In 1989, The Monkees returned to Europe for the first time since 1967 for a tour that brought a sell-out crowd to nearly every venue along with a huge wave of publicity surrounding their activities. Most of the shows centered around the United Kingdom with dates in England, Scotland, and Wales. A concert was also held in Amsterdam, Holland on April 21, portions of which were broadcast live on European radio. The Amsterdam show was also filmed and later screened on Holland television in May.
An acoustic set was a highlight of all of The Monkees' 1989 concerts in the UK, North America, and Japan. Listen below to Davy Jones take the lead on "When Love Comes Knockin' (At Your Door)" during the set while Peter Tork sings "Take a Giant Step."
Former Cherokees member Doug Trevor talks about the '68 Monkees Australian tour and more on "Headquarters"
Doug Trevor is a former member of The Cherokees, the group that opened for The Monkees in Australia in 1968. He later worked with Davy Jones in the 1970s, and his song, "Sitting in the Apple Tree," appeared on Davy's 1971 solo album on Bell Records. Doug also composed "Sail On Sailor" from the Dolenz, Jones, Boyce & Hart LP (1976), and "How Do You Know," the B-side of Davy's 1981 Japanese single, "It's Now."
Doug reconnected with The Monkees during their 1988 visit to Australia, leading the backing band for those concerts and continuing in that position throughout 1989 when The Monkees toured Europe, North America, and Japan. In this two-part interview from the Headquarters radio program, hosts Paris Stachtiaris and John Di Maio speak to Doug about his career, his recollections of the '68 Monkees tour of Australia, coming to America in the early '70s and calling on members of The Monkees, working with Davy, and much more. You'll also hear Boyce & Hart's version of "Tear Drop City" during Part 1 of the interview.
Micky, Peter and Davy (tour photographer Michael G. Bush can be partially seen on the far right) celebrate the end of the 1989 European Tour upon its completion that April.
Thanks to Scott Erickson and Monkee Bootlegs for these live audio files. They are in FLAC format, and you can download Winamp to play them.