In the summer of 1967, The Monkees hit the road for a concert tour that stopped in nearly 30 cities in the United States and England, a tour that also boasted the Jimi Hendrix Experience as the opening act during its earliest dates. The footage below, filmed at unknown locations, shows the energy and excitement exuded by The Monkees during their live shows at this particular time in their career. It should be noted that the footage found in the first video has been synced with audio recordings from the '67 concerts.
As a bonus, here's a promotional clip for "Randy Scouse Git" that aired on the July 6, 1967 episode of the British music program Top of the Pops (showing footage filmed on June 29, 1967 as The Monkees arrived in London and later held their first official group press conference).
"Randy Scouse Git," written by Micky Dolenz and appearing on The Monkees' third album, Headquarters, had been issued as a single in the United Kingdom and ultimately peaked at #1 on the charts there (albeit under the name "Alternate Title").
The "Randy Scouse Git" promo clip had been unseen since its original airing until it was included as a bonus feature on The Monkees: The Complete Series (Blu-ray).
Thanks a lot to Iain Lee for sharing this piece from his collection with the Live Almanac, a ticket to see The Monkees at Empire Pool, Wembley in London in July 1967. And don't forget that you can browse the Live Almanac's archives for more coverage of The Monkees at Wembley in '67!
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.
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.)
Lulu opened for The Monkees at Wembley in 1967 and was a friend of Davy Jones. This article was originally published in the July 1968 issue of Monkee Spectacular.
Keith Altham wrote for Britain's New Musical Express and later represented some of the biggest names in rock. Here, in the November 1967 issue of Flip, Altham covers The Monkees' visit to England in late June/early July 1967. (UPDATE: Read Part 2 of this article.)
Ric Klein reports on The Monkees' 1967 summer tour: Brian Jones, The Beatles, Wembley, Jimi Hendrix, and more
Ric Klein was Micky's stand-in on The Monkees television show and can be seen frequently in the background or as an extra on the series. Ric also acted as stage manager for The Monkees when the group was on tour in the '60s, and was the best man when Micky married Samantha Juste in July 1968. He co-wrote "Bye Bye Baby Bye Bye" with Micky, too, a song that appeared on The Monkees Present album in 1969.
Thanks to JD McCutcheon of Monkee45s for sharing this with the Live Almanac!
The Monkees performed five shows in front of packed houses at Wembley Pool in London in late June/early July 1967. In the article below, check out Michael's comments on how he thinks The Monkees TV program will live on, The Beatles, and his thoughts on the "Valleri"/"Tapioca Tundra" single.
Here's an interesting piece from Britain's New Musical Express (courtesy of Rosemary Reedman) that was published sometime around The Monkees' London appearances in the summer of 1967. Davy talks about his musical abilities, taking The Monkees to Broadway, his chances of becoming the full-time drummer in the group, and more. Author Keith Altham also references high jinks between Davy and Michael.
David Pearl was a friend of Michael Nesmith's from Texas who eventually moved to California and immediately became involved in the Monkees project. Through Nez, Pearl became 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 Jones. Pearl traveled with the group on tour, and in 1969 co-managed The Monkees along with Brendan Cahill.
After their appearance at the Hollywood Bowl on June 9, The Monkees spent time in the studio recording songs for what would become 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." Leaving Paris for London on June 28, the band held their first 'group' press conference before playing five concerts at Wembley between June 30 and July 2 (in front of audiences of 10,000 at each show).
Thanks to Rosemary Reedman for submitting this article that was originally published in Britain's New Musical Express. Keith Altham provides coverage of the shows at Wembley in late June and early July 1967, The Monkees' London press conference, Peter playing "Eleanor Rigby" on his guitar in the hotel, Mike's take on his own popularity, and more.
In this article, Lulu, who opened for The Monkees at Wembley in 1967, offers her thoughts on each of the individual Monkees.
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