Thanks a lot to Jeremy Roberts for sharing his recently published article on Medium about a stop on The Monkees' triumphant 45th Anniversary World Tour!
The Monkees performed in San Francisco's Cow Palace on January 22, 1967. Thanks to Al Bigley for providing this clip!
A Monkees concert that had been scheduled for May 27, 1967 at the Spartan Stadium in San Jose, California was later canceled after Mike had his tonsils removed on May 23. This is a poster advertising the original event. In Marty Eck's 1998 book The Monkees Collectibles Price Guide, it was estimated to be worth $400 if you possessed a near mint copy of it.
On May 10, 1969, The Monkees appeared live in concert at the Century II Convention Hall in Wichita, Kansas.
For years, rumors have floated that a concert from the 1969 Monkees tour was recorded. However, no tapes have ever turned up. One concert, thought to be the May 10, 1969 performance in Wichita, Kansas as advertised in the poster above, does exist as bootleg, but it’s an absolutely horrible recording usually sought after for historical purposes only. You can hear audio snippets from the bootleg at the Live Almanac's YouTube channel.
Both Micky and Monkees archivist Andrew Sandoval have seemingly confirmed that audio recordings of the 1969 tour don't exist. In an online interview with Micky in 2005, he said there's no official documentation of the shows. "We never recorded that," Dolenz recalled. "I recorded Sam & The Goodtimers [the supporting band on the 1969 tour] as an act, and was trying to sell them to a record company. But we never recorded - I wish we had, it was funny, it was really great having that band, they were a great band." Sandoval agreed with Micky about the nonexistence of 1969 live audio. "Certainly there’s no tape of a 1969 show in the Monkees vault. What Micky says…that he taped them (The Goodtimers) at that Souled Out Club in Los Angeles…makes a lot of sense," the Monkees historian said in a 2005 interview. "I tried to do research about that club. I found out where it was but there were never any advertisements or listings of who played there in that time period, so it was hard to say when the Goodtimers played there or when The Monkees might have come to see them. It seems more and more that if there had been a recording it would have shown up by now. It’s been a long time, you know?”
This rare clip below (courtesy of the Live Almanac's YouTube channel) features The Monkees on radio station KLEO promoting their concert at the Century II in Wichita.
The Monkees featuring Micky Dolenz & Peter Tork: 2015 Tour Dates, Venues, Cities, and Ticket Links
I recently had the opportunity to take advantage of a great sale for a professional framing job of my 2013 tour poster. (Who knew the process was so expensive?!) Here is the result, now hanging on my office wall in the house. I'm poster #184 / 1500, by the way.
This color poster was originally sent to record stores in 1967. Underneath the poster (not shown here) were the options "Where/Date/Time" with blank lines for the correct information about an upcoming Monkees concert in the area.
This concert at Curtis Hixon Hall was rescheduled once The Monkees accepted a lucrative deal to play a week's worth of shows in Mexico.
1969 tour dates are available on this page. A great interview conducted by Andrew Sandoval with Michael Nesmith about the 1969 tour, including stories about Michael's experiences in Mexico, can be heard here.
Per Andrew Sandoval, this silk screen limited edition poster will be available at the merchandise booth at this summer's shows. The new poster also seems to be a pretty cool nod to the past.
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The Monkees appeared in Anaheim, California at the Celebrity Theatre in July 1989.
Monkees Farewell Tour