Throughout 1979, Davy Jones was backed by Toast while performing in the United States. The group experienced a lineup change in 1980 during performances in England:
The Characters are a rock band that formed in New Jersey in 1982. Monkees fans will recall that the group performed at Monkees conventions in the mid-1980s in Illinois, California, and New Jersey. They also made a cameo in the 1987 "Heart and Soul" music video.
The Characters are scheduled to appear at Micky's upcoming solo show in Ridgefield, Connecticut at The Ridgefield Playhouse on Friday, August 1. In this interview with Characters lead singer and rhythm guitarist (and longtime Monkees fan) Danny Solazzi from The Monkees Hour in 1987, Danny talks about the origins of The Characters, his interactions with The Monkees in the mid-1980s, recording with Chip Douglas, and much more. You'll also get to hear a Characters song, "Maryann," and Danny's impression of Chip Douglas!
Be sure to visit The Characters on the web.
Here The Characters perform "The Girl I Knew Somewhere" at the 1986 Monkees convention in Hollywood:
Danny Solazzi has posted an interview conducted with Chip Douglas in 1987 during the period when Douglas was producing The Characters:
Unfortunately, Head will be screened very early at 7am ET on Thursday, August 7.
What would a 10th Anniversary Monkees reunion in 1976 have looked like? The Monkees did in fact convene at the time to discuss the subject. "We met up at my house, up in the Hollywood Hills," Micky told Monkees archivist Andrew Sandoval. "I think it was William Morris [agency] or something expressed an interest in putting the act back together. Everybody was very enthusiastic about it on the surface. You know, 'Oh great, great idea,' but when it got down to the nitty gritty there were too many conflicting feelings and attitudes....Actually I remember it being really excting. We all got together for the first time in quite a few years in the same room and there was a hell of a buzz."
Davy also spoke about a potential Monkees reunion at the time with reporter Ivor Davis. "We did try to get together again. We could have picked up £100,000 [pounds] to reunite for just one hamburger commercial. Peter and Mike said no."
When Monkees reunion plans fell through, Micky and Davy teamed up with Tommy Boyce and Bobby Hart instead, releasing an album of all new material and performing a number of successful concerts.
Monkee Business Fanzine was a quarterly publication that featured all the latest about The Monkees and their individual careers, as well as original articles, classified listings, and much more. It was published by editor Maggie McManus from 1977-2002. Each member of The Monkees would speak personally to Maggie, making it the most reputable source for Monkees information, before and after the 1986 revival of the group. By the early 2000s, the rise and rapid spread of the World Wide Web helped make publications like MBF become defunct.
In this interview with Paris Stachtiaris and John Di Maio, Maggie talks about the birth of MBF, her assessment of The Monkees' legacy, the fractured relationship between the group and MTV that had occurred at the time of this 1987 interview, and more.