The Monkees Live Almanac is going on a two week vacation! I am currently at the beach enjoying some beautiful weather and sunshine. It's been a busy month around the site with the opening of "The Mike & Micky Show" back on June 1 in Chandler, Arizona. As we all know, the tour progressed through a dozen other cities before unfortunately coming to an early close in Philadelphia on June 21 as a result of Michael Nesmith falling ill before that evening's performance. All together, the final four dates of the tour were ultimately postponed. More importantly, I know I can speak for all Monkees fans in saying that we wish Nez a speedy recovery and some rest and relaxation.
"The Mike & Micky Show" provided Monkees fans with one of the more unique concert events in the group's history. Micky Dolenz and Michael Nesmith delivered a wholly fresh show complete with a set list full of deep cuts that exceeded expectations, a crack band, and some fresh arrangements, too. If more information becomes available about rescheduled dates while I'm on vacation, or any other pertinent Monkees-related news arises, I will share all of those updates here on the blog.
If you are a SiriusXM subscriber, tune in tonight to hear Micky and Michael join Dwight Yoakam on his Greater Bakersfield show. This appearance was taped back in the spring, and Part 1 aired on June 20.
As we begin the summer months, a reminder that Micky Dolenz will be appearing at Citizens Bank Park in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania on July 1 to sing the "Star Spangled Banner" before the start of the Phillies-Nationals game at 1:35pm. Tickets are now on sale, and Jodi Ritzen is offering a special package where you can spend the game with Micky and his family inside the Bill Giles suite, complete with food and drink and autograph opportunities. A portion of the proceeds will benefit the Make-A-Wish Foundation. I can say from many personal experiences that Citizens Bank is a great ballpark to enjoy a baseball game!
Micky will also be appearing at Northeast Comic & Collectibles Extravaganza in Boxboro, Massachusetts on July 6-8, while attending a special screening of Head in nearby Arlington on July 6. Micky doesn't have any solo concerts on the books until August. And a special congratulations to the Dolenz family as Micky's new grandson, Huxley Elliott Brenner, was born to parents Emily (Dolenz) Brenner and husband William.
Have you checked out the wealth of bonus tracks on the new reissues of Michael Nesmith's RCA albums from the early 1970s? Brian Marchese wrote an essay to guide you through these gems! Don't forget about the trilogy of First National Band albums available on colored vinyl from Sundazed, too. And if you are looking to do some summer reading, Michael's Infinite Tuesday is now available in paperback.
Peter Tork has maintained somewhat of a low profile lately, but his latest album with Shoe Suede Blues, Relax Your Mind, a tribute to Lead Belly, is now available on compact disc at CD Baby. You can also download Relax Your Mind on CDBaby, BandCamp, Amazon, and iTunes.
The daughters of Davy Jones (all girls, as Davy was fond of joking), Talia Jones Roston, Sarah Jones McFadden, Jessica Cramer Jones, and Annabel Jones, recently announced the formation of Along Came Jones Media that will work to preserve Davy's legacy. Stop by the organization's website to sign up for exclusive news updates, and like their page on Facebook.
And don't forget about the recent and future releases by our friends at 7a Records. Their current Davy Jones single, "Rainbows," is now available, and pre-orders are being accepted for Michael Nesmith & The First National Band Redux Live at The Troubadour. There's also Micky Dolenz & The Metropole Orchestra: Out of Nowhere on both compact disc and vinyl.
Although things will be more quiet than usual around the blog over the next couple of weeks, the Live Almanac's Twitter and Facebook feeds will continue to be updated, so be sure to follow the site on those platforms!
As always, thanks for supporting The Monkees Live Almanac.
Hello everyone! Things have been more quiet than usual as of late here on the Live Almanac's blog, but with good reason. Over the last couple of weeks I have been revamping each one of the tour pages found on The Monkees Live Almanac website. It's been a long time since these individual pages have received specific attention, and with dead links piling up, a desire to provide the most current information and relevant resources, along with a need for general house cleaning, well, the time was right to give everything a second look. The changes are mostly subtle, but you might recognize some new scans, videos, and a general tidying up of each page's layout for what I hope makes for the best viewing experience.
I'm still working on essays for the 2015 concerts and the 50th Anniversary Tour, but I haven't had a lot of time to write and the essays require dedicated research and editing. All in good time, though! Speaking of future additions to the site, Jennifer Winkle has recently shared a vast amount of photographs from concerts in 1986, 1987, 1996, and 1997. I look forward to sharing these pictures down the road!
Meanwhile, please feel free to check out the individual tour pages that are organized by decade below. I welcome your feedback and suggestions. Maybe it's been a while since you've perused these pages, or perhaps you're new to them altogether - enjoy!
Hi everyone, I've been at the beach for the last several days and will continue to be on vacation through next weekend. As a result, things are going to be slower than usual around here! That being said, any important news items will still be posted on the blog. The Live Almanac's Facebook page and Twitter account, however, will continue to be updated daily. Speaking of, are you following the Live Almanac on Facebook and Twitter?!?
Here's a photo I took about an hour or so ago from the deck - a beautiful night. The Monkees Live Almanac would like to wish a Happy 4th of July to those in the United States, and to everyone else, a great weekend.
Thank you very, very much to Micky Dolenz, Peter Tork and Peter's Facebook Team, and Andrew Sandoval for their continued support of The Monkees Live Almanac. I'm honored. Please visit the homepage to read the generous comments they shared with me about the site!
Check out a brand new category here on the Live Almanac's blog, dedicated to The Monkees and their childhood years.
A brand new feature has arrived at The Monkees Live Almanac! Readers and visitors now have an opportunity to share their Monkees stories, memories, photos, and more on the forum page, which is now live and awaiting contributions! Recommendations for the site or general feedback are also welcomed. No registration is required - just provide a username and email address (which is not published), and you are ready to get started.
Thanks to David Cox for contacting the Live Almanac and proposing the great idea of a community page. Hope to see you there - click the banner image above to visit!
A new page has been added to The Monkees Live Almanac website, chronicling The Monkees' appearance at the Pantages Theatre in Los Angeles, California this past September, which Michael Nesmith said would be his last with the group. The essay examines Michael's history with The Monkees since the group's revival in 1986 as well as the Pantages concert itself.
I'd like to say a big thank you to Sherri Hansen who provided most of the photos you will see on the page (with more on the way to be added at a later date). A shout-out as well to Elliott Marx, who shared his wonderful audience recording of the show on SoundCloud, and to all the fans who uploaded their video footage to YouTube. Please enjoy - and I welcome any feedback.
Hello everyone, I'm going to be on vacation for the next week and things are going to be slower than usual around the Live Almanac. You can expect updates here on the blog regarding any important news items, and don't forget, the Monkees Blu-ray sets are now shipping from Rhino and should be arriving at doorsteps soon!
Micky, Peter, and the band are taking a short break from the 50th Anniversary Tour and will return in Ottawa on July 14. And remember that Nez is offering limited edition shirts for this month only over at Videoranch.
OK, time to hit the beach!
I'd like to say thanks to Justin Rakowski for taking the time to design a new banner for The Monkees Live Almanac. I've placed it on the front page of the website and on Facebook. Great job, Justin!
Don't forget to check out more of Justin's handiwork.
I recently launched a Facebook page for The Monkees Live Almanac. Let me preface this by saying I'm a complete novice when it comes to Facebook, and well, my amateur background resulted in the page being disabled by Facebook as of this morning! After a crash course on Facebook and its rules, I think I've got it correct this time. Please click the image below (one of Al Bigley's masterworks) and "Like" The Monkees Live Almanac on Facebook.
Thanks for your patience! And a shout out to Ken Mills over at Zilch for his assistance!
After almost five years at MonkeesConcerts.com, The Monkees Live Almanac has moved to a new domain: MonkeesLiveAlmanac.com. When I first published this website in the summer of 2011, I was quite the novice and, well, I actually cannot remember why I didn't just use the website's name as its main URL. The good thing is that you should experience no change in access - I've completed several tests and everything appears to be running smoothly. However, if you do come across broken URL's or any other issues, please contact me.
Unfortunately, changing domains means a complete loss of Facebook likes on all of the previous blog postings, along with some other small (unimportant) details. Any links to Live Almanac pages or posts on Facebook (and other social media venues) or around the web remain and are still accessible, but the stats have been reset to '0.'
I'd like to say thank you to everyone for their continued support of this website. The traffic has been incredible just over the last day alone. I'm doing my best to work through my inbox, which is a bit flooded, especially since the release of "She Makes Me Laugh." If I haven't replied to you, please give me an extra moment.
I hope everyone is enjoying the new single!
This morning I debuted a new design for The Monkees Live Almanac website. There have been a few improvements along the way, and hopefully everything is intact! What do you think of the new look? Please feel free to leave a comment. And do let me know if you find any issues around the site because of the new design.
Thanks for visiting!
Thank you to everyone for their continued support of The Monkees Live Almanac in 2015. Please keep visiting! Up next: The 50th Anniversary!
How are your Photoshop skills? (Mine are not so hot!) Do you have a moment to make a couple of 50th Anniversary-themed banners for the Monkees Live Almanac website and blog? If so, I would really appreciate your assistance. Please contact me!
This is just a note to say that I'll be on vacation for the next week and things are going to be slower than usual around the Live Almanac blog. You can expect updates here and there on any news items - hopefully I can share good reviews of Micky's brand new show that is taking place in New York City over three nights next week. In the meantime, Nez is having a sale over at Videoranch, Peter was recently interviewed by Iain Lee, and the good folks at the Davy Jones Equine Memorial Fund are always providing updates on Davy's herd. And don't forget, Micky and Peter are back on the road later this month, starting in Nashville, a city that has always been kind to The Monkees.
Here's a photo from the deck of the house I'm staying at - it's a beautiful day.
The 2014 Tour Page is now officially updated, complete with a summary of the tour and its surrounding events. You'll also find a photo gallery, video footage, and more.
Thank you to everyone who submitted photos and videos during the course of the tour. I'm hoping I have given everyone proper credit! If not, please feel free to contact me.
If you have some superior video footage that I might have missed, please let me know. The amount of footage on YouTube is overwhelming and I tried to save what I thought were some of the better clips as the tour progressed last spring.
My apologies for the lack of updates on the blog this week...it has been a very busy one. I'm now away on a mini-vacation for a couple of days, and that's why things are a little quiet around here. See you soon!
Thanks to Kevin Schmid and Al Bigley for their assistance and contributions!
The Monkees Live Almanac is now on Twitter! Are you following the site's account? Click the box to the left and then 'Follow' to insure you don't miss anything!
Debuting in December 2011, The Live Almanac's YouTube channel is drawing closer to 1 million channel views! Lately I've been uploading some additional items, including live versions of "You Just May Be the One" and "Sometime in the Morning" from the 1987 summer tour. And there's more to come. Be sure to click the box to the right and subscribe to the site's channel.
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