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March 27, 2011 by  
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Hi all. I will be going to the *last* show of the current Monkees tour in
Phoenix Arizona. I have received several requests to purchase items at the
concerts, and since the tour managers seem unwilling to sell them to me
directly or via the web page, I am willing to purchase some items for you
at the last show, if you can send me the payment of the item cost plus $4
shipping per item. Let me know if you are interested. is the
fastest way, my id there is: thanks!


From: brunobaby

Here’s an item from the Telecaster Discussion Page Reissue about a Nez
tribute and the Monkees.

Note: John Beland was lead guitar player for Linda Ronstadt, Rick Nelson,
and was and currently is with the Flying Burrito Brothers, among many

–The Funky Cold Meldina
Watching Steely Dan reel in the years


Posted by John Beland on March 18, 2001 at 14:18:46:

Just compleated a very neat project.
I was asked to be a guest artist on a new CD tribute called PAPA NEZ / A
For my bit I selected “SOME OF SHELLEY’S BLUES” and used the old 56 Tele
Sounds like a neat CD and it will be released in May, I believe. It
features various artists doing Mike’s songs.
For more info you can link onto my sight.
Mike’s a great songwriter and really one of the unsung hero’s of
country/rock. Lets not forget that The Monkees were doing country rock
tracks long before The Buffalo Springfield, Eagles, Byrds and the rest.
Wacky guys…but they made some cool records along with Michael’s
country/rock input.
Thought you might be interested..So far its been a breath of fresh air
riding down the “post Burrito” highway.
See Ya


(ed: this is the only bad review of the Monkees tour that I have seen, and
it’s a howler, and full of inaccurate information. It’s really upsetting to
me when critics target the audience as well. If she was surprised by the
young ones in the audience, she just does not understand the appeal of the
Monkees, perhaps she has never seen the TV show? Anyway please don’t reply
to me if you are upset with this writer, go to – thanks)

From: Miriam E Ammerman
From: MagicMonkeeDust
From: Mary

Monkees Reunion: A Real Howler
The Boy Band That That Refuses to Grow Up Gracefully

The Monkees, the boy band that refuses to grow old gracefully, performs
on stage at the 9:30 Club. Band members Peter Tork, foreground, and Davy
Jones, right, appeared in this ill-advised reunion tour. (Rich Lipski -The
Washington Post)

By Teresa Wiltz
Washington Post Staff Writer
Friday, March 16, 2001; Page C01

Age is the enemy of one-time boy bands that are light on talent and long on
cute. When youth was your only calling card, it’s best to forgo the reunion
tour. Nothing worse than forcing your fans to face their own mortality.

But you better get ready, because hey! hey! with the Monkees, you never know
where they’ll be found. They may be coming to your town. Which — trust us on
this one — would not be a good thing.

We know whereof we speak: On Wednesday, the Monkees were found onstage at the
9:30 club, looking like they’d just taken the last train to Codgersville.

They’re no longer members of the young generation. Which would be okay.
Except that now, they don’t have something to say.

The Monkees were too busy singing to put anybody down. So we’ll do it for
them. There was Peter — once so sheepish and shy — looking like a Sting
wannabe with his receding hairline and spiked do. Davy — you know, the
short, cute one — now just resembles a wrinkled preteen. (Memo to Davy: Just
say no to the mullet.) And then there was Mickey, looking like Tony Soprano’s
big brother, what with the Buddha belly and the comb-over. (The fourth
Monkee, Mike Nesmith, had the good sense, and the good taste, to stay

Think of ‘N Sync performing “Bye Bye Bye” 34 years from now, and you get an
idea of the horror. Or Britney Spears singing “Oops! . . . I Did It Again!”
as she sports the results of her latest nip and tuck. Not a pretty sight.

This didn’t deter true Monkees fans, who paid $40 a pop to pack the house.
And what a weird and wacky combination of fans they were: people in their
forties with graying Farrah wings and comfy shoes — and a surprising
contingent of Gen Y types who crammed toward the front of the stage, waving
their arms in the air, singing along and shouting, ” ‘Last Train to
Clarksville’! Play ‘Last Train to Clarksville’ “!!!

Yes, it’s true. The Monkees have groupies. Young ones. But we digress . . .

Aided and abetted by an eight-piece band that greatly filled in the gaps left
by their talents, the Monkees cranked out the classics from their TV sitcom:
“(Theme From) The Monkees,” “Daydream Believer” and “Last Train to
Clarksville,” among others. If only they’d left it at that. By the time they
reached the end of the two-hour set, which included Little Richard covers,
some faux-Beatles tunes, some (scary!) new Monkees material and a brass
section that spent more time performing goofy interpretive dances than
actually blowing their horns, the Monkees had long since worn out their

There was the attempt to recapture the ironic, self-mocking spirit of the TV
show: See Peter wiggle his eyebrows at the audience again and again as he
noodles with a little Bach ditty on his “virtual harpsichord” (electric
keyboard) — just to let everyone know he gets the joke. See Davy pretend to
play the sax and the guitar. See Mickey hog the stage, chanting a Buddhist
chant, singing torch songs and attempting a cover of Jimi Hendrix’s “Purple
Haze.” (Many, many moons ago, Jimi opened for the Monkees.)

Still, you have to hand it to them: The Monkees know their way around
American commerce. On their Web site,, you can apply for a
Monkees Visa card — which you can use to purchase the Monkees’ just-released
four-CD retrospective, “The Monkees Music Box.”

(ed: correction a Monkees.Net VISA card)

A four-CD set. A two-hour live show. This from a band that once got people to
grudgingly enjoy its three-minute singles. We’d have to say the Monkees are
pushing their luck.


From: Cathy Hurley Zimmer

The Washington Post’s 3/24/01 Editorial section featured two Monkees’
fan’s responses to the negative review the Washington DC show at the
9:30 Club received. The paper posted a nice picture of Peter playing
guitar above the two editorials entitled “The Music Speaks for Itself”.
Here they are:

“The Music Speaks for Itself”
By Scott Barden: (Part 1)
I was disappointed in the thoughtless and ill-informed review of the
Monkees concert [Style/March 16th]. Clearly Teresa Wiltz thought the
concert was lousy, and that’s her opinion. But it buy no means warrants
her complete dismissal of the Monkees’ contribution to the music of the
1960’s. Their large catalogue of outstanding music should speak for
itself. Yes, they used studio musicians, but they got their money’s
worth. And the fact is that they could play. Wiltz should listen to
“Headquarters” – an album performed entirely by the band members
themselves – which reaches a level of musicality not even attempted by
most three-chord bands today. And at least 20 of the Monkees’ best
songs were composed by band members – primarily Michael Nesmith but
other band members as well.
Why is it that we think of artists such as Madonna, Paula Abdul, Cindy
Lauper, JLO and yes, Elvis Presley, as “the real thing”, when, unlike
the Monkees they neither play(ed) instruments with any proficiency nor
composed more than a handful of songs among them?

By Steve Fustero:(Part 2)
In her review of the Monkees’ March 14th reunion concert at the 9:30
Club, Teresa Wiltz sounds like she was given the assignment as
punishment by an editor.
Like many who attended, I thought it was a terrific concert. It was a
happy, nostalgic night, and the songs were just as riveting as they were
decades ago. Peter Tork’s lead guitar on the hit song “Pleasant Valley
Sunday” was just as crisp and fresh as my best memories of the band in
their prime.
I’d say most of the people there had a great time. But then there was
Wiltz taking notes on Peter’s receding hairline, Micky’s ample tummy and
Davy’s wrinkles, wondering why the concert wouldn’t end and why the
Monkees have already retired to a nursing home.
Wiltz likens the Monkees in the 60’s to N’Sync of the 90’s, a group of
pasteurized, pretty faces who have the collective personality of
cardboard. I happily paid $40 to see the Monkees some 30 years after
they broke up. I don’t know anyone who will pay $1 to see N’Sync 30
years after they break up.


From: “Videoranch Foreman”

(ed: Videoranch is Michael Nesmith’s web company)

Hi everyone,

We have a lot going on at Videoranch these days and we’re trying to keep
you all up to date.

Tapeheads on DVD: Back in 1988 our beloved Nez brought us Tapeheads. A
movie with John Cusack and Tim Robbins, about two out of work security
guards who’ll do anything to make Music Videos. If you liked watching these
two in High Fidelity you’ll love this film. Tapeheads shows up on all the
“Greatest movies never seen: lists. We now have it on DVD. It comes with a
single CD of the song Ordinary Man, by the Swanky Modes, which looks like
an old 45. There’s also very interesting commentary by the director Bill
Fishman, the set decorator Catherine Hardwicke, and Nez (Michael Nesmith).
Click here to watch a clip from the movie. If you like what you see, click
here to get your very own copy!

VR3D: I’m sure most of you have already heard about VR3D and if you
haven’t, well you’ll learn all about it now! VR3D is the internet’s number
one destination resort! It’s the place to go if you’re in the mood to hang
out in a beautiful environment and take a break, hang out with friends, or
meet new people. You can choose to be whomever you’d like, ride a scooter
or be a flamingo, and you can walk around our peaceful forest of mp3’s and
listen to music, or cruise the connection corral and watch little movies by
clicking on the horned televisions. The sun is always shining and there’s
plenty to do! If you’re familiar with VR3D you already know all of this,
but you might no know that we have an update you can download. The new
version runs a lot smoother and looks great. There are some requirements
you should know about before you download the new one though. You’ll need a
fairly new PC with a 3D graphics accelerator card. If you’re a Mac user
you’ll want OS 8.0 or better running PC emulation software. If you don’t
have an accelerator card or you’re not sure then you’ll want to stick with
VR3D 2.2. Alright, enough with the technical stuff…IF you have any
questions please email the

Come join the fun at VR3D! Stop by VR3D and give a shout, tell ’em Neffie
sent you.


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831-373-3103 fax
866-727-2639 toll free


From: Kim

Entertainment Tonight with Davy Jones last weekend in March

Entertainment Tonight
Type: First-run Syndication / Entertainment News
Duration: 1 hr
Description: Scheduled: interviews with former teen idols Leif Garrett,
Kirk Cameron, Davy Jones,
David Cassidy, Bobby Sherman, Scott Baio and Donny Osmond. (In Stereo)
Airing: Sat 3/31/01 7:00pm {this will be probably their regular show, with
a mention of the interview show)
Sun 4/1/01 4:05am {this will be the interview show}

Please check your local TV schedule for the dates and times in your area. I
just included mine as a pointer. Not sure if this is a repeat or not;
hopefully it’s new.

Peter Tork on Seventh Heaven (repeat)

7th Heaven – No Sex, Some Drugs, and a Little Rock & Roll
Type: Syndicated / Drama
Duration: 1 hr
Description: The Camdens deal with Lucy’s (Beverly Mitchell) phone
addiction, Simon’s (David Gallagher) coffee craving and Matt and Mary’s
(Barry Watson, Jessica Biel) experimentation with herbal stimulants; Eric’s
old high-school band (guest stars Peter Tork, David Eisley and Keith
Allison) arrives. (In Stereo)
Performers: Jessica Biel, Stephen Collins, David Gallagher, Catherine
Hicks, Beverley Mitchell,
Mackenzie Rosman, Barry Watson
Parental Rating: TV-PG
Airing: Mon 4/2/01 1:00pm on the WB network

Again, please note that I have included my local time only as a pointer.
Please check your local schedule for time and dates.


From: Kevin Schmid

Hello Brad & Co.,
has recorded and released an unreleased Monkees demo
called “Gotta Give It Time.” ‘GGIT’ was submitted to
the Monkees and recorded in DEMO form during the early
1967 “She Hang’s Out” & “Little Bit Me..” sessions.
The Monkees never recorded their vocals for it, hence
it was never released and will likely never see the
light of day.

My band thought this song suited our style, so we
released our own version of the Jeff Barry/Joey Levine
title on 45RPM 7″ vinyl, backed with a band original
called “(You’re just a) Waste Of My Time.”
We are the only band to ever record and release this
35-year-old garage-rocker. I know Monkee fans are
completists, so I thought you might like to inform the
fanbase in the news section.
Should anyone care to order it:
$3.25 (postpaid for the first copy) $2.25 for each
additional copy.
(Overseas orders, contact me directly at

Money orders to:
K. Schmid PO BOX 3094 ANN ARBOR, MI 48103

Thanks Brad,
Keep up the hard work the site(S) look great!!!!


From: “Kellie Arrowood”

I just wanted to let all of the Monkee fans know that there are still
tickets left for the Davy Jones concert at the City of Morganton Municipal
Auditorium (CoMMA) in Morganton, North Carolina. I got my ticket today and
I was told there are still around 200 left. The Concert is to be on
Saturday April 7 at 7:15 pm. (This is a different time than previous
information gave). Prices are $20.00, $22.50, and $25.00. You can call
them at 828-433-SHOW or 1-800-939-SHOW. They have some information on
their website as well as seating diagrams and directions to the auditorium.

I believe you have to follow the link from this website. It isn’t a very
large place so even with balcony seats you still get a very good view of
the stage. From information I received today, Davy is breaking from the
Monkees tour for this show and the band that is doing the music for the
Monkees tour is coming with Davy to provide music for his solo concert. I
can’t wait.

Kellie Arrowood


From: “Fuzzy WuzMe”

I don’t know if anyone else has caught this yet, but in the magazine
Guitar World Acoustic issue no.41, the Monkees song I’m a Believer is
featured in the songs section. For anyone who goes looking for the
magazine, it has the Beatles on the cover and talks about the White Album
so they can look for that!!

Peace and love,


Concert Reviews:


From: Mike Sweeney

Hi there!
I am a first generation Monkees fan, and my daughter (who is 5) is slowly
becoming a second generation fan. We, along with my husband, went to
the Monkees show last night in Merrillville, IN. It was really a good show.
We had alot of fun. My daughters first concert and she loved it! Our only
complaint tho is that they didn’t do their Theme song and that Davy didn’t
sing “I wanna be Free”. We were so disappointed! You see, we made Davy
a fresh flower lei and were waiting for him to sing it to give it to
him. It started
getting near the end of the show, and they were saying their good-byes and I
nearly freaked!! So when they came out for an encore I ran up there. Mind you,
everyone was spilled out into the aisles by then! I was able to squeeze myself
all the way up to the stagefront and yelled “Davy!” and held up the
lei. As they
were taking their bows, he walked over to me, bent over, and let me put the lei
around his neck! When he got back to the front of the stage, he pulled the lei
up to his nose and was smelling it! So if anyone was there last night,
that was
my lei around his neck. My husband tried to take a picture, but he said
the flash
wasn’t working. So if anyone was there last night and got a picture of me
the lei on Davy, could you please let me know? Thanks, and enjoy the upcoming
shows….we did!

Debbie (


From: Daniel R Kucerak

Hi Monkee Fans
just a note on Monkee reunion concert in Verona, N.Y.
It was great; except for the lound music; that was
sometimes louder then the Monkees sing.
I was right up by the stage; could see them clear as a

We all got laughing when a man from the front got up
and started walking away when Davy was leading in
singing and Davy said hey buddy where are you going
and got off stage and chased after him right in the back.
Of courae they sang their original Monkee songs
and Davy sang a couple of songs that his mother
had liked, can’t r4emember the name of songs; but
they were old songs and he sang them nice.
Diana of Ilion, N.Y.; a Monkee fan for years and a fan til I die


From: “Mattaliano, Mike”

Hi Brad – I saw the Atlantic City show at the Taj – I’m not saying it was
bad – I really like the acoustic part – but I thought the overall vibe –
the sound wasn’t loud enough – I really like seeing Micky playing the drums
– I wish they would have done something a little different for their final
tour – I really didn’t like that band Natural – and I didn’t like the way
the show started with the band playing like an overture of all their songs –
I prefer the Monkees theme – it always got everybody really siked – although
they did do a lot of the HEAD songs which were great! I can’t say I was
completely disappointed – I guess I was hoping for something a little
different – I thought the ’97 tour was the best yet … also pi**ed at Nez
… but the MOnKEES still rule ..
Also the “official” tour web site really sucks.


From: “Leger, Twana (CCI-Bossier)”

We just got back from Tunica Mississippi to see the Monkees and let me tell
you it was the best show since 1986 that I have seen. The audience was
thrilled but no-one was as thrilled as me.
We were on the first row and standing right in front of Mickey, I was in
heaven. I have been a fan since the 60’s and will die a die hard fan. It
was a fabulous show. They just keep amazing me. I hope they keep on


From: XxMonkeeGirlxX

I went to the concert in Merrilville, Indiana last night and it was the
best night of my life. We were in the last row but since the theatre was
so small we were still really close. We met some people there and they
said there were empty seats in front of them so my friend Jessica and I
went and sat in the celebrity circle. We were about 15 feet away from
them! We got so many good pics and then at the end of the concert we were
at the stage and Peter and Micky grabbed our hands! Davy wouldn’t come
over to us but he still waved and I swear he smiled at me! (If you want to
know the whole concert story go to

and click on Pleasant Valley Sunday). Note to the girl who threw a wool hat
on stage at another concert – Davy was wearing a green one with buttons
when they sang Papa Gene’s Blues and I got a pic if that’s your hat. Email
me –


From: “Kathryn Curry”


I did this once before to you when I went to see Micky Dolenz in concert
last year, but I have to say it again. I went to The Monkees concert twice
this month. Once in Lowell and again yesterday in Merrillville (which was
an easier trip since I live in southern Illinois). I had the best time of
my entire life at these concerts. It was a dream come true. You have made
dreams come true. I just want to thank you for you web site, for all the
information that you have on it, and for letting me write this. Thank you
so very, very much. It is a wonderful site that I got to quite
often. Thank you.


(ed: thanks!)


From: Becky Keeslar

Just to let everyone know, the concert at Merrillville, IN
this evening was great fun. If you have yet to attend, I
can speak from previous experience of attending four
previous Monkees concerts in the past 14 years (or so),
this was, by far, the most enjoyable. Peter, Davy, Micky
and their back up musicians (and dancers so-to-speak) were
amusing and their antics reminded me of what The Monkees
was orignally all about. It wasn’t about serious music,
but serious fun with music as an added benefit. Their
banter, jokes and play made the concert more than just
another concert. It was quite a delightful evening
listening to the original boy band.


From: Raena Aura

Star Plaza review

OH MY GOSH! IT WAS GREAT! I’ve never been to a better concert! And the
guys were still the energetic people they once were. Well, at least it
seemed that way when they were on stage. It was hilarious, because Micky, at
the end of “Randy Scouse Git” just kept banging on the drum even though the
song was over, and Davy and Peter were like, “Micky, Micky! The song’s over!
You can stop playing!” Some person had to come and roll the drum away from
him. And Micky was like, “Where am I? Why am I here? Why are all these
people here?” And Peter was like, “Micky needs a Prozac.” Davy, during one
of the songs, even had on a hat identical to Mike’s, which almost made me cry
because he wasn’t there. And Natural was great too! I even got Ben’s
autograph after the concert! Oh, and when Davy sang “Daydream Believer”
everyone got up and started dancing and singing along with. It was very
moving. My friends and I were doing the “Davy Dance” in the aisles (even
though we got some strange looks from people around us). I don’t care if
they’re in their fifties and over 40 years older than me, I love ’em!
After the concert, my friends, my little sister, and I tried to sweet
talk the security guard into letting us backstage. Unfortunately, I think we
overdid it because he started yelling at us. So we went outside and decided
to see if they would come out the back entrance. They didn’t. So we went
back in. That was when we saw some of the guys from Natural. So we’re like,
“Let’s get their autographs. They’re pretty cute.” We only had time to get
Ben’s when suddenly we heard people talking excitedly behind us. We turned,
and low and behold, there was Davy and Micky! I don’t know where Peter was
at the time. So I grabbed the marker from my little sister and held my
Monkees CD up and called out, “Davy! Micky! Over here!” to try and get
their autographs. Unfortunately, the mean security guard just happened to be
with them, so he kind of blocked me. But Micky grinned at me, and Davy
turned, smiled, waved, and said, “Hi!” I couldn’t believe it! Davy said hi
All in all, the music was great, the guys were hilarious, Natural was
awesome, and the concert was just long enough to really get into it.
::sigh:: Now if only they’ll do another soon, and Mike would show up…
Peace Out!
Raena Aura


From: “jane turner”

Hi Brad,

Keeping up on all the news has been great.
You are doing a really good job.

We made it out to the Palace Theater, OH in good time (three hours). Had
good seats (Row W). Meet a new friend that was more excited them me
(exchanged E-mail address). Got home just past 2 AM.

I thought the concert was GREAT!!!!! Natural was not as bad as most were
saying. Having them in the middle was nice. I kinda liked it that way. The
over all crowd was great, whole variety of ages. I did not care for the
Guys telling everyone to go back to their seats all the time, but it is
understandable. I was disappointed that I could not hear what they were
saying when talking. Then the music really loud.
Oh well to all that, They were still great.!!!

My girls loved it.

I have no story of meeting them though. I guess I just never will.
How do you get to do that? I tried a few ways and got no where. What is the
As my hubby says, do you know how many stories these people hear, what
makes yours any different.

Although I do know he got my card. I have always given him a card every
time I have seen him in person. I do know he got that. (I hope), but the
person I asked said he was just opening it. I have always sent a Christmas
card too and have gotten about a 75% return on those since 1986. Thank You
He would recognize the front of the envelope, the same for years, WE MISS
MILWAUKEE!!!! Along with I’m A Believer!!! Davy

Got my pictures back and they were very dark, I kinda expected that
thought, But it is memories for my kids and I.

Once again!!!!!

Thanks for all the NEWs, keep up all the good work. I will miss it once
the tour is over.

Love Always,

PS Thanks!!!!!!!


From: Tom G

To Dori & Tara(Monkees in Atlantic City)

Thanks for bringing back memories of the old “Rum Point”. I believe that was
actually Dolenz,Jones, Boyce & Hart in 1976. You must be from the Atlantic
City area to remember that. I saw the Monkees for the 1st time also on St.
Patty’s Day in Atlantic City & thought it was fantastic, even though the
reviewer for the Atlantic City Press TRASHED the performance the night
before. His beef was that they played their solo spots, but anyone who is
familiar with the Monkees live know they have done that since ’67. The
reviewer also trashed their looks, well who here looks the same as they did
35 years ago? Close to 3000 people (& maybe more as both shows were SOLD OUT)
thought enough to shell out $40 or $60, & I don’t think ALL of them were on a
nostalgia trip. Anyway, I was VERY pleased with the concert. Personally Peter
was my favorite. He is a TRUE talent as a musician & now I am VERY eager to
see him with Blue Suede Shoes next month in Asbury Park! Hope you all who
haven’t seen them yet on this tour (& HOPEFULLY the summer tour) enjoy them
1/2 as much as I did. I would go again, even if it was the same show.

Tom G
Brigantine, NJ

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