A week before The Monkees was set to debut on NBC on September 12, 1966, the group undertook a promotional tour that made stops in Chicago, Boston, New York, and Los Angeles. The promotional tour was launched in Hollywood on September 1 with a private reception at Screen Gems. For the first time, The Monkees played briefly in front of an audience. Here's a few pictures of Peter from that event. (Note: I'm uncertain if the picture of Peter "tied up" is from the Screen Gems event, despite the shirt being the same as the one he wore that day. Can anyone confirm?)
This is a (seemingly) rare 1997 CD compilation released on Bellaphon Records in the European Union. Scott Catton submitted the scans below of his personal copy. We both recalled seeing it at our local Borders in the late '90s, and for me, the cover (featuring a scene from the second season episode "Some Like It Lukewarm") always stood out. But for one reason or another, I never picked it up. Scott reports there is no booklet inside, just a 4-page insert with the song listings. Speaking of, this collection features an eclectic track selection, which is quite heavy on The Birds, The Bees & The Monkees era.
On Saturday night, the Egyptian Theatre in Hollywood hosted a special event honoring The Monkees' 50th Anniversary, screening four episodes of The Monkees television series (from the new masters). A Q&A discussion with Micky Dolenz also took place and was hosted by Illeana Douglas. The episodes shown were "Monkee vs. Machine," "Monkees Get Out More Dirt," "The Devil and Peter Tork," and "The Frodis Caper." Both Andrew Sandoval and Rhino's John Hughes were also in attendance and later joined Micky onstage during the Q&A session.
The Monkees' new album, Good Times!, was issued yesterday on vinyl in various formats. The version available exclusively at f.y.e. retailers features the LP pressed on teal-colored vinyl, and is already out of stock according to their website.
A big thank you to Ben Belmares for sharing his scans of the f.y.e. vinyl with the Live Almanac!
Good Times! made its way to vinyl on Friday in various formats. The Barnes & Noble version was accompanied by an exclusive 7" single of "Love's What I Want" (written by Andy Partridge) backed with "A Better World" (written by Peter Tork's brother, Nick). Both songs were produced during sessions conducted by Andrew Sandoval but they did not appear on the album itself.
I'd like to say thanks to my old friend, Chris Coyle, for sharing photos of his Barnes & Noble LP and 45:
The bonus 45 (which came enclosed in a plain white sleeve):
And finally, the sticker sheet (which is larger than the sheet enclosed with the compact disc release):
Coco will also appear with former Wings guitarist Denny Laine when Laine celebrates the 40th Anniversary of the group's famous 1976 U.S. tour on August 27 in Westlake Village, California:
Last night, Michael Nesmith appeared at the Golden State Theatre in Monterey, California in a benefit show for those affected by wildfires that have devastated the area since late July. Videoranch posted footage of Michael's performance, which included the following songs:
Papa Gene's Blues
The Monkees just completed a performance at the Bomb Factory in Dallas, Texas, broadcasted live on AXS TV. Thanks a lot to Sherri Hansen for submitting a photo of tonight's set list!
Monkees Farewell Tour
Dolenz sings Nesmith
Pre-Order Sandoval Book
Monkee Mania Radio on Live365