The entire 1987 tour program is now available for viewing on the 1987 North American Tour page.
After the initial upload of the 2012 tour summary, more information has since been added. Be sure to visit the page again. Updates include:
1. Discussion of Michael's offer to make an appearance during the 2011 tour (this information is now also reflected on the 2011 page)
2. Andrew Sandoval's role behind the 2012 tour and its emphasis on the Headquarters album
3. More details about ticket sales for the 2012 tour
4. A look at Rachel Lichtman's work on the video montages for both the 2011 and 2012 tours
5. Davy's remixed vocal for the "Daddy's Song" sequence and Peter's take on "Early Morning Blues and Greens"
I also updated the 2011 tour page to report on Andrew Sandoval's role in The Monkees returning to the concert stage that year.
Finally, there are a few new pictures in the 2012 tour gallery from the Philadelphia show.
Be sure to check out the 2012 Tour page. I have just posted a complete summary of the tour and the events leading up to it. The photo gallery has been expanded and more YouTube videos have been added as well.
Thanks to everyone who contributed pictures throughout the tour. If you see one in the gallery that doesn't have proper credit, please contact me.
Let me know what you think of the tour summary, too. Did I miss anything?
Penn Jillette is half of the Emmy Award-winning magic act duo Penn & Teller. In this article, he somehow finds a way to weave The Monkees into a discussion about atheists, Fox News personality Bill O'Reilly and the so-called "War on Christmas. " This is definitely one of the most unique pieces I've ever read that included a discussion about The Monkees.
By the way, I walked right past Jillette at the recent Monkees concert in Philadelphia. He makes mention of his attendance in the article.
This article originally appeared in the March 29, 2012 print edition of Rolling Stone. You can now read it online.
A song written by Davy and Micky from the Justus album, the last to feature all four Monkees...
I am in the process of adding a Search box to each page on the Live Almanac website. As of this post, there are Search boxes here on the blog (to the right), on the homepage and on each individual decade page (above). You can use the Search function to help navigate the site and all blog entries.
You can now purchase a T-shirt from Mike's recent UK tour. It's available in the Videoranch store here.
Check out this cool remix courtesy of Al Bigley.
Most fans own the much-circulated tape of the Monkees live show from January 1967, recorded at the Memorial Coliseum in Phoenix, Arizona (yes, the same live show that can be seen in the "Monkees on Tour" TV show episode that ends their first season). This concert features the usual tunes that the band performed live then, but also contains cuts of rare live takes of PAPA GENE'S BLUES, SHE'S SO FAR OUT, and GIANT STEP! The problem is, the recordings somehow lack the vocals, having been only miked for instruments! Here is my re-mix of GIANT STEP, with Micky's vocals added from the LP version of the song (with extra effects added to help create an authentic "live"sound)! I also added some additional drumming, and an overall stereo effect throughout, to create a sonic artifact of how this great tune probably sounded live during that early '67 tour jaunt! Enjoy!
Our friends at Monkee Bootlegs have done it again! Thanks to them, I've just added two videos featuring rare 8mm footage from the Dolenz, Jones, Boyce & Hart era on the DJBH page. Don't forget to visit Monkee Bootlegs, too. They've uploaded some awesome, rare material with the promise of more to come!
The last song on Justus, the final album from all four Monkees:
From an audience recording of a show at Ontario Place on July 12, 1986 comes this live version of Peter's "MGBGT." It was one of the new songs performed during the 20th Anniversary Tour that year.
This promotional poster advertised the re-release of all nine original Monkees albums, along with the Rhino compilations Monkee Flips (1984) and Monkee Business (1982).
This is a recent post by Michael Nesmith on Facebook. He talks about how much fun he was having on the 2012 Monkees tour, and the possibility of a U.S. solo tour next year.
Just in case you missed this blog post during the tour...
My Monkees holiday gift ideas
Monkees Farewell Tour
Dolenz sings Nesmith