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The first reviews of the concert tour are in. We will not be featuring very
many of these (cause the list could get huge!) but a few, and no set lists
will be provided. However, if you want to see the set lists from this tour
(and all of the others) you can go to:

Where Mark Thompson has put together a full review. Thanks Mak!

Also new on Monkees.Net – a search engine – now you can search almost all
of the documents on Monkees.Net for specific information you are looking
for. Hope you enjoy it!



From: Jonathan Apple

Monkees Concert – Clearwater, FL 3-10-01

Hey, Hey Micky, Davy & Peter!

Wouldn’t have missed last nights concert for anything…great show. I was
7th row center and could see the obvious excitement you had as you took the
stage last night. For 3 hours, you guys knocked yourselves out and we
certainly appreciated your efforts.

A few thoughts about the show:

It seemed that you were throwing many special performances at us in an effort
to find out what worked and what didn’t. I applaud your efforts, however, in
relation to the last tour, it seemed to me that the “Natural” set in the
middle of your show was out of place with an audience that came to see
“The Monkees!” Although their efforts were also appreciated, and they
certainly are talented “boys”, the show would have been better served without
them. And, sorry to say, but “Natural” should not have been on stage near
the end of the show. Although you do not need a warm-up act, if necessary,
put them at the beginning, before you start. In the middle of the show puts
them in a difficult situation where the audience feels they’ve “escaped” the
dreaded opening act.

The previous tour seemed to be more to the point, concentrating on “The
Best of The Monkees”. Although my wife and I enjoyed last nights show, and
certainly hope it will not be our last time to see “Our Monkees”, we liked
the previous tour show much better and hope you’ll return to a show more like

Thanks a ton,

Jonathan Apple
Syndicated Oldies Radio Show Host
Oldies Coast-to-Coast(tm)


From: Judy Larson

Last Nights Concert! (YOU STILL GOT IT….)

WOW, Thank you for the wonderful concert you gave to us. All three of you
sound as great as you did many years ago. We really enjoyed our selves and
it brought back a lot of good memories. I keep singing your songs over in
over in my head. I will have to pull out the big records and play them
again. Thanks for bringing us back to the good old days…..

Davy you still have that groove on & that gorgeous smile! ( I’m sure it
doesn’t surprise you that I had a crush on you back then, like many of the
other ladies.) Mickey we love your since of humor and you living life to the
fullest really shows and Peter you were great and love those pants! 🙂

Hope you have a wonderful tour and enjoy being with each other.

Love From One Of Your Many Fans! Judy Larson


From: “Ray Nelson”

Just seen the group at the House of Blues in Orlando last night, the place
was packed. They were very funny and put on a very good show. The natural,
“boy band”, had a spot, and were shoved down our throat, in the middle of
the show. Just a handful of classic songs (TV show songs) were missing from
the show, “She, No Time, Cuddly Toy, Star Collector, and Words”. They
performed everything else. The group also had a solo spot in which each
member did a non-Monkee song. Mickey did a blues song and also Purple Haze,
Davy a vaudeville song, Peter a classic rock song. A bunch of Mike Nesmith
songs were also performed. They also pointed out that he was not present to
perform them. I was surprised at how many teenage kids were at the show,
and knew the words to all the classic songs, a lot of singing along was
going on.The show was very good as my wife, who is not a big Monkee fan,
laughed her butt off and said she would go see them again. Peter is a very
impressive musician. Looking forward to Davy at Epcot!


From: Jenny

(This is the grand prize winner of the Monkees.Net T-Shirt contest with the
8-Button Shirt design)


We just got back from the concert in Clearwater and it was SOOOOOO GREAT!!!!!
and thank you so much for picking my design for the t-shirt cause that got us
back stage and we got to meet Davy and Micky!!!! Peter had already left, darn
it, but there’s always tomorrow night!!!!! They like the shirt!!! and signed
it too!!!! I am so happy I may never get the smile off my face!!!!!

Thank you thank you thank you!!!!!!!!!



From: “Bonnie Verrico”

As part of their Spring Into the Blues Tour, April 20-May 6,
2001, the Peter Tork and Shoe Suede Blues will be hosting a
fan party to thank their loyal fans for supporting them over
the years. The Spring Into the Blues Fan Party will be held
on Sunday, May 6th 2001 from 1:00-4:00pm at Club 66, 207
Edgewood Road in Edgewood, MD.

This tour will most likely be the last upper east coast tour
Shoe Suede Blues will take part in for 2001. Fans from all
over the country have been asking for Shoe Suede Blues to
play in their neighborhoods, so the band will be hitting the
roads across the country for the rest of 2001 & early 2002.
Join Peter Tork, Tadg Galleran, Michael Sunday, Stevie Gurr
and John Palmer for music, conversation, food and fun at
this farewell (for now) fan party – your ticket price
includes a Hot/Cold Buffet Lunch and live performances by
Shoe Suede Blues and Jane. The event will only be open to
ticket holders and limited to approximately 80 people, so
there will plenty of time for meeting and talking with your
favorite band member and fellow fans. Please feel free to
bring along your cameras, video equipment, and memorabilia
for autographing!

Advance tickets for this event are as follows: $30 for
adults (11+) and $15 for children (3-10). Group rate $25
per person for groups of 4 or more adults. Advance ticket
requests must be received by April 18, 2001. A limited
number of tickets may be available at the door for $35 each.

Check or Money Order (sorry, no credit cards) for tickets
should be made out to Fiore Promos Agency and mailed (with
your contact information, see below) to:

Fiore Promos Agency
Events Department
2014 Tanglewood Drive
Waldorf MD 20601

If you would like to come to this fun event, please provide
the information below with your check or money order for
tickets to the Spring Into the Blues Fan Party. For your
convenience, a printable ticket order form can be found at Remember, the deadline”> Remember, the deadline
for advance tickets is April 18, 2001.

Please provide the following:
Day Phone
Eve Phone
Type of Ticket (adult, child or group adult)
Number of Tickets
Total Amount Enclosed

Please contact the Fiore Promos Agency , Ph 301-843-2448,
e-mail fiore@e… for more information.


Peter Tork & Shoe Suede Blues
Spring Tour! April 20-May 6, 2001


From: “Bonnie Verrico”

Just got word that Peter Tork and Shoe Suede Blues will be
performing at a benefit for Beyond Baroque and Felicity
House on April 7th. Here are the specs:

When: April 7, 2001 from 8:30pm-12:00am.
Where: The Church in Ocean Park, 235 Hill Street, Santa
Monica, CA
Tickets: $7.00 in advance/$9.00 at the door

Also appearing is DJ Paul the “Music Pilot.” Free swing
dance lessons will be given from 8:00-8:30pm.

There is plenty of no-permit, no-meter parking from 4th
street & east. The benefit is accessible from the Santa
Monica bus lines 1, 2, and 8, as well as the MTA bus line

Peter Tork & Shoe Suede Blues
Spring Tour! April 20-May 6, 2001


From: “Bandsix”

Hi guys Are you young (ie not a first generation fan), living in the south
east of England, a Monkee fanatic, and willing to appear on tv? Band 6 has
been approached by a London-based tv station who want to put out a
programme on pop fans. They would like to include the Monkees but want to
concentrate on young fans and why the Monkees still appeals to a new
generation so long after the first showing. If you’re interested and fit
into this profile, contact Sue for more information and to be put in touch
with the folks in charge of the programme. Email me or phone me on 020 8470


From: adamsfamily

This St. Petersburg Times ( story has been sent to
you from adamsfamily

Here is the scoop on the first concert. It was great!!

Just plain Monkee business
c St. Petersburg Times, published March 3, 2001

CLEARWATER — Watching the Monkees perform in 2001 isn’t the flashback
to yesteryear you might imagine. Sure, the beloved made-for-TV pop act of
the 1960s serve up familiar pop hits such as I’m a Believer and Pleasant
Valley Sunday, and the same shenanigans that endeared them to a generation
— and, in reruns, to that generation’s kids.

But the Monkees’ three remaining original members have evolved over the
decades, and they aren’t ashamed to show it. That doesn’t simply mean
Mickey Dolenz’s hairline has crept back; it means Dolenz, 55, and band
mates Davy Jones, 55, and Peter Tork, 57, are comfortable enough to let a
bit of their “real” selves shine through. (Fourth member Mike Nesmith, now
a multimillionaire, has since removed the fuzzy winter cap, refusing to
participate in any Monkee business.)

The Monkees was a precursor to today’s chart topping teen pop acts. The
Pre-Fab Four, as they were dubbed, are getting a lot of attention recently
as pop’s Original Boy Band. The show was also the first to feature the
wacky foibles of communal living (see MTV’s The Real World).

The Monkees showcased four characters who used their real names. What
you find, more than 30 years later, is that these four were, largely,
playing themselves.

Thursday at Ruth Eckerd Hall, in the first show of the 2001 Reunion
Tour, fans learned that Dolenz is still a wisecracker, Jones a charmer, and
Tork, the sweetly vulnerable one, is the same, just not as stupid as his
onscreen persona.

All three, certainly, are unabashed hams.

The Monkees walked onstage, kicking their legs out to each side in that
famous Monkee walk, before launching into Last Train to Clarksville. Tork,
who got his start on the Greenwich Village folk scene, deftly played
guitar, tickled the keyboards and reminded fans it was he, not alt-rocker
Beck, who was the first rock ‘n’ roller to pluck a banjo.

Dolenz, too, strummed guitar, sang and hopped behind the drum kit to
bash out, and sing, the funky Mary, Mary.

The Monkees were backed by a stellar eight-member band, including a
horn section. Dolenz reminded us with a powerful Randy Scouse Git that he
did have a hand in songwriting. That original protest tune found Dolenz,
center stage, banging mallets on a large drum as he sang.

Tork, too, sang originals, such as the quirky Your Auntie Grizelda.
Even Jones performed several self-penned tunes.

These guys can play. But, now that they don’t have to prove it, the Monkees
are free to do what they do best, to entertain. They are blessed; they can
do that, still, by just being themselves.

– Gina Vivinetto can be reached by e-mail at href=mailto:gina@s…>gina@s….


From: “Caroline”

Article in St. Pete Times

This was in the St. Petersburg Times Thursday:
Copyright Times Publishing Co. Mar 1, 2001

Building 7566 looks like all the rest of the buildings in the maze that’s
the Offices at Southland. The signs say lawyers and e- companies rent space
here. If they can find their way in.

You open the door and there they are. Not more than 20 feet away. The
Monkees. Two of them, anyway, rehearsing with their nine-member band.

Davy Jones is wearing wire rim glasses and clowning with one of the crew.
Mickey Dolenz, who looks like he’s morphing into Jack Nicholson, strums an
acoustic guitar, his eyes closed.

You start to smile, but hold it in. This is business: You’re here to find
out what’s up with these guys on the eve of a national tour that starts
tonight in Clearwater. Besides, you were never a huge fan of their catchy
little ditties. That was for the girls.

But then the keyboard player hits the opening notes of Daydream Believer,
and Jones and Dolenz step to the front.

Oh, I could hide ‘neath the wings. Of the bluebird as she sings.

The six o’clock alarm would never ring.

You weren’t going to succumb.

But you do.

The band, especially the horn section, sounds terrific. Jones’ voice doesn’t
have its old strength, but he doesn’t sound that much different. Hey, he’s
55. Give him a break. At least a senior’s discount.

As the rehearsal moves along, Dolenz sits on a stool in front of the band,
closes his eyes again and listens for mistakes. Half an hour later, Peter
Tork arrives. He hugs everyone, then trades his coffee for an electric

They play A Little Bit Me and Cuddly Toy. Solid and tight. Everyone is

Of the four Monkees, (Mike Nesmith isn’t joining the tour), Jones has
changed the least. His hair is long and (mostly) dark, and he’s still got
that old excitement about touring. Sort of.

“The road is a killer,” he says. “That’s why Mike doesn’t do it. You try to
stay in shape, but when you’re on the road, it’s hard not to eat the other
half of the sandwich.”

He’s been divorced twice and recently broke up with his girlfriend, a
29-year-old actor who lives in Hollywood. Why?

He extends his arms in the tiny room where he’s being interviewed. “This,”
he says. “The road.”

He stops and smiles. Don’t misunderstand, he says. The Monkees enjoy
touring. And the money. They were paid $450 a week for The Monkees TV show,
and they each receive royalties of less than $15,000 a year.

“I get letters from 14-year-old girls in Brazil who see the TV show and
think I’m young,” he says. “Remember, I have daughters 12, 19, 29 and 32.”

When he’s not touring, Jones tends to his horses and lives in a mobile home
near Stuart. He also owns a home near Harrisburg, Pa. Without prompting, he
recounts how he was up for the role of Newkirk on Hogan’s Heroes and Robin
on Batman when he got the chance to join the Monkees. “It was rock ‘n’ roll
and birds,” he says, grinning. “That appealed to me.”

Now, in a sense, he’s caught in a tender trap. “The public won’t let the
Monkees go. The companies won’t let it go. It’s like the Mafia. Once you’re
in, you can never get out.”

He wishes the Monkees could have at least evolved; be more than what they

Dolenz and Tork wander in. Just you and . . . the Monkees.

Before he leaves to pick up letters from his daughters, Jones lets you know
it’s not so bad being famous for being in a band that recorded mostly other
people’s music and dissolved after only four years. He tells about a time in
1985 when the only work he could get was playing Jesus in a production of

“I’m on the cross singing, ‘I’m dying . . . I’m dying.’

“And some guy in the audience yells out, ‘Give us Daydream Believer before
you go!’ “



From: “Davy Jones Forever”


Hey everyone, I just got an E-Mail from our friendly Beavertown
photographer and this time there was pictures of the museum in there! You
can view the pictures at

it looks as if they are working from the top down and from the outside in,
also if you look closely you can see their port-a-john on the construction
site, I just thought that was a sort of comical thing to point out to
everyone 🙂 I wonder if David ordered that!

Regional Girl


From: Corinne F.

I’ve just seen the first two shows of the “Final Tour”! Woohoo! Mar. 1 was
the 1st @ Ruth Eckerd Hall, Clearwater, FL. The guys put on a spectacular
show! It was even better than the one in ’97! They came out @ 8:10 and played
for an hr. and a half. There was a 15 min. intermission, then “Natural”, a
new boy band that’s much more talented than N’Sync or any of those other ones
performed 4 songs. Then Peter, Davy, and Micky returned for another hour of
music, jokes, and dancing! Hot DAMN it was such a GOOD SHOW! Mar.2 my hubby
and I went to House of Blues in Orlando for the next one. We got there early,
since it was standing room only, and managed to squeeze a mere 8 ft. from the
stage. Once again it was a fabulous show, and this time we got to dance! Even
if you only like a few songs, go and see them if they come to your town. I’ve
never been to a better concert, seen so much energy radiate from guys nearing
55+ yrs. old. And they sound GREAT! Micky’s voice sends chills. Davy never
stops moving, and Peter is a major surprise and delight, playing 4 different
instruments for the songs. OH, and lest I forget, the backup band was FAB!
Almost every song sounded just like the LP version! GO SEE THEM!



From: “Webmaster (Rhino)”

RhinoNews Feb 2001

A NEWSLETTER Issue #23 — February 2001
Unsubscribe –


Yeah, yeah they’re The Monkees. And Rhino’s favorite ’60s hitmakers return
with a new box set and a string of tour dates across the country as the
group gears up for its 35th anniversary.

“Wait a minute,” you’re saying. “Didn’t Rhino already put out a Monkees
box?” In fact, we did, in 1991. That earlier effort, Listen To The Band,
hit most of the same musical bases as the new set. But there are a number
of reasons for Monkee maniacs to celebrate the February 20 release of The
Monkees Music Box.

Three years after Listen To The Band, Rhino began issuing The Monkees’
individual albums with remastered sound, bonus tracks, and new liner notes,
and the treasure trove we opened with these album reissues gave the impetus
for Music Box. The new 4-CD set includes a couple of additional rarities
(as well as material from The Monkees’ 1996 reunion LP Justus). All tracks
benefit from remastered sound. The liner notes have been completely
rewritten, and the booklet is filled with photos in glorious color!


From: Estrella Lee

The episode of Sabrina, The Teenage Witch titled
“Dante’s Inferno” will repeat on Thursday, March 8 on
WB. This episode has Davy Jones making a cameo as
himself, who is conjured into the episode by Aunt
Hilda’s (Caroline Rhea) punnitis when she says “…
monkey on my back”. Also guest starring is Teri Garr.


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229 From: Brad Waddell
Date: Wed Mar 7, 2001 10:55pm
Subject: Davy on Radio tomorrow Morning! Happy Birthday Micky!

From: “Mike”

Hi all,
I will be conducting an interview regarding the upcoming Easton show
with Davy tommorow ( 3/8) on the air here at AM 1370 WKMC. If this gets to
you in time, you can listen on the web @ . The aduio on the
web will not come one until the interview is set to begin because we are
unable to transmit music on the web at this time. The interview will start
at about 9:10 am…I hope this reaches you in time-I was to interview the 3
Monkees, but due to scheduling-it never worked out!
Mike Martin WKMC


Happy Birthday Micky Dolenz! Watch for photos of him on the daily
entertainment news shows!


From: “Bonnie Verrico”

Hey Gang!

Just confirmed – Shoe Suede Blues will be opening for The
Monkees on April 5th at the Kiva Auditorium in Albuquerque,
NM and on April 6th at the Celebrity Theatre in Phoenix, AZ!

Hope to see you there,

Peter Tork & Shoe Suede Blues
Spring Tour! April 20-May 6, 2001


From: Brad

Entertainment Weekly which has Julia Roberts on the cover, features on page
79 a rendition of Eddie Murphy dressed to look like Davy Jones, discussing
his movie Shrek, in which he sings I’m A Believer. There is also a version
by Smash Mouth of I’m a Believer on the soundtrack.


For those who follow this sort of thing, the domain name “” was
owned for a long time by an adult dating service. It has now been retained
by Micky Dolenz, and forwards to his official site,


From: Bolingers4

Last night I saw the show with my 7 and 9 year old daughters, as well as my
husband. We all had a terrific time, especially my 7 year old. She was
wearing my old tee shirt I had bought at a 1986 show. At one point while we
were in the ladies room she was saying how she wished she could just tell
Davy that she had Monkee videos at home–the attendant in the bathroom was so
touched by my daughter that she actually took all of us back stage after the
show. My daughter (and I, living vicariously) got to meet all three guys,
and they each signed her shirt. They made a memory for her that will last
forever. Oh, yeah, the concert was outstanding, the band was tight and the
vocals sounded awsome. Hope this wasn’t the last time we get to see them.


From: “Colleen Koskinen”

The March 3rd Monkees concert at The Pompano Beach Amphitheatre was
outstanding! There was a big difference between this concert and those I
have seen in years past, the guys seemed really happy and comfortable. Peter
played some songs that made him happy, namely ones that he wrote from Head
and his traditional Lucille and Your Love Keeps Lifting Me Higher. Mickey
did his jazz nightclub performance, his Hendrix performance, and a really
great rendition of Randy Scouse Git. Davy did his dreamy-eyed fan club
standards, a great number from Oliver, and a classic from the vaults of his
very own mom’s record collection. You could tell that they were really
having a good time, and because of that the fans were having a great time.
Advice to Monkees Fans: DO NOT MISS THIS TOUR.

As a long time fan I especially liked the set list heavily laced with groovy
Head, AND Nesmith tunes. I was in heaven when they got out three bar stools,
dismissed the back up band and just played really good classic Monkees
tunes. It was beautiful. Every song they sang like that seemed to come
directly from the heart like a lullaby to their fans.

Davy looked ten times better than the ’97 tour. Peter is to die for (maybe
that kiss he gave me before he got on the bus made me biased) he just looks
better every year. Mickey.well he has a tremendous voice, and is just an
all-around fun guy.

The crowd was your typical Monkees concert: atypical. Screaming teens,
dancing 20’s, toe-tapping 30’s, funky 40’s, wistful 50’s, nostalgic 60’s. We
were all represented. The bathroom line was like a time warp, all of us
exchanging trivia from decades past, few of us with firsthand knowledge.

For those of you wondering how “boy band” Natural fit in, well besides the
Mickey quip about how Natural members play their own music (I think they
did), I missed most of it. It was a great time to get snacks, buy a t-shirt,
wait in a shorter bathroom made for a really great intermission

This is the kind of show that makes the years of waiting in between tours
worthwhile. Davy, Peter and Mickey keep it up!

-Colleen Koskinen

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230 From: Brad Waddell
Date: Fri Mar 9, 2001 1:55pm
Subject: New 4 CD Monkees Set!

This new 4 CD set of unreleased live material from The Monkees is being
released by the Rhino Handmade division:

From: “Webmaster (Rhino)”

Monday 12 March 2001 at Noon Pacific Standard Time [2000 UTC]

Summer 1967: The Complete US Concert Recordings
3,500 (three thousand five hundred copies)

A 4-CD 64-track collection of the complete, surviving recordings of THE
MONKEES 1967 tour of The United States Of America.
Four complete concerts from:
12 August 1967 Mobile, Alabama
25 August 1967 Seattle, Washington
26 August 1967 Portland, Oregon
27 August 1967 Spokane, Washington

All the audience screaming, all the instrument tuning, all the stage banter,
every note from every song performed by THE MONKEES.

The height of Monkeemania in your very own living room.

Created, freshly remixed and remastered from the original source tapes which
resulted in the 1987 Rhino release ‘Live-1967’.

Includes a nifty 40-page star-studded 1967 tour photo diary booklet.

The complete track listing for THE MONKEES ‘Summer 1967: The Complete US
Concert’ and sound samples (we fervently hope) for every track will be
available on the Rhino Handmade Website this coming Monday at:
Note: This webpage will not be active until Monday 12 March 2001 at Noon
Pacific Standard Time [2000 UTC]

e-mail: mr.hand@r…
[Mr Hand does indeed read each and every e-mail you send but, regretfully,
cannot always personally answer each one.]

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231 From: Brad Waddell
Date: Fri Mar 9, 2001 11:49pm
Subject: New Nesmith Updates

From: “Steven Bradley”

the new UK cd compilation, ‘The Definitive Monkees’, entered the UK album
chart at number 15 this week. it’s success has been helped by advertisments
on TV and in the national newspapers.


Review of Michael Nesmith album “Live At The Palais”

AMG EXPERT REVIEW: Live At The Palais is one of the rare concert recordings
released by Michael “Papa Nez” Nesmith. In the early `90s, when the rest of
his back catalogue was being issued on CD, Nez refused to allow the disc to
be included in overhaul – citing dissatisfaction with the performance. Due
to the demand of enthusiasts worldwide, consent was granted to not only
reissue the disc, but also to compliment the package with nearly a
half-hour of additional music. The material covered here is primarily
derived from the half-dozen albums Nez did on RCA Records in the early `70s
– the singular exception being “Capsule” from the cryptically titled
Infinite Rider On The Big Dogma long player. A majority of the tracks are
refugees from one of Nesmith’s most fertile creative periods in the late
`60s, just prior to leaving the Monkees. “Calico Girlfriend”,
“Propinquity”, “Some Of Shelly’s Blues”, “Crippled Lion” and “Listen to the
Band” – are all tunes Nesmith recorded as both a Monkee and solo artist. On
Live At The Palais, Nesmith’s folk-tinged originals are replaced by
electric and decidedly more emotive renderings. While much of the folksy
spirit remains, songs such as “Calico Girlfriend” and “Some Of Shelly’s
Blues” have matured – featuring the essence of the Southwest Americana that
Nesmith’s music so aptly depicts. The bonus material is as strong as – if
not arguably more potent than – the Palais performance. From a 1981 show at
the Armadillo World Headquarters in Austin, Texas comes another, albeit
heavier, version of “Grand Ennui” as well as the only live version of the
previously mentioned “Capsule”. The other pair of bonus tracks is from a
concert sponsored by Gretsch Guitars in 1995. Incidentally, Nesmith owned
one of only three electric 12-string Gretsch guitars manufactured in the
mid to late `60s. His affinity is obvious and translates into some
outstanding music ranging from the tender “Crippled Lion” to the raucous
“Listen To The Band.” Live At The Palais is only available through
Nesmith’s on-line mail order site. – Lindsay Planer

1. Grand Ennui (Nesmith) – 7:24
2. Calico Girlfriend (Nesmith) – 4:57
3. Propinquity (I’ve Just Begun to Care) (Nesmith) – 6:12
4. Joanne (Nesmith) – 7:09
5. Roll With the Flow (Nesmith) – 6:17
6. Some of Shelly’s Blues (Nesmith) – 5:35
7. Silver Moon (Nesmith) – 6:39
8. Nadine (Nesmith) – 6:50


Review of Michael Nesmith CD “Live At The Britt Festival”

AMG EXPERT REVIEW: Some might recall Live At The Britt Festival as a
performance video released in 1992. This two-disc set is basically the
audio track of that programme. The sound is opulent; accurately recreating
the organic acoustics on opening night of the 30th anniversary Peter Britt
Festival in Jackson, Oregon. Nesmith states in his liner notes he feels
“ever fortunate that [he] had the good sense to record this show.” That is
an understatement. Like others stops on the brief . tropical campfires .
tour, this performance offers a stellar sampling of material from every
phase of Nesmith’s diverse musical career – including his first Monkees
side “Papa Gene’s Blues”. However the vast majority of the show spotlights
his post-Monkee solo career. The timeless nature of Nesmith’s compositions
has served them well. Songs such as “Propinquity”, “The Upside Of Goodbye”
and the lilting “Two Different Roads” take on a matured persona – with the
folk wisdom that only comes from experience. The . tropical campfires .
tracks have a tremendous intimacy about them that is only achieved by the
right group of musicians performing the right music for the right crowd.
This is certainly the right group of musicians. Desert Rose Band string-man
John Jorgensen and percussionist Luis Conte are brilliant and their
individual talents are underscored on tracks such as “Laugh Kills Lonesome”
and “Silver Moon” – the latter being one of many highlights. Live At The
Britt Festival is highly recommended for the avid enthusiast and curious
alike. – Lindsay Planer

1. Two Different Roads (Nesmith) – 3:49
2. Papa Gene’s Blues (Nesmith) – 4:50
3. Propinquinty (Nesmith) – 5:53
4. Some of Shelly’s Blues (Nesmith) – 3:17
5. Joanne (Nesmith) – 6:52
6. Tomorrow and Me (Nesmith) – 4:25
7. The Upside of Goodbye (Nesmith) – 3:32
8. Harmony Constant (Nesmith) – 4:23
9. Silver Moon (Nesmith) – 5:06
10. 5 Second Concerts (Nesmith) – 1:53
11. Yellow Butterfly (Nesmith) – 5:52
12. Moon over the Rio Grande (Nesmith) – 5:43
13. Juliana (Nesmith) – 6:08
14. Laugh Kills Lonesome (Nesmith) – 4:01
15. I Am Not That (Nesmith) – 2:31
16. Rising in Love (Nesmith) – 4:34
17. Rio (Nesmith) – 5:51
18. Different Drum (Nesmith) – 2:40
19. I Am Not That (Reprise) (Nesmith) – 2:43


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Here’s a little Videoranch update for you!

New Reviews: Thanks to all of you for voting yes on the re-release of Live
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the Timerider CD soundtrack review here!

New DVD’s: We now have Live at the Britt available on DVD! We’re also
anticipating the release of Tapeheads on DVD. If any of you saw the
recently released movie High Fidelity and enjoyed it, you won’t want to
miss Tapeheads. The DVD comes with a great commentary and a CD single of
the song ‘Ordinary Man’. Make sure to watch for Skip…

Imports: We should be getting the new Nevada Fighter/ Tantamount 2 on 1 CD
any day now. It’s already been released in the UK and we’re looking forward
to getting it here.A must have for collectors, BMG has done a beautiful job
and added a never released track which sounds great!

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232 From: Brad Waddell
Date: Mon Mar 12, 2001 11:35pm
Subject: Cruise, Photo Show, Tour CD set released

From: Hooloovoo

The cost for the 1967 Tour CDs is $59.98. Not terrible for 4 full length CDs.

Now available from:


Hooloovoo —
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From: Rose Eckhoff


The following artists will be appearing aboard ship on
Costa Cruise Lines . . . . VICTORIA:


Date: JANUARY 13 – 20, 2002
(leaving from Ft. Lauderdale)

If intersted in attending let me know ASAP so I can
put together a good cruise rate!!!!

Rose Eckhoff, Ind. Travel Agent
Travel Planners International
Phone: 1-800-631-3636, ext 1-328 (Message)
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From: Idyle

Dear Brad,

Thanks for all the great info. You and Maggie do a fantastic job.

This might be of interest to anyone going to the show in Wilmington,
Delaware, on 3/15. There is a show of Linda McCartney’s pictures of 60’s
rock stars at the Delaware Art Museum in Wilmington thru 3/17. It is close
to the concert, but unfortunately the museum is only open from 9a-4p
Thursday. They are open Wednesday from 9a-9p. Their number is
302-571-9590. For info on Linda’s art go to

The Easton, PA, show was great. They just keep getting better. Everyone
should see them if possible.



From: Robin

While lightly perusing my stack of aging newspapers, I came
across an article about Peter in the Chicago Tribune (prompted
by his (fabulous) concert with James Lee Stanely in Chicago
that night). I didn’t see it mentioned in the archives of either
this list or of monkees-alert, so I thought I’d post it here
for those interested.

Keep in mind this article is more than a month old, so as much
as I’d like for the parenthetical aside about SSB to be true
(you’ll know what I mean when you get to that bit), it, well,
isn’t. But that’s minor. It’s quite a nice article, and
satisfyingly lengthy.

Robin There’s No Place Like (the monkees’) Pad at

Chicago Tribune, Jan. 31, 2001
Tork isn’t singing the blues over days as prefap pop star
By Steve Darnall
Special to the Tribune

When the Beatles’ “One” knocked the Backstreet Boys’ “Black
& Blue” off the top of the album charts last month, a
collective shudder went through the record industry. Word
began going around that the “teen-pop” wave–whose members
seemed more interested in footwork than fretwork–had finally

Peter Tork knows something about the pitfalls of prefabricated
pop. Back in 1966–when Britney, Justin and their classmates
weren’t even strands of DNA–Tork was a struggling musician
plucked from among hundreds of hopefuls to star in a TV sitcom
(along with actors Mickey [sic] Dolenz and Davy Jones and
fellow musician Michael Nesmith) about a fictional pop band
called the Monkees. Of course, in this case, the fictional
band would sing on real records.

To fans who fell in love with “Last Train to Clarksville” and
“I’m a Believer,” the Monkees were the new Beatles (John
Lennon compared them to the Marx Brothers); to critics, they
were the Emperor’s New Clothes, especially when a frustrated
Nesmith told the press that the four Monkees hadn’t been
allowed to play on their first two albums.

“We took a lot of flak for [not playing] and basically it’s
Nesmith’s fault,” says Tork, whose new acoustic album, “Once
Again,” brings him to Fitzgerald’s in Berwyn on Wednesday.
“I don’t know if anything would have come of it if he hadn’t
said anything. I don’t think anybody would have cared, and
I don’t particularly think anybody cares now.”

That may be Tork’s polite way of suggesting we change the
subject, but history certainly seems to bolster his case.
Nesmith’s proclamation certainly didn’t do the Monkees in
(although it did lead to them taking control of their musical
destiny) and their songs went on to become staples of oldies
radio and wedding receptions.

Tork willingly admits “I haven’t paid much attention to ‘N
Sync and Backstreet Boys.” At the same time, he acknowledges
that “you’ve got to admire skill and you’ve got to respect
effort. You don’t have to like anything, but I believe you
do have to respect and admire.”

Admiration is one thing, longevity is another. The fact is
the Monkees are still popular, 35 years after the fact. Last
year, VH1 paid tribute to the band with a biopic (“Daydream
Believer” [sic]) and a slot on the network’s “Behind the
Music,” and Rhino Records released “Headquarters Sessions,”
a limited-edition, behind-the-scenes look at the Monkees’
first album as a band (Tork: “There are a couple of nice
things I’d forgotten about, but overall it is a _bore_.”)
Next month sees a new four-disc retrospective hit the stores
–just in time for Tork, Jones and Dolenz to hit the road
with a 35th anniversary tour. (Tork’s blues band, Shoe
Suede Blues, is scheduled to open.)

It’s tempting to speculate whether 98 Degrees or ‘N Sync will
enjoy such attention four decades after the fact. Of course,
as Tork points out, none of today’s bands enjoy the exact
situation that the Monkees did.

“The point is, everybody missed the point,” he says. “We
weren’t just a TV show, we weren’t just a pop band, we weren’t
just four individual personalities struggling with whatever,
but it was the sum total of the things that made the Monkees.
Anybody who goes, ‘Well, they didn’t play their own instruments’
or ‘They can’t act’ is missing the point.”

These days, Tork’s main focus is “Once Again,” (released on
California’s Beachwood records) and his current “Two-Man Band”
tour with friend and producer James Lee Stanley.

“James comes out and does his set solo,” Tork says. “I come
out and do a set solo, then we do our duo set. Then we
struggle to greet each and every person and sell each and
every one of them at least two CDs, and then shake every
hand and go on our merry way, leaving behind trails of joy
and love and taking everybody’s money.”


From: “Rich Dart”

Hey Hey They’re Monkeying Around But Without Creamed Corn – Indie Press

Micky Dolenz, Peter Tork and Davy Jones played to a packed house at
Wallingford, CT’s Oakdale Theater Saturday, the first of two dates in the
state. However, there was something missing from their last appearance in
CT: their opening act. The last time the Monkees played Connecticut was in
November of 1997 when they performed at the Palace Theater in New
Haven. One of the highlights of that show was an extended set by the roots
rock band known as Creamed Corn. This time around, there was no Creamed
Corn and don’t think that it went by unnoticed. During a soft,
self-reflecting moment of the show, the Monkees talked about the musical
influences that shaped their careers and also about the influence that they
had upon the musical world themselves. After naming several known bands
such as the Beatles and Jimi Hendrix, an over-enthusiastic audience member
yelled from his seat, “What about Creamed Corn?” Prompting an
over-enthusiastic response from the rest of the crowd.
The three Monkees pressed on without addressing the subject. Which
leaves one wondering, what about Creamed Corn? Why were they not part of
the show? In anycase, they still remain cult heroes of the internet with
their holiday hit, “Ukelele Underneath The Christmas Tree” being a favorite
on the Dr. Demento Show. . . .


Show Reviews:

From: “ginger fitts”

Lowell MA Show

Ok, I don’t know how these guys do it….but they just keep getting
better! This was a wild show, lots of screaming, lots of folks running out
for food and drinks during the show!? When Natural came on, I just had to
get a drink myself. Very talented kids, but don’t stick it in the middle
of the Monkees, the guys seemed to loose some momentum after the break, but
still were fantastic! Somone put a Frodis sign on the stange, Davy picked
it up and said “Frodis, The Frodis Caper, well all know what that means!”
Clothing wise, they looked fantastic! Best outfits ever! Peter kills in
the red velvet frock coat! (sigh) Oh, on my way in I was passing at a
snai’s pace all these apartments, and one was called, “The
Nesmith”, honest! Well despite driving in a snowstorm,
(Oohhh can’t wait to do That again) I had to shovel out the end of my
driveway at one in the morning, sometime in the morning….
Can’t wait to to to Mohegan and get more pics, only got to take pics here
at the very end!


From: Carleen Phillips

Atlanta Concert

The guys are in top form. This was the first Monkees
concert I’ve attended and I had the time of my life!
I heard in some venues “Natural” performed in the
middle of the show, but here they opened. Very
impressive! I got to meet them after the show and
they are wonderful! As for the Monkees, they seem to
be enjoying themselves and the audience. I stood at
the stage’s edge directly in front of Micky who kept
smiling down at me! After repeated eye contact with
him, Davy and Peter I was in heaven. The music was
great, the backup band wonderful, and the brass
section hilarious! Keep up the GREAT work, your fans
really appreciate it! And Happy Birthday Micky!!!!


From: DiGoldman

Two friends and I saw the “Boys” on Friday night in Lowell, Massachusetts.
They were great, as usual. We weren’t too impressed with “Natural”. They
should have been on before The Monkees came out – not in the middle.

I am a “First Generation” fan, and have never missed a reunion tour since
they began them.


From: “Erica Davies”

Lowell, Mass concert review

I know you are not featuring many concert reviews, but I would like to tell
everyone about my experience meeting the Monkees. I went to the Lowell,
Mass concert with my mother, two friends Jen and Martha on March 9. I
thought the concert was amazing. Back at our hotel, we see Peter, Micky
and Davy come in. Can you believe it?, the Monkees were staying at the
same hotel that I was in. I didn’t get a chance to meet them that night,
but was able to meet them the next morning. Jen, Martha and I went to the
hotel’s pool at 6:30 am. We had just gotten to the Jacuzzi for the second
time, when Davy walks into the pool room. He walks past us to the exercise
room and waves to us. During our third visit to the Jacuzzi, Davy walks
over to the side of the pool, his shirt off and goes for a swim. My
friends and I watch in awe. Before we knew it, he got out of the pool and
came into the Jacuzzi with us!! After awhile, Jen, Martha and I get out to
cool down and dry off. A few minutes, Davy comes over to use to dry off.
We had a five minute conversation with him!! He signs my Headquarters cd
for me. After he left, Jen saw his towel sticking out of the wet towel bin
and stole it for me! We go wake my mother up and get ready for
breakfast. In the restaurant, we are seated at a table diagonal from
Davy’s! Later, we see him in the lobby. Jen and Martha get his autograph
and we have our picture taken with him. He tells us that he is going to
the bus to get us pictures. He brings each of us a picture of himself and
signs them for us. A little before 9, we see Peter! He signs my cd and my
mother takes a picture of me standing next to him. I’m still in shock
about our Davy experience that I don’t have the nerve to talk to
Peter. Over 2 1/2 hours later, Micky comes down. He signs my cd and we
get pictures of him. Before he left my sight, I wished him a happy belated
birthday. He pauses and says “Oh thanks. It was yesterday, no the day
before that.” So that was the end of my Monkees experience.

Erica L. Davies


From: Lisatafro


no new info to send, but the concert in westbury last night was great!
“natural” are a great new talent as well – some people in the audience were
complaining at intermission that “this is a rip-off, where are the monkee
songs, they’ve only done 5″. i know they did more than 5 originals during
the first half, but also incorporated their own stuff and some didn’t
appreciate listening to guys sing anything but the standards.

they came around in the second half and enjoyed the rest of the show – only
thing i didn’t like were the security guards at the venue – every time i got
up to take a picture, this one guy kept creeping up behind me and yelling in
my ear to go back my seat. i wasn’t even standing or blocking anyone’s view
– oh well – i got my whole roll anyway!

hope they add more shows on the east coast in april/may – any updates?


From: Twinkle590

Here’s a cute tidbit: I went to the Monkees concert last night, March 11,
at the Westbury Music Fair and when Micky was talking to the audience, a
couple of people yelled out “Happy Birthday!” Then, in a matter of seconds,
everyone in the audience, along with the band, began to sing Happy Birthday
to Micky! He was a little embarassed, but really happy all the same! The
concert was an awesome experience!

Peace, love and Monkees,


From: sleepyjean3

I awoke this early this morning, and walked around my living room. Last
night felt so unreal, as if it were all a dream. Then I walked into the
bathroom, and I saw my Monkees t-shirt in the reflection of the mirror.
It was no dream. I had gone to my first Monkees concert.
I’m only 18. In 1986, I was only three, and I doubt my parents took me
to a Monkees concert, because they’re not really big fans, and I don’t
think any of up knew about the JUSTUS album and tour. Anyway, I was
really excited about this one. The ticket master person told us that
they were second row seats. My father was going with me to the concert,
and we had made a deal. I got the radio going, and he got it coming
back, so I brought my cd player, for the ride back. We flicked around
the stations. The ride was really short anyway. When we had finally did
arrive, I almost bounced out of the car. I found that I was the only one
really dressed like a Monkees fan, with my little wool hat,demin jacket
(It’s too easy to dress like Mike Nesmith), flared jeans, and a Monkees
lunch box to complete the ensamble.
There was a lady selling Monkees photo albums outside the building. She
said that they weren’t being sold inside. It had really great photos,
and it only was ten bucks, so I bought it. Before I went in, I saw a
picture of Micky, Davy, and Peter from the director’s chair photo. I
took a picture of it, with my new Monkees photo album, and lunchbox.
Inside, the lady who took our tickets could tell that I was a big fan.
Next, I went over to the merchandise booth, and I was deciding what I
wanted to buy. I had come with a t-shirt in mind, but they had the
cutest little stuffed monkeys. Finally, I decided to buy a black t-shirt
with the logo on the front, and areas where they did and will be touring.
I went into the bathroom, and put the shirt on. Meanwhile my dad was on
line, and got us some popcorn, soda, and a coffee. After that, we went
to our seats. The ticket master lady lied. It was more towards the back
of the theater, but it was alright, because it was a small theater. If
you have ever been to the Westbury Music Fair, you’ll know that the
theater is round, with a revolving stage in the middle.
The Monkees came on first. They were introduced with the band playing a
medly of a few of their songs. After a fifteen minute intermission,
Micky came on stage and introduced the “opening act”, a boyband, and Lou
Pearlman’s latest experiment, named Natural. They played a few songs
that were okay. The teenage girls seemed to be going for them. While
they were doing a song accapella, the back up band came back on stage.
They were soon followed by The Monkees. They chatted for a while, then
Natural did one last number, where they danced around. They’re just
biting off of *NSYNC. The music was alright, but I wouldn’t be surprised
if they went nowhere. I did see Davy getting into it. He looked like he
was dancing along.
After the boy band left, the Monkees did more songs. They left Daydream
Believer to almost the very end. At that time, we all sang along, and
they brought back Natural to sing with them at the end of the song.
Right after Daydream Believer, a new found friend of mine and I left the
concert early, and ran to the back of the building. We waited there for
two hours, hoping to catch a glimpse, and maybe an autograph or two (or
three). An hour into the wait, a security guard told us that they had
left. Only the die hard fans, or should we say skeptical fans, stayed.
We waited for another hour, when they took down the barricades, and I
left, heartbroken. The concert was great. My voice still hurts from the
cheering, although it could just be a cold coming on, from standing in
the cold weather with a denim jacket. It still seems unreal. In the
beginning of the show, I snuck into the front of row, and took some
pictures, so I hope they came out. I think the most memorable was when
they did some Nesmith songs, and Davy put on a wool hat, complete with

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233 From: Brad Waddell
Date: Fri Mar 16, 2001 11:00pm
Subject: Monkees is the craziest People Magazine

From: Stefanie

The new issue of People magazine that went on sale today, (March 26th issue
with Russell Crowe on the cover) has a very small picture/article about the
Monkees. It reads:

“Another year, another Rock and Roll Hall of Fame induction (this one on
March 19) and another snub for the Monkees, one of America’s original boy
bands. But singer Davy Jones isn’t moping. “I don’t sit around pondering
why,” says the British-born Jones, 55. Instead he’s working on plans to open
a museum of rock memorabilia in a 200-year-old converted church near his home
in Beavertown, PA. “I’ve got so much stuff,” says Jones, including a signed
Les Paul guitar and a collection of gold records. Meanwhile believers can
catch Jones and bandmates Micky Dolenz and Peter Tork on a 20-city reunion
tour beginning this month.”

There are actually 2 pictures. One if of Micky, Davy and Peter with a
caption that reads “A tour for Jones, Dolenz and Tork (Mike Nesmith balked);
a likely home (left-a picture of the church Davy is making into a museum) for
their legacy.


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