Just added a few pictures in the 1997 North American Tour section (next to the setlist and towards the bottom of the page). They were taken in Austin, Texas in September 1997.
The clear vinyl limited edition release of the Head soundtrack on Rhino Handmade (mentioned in yesterday's blog post) sold out its 500 copies in one day. (There will be a regular edition available at retail on October 25, 2011.) Here's what was posted on The Monkees' official Facebook page as a result:
You guys are the greatest! All 500 copies of the Rhino.com clear vinyl exclusive of HEAD on vinyl sold out in just one day! The regular version will be available to retail on Oct. 25. This sold so fast, we may need to see an INSTANT REPLAY...hmmm...
Speaking of, I updated the LINKS section of this website with a link for The Monkees' official page on Facebook.
Rhino Handmade is releasing a limited edition (500 copies only) of the Head soundtrack on 180-gram clear vinyl. The package also includes a 45 with the following tracks: "Circle Sky" (Live) / "Can You Dig It" (Peter Vocal / Mono Mix). You can order it now.
Audio has surfaced from Michael Nesmith's recent mini-concert in Los Angeles. You can hear "Little Red Rider" and "Some of Shelley's Blues" in full here.
Today I added a picture in the 45th World Tour section (at the bottom of the page) of the Monkeemobile in front of the Fox Theatre in Detroit, before The Monkees' performance there in June.
Mike Nesmith performed a rare live mini-set in Los Angeles at the Coronet Theatre this past week. Check out this thread at the Steve Hoffman Music Forums for the setlist and reviews. By the way, Micky Dolenz was in attendance for the show.
For those of you who missed out on The Monkees television show on DVD the first time around, the company Eagle Rock is re-releasing both seasons this fall. They will have the same content as the old Rhino sets. Amazon has them up for pre-order here and here, but I'd wait and keep checking back on the prices. Last week they had them up for $49, but as of this blog post, they were back up to $63.
Friday Music is releasing a Pool It! deluxe edition, according to their Facebook page. No date has been announced. Apparently the old Heart and Soul videography will also be included on DVD (for the first time) as well as bonus songs (which for now seem to be the single mix of "Every Step of the Way" plus the live version of "MGBGT," which was the b-side to "Heart and Soul").
Check it out below: Dolenz, Jones, Boyce and Hart on Don Kirshner's Rock Concert in 1976. I'm pretty sure DJBH also performed new material during that appearance but it's not up with these other clips (yet).
I posted a new photo in the 1996 North American Tour section (directly underneath the tour summary).
Head airs on Antenna TV today and at other times this week. Check your listings.
Posted some new pictures in the 1989 European Tour, the 1989 North American/Japanese Tour and the 1996 North American Tour sections.
I updated the 45th Anniversary Tour summary to include information about the cancelation of the August/September dates.
I also updated the LINKS section of this website to include a link to the Shoe Suede Blues page.
Michael Nesmith is making a rare live appearance in Los Angeles on August 19, per monkees.com. He is joining other artists including Sean and Sara Watkins (of several groups, including Works Progress Administration), Benmont Tench of Tom Petty & The Heartbreakers and another singer-songwriter, Grant-Lee Phillips. I'll post some YouTube footage if any surfaces.
Check out this interview with Micky here.
Note that Micky said the tour was not filmed or recorded and that he is unaware of any future Rhino repackagings.
Regarding updates on why the remaining dates on the 2011 tour scheduled for late August and September have been canceled, there isn't much to report. But Micky, Davy, and Peter have communicated through their individual Facebook pages.
From Micky's Facebook page:
Dear Fans and Friends,
The Monkee Tour has, indeed, been cancelled but for reasons that I cannot discuss at this time. I can say that the reasons pertain to business and are internal matters. Needless to say, I am disappointed but the situation was unavoidable and I want to apologize to all the fans out there who will not be able to experience what was a wonderful show indeed.
From Peter's Facebook page:
Dear Fans and Friends,
I am writing to confirm that the Monkees tour has been cancelled for reasons that I cannot discuss at this time. I can only say that it has to do with business matters. I sincerely regret that it is not possible to continue this wonderful tour. I especially regret the inconvenience to those of you whose plans have been disrupted. Thank you for all your love and support. I hope to see you on the road sometime.
Davy's Facebook simply stated the following:
After having contacted a representative of Davy Jones, it has been determined that the remainder of The Monkees 2011 tour HAS BEEN CANCELLED. No reason has been given at this time. When more information becomes available, it will be posted....
Here is a complete list of the cancelled dates:
August 26, 2011: Westbury, New York, NYCB Theater at Westbury
August 27, 2011: Hyannis, Massachusetts, Cape Cod Melody Tent
August 28, 2011: Hampton Beach, New Hampshire, Hampton Beach Casino Ballroom
August 31, 2011: Upper Darby Township, Pennsylvania, Tower Theater
September 1, 2011: Durham, North Carolina, Durham Performing Arts Center
September 2, 2011: Huntington, West Virginia, Big Sandy Superstore Arena
September 4, 2011: Cleveland, Ohio, Jacobs Pavilion at Nautica
September 7, 2011: Englewood, New Jersey, Bergen Performing Arts Center
September 8, 2011: New Brunswick, New Jersey, State Theatre
September 9, 2011: Albany, New York, Times Union Center
September 10, 2011: Bushkill, Pennsylvania, Pocono Mountains Performing Arts Center
September 12, 2011: Saint Charles, Missouri, Family Arena
September 23, 2011: Coquitlam, Canada, Red Robinson Show Theatre
Pollstar, the concert industry's leading trade publication, is reporting the August/September concerts as being canceled. Monkees.net is doing the same. Various other Monkees-related social media outlets are either saying the remaining dates are not happening or are not commenting at all.
I decided to take down the 'Monkees on Tour' box on the front page with a link to the late summer dates on Ticketmaster (even though there still hasn't been any official word from the band). It seems fairly clear that these shows are not happening.
The Monkees, however, are scheduled to appear in a pre-recorded segment on the Today show on Wednesday, August 17.
The tour's Facebook page was (suddenly) deleted over the weekend and some dates are being listed as canceled by Ticketmaster and Live Nation. Pollstar is reporting the remaining dates for later this month and September are indeed off.
All of it is odd, but I'm going to leave up the links for current tour dates, etc. until we hear something official from the band.
I added a YouTube video in the 2001 North American Tour section of The Monkees performing a cover of Jackie Wilson's "Higher and Higher."
In case you haven't heard, Antenna TV is screening Head in the coming weeks. They also air the Monkees' television show (and Micky's Circus Boy) on the weekends.
Friday Music is releasing Davy's very first solo album (from 1965, pre-Monkees) on compact disc. I hope Davy's '71 Bell album also makes the cut...
Per request, check out the Facebook Fan Page of The Monkees here.
Really hoping we see a live album from the current Monkees tour. Keep those fingers crossed.
Big update today in the 1969 North American Tour section. I updated and added information to the tour summary. There are also new pictures from this era at the bottom of the page (thanks, Joe!). You can click on these images (and most images on this website) to enlarge them.
If you are interested in even more information on the 1969 Monkees tour, you should pick up Andrew Sandoval's book. The wealth of information for each concert performed that year is amazing. Check out the Links section of this website where you can find a link to his page for the book.
Monkees Farewell Tour
Dolenz sings Nesmith