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 From: Brad Waddell 
 Subject: E! MonkeE! - Micky Interview
From: Kim

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 True Hollywood Story - The Monkees

 Duration: 2 hr

 Description: The saga of the music group the Monkees and how the group's members came together and rose to stardom.

 Airing: Thu 10/19/00 9:00pm (eastern daylight savings time)

            Fri 10/20/00 10:00am (EDST)

            Fri 10/20/00 4:00pm (EDST)

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From: “Nicole Banks”

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Subject: Micky Dolenz Interview

Date: Mon, 16 Oct 2000 18:38:13 -0400

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I was lucky enough to interview Micky Dolenz on Wednesday, October 4th.  This article ran, edited, in the October 12th edition of the Williamsport (PA) Sun-Gazette.

Nicole Banks

In the late 1960’s, Micky Dolenz made his mark on pop culture as the star the Monkees. The television show about a band blurred the lines between reality and fantasy, and the four actors hired for the series Dolenz, David Jones, Michael Nesmith, and Peter Tork found themselves on unfamiliar territory as major recording artists. Dolenz likens the transformation to a Star Trek character coming to life: “It’s like Leonard Nimoy really became a Vulcan.”

The Monkees have sold over 65 million records worldwide, and their television show regularly plays in syndication. This summer, the TV music channel VH-1 paid homage to the group with a made-for-TV movie and an edition of the critically-acclaimed show “Behind the Music.”

The longevity of the Monkees phenomenon no longer fazes Dolenz. “I’m not surprised by it any more. It has become much greater than any of us, and it will continue long after we re gone. Now that I’m a director/producer, I can identify the elements that have helped contribute to the success. It wasn’t any one thing–it was a certain amount of serendipity, and the whole was much greater than the sum of the parts.”

Dolenz sang the vast majority of the Monkees songs, but is unsure of how he was placed in that position. “The Monkees was a TV show, and therefore it didn’t exist. When they cast these parts, we didn’t have any input as to who was going to be in it. In fact, I remember being introduced to everyone one day. Recording was the same way: it was all in the hands of other people. We had no control over anything. And I was quite happy at the time to allow the producers to handle that.

“I think the reason I ended up singing then was because everyone had their own styles. Peter was bluesy and folk, Mike was country western/country rock, and David was Broadway/music hall style. I was the only one that had a rock and roll style in fact I auditioned for the Monkees playing “Johnny B. Goode” on the guitar. Not to be self-deprecating, but I think that might have had something to do with it I was the only one with a rock and roll style. I was the only one that could go, Waaaaaaaaa and screech out like they wanted.”

None of the other Monkees ever confronted Dolenz about his increased vocal representation. “But even if they had come to me, there wasn’t anything I could have done about it. Sometimes we would all do lead vocals for a song, and the producers would just choose the one they liked best. We had absolutely no control over it. I mean, I would have liked to have sung I Wanna Be Free, and I did, in fact, but they went with David.”

When asked if any of the Monkees songs were difficult for him to sing, either because he disliked the material or because they were vocally challenging, Dolenz responded, “We had fantastic song writers, and they would come to me with demos. I was happy to go along with them. I don’t remember having any that I didn’t like. But, you have to realize that those two years were so busy that eventually it all just blurred together for me. I would sometimes record 2-3 lead vocals a night, and this was after doing the TV show all day.

“The song Gonna Buy Me a Dog, was difficult to sing because they wanted us to sing it straight. David and I were in the studio, and we did a couple of takes of it, but fortunately they used the one where we were goofing off. I don’t know how anyone could have sung that song straight.”

For Micky Dolenz, life after the Monkees has been rich and rewarding. He is a respected producer and director, both in the United States and in England. Dolenz has several projects in development, including a show for the Disney Channel that combines live action and animation.

He is actively involved in charity work, including playing at an upcoming dance-a-thon in April of 2001 that will benefit the American Foundation for Children and Youth. The Foundation aids organizations that aim to prevent childhood emotional and behavioral disorders. “My daughter and my ex-wife got me involved in the project. I thought it was a good idea. Sounds like a lot of fun.”

Dolenz is also an accomplished painter whose art focuses on scientific issues. “Since I was a child, I was very involved in electronics, chemistry and physics. I don’t know I must have had a great junior high teacher. I’d say in the late 70’s it found its way into my artwork.”

Dolenz has released two children’s albums through Rhino Records. He also writes music. “Recently I’ve been writing country tunes. I don’t know why, but every time I pick up a guitar, I write country. I’m not a prolific songwriter, though.

“I would love to do another solo album. However, I’m realistic about the industry. It’s hard to get a record deal. I don’t think I could get someone to back me at this point, but I’d love to. I released the CD Demoiselle over my website. But, as for a full-blown record album that gets airplay, that’s different.”

Currently, Dolenz is on the road with the Teen Idols Tour, which also features Peter Noone, formerly of Herman’s Hermits, and Bobby Sherman. He performs a selection of Monkees tunes, including I’m A Believer and Pleasant Valley Sunday.

Dolenz feels the Teen Idols Tour has one great advantage to the tours the Monkees did in the 1960’s. “In the 60’s, the equipment was prehistoric. It was equivalent to a karaoke machine. I couldn’t hear what I was playing because the kids were screaming so loudly. I could just barely hear my snare drum. In fact, Mike and I worked a code to keep things going. We didn’t have any monitor systems in those days, but Mike could hear me, and he was on guitar, so he would tap his foot in rhythm to the music, and I would follow his lead. The other two were kind of on their own, though.”

At this time, the Monkees have no reunion plans. But, says Dolenz, “I’ve learned to never say never. I wouldn’t rule it out.”



Hi everyone,

I’ve been spending the day sending out press releases to California

newspapers, radio and TV stations about SSB’s upcoming performance at

the Benefit Dance on October 21st, and I thought that sharing some of

the information from the press release might be helpful and/or

informative to some of you.  Please feel free to post this information

on your sites, lists, etc… or share it with friends and colleagues.

This is a terrific cause & one the guys have a lot of feeling for, so it

would be great to have a big showing!

Take care, Bonnie

Here’s the info:

Peter Tork, original member of the 60’s pop group The Monkees,

and his classic Rock & Blues dance band, Shoe Suede Blues, will be in

Santa Monica to perform at a return engagement on Saturday, October 21,

2000 at The Church at Ocean Park in Santa Monica from 8pm-midnight.  All

proceeds from this dance will benefit Beyond Baroque Child Care Program,

Felicity House (a women’s recovery home) and the Lorna Poe Independent

Living Center.  The Church at Ocean Park is located at 235 Hill Street,

corner of 2nd and Hill Streets.   Tickets are $9.00 at the door.  For

more information regarding the benefit, please call Becky at


Shoe Suede Blues was formed when Peter Tork and friend, Tadg

Galleran, were asked in 1994 to put together a band for this same

benefit, held that year in Venice Beach, CA.  The band has continued to

perform at the benefit ever since. Following their initial performances

for this benefit, Shoe Suede Blues quickly began to receive performance

requests from clubs in California and other states, and the band has

grown in popularity to the point that they now tour across the nation,

performing for benefits, private functions and in nightclubs.  Plans are

also underway for the band to tour abroad in 2001.

This event has become a labor of love for the national band, due

to  the members’ high interest in assisting community help groups around

the country.  Fans will have the opportunity to meet and speak with all

of the band members, including Peter Tork, who will also sign autographs

and have their picture taken with anyone requesting such.

Shoe Suede Blues plays a lively and unique combination of Swing-

and Jump-Blues, Rhythm & Blues, Classic Blues, Blues Rock and Pop. They

perform original music as well as covers from such legends as Muddy

Waters, Junior Wells, Wilson Pickett, The Coasters, Chuck Berry, Little

Richard, Bob Dylan, Elvis, Warren Zevon and, of course, The Monkees.

In addition to performing at the benefit on October 21st, the

Shoe Suede Blues can be seen at Harvelles, 1432 4th Street, Santa

Monica, CA on October 15 and 22, 2000.  The cover for each show is $8.00

at the door. Harvelles’ phone number is 310-395-1676 for more


Shoe Suede Blues, featuring Peter Tork

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From ???@??? Thu Oct 19 17:34:30 2000
 From: Brad Waddell 
 Subject: VCR Alert - Micky on Adam-12 TONIGHT
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I was looking at the TV Land schedule for Adam 12 and found that 

 #103 - Dirt Duel with Micky is on tonight at 9:00 p.m. (eastern).  

 This is *not* the episode that is repeated later, it's only on at 


 Donna :)

    "I know the plans I have for you, to give you a future and a 

 hope..."  Jeremiah 29:11

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From ???@??? Sat Oct 21 15:09:46 2000
 From: Brad Waddell 
 Subject: Classical Micky - Theme Songs
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From: "Leisa"

From, via

 Monkee steals show at orchestra's 1960s fest

 By Punch Shaw

 Special to the Star-Telegram

 FORT WORTH -- How retro can you go?

 The Fort Worth Symphony Pops Orchestra upped the ante on this whole 1960s

 Retrofest thing last night at Bass Performance Hall, not only by honoring

 the absolute, indisputable godhead of that delirious decade, the Beatles,

 but also by throwing in a tip of the drumsticks to another '60s icon, the


 Homage was paid to the Fab Four with The Classical Mystery Tour, a package

 consisting of a band of faux Fabs with their music director, Martin Herman,

 conducting the orchestra.

 The Monkees tribute was a little more direct. Monkee drummer Mickey Dolenz

 made a surprise guest appearance.

 There is a certain irony here. This is a guy who made a mint in the late

 1960s playing in an ersatz Beatles band created entirely for a bad TV show

 who now, some 600 years later, is still milking his 15 minutes with a real

 ersatz Beatles band. Can you say "pathetic"?

 Or how about, Can you say "dynamite"?

 Dolenz stole the show with a righteously shredded version of Sgt. Pepper's

 Lonely Hearts Club Band and a shockingly effective reading of the poignant

 ballad She's Leaving Home. The band, led by Tony Kishman as Paul and Jim

 Owen as John, had fine moments with tunes such as All You Need is Love, I Am

 the Walrus and A Day in the Life, and especially with the rousing finale

 Golden Slumbersarry That Weight, one of the last numbers the Beatles


 Kishman was the most like his character, right down to the droopy eyelids.

 He provided some of the best moments with his takes on solo McCartney tunes.

 Harrison clone David Brighton was the most disappointing simply because he

 was playing the wrong guitar with the wrong amp.

 Drummer Carmine Grippo has the Ringo look and moves down, and he is a fine

 skins man. But the way he is most similar to Mr. Starkey is that they both

 have terrible voices. Somehow it was easier to take with Ringo.

 Unfortunately, Dolenz will perform with the group again only tonight. That

 is a shame because he was so good and because they did not do the obvious

 song that should have resulted from the pairing of Dolenz and substitute


 How could these people have taken the stage together and not performed that

 Beatles classic, Everybody's Got Something to Hide Except for Me and My




 Well behaved women rarely make history


From: Jacqui”

This story from SonicNet Music News Of The World (

“Thought you might enjoy this. the Monkees made it in the “Top 25 Best Theme Songs” of all time! (Was

there ever any doubt?) and notice the only picture they placed on the list was of the Monkees.




Channeling TV’s Top Theme Songs

Our impossible mission? Selecting the 25 best tunes in television history.

By Elita Bradley


It’s a job big enough for Jim Rockford, Thomas Magnum, Peter Gunn and Charlie’s Angels combined: Track

down the best 25 themes in TV history.

Why even attempt such a feat? Because in an industry that sees more than half its shows fail to last

beyond a single season, those that do survive often have memorable themes.

In compiling our (admittedly subjective) list of the top 25 TV theme songs, for instance,

discovered that nearly every chosen show lasted at least five years, and all of them have, or will have,

long &#151; and lucrative &#151; lives in syndication.

Do strong theme songs help shows survive? Read the following list and decide for yourself.


“The Monkees”

On air: 1966/68

Theme song: “(Theme From) The Monkees”

Years before the Partridge Family first belted out “Come On, Get Happy,” the Monkees introduced themselves

to the world with their happy-go-lucky signature song. The Prefab Four had several other hits &#151;

including “Last Train to Clarksville” and “Daydream Believer” &#151; but none could get inside a listener’s

head like the one where they proclaimed, “We’re too busy singing to put anybody down.”

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 From: Brad Waddell 
 Subject: Nez in Vanity Fair
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From: Randi Waddell

Michael Nesmith in Vanity Fair November 2000, Article on the Birth of MTV Nation, page 206, small photo and quote from him on page 208. A quote from John Lack on page 214 mentions Nez.

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From ???@??? Sun Oct 29 19:09:36 2000
 From: Brad Waddell 
 Subject: Viva Las Davy!
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Apparently, the Paris Hotel and Casino in Las Vegas may put Davy Jones in a show on the Las Vegas Strip!

Paris plan

One of the entertainment options being considered by Paris Las Vegas as a replacement for “Notre Dame de Paris” is the musical comedy “Mystery of Edwin Drood.” Dan Florio, co-producer of the show that won six Tonys in four seasons on Broadway, said the presentation has been made and rests in the hands of the powers-that-be.

Florio said Raquel Welch and the MonkeesDavy Jones are tentatively lined up to play the leads. The murder mystery would include a revolutionary touch: pari-mutuel betting on the outcome. Each show would have a different ending, allowing showgoers to wager on the killer du jour. Another possibility, according to rumblings, is a French revue.



From: Nez4Ever1230

I just wanted to share the news that the latest issue of People Magazine (the

November 6, 2000 issue) features an article on rock musician Peter Frampton.

In the article he compares his role in the film Sgt. Pepper’s Lonely Hearts

Club Band to the guys television series in a negative way. The article begins

on page 140 and continues through page 143.

Thank you,



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Yep, we finally have "Confirmed" info!!! Micky will be performing on Royal 

 Caribbean Cruise Lines "GRANDEUR OF THE SEAS" during mid April!!! The ship 

 will sail out of San Juan, Puerto Rico and cruise thru the exotic, southern 

 Caribbean!!! Ports of call include: ARUBA, CURACAO, ST. MAARTEN, and ST. 

 THOMAS! I have been to all of these ports and they are quite beautiful!!! 

 Micky will board your ship on April 17. This means that MICKY will be on 

 board for 4 nights and 3 full days!!! Plenty of time for you to meet him in a 

 relaxed,  non-rushed environment!!! 

 I was able to get a group rate for this sailing but please remember that we 

 will be cruising during HIGH season! The cruise rate also includes: Cruise, 

 Port Charges & all Taxes. The rate is CRUISE ONLY so airfare is extra!!! 

 Airfare can be added to the cruise rate by the cruiseline, can be purchased 

 separately, or you could possibly cash in frequent flyer miles if you are a 

 member of an Airline Mileage club.

 Another thing you need to know is that Royal Caribbean Cruise Line has an AGE 

 policy. If you are under 21 years old you MUST travel with an adult who is 25 

 years or older. The only exception is if you are married but you MUST provide 

 legal documentation of the marriage.

 I will be e-mailing you copies of the Micky Dolenz Cruise flyer & Registration 

 form - juet e-mail me at: 

 Do not reply to this message. Thanks!


 P.S. My personal home/business # (407)-671-8378

         My business e-mail: 


From: "Bandsix" <>


 Nanci Griffith, Rosanne Cash, Noel Paul Stookey , Nick Reynold(s),and Odetta

 will be among the folk stars featured in tribute to folk icon John Stewart

 at the 16th Annual WFMA Benefit Weekend, Friday and Saturday, January 12-13,

 2001 at the Birchmere Music Hall in Alexandria, VA.

 Also appearing at this year's gala are Christine Lavin, Tommy Makem, Carolyn

 Hester, Eliza Gilkyson, Craobh Rua, Bill Danoff, Debi Smith, Side by Side,

 Dave Crossland, Turkey Hollow Consort, John Hoke, Chuck McDermott, Peter

 Tork and James Stanley, Dramtreeo, Andrew McKnight and others to be



 General and reserve seating will be available with special discounts for

 ordering early.

 A $30 general seating ticket for one night will cost $27 if purchased before

 Nov. 30.  Save more by buying tickets for both nights.  A general seating

 ticket for both nights  will cost $45, a saving of $15, if purchased before

 Nov. 30.

 Reserved seating, 100 seats closest to the stage, will cost $45 for friday

 night. Reserve seating for Saturday night, which includes a reception with

 the performers following the show, will cost $65.  Reserved seating for both

 nights will save you $25 if you purchase tickets before Nov. 30.  (Reception

 tickets will not be sold separately)


  The tribute to John Stewart is scheduled for Friday January 12 at &:30 PM

 and will feature John and Buffy Ford Stewart, and friends Rosanne Cash,

 Nanci Griffith, Noel Paul Stookey, Odetta,  Nick Reynolds, Dave crossland,

 John Hoke, Dave Batti, Chuck McDermott, Peter Tork and James Stanley and

 some surprise guests.


  Artists appearing Saturday night January 13 at & PM (note earlier start

 time) include Christine Lavin, Tommy Makem, Carolyn Hester, Eliza Gilkyson,

 Craobh Rua, Debi Smith, The Sopranos, Dramtreeo, Bill Danoff, Side by Side,

 Turket Hollow Consort with Tom Rowe of Schooner Fare, Andrew McKnight and

 others to be announced.


  The WFMA headquarters hotel will be Holiday Inn National Airport, 2650

 Jefferson Davis Hwy in Arlington, VA. 22202.  Telephone 703-684-7200.

  The Holiday Inn Will be the site of the reception following the Saturday

 night show.

  WFMA has reserved a block of room for members and their friends at a

 special room rate of $75, single or double, plus tax.

 To make reservations call the hotel directly, 703-684-7200, and mention the

 special WFMA room rate.

 Reservations must be made by January 1, 2001.

  In the interest of everyone having a safe weekend while feeling free to be

 festive, we encourage you to consider reserving a room at hte WFMA

 headquarters hotel.

 WFMA will run a shuttle between the hotel and the Birchmere before and after

 each show.  If you make reservations at thr hotel your room key will be your

 ticket to ride the shuttle.

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