From the late '80s to the early '90s, I was a member of The Monkees/Boyce & Hart Photo Fan Club, which was a long-running Monkees newsletter published at that time by Jodi Hammrich and Shari S. Cain. In their September/October 1987 issue, The Monkees' sold-out performance at Pier 84 in New York City on August 20, 1987 was reviewed by Elayne Wechsler. The detailed recap of the show also included a look at the 1987 North American tour's opening act, Weird Al Yankovic.
Thanks a lot to Ed Reilly for sharing this comic that was syndicated nationwide in late 1987!
In the December 1987 issue of Monkee Business Fanzine, Monkees photographer Michael G. Bush wrote about the fun-filled finale of the 1987 tour at Harrah's in Lake Tahoe, Nevada:
The Monkees would, however, go on to play one more show in 1987 in front of a massive crowd at Zoofest, held at Lowry Park in Tampa, Florida:
The music video for "Every Step of the Way," the second single from The Monkees' 1987 album, Pool It!, was filmed in a Los Angeles alley on October 9, 1987. It debuted on Nickelodeon's Nick Rocks video show on Friday, November 6, 1987.
The Monkees arrived on the stage during their 1987 North American Tour recreating a scene made famous by the opening credits of their television show:
The Monkees played a series of shows at Harrah's in Las Vegas at the end of their 1987 summer tour. Here's some footage from one of those shows that was posted on YouTube by Jeff Jones, guitarist in the backing band that year.
"Heart and Soul," the first single from The Monkees' album Pool It!, was released in July 1987. The music video, despite being banned by MTV, was played heavily on alternate cable outlets, including Nickelodeon's Nick Rocks:
The B-side, Peter Tork's own "MGBGT," was recorded live during one of the final stops on The Monkees' massively successful 20th Anniversary Reunion Tour in 1986:
The front and back of the picture sleeve:
Rhino Records issued a promo CD for "Heart and Soul," along with a limited edition pink vinyl version of the single, which came in a hard stock picture sleeve:
The Monkees have performed the song live over the years, debuting it on the 1987 summer tour, where it was featured prominently in the encore. It stayed in the set list for the group's 1988 visit to Australia. After those performances, "Heart and Soul" would not be aired again in a live setting until 1996 and 1997, and it made a few select appearances on the 50th Anniversary Tour in 2016.
The Monkees performed two concerts at Pine Knob on their '87 summer tour. Here's a review of the first show on August 26, which also featured "Weird Al" Yankovic who opened for The Monkees that year.
The video below features footage from the second night at Pine Knob on August 27, 1987:
Peter has a lot to say about the sounds and style of Pool It! and more in this flashback piece from 1987...
Jeff Jones played rhythm guitar on the 1987 Monkees summer tour. Jeff is battling both MS and Parkinson's Disease. Micky, along with a star-studded list of celebrities, will perform at a benefit concert in his honor on April 28.