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March 27, 2011 by  
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From: “Bandsix”

I just heard that Mickey Dolenz will be hosting the Valentine’s Day
Dating Game sponsored by a UK classic rock station. No info on their
website about him yet, but I’m sure there will be soon. (
“Magnolia Sue” Waller
Band 6 UK


From: “jeane dilaroux”

Hi Brad – my sister subscribes to the Monkeelist and our whole family loves

(ed: thanks!)

I recently saw a review of the tribute to John Stewart in a national
University paper, it was reprinted from Atlanta, Georgia. The reviewer gave
a lot of attention to Peter Tork and James Lee Stanley.

The article was called “Musical Tribute to John Stewart Shines” and it was
written by Therra Cathryn Gwyn. It is mentioned in the second paragraph
that John Stewart wrote one of the Monkees biggest hits and further in the
article it reads:

“…Then Peter Tork ( formerly of the Monkees, presently involved
with several musical projects including a jump-blues band called Shoe Suede
Blues) and James Lee Stanley (actor, singer and former regular on “Star
Trek, Deep Star Nine”) took the stage and it was obvious this was the act
some people had come to see. Tork and Stanley, class “A” musicians both,
opened their set with some microphone difficulties and and a poke at Tork’s
former Monkee-mate and mega-successful businessman, Mike Nesmith.

“We’ll just put a wool hat on it” said Tork, pointing to the
unused mic situated between him and Stanley, “In memory of a man who used
to play music.”

Once past their sound problems, Tork and Stanley treated the
sold-out crowd to original tunes by each of them ( “Easy Rider” and “All I
Ever Wanted”) and a dandy sing-along version of Stewart’s “Daydream
Believer”. Their sharp harmonies and sense of humor were a big hit with the
audience and revved the evening toward it’s finale. Their set was followed
by Roseanne Cash and then Nanci Griffith.”

Thank you.

Jeanne Jo. Dilaroux


From: “Eric doreen witjas”






From: “Doreen Klein-Pritsos”

Check out what Micky’s been up to. Mickychick


Former TV rock star Micky Dolenz just wrapped up directing another New
Orleans movie with his old friend, producer and native New Orleanian Al
Salzer. For them, working in town is a labor of both love and money.

By Chris Rose

Staff writer/The Times-Picayune

There’s a story that New Orleans film producer Al Salzer neither confirms
nor denies, but it has to do with his theory on financing a motion picture.

Salzer, so the story goes, likes to take a script that has New York listed
as the location of the narrative and he says to the money men: “You want to
save a million dollars? Watch this.” And he crosses out “New York” and
inserts “New Orleans.”

Salzer just smiles when I recount this story to him, but the run he’s on
now hardly contradicts it.
Last week, Salzer — a bi-coastal movie man who lives on a boat outside of
L.A. and in a Lake Pontchartrain boathouse while here in town — wrapped a
local $1 million picture called “Contempt.” Directed by former Monkees
drummer Micky Dolenz, it stars Stephanie Zimbalist, Marcus Flanaghan and
former “90210” hottie Gabrielle Carteris.

That movie wrapped Saturday and the cast and crew hit Mid-City Lanes that
night for a wrap party in the company of the Iguanas and zydeco princess
Rosie Ledet. But, for Salzer, the work was just beginning.

This week — Thursday most likely — he’ll open location on another New
Orleans flick in the $1 million range, this one a mystical drama called
“Above and Beyond,” starring Adam Baldwin, one of the massive brood of
hunky Baldwin brothers.

That film wraps right before Mardi Gras. Right after Mardi Gras, Salzer
opens a third film on location here and follows that with a fourth and
final picture — directed by Dolenz again — shooting in the weeks prior to

It’s all low-budget fare, stuff that may end up in theatrical release, or
may wind up on the USA network or TNT or something like that. Either way,
Salzer says he makes his nut overseas.

“We’ll do well with foreign distribution,” says Salzer, who heads up
Crescent City Productions. “New Orleans is a favorite with foreign
distributors. They love pictures from New Orleans. The scenery is great
here. Maybe it reminds them of Europe.

“You can adapt just about any script,” he says in reference to the
aforementioned script-doctoring anecdote. “If it’s a mountain story, maybe
not. If it’s about the blue waters of the Caribbean, no. But just about
anything else. This film, ‘Contempt,’ was originally set in Philadelphia.
So, where it says ‘Philly cheese steak,’ you cross it out and write ‘oyster
po-boy,’ and we’re off to the races.

“And besides that, I like bringing movies here because I can visit my
mother and eat.”

To that end, Salzer — De La Salle class of ’61 and Tulane theater major —
has brought more than two dozen films to his hometown over the past 30
years, as well as a bundle of commercials and the ill-fated but always
colorful “Big Easy” TV series on the USA network.

It was while producing a film here in 1971 that Salzer first met Dolenz.
The flick was called “Keep Off My Grass” and you probably won’t find it at
Blockbuster, but it made lifelong friends of the two.

Back then, Dolenz was acting on the heels of his chaotic international
success with the Monkees TV show and traveling band. He soon went into
directing, and has amassed a portfolio of dozens of movies, television
shows, commercials and music videos — most all of them filmed during a
long tenure living in England.

Now Stateside again, he is teaming up with Salzer to add more directing
credits to his resume. While relatively mum about the plotline of
“Contempt,” Dolenz allows that it is “a psychological thriller/murder
mystery, with a love triangle.” They made the movie in 17 days.

“That was brutal but necessary,” he says. “You know that old saying: You
can’t have it fast, cheap and good? Well, watch.” (Aside, he notes that the
bi-annual reunion tours with the Monkees — one of which is in the works
for this spring — are a piece of cake compared to the blistering pace and
pressure of movie-making.)

The recent shooting frenzy brought the cast and crew to a Mid-City home, a
downtown law firm (there’s a malpractice case afoot in “Contempt”), the
Algiers Courthouse, Audubon Park and the Moonwalk. The final night of
filming took place at the state adolescent hospital campus off
Tchoupitoulas Street Uptown, where police cars and a rented chopper
provided the backdrop for a climactic arrest scene after Carteris’
character has gunned down a few people.

The arresting officer in that scene, amazingly, is longtime Westwego city
alderman Ted Munch, who, it turns out, is one of many local closet
thespians Salzer turns to when filming in town.

In fact, other than Zimbalist, Carteris and Flanaghan, the rest of the
ensemble cast was drawn entirely from the New Orleans, Baton Rouge and
southern Mississippi regions.

Other locals in “Contempt” include funnyman John McConnell, Michael Arata,
Adriana Bate, Ron Flagge, Linda Mintz and Barrett O’Brien.

Dolenz, for one, was impressed with the local talent.

“It is a wonderful local supporting cast,” he says. “They made my job so
much easier; they were so professional. I’m going: Why aren’t you people
doing this in Los Angeles? And then I went down to Brennan’s and ate dinner
and now I know why they’re not in L.A.”

Your Dreams Are What Makes The Bad Things In Life Tolerable.

Dream of a Monkee and thinks will look so much better.


Monkee Business Fanzine Monkees News Update
updated January 31, 2001

Although the Monkees continue to plan their solo tour schedules, they will
be joining forces for a short tour March 1 through April 4. The dates are
below—some are confirmed, some are still being confirmed and could
change, and
there’s still room for further additions. For updates, check here or David
official tour website,, or at

Davy, Micky, and Peter did a photo shoot recently for an upcoming issue of
“Vanity Fair” magazine, and their upcoming reunion has already been profiled on
“Entertainment Tonight”. The reunion tour is being handled by David
Fishof, who
produced the guys’ 1986 tour. Fishof recently became Davy Jones’ personal
and wants to steer Davy’s career back toward the stage and the musical
he also envisions the Monkees’ tour leading up to a stint on Broadway.

March 1, Ruth Eckerd Hall, Clearwater, FL, 727-791-7400
March 2, House of Blues, Orlando, FL, 407-934-2583
March 3, Pompano Beach Amphitheatre, Pompano Beach, FL, 954-946-2402
March 4, Florida Theatre, Jacksonville, FL, 904-355-2787
March 6, Center Stage Theatre, Atlanta, GA, 404-885-1365
March 8, State Theatre, Easton, PA, 610-252-3132
March 9, Lowell Memorial Auditorium, Lowell, MA, 978-454-2299
March 10, Oakdale Theatre, Wallingford, CT, 203-265-1501
March 11, Westbury Music Fair, Westbury, NY, 516-334-0800
March 14, The 9:30 Club, Washington, DC, 202-265-0930
March 15, Kahuna Pavilion, Wilmington, DE, 302-571-8401
March 16-17, Xanadu Theatre, Trump Taj Mahal Casino/Hotel,
Atlantic City, NJ, 609-449-5150
March 18, Mohegan Sun Casino, Uncasville, CT, 888-226-7711
March 21, Turning Stone Casino, Verona, NY, 877-833-SHOW
March 22, Mountaineer Racetrack/Gaming Resort, Chester, WV, 800-8040-HOT
March 23, Palace Theatre, Columbus, OH, 614-469-9850
March 24, Sam’s Town Casino/Hotel, Tunica, MS, 800-456-0711
March 25, Star Plaza Theater, Merrillville, IN, 219-769-6600
March 29-April 4, Hollywood Theatre, MGM Grand Casino, Las Vegas,
NV, 800-929-1111

Fishof tells MBF that the guys will be recording new versions of
Monkees hits in February for boy band mogul Lou Pearlman’s Trans
Continental record label. The label’s new band Natural, described
in a recent issue of Pollstar as a “boy band that actually plays
instruments”, will tour with the Monkees. The Monkees’ tour may
generate a live Monkees album and live concert video/DVD.

Peter’s Shoe Suede Blues tour dates scheduled for the East Coast for December,
January, and March have been cancelled to allow Peter more time to prepare
for the upcoming Monkees reunion tour. Following the Monkees’ March tour,
Shoe Suede Blues will play the following dates:
April 20, The VanDyck, Schenectady, NY, 518-381-1111
April 21-22, Sit ‘N Bull Pub, Maynard, MA, 978-897-4663
April 24, The Stone Coast, Portland, ME, 207-773-2337
April 26,The Hungry Tiger, Manchester, CT, 860-649-1195
April 27-28, Chicago Blues, New York City, NY, 212-924-9755
April 29, Stone Pony in Asbury Park, NJ, 732-502-0600
May 5, Club 66 in Edgewood, MD, 410-676-8966
May 6, Fan Party at Club 66 in Edgewood, MD, 301-843-2448

Peter has also been touring with James Lee Stanley, as the Two Man Band duo:
Jan. 31, Fitzgerald’s, Chicago, IL, 708-788-6670
Feb. 1, Shank Hall, Milwaukee, WI, 414-276-7288
***CANCELLED*** Feb. 3, Fulton Opera House, Lancaster, PA, 717-397-7425
Feb. 10, Backstage at the Coffee Gallery, Altadena, CA, 626-398-7917

Davy can be found on tour, playing a number of solo
shows with his band across North America:
Feb. 24, Rajah Theatre, Reading, PA, 610-371-8820
Apr. 7, Morganton Memorial Auditorium, Morganton, NC, 800-939-SHOW
April 27-29, EPCOT Center, Walt Disney World, Lake Buena Vista, FL,
July 13, Santa Cruz Beach Boardwalk, Santa Cruz, CA
August 10-11, Dover Downs, Dover, DE, 302-674-4600 or 800-711-5882 (rescheduled
from March 16-17)

Micky has several irons in the fire this year professionally—he’s directing a
movie now and another in April—but he will still find time to tour with
the Monkees, with the Teen Idols (Micky, Bobby Sherman, and Peter
Noone), and in his own solo rock’n’roll show of Monkes hits and rock’n’roll
classics, backed by his band and his sister Coco on vocals.

Micky Solo Dates
April 17-24, Royal Caribbean Cruise Lines, sailing April 14 and April 21
May 9, Potawatomi Casino, Milwaukee, WI, 800-PAYS-BIG
May 11, Sagamore Ballroom, Indianapolis Convention Center, Indianapolis,
IN, 317-262-3410, with Peter Noone
May 19, Georgia Dome, Atlanta, GA, 404-223-8428, with Peter Noone and
the Grass Roots’ Rob Grill
June 8, Leelanau Sands Casino, Suttons Bay, MI, 800-922-2WIN, with
Peter Noone
Nov. 21-28, Royal Caribbean Cruise Lines, sailing Nov. 18 and Nov. 25

Micky with the Teen Idols Dates
Feb. 10, 2001, Capitol Civic Center, Manitowoc, WI, 920-683-2184

Michael Nesmith is working on his movie, “Fried Pies”, a second novel, The
America Gene, and he is opening another branch of his company Videoranch in
Anchor Bay Entertainment will be releasing some of Nez’s films on DVD for the
first time, “Timerider” and “Tapeheads”, along with his concert video “Michael
Nesmith–Live At The Britt”.
Nez’s company Videoranch is also planning to reissue his “Live at the Palais”
concert album on CD, complete with bonus tracks.
Check out for details and updates.

Rhino Records’ Handmade division has released a 3-CD set, “Headquarters
Sessions”, chronicling the making of the Monkees’ album “Headquarters”.
The compilation makes use of unreleased demos, backing tracks, studio chatter,
song fragments, and early versions of tracks. The complete track listing is
available at
On Feb. 13, 2001, Rhino will retire the “Listen To The Band” Monkees 4-CD
boxed set and replace it with “The Monkees Music Box”, an updated 4-CD
set which is expected to include some unreleased alternate versions of Monkees
tunes—from tapes which have surfaced since the release of the previous box
set. Keep checking for a full track listing.

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Trenton, New Jersey 08610-3622
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