Michael Nesmith is currently conducting a live Q & A session at the Steel City Comic Con in Monroeville, Pennsylvania:
UPDATE: Thanks to Jodi Ritzen at Monkee Meet & Greets and Videoranch for the live feeds, and don't forget that you can see Nez all weekend in Monroeville, Pennsylvania!
UPDATE #2 on 8/11/2018: Michael reconnected with John Cusack at Steel City Comic Con. Cusack starred in the 1988 film Tapeheads that was produced by Nez.
Recording Academy to Honor 2018 Special Merit Awards Recipients with "GRAMMY Salute To Music Legends" Television Special as Part of "Great Performances" Series on PBS
UPDATE 7/13/2018: This tribute to Neil Diamond is scheduled to air on PBS later this year. Stay tuned to The Monkees Live Almanac for more information!
UPDATE #2 on 8/8/2018: Tune in to see Micky Dolenz and Neil Diamond perform together for the first time on October 5, 2018. Check your local PBS listings!
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."
L.A. Turnaround is the ninth album by Scottish folk musician Bert Jansch. Issued in 1974, it was produced by Michael Nesmith, who also contributed guitar work. First National Band alum Red Rhodes played pedal steel. The album is being reissued as a part of Record Store Day 2018, available in limited quantities on blue vinyl.
A short film was produced in conjunction with the LP which features intimate footage of Michael, Red, Bert, and company from this period. Thanks to David Cox for reminding the Live Almanac about this unique video now on YouTube!
Michael Nesmith & The First National Band Redux concluded their recent round of shows last night with a performance at The Chapel in San Francisco, California. Nez and company were joined onstage by Ben Gibbard, lead vocalist and guitarist of Death Cab For Cutie. Ben is a longtime Monkees fan who contributed "Me & Magdalena" to The Monkees' 2016 album, Good Times! Here is the set list from the final show, courtesy of Andrew Sandoval:
Michael G. Bush is well known to Monkees fans as he photographed the group's concert tours in the 1980s and 1990s. Michael has enjoyed a long career in photography since the late 1970s, and has shot superstars like The Rolling Stones, Elton John, Queen, The Who, The Bee Gees, Marvin Gaye, Bob Dylan, Rod Stewart, Stevie Wonder, Santana, James Brown, Paul McCartney, and David Bowie. He also organized the 1988 Monkees convention in Chicago, Illinois. On a personal note, I used to anticipate Michael's catalogs and flyers announcing his latest photos of The Monkees, most of which came with an update about the activities of the group at the time.
In this August 1988 interview with Paris Stachtiaris on the Headquarters radio program, Michael discusses his photography career, the schedule for the '88 Chicago convention, how he became involved with The Monkees, fellow photographer Henry Diltz, and more. Also during this episode, you'll hear some live audio from The Monkees' 1987 summer tour and great sound bites courtesy of Davy Jones.
Neil Sedaka, the Boston Red Sox and More Send Well Wishes to Neil Diamond Amid Parkinson's Diagnosis
Micky also saluted Neil Diamond on Twitter:
Famed actress Rose Marie, best known for her starring role in The Dick Van Dyke Show, guested on two episodes of The Monkees during its first season: "Monkees in a Ghost Town" and "Monkee Mother." She passed away today at age 94.
Rose Marie in "Monkees in a Ghost Town"
Rose Marie in "Monkee Mother"
Michael "Jakko" Jakszyk (born Michael Lee Curran) is an English musician, record producer, and actor. He has released solo albums as a singer, songwriter, and multi-instrumentalist and has been the lead singer for King Crimson since 2013. In 1986, Jakko released the single "Judy Get Down"/"This Old Man." The A-side featured an uncredited performance by Davy Jones on backing vocals. Davy was listed as "Mystery Guest Star" in the musician notes on the rear side of the single's picture sleeve. Dave Stewart of The Eurythmics collaborated with Jakko in the '80s, and he also contributed to "Judy Get Down."
I first heard this song in 1987 on a mixtape that I received from Jodi who was the co-president of the Monkees/Boyce & Hart Photo Fan Club, of which I was a member from 1986 to 1991 or so. You can see the track listing below. I thought I was swimming in riches with the material included on this tape! I recall "Judy Get Down" being a particular favorite.
Side A featured the songs from the bootleg Davy & His Band: Ninth Album, while Side B included solo material from Micky, Davy, and Peter in the '80s. I still have that tape!
"Judy Get Down" is available for download on iTunes, but the audio file above is an MP3 of the song that I received from a fellow fan some years ago. The 12" single version featured an extended mix with Davy's vocals playing a prominent role:
Ben Gibbard, lead vocalist and guitarist of Death Cab For Cutie, is a longtime Monkees fan who contributed "Me & Magdalena" to The Monkees' 2016 album, Good Times! Ben will be joining Michael Nesmith onstage as a special guest when the First National Band performs at The Chapel in San Francisco on January 28, 2018.
Ben also appeared with Micky Dolenz and Peter Tork during The Monkees' 50th Anniversary Tour when it stopped in Seattle, Washington last year.
Nez talked about teaming with Ben on Facebook:
In a week full of senseless tragedy and sorrow, it didn't help that one of my favorite artists since childhood passed away on Monday, October 2, 2017. I first remember hearing Tom Petty, as others in my generation can attest, on MTV. The video for "You Got Lucky" was groundbreaking at the time, with its extended lead-in and non-formulaic approach. I can vividly recall watching MTV and anxiously awaiting for that video to be aired. To this day, it remains one of my favorite songs by Petty & The Heartbreakers.
Micky Dolenz became friendly with Tom Petty in recent years, and guested on his Sirius XM radio show in 2016:
In this live clip from 2013, Tom Petty & The Heartbreakers cover "Steppin' Stone" at the Fonda Theatre in Hollywood, California:
Over the years, I have attended many Petty concerts with friends that yielded a lot of good times and laughs. I can still listen to my Petty albums, and remember the old days and the great music. Thanks to Tom for all of the memories.
Paul Weller talks about singing with Boy George, writing for The Monkees and his solo effort "A Kind Revolution"
You and Noel Gallagher had a song [“Birth Of An Accidental Hipster”] on The Monkees record from last year [“Good Times!”], and it got a great response. How did it come about?
We had a very, very rough backing track, and I was trying to get in to do some writing for a record; I can’t remember which album it was now. This was a couple of years back. That was as far as we had got with it.
And then Noel said he had been asked to write a song for The Monkees, so he said, “How about we write one together?” And then I remembered that track, so we reworked it, really, and wrote some words for it. Michael [Nesmith] and Micky [Dolenz] and I think even Pete [Tork] all sing a verse or a bridge or whatever, each — that was quite a nice touch. It’s so mad to think we wrote a song for The Monkees.
Were you a Monkees fan growing up?
Yeah, I loved them. I mean, not like I loved the Beatles, but I thought there were some amazing tunes of theirs. And some of the Wrecking Crew played on some of the records. Brilliant, brilliant production [and] players. But great songs — I mean, they chose some great songwriters. Some Mike Nesmith songs were brilliant.
The Monkees record led a lot of people to reappraise their catalog and as musicians and songwriters, I was heartened to see.
It’s quite an amazing story, isn’t it? To have something that was totally put together and fabricated, [but] there’s all this intense, great music coming out of it.
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