Between October 3 and 4, 1968, The Monkees performed three shows at the famed Budokan Hall in Tokyo, Japan. The photo below was originally published in Andrew Sandoval's book, The Monkees: The Day-By-Day Story of the '60s TV Pop Sensation.
Here's a color photo from one of the shows at the Budokan:
In late 1968, The Monkees toured Australia and Japan. On September 30, 1968, The Monkees left Australia and traveled to Tokyo, Japan for the second leg of the tour. The group and their tour party were forced to stop in Hong Kong when their flight hit severe weather, and this picture was taken by Monkees associate Bill Chadwick during the layover.
"Peter's a real buster...a real musician's musician. Whenever we'd go anywhere...we could go into a lobby and there'd be a four-piece group or a cello and string section - wouldn't matter what - and he'd be up there with his banjo or whatever instrument was close by, and he'd be jamming with them. He's that kind of guy."
This article was originally published in the January 1969 issue of Tiger Beat. Click each image and then click again to enlarge...
Listen to the bootleg recording of The Monkees while on tour in Japan in early October 1968, along with a rare interview with Peter Tork that was recorded during their visit, all courtesy of the We Want The Monkees podcast.
Here's a highlight from the Live Almanac's YouTube channel: a live version of "Salesman," a track from The Monkees' fourth LP, Pisces, Aquarius, Capricorn & Jones Ltd. It was most likely recorded during one of the shows at Budokan Hall in Tokyo, Japan on October 3 or 4, 1968. One of the concerts in Tokyo was filmed and later aired on Japanese television, complete with Japanese overdubs introducing each song.
Mike Nesmith: lead vocal/guitar; Micky Dolenz: drums/backing vocals; Davy Jones: bass; Peter Tork: keyboards
Monkees Monthly was a British magazine published by Beat Publications between February 1967 and September 1969. Subscriptions were available to those outside of the UK, and each issue (led by editor Jackie Richmond) contained rare black and white photos, exclusive features, news, a mailbag, and more.
Every issue of Monkees Monthly also contained a news update, and this one, from September 1968, is particularly interesting. Take note of the original plan to tour Australia, Japan, the Philippines, New Zealand, and Hawaii in late 1968. In the end, only concerts in Australia and Japan were scheduled.
You will also notice the report of "Daddy's Song" as a single in the UK, along with the misspelling of Harry Nilsson's name!
A Live Almanac reader recently submitted these photos of The Monkees in Japan in 1968, originally published on the Zilch! Facebook page by Victor M. Penalosa. Great photos, Victor!
Check out this cool photo of Davy that Iain Lee posted on Twitter earlier today - looks like it was taken in either Japan or Australia when The Monkees performed in those countries in 1968.
Not for certain, but I think this photograph was taken at a stop on the 1968 Japanese tour...
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