Four members of The Monkees' backing band get in some extra rehearsal time during the 2013 tour:
Photographed at the Arlene Schnitzer Concert Hall in Portland, Oregon on August 19, 2013 are the following (left to right): Ryan Ward, Michael Swift, Randy Straka, Austin Becker, Francis Sapienza, John Billings, Jessica Nesmith, Dan Mapp, Michael Nesmith, Christian Nesmith, Tori Hill, Micky Dolenz, Rich Dart, Aviva Maloney, Peter Tork, Wayne Avers, Andrew Sandoval, David Alexander, Coco Dolenz, Kevin McGinty
Take a look at everyone involved in the production of the current tour, courtesy of the tour program available at the merchandise booth.
The 3rd Annual Los Angeles Monkees Convention took place in Universal City, California on July 9 and 10, 1988. Among the guests were longtime Monkees associates, friends, and family members.
Below are a few pictures from the event that come from my collection. You'll see Chip Douglas, who produced what are widely regarded as The Monkees' two best albums, Headquarters and Pisces, Aquarius, Capricorn & Jones Ltd.; Coco Dolenz (Micky's sister) and Janelle Scott (Micky's mother); David Pearl (Peter's stand-in on the TV show and a friend and associate of the group); Julie Newmar (actress and guest star on The Monkees); longtime Monkees collector Gary Strobl and Monkees screenwriter Dave Evans; and finally, famous character actor Vito Scotti, who appeared in an episode of The Monkees and in the band's feature film, Head. (Click all photos to enlarge.)
The convention was dedicated to the late Gene Ashman, wardrobe designer on The Monkees television series and the man responsible for creating the 8-button shirts worn by the group.
Here's Micky's "Little Girl," the first track on The Monkees Present album from 1969. It features Micky on lead and backing vocals as well as acoustic guitar. His sister, Coco, contributes backing vocals. Guitar ace Louie Shelton plays the song's guitar lick.
Here are Michael, Micky, and Peter with their backing band, members of the touring staff and crew, and producer Andrew Sandoval in the middle. Job well done to everyone!!
Micky on the bongos! And check out Coco Dolenz in the back on finger symbols and Christian Nesmith adding some nice acoustic guitar, too.
In 1988, after two frenzied years on the road and in the studio, The Monkees maintained a relatively low profile. Micky, Davy, and Peter eventually toured Australia late that year, but beyond the trek down under, the only other group public appearance in '88 was at a Monkees convention in Chicago, Illinois in August. The trio were guests at the gathering, and Peter played a solo show at the Vic Theatre on August 20 to coincide with it. Micky and Davy joined Peter during the encore for both "Daydream Believer" and "I'm a Believer."
Peter played for about 90 minutes that evening, mixing Monkees songs, solo material, and covers (including Elvis and The Beatles) throughout the set. The show was billed as "Peter Tork and Friends." The late Jerry Renino, a member of the Peter Tork Project in the early '80s who also toured with The Monkees throughout the years, played bass. A bootleg recording of the Vic concert has long floated among collectors.
During the show, Peter introduced a few friends who were in the audience that night, including Monte Landis, a frequent guest star on The Monkees television series best known for his appearance in the second season episode "The Devil and Peter Tork." Monkees associate and songwriter Bill Chadwick, producer Chip Douglas, photographer and musician Henry Diltz, and Micky's sister, Coco, sang a rendition of "Higher and Higher" with Peter as well.
Here's the set list from the concert at the Vic:
Long Title: Do I Have To Do This All Over Again
Don't Be Cruel
Hi Hi Babe
Foggy, Foggy Dew
I Truly Understand
Bye, Bye Peggy
Blues in the Bottle
Since You Went Away
All Shook Up
Wasn't in the Cards
I'll Spend My Life With You
Higher and Higher (with Bill Chadwick, Chip Douglas, Henry Diltz, and Coco Dolenz)
Get What You Pay For
Encore with Davy Jones and Micky Dolenz:
I'm a Believer
In 2019, thanks to Sherri Hansen, video of Peter's concert at the Vic was published on YouTube:
Micky Dolenz Live
Dolenz, Jones, Boyce & Hart returns