Live Almanac reader Andrew Lenahan recently acquired a Headquarters LP at a thrift store, and inside was a ticket stub from The Monkees' appearance at the Hollywood Bowl! The Monkees performed in front of a sold-out audience of over 17,000 at the historic venue on June 9, 1967. Just one day after this triumph, the group recorded "Pleasant Valley Sunday" at RCA Hollywood.
Jeremy Pascall wrote for Britain's New Musical Express. In the article below (from the January 1968 issue of Flip), he chronicles Micky Dolenz while on tour with The Monkees in England in 1967.
In an October 1978 interview with Blitz, Michael Nesmith recalled The Monkees' performance at Detroit's Olympia Stadium on their 1967 summer tour. The group was originally scheduled to appear there on July 29, 1967 but the show was canceled due to rioting. The Monkees played a rescheduled concert in Detroit on August 13, 1967.
"I look at the Olympia stop as being one of the high points of that tour. We walked into Olympia the morning of the show, and I recall being amazed at the vast size of the building. I looked at the high ceilings and wondered how we would sound with acoustics like that. Someone told me that 20,000 people were coming and that was all I had to hear! We really played well that night."
(Photo courtesy of Iris' Little Monkees Corner)
This Henry Diltz photograph that was embellished by Barbara Lorraine turned up in the Live Almanac's Facebook feed. Looks great, Barbara!
After their appearance at the Hollywood Bowl on June 9, 1967, The Monkees spent time in the studio recording songs for what would become their fourth LP, Pisces, Aquarius, Capricorn & Jones Ltd. On June 23, the band departed Los Angeles for Paris, France. Over the next several days in the French capital, The Monkees filmed what would become the second season episode "Monkees in Paris."
And check out the restoration work provided to this episode courtesy of Rhino's Blu-ray set:
Michael Nesmith performed Bo Diddley's "You Can't Judge a Book by the Cover" during his solo spot in The Monkees' stage show, beginning with the first Monkees live concert in Hawaii in December 1966 and throughout the group's summer 1967 tour of the United States and England. The Sundowners, one of the opening acts for the '67 summer concerts, backed Nez (and Davy, Micky, and Peter) during their individual segments.
Listen to Peter Tork introduce Michael Nesmith, with a little inspiration from The Beatles:
Keith Altham wrote for Britain's New Musical Express and later represented some of the biggest names in rock. Here, in the December 1967 issue of Flip, Altham covers The Monkees' visit to England in late June/early July 1967. (Part 1 of this article was posted previously.)