Micky is in the UK for International Beatleweek...
Here's WWE personality The Miz starring in a new ad for Domino's Pizza, featuring a quick Monkees mention. Thanks to Rick Quetta for the heads up!
The Monkees' new album Good Times! was released on vinyl on August 12, and sales of the vinyl issue have propelled the LP back onto the Billboard Top 200 chart.
Micky Dolenz, Michael Nesmith and Peter Tork tell the stories behind some of their most enduring tunes
When speaking about "Me & Magdalena," Michael Nesmith shared a little news:
"As we speak, I'm driving back from Los Angeles. I just recorded a version of this song in Spanish with Micky."
Updated Friday, August 26 @ 9am EST
Yesterday, Michael Nesmith posted a message on his Facebook page announcing that he will make his last appearance on The Monkees' current 50th Anniversary Tour (and perhaps his final as a Monkee) at a Los Angeles concert this September. Major media outlets have been covering this story:
"His message concluded with what reads like a farewell to his career as a Monkee."
"The Monkees' Mike Nesmith announced Aug. 19 on his Facebook page that he'll do one more show with fellow Monkees Micky Dolenz and Peter Tork on their 50th anniversary tour..."
"As Nesmith wrote, he anticipates the Los Angeles gig to be his last with the Monkees."
"Nesmith made the announcement on his Facebook page, stating that his appearance on September 16 at the Pantages Theater in Los Angeles will be his final performance with the Monkees."
UK Daily Mail: 'Looks like I’ve made it to the end': Michael Nesmith announces he will play one final gig with The Monkees
"Michael Nesmith has announced he will play one final show with his group before splitting for good."
"He also made statements that may be putting a cap on his involvement with The Monkees as a whole."
"Nesmith...said the Pantages show allows him to firmly close the book on his tenure with the band."
The Monkees' current 50th Anniversary Tour will make its way to Los Angeles on September 16 for a performance at the historic Pantages Theatre, and today on Facebook, Michael Nesmith confirmed that he will be joining his bandmates for this homecoming show.
Michael's message also seemingly hints that his future activities with The Monkees are coming to a conclusion. "I expect it will be fun, and a great way for me to sign out," Nez wrote. "I see the specter of the multiple Sinatra retirement/farewells — and this seems like the perfect time for me to step off, sit down and shut up. Hope I see you there. No, I don’t have any tickets. What a long strange trip, it’s been said...and it looks like I’ve made it to the end."
The Monkees' 50th Anniversary Tour commenced on May 18 but has featured only Micky Dolenz and Peter Tork. Nesmith, however, has joined both Dolenz and Tork this year at various other events, including an interview for CBS Sunday Morning, a SiriusXM Town Hall, and a radio guest spot in Louisville, Kentucky. He also "appeared" with Micky and Peter in New York City on June 1 via Skype, performing "Papa Gene's Blues," and joined the duo during the encore performance in Monterey, California on August 5. And of course, The Monkees' first album of all new material since 1996, Good Times!, features all three surviving members of the group.
Michael explained to fans earlier this year that a commitment to deliver his upcoming book, Infinite Tuesday: An Autobiographical Riff, prevented him from going on the road. Nez, however, has publicly kept the door open to playing with The Monkees. Micky and Peter have already performed 30 concerts in North America to positive reviews and enthusiastic audiences, and are currently on a break until September 4 when the tour resumes in Vancouver, British Columbia, Canada at the Pacific National Exhibition.
Michael's Facebook message also confirmed that he will not be joining Micky and Peter later this year for their tour of Australia and New Zealand, but did promise a busy 2017. "I...will be starting my Infinite Tuesday book tour in the first quarter of 2017, as well as some solo concerts, and other projects that will make it not possible to be with them on that tour [of Australia and New Zealand]."
Michael Nesmith confirms Los Angeles appearance with The Monkees this September and implies it will be his final performance with the group
UPDATE 4pm EST: Read more details and information about Michael Nesmith's announcement here.
Last week, Inside the Box examined The Monkees' 1969 NBC television special, 33 1/3 Revolutions Per Monkee. And now, the ITMOD podcast takes a turn!
"Rainy Jane" (written by Howard Greenfield & Neil Sedaka) was a single taken from Davy's 1971 album for Bell Records and became a modest chart hit that year, reaching #52 on the Billboard Hot 100 (and #32 in Cash Box).
Below is a demo for the song, courtesy of the Live Almanac's YouTube channel. The picture in the video is a promotional image used by Bell to promote Davy and the album during that time period.
This promotional ad, courtesy of Monkee45s.net, appeared in the July 10, 1971 issue of Cash Box:
Davy performed "Rainy Jane" on The Roger Whittaker Show in the UK on June 22, 1971:
In 2012, "Rainy Jane" was paired with "Girl" (made famous by its inclusion in an episode of The Brady Bunch) for a double-A side 7" single on green vinyl. A Rhino.com exclusive released in the months after Davy's passing, this collector's item, strictly limited to 1,000 copies and not made available in stores, sold out in one day.
I was hoping to see the 8-button Monkees shirts (as designed by Gene Ashman) available at the merchandise booth during this year's concerts...just for the novelty factor. Surely they would have been an instant hit!
Is it the album version as featured on The Monkees' new LP, Good Times! as heard below . . .
. . . Or, the fast version, a bonus track on iTunes and HDTracks?
Monkees Farewell Tour
Dolenz sings Nesmith
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