Have you visited the Live Almanac's YouTube channel yet? There are already 52 videos posted! To my knowledge, a great deal of the material posted is not currently on YouTube, so I hope you find something you haven't seen before. I have posted concert footage, old reports and interviews (often with live footage interspersed), as well as videos dealing with solo projects by members of The Monkees. I plan to upload more videos over the next couple of days.
When you get to the channel, hit subscribe at the top of the page and feel free to leave a comment on the videos you watch.
I will eventually embed some of my videos throughout various pages here on the Live Almanac website. Stay tuned.
Click here: Monkees Live Almanac's YouTube page.
I have decided to go through my vast collection of old VHS tapes to upload some rare or rarely seen Monkees material. Click here to visit the channel. More to come later...
A few updates to the site today:
1. There are some new videos in the 1986 '20th Anniversary Tour' section. I rearranged the videos a little bit to include a news clip on the '86 Buffalo, New York show, as well as a video with coverage of the '86 tour that was aired in England. Both of these clips have performance footage, so check them out. I also posted the YouTube audio for one of the reunion songs, "Anytime, Anyplace, Anywhere." The video for "That Was Then, This Is Now" is finally showing up on YouTube, and I also posted that one.
2. I added two pictures to the 1968 Far East Tour section: one of Micky and Peter in Australia, and another of Mike, Davy and Peter onstage in Japan.
3. There is a new YouTube video in the 1986 Greek Theater section that features a quick interview with Nez that aired on MTV.
By the way, Rhino has created an official Monkees YouTube channel. The only items there at the moment are the two Pool It! music videos. However, this is notable as I don't believe the "Every Step of the Way" video had ever made its way to YouTube. Here's hoping Rhino puts up some good archive material on this channel.
Finally, I changed the pictures on the homepage. The picture next to the welcome message was also the cover for the Then and Now album in 1986, and is one of my favorite photos of the band.
Just in time for the holidays, enjoy the videos posted below. The first features The Monkees performing the Spanish carol "Riu Chiu" in 1967, the second is the Dolenz/Jones/Tork 1976 single, "Christmas Is My Time of Year," and finally, the 1986 MTV Monkees Christmas video (with Michael Nesmith as Santa Claus).
Bert Schneider, one half of Raybert, the team that created The Monkees, passed away this week. He was an instrumental figure in Hollywood, and the Monkees project paved the way for many of his future successes, including the film Easy Rider. Schneider was probably the band's biggest supporter when they made the move to take over the reigns of their music, causing Don Kirshner to be fired from his position as the group's musical supervisor.
Monkees archivist Andrew Sandoval remembered Schneider in a message on Facebook:
Lots of updates to the site today:
1. Three pictures have been added to the 1968 Far East Tour section. The first is of Mike Nesmith onstage in an American flag shirt, the second is the band arriving by plane somewhere during the tour, and the third picture shows the Monkees posing with The Cherokees, who opened up the Australian shows.
2. Two pictures have been added to the 1969 North American Tour section (towards the bottom of the page). The first is a collage of photos of the trio taken in Hawaii in April 1969, and the second is a photo of the band taken sometime in 1969.
3. A Creem magazine publicity photo of The Monkees in 1986 was added to the 1986 tour section (towards the bottom of the page right above the YouTube videos).
4. Two YouTube videos were added to the 2001 North American Tour section. The first is from a performance in Boston in July, and the second is one of the bonus features from the Live Summer Tour DVD, featuring an interview with the trio.
5. Three YouTube videos were added to the 2002 section. It's a pretty good TV interview conducted with Micky and Davy sometime during the 2002 tour.
My Instant Replay box finally arrived yesterday. Great set so far. Let's hope Rhino continues these deluxe releases.
I was sort of frustrated when the deluxe edition didn't arrive in yesterday's mail. It would have been nice to have had the rest of the weekend to go through it. Anyone else STILL waiting?
There has been no news recently from Friday Music on a release date for the Pool It! deluxe edition. Still waiting for more info on that one...
Here's a new interview with Davy. He talks about the end of the 2011 tour and mentions that he recorded many of the shows on the tour. Check it out here.