A big thanks to Shane for sharing his photos from the June 14 concert in Chicago!
Soundcheck in Chicago
Live at the Copernicus Center in Chicago
The Monkees are spotlighted in an exhibit now on display at the Rock & Roll Hall of Fame entitled "Stay Tuned: Rock on TV." Monkees archivist, author, and tour producer Andrew Sandoval visited the exhibit today in Cleveland, Ohio, where "The Mike & Micky Show" will stop tonight at Cain Park.
"The Mike & Micky Show" played in Huber Heights, Ohio last night at the Rose Music Center. Tonight, the tour rolls into Cleveland for a concert at Cain Park.
Coming tomorrow to the Live Almanac's blog: photos from Chicago, courtesy of Sherri Hansen and Shane Worden!
Here's additional video from last night's show in Chicago. The band really seems to have hit its stride and boy, what a great crowd!
How incredible is it that Monkees fans in 2018 are being treated to songs like "Auntie's Municipal Court" live in concert?! Not to mention "St. Matthew," "Nine Times Blue," and despite already being played on the 50th Anniversary Tour, "Steam Engine," which is always a highlight! A very honorable mention goes to "Take a Giant Step" as well. Sure, it has been performed during previous Monkees concert tours (usually in an acoustic version like in 1989 or 2015), but the performance of the B-side to "Last Train to Clarksville" on this current tour is stellar!
It's also great to have "Different Drum" in the set, along with "I'll Spend My Life With You." The acoustic rendering of "Randy Scouse Git" is a welcome change of pace, and it's a tribute to the strength of the material from 2016's Good Times! that both "Me & Magdalena" and "Birth of an Accidental Hipster" are received so warmly. Enjoy...
Last night, Micky, Mike, and the band played what was reported to be one of the best shows of the tour to date in front of a very enthusiastic audience at the Copernicus Center in Chicago, Illinois. Both "Steam Engine" and "Grand Ennui," which have not been performed since June 5 in Anaheim, California, returned to the set in Chicago. Here is the set list, courtesy of Andrew Sandoval:
Nez demoed "Propinquity," a song he wrote for his first wife, Phyllis, in 1966:
He later recorded it during the famed Nashville sessions in 1968, but this version remained in the Monkees vaults until its appearance in 1996 on Missing Links Volume Three:
The song was given its first official release in 1971 on The First National Band's third album, Nevada Fighter:
A reworked version appeared on Live at the Palais in 1978:
Finally, this performance of "Propinquity" is taken from Live at the Britt Festival, a video and compact disc recorded on June 19, 1992 at the Britt Festival in Jacksonville, Oregon:
"Nesmith, speaking earlier this week, said there's a possibility for more 'Mike and Micky Show' dates after Red Bank and revealed that the tour has been recorded for a potential future live album, with his son Christian serving as the designated producer."
In June 2017, The Monkees Live Almanac reported about a new listing on Amazon for the long-awaited Monkees book by Gary Strobl, Henry Diltz, and Harvey Kubernik. Entitled The Monkees: From Reel to Real, the online retailer advertised a release date of September 18, 2017. When speaking with Omnibus Press (the publisher of Reel to Real) last summer after the book appeared on Amazon, the Live Almanac was able to attain more information, including that the publication date had actually been delayed to 2018.
Unfortunately, one year later, it can now be reported that The Monkees: From Reel to Real is experiencing another postponement. Today I spoke with Matthew from Omnibus Press, and he was kind enough to take time to update fans about the book. "October 2019 is the current pub date," Matthew relayed to the Live Almanac. "The book is a mighty tome and we are putting in the work to make sure that this is the best book it can be. Rest assured it will be worth the wait when it arrives. We’re obviously very keen for the fans to know that we’re taking the book seriously and are determined to bring everyone a book about the Monkees that will stand as their definitive story."
The Monkees Live Almanac will continue to report more information about this project as it becomes available. And a special thanks to Matthew at Omnibus Press for providing the latest updates on the publication of Reel to Real.
UPDATE 7/23/2019: The Live Almanac exchanged emails today with the Commercial Director of Omnibus Press who now informs the site that Reel to Real is now expected to be published in late 2020. "I'm afraid we still don’t have a publication date, but we are getting closer!"
Recording Academy to Honor 2018 Special Merit Awards Recipients with "GRAMMY Salute To Music Legends" Television Special as Part of "Great Performances" Series on PBS
UPDATE 7/13/2018: This tribute to Neil Diamond is scheduled to air on PBS later this year. Stay tuned to The Monkees Live Almanac for more information!
UPDATE #2 on 9/18/2018: Tune in to see Micky Dolenz and Neil Diamond perform together for the first time on October 5, 2018. Check your local PBS listings!
A big thanks to Shawn New for sharing his photos and a video taken during "The Mike & Micky Show" at Humphrey's in San Diego, California on June 3.
Thanks to the podcast We Want The Monkees, here is an audience recording of the complete show at Harrah's Lake Tahoe in Stateline, Nevada on June 9, 2018:
Last night, "The Mike & Micky Show" visited Harrah's Lake Tahoe in Stateline, Nevada. The set list for the show was a little different in that the following songs were not played: "You Told Me," "The Door Into Summer," "Some of Shelly's Blues," "Birth of An Accidental Hipster," and "St. Matthew," and the Head set was also rearranged. (There was no intermission as well.) It's likely the set was shorter since casinos often place time constraints on concerts in their venues.
UPDATE: Andrew Sandoval confirmed with the Live Almanac that last night's show was shortened because of the casino setting.
Good Clean Fun
Last Train to Clarksville
For Pete's Sake
You Just May Be the One
The Girl I Knew Somewhere
As We Go Along
Me & Magdelena
Papa Gene's Blues
Randy Scouse Git
Nine Times Blue
I'll Spend My Life With You
Take a Giant Step
Auntie's Municipal Court
Sweet Young Thing
What Am I Doing Hangin' 'Round?
Pleasant Valley Sunday
Listen to the Band
I'm a Believer
Next stop: Denver on June 12!