On June 10, The Monkees were guests of Laura Shine on 91.9 WFPK Radio in Louisville, Kentucky. Thanks a lot to Stacy, the station manager at WFPK, for alerting the Live Almanac that this interview is now available to stream:
Click the link below for a summary of The Monkees' appearance:
Check out the excellent new video for "You Bring the Summer," which was directed by Michael Nesmith's son, Jonathan, and Susan Holloway! Jonathan and Susan also produced the video packages seen on the big screen during the 2014 Monkees Tour.
Two weeks ago, The Monkees' new album Good Times! debuted on the Billboard Top 200 at #14 (reflecting digital and physical copies sold as well as streaming activity), while dropping to #77 during its second week on the chart. The album remains on the Billboard Top 200 in its third week, ranking at #142.
Good Times! has fared better on the Top Album Sales chart (which reflects physical and digital copies sold only) where it landed at #6 in its first week, dropping to #32 in its second week. The LP currently stands at #57 on Billboard's Top Album Sales chart.
For more information on the album's first two weeks on the charts, check out the following links:
Week #1: "Good Times!" moves over 24,000 copies in its first week; Album will debut in Top 15, highest chart placement since 1968
Greg Briggler played trombone in The Monkees' touring band from 2001-2002.
Thanks a lot to Dan McKenzie for his photos from the June 11 concert in Hammond, Indiana at The Venue At Horseshoe Casino. Dan has been a longtime supporter of the Live Almanac...nice job, Dan!
I'd like to say thanks to Justin Rakowski for taking the time to design a new banner for The Monkees Live Almanac. I've placed it on the front page of the website and on Facebook. Great job, Justin!
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In this episode, Mike, Micky and Peter talk a California date, James Grant Interviews Peter Tork. Iain Lee and Bobby Hart talk some cool new releases & "Good Times!" Monkees news & Monkees Mailbag! Love one another! Thank you for listening to & for being part of this show. We love you. It is THE YEAR OF THE MONKEES!
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Just how many Monkees does it take to make a new album? All four, as it turns out, and it turned out pretty well! Of course, there are only three of TV’s original Monkees still roaming this earth, as Davy Jones died in 2012. Good Times! features simian contributions by contemporary songwriters such as Andy Partridge of XTC and Weezer’s Rivers Cuomo, and producer/fan Adam Schlesinger (Fountains of Wayne) manages to recapture the Monkees vibe with surviving members Micky Dolenz, Peter Tork, and Michael Nesmith as well as deftly completing three unfinished tracks from the late 1960s, including a haunting Neil Diamond original sung by Jones. Fifty years on, the Monkees still delight.
The Monkees have delivered one of the greatest comebacks of the new century. Helmed by producer Adam Schlesinger (Fountains of Wayne), Good Times! sees the surviving Monkees, Micky Dolenz, Michael Nesmith and Peter Tork, working with a mix of contemporary songwriters alongside tunesmiths used in their heyday.
Celebrating their 50th anniversary, the set kicks off with the title track, a raucous duet from Dolenz and Harry Nilsson. (Nesmith produced Nilsson’s scratch vocal in 1968, while Dolenz was added seamlessly in 2016.) XTC’s Andy Partridge contributes the first slice of sheer sonic joy, You Bring the Summer, cut this year. Dolenz sounds as good as he did in 1967.
Rivers Cuomo (Weezer) penned the almost equally infectious She Makes Me Laugh while Ben Gibbard (Death Cab For Cutie) offers up the mid-tempo marvel Me & Magdalena. The latter is superbly sung by Nesmith with Dolenz offering a close harmony. The new tunes are rounded out by the psych-rock of Noel Gallagher and Paul Weller’s Birth of an Accidental Hipster.
A raid on the vaults yields Davy Jones singing Neil Diamond’s Love to Love. Known to completists, the rarity has been remixed with additional backing vocals from Dolenz and Tork. Tork then hits it out of the park, singing lead on I Wasn’t Born to Follow (his new vocal was added to a Goffin-King backing track from 1968).
Only a supreme optimist could have hoped that the Monkees would come up with an album as good as this in 2016. Great songs, clever production and the whiff of nostalgia have created a genuine modern classic.
- Sean Sennett
Last night, The Monkees completed the 20th show of their (ever expanding) 50th Anniversary Tour in Salt Lake City, Utah. Opening in Fort Myers, Florida on May 18, the tour traveled along the East Coast visiting such cities as Atlanta, Charlotte, Boston, Philadelphia, Washington, D.C., and New York before moving north for a couple of dates in Canada. And then it was back to the States for stops in Cleveland, Grand Rapids, Louisville, Indianapolis, Salt Lake City, and more. Micky, Peter, the band, their staff, and crew will now enjoy an 11 day break before starting up again on June 28 in Dallas, Texas. Here's a photo from last evening's show in Salt Lake City:
Shortly after the tour commenced, The Monkees released their first new studio album since 1996, Good Times! Produced by Adam Schlesinger and featuring Micky Dolenz, Michael Nesmith, and Peter Tork (as well as Davy Jones, who is heard on the vault track "Love to Love"), it debuted at #14 on the Billboard 200 (their best showing since 1968) and was greeted with near unanimous positive reviews and fanfare. Despite not being on the road, Nesmith has participated in multiple television, print, and radio interviews in an effort to promote the album, and even appeared "live" in New York City via Skype to sing "Papa Gene's Blues."
With the mini-break approaching, Monkees archivist and the producer of the tour, Andrew Sandoval, took a moment on Facebook to spotlight all of those involved:
And of course, the "Circle Sky" live sequence for the movie Head was filmed at Valley Music Center in Salt Lake City in May 1968:
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