monkees recording "Cuddly Toy," Nilsson got his big break in the music business, and as the story goes, felt confident enough to quit his day job working at a bank. Micky and Harry were close friends until Nilsson's death in 1994.
This photograph was taken in the parking structure of RCA Studios.
Thanks to Monkee Bootlegs for this very interesting upload! It comes from August 2, 1969 at Mollenkopf Stadium in Warren, Ohio.
It is so infrequent that we see any type of film footage from this era in Monkees history that even little bits like this seem like a lost treasure.
"Don't Look a Gift Horse in the Mouth" was the first episode of The Monkees filmed after shooting the pilot, with production taking place in late May and early June 1966. In this interview with Monkees co-creator and director Bob Rafelson, he discusses a few bumps in the road while on location:
Members of the Modern Folk Quartet (left to right: Henry Diltz, Jerry Yester, Chip Douglas and Cyrus Faryar) pose with Michael Nesmith at a Television Parts taping in Los Angeles in 1984.
Gretsch specifically designed a bass guitar for Davy Jones, and he was seen playing it during various concert tours and television appearances in the 1960s.
(Photos by Michael G. Bush)
By 1991, two years after The Monkees had disbanded following their ultra-successful mid-1980s reunion, Micky Dolenz began to embark on a musical solo career. Briefly returning to his pre-Monkees reunion occupation by dabbling in various directing and production jobs in 1990 (while also entering into a divorce from his second wife, Trina), Micky ultimately turned back to music. Expressing the need to reestablish himself as a solo act, he decided to hone his skills by first playing in a package tour with other classic artists during the summer of 1991. Attempting to distance himself from The Monkees in interviews at the time, Micky played guitar for the entire show and emphasized that there was no going back. He also returned to the recording studio for Rhino Records, releasing the children's album, Micky Dolenz Puts You To Sleep, in October 1991.
During this time period, Micky also announced that he would be recording a rock album that would be issued by CBS Records. Monkee Business Fanzine reported in its June 1990 issue that Micky was working on demos for the project and that songwriters like Jimmy Webb, Stephen Bishop, Gerry Goffin and Carole King, Barry Mann and Cynthia Weil, and Tom Whitlock were contributing songs. Even a producer was named (David Kirchenbaum). "The album will be quite different from what you'd expect from Micky Dolenz," Micky told an Arizona newspaper. "It will be more rock 'n' roll, more mature." However (and unfortunately), no Dolenz rock album ever saw the light of day.
Below are a couple of songs that are thought to have originated from the sessions for the Dolenz rock album - "Livin' on Lies" and "Chance of a Lifetime." These tracks were later given an official release by 7a Records on the compilation CD Micky Dolenz: The MGM Singles Collection.
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Members of MFQ had a lot of connections with The Monkees, and here they are below pictured in 1990. Chip Douglas, of course, produced both the Headquarters and Pisces, Aquarius, Capricorn & Jones Ltd. albums, along with the "Daydream Believer" single. Henry Diltz, noted rock photographer, was constantly around the group in the '60s and even contributed to some Monkees recordings (that's Henry on the banjo on "D.W. Washburn"). And Jerry Yester played bass on "Shades of Gray" and "I Can't Get Her Off My Mind" on Headquarters.
In 1965, the band added rock drummer Eddie Hoh and was renamed the Modern Folk Quintet, but they preferred to be known as the MFQ. (Hoh later became a session drummer for The Monkees throughout the late '60s, adding his work to albums like Pisces, Aquarius, Capricorn & Jones Ltd. and singles "Daydream Believer" and "Goin' Down.") It was at this point that legendary producer Phil Spector took notice of them, producing "This Could Be the Night," co-written by Spector and Harry Nilsson. Despite enjoying a couple of high profile appearances, including a spot on Shindig! and performances at the Whisky a Go Go in Los Angeles, the group failed to breakthrough and disbanded in 1966. Years later in 1985, Diltz, Faryar, Douglas, and Jerry Yester appeared with Michael Nesmith on an installment of Television Parts.
Pictured left to right are The Yester brothers (Jim & Jerry), Henry Diltz, Cyrus Faryar, and Chip Douglas. This picture was taken on July 19, 1990 at a Monkees convention in Chicago where MFQ played a set that mirrored their concerts in Japan earlier that year. They were joined at the end of the show by Davy Jones, who made a few remarks. MFQ also performed "Riu Chiu" a capella-style on the first day of the Chicago convention, and Chip played a solo show on the second day. (Thanks to Chie Hama for updated information found in this post!)
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Monkees.com posted the following today:
We're setting the mood with the exclusive premiere of a never-before-released version of Davy Jones' tender ballad "French Song (Rough Mono Mix)."
The evocative number is just one of 60 previously unreleased tracks featured on the 3-CD, 85-song boxed set THE MONKEES PRESENT (DELUXE EDITION). Newly re-mastered and expanded, THE MONKEES PRESENT (DELUXE EDITION) is packed with previously unheard songs, alternate versions and backing tracks from the original master tapes. Limited to 5,000 individually numbered boxes, it also includes an exclusive bonus 7" vinyl single for "Good Clean Fun (Alternate Mix)" b/w "Mommy and Daddy (Mono Mix)" in a picture sleeve.
THE MONKEES PRESENT ships in late July, but is available now for pre-order exclusively at Monkees.com. This box is not available from any store or other online retailer and is sure to sell out, so reserve your copy now.
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