Annabel Jones, Talia Jones Rosten, and Sarah Jones McFadden are featured in the latest issue of Sidelines Magazine. The ladies share stories about their dad and his love of horses, discuss the establishment of the Davy Jones Equine Memorial Foundation, and more in this interview with Kimberly Gatto:
Monkees author, historian, and producer Andrew Sandoval recently appeared on the latest episode of the podcast Ranking The Beatles, where he talks about the relationship between The Beatles and The Monkees, creating reissue packages from a fan's perspective, his new book, how his parents sneaked him into a Wings concert in 1976, interesting Monkees tidbits, what Andrew considers to be The Monkees' holy grail, and much more.
Listen now by clicking the link below, or stream it on Spotify!
This past February, Monkees fans received the news they had long been anticipating when Monkees historian, producer, and manager Andrew Sandoval officially announced the brand new edition of his groundbreaking book on the group, The Monkees: The Day-By-Day Story. Set to ship in August, Andrew's original work has been rewritten, redesigned, and expanded to an incredible 740 pages! You still have time to order a copy of this limited edition tome via Beatland Books.
The Live Almanac is now happy to share an exclusive interview with Andrew, recorded in late May, where he talks with Paris Stachtiaris. Monkees fans are likely to recall Paris as the co-host of Headquarters ("The only radio show in America dedicated to The Monkees") that originally aired from 1987 to 1990 on WBAU-FM, the former radio station of Adelphi University in Long Island, New York. In 2019 Paris returned to broadcasting, with co-host Ben Brown on the HCS Radio Network.
Throughout this two-part interview, Andrew talks to Paris about the various stages of his career in music, including being a Grammy-nominated record producer and the host of the long-running Come to the Sunshine show. Andrew also discusses his role in The Monkees returning to the concert stage in 2011, the circumstances surrounding the abrupt end to that tour, how close all four Monkees came to reuniting in 2012 before Davy Jones passed away, the Good Times! era, future Beatland Books projects, missing links in The Monkees' tape vault, and much more!
Dave Evans was a screenwriter on The Monkees television series. He is responsible for the episodes "Your Friendly Neighborhood Kidnappers," "Don't Look a Gift Horse in the Mouth," "Too Many Girls," "I Was a Teenage Monster," "Find The Monkees," "Alias Micky Dolenz," "The Christmas Show," and "Monkees Race Again." He also co-wrote "The Frodis Caper" with Micky Dolenz.
Watch episode 3 of The Monkees Pad Show, as Dave speaks with host JR about his personal friendships with each of the Monkees, writing episodes like "The Frodis Caper," his interactions with Charles Manson, working with Bob Rafelson & Bert Schneider, and much, much more!
Peter Mills is the author of the exceptional 2016 book, The Monkees, Head, and the '60s, and a friend of the Live Almanac. A while back, Peter relayed that he had to leave an abundance of material for his book on the cutting room floor, including an examination of Michael Nesmith's work with Ian Matthews in the early 1970s.
And now, Peter is sharing more of his shelved research, this time focusing on one of The Monkees' most iconic songs, "Goin' Down." Enjoy Peter's essay, linked below:
With the recent release of Dolenz sings Nesmith and the announcement of a Monkees Farewell tour in May, Zilch host extraordinaire Ken Mills welcomes back Andrew Sandoval as he talks about the tour and Micky's new solo album, as well as his upcoming book, The Monkees: The Day-By-Day Story, and much, much more.
"We have a lot to celebrate right now," Andrew said.
This Friday, Dolenz sings Nesmith, the highly anticipated new release from 7a Records, will be available worldwide on CD, vinyl, and as a digital download. The album features Micky Dolenz reimagining select tracks from the songbook of his longtime friend and bandmate, Michael Nesmith. Pre-orders are now available, and be sure to take advantage of the great prices being offered by Import CDs.
Collected below are recent articles and interviews with Micky about this long-simmering project, along with some early (and glowing) reviews!
"Dolenz sings Nesmith" Press Coverage and Interviews
Micky Dolenz Finally Gets His Wish; Singing Michael Nesmith Songs on New Album (New York Independent)
Micky Dolenz on Why the Monkees Are Doing a Farewell Tour and His New 'Dolenz Sings Nesmith' Album (Variety)
Monkee Time: Micky Dolenz Album of Mike Nesmith Songs Unexpectedly Sells Out at Amazon, Reorders Coming (Showbiz 411)
Micky Dolenz sings the songs of Monkees bandmate Michael Nesmith in latest solo album (Cleveland.com)
Andrew Sandoval and Micky Dolenz From The Monkees Talk New Album "Dolenz Sings Nesmith" (Music Vibes with DC Hendrix podcast)
I’m Still Standing: Micky Dolenz on 'Dolenz Sings Nesmith,' the Monkees Farewell Tour & More (Rock Cellar)
Reviews of "Dolenz sings Nesmith"
An Unexpected Career Highlight – "Dolenz Sings Nesmith" by Micky Dolenz Surpasses All Expectations And Gives 7a Records Its Crown Jewel (Records, CDs and Music)
Micky Dolenz album instills Monkee Mike Nesmith's songs with new relevance in age of Covid-19 (New York Independent)
And if that's not enough to get you excited about the album, a pre-release party was held this past weekend on Zoom where hosts Tim Powers and Jodi Ritzen welcomed 7a's Glenn Gretlund, Christian Nesmith (who produced the album), Circe Link, Andrew Sandoval, and Micky himself! Check out the entire session below, which also features samples from each track on Dolenz sings Nesmith.
UPDATE 6/7/2021: More great news about Dolenz sings Nesmith from 7a Records:
Back in 2018, Michael Nesmith's six early 1970s albums for RCA Records appeared on various digital and streaming platforms, and more surprisingly at the time, each album was chock-full of bonus tracks, many of them previously unreleased.
Magnetic South (1970), Loose Salute (1970), Nevada Fighter (1971), Tantamount To Treason (1972), And the Hits Just Keep On Comin' (1972), and Pretty Much Your Standard Ranch Stash (1973) have all seen various reissues over the years on both compact disc and vinyl. And since the CD re-releases featured scant bonus tracks, the 2018 digital/streaming versions of those albums marked the first time that the vaults were truly opened to reveal a plethora of previously unheard recordings by Nesmith and the First and Second National Band line-ups (including new versions of Monkees songs like "Circle Sky" and instrumental renditions of both "Magnolia Simms" and "Tapioca Tundra").
Now, courtesy of Real Gone Music, comes Different Drum: The Lost RCA Victor Recordings on compact disc, which collects all of those digital bonus tracks that had never been treated to a proper physical release. The CD has debuted at #98 on Billboard's Current Album Sales chart, and Videoranch recently shared a review of the set courtesy of Shindig:
UPDATE 5/18/2021: Courtesy of Videoranch, here's another review of Different Drum, this time from Record Collector:
Last December, 7a Records presented its first-ever Peter Tork-related project when the label re-released Peter's 1994 solo album, Stranger Things Have Happened, on compact disc and vinyl. The review below, written by Martin Hutchinson of Eighth Day magazine, was recently shared by 7a's Facebook page.
In what surely will be a bittersweet moment for many fans, The Monkees Tour Facebook page has just posted the news that Michael Nesmith and Micky Dolenz will conduct a "Monkees Farewell Tour" beginning in September 2021, capping a storied career while also marking five and a half decades of Monkeemania.
Opening night of Michael and Micky's final curtain call will occur in Spokane on September 10, two days shy of the 55th anniversary of the debut of The Monkees television show on NBC. The tour is currently slated to visit 44 cities and will conclude in Los Angeles at the Greek Theatre on November 14, site of several triumphant Monkees concerts since the 1980s.
Nesmith and Dolenz last toured in 2019 and were scheduled to return to the road in 2020, but the COVID-19 pandemic resulted in multiple postponements. The list of "Farewell" dates include some of the shows originally planned for that tour.
The official press release and a confirmed list of concert dates appear below. Tickets and VIP packages for select stops on "The Monkees Farewell Tour" are currently available, while most others go on sale on Friday, May 7.
This is a breaking news story. Stay tuned to The Monkees Live Almanac for further updates!
Press Release for "Monkees Farewell Tour"
Michael Nesmith and Micky Dolenz of The Monkees will embark on their farewell tour in September 2021. Commemorating 55 years of Monkeemania, the tour will embrace major markets in North America through the fall, launching on September 10 in Spokane and ending back where it all began in Los Angeles at The Greek Theatre on November 14. Their critically acclaimed concerts feature the voice of Dolenz (who sang The Monkees' biggest hits: "I'm A Believer," "Last Train To Clarksville," "Pleasant Valley Sunday" and "Steppin' Stone") and the group’s primary songwriter, Nesmith (who wrote such classics as "Mary, Mary," "Papa Gene's Blues," "You Just May Be The One" and "Listen To The Band," to name but a few).
Tickets and VIP packages for some dates of "The Monkees Farewell Tour" are on sale now, with more going on sale later this week. Most shows will NOT have VIP Soundchecks, and the presale code is FRODIS. (Update: VIP Soundchecks will be occurring only at the postponed 2020 dates.)
"The Monkees Farewell Tour" will feature songs that span the band's entire career – from their 1966 self-titled debut album to 2016's Good Times! Their most recent release, The Monkees – The Mike & Micky Show Live, was issued in April 2020 and became their 17th Billboard charting album release. In addition to their hits, their farewell shows will spotlight songs featured on their Emmy-winning TV series ("The Girl I Knew Somewhere," "You Told Me," "Randy Scouse Git," "Goin' Down" and "For Pete's Sake") as well as music from their feature film Head ("Circle Sky" and "As We Go Along"). Plus some rarely performed deep cuts (such as "Auntie's Municipal Court") and tracks from their most-recent studio album, 2016’s Good Times! ("Me & Magdalena" and "Birth Of An Accidental Hipster").
This farewell tour will mark the end of a unique project that began in 1965 when four young men were cast in a television show about a struggling rock band that was inspired by The Beatles' A Hard Day’s Night. Few could have predicted the impact The Monkees would have on music and pop culture at large, one that still reverberates more than 50 years later.
"Monkees Farewell Tour" Concert Dates
9/10: Spokane, WA @ First Interstate Center for the Arts
9/11: Seattle, WA @ Moore Theater
9/12: Portland, OR @ Revolution Hall
9/14: Sacramento, CA @ Crest Theatre
9/15: San Jose, CA @ San Jose Civic
9/17: Riverside, CA @ Fox Performing Arts Center
9/18: El Cajon, CA @ The Magnolia
9/19: Phoenix, Arizona @ Celebrity Theatre
9/23: Austin, TX @ Stubb's Waller Creek Amphitheater
9/24: Grand Prairie, TX @ Texas Trust CU Theatre
9/25: San Antonio, TX @ Tobin Center For The Performing Arts
9/27: Midland, TX @ Wagner Noël Performing Arts Center
9/28: The Woodlands, TX @ Dosey Doe
9/29: The Woodlands, TX @ Dosey Doe
10/1: Memphis, TN @ The Soundstage at Graceland
10/2: Chattanooga, TN @ Tivoli Theatre
10/3: Nashville, TN @ Tennessee Performing Arts Center
10/6: Birmingham, AL @ Iron City
10/7: Knoxville, TN @ Tennessee Theatre
10/8: Atlanta, GA @ Atlanta Symphony Hall
10/10: Orlando, FL @ Hard Rock Live
10/12: Fort Lauderdale, FL @ Parker Playhouse
10/13: Clearwater, FL @ Ruth Eckerd Hall
10/15: Savannah, GA @ Johnny Mercer Theatre
10/16: Jacksonville, FL @ Florida Theatre
10/18: Washington, DC @ Warner Theatre
10/19: Red Bank, NJ @ Count Basie Center
10/20: Tarrytown, NY @ Tarrytown Music Hall
10/22: Bethlehem, PA @ The Wind Creek Event Center
10/23: Atlantic City, NJ @ Ocean Casino Resort - Ovation Hall
10/24: New York, New York @ Town Hall
10/26: Burlington, VT @ Flynn Center for the Performing Arts
10/28: Huntington, NY @ The Paramount
10/29: Uncasville, CT @ Mohegan Sun Arena
10/30: Medford, MA @ Chevalier Theatre
11/1: Greensburg, PA @ The Palace Theatre
11/2: Detroit, MI @ Masonic Cathedral Theatre
11/3: Northfield, OH @ MGM Northfield Park - Center Stage
11/5: Rosemont, IL @ Rosemont Theatre
11/6: Milwaukee, WI @ Riverside Theater
11/7: Minneapolis, MN @ State Theatre
11/9: St. Charles, MO @ Family Arena
11/10: Kansas City, MO @ Uptown Theater
11/11: Salina, KS @ Stiefel Theatre
11/14: Los Angeles, CA @ The Greek Theatre
Tour Press Coverage
Monkees.com: The Monkees Announce Farewell Tour Dates
Rolling Stone: The Monkees Announce Farewell Tour
San Diego Tribune: The Monkees’ 2020 tour, postponed a year by COVID pandemic, has now become the group’s 2021 farewell tour
Ultimate Classic Rock: Monkees Announce Fall 2021 Farewell Tour
Best Classic Bands: The Monkees’ Dolenz and Nesmith Set Farewell Tour
Brooklyn Vegan: The Monkees announce Farewell Tour
Rock Cellar: Michael Nesmith & Micky Dolenz Announce The Monkees Farewell Tour Dates
Rhino Insider: The Monkees Announce Farewell Tour Dates
People: The Monkees Announce 2-Month Long Farewell Tour with Stops Across North America
Fox: The Monkees announce farewell tour dates with surviving members
Stereoboard: The Monkees Announce Farewell US Tour For Fall
Yahoo: The Monkees Announce 2-Month Long Farewell Tour with Stops Across North America
Dolenz sings Nesmith, a brand new album by Micky Dolenz comprised of songs written by Michael Nesmith throughout his career, will be released by 7a Records worldwide on May 21. Listen to a recent interview with Micky conducted by Steven Rainey of BBC Radio Ulster where he talks about the album, working with Christian Nesmith, and more:
Last month The Monkees Pad video podcast debuted and was a resounding success, welcoming its first-ever guest, Monkees historian and author Andrew Sandoval. Now host Joe Russo has returned in Episode 2, featuring none other than Chip Douglas!
Long revered by Monkees fans, Douglas acted as producer of two of the group's most acclaimed albums, Headquarters and Pisces, Aquarius, Capricorn & Jones Ltd., along with some of their best single sides, including "Daydream Believer," "Goin' Down," "Pleasant Valley Sunday," "Words," and "The Girl I Knew Somewhere." Joe's brand new interview is all the more special since Chip has granted relatively few interviews in recent years. Highlights include an inside look at the recording sessions for Headquarters, original video, plus an exclusive airing of an unreleased vintage Davy Jones recording, "Bright Sunny Day."
Listeners can look forward to a "Part 2" of the interview where Chip discusses his work on the Pisces album and much more. For now, enjoy Joe's conversation with Chip Douglas below, and don't forget to follow The Monkees Pad podcast on Facebook. You can also read more about Chip in the archives of The Monkees Live Almanac.
"The Girl I Knew Somewhere" has long been considered one of the most significant songs in The Monkees' canon. It was first attempted at RCA Hollywood on January 16, 1967, a significant day in Monkees history as it marked their first true "group" recording session and helped fuel an already bourgeoning internal power struggle between The Monkees and Don Kirshner.
Written by Michael Nesmith, and featuring Peter Tork's whimsical harpsichord performance, the song went through different iterations in the recording studio, including lead vocals from both Nesmith and Micky Dolenz. On its own merits, it reached the Billboard Top 40 as the flipside of "A Little Bit Me, A Little Bit You" and was featured prominently on The Monkees' television show.
Check out this recent piece by Stephen Lewis where he examines what is probably the Live Almanac's favorite Monkees song, and enjoy a few different versions of "The Girl I Knew Somewhere" in the videos below!
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Neko Chohlis first met Micky Dolenz when the two attended college together in Los Angeles in the early 1960s. From that friendship with Micky, Neko became involved in the Monkees project, traveling with the group throughout 1967, and later providing artwork for Monkees albums and picture sleeves (seen below). Today, Neko is known for his work as an abstract artist.
Recently Neko was a guest on Plastic EP Live TV where he gave a fascinating interview that included his recollections of meeting Paul McCartney, John Lennon, and Jimi Hendrix while on tour with The Monkees, his dealings with Colgems Records, how Davy Jones befriended Jan Berry (of Jan and Dean fame) after Berry's auto accident, his previously unknown contributions to The Monkees' 1968 single, "D.W. Washburn," and much more!
Join host Joe Russo as he launches a brand new video podcast, The Monkees Pad, with his first guest, Monkees historian, author, and producer Andrew Sandoval. Listen to the duo discuss a variety of "deep dive" Monkees topics and Andrew's forthcoming book about the group, The Monkees: The Day-By-Day Story, accompanied by exclusive video footage! Stay tuned for more from The Monkees Pad by following the podcast on Facebook.
In an intriguing conversation with Andy Greene from Rolling Stone published today on the magazine's website, Andrew Sandoval discusses his upcoming book, The Monkees: The Day-By-Day Story, how is understanding of the group, particularly their struggles with Don Kirshner, changed after extensive new research, the likelihood that Micky Dolenz and Michael Nesmith's fall tour could act as a "farewell," and more:
7a Records has re-released Peter Tork's 1994 solo album, Stranger Things Have Happened, on compact disc and vinyl, along with bonus tracks! Below is the latest review of the set, courtesy of The Beat, that was posted on 7a's Facebook page.
Monkees fans: don't be left hangin' 'round! Andrew Sandoval is currently accepting reservations through March 15, 2021 (UPDATE: now through March 22) for the brand new edition of his classic book, The Monkees: The Day-By-Day Story, exclusively via his website Beatland Books. At 732 pages and fully illustrated in color, this will be the definitive tome on The Monkees.
Meanwhile, check out an interview with Andrew published today by The Second Disc, linked below. And take a peek at the artwork that will be the slipcover on the Deluxe Edition of Andrew's book, as well as the cover of the 32-page extra book of rare photos exclusive to the Super Deluxe Edition!
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