This article was originally published in the Vancouver Sun after The Monkees' performance at the Pacific Coliseum in Vancouver, BC, Canada on March 29, 1969:
The editor of Monkees Monthly penned this piece for the September 1969 issue, which was also its last.
This article is a time capsule on the state of The Monkees heading into what turned out to be the very challenging year of 1969 for the group. Davy talks about the lack of success of their most recent singles and why he thinks they underperformed. He also discusses 33 1/3 Revolutions Per Monkee (which had yet to air), songwriting (including Micky's "Mommy and Daddy"), what he thinks their 1969 tour should encompass, and much more.
Before the start of their extensive tour across North America, Micky, Davy, and Michael were guests on Glen Campbell's variety show on February 5, 1969. The trio performed "Last Train to Clarksville," "I'm a Believer," and "Salesman" live and lip-synced "Tear Drop City" (their brand new single at the time) after a series of comedy sketches. Those sketches are outrageously dated and a bit over the top, but it's still a fun watch and one of the few surviving pieces of footage of The Monkees as a trio in 1969. Plus, you get to catch a glimpse of Davy's ultra-cool customized Gretsch bass.
Micky and Davy discuss Peter's departure from The Monkees and his new group Release, music trends, their upcoming LP that ultimately became The Monkees Present, and more:
The Monkees visited the historic Ryman Auditorium when they were guests on The Johnny Cash Show on July 19, 1969. The trio sang Michael Nesmith's "Nine Times Blue" in an appearance that was filmed earlier that May.
On April 25, 1969, Davy, Micky, and Michael performed in Honolulu, Hawaii at the Honolulu International Center Arena, site of the very first Monkees concert on December 3, 1966.
Andrew Sandoval made note of The Monkees' 1969 Hawaii appearance in his book, The Monkees: The Day-By-Day Story of the 60s TV Pop Sensation, including parts of a review from the show originally published in the Honolulu Advertiser:
Anyone know where this ad originated? I'm not sure if it's from a newspaper or a trade magazine. Check out the 1969 tour page here at the Live Almanac for more details and set lists.
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