The Live Almanac is now on Twitter! Thanks to all of you who have followed me, including Micky Dolenz! Click on the image below to visit the site's Twitter account.
I upgraded the photos of The Monkees on the Joey Bishop Show that appeared in a recent post. Check it out.
There are a couple of new blog categories to the right: Movies of the Mind (for all articles, photos, information, and more about Michael's recent solo tours and accompanying live album), The Birds, The Bees & The Monkees Deluxe Edition, Lester Sill, Bill Chadwick, and Ward Sylvester.
There's plenty of articles, interviews, and more located on the Print Archive page, the latest new addition to the Monkees Live Almanac website, to keep you busy for a while. If you haven't checked it out, now's the time!
Have you checked out the Print Archive page? It's one of the latest additions to the Live Almanac website. New to that page are highlights from former Rhino chief Harold Bronson's book on The Monkees. Take a look!
It's been a busy weekend on the Live Almanac blog with convention coverage and the news that The Monkees will be back on the road in May. It was also revealed at the convention by Andrew Sandoval that fans can look forward to another Rhino Handmade deluxe edition as The Monkees, the group's first album, will get the special treatment. Tour dates have not been announced but some have leaked online through various ticket outlet websites. A new blog category has been added for the 2014 tour, so be sure to keep an eye on it and the blog itself for updates as they become available.
Let's go ahead and close out the Monkees Convention weekend by adding two new sections to the Live Almanac website. First up is a page dedicated to the archives of the 1980s Monkees Hour /Headquarters radio program. As noted in a previous blog post, Paris Stachtiaris, the former co-host of the program, has been sharing his archives with me, and several shows have already been posted. In addition to uploading the shows on the blog, you can now navigate to the Headquarters Radio Program page to listen to the archives. Just this weekend Paris passed along two 1988 shows that feature a multi-part interview with Lynne Randell, who was one of the opening acts for The Monkees on their 1967 summer tour. And there's much more to come!
The second new addition being unveiled tonight is the Monkees Print Archive. This page can be used as a quick reference point for a variety of Monkees articles, interviews, and more that have previously appeared on the Live Almanac blog. I have attempted to select the most noteworthy pieces to highlight, and certainly additional items can be found in the blog's list of archived categories. Either way, there's enough to keep you busy reading for a while!
As always, feedback is welcomed. Please take a moment to visit the new sections, which can also be accessed by clicking the MISC tab from the drop-down menu at the top of each page of this website. And don't miss the unique banner on the Print Archive page that was designed by Al Bigley...Instant Replay cover style, with Peter included!
The homepage of The Monkees Live Almanac website now offers a variety of quick references, including Monkees news, tour dates, and more. Please be sure to check it out!
Stay tuned for what I'm confident will be some exciting additions to the Live Almanac for your listening enjoyment. I'll give everyone a hint: WBAU.
Today I debuted the new look for The Monkees Live Almanac website. Take a look around...each page has an updated, more professional (I hope!) look to it...and you might notice some new items while you're browsing, too. Please feel free to contact me or leave a comment with any suggestions for improvement and/or feedback on the new design. If you see something that needs attention, I'd also appreciate hearing from you.
If you haven't checked out the Gear page lately, I've added a few more pictures to various sections of the page. You'll see some additional shots of Micky's Slingerland drum kit, Peter's Ode banjo, Michael's black Gibson, and more. Check out the Gear page here.
A few tidbits around the site:
1. The 2011 tour page has been updated. It includes more quotes from Micky, Davy, and Peter and some expanded information all throughout the tour summary.
2. Al Bigley created a cool new banner for the Instruments & Gear page. Speaking of the Gear page, I have added and updated some pictures there.
3. The Categories list here on the blog is experiencing some technical difficulties. You'll see that some categories are listed twice. My adept host company is working on fixing it.
4. Finally, don't forget to check out the brand new 2013 tour page.
The 2013 Tour Page is now officially updated, complete with an 18 paragraph summary of the summer 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 summer.
Make your way over to the 2013 page by clicking here.
A couple of days ago I made some updates and changes to the 'Categories' list here on the blog which makes it easier to search for archived posts. I have just completed another round of additions.
New blog categories include the following: 1995 Platinum Awards Ceremony, Artwork & Illustrations, Billboard Live 1996, Frank Zappa, Henry Diltz, Jack Nicholson, Jimi Hendrix, Monkees in 1970, Pacific Arts, Rainbow Room and Stand-Ins.
Don't forget that the Live Almanac also has a search function, which can be found at the bottom of each page on this website.
In an effort to keep the blog posts as organized as possible for archival purposes, I recently spent some time adding a couple of new categories while also rearranging some of the other previously listed categories (all which can be found to the right here on the blog page).
New categories include: Chip Douglas, Harold Bronson Book, Monkee Business Fanzine, Monkeemobile, Stand-Ins, and Recording Studio.
The old '1989 Monkees Events' category has been deleted. All posts found in it were reshuffled to the following new categories: 1989 U.S. Tour and 1989 European Tour. You can continue to visit the Hollywood Walk of Fame category for blog posts related to that 1989 event.
The Articles and Interviews category has also been reorganized. Because of new or recently added blog categories like Creem magazine, Tiger Beat Monkee Spectacular, Monkee Business Fanzine, Harold Bronson Book and Monkees Monthly, all posts related to those particular categories can now be found in their specific categories only, leaving the Articles and Interviews archive a little easier to search for other posts. (Does that make sense?!)
A lot of the blog categories receive a considerable amount of traffic from visitors to the Live Almanac, so hopefully these changes will make the site easier and more functional. I'm always open to suggestions. Please feel free to contact me here.
Previous blog posts have featured articles and more about The Monkees (as well as Dolenz, Jones, Boyce and Hart) that originally appeared in Creem. Find them easier now under the Categories list to the right, or click here for quick access. Lots of great pieces there!
Since The Monkees Live Almanac functions as a website only, help spread the word around social media by posting the site's homepage URL on your Facebook page or Twitter account.
Click here to copy and paste the Live Almanac's website address to post on your wall or to use as a tweet. Much appreciated!
On this page to the right (under 'Categories') you will find a couple of new titles for searching through previous blog posts. I added 'Early Monkees Concerts' for pictures, reviews and articles concerning the live shows The Monkees performed from December 1966 through May 1967. I previously had these items lumped into the 1967 Monkees Tour category (which was originally meant for coverage of the summer tour that year), so this change should be helpful in differentiating the two.
All articles and interviews are archived here, but there are now separate categories for Monkees Monthly posts and Monkee Spectacular posts.
Get into the Halloween spirit and check out the Live Almanac's homepage. Artist and illustrator extraordinaire Al Bigley has created a new Halloween-themed banner for the site.
By the way, all of the various banners you see around the Live Almanac are Al's creations. I thank him once again for another awesome addition!
The Monkees Live Almanac is a mobile-friendly website. You can add the Live Almanac to your iPhone or Android home screen by using the following (easy) directions:
The Live Almanac celebrates its second year online this week with a brand new page added to the website. Dedicated to detailing the various instruments used by The Monkees primarily in the 1960s, you can read up on everything from Michael's various Gretsch guitars to Peter's wide variety of gear, Micky's drum kits, and even Davy's custom made Gretsch bass guitar.
Feel free to follow the link at the bottom of the Gear page, which will take you back to this blog post, to add your comments. Simply reply to this post to join the discussion.
A new addition to the Live Almanac website will be made available shortly...a 'Monkees Instruments & Gear' page.