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Monkees Season 1: We have seen a report of a sighting of a new box set –
Monkees Season 1 on DVD. We will keep you updated as we know more, release
appears to be in January.


From: “anetnut”

After hearing rumors about another show being added, I decided to call the
venue myself to make sure.
I talked to Front Street Station in Northumberland, PA this morning, and a
woman named Brenda Fiorenza just confirmed that David is playing there Nov.
15th & 16th! You can either do just the show, or buffet dinner and the
show. Prices are:

just show $27.50 starts at 8:30pm reserved seats
dinner and show $37.50 dinner at 6:30pm, doors open at 6pm

Number to call is 570-473-3626
They take most credit cards. Cameras/videos are up to David she said, so
we’ll have to wait on that one. Please ask her this info yourself again, as
I don’t want to be responsible for messing up.

I’m going to Peoria too, but I am SO THERE at this one!



From: Monkeemen8

When I was watching the first running of the Flight Day Highlights of
activities that were done today in Space by the astronauts and cosmonauts at
the International Space Station, I could not believe what I heard. The
Monkees theme song was played to the ATLANTIS crew! It was a portion of this
song as there were others combined in a collage of tunes. It’s a tradition
for Space Shuttle crews to be wakened by music.

If you have NASA TV, you can see this repeated each hour tonight. The last
showing may be at 3am Central Time. If you don’t, see the NASA website at:

Follow the REALTIME DATA links to NASA TV Internet viewing site. Also,
follow the GALLERY links to audio, STS-112, Flight Day 4.




From: PaulBPool

Hi Brad

The T-Mobile website offers various “ring tones” for phones connected to
their network. Go to and click on the “pop tunes” category, and
right there at the top of the list is “Monkees Theme”!. T-Mobile charges
.99c for each ring tone you download. Naturally I downloaded the Theme and
set it up in my phone – very cool and I’ve already received several
compliments on it!!

Keep up the great work Brad, with Maggie giving up the fanzine, we fans
REALLY look to the updates you send!

Paul Blake



October 11, 2002 Hey Hey Monkee Maniacs!

Davy Solo Shows

With the Monkee Mania 2002 Tour’s end, Micky has already begun his solo
cruise shows which go on almost non-stop until January 29, 2003. Davy is
also filling up his schedule with booksignings & solo shows, including a
new show in PA. The following are Davy’s current tour bookings: 10/20/02
Huntsville, AL Parkway Place Mall (Booksigning) */*/* 11/2/02 Peoria, IL
Civic Center Arena */*/* 11/15-16/02 Northumberland, PA Front Street Station

Monkees On TV
On October 20, Micky Dolenz’s appearence on the “Boy Meets World” episode
“Band On The Run” will air on the Dsney Channel at 12pm EST. A Micky
directed movie, “Malpractice,” will air on LIFE on October 21 at 12am EST.


From: “Steven Bradley”

from the Manchester Evening News, October 7.

‘Between a rock and a card place – hidden pop music gems are
winners at casino’s star display’

Hidden rock’n’roll memorabilia uncovered after an appeal in the
Manchester Evening News is to have a starring role in the city’s hippest
casino. The Hard Rock Casino opened in June and this newspaper
appealed for any Mancunian music memorabilia.
Donated items include a programme from the Beatles last English
tour, from their 1965 gig at the Apollo Theatre in Manchester, and a
pair of maroon platform shoes and a striped jacket worn by
Manchester’s own Davy Jones from the Monkees 1967 tour.
Those personal Manchester music memories can now be seen in
a special showcase at the casino.

From Capital FM Radio Manchester, October 10.

In the radio station’s Battle Of The Bands competition, The Monkees
were paired with George Michael. Songs by each act are played
during the day, with listeners phoning in to vote for their favourite.
The Monkees were the winners, with 51% of the votes to George’s
49%. As the band’s profile in the UK is quite small at the moment,
it was pleasing for them to beat such a successful artist in a radio
phone-in poll ! (-:

from Steven Bradley


From: Walter Borden

Hi there,

I am writing you to let you know that The King Biscuit Entertainment Group
is releasing a DVD of a Monkees live performance
recorded in Anaheim last summer. It will be in Stores on the 12th of
November, but can be pre-ordered through our website. I thought it the fans
who visit your site might appreciate it if you announce it to them in one
of your updates. You can see details on the release at I look forward to hearing from you soon.

Thank you,

Walter Borden
212.758.4636 x226


From: “Videoranch Foreman”

Hi everyone!


MP3s being so popular these days we decided to make a few more available at
Videoranch. The Armadillo World Headquarters concert (1981) ranks high on
Nez’ list of favorite live shows with John Hobbs on piano, Joe Chemay on
bass, Paul Leim on drums, and Billy Joe Walker Jr. and Jerry Swallow on
guitar. We’ve added both the live version of ‘Capsule’ and the live version
of ‘Grand Ennui’ from that show. If you have Live at the Palais on CD then
you’ve already heard these great takes.

By now, you’ve heard all about the diptychs and triptychs Nez created for
various albums. Rio / Casablanca Moonlight and You are my one / In the
afternoon both diptychs that are currently available as MP3s. Well, we’ve
just added a triptych from the First National Band Recordings! Calico
Girlfriend / Nine Times Blue / Little Red Rider, all three songs, one after
the other. These MP3s are only a couple of bucks each, a great way to
sample albums you don’t yet have, and just plain cool to have downloaded
onto your computer.


Long awaited as an audio book, The Long Sandy Hair of Neftoon Zamora will
be here next week! Yes, you read that right…NEXT WEEK! Read by Nez
himself, full of cool sound effects, and even some new music, a must have
for Nez fans. Look for another email from us announcing it’s arrival soon.

That’s all for now, you’ll be hearing from us again very soon.

Have a great weekend!


Asst. to Bubba Crutch


From: “Sally Carpenter”

Hi Brad,

I’ll be at the Beatlefest in Pasadena in Dec. and will send you a review of
Micky’s Q&A session. He’ll also be signing autographs!

Here’s some filler for you:

The Los Angles Daily News (Oct.19) ran an article about the first national
convention this weekend for Funko Wacky Wobblers collectors held at the
Universal City Walk. It states, “Funko Inc. was started in 1998 by Mike
Becker with a replica of the Big Boy character and it has gone on to sell
1.5 million copies of Mr. T, the Monkees, Betty Boop, Felix the Cat, Evel
Knievel, the Lucky Charms leprechaun and many more of the little


From: Therra Cathryn Gwyn


Therra Cathryn Gwyn interviews pop idol Peter Tork.
>>>>>ATLANTA, Ga.

I have a memory that many people share. Before music television and
pay-per-view concerts, before Vegas specials and Behind The Music, I was
staring at the television for a half-hour one night a week and could not be
dragged away for love nor punishment. As a young child ( in my case, I’d
been on the planet about seven years) I was fully enthralled with what was
then the revolutionary freshness of none other than The Monkees. Yes, those
Monkees, as in the ” Hey, hey we are the…” variety. Remember? The 1960’s
TV show and the catchy hits written by Carole King and Neil Diamond? The
mid-1980’s MTV darlings doing packed stadium tours? There’s an undeniable
appeal there, trust me on this if you are a non-believer. Give a girl a
chance to explain.

It was some 30 years or so after the initial primetime run of the show
that I was on a highway somewhere between Jacksonville, Florida and
Atlanta, and all my childhood excitement over the group came to fore. My
best friend ( and often partner-in-crime), Sherri, and I were in a
brand-new fire-engine red Camaro convertible, top down, music blaring,
speeding in between shows on what was billed as The Monkees “Final Tour”.
The tour had begun several nights before in Clearwater with Natural, Lou
Pearlman’s ( N’Sync, Backstreet Boys) latest boy band experiment inserted
midway through each evening to give the younger lads some exposure and
experience and to allow the older lads a break in a show that often ran
three hours. Despite media criticism that haunted The Monkees early success
and sometimes still follows them to this day, this “pre-fab four” as
they’ve been called, are really a hardworking, cohesive group onstage. The
Monkees are hardly a one-trick pony, although admittedly, the trick they
are best collectively known for is a pretty innocuous and groovy one. The
Monkees are all in their 50’s now and are aging fairly well. Peter Tork
looks at least 5 years younger,when he smiles the years fall away. Micky
Dolenz’s voice is a powerful pop instrument that time hasn’t seemed to
change much if at all. The concerts are a lively combination of their
popular hits, some of the TV show schtick, and include a solo spot for each
member to show off his particular brand of musical talent/interest. Davy
Jones, a truly energetic performer who knows his audience and courts it,
does Broadway ( charmingly). Dolenz sings ” Since I Fell For You” (
brilliantly). Tork hits two rock standards, tearing it up like a
teenager on Little Richard’s “Lucille” and performing a bright version (
on banjo, no less) of Jackie Wilson’s “Higher and Higher”. For those who
may be sneering ( and have actually read this far), yes, the Monkees play
their own instruments ( please, when did this become an actual issue in a
business filled with fake body parts and Britney Spears non-live
concerts?). They are backed by a full band, including a section of
interpretive-dancing horn players. The sound onstage is almost as full as
the screaming ( yes, even now) in the audience. It appears that The Monkees
most enduring legacy may be that they simply make people happy.

Frustration reigned in the red Camaro. I had been trying to interview
Tork, former and present Monkee, and current member of popular dance band
Shoe Suede Blues, for several months with zero luck. I had trekked to D.C.
and flown to Jersey ( in winter no less, something I would like to avoid
for life). I had pestered Peter’s manager, the preternaturally patient
Bonnie Verrico, just like that little dog that jumps all around the bigger
dog in the old Warner Brothers cartoon, peppering her with requests and
complaints. I’d watched the tour wind through Florida and followed in this
rented convertible with Sherri behind the wheel, breaking the land speed
record. Still, the object of much childhood curiousity proved maddeningly
elusive. I was losing confidence in my ability to get the interview and
wondered if I should give up and change Monks in mid-stream, perhaps bother
Davy for a talk instead ( “Oh yeah! ” , sighed Sherri, ever the fan of the
British heartthrob, ” Do that.”). By the time the Tork interview fell
through for a third time, due to scheduling problems, I decided to give up.
It was a heartbreaking relief for the seven-year-old in me.

I continued to go to concerts when I could, and was , quite frankly,
riveted, watching the “3kees” ( so dubbed by fans to note the absence on
this tour of original member gone mega-capitalist Mike Nesmith) bang out
both their hits and lesser known numbers to sold-out houses awash with
teenage girls screaming their heads off, flanked by grandmothers screaming
their heads off. This was no Oldies Day At The Park. The sheer number of
people who turn out to see Jones, Tork and Dolenz is startling. Rabid fans
follow them, Grateful Dead style, from town to town. Mostly working class,
and all ages, these devotees save their money and vacation time and, like
Sherri and I did for a bit, follow the band from city to city while much of
America goes about it’s business, unaware that the Monkees still matter.

I had done my research, talking to fans, and one thing became apparent
very quickly. The fans worship their favorite of the group. They are proud
of their Monkee, whichever one it is that has captured their heart. Tork’s
fans proved very protective and vocal.
” If you are going to take pictures of him, don’t use a flash, ” one
40-year-old fan informed me archly, ” He doesn’t like it.”
“He’s really very shy,” offered another.
” He can get testy on ya,” a Micky Dolenz fan sniffed, sizing me up, it
appeared, as not Monkee-worthy.
“He’s not dumb like he plays on TV!” , a woman and her husband insisted.
“He’s sexy”, a young mother sighed.
“Okay, ” I said, scribbling notes for an interview I didn’t know if I’d
ever get, ” No flash, shy, smart, testy, sexy…got it.”
Later , in the lobby of yet another crowded venue, Sherri handed me a
drink and asked , ” If you speak to this guy, are you going to confess that
you had your very first sexual fantasy about him?”
I shook my head. ” No way, ” I swore. I had once worked on a Rolling
Stones tour and easily managed not to tell Mick Jagger about my teenage
fantasies involving him. I wasn’t going to start revealing any silly stuff
from my youth to a Monkee I couldn’t even corner for a 15-minute chat.

As fate and determination would have it, the interview finally took place a
few months later. Tork was at his home in California, in-between dates of
the tour, a tour which would eventually take much of the summer and claim
much of the patience of all members of the group. The Monkees
bandwagon crashed and burned in August in a somewhat typical rock band
rift and it seemed that the fans who followed the group might indeed have
witnessed the ” Final Tour”, at least with this line-up. But when we
talked in very early summer things were still merry and bright, at least on
the surface. After a flurry of e-mails we hooked up by phone. ” Hi, it’s
Peter,” the polite voice on the other end of the phone sounded familiar,
still a touch of East Coast in the accent. We talked for over an hour, yet
it was several minutes before I even got to ask a first, planned,
question. His in-the-moment way of going places verbally can serve to
throw a person off balance initially and gives you no choice but to follow.
If you can. Keeping up proved slightly difficult. That’s okay, I thought.
I’d waited a long time and logged a lot of miles to get here.
” I’m checking to see what the age of consent is in different states” he
offered, before I could say anything, evidentally sitting in front of his
computer while talking to me. ” Look at this. In Maryland it’s 16. That’s
considered the South, right? It’s below the Mason-Dixon line? Tennessee,
16…South Carolina, 14…hmmmm… in North Carolina it’s 16…no surprise
there…” he goes on to rattle off other states and ages. Finally, I had to
“Why is this of interest to you?”
“Well, at one gig in Maryland, about a year ago, these two girls came up
to me. I think they were about 15 or 16. They asked for an autograph and I
teased them, said ‘It’ll cost ya…”. They said , ” Oh anything!’, and I
thought ‘Anything?.'”
“Well, ” I try not to sound too worldly, ” You know if you had one of
them, you’d have to take both.”
” Oh really? Why?”
” Because, Peter, ” I can’t believe I’m having to explain this to him, ”
Teenage girls do everything together. Hang out, stay in, go to the ladies
“Oh, ” he sounds amused, “Do you think they were looking for ‘a scene’?” I
had to laugh. “I don’t know. Did anything happen?”
“No. And the last time I was in town I didn’t see them there. I am
attracted to younger people, certainly, but I find that although it’s good
in theory, it doesn’t always work in practice.”
In all those Florida miles I hadn’t planned on the interview starting out
like this.

Therra Cathryn Gwyn: So, how old were you when you lost your virginity?

Peter Tork: Twenty.

TCG: No way.

PT: Twenty.

TCG: In America that sounds about right. In Europe it tends to be younger.
Actually, I don’t know if that is the case anymore. Speaking of age, you
have people of all ages that attend your solo and group shows. By now the
Monkees have been together longer than many married couples, longer than
many bands, longer than some of your fans have been alive.

PT: Thirty-five years. Our older fans are still at the shows but the median
age is in the thirties now. Our original fans are still there, but are
older, settled, have kids. Some are grandparents.

TCG: Hmmm, I’m not a grandparent but I was part of your original audience.

PT: How old are you, Therra?

TCG: I was six and living in London when the Monkees hit. I was crazy about
you guys. Everyone was. So, if you lost your viginity at 20, do you
remember who you had your first sexual fantasy about?

PT: Annette Funicello. I thought she was great.

TCG: I didn’t figure you for someone who liked brunettes.

PT: I really have no preferences in that area. Now, the funny thing is, I
really thought I would actually get along better with (fellow Mouseketeer)
Darlene Gillespe. She was the better entertainer. She had a charge. Annette
was great, but Darlene, she was a powerhouse.

TCG: Annette had that big chest, didn’t she?

PT: And the lovely part was that we got to see it grow. The first year it
was flat, the second and third year it was bigger, and so on.

TCG: Tell me another female performer you enjoy.

PT: I love Liv Ullman. She just grabs me. She knocks me out, really.
Understand I am talking about her in her prime…if she chose, she could do
the mature woman’s roles now…but she, really…wow.

TCG: Liv Ullman has a rather delicate Nordic beauty about her.

PT: I don’t know about delicate, but yeah, she has those Nordic looks. I
love it. Maybe it’s because of my own Scandinavian background, I don’t
know. She’s the whole package, as opposed to…well, I love a bimbo… I am
not adverse to empty-headed bimbos. But a woman who is smart and who
knocks me out to look at, that’s the whole package.

TCG: I hear that from a lot of men. I hope it’s true, that men like smart
girls. Are there female vocalists you like?

PT: Gladys Knight. Magnificent face, and in my opinion the greatest soul
singer ever. Now, Aretha, she’s in a class by herself, she’s Aretha. Gladys
is great. The best. When she sings, she commits. There’s also Mavis
Staples. They are both great for the same reasons. When they are in their
song, there’s no sense of holding back, or protecting the voice. They are
right there, complete commitment.

TCG: Who do you feel a kinship with, musically? Any person or group?

PT: To various extents I have a strong feeling for James Taylor, Jackson
Browne, Bonnie Raitt. People where one performance has really gotten me. I
feel some kinship, but not like brothers or a sister, just a connection. I
identify with them on some levels, but on other levels they are just so
over my head.

TCG: What do you think of Prince?

PT: Brilliant.

TCG: Leonard Cohen?

PT: Lugubrious. (Sings a snippet of ” Suzanne” in a dirge-like manner, to

TCG: Elvis Presley?

PT: The first flash of Elvis was almost unbearable it was so wonderful. My
musical partner James Lee Stanley blames the Colonel for Elvis’s untimely

TCG: Has your music been influenced by any literary works?

PT: I cannot put my finger on too much of it . Well… “The Most Unkindest
Cut”. I was told in a songwriting class that the title was redundant. I
said to them ‘ Ah, no, it’s from Shakespeare.’ Micky Dolenz said something
when we were doing Justus ( 1996 music release featuring all four original
Monkees). He said to me, ‘You’re the one we count on to arrange the songs
so they sound like full songs, from beginning to end.’ I didn’t realize
that. I gain my sense of arrangement from Bach.

TCG: Really?

PT: Yes. Bach was psychedelic. Here, wait. I’m going to play something for
you. ( Pause ) Can you hear this? ( Strains of a synthesizer float in the

TCG: I hear it.

…Peter plays a wildly beautiful piece of music, explaining at different
junctures where tones and chords change in an unexpected manner, why it’s
so radical and influential, and why, in his opinion Bach was ” a world of
musical adventure”, and Mozart ” a toady”. “Mozart wrote for the
artistocracy” he sniffs, “It shows.” Peter occasionally stops for a
millisecond, says ” Oops, sorry!”. Did he make a mistake? How would I
tell? Then he continues or sometimes plays a part over. What I’ve been
hearing is part of “Prelude in D Minor for the Clavier”. It’s lovely.

PT: Bach gets extraordinarily wild. I played a piece for Davy Jones and he
wanted to know who it was. I told him it was Bach and he said ‘What was he
– a madman?!’ ( laughs ). Bach was so influential, he does trips through
harmony that no one else does. Almost all Western music is in Bach.

TCG: Tell me something. If we – meaning the public – look, as we often do,
to certain “entertainment moments” to define ourselves, to define our place
in time, what do you think the Monkees represent to us?

PT: The Monkees were a stand-in for the Beatles. The Beatles were
completely available to a single generation and then removed themselves,
but both ( The Monkees and the Beatles) represented an aspect of the “60’s.
Both were very much a part of the “60’s. We had no authority figure in the
TV show and we were the only ones to do that. It meant something. It was
revealed in the 1960’s that those in authority were corrupt. We represented
a kind of rebellion. We were on our own against the world. No one else did
that until ‘The Young Ones’ ( British show televised stateside on MTV in
the 1980’s ) and that was a different thing entirely. Even looking at the
reality-based shows on MTV you have the sense of the camera being shoved in
everyone’s face. And look at ‘The Partridge Family”. Shirley Jones…bless
her…she’s the mom on that show, and she’s there, she’s cool, but she’s
the mom and she’s handling things.

TCG: After a while I think “The Partridge Family” concept really just sort
of coasted on David Cassidy’s beauty.

PT: Oh, Shirley, Shirley, Shirley. God bless her.

TCG: Let’s talk about something else for a moment. People today are very
aware of the problems society has with it’s addictions, addictive behavior,
or , as the Buddhists call it, “the destruction of craving”. You have been
very open about your own problems in this area ( a 1970’s drug bust for
possession of hashish and a battle with alcohol addiction). How do you
strike a balance in your life after the excesses of your past?

PT: I don’t bother. Any effort I’ve made to strike a balance has met with
failure. Balances are granted me after excesses. There’s almost no sense of
choice. I was given a gift, a gift of not having to drink alcohol and not
having to do drugs. My own ability to control it was gone. It took me a
long time to realize that I could only drink to excess or not at all. Then
I got the boon. I was granted the boon…by the powers that be, God,
whatever you wish to call it.

TCG: Was it a relief?

PT: Yes.

TCG: Did it happen all at once, or was it gradual?

PT: I had a series of small epiphanies.

TCG: Are you happy these days?

PT: Yes, I would say I am.

TCG: You are single, as of this writing. Are you enjoying it?

PT: It’s the right thing. I had a break-up of a four year relationship,
three years of which was going steady. We broke up on New Year’s Day.
(wryly) That was fun.

TCG: Do you like being famous?

PT: As opposed to what?

TCG: You became a celebrity fairly quickly in your mid-twenties, but before
that you were an unknown, whereas David Jones and Micky Dolenz had already
put a toe in the waters of fame, as it were, previous to The Monkees.

PT: But even before then I was a musician, working, looking for places to
play. If you are asking me if I know there’s a price attached to being well
known, yes, I know it. I chose to live with it. I understand the price.

TCG: What effect do you think the internet has had on your fame, or that of
The Monkees, and of your band Shoe Suede Blues?

PT: No remarkable effect. I mean, the internet works for everybody. Every
artist has a website, the fans chat, it’s democratic. I will say that I
think the one thing the internet has allowed is anonymity and people use it
to say things they wouldn’t dare say otherwise.

TCG: That’s true. Have you seen some of the Monkee fan web pages? There are
tons of them.

PT: I hate ( a popular discussion group on
Google/usenet). It sucks! They don’t like me on there.

TCG: Oh, they like you just fine. You must have caught a bad thread. Have
you checked out any of the fantasy fiction sites ( known as fanfic groups,
where people write fiction about their favorite stars)? Have you seen any
of the sex fantasy ones?

PT: No… really? Where?

TCG: I think MonkeeX was the first one to have those sorts of stories about
The Monkees.

PT: MonkeeX?

TCG: ( I can hear him tapping away on his computer keyboard) Yes. Surely
you have heard of this website?

PT: Yes, I’ve heard of it, but I’ve never been there. Where is it?

TCG: Yahoo groups, I think. Or perhaps it’s

PT : Okay. ( tap tap tap)

TCG: Here is why sites like this are interesting. Certainly for baby
boomers, and the generations that followed, the first love for almost every
young girl was a rock star of some stripe. Elvis, the Beatles, The Monkees,
David Cassidy, Backstreet Boys, Bon Jovi, whoever. We fell “in love” with
our popular musical artists. We all fantasized about them and even if the
daydreams were silly or graphic, it was just between you, yourself and you.
These days it’s all out there on the internet. These young women are
expressing their carnal desires and writing about it. I find that a
fascinating cultural phenomena.
( Silence)

PT: I think it’s a function of the times. It says here you have to be a
writer to join this list. There are fantasies on here about The Monkees?

TCG: Yeah. A lot. Featuring you, Mike. Micky too. Not so many about Davy.
I feel kind of sorry for him, being left out like that.

PT: Don’t.

TCG: Poor Davy. I thought for a second about trying my hand at it, writing
something about him, so he wouldn’t be left out. But I couldn’t do it.

PT: ( laughs) Couldn’t imagine it?

TCG: No, and I have a good imagination. Couldn’t do it.

PT: Couldn’t do Davy?

TCG: Nope…

PT: Couldn’t picture him between your legs?

TCG: A mental picture forms almost against my will. I can see is cute
little Davy Jones, wearing nothing but a thong, singing “Daydream
Believer”, shaking his tamborine. It’s an ” Ally Mc Beal” moment. I shake
my head to dislodge the picture.

Yes…no.. I mean NO, I can’t see it! ( laughs). God, don’t throw me off
here. When did I lose control of this interview? Are we done yet?

PT: Okay. Pick two of your remaining questions, okay? Ask me your second
favorite one.

TCG: Gladly. Tell me what a perfect day is for you. Give me your perfect day.

PT: ( Laughs) Oh… you shouldn’t have asked this one! I had one of those
very recently. I couldn’t deal with having them every day, mind you,
but…my perfect day is waking up next to someone I like a lot, having sex
a couple of times…then a cup of coffee…having sex a couple more
times…ummm, strolling through some interesting city like Paris, or
exploring the bluffs in Malibu. A perfect day would include some good meals
and good conversation. Some TV, too. “West Wing”, that’s a good show. Then
sex, and sleep. That’s a perfect day. And, as Micky says, ‘Mother of
Christ, it’s good to be king!’ ( laughs again).

Original reprinted by permission.
Copyright 2002 by Wandering Warrior Publishing.


From: “Monique & David McCormick”

Peter Tork at Carl Wilson Walk Against Cancer

Hi Brad,

Every year my husband, David, and I attend the Carl Wilson Foundation Walk
Against Cancer. This year (Sat & Sun, Oct 5th & 6th) was the 5th year and
the first day’s festivities were held in Santa Monica. This organization
raises money for cancer research and cancer patients (primarily musicians
and children). A large portion of the proceeds raised from the various
activities goes to The City of Hope. The foundation was formed in honor of
the late Carl Wilson who died in 1998 of lung cancer at age 51. Festivities
include a 3 mile walk, auction, beach party sing-a-long and benefit concert
on Sunday night, featuring Brian Wilson.

After the walk & lunch on Saturday, I was perched on a stage so I could
videotape portions of the auction which featured rare Beach Boys
memorabilia. As the auction was nearing the end, David yelled my name
across the crowded room. I hurried over to him and he whispered that Peter
Tork was there. It didn’t make any sense to me but I looked over and there
he was, talking to a few people. He seemed to be in a good mood so I
hurriedly tried to find something for him to sign. Of course, all my
memorabilia was at home. I grabbed a card off of the table (an
advertisement for the Beach Boys’ offspring band, In Bloom) and slowly
walked over to him. He saw me walk up behind his girlfriend and said
hello. I was so nervous, I don’t know why, I had met Peter several times
before. All I could think to say was that I was a huge Monkees fan. Peter
of course had to reply with something witty so he commented that I wasn’t
so big, many Monkee fans were much larger than me. He graciously gave me a
personalized autograph and while doing so I touched his arm an told him
that we missed him at the Monkees concerts this year. He was about to say
something profound when we were interrupted by a fan who wanted to use my
sharpie so Peter could sign his t-shirt. Peter never got to finish that
thought. After helping Peter sign the shirt I walked back to my table.

After the auction there is a sing-a-long that takes place on the
beach. For many fans this is the highlight of all the
activities. Longtime Beach Boy backing musicians, Billy Hinshe and Jeff
Foskett play requests as fans sing along. They are 2 very funny guys who
banter back and forth while fans request obscure songs for them to
play. Everyone is encouraged to sing and play instruments. Peter joined
Billy and Jeff and seemed to have a great time jamming with his new
musician friends. He was a good sport, playing along as best he could even
when he didn’t know the chords or lyrics. Fans kept requesting “Zilch” and
“Auntie Grizelda”. Peter finally gave in and played “I’m a Believer”. He
was well-received. The party ended at about 4pm. Unfortunately, I don’t
believe Peter was at the concert on Sunday night at UCLA. It was an
impressive line-up, featuring Eric Clapton, Sugar Ray, Van Dyke Parks, The
Wondermints, Matthew Sweet and Brian Wilson, among others. I’m just
thrilled that I was able to see my favorite Monkee at my favorite charity
event. Thank you, Peter, for a wonderful Saturday afternoon.

Monique McCormick

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