What is the Monkeemobile all about? What was the idea behind this iconic vehicle? And eventually, what happened to the Monkeemobile?
This past weekend, Micky Dolenz (and the Monkeemobile) appeared at Northeast Comic Con & Collectibles Extravaganza in Hanover, Massachusetts. Thanks to Scott Catton for submitting photographs from the event!
Monkees archivist Andrew Sandoval produced this year's 50th Anniversary Tour. Today on Facebook, he took a moment to reflect on the shows and more:
Micky Dolenz & Peter Tork played close to 50 different songs over the past 7 months, across 66 concerts in four countries (covering 30 of the 50 United States, Canada, New Zealand & Australia). We were joined by Michael Nesmith for four tremendous shows, one of which I think was maybe the best concert I have ever seen The Monkees perform.
This year, The Monkees had a new album called Good Times! that was a Top 20 charting album in the United States, United Kingdom and Australia. This just blows my mind.
I have been proud to present The Monkees in concert for 160 shows from 2011-2016: the group's longest period of continuous activity since the 1960's.
We owe a great debt to our fantastic band: Wayne Avers, John Billings, Rich Dart, Gemma Dolenz & David Alexander. This year, we were blessed by having such wonderful guest musicians as David Robicheau, Vance Brescia & Felipe Torres.
Our tremendous crew pulled off a consistently great production. Thank you to Tim Iseler, Chip Auchincloss, Austin Becker & Sabrina Rush. We were helped immeasurably on a number of dates by Guy T. Koepp, Martin Garneret, Francis Sapienza, Noamme Elisha, Dave Butterworth & Matt Littlejohn. Special thanks to Scott Gawlik for his work on our videos and live concert filming.
Lastly, my extra special thanks to everyone who came to "watch us sing and play" in this wonderful five year period. Your support, trust and love have made it all possible.
An early attempt at a group car:
Here are The Monkees in a MG . . . an early attempt at a group car and pre-Monkeemobile. Gretsch guitars were already in full supply! This picture was taken in May 1966.
There were two original Monkeemobiles made by Dean Jeffries, but numerous replicas have been created over the years with distinctive visual differences unique to each car. Michael Luciano has compiled a collage featuring various replicas and their owners. Thanks, Michael!
In Memoriam: Michael Nesmith
Dolenz sings Nesmith - The EP
Micky Dolenz Live!