Who's attending the latest round of Micky & Peter shows tonight and tomorrow night? If you are, please feel free to submit pictures and reports to the Live Almanac, and if there are any surprises in the show, you can always send me a tweet so we can alert everyone in real time.
July 31: Nashville Symphony / Nashville, Tennessee
August 1: River City Casino and Hotel / St. Louis, Missouri
"If I Ever Get to Saginaw Again" remained officially unreleased until its inclusion on the 1990 rarities package, Missing Links Volume Two.
Here's a photo of Davy, Micky, and Mike in RCA Studios with songwriter Jack Keller in January 1969 as referenced in the Instant Replay deluxe edition liner notes above:
Davy Jones later demoed "If I Ever Get to Saginaw Again" at some point in the early 1970s:
On April 10, 1969, The Monkees appeared at a youth rally held at the Alabama State Fairgrounds. The next day, the trio performed at the Municipal Auditorium in Birmingham.
Here's one courtesy of the Live Almanac's YouTube channel! On the Japanese tour in October 1968, one of the concerts was filmed (most likely during the two day, three concert stay at Budokan Hall in Tokyo on October 3 and 4, 1968) and later broadcasted on Japanese television. This recording, however, has never been officially released. The audio of it (straight from the video) does exist as a bootleg and is why we can hear cuts like the one below, but the video footage is presumed lost or destroyed.
During the performance of "Salesman" and some other numbers, Davy played bass while Peter moved to keyboards. I'm a big fan of the Japan '68 bootleg...really wish it had been preserved more carefully.
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After Dolenz, Jones, Boyce & Hart disbanded, Micky and Davy continued to work together and formed a new act that played clubs in 1977. Micky's sister, Coco, joined the duo on the road. Coco, of course, has been a part of The Monkees' touring band since 2012. Here's a promotional photo that Coco shared on her Facebook page from her days with Micky and Davy:
The October 1967 issue of Flip provided coverage of The Monkees on tour in early 1967.
The first episode of the television series that was filmed (after the pilot) was "Don't Look A Gift Horse In The Mouth." Production began on May 31, 1966 and was completed by early June. "Gift Horse" became the 8th episode of the series, airing on NBC on October 31, 1966. It featured two Michael Nesmith originals, "Papa Gene's Blues" and "All The King's Horses."
Monkees Farewell Tour