David Pearl takes you behind the scenes of the second official Monkees concert (and New Year's Eve 1966)
The Monkees played their first full-length live concert on December 3, 1966 at the Honolulu International Centre Arena in Honolulu, Hawaii. Their next show occurred in Denver, Colorado on December 26. In this article (from the May 1967 issue of 16 Magazine) David Pearl examines that second date along with the group's other concerts in late 1966.
Pearl was a friend of Mike Nesmith's from Texas who eventually moved to California and immediately became involved in the Monkees project. Through Nez, he was selected as Peter's stand-in on the television show and was often seen as an extra on many episodes of The Monkees. He also became very good friends with Davy. Pearl traveled with the group while on tour, and in 1969 co-managed the trio of Micky, Davy and Mike.
The artwork of Neko Cholis, photographed in the article above, was featured on several different Monkees releases.
Michael has owned a few pedal steel guitars over the years and currently owns one. He had a custom model made by Sho-Bud in 1968 when he recorded in Nashville, Tennessee.
This piece comes from my collection and was originally published in the October 1966 issue of Photo Screen. And check out the article that contains some unique behind the scenes photos from the first season episode, The Royal Flush (despite mislabeling Peter as Mike).
Alan Smith critiqued one of The Monkees' performances at Wembley in a July 1967 issue of the British music magazine New Musical Express.
The review was recently reprinted in The History of Rock (1967), published by Uncut magazine. The issue contains a couple of different articles on The Monkees and features Jimi Hendrix on the cover. Copies are available at bookstores and online.
"Micky Dolenz Monkees Christmas"
Friday, December 4, 2015: Grand Oak Ballroom / Jackson, California
"Peter Noone In Conversation with Micky Dolenz"
Thursday, January 7: The Space at Westbury / Westbury, New York (Long Island)
Friday, January 8: Tarrytown Music Hall / Tarrytown, New York
Saturday, January 9: Memorial Auditorium / Montclair, New Jersey
Sunday, January 10: The Pavilion at Old School Square / Delray Beach, Florida
Saturday, January 16: B.B. King Blues Club / New York, New York
Saturday, January 16: Infinity / Hartford, Connecticut
Monday, January 18: Rams Head On Stage / Annapolis, Maryland
Saturday, May 7, 2016: Crest Theatre / Sacramento, California
For more information about Micky's shows with Peter Noone, click the image below:
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