David Alexander, a member of The Monkees' touring band and team going back to the 1990s, and who also performed individually with both Davy Jones and Micky Dolenz, has passed away after a long battle with cancer. Monkees fans will likely recall Dave's big smile as he manned the keyboards for numerous Monkees/solo concerts and special events.
A chance encounter with Davy Jones in 1993 eventually led to Dave being asked to join Davy on a tour of Japan in early 1995. Dave went on to work as a stage manager for The Monkees during their mid-1990s tours and was fortunate enough to travel to the United Kingdom in 1997 when all four Monkees played a series of concerts there in promotion of their Justus album. He later appeared onstage with The Monkees in the early 2000s, returning in 2012 after the death of Davy Jones.
Dave was a devoted Beatles fan and member of the Beatles tribute band Glass Onion. He spoke highly of his time spent with The Monkees. "What matters to me is the family that I accrued over the years. That's what being in the Monkees is really like to me," he told Fred Velez in 2013. "It's a real family affair. Sure, it has its business aspects to it every now and then. But, for the most part, it all turns out to be an incredible family, with everything that every family has. Its quirks, its weird times, but mostly the good times. I absolutely love them all."
The latest episode of Zilch includes a dedication to Dave Alexander. Listen below:
Monkees historian, author, and producer Andrew Sandoval is joined by John Billings and Alex Jules, members of The Monkees' touring band, in a special episode of Zilch dedicated to the memory of Michael Nesmith. Listen to the show, hosted by Ken Mills, below:
With the recent release of Dolenz sings Nesmith and the announcement of a Monkees Farewell tour in May, Zilch host extraordinaire Ken Mills welcomes back Andrew Sandoval as he talks about the tour and Micky's new solo album, as well as his upcoming book, The Monkees: The Day-By-Day Story, and much, much more.
"We have a lot to celebrate right now," Andrew said.
This week, fans will get a preview of Micky Dolenz's forthcoming solo album when "Different Drum"/"Propinquity" debuts as the lead single from Dolenz sings Nesmith, a collection featuring Micky singing the songs of Michael Nesmith.
While you wait for this Friday's single release, take a listen to the latest episode of Zilch where Glenn Gretlund of 7a Records is joined by the album's producer, Christian Nesmith, and the two chronicle the project with host Ken Mills, along with exclusive track samples to boot!
Monkees author Andrew Sandoval will be Jodi Ritzen's guest this evening live on Facebook as Andrew discusses his upcoming book, The Monkees: The Day-By-Day Story. Jodi has also announced that none other than Micky Dolenz will be stopping by for this special event.
The Live Almanac will be providing a live feed below once everything gets underway, so stay tuned!
Watch Andrew's interview with Jodi below, which includes a guest appearance by Micky Dolenz, as well as the official reveal of the extra collectible item (not sold separately) that will come with your purchase of the Super Deluxe Edition of Andrew's Day-By-Day book:
And, don't forget to listen to Andrew on the Zilch podcast with host Ken Mills by clicking the image below:
Monkees archivist talks about deluxe vinyl set of group's debut album, revised book, and much more on "Zilch"
And listen to Iain Lee and Glenn Gretlund from 7a Records as they discuss their latest project on the Zilch podcast. Click the image below to listen!
Monkees archivist and producer Andrew Sandoval stopped by Zilch to speak with host Ken Mills about The Mike & Micky Show Live. The podcast, featuring audio samples from the album, is linked below!
Zilch host Ken Mills welcomes Videoranch's Ed Heffelfinger and 7a Records co-founder Glenn Gretlund as they talk about 7a's Cosmic Partners - The McCabe's Tapes, available this Friday on CD and vinyl. And, a special guest turns up - Michael Nesmith himself!
The latest episode of Zilch spotlights one of the Live Almanac's favorite albums, Instant Replay! Settle back and listen to David "Ghosty" Wills, Melinda Gildart, Jeff Gehringer, and host Jeff Hulit navigate Side 1 of the 1969 LP, the first to be issued after Peter Tork had left The Monkees. And to top it all off, this episode is sponsored by Wine Down Nashville and its proud proprietors, Amy and John Billings. Enjoy, and don't forget to check out all things Instant Replay in the archives of The Monkees Live Almanac!
UPDATE 11/15/2019: Here's Part 2 of the Instant Replay roundtable discussion on Zilch!
Ken Mills is joined by Monkees Tour Manager Andrew Sandoval to talk about the busy touring schedule in 2019, including Mike Nesmith and Pete Finney dates in January, the Mike and Micky Show US dates in March, and Aussie and New Zealand dates in June. Plus, Bronwyn Knox-Lawler talks episode 3 of the Monkees: Monkee vs. Machine…& More!
In this interview with Ken Mills, Andrew Sandoval discusses a wide range of topics about the upcoming Micky Dolenz and Michael Nesmith tour and confirms that a live album will indeed be officially recorded:
Micky Dolenz Live
Dolenz, Jones, Boyce & Hart returns