This summer, Rhino Records has been celebrating the 50th Anniversary of Woodstock. To commemorate that moment in popular music history, Rhino launched their "Summer of '69 - Peace, Love and Music" retail campaign on July 9 with a series of limited-edition vinyl releases available exclusively at participating brick and mortar retail outlets. On July 23, the soundtrack to The Monkees' 1968 feature film, Head, was issued on silver vinyl as part of Rhino's celebrations.
Thanks a lot to Live Almanac contributor Ben Belmares for sharing his scans of this latest issue of the Head soundtrack.
Coming this September: Limited edition of The Monkees' "Christmas Party" on red/white vinyl (and more)
OFFICIAL PRESS RELEASE FROM MONKEES.COM:
Yes, we’re a little late for Christmas in July, but hey, we’re early for Christmas in general! The Monkees’ first-ever Christmas album, CHRISTMAS PARTY, is coming to 180-gram vinyl for the very first time on September 13 in a few different formats:
Good ol’ black 180-gram vinyl at most retailers
A limited-edition red or green version exclusive to independent record stores
A red and white “candy cane” exclusive, available only at Monkees.com!
Our Monkees.com red and white “candy cane” version is strictly limited to just 1,000 copies, so don’t wait for Santa to snag it for you.
CHRISTMAS PARTY is pressed on 180-gram vinyl tucked into a beautiful gatefold sleeve by comics legend Michael Allred. It includes all the new holiday favorites from last year’s collection, with the addition of The Monkees’ shining moment “Riu Chiu (TV Version)” as performed live acapella on the Christmas episode of their show.
PRE-ORDER THE LIMITED EDITION RED/WHITE VINYL BY CLICKING THE IMAGE BELOW:
BUNDLE SET ALSO AVAILABLE TO PRE-ORDER:
"The Monkeemen," inspired by The Monkees television series, are coming your way this holiday season in the form of a Christmas tree ornament set from Titan Merchandise. Arriving at retail in late October/early November, the package will be available to pre-order next week at Monkees.com.
Michael Nesmith & The First National Band Redux return to the concert stage this October - Tickets on sale Friday, July 26!
October 2: Lobero Theatre / Santa Barbara, California
October 3: Largo at the Coronet / Los Angeles, California
October 5: Fremont Theater / San Luis Obispo, California
A pre-sale for the Santa Barbara concert will take place Thursday, July 25. The code for the Lobero Theatre presale is "LEO." The pre-sale begins Thursday, July 25 at 10am PT, and ends at 10pm PT that evening.
Andrew Sandoval spoke about the upcoming shows on Instagram:
Congratulations to Amy and John Billings on the opening of Wine Down Nashville, a new music and event-based establishment in Nashville, Tennessee. John has been The Monkees' bass player since 2012 and also performs with Micky Dolenz. He resides in Nashville with Amy, who has long dreamed of opening a wine restaurant.
"Wine Down Nashville is a boutique wine bar created by musicians but made for all," John relayed to the Live Almanac this weekend. "It reflects both of our histories, some of our adventures, and especially our love of wine. We are open for all walks of life, but we're putting an emphasis on local events, corporate meetings, parties, and Amy's favorite pet project: meet and greets by some of our favorite musical artists, creatives of all walks, and a glimpse into Nashville's musical studio and touring force. Stay tuned!"
John also alerted the Live Almanac that a special treat awaits Monkees fans inside Wine Down Nashville. "I'm displaying and selling some of our favorite behind the scenes photography [of The Monkees] that I've taken over the years. I haven't previously displayed or presented any of it, but with Amy's help, it's going to be part of our boutique wine bar." John shared photos of his work that currently adorns the walls of Wine Down Nashville:
Stopping in at Wine Down Nashville to give his seal of approval was Wayne Avers, longtime Monkees guitarist and musical director:
As a special Fourth of July announcement, Michael Nesmith's Videoranch3D Facebook page unveiled a new line of products celebrating the iconography of Nez's famous green wool hat:
"Over 50 years ago, a young Michael Nesmith walked into an audition wearing a staple of his personal wardrobe. He used his green wool hat to keep his hair out of his eyes while riding his motorcycle. For the past five decades, that green hat has been synonymous with Mike.
"But it was always Nez's hat and remains his -- even if he was known as Mike back then.
"And so we introduce to you the Mike Hat Collection. It features a new iconic logo designed by artists Jonathan Nesmith and Susan Holloway."
Micky Dolenz and Michael Nesmith concluded the most recent leg of "The Mike & Micky Show" tour with a sold-out performance in Sydney, Australia at the legendary Sydney Opera House. Thanks to Ashley Kate and Roger D on YouTube for providing these wonderful videos!
As an added bonus, here's Nez and the band performing a rendition of Michael's "Silver Moon" during soundcheck in Sydney:
Micky Dolenz and Michael Nesmith concluded the most recent leg of "The Mike & Micky Show" with a sold-out performance in Sydney, Australia at the famed Sydney Opera House. Thanks to photographer Bob King for allowing his photos to be shared on the Live Almanac's blog!
Note: The set lists for the shows in Perth and Sydney were identical to the set performed in Melbourne.
Live at The Palais Theatre, Melbourne, Australia
Live at the Sydney Opera House, Sydney, Australia:
Micky Dolenz and Michael Nesmith will conclude their tour of New Zealand and Australia on June 18 at the famed Sydney Opera House. Earlier today, Micky posted this message on his Facebook page:
Melbourne, Australia Set List: Nez delivers on promise to perform "Grand Ennui" during return to the Palais
In a post on Facebook yesterday, Michael Nesmith talked about The Palais Theatre in Melbourne, Australia, site of the recording of his 1977 live album and the current stop on his tour with Micky Dolenz. Nez ruminated about his band then and now, the slide guitar work of son Christian, and one of his best loved solo cuts, "Grand Ennui."
Long ago memories include the "Live at the Palais" album I made here on the stage of the Palais. Quite a different venue it was in 1977. It has been remodeled and from the pictures I see is now a stunning reincarnation of the original. When I go to soundcheck I will listen for remnant noise of that concert -- although I doubt I will hear anything, really. Just see a low smoke from a dying fire burning my eyes.
Here is the set list from last evening's performance by Micky, Michael, and the band, which included "Grand Ennui" in the second act, at The Palais Theatre in Melbourne, Australia, courtesy of Andrew Sandoval:
Micky Dolenz and Michael Nesmith continue their current tour of Australia tomorrow with a show at the Palais Theatre in Melbourne, Australia. Micky and Peter Tork performed at the Palais in late 2016, and the venue was also the source of Michael's 1978 album, Live at The Palais.
And for those inquiring, the set lists for all shows Down Under after opening night in Christchurch, New Zealand on June 8 have remained the same. (Check out the Christchurch set list here.) Thanks to Andrew Sandoval for confirming these details!
Micky Dolenz & Michael Nesmith discuss The Monkees, their current tour of Australia, Peter Tork's parties, building gyrocopters, and more
"With Micky and me, it was love at first sight," says Nez. "We just clicked and we'd always be making silly jokes. We'd joke that one day we'd do the Mike and Micky Show – and here we are."
Michael Nesmith and Micky Dolenz continue to promote their current tour in Australia, this time with an appearance on The Weekly with Charlie Pickering.