Ever since Michael Nesmith reconstituted the First National Band for a series of exclusive concerts last month, I have received many inquiries asking where to find the music of the First National Band, and in particular, which releases were best to seek out. For my money, the late 1990s/early 2000s compact discs by BMG/Camden are the superior representations of Michael's RCA work. The label released the albums as two-in-one reissues. Below are scans of the Magnetic South/Loose Salute CD from 1999.
The BMG/Camden reissues of Michael's RCA albums are readily available on Amazon:
On July 31, 1977, Peter Tork played a show at CBGB, the legendary Manhattan music club that featured rising stars of the punk and new wave genres in the late 1970s and early 1980s. Lester Bangs, who wrote for both Rolling Stone and Creem, delivered a wholly negative review of the show for the Village Voice:
Rolling Stone, of all publications, reported about Peter's appearance at CBGB in its September 22, 1977 issue:
Audio from the show has been bootlegged over the years:
Micky, Mike, and Davy filmed a Kool-Aid commercial in February 1970 at a San Diego amusement park. Photos of Micky and Davy driving bumper cars will later appear on the back cover of Changes.
Here's a photo of Davy Jones from my collection that is dated 1973. I'm not sure of the location or the event. Anyone have any clues?
This photo is making the rounds, and it's currently being auctioned on eBay. I've never seen this one before!
Davy appears to be wearing the jacket he donned in his 1971 guest appearance on The Brady Bunch:
This appears to be an advertisement for the July 20, 1976 Dolenz, Jones, Boyce & Hart concert at Yubin Chokin Hall in Tokyo, Japan. The Tokyo show was recorded and released as a vinyl LP set in Japan in 1981. The live album was never given a formal release in the United States or elsewhere until 1996, when it was issued on compact disc by Varese Vintage.
Can any of our Japanese friends help with a translation?
(Courtesy of Written In Our Hearts on Facebook)
Thanks to John who submitted this photograph he found on Facebook - Nez playing live in Melbourne, Australia at the Palais Theatre during a brief tour of Australia in 1977. You'll note that Michael is playing his Gibson Les Paul custom guitar!
Live at The Palais was released by Michael's company Pacific Arts in August 1978. Recorded in Melbourne at the Palais Theatre during a brief tour of Australia in 1977, the set reunites Nez with First National Band drummer John Ware. Notably, some of the songs on Live at The Palais featured new arrangements in comparison to their studio counterparts.
Micky Dolenz and Peter Tork performed at the Palais this past December during a stop on The Monkees' 50th Anniversary Tour.
The LP cover features a photo of Nez with his Black Gibson Les Paul custom guitar. This is the same guitar he played when The Monkees recorded "Pleasant Valley Sunday" in 1967, producing the classic riff that became the cornerstone of the song. The guitar was also seen on 33 1/3 Revolutions Per Monkee during The Monkees' performance of "Listen to the Band," and again in 1969 when Micky, Davy, and Michael performed live on The Glen Campbell Goodtime Hour. Nez was last seen using the Les Paul with The Monkees at the Greek Theatre in Los Angeles in 1986.
Live at the Palais can be downloaded on iTunes or at Videoranch.
A big thanks to Ben Belmares who supplied the scans seen below:
Here's a photo that was posted yesterday on Davy's official Facebook page, one that I had never seen before! And don't forget to check out the Dolenz, Jones, Boyce & Hart entry here at the Live Almanac which was recently updated with new quotes, information, and tour dates, courtesy of Andrew Sandoval and The Monkees' 50th Anniversary Tour program!
Micky Dolenz and Davy Jones (along with Micky's sister, Coco) performed a series of shows at New York City's Riverboat Cafe (in the Empire State Building) in 1977. Here's a photo from their April 17, 1977 concert, courtesy of Judith Supple Hadlock.
I'm fairly certain this photo was taken at Swingos Hotel while Dolenz, Jones, Boyce & Hart were performing in Cleveland, Ohio at the Agora Theatre on June 10, 1976. Micky's arm is in a sling due to a hang gliding mishap.
Here's a photo of Davy performing at the Executive Inn in Buffalo, New York in September 1977...
A live recording of a Dolenz, Jones, Boyce & Hart show, Concert in Japan (recorded on July 20, 1976 at Yubin Chokin Hall in Tokyo, Japan), was initially available only in Japan in 1981. The album was later distributed on compact disc in the United States in 1996. This is a poster that was included inside the Japanese album.