John Billings has been the bass player in The Monkees' touring band since 2012. Here's a great interview with him that was conducted by Ken Mills over at Zilch. Enjoy!
Late this afternoon replacement packaging for my Monkees Blu-ray box set arrived from Rhino Records. As everyone knows, many customers who purchased the collection were dismayed to find imperfections with the box housing the 10 Blu-ray discs, booklet, and bonus 45 single, including ripped placeholders and even reports of the lenticular cover becoming unglued. John Hughes of Rhino Records, who co-produced the Blu-ray project, quickly acknowledged these problems on Facebook, saying "We hear you and we are working on a plan to make any damages right. Please be patient with us for the next couple of weeks while we work this out."
I received a couple of emails yesterday from Monkees fans who had been issued shipping notices from UPS along with reports of actual deliveries of the replacement box. So, if you alerted Rhino about a concern, new boxes are on the way! Rhino Records is to be commended for rectifying this unfortunate occurrence in such quick fashion.
If your Blu-ray packaging suffered damage, please contact Rhino directly to inform them of your issue. In the meantime, hopefully everyone is enjoying the results of the dedication exhibited by Hughes, Andrew Sandoval, Dan Wingate, and others who made this Blu-ray collection a reality!
Thanks to Brian Marchese of Where's That Sound Coming From? for this brand new interview with Monkees archivist and tour producer Andrew Sandoval. Andrew talks extensively about his work on the new Monkees Blu-ray collection along with Rhino's packaging issues, how he got his start in the music business, working with Micky, Davy, Michael, and Peter, and much more. Listen to Part 1 of 2 below:
Thanks a lot to Chris Keating for submitting this scan of the August 9, 1967 issue of Australia's TV Times to the Live Almanac.
This article, from the December 1967 issue of Fave, digs deep into Peter's pre-Monkees days washing dishes at the Golden Bear, a folk club in Huntington Beach, California.
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