In his latest piece for Rolling Stone, senior writer Andy Greene goes behind the scenes of the Monkees Farewell Tour and reveals his last interactions with Michael Nesmith:
*** UPDATE 1/10/2022 ***
Hello readers of the Monkees Live Almanac,
I understand the passion that surrounds a variety of topics discussed in Mr. Greene's article linked above, and the public comments left on this blog post to date reflect those passions. However, it is my desire to keep this forum from becoming overly personal in comments made about one person or the next. As a result, I deleted several comments.
Thank you for your consideration and understanding.
In late November, voting commenced for the 16th Annual "Coolest Song of the Year" listener poll courtesy of the Sirius XM channel, Little Steven's Underground Garage. Micky Dolenz was nominated for his version of the Monkees classic, the Michael Nesmith-penned "Circle Sky," as heard in a brand new arrangement on Micky's 2021 solo album, Dolenz sings Nesmith.
A few hours ago, Micky shared the news on Facebook that "Circle Sky" has taken top honors in the poll:
Happy New Year!
Rounding out the top 10 of the "Coolest Song of the Year" poll results were the following songs and artists:
#10: "You’re So Good To Me" (Grip Weeds)
#9: "Sway Little Player" (Shang Hi Los)
#8: "Atomic Love” (Prima Donna)
#7: "Save Me" (Stupidity)
#6: "Do The Resurrection!" (Gentlemen Rogues)
#5: "Out For Blood" (Jennie Vee)
#4: "Run Baby Run" (Southern Culture On The Skids)
#3: "Shattered" (Marc Ribler)
#2: "Wreckless Abandon" (Dirty Knobs)
Just last week, Micky received more critical acclaim for Dolenz sings Nesmith when Rolling Stone editor Rob Sheffield listed Micky's version of "Propinquity" as one of the best songs of 2021.
Thank you for supporting The Monkees Live Almanac for another year. The loss of Michael Nesmith earlier this month was sorrowful, but it's especially heartening to know that he was able to bid a fond farewell during his performances with Micky Dolenz this fall. Listen to the band, indeed.
In tribute to Nez and in the spirit of the season, here's Michael's rendition of "Snowfall," the 1941 composition by Claude Thornhill and Ruth Thornhill, which has been recorded by a variety of performers over time. Nez's version, featuring his son Jonathan, was included on The Monkees' holiday album, Christmas Party.
Monkees historian and producer Andrew Sandoval has announced a special musical tribute to Michael Nesmith that will air on his long-running Come to the Sunshine radio program tomorrow, December 20, 2021 from 6-9 PM Eastern (3-6 PM Pacific). You can listen to the show on WFMU's Rock'N'Soul Radio.
Andrew shared the following preview on Facebook:
Andrew Sandoval's special, "A Musical Meditation on Michael Nesmith," along with the playlist and accompanying chat session, is now archived courtesy of WFMU.
"A moving, lovingly produced record that truly celebrates the breadth of Mike Nesmith's unique talents as a songwriter and performer"
UPDATED 1/14/2022 - newest links appear at the bottom
New York Times (print version): Michael Nesmith, the 'Quiet Monkee' and a Music Video Pioneer, Dies at 78
Variety: Monkees’ Manager on Michael Nesmith’s Final Months: ‘He Died Knowing They Were Beloved — He Finally Got It’
CNN: Michael Nesmith had wrapped a Monkees tour only weeks ago. His manager says he 'went out on top'
Deadline: Micky Dolenz Remembers Michael Nesmith: "I’ll Miss It All So Much"; Brian Wilson, Carole King, Others Pay Tribute
People.com: 'Heartbroken' Micky Dolenz Pays Tribute to Monkees Bandmate Michael Nesmith: 'Lost a Dear Friend'
Billboard: Michael Nesmith & The Monkees Set a Billboard Chart Record in 1967 That Still Stands Today
Daily Mail: The Monkees singer and guitarist Mike Nesmith dies 'from natural causes' at home in LA aged 78 - leaving Micky Dolenz as the last surviving member of the 1960s band
The Hollywood Reporter: Michael Nesmith, Singer, Songwriter and Guitarist of The Monkees, Dies at 78
Pittsburgh Post-Gazette: Monkees legend Michael Nesmith, who played the Civic Arena in one of the band's first live shows, dies at 78
Advocate New Orleans: Sixth grade girls stalk Monkee in the French Quarter, get autographs, give kisses
Andrew Sandoval talks about how the drive to go out and say thank you to the fans on one last tour revivified Michael Nesmith this fall
Monkees historian, producer, and manager Andrew Sandoval is the author of The Monkees: The Day-By-Day Story. In a message posted on Facebook earlier today, Andrew marked the passing of Michael Nesmith:
It is with deep sadness that I mark the passing of Michael Nesmith. We shared many travels and projects together over the course of 30 years, which culminated in a Monkees farewell tour that wrapped up only a few weeks ago.
The Monkees Live Almanac is very sad to report the death of Michael Nesmith. Nez passed away this morning. He was 78. A statement from the Nesmith family has been posted on Michael's website, Videoranch:
"With Infinite Love we announce that Michael Nesmith has passed away this morning in his home, surrounded by family, peacefully and of natural causes. We ask that you respect our privacy at this time and we thank you for the love and light that all of you have shown him and us."
Please join the Live Almanac in keeping Michael, his family, and friends in your thoughts and prayers.
Thank you, Nez, for everything.
In Memoriam: Michael Nesmith
Dolenz sings Nesmith - The EP
Micky Dolenz Live!