Check out the entire '69 tour program on the 1969 tour page!
Trina Dow was Micky's second wife and can be seen here with Davy and Peter during the 20th Anniversary Reunion Tour.
Last summer, JD at Monkee45s.net alerted me that a 1970 program for Atlantic City's legendary Steel Pier was being auctioned on eBay. In it, The Monkees are advertised to appear in person on September 5, 6, and 7. Thanks to Kevin Schmid, I was able to obtain high quality scans of the program. The picture of The Monkees used inside of it, however, shows all four members in a late 1965 publicity photo. As we know, only Micky and Davy were working under the Monkees banner in 1970, so the whole thing immediately peaked my interest.
I searched Google to see if I could find anything about this event. (Andrew Sandoval's book does not make mention of this potential appearance.) I turned up a few internet posts that reference The Monkees at the Steel Pier, and one that mentions just Davy.
I also found a scan of a Pennsylvania newspaper from August 19, 1970 that is archived online (with an article titled "Monkee Business Paying Off"), but the print was too small to read and further attempts to obtain a superior copy were unsuccessful. I wondered if the article was promoting an upcoming appearance in nearby New Jersey at that time.
I gathered all of these items and submitted them to Andrew Sandoval, and he was able to shed a little light on this event. Andrew doesn't believe The Monkees performed at Atlantic City's Steel Pier that summer, and he thinks instead that it was a solo appearance made by Davy alone.
The search for other live appearances made by The Monkees in 1970 goes on!
In late 1980, Peter formed a band called The New Monks. On February 13, 1981, they recorded a single, "Steppin' Stone"/"Higher and Higher." The 45 was eventually released on the Claude's Music Works label, named after Peter's then-manager Claude Hayn.
The New Monks later conducted a tour of Japan in August 1981, taking advantage of the resurgence of The Monkees that was happening there at the time. The set list for the shows generally comprised the following songs: Higher and Higher/Cripple Creek/Last Train to Clarksville/A Little Bit Me, A Little Bit You/Daydream Believer/Pleasant Valley Sunday/Lucille/Hi Hi Babe/Shades Of Gray/Valleri/Tender Is/Your Auntie Grizelda/I’m a Believer/Steppin’ Stone.
This is the front and back cover of the program made available at the Japanese shows:
The New Monks consisted of Nelson Bogart (guitar, trumpet), Paul Ill (bass, music director), Vince Barranco (drums), Phil Simon (guitar), and Peter on guitar and lead vocals. After touring Japan, the group performed in the United States before disbanding in early 1982. Peter would start fresh with a new band, The Peter Tork Project, in 1983.
After a few years of being semi-retired musically, Micky Dolenz toured Japan in January 1982. The Monkees had experienced a massive revival there when "Daydream Believer" was used in a television commercial in 1980. Micky released a single in Japan, "To Be Or Not To Be," to coincide with the tour.
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