Last evening, Micky Dolenz, Michael Nesmith, and their band appeared at Texas Trust CU Theatre in Grand Prairie, Texas. Below are a few clips from the show, including a very impressive rendition of "While I Cry," a fan favorite deep cut from The Monkees' 1969 album Instant Replay that is making its live concert debut on The Monkees Farewell Tour.
Tonight, Micky and Nez are in San Antonio, Texas ahead of a short break in the tour until it resumes October 1 in Memphis and Chattanooga, Tennessee.
Sandoval updates on "Day-By-Day" shipping + notes from the road on Monkees Farewell Tour (UPDATED 9/24)
In a brand new message sent earlier today to subscribers of his Beatland Books email list, Andrew Sandoval, author of The Monkees: The Day-By-Day Story and the group's manager/tour producer, provided the latest shipping status updates regarding his new book. He also took time to report on the early days of The Monkees Farewell Tour, which stops in Austin, Texas this Thursday!
Read Andrew's message below, along with a timely postscript:
Dear Beatland Reader:
The Monkees On Tour
Hours after sending the message above, Andrew posted the following on Facebook :
UPDATE 9/24/2021: Now shipping!
Micky Dolenz and Michael Nesmith are currently on the road bringing "The Monkees Farewell Tour" to over 40 cities in the United States. They may be coming to your town!
This post will be updated as the tour progresses.
Catch up with The Monkees Farewell Tour as it stopped in Portland, Sacramento, and San Jose this week, a week that also marks the 55th anniversary of the debut of The Monkees television series on NBC.
Micky Dolenz, Michael Nesmith, and their band return to the stage tomorrow night in Riverside, California!
Portland, Oregon (9/12/21)
Sacramento, California (9/14/21)
San Jose, California (9/15/21)
Andrew Sandoval is the producer of "The Monkees Farewell Tour" and author of The Monkees: The Day-By-Day Story. Today on Facebook, Andrew gracefully discussed a variety of topics that have surrounded the opening of Micky Dolenz and Michael Nesmith's current tour. You can read the full message below:
Monkees Farewell Tour - Night #2: Micky Dolenz & Michael Nesmith Live in Seattle (UPDATED WITH MORE VIDEOS)
Last evening, The Monkees Farewell Tour made its second stop in Seattle, Washington at the Moore Theater. Andrew Sandoval confirmed with the Live Almanac that the set list was the same as opening night.
Here's some footage from last night's show, including a stunning new arrangement of "Porpoise Song":
The first show of The Monkees' Farewell Tour is now complete. Micky, Michael, and the band performed this evening in Spokane, Washington and presented an eclectic set list that featured The Monkees' greatest hits, deep cuts, selections from their 2016 album, Good Times!, and more. A big thanks to Monkees author and historian Andrew Sandoval, who is producing the tour, for sending this picture of the set list to the Live Almanac.
In many ways, the set resembles the 2018-2019 "Mike & Micky" shows, but a couple of songs made their much anticipated live concert debut this evening in Spokane.
"Love Is Only Sleeping," a perennial favorite from The Monkees' fourth album, Pisces, Aquarius, Capricorn & Jones Ltd., is being performed for the first time, as is "While I Cry," a Michael Nesmith original from 1969's Instant Replay and another song fans have long held in high regard. "Through the Looking Glass," the opening track from Instant Replay, returns to the set for the first time since 1989.
"Different Drum," performed throughout the "Mike & Micky" shows and another Nesmith original, was the lead single from Micky's latest solo album, Dolenz Sings Nesmith.
The Monkees' official Facebook page posted photos of the items being sold at the merchandise booth on The Monkees' Farewell Tour, which opened tonight in Spokane, Washington:
Here they come, one more time!
With rehearsals now completed, Micky Dolenz and Michael Nesmith are ready to commence "The Monkees Farewell Tour" this Friday evening at First Interstate Center for the Arts in Spokane, Washington. The tour will open two days shy of the 55th anniversary of the debut of The Monkees television show on NBC. Micky, Nez, and their band are slated to visit 42 cities through November 14, with a final curtain call in Los Angeles at the Greek Theatre, site of several triumphant Monkees concerts since the 1980s.
Dolenz and Nesmith's last joint performance was on June 19, 2019 in Sydney, Australia at the historic Sydney Opera House. At that time, the duo closed a successful multi-leg tour entitled "The Monkees Present: The Mike & Micky Show" that had opened in 2018. They were scheduled to return to the road in 2020, but the Covid-19 pandemic resulted in multiple postponements.
As the concert industry continues to reopen during the Covid era, various venues hosting The Monkees' tour have recently announced special requirements for admittance into the shows. Please be sure to check the website of the venue you are attending, or call their ticket office for details regarding Covid safety guidelines.
Monkees historian and author Andrew Sandoval, who is producing the tour, addressed measures being instituted to keep everyone healthy. "All of us are taking every precaution possible to stay safe," Andrew wrote in a message sent out today to Beatland Books email subscribers. "Everyone on and offstage is fully vaccinated and wore masks for the entire rehearsal period and that is how it will remain for all those not onstage. Even the musicians in the band wore masks for rehearsal if they were not singing.
"Nevertheless, the spirits are high, especially when we have a lot of great music to share and with strong ticket sales, The Monkees have had to do less work in promotion and can just focus on what is important: resting and singing."
Monkees fans, surely feeling bittersweet at the prospect of their favorite group calling it a day, might be wondering if this is truly the end of the road. In an interview published today, Micky Dolenz puts it plainly when asked if it was hard to accept the prospect of a "final tour."
"Well, not really," Micky answered. "It was inevitable."
All these years later, Micky Dolenz and Michael Nesmith are still "too busy singing to put anybody down."
Join Micky, Michael, their band, crew, and fellow fans for The Monkees Farewell Tour. A complete list of tour dates appears below.
Enjoy the show!
"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 (CANCELLED)
10/1: Memphis, TN @ The Soundstage at Graceland
10/2: Chattanooga, TN @ Tivoli Theatre
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
The official Monkees Facebook page has recently relayed information about the upcoming Monkees Farewell Tour featuring Micky Dolenz and Michael Nesmith, slated to begin in Spokane, Washington on September 10.
It was announced yesterday that Micky and Michael's October 3 appearance in Nashville has been canceled. Monkees manager Andrew Sandoval confirmed on Facebook that the venue, the Tennessee Performing Arts Center, was responsible for the cancellation. Refunds are available at point of purchase.
Furthermore, the duo's shows in The Woodlands, Texas on September 28 and 29 have been postponed due to safety concerns surrounding Covid-19. It has been suggested that if you have tickets for these particular shows to contact the venue about refunds.
Stay tuned to The Monkees Live Almanac for future updates, and please be sure to follow the site on Twitter and Facebook!
In a recent email to subscribers, Andrew Sandoval, author of The Monkees: The Day-By-Day Story, provided a detailed update on the shipping status of his new book, which is now expected to arrive in early September. As an added bonus, Andrew takes us back to the fall of 1966 with a compelling account of the initial recording session for The Monkees' signature hit single, "I'm a Believer."
Andrew's message appears below, and there's still time to pre-order a copy of Day-By-Day!
Greetings Beatland Readers!
As July 1966 ended, only Don Kirshner was sure of the Monkees’ success. When his trusted record makers – Snuff Garrett, Mickie Most, Carole King & Gerry Goffin – fell away, he remarkably switched gears to pull together an exceptional album – The Monkees – in just four weeks. And should the resulting release have any kind of success, he also had twelve songs (“All The King’s Horses”; “The Kind Of Girl I Could Love”; “I Don’t Think You Know Me”; “So Goes Love”; “I Won’t Be The Same Without Her”; “You Just May Be The One”; “I Can’t Get Her Off Of My Mind”; “Mary, Mary”; “Of You”; “(I Prithee) Do Not Ask For Love”; “(I’m Not Your) Steppin’ Stone”; “Whatever’s Right”) already in progress to comprise a second album.
“Everybody seemed enthusiastic, except Mike Nesmith. [He had] a big attitude right from the beginning and he said at one point, ‘I’m a producer too, and that ain’t no hit.’ So, it was like, ‘Oooo.’ To break the tension I made what I thought was an obvious joke. I said, ‘Well, Mike, it’s not finished. You’ve got to picture this with the strings and the horns.’ Which I thought there wasn’t going to be strings and horns [on it, but he would understand that] and he goes, ‘Well, maybe it could be something with strings and horns.’ Then he realized everybody laughed and the relationship goes down from there.”
It is unknown if allowing Nesmith to sing at all was a bit of psychological theater staged by Kirshner and Barry to get what they ultimately wanted (Micky on lead vocals). Either way, Donnie would later learn he was playing with fire if his intention was indeed to play Nesmith. “We got in the studio,” recalled Davy in May 1967, “and Mike didn’t sing it the way Donnie wanted him to sing it and Donnie asked Mike to sing it a certain way and Mike didn’t sing it that way. And during a break Mike just split; he just left…He wasn’t taken off lead. He chose to be taken off himself by leaving.”
In 1977 Michael Nesmith enjoyed a moderate worldwide hit with "Rio," the lead-off track from his eighth post-Monkees album, From a Radio Engine to the Photon Wing. During this period, Nez produced a promotional video for the song with director William Dear. That experience helped spur Michael's creation of the first music video television program, PopClips, which originally aired on the Nickelodeon cable network. In 1980, PopClips was sold to Warner/Amex Satellite Entertainment Company, who ultimately developed PopClips into MTV.
After leaving The Monkees in 1970, Michael's interest in production later resulted in the formation of his own corporation in 1974, Pacific Arts, to manage and develop various media projects. In the post-PopClips era, Nez released Elephant Parts on VHS and Betamax, a collection of comedy skits and music videos that won the first-ever Grammy Award for Music Video in 1981. Later in 1985, Television Parts, a comedy-variety series featuring Jerry Seinfeld, Jay Leno, Whoopi Goldberg, Gary Shandling, and many others debuted on NBC. Both productions were hosted and produced by Nesmith. Pacific Arts continued to flourish and by the late 1980s had become a leader in the burgeoning home video market.
As MTV celebrates its 40th anniversary this week, take a look back at the history of the channel and Michael's influence:
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!
The deadline is fast approaching to officially pre-order your copy of Andrew Sandoval's 740 page opus, The Monkees: The Day-By-Day Story. And don't forget: the various editions of Day-By-Day will be produced in limited combined quantities. There is no plan to keep this book in print perpetually and an electronic version will not be offered. Pre-order now via Beatland Books!!
In the meantime, check out the latest news update from Andrew about Day-By-Day and much more, and then be sure to view the official unboxing video for the three distinct versions of the book, which also happens to feature a very interesting soundtrack!
Andrew has also previously provided two other updates about Day-By-Day, accompanied by exclusive photographs, through the Beatland Books email list. These are must reads! (UPDATED 9/21/2021 to include latest information)
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.
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:
Monkees Farewell Tour
Dolenz sings Nesmith