Thank you very much to Iain Lee, co-founder of 7a Records, for uploading the official videotape of the 1986 Los Angeles Monkees convention, which took place September 5-7, and was capped by a reunion of all four Monkees in concert at the Greek Theatre on the last day of the convention. This video includes Q&A sessions with both Davy Jones and Micky Dolenz, Bobby Hart performing "Steppin' Stone" with The Characters, along with guest appearances by Jan Berry, Rodney Bingenheimer, and more.
Thank you very much to Jeff Gehringer for sharing these great photos of Davy Jones and Monte Landis at the 1986 Los Angeles Monkees convention. Monte, of course, is well known to Monkees fans, appearing in seven different episodes of the television series, perhaps most notably in "The Devil and Peter Tork."
The monumental gathering of Monkees fans in Philadelphia on August 1-3, 1986 was a culmination of the stready growth of smaller, more intimate Monkees conventions since the late 1970s. This sold-out event, hosted by Monkee Business Fanzine editor Maggie McManus and Monkees collector Ed Reilly, and emceed by longtime fan Fred Velez, attracted Davy, Micky, and Peter during the height of The Monkees' 20th Anniversary Tour. Two sold-out shows at Philly's Mann Music Center capped off the event.
I'm often asked to scan and archive complete issues of Monkee Business Fanzine. That's a tall order, but I have highlighted pieces from MBF in the past. For now, here are twelve pages from the September 1986 issue, covering the latest Monkees news during the mania of the 20th Anniversary Tour, along with a report from the 1986 Philadelphia convention. Maggie McManus - thank you!
I've been digging deep into my Monkees collection lately and turned up this 1987 catalog from Gary Strobl. Does anyone else remember this?
Gary has been acting as a Monkees archivist for decades, and for a brief time during Monkeemania in the '80s he published Monkees West. Gary also sold merchandise, and this particular catalog below offered everything from buttons to posters to pennants, and even Gene Ashman 8-button shirts. Note the front cover and its mention of Gary's book on The Monkees. Perhaps this will finally become a reality soon.
A Monkees convention was held in conjunction with the group's Los Angeles area concerts during the 20th Anniversary Reunion Tour in September 1986. Thanks to Jeff Gehringer who took these pictures at the event!
Left to Right: frequent Monkees TV show guest star Monte Landis, Jessica Jones, Monkees wardrobe designer Gene Ashman, Monkees screenwriter Dave Evans, Davy, Talia Jones, Monkees TV show production assistant Marilyn Schlossberg, Monkees TV show editor and associate producer Gerald Shepard, Sarah Jones, Linda Haines (Davy's first wife), Anita Pollinger (Davy's second wife)
Micky Dolenz Live
Dolenz, Jones, Boyce & Hart returns