Thanks a lot to David Marcone for passing along this YouTube find to the Live Almanac!
Click the image below to watch the fantastic music video for "You Bring the Summer," produced by Jonathan Nesmith and Susan Holloway:
Thanks a lot to the fantastic Written In Our Hearts Facebook page for allowing the Live Almanac to share this rare photo of Peter, Davy, and Micky rehearsing for their appearance on the 1986 MTV Video Music Awards. If you haven't stopped by Written In Our Hearts, be sure to follow their page!
The trio performed "Daydream Believer" and "I'm a Believer" on the September 5, 1986 telecast while The Monkees were experiencing a newfound success during their 20th Anniversary Reunion Tour:
And check out this commercial for the encore presentation of the 1986 MTV Video Music Awards that featured The Monkees:
Thanks to Written in Our Hearts on Facebook for sharing this photo a while back, and check out the YouTube video below featuring a recent review of The Monkees' 1968 feature film Head by The Cinemologists:
In early 1986, Arista Records, who owned the Monkees catalog at the time, started planning a greatest hits package that would mark the group’s 20th Anniversary. When Micky, Davy, and Peter hit the road in late May and surprised everyone by becoming that summer’s hottest concert ticket, Arista pared down their original 2-LP package to a single album that ended up including a couple of brand new Monkees recordings.
However, the three new songs that ultimately appeared on Then and Now...The Best of The Monkees ("That Was Then, This Is Now," "Anytime, Anyplace, Anywhere," and "Kicks"), included participation from just Micky and Peter. (Michael Nesmith, as we all know, remained on the sidelines for most of the group's 20th Anniversary activities.) A little backstory: Davy was signed to Bell Records in the early 1970s, and the label eventually morphed into Arista Records, led by music mogul Clive Davis. For years, Davy vocalized his disdain for the Bell experience, claiming his talents were misused and that he was never given the opportunity to grow as an artist while under their auspices.
Once the offer came around from Arista in 1986 regarding new recordings for the reunited Monkees, Davy balked, saying it was a bad deal while also expressing frustration that The Monkees would just be singing over pre-recorded backing tracks. Things became complicated when “That Was Then, This Is Now" took off at radio and on MTV. Davy would leave the stage when the song was performed live, and the music video, filmed in concert, led to questions of “Where’s Davy?”
Despite the tension behind the genesis of the Arista Monkees recordings, the Then & Now album went platinum during the group's blockbuster 1986 reunion tour. “That Was Then, This Is Now” became the band's new single that summer and a music video for it was filmed at Great Arena in Jackson, New Jersey on July 25. The video received heavy airplay on MTV, making the song a Billboard Top 20 hit in the summer of 1986.
And who can forget the video's success on MTV's Friday Night Video Fights?! It's here where you can watch the official music video for "That Was Then, This Is Now" (beginning at 40:15). Strangely, the video is not available on YouTube.
An alternate version of the video appears below:
The Monkees visited the historic Ryman Auditorium in Nashville, Tennessee when they were guests on the July 19, 1969 edition of The Johnny Cash Show. The trio sang Michael Nesmith's "Nine Times Blue" in an appearance that was filmed earlier that May. Micky, Davy, and Mike were joined by Johnny Cash after their performance of "Nine Times Blue" for a comedic take of "Everybody Loves a Nut," originally featured on Cash's 1966 novelty album.
And now, the digital television network getTV is airing The Monkees' appearance on The Johnny Cash Show on August 12, 2018 at 10pm EST.
Of note, portions of the Pisces, Aquarius, Capricorn & Jones Ltd. album were also recorded in Nashville, along with treasured Monkees cuts like "Listen to the Band" and "Good Clean Fun" during Michael's famed '68 Nashville sessions. Be sure to check out this great article detailing the history The Monkees have with the city of Nashville.
And a little bit of trivia: Micky and Michael returned to the Ryman with Peter during the group's 2013 summer tour.
The Monkees conducted a tour of Australia in September 1968. Arriving in Sydney on September 16 to a frenzied crowd of fans waiting at the airport, the group undertook a series of television interviews and held a press conference in Sydney, and later that day, in Melbourne. Footage of The Monkees in Sydney has been available on YouTube for a while now, but there's a lot of new scenes in this video below:
In early 1997, all four Monkees embarked on a tour of the United Kingdom to promote their 1996 album, Justus. Here's the complete concert from NYNEX Arena in Manchester, England on March 15, 1997:
Thanks a lot to Sherri Hansen for the footage below, and look for more of Sherri's videos here on the blog shortly!
Tonight "The Mike & Micky Show" made its second stop in Canada with a performance at Centre in the Square in Kitchener, Ontario. This show, along with last night's in Toronto, Ontario, constitute Michael Nesmith's first appearances in Canada as a member of The Monkees since August 25, 1969, when Micky, Davy, and Nez played two shows at the Canadian National Exhibition in Toronto (videos below).
Also noteworthy in Kitchener tonight was the addition of "D.W. Washburn" to the set. This 1968 Monkees single peaked at #2 in Canada (while it stalled at #19 in the United States). "Sometime in the Morning" and "Propinquity," both of which have been soundchecked as of late, also made their debut in the set in Kitchener. "St. Matthew," "You Told Me," "You Just May Be the One," "Birth of an Accidental Hipster," and "The Door Into Summer" all took the night off. And for those keeping track, the regular set was played last night in Toronto sans "Steam Engine" and "Grand Ennui."
Here is a copy of Michael's Kitchener set list, courtesy of Andrew Sandoval:
And check out this silent footage of The Monkees performing on August 25, 1969 in Toronto at the Canadian National Exhibition:
Thanks to Sherri Hansen for uploading this great rendition of a Nez classic!
Here's additional video from last night's show in Chicago. The band really seems to have hit its stride and boy, what a great crowd!
How incredible is it that Monkees fans in 2018 are being treated to songs like "Auntie's Municipal Court" live in concert?! Not to mention "St. Matthew," "Nine Times Blue," and despite already being played on the 50th Anniversary Tour, "Steam Engine," which is always a highlight! A very honorable mention goes to "Take a Giant Step" as well. Sure, it has been performed during previous Monkees concert tours (usually in an acoustic version like in 1989 or 2015), but the performance of the B-side to "Last Train to Clarksville" on this current tour is stellar!
It's also great to have "Different Drum" in the set, along with "I'll Spend My Life With You." The acoustic rendering of "Randy Scouse Git" is a welcome change of pace, and it's a tribute to the strength of the material from 2016's Good Times! that both "Me & Magdalena" and "Birth of an Accidental Hipster" are received so warmly. Enjoy...
Last night, Micky, Mike, and the band played what was reported to be one of the best shows of the tour to date in front of a very enthusiastic audience at the Copernicus Center in Chicago, Illinois. Both "Steam Engine" and "Grand Ennui," which have not been performed since June 5 in Anaheim, California, returned to the set in Chicago. Here is the set list, courtesy of Andrew Sandoval:
Nez demoed "Propinquity," a song he wrote for his first wife, Phyllis, in 1966:
He later recorded it during the famed Nashville sessions in 1968, but this version remained in the Monkees vaults until its appearance in 1996 on Missing Links Volume Three:
The song was given its first official release in 1971 on The First National Band's third album, Nevada Fighter:
A reworked version appeared on Live at the Palais in 1978:
Finally, this performance of "Propinquity" is taken from Live at the Britt Festival, a video and compact disc recorded on June 19, 1992 at the Britt Festival in Jacksonville, Oregon:
Last night, "The Mike & Micky Show" visited Harrah's Lake Tahoe in Stateline, Nevada. The set list for the show was a little different in that the following songs were not played: "You Told Me," "The Door Into Summer," "Some of Shelly's Blues," "Birth of An Accidental Hipster," and "St. Matthew," and the Head set was also rearranged. (There was no intermission as well.) It's likely the set was shorter since casinos often place time constraints on concerts in their venues.
UPDATE: Andrew Sandoval confirmed with the Live Almanac that last night's show was shortened because of the casino setting.
Good Clean Fun
Last Train to Clarksville
For Pete's Sake
You Just May Be the One
The Girl I Knew Somewhere
As We Go Along
Me & Magdelena
Papa Gene's Blues
Randy Scouse Git
Nine Times Blue
I'll Spend My Life With You
Take a Giant Step
Auntie's Municipal Court
Sweet Young Thing
What Am I Doing Hangin' 'Round?
Pleasant Valley Sunday
Listen to the Band
I'm a Believer
Next stop: Denver on June 12!
Last night, Micky, Nez, and the band performed at the Bob Hope Theatre in Stockton, California. The set list remains the same as it has been since the show in Anaheim on June 5. It appears that both "Steam Engine" and "Grand Ennui" have been permanently dropped from the set.
"Sometime in the Morning" was played during soundcheck:
Micky Dolenz and Michael Nesmith opened their current tour on June 1 in Chandler, Arizona:
A big thanks to Michael Luciano for uploading the first video footage of last night's concert to YouTube!
With no official announcement or fanfare, Michael Nesmith's six early 1970s albums for RCA Records appeared on various platforms today, and even more surprisingly, each album was chock-full of bonus tracks.
Magnetic South (1970), Loose Salute (1970), Nevada Fighter (1971), Tantamount To Treason (1972), And the Hits Just Keep On Comin' (1972), and Pretty Much Your Standard Ranch Stash (1973) have seen various reissues over the years on both compact disc and vinyl. Most recently, Sundazed Music issued the trilogy of First National Band albums on colored vinyl. And since the CD re-releases featured scant bonus tracks, this is the first time that the vaults have truly been opened to reveal a plethora of previously unheard recordings by Nesmith and the First and Second National Band line-ups (including new versions of Monkees songs like "Circle Sky," and instrumental renditions of both "Magnolia Simms" and "Tapioca Tundra").
In hindsight, fans were given something of an advance notice when Nez appeared live on Facebook in late April. During that event, Michael's assistant at Videoranch answered a question about whether or not the First National Band's albums would ever be remastered. She responded, saying "I think that Sony is doing that as we speak." And now as of today, those First National Band albums and the rest of Michael's RCA solo work are available on iTunes in the "Mastered for iTunes" format.
You can purchase or stream all six expanded RCA albums on iTunes, Spotify, Amazon, Google Play, and HDtracks, but no physical compact discs are available at this time. Below you'll find each LP with a list of their respective bonus tracks, along with a few samples courtesy of YouTube.
Thank you to Justin Rakowski for tipping off the Live Almanac about these new releases!
FNB Redux Tour
Micky Dolenz Live
Now Available from 7a Records