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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! πŸ™‚

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


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 πŸ™‚ 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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New Reviews: Thanks to all of you for voting yes on the re-release of Live
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New DVD’s: We now have Live at the Britt available on DVD! We’re also
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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
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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:


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The following artists will be appearing aboard ship on
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Date: JANUARY 13 – 20, 2002
(leaving from Ft. Lauderdale)

If intersted in attending let me know ASAP so I can
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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.



From: Heather Allman
From: “Mark Thompson”
From: “Sergio R. Lopez”

Ran across this article at…enjoy!


Hey, Hey, They Were the Monkees

The Monkees defined the adolescence of the ’60s, after the awakening but
before it got heavy. With the release of a fine new compilation,’s
Jonathan Gregg considers their legacy

The year 1966 was an interesting time in pop music. The Summer of Love
hadn’t yet made the youth revolution – and its inevitable commercialization
and polarization – official, but the good vibes were already there to be
enjoyed by anyone who was paying attention. Following the Beatles’ cue,
musicians were savoring a climate of experimentation with the new paradigm
of self-contained performing and songwriting units – a business model that
the big labels hadn’t yet figured out how to fully control and stifle with
accountants. But at the same time the Brill Building-type songwriters for
hire, which included the finest pop-music talent America ever produced, were
still cranking out songs by the yard in a last-gasp bid for teen
immortality. The time was ripe for a naΓ―ΒΏΒ½ve and yet monstruously successful
hybrid, and Bob Rafelson knew it.

Rafelson, a jack-of-all trades hipster at Hollywood’s fringes, and his
partner Bert Schneider, decided to assemble a made-to-order rock ‘n’ roll
band to star in a TV show. Rafelson claims he’d thought of it before “A Hard
Day’s Night,” but whatever the case, the success of the Beatles movie, with
the ur-rock video montage of “Can’t Buy Me Love,” greased the skids in a big
way. Rafelson found himself deluged with applicants for the band, turning
away the likes of Steven Stills before settling on the four lads who would
succeed beyond anyone’s wildest dreams. As the implications of his project
began to sink in – namely, that it could be huge – Rafelson and company
(i.e., Don Kirshner, later the man behind the Archies, a band that couldn’t
talk back) realized they had better come up with some real tunes, and turned
to the best American songwriting talent money could buy.

What they got from Tommy Boyce and Bobby Hart, Carole King and Gerry Goffin,
Neil Diamond and others was a repertoire that any “real” band would envy,
rivaling that of any ’60s pop stars. It wasn’t heavy, but brother was it
tuneful, and fun. What’s more, the made-up combo more often than not sang
the hell out of their hits, and eventually demanded more control over their
destiny (exit Kirshner) and began to play and write their own songs, some of
them quite decent: They woke up, but for a short while the dream continued
anyway, and they got to become the real band their critics had savaged them
for not being.

It couldn’t last, and it didn’t. The Monkees’ golden age ended,
appropriately, with the concept carried to its logical extreme, a Bob
Rafelson and Jack Nicholson film called “Head” that was essentially about
the destruction of the group. The Monkeees were not a Woodstock kind of
band, and most definitely not a post-Altamont proposition. But for a brief
span, they were a bona fide phenomenon, a brilliant, opportunistic creation
that somehow also managed to encapsulate the giddy, innocent sincerity of
the mid-’60s.

Who better but the archival geniuses at Rhino to give the Monkees their due;
indeed, it would take a curmudgeonly soul to find a harsh word for this
exhaustive – and later on, truth be told, exhausting – anthology of their
work. Music aside, the package is terrific, with an extremely entertaining
and informative bio; extensive liner notes chronicling the genesis of each
tune, with quotes from the band members and producers (one of them Chip
Douglas, the brother of Jon Voight, who went on to write “Wild Thing” in 15
minutes, making a fortune that surprised him most of all); and breakdowns of
each session, including the musicians and producers. (Bet you didn’t know
Neil Young played with them.)

And at least for the first two of the four CDs, it’s obvious why the Monkees
were as big as they were. These are great songs, pure and simple – two words
that describe them perfectly. The “Monkees Theme” works just like the stroll
down the street whose rhythm inspired its composition, a nice-guy “We’re the
Jets”; “Last Train to Clarksville” is a guitar-driven thing of pop splendor;
“I’m a Believer” and “A Little Bit Me, a Little Bit You” remind us what a
distinctive stylist Neil Diamond was before he descended in the
bathos-sphere with “I Am, I Cried” and “Longfellow Serenade.” And “I’m Not
Your Stepping Stone” simply rocks.

And are just the straight uptempo numbers. If the tune’s your thing, you
won’t find much bigger hooks than “Daydream Believer,” and “Pleasant Valley
Sunday” has a breezy, lovely Carole King melody; social commentary never
felt so un-preachy. They didn’t play much on the early stuff, but Mickey
Dolenz could really sing, and when they finally did start to play their own
instruments, the difference wasn’t all that noticeable.

The Monkees also presaged the advent of country rock, notably in Mike
Nesmith’s compositions and their wonderful cover of Michael Murphy’s
deceptively simple-sounding “What Am I Doing Hanging ‘Round?” There are also
ample pleasures to be derived from lesser-known songs; the Monkees came from
the era when albums were supposed to be more than just filler to put around
singles, and for the most part they delivered.

For a while, anyway. Disc Three marks the end of the ’60s hits, and while
its often skirts the edges of silliness, it’s surprising how consistently
listenable it is, especially “Porpoise Song,” the failed single from “Head,”
and Nesmith’s contributions. It also features a live cut, “Circle Sky,”
which lays to rest any doubts about their viability in concert. Nesmith’s
nasal vocals nothwithstanding, his efforts are about the only redeeming
feature of the final disc, a somewhat grimmer prospect that includes
late-’60s meanderings – and more of Mickey Dolenz’ inane flights of fancy
than any sentient being should be forced to endure – along with some
ill-advised harder rock material from their various latter-day incarnations.

But it’s hard to get mad at these guys. Apparently, they rarely did at each
other, and if it was more obvious on TV, that good-naturedness somehow comes
through on record as well. The last two tracks find the full foursome back
together in 1996 (Nesmith had long refused to participate), playing their
own songs and instruments, and even if it’s long past the point of
relevance, it has a certain wistful sweetness. Indeed, there’s a fundamental
decency, wit and charm in evidence throughout this collection that so
completely transcends the Monkees’ prefab origins, and those of their
modern-day counterparts – New Kids on the Block, anyone? – that it’s a
pleasure to be able to recognize them as their own men. They deserve it.


From: Katie

I went to the House of Blues concert in Orlando, Florida. I was dressed
as Mike and my mom made me a green hat with buttons. During a song that
Davy was singing he came right over to us and pointed at me. After
intermission I had a friend throw it on stage for me. Davy picked it up and
put it with the rest of his props. If you see a green hat with buttons at
one of the concerts it’s mine! Please e-mail me and tell me what happened.
The House of Blues wouldn’t allow cameras!!!
Peace, gleeb, and the Monkees,


From: “Ana”

Hello Everyone,

I attended the Westbury Show March 11th. I have to say, i’ve seen them,
together and alone several times, and never have I been disappointed, but
this time it was just incredible, I was lucky enough to have 5th row aisle
seats (thanks to my best friend in the world) I was on the aisle that they
entered and exited it from, so every time I turned around one of them was
walking by me and shaking my hand, my family pretty much had to scrape me
off the floor by the end of the show. I just had such a great time, they
were incredible as usual. They just put on such a great show!!! I don’t
usually email you, but I am on your mailing list, and I just had to share
this with everyone, my friend took some great pictures, see his link
below. I hope you enjoy them as much as I did.



From: “Emily Brown”

I’m back from my concert!!! Ok let me try and recollect the day for you…
I got up at like 8 Tuesday and got ready. My friend and her mom came and
got us and we went and got our other other friend Emily in Birmingham. On
the way up there, we called the radio and requested some Monkees songs
since we were going to the concert, and they put us on the radio! When we
finally got there, like 45 min. before it started, we knew we were in
trouble cuz of all the cars that were ahead of us, waiting to get in to the
concert. We got out, and I had to wait on my dad outside to come and pick
something up that we had to bring for him. So… that kinda didn’t help us
any, cuz there were no good seats left. I saw all these people coming in
bringing their records and stuff for them to sign, and I didnt know we
could bring the stuff in!! I left my records and magazines in the car!! We
waited forever for the show to start, and the ppl were getting kinda
impatient. Then they finally had Natural come out and start it up. Oh my
gosh, let me tell you!! They are really cute! (Not as cute as the Monkees
though!) And that group is really really good!! They play their own
instruments, can sing, and dance (you know, like boy bands do). It was soo
awesome! After they got through, we waited for about 15 MORE minutes for
the Monkees to get out there, and the bands started playing a Monkees
medley, and ppl were screaming!! Then… they came out there doing their
Monkees walk, and we were just freaking out!! Everyone started rushing the
stage, and we went down there too! We fought for a spot up there and got..
FRONT ROW CENTER!!!!! There was nothing in front of the stage trying to
keep you away from it. We were like right up under them!! We were screaming
the whole entire time, like after anything they said, and before and after
every song. When they would get quiet, we would yell stuff at them. Like
one time when Davy was telling everyone to shut up, (he was j/k and stuff,
probably cuz we were all screaming at 50 y/olds), Mallory says, “Hey Davy!
Hey Davy!!” and he says, “Wha??” like he’s trying to sound annoyed, and she
says, “CUTE pants!!” and he smiles and says, “Thanks very much. Now shut
uuuup!! ” and he was laughing. He could so tell that we were obsessed with
them LOL cuz I would either be screaming or like in shock just staring with
my mouth open. And one time when he was doing either “Girl” or “I Wanna Be
Free” he saw me staring at him and he just looked at me and smiled. Maybe
it was just me, but I saw stars in his eyes!! LOL Seriously I did!! And he
reached out and held my hand when he goes, “I wanna hold your hand, walk
along the sand..” And then he held my friend Emily’s hand too! I had tears
in my eyes!! After he did that, Micky came out there talking about how Jimi
Hendrix opened for them back in the day. He was imitating the little kids
that came to see them.. “Daddy, why is that man setting his guitar on
fire??” “Oh, um, cuz he’s cold son” “Well daddy, why is he peeing on it??”
“I don’t know, watch the concert!” LOL and he said “did anyone know that he
opened for us??” and we started screaming and he looked at us and said, “Oh
whatever! You werent even born!! Your parents werent even born!” lol And
then he started playing pueple haze and we were acreaming and dancing and
then we held MICKY’s hand (hahahaha Elizabeth!) and it was Emily Simon’s
turn to get all in a daze. lol Then Peter came out and played something by
Bach on the piano, and it was really good! Then he sang a song, and we were
freaking out. My sister help up a poster she made that said, ‘PETER- STILL
FINE AT 59!!” and he started laughing and said, “You really think so??” and
blew her a bunch of kisses. Then he held hands with us (notice a trend
here?? LOL). Sleepy and DHMF(internet friends of mine) were up front too
and Sleepy started moving her finger, you know, like the international sign
for “Come here” LOL and he got all flirty with it, and started doing that
to her and acting like he was gonna pull her up on stage. (heehee) One
time, Davy was singing, and I just sighed and did my hand to my chest, in
shock, (Davy saw me, of course) and I looked over at Peter and he saw me do
that too and he started laughing at me! Oh, and while Davy was singing (I
think it was “She Hangs Out”), he accidentally spit on me!! LOL Now, with
anyone else, I’d be grossed out, but this was DAVY’s spit!! LOL
hahaha Davy couldnt get us to be quiet, cuz he would say stuff and ppl
would turn it around to mean something else and the crowd would start
screaming louder! We (me, Emily, and Mallory) were screaming and holding
our hands up there so they’d touch them, and Davy started mimicking us,
waving his hand and stuff! It was soo funny! then he said, “I bet you can
see straight up my nose from where yall are (talking to us) and the people
behind us started screaming lol Then they all came out there and sang some
stuff, and they were all talking to each other and we were still screaming,
and he said, jokingly, “Those girls down there on the front row wont be
quiet!” (smiling at us) and said, “They need a good lashing!” and of course
the older women started screaming. LOL and he was like, “I cant say the
right thing, ever!” hehehehe Of course, there were some rude people there
This woman standing next to me was sooo drunk, and she was dancing all
around pushing me over, even though she had plenty of room! She was rude to
my friend Ashley, then she started yelling at me, telling me to move out of
her way. So.. I made my sister swap with me, cuz I knew Mallory could stand
up for herself. lol Well, I think I’m gonna skip forward to near the end of
the show, during Daydream Believer, when Davy did his “Davy Dance” and we
all started screaming (they all can dance very well!!) and I started doing
the Davy Dance too! Natural came out while they were doing that, and so
they were holding or hands (these guys range from 17 to 22) and they were
even cuter up close!! I think they’re probably gonna get famous. At the end
of the show, Davy started grabbing ppl’s hands and he grabbed ours and
looked at us and said, “Thanks for coming”. Then Micky got everyone’s hands
again and then.. Peter came over there and KISSED my sister on the cheek!!!
And then he saw me, and I guess he could tell we were related and…… HE
CAME AND KISSED ME!!!!!! Oh my gosh!! I started screaming and hugging
mallory and Emily, and then Sleepy came over there and said, “Did he just
do what I think he did??” I was screamed, “Yes!!” Then, the drummer gave my
sister a drumstick, and Mallory reached up there and god Micky’s bottled
water!! (we own Micky Germs!!) DHMF, Sleepy, Emily Simon, and I all got
our pics taken together, then one of the cute guys from Natural came out
and we started talking to him and asking if they were all doing autographs.
He said for us to go to the side door and they might all come out. So we
went to go and get a shirt, of course they would only have X-Larges. So we
got a picture, in case we were to get an autograph. As we were going out,
this girl came up to me and said, “Are you Emily??” and I said “Yeah” and
she said, ” I talk to you on the internet!!” It was this girl from Alabama
that I talked to earlier on anther yahoo chat. (I was looking at all the
Monkees clubs, and saw a bunch of ppl from Alabama on one, so I decided to
post) After I talked to her, we went out and were gonna wait for them to
come out. I asked the security gueard really nicely if he thought they were
gonna sign autographs. He just looked at me and smiled and said, “Very
small chance” and I said, “Is that a maybe??” and he just laughed. We left
without their autographs, but so?? We touched them, THE MONKEES!! I have
got some really good pics!! I cant wait to get them developed!! Oh, and I
think I broke my finger or something during the concert, cuz I accidentally
hit it on the side of the stage, and it started swelling really bad. Oh
well. SOUVENIR!!! LOL This is pretty much all I can remember (since I was
just in total shock at them being in the same room as me, breathing the
same air.. LOL) I am STILL in shock! I don’t think I’m gonna recover! If
you want to see pics from the Atlanta concert, you can go to this website…

Go to the part that says, “tour 2001 pics” My friends and I are in alot of
the pics! We have all have on red shirts. I have straight blonde hair and
was on the front row. Now I can prove that I was there!! Please dont take
the pics though without permission from the webmaster, I think they are

~*~*~Emily~*~*~ (a.k.a. monkeemily)


From: “Rob White”

I saw the show in DC last night. Hoo & Zan were there front & center. As
always, it was terrific watching them having fun! This is my 5th show in 15
years and I thought it was the best yet. The mix of songs was great (five
from HEAD!) and the acoustic songs in the middle (What Am I Doin Hangin
Round was cool) was fun. They did a lot of Nez stuff, which I really
appreciated. The crowd was totally digging them & it seemed that Peter was
having the time of his life! I brought 3 women who had never seen the boys
and they were flabbergasted. They now want to see Peter play solo! They were
amazed that Davy looked almost the same as 1967! He still needs a bro,
however. I did not see Peter’s blonde girlfriend (who was at the 930 Club a
couple of years ago). Did they split-up? If so, too bad.

I am so tired this morning (4.5 hours sleep).

Robbie White


From: Shirley Steffey

Hey Hey Monkees
My daughter and her friend and I attended your concert at the 9:30 Club on
Wednesday, March 14. It was great, what we got to see. Unfortunately,
during the concert on daughters friend and I were struck by a flying beer
bottle. Needless to say, we were both stunned by this. We had to leave the
floor and seek medical assistance. The club supervisor, Raphael and the
medic, Jim were both very kind, but we still missed a large part of the
concert. The worse part was that a guy standing next to us turned around
and congradulated the guy that hit us with the bottles, and said we deserved
it. Fortunately he was asked to leave the club, because that type of
behavior was unacceptable. My daughter and her friend drove all the way
from Ohio to DC just to see you guys. It was such a let down that this had
to happen. I have attended dozens of concerts, and have never, ever been
hit by anything. The girls were just so excited about seeing you. I just
wish it had been a better experience. One of you may have see the girls.
They were waiting outside when you left in the white van, it was the dark
haired girl sitting on the stool, and the blood standing next to her. But
at least they got to see you for a while. Thanks again for the concert.
Maybe next time will be better. They’re hoping that you’ll be appearing in
Columbus, Ohio, that’s were they live. We’ll see.
Sincerely yours,
Shirley Steffey


From: Steven Fustero


Had a great time Wednesday night at the 9:30 Club
in Washington, DC watching the Monkees perform just
about everything in their repetoire.

I had never bought the “Head” album, but the new
CD is terrific. I only bought it after
going to Wednesday’s concert where the boys
did about three of the tunes from the HEAD track.

Peter played great lead guitar and Davey and Mickey,
well, they were Davey and Mickey.There was alot
of excitment in the air, the guy three Monkees were
great and I think they fed off the crowd pretty

The place was packed and there were actually Monkee
groupies there. Yes. Young girls twenty years of age
hoping to touch the guys.

Anyway, they did one encore and really got the crowd
going. Hey, hey, the Monkees were very loved Wednesday
night in DC. It was a blast.

A fun time had by all.

Highly recommended.

Go see them.


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Date: Mon Mar 19, 2001 5:11am
Subject: More concert reviews than you can shake a banana at!

From: A.S.

There is a quote from Michael Nesmith in the book “Model Patient: My

Life as an Incurable Wise-Ass” by Karen Duffy. Karen Duffy was an MTV VJ
and a model (if you don’t know who she is). She contracted a horrible
illness called sarcoidosis in which she has lesions formed inside her
body causing her to be in a great deal of pain. The quote can be found
on pg. 205: “Michael Nesmith once said to me, ‘Some people are insecure,
some people have a big butt, some people wet the bed until age
twenty-five. You have a lump in your head. Big deal.’ ”



From: “Anna …”

I just went to, a site for tour dates, and there is a picture
of the Monkees in concert in Atlanta on the main page.


(ed: it’s not there anymore – sorry!)


From: “Samantha”

Hey Brad! I just found this. there was a *very* small Monkee mention, but I
thought you would like to send it to your alert list!

‘Pop Pap’ May Enrage Stars But Sets Tills Ringing

Reuters Photo

By Paul Majendie

LONDON (Reuters) – From The Monkees to the Spice Girls (news – web sites),
manufactured pop bands have made a mint for the music industry. Now it is
the turn of Hear’Say.

George Michael and Bono may rail against the endless stream of plastic boy
and girl bands dominating the charts but tweenies — the eight to
16-year-olds who buy records by the fistful — love the instant pop

The Monkees had the mighty power of U.S. television behind them when they
tried to recreate the zany allure of The Beatles’ “A Hard Day’s Night” —
and it worked in the hit parade.

The Spice Girls were created from an advertisement in a trade magazine
seeking singers. They have sold more than 38 million albums around the

A fifth of Australia tuned in to watch five girls being chosen in television
auditions for an instant pop group ”Bardot” whose first single soared
straight to the top of the charts.

Now history is repeating itself in Britain where hype reigns supreme — in
the playground at least.

Hear’Say were picked from 3,000 hopefuls in “Pop Stars,” a compulsively
watchable television series that stripped bare the naked ambition of pop
wannabes desperate to fulfil their fantasies with a record contract.

Since forming on the TV show, Hear’Say have become an overnight sensation in
British music, smashing Britney Spears’ record for the fasting-selling debut

Their song, “Pure and Simple,” is expected to shoot straight to number one
on Sunday.

So is this the death knell for gritty rock ‘n’ roll?

George Michael certainly thinks so. He complained that everyone over the age
of six in Britain is bored to death with the record industry’s clumsy,
cynical attempts to make money.

Bono from the Irish supergroup U2 agreed: “People are sick to the teeth of
processed and hyped pop bands. It is crap.”

But others argued this was just a classic case of “oldies” looking
nostalgically through rose-tinted spectacles.

“When it comes to rubbish, every generation has its fair share,” argued
commentator Cosmo Landesman in the Sunday Times.

“We know that looking back to a golden age of pop is the first sign that we
are turning into our parents,” he said.

Dr. Martin Cloonan, lecturer in pop music culture at Glasgoww University,
agreed: “This dip in interest is not new. It is cyclical. If you look at
the years before punk arrived, then the same lethargy was setting in then.”

“The UK music business earns around 600 million pounds a year and worldwide
the industry is making 40 billion pounds. It is hardly a crisis we are
talking about.”





From: “Katie =-*”

Hi! I went to the Kahuna Pavilion Monkee Concert on March 15th, Thursday!
It was the best! I have never heard such great music live before! They
made the cutest jokes too! I was so excited when they came out! I was
shaking and taking pictures of whatever I saw! After the concert people
were waiting for autographs but about half just figured that they
weren’t… in the end there were about 20 or 30 of us left, including
me! We all wanted to go backstage but they said you couldn’t go unless you
had a pass!
I was so pi**ed but waited anyway! One of the security guards was getting
pretty mad and he goes “Okay! I’ll give out a backstage pass! Everybody
guess a number 1 through… 1 through 50!” Everyone started screaming out
numbers. I said numbers like 3 and 28 and stuff and then I finally
screamed, “13!” and he goes, “You got it!” and I screamed and crawled under
the little police thingy. And then I jumped on him and gave him a hug and
screamed, “Thank you! I love you so much! You’re my best friend
now!” and he goes, “Okay girl! Okay! Now go!” and he gave me a
sticker. I ran back and waited in a line to go see the guys! We walked
through all these psycadelic lighted hallways and finally stopped in a
hallway where the guys signed autographs. Unfortunately, Davy left right
after the concert due to bronkitis (I’m not sure how to say it). I felt so
bad and sad for him! I got a picure with Micky and his autograph. He was
drinking beer and his breath kinda smelled but I was too excited to
care! Then I got Peters autograph but there was no more film left in my
camera! I already have a picture with him but I was real mad with myself
afterward! It was so much fun! Ahhh!!!!!! hehe=-) Well I just figured I
Love Always To All!


From: Julia

Hi my name is Julia and I am 15 years old. I absolutely love the Monkees and
last night (March 16), I went and saw them at the Xanadu Theatre in Atlantic
City. I just wanted to comment on how spectacular the show was. I don’t
know if anyone will ever read this, but I just really wanted to let whoever
know that the show was incredible. It definitely was one of the best nights
of my life and well, honestly I just wanted to say thank you for bringing so
much into my life with such a great show.

Your truly,


From: Carroll Kruger

I have to agree that this current Monkees tour is the
best I’ve ever seen, too!! I saw 2 shows: one in
Easton, PA and again in Westbury, NY. The guys exuded
confidence and musicality but most of all, they seemed
relaxed, at peace with themselves, and like they were
having a good time. One of the high points was seeing
Davy do the medley from “Oliver!”; it was easy to
imagine him as the Artful Dodger and his Tony
nomination was well-deserved if this little peek into
the past was any indication. Also loved seeing Micky
man the tympani for “Randy Scouse Git” and his bluesy
rendition of “Since I Fell For You” amply demonstrated
the range of his vocal skills. I think Peter blew
everyone away when he flawlessly played the Bach piece
and it’s always great to hear his version of “Higher &
Higher”. He has definitely taken a pop/soul standard
and made it his own. I have seen the guys throughout
many incarnations in the 80s and 90s (and once even in
1967!!) – this show was amazing. I hope they don’t
wait so long in-between tours again. Perhaps if we
all flood David Fishof with letters and e-mails saying
how great the shows were, we’ll see them again soon
and for a more extensive tour.


From: tony

hello my name is tony nemati from new jersey..
last night i saw the monkees perform in xanadu theater in atlantic city and
let me tell you these guys can really put on a show.. they played for 3 hours
and they pretty much played every monkees song i can think of.. everyone of
them still got it.. the show was great music was great and i can honestly say
it was the best show i ever went to .. i am 19 years old and i listen to hard
rock and i still thought the monkees were the best.. i would like to thank
the monkees for such a great time..
i will be so upset when the tour is over..its a crime to see such a great
band stop performing when they still have the talent and the heart..
fan forever,


From: ~Bethany


Yes, that Micky, last night. For those of you at the Taj concert last night
you may recognize this story — I was the girl onstage that Micky hugged
during “Steppin’ Stone.”

Here’s the story: it’s a long, but interesting, one. My friends and I
accidentally ended up parking at the Showboat casino at around 7 o’clock.
We wandered into the gift shop while my mom was gambling and they had those
b’day keychains, the ones with famous people’s b’days on ’em. Turns out
Micky was on one.. but for March 9 (for those who don’t know, his b’day’s
the 8th!). We thought this was hilarious so we bought it.

During dinner at the Taj buffet, we got the bright idea to put a note on it
and try to take it up to Micky during the concert. We found a receipt in my
friend Aidan’s pocket and wrote a lil’ note on it: “Dear Mick & friends, we
found this keychain hilarious and we think you will too. LUV YA! Bink,
Aidan, and Linds.”

Right after intermission and Natural’s set, Lindsay and I snuck up to the
front and stayed there. At the end, during “Daydream Believer,” we
essentially gave up and decided to just throw the thing onstage in the
hopes someone would get it. No one did.

So finally, during the encore of “Steppin’ Stone,” some guy asked me what
it was. Lindsay and I explained it to him and, since it was still
relatively close to the edge of the stage, he said I should go get it to
give it to Mick. I did. Picked the thing up and ran to the other side of
the stage, but Micky didn’t see me.

So I stayed there for a sec, and then was ready to leave and began to walk
away, when Micky grabbed my arm and swung me around into a big bear hug! I
was excited, to say the very least. Security came running onstage and took
one look at Mick and, I guess seeing that he was okay with this, walked off
to the other side. He pulled back and smiled at me and then took the
keychain from me. I enjoyed the final number, “Pleasant Valley Sunday,”
from the front row, and got to grab Peter’s hand.

IT WAS AMAZING. Seriously, the show was very well done. A lot of the
problems people complained about earlier — sound being bad, Micky seeming
spaced out — were definitley not evident at the Taj. It was a great venue
and the concert was absolutely wonderful.

A very special favor to ask: if ANYONE was at the show last night and
happened to get a video or pic of me onstage, can you PLEASE notify me
off-list? Lindsay tried to take a picture, but the flash didn’t go off, so
it didn’t take. THANK YOU, and enjoy your respective shows!



From: —Maryann

Ok, finally checking in here… I’m getting too old for this, I was wiped out
so I slept most of the day!

Bear with me while I go into complete fan mode for a moment. I usually
pretend to be sane around most people (!!!), but Debbie (my Monkee
partner-in-crime from 1986-on) and I were in the front row last night,
almost center, right near Davy (my childhood favorite!), and now I simply
can’t hide it. πŸ™‚ We have NEVER been that close for any concert in our
lives, Monkees or otherwise, with the exception of Peter’s blues and acoustic
shows. Please don’t hate me, I went out of my way for those tickets because
it was Deb’s birthday this week. πŸ™‚ Finally, I gave her something that is
truly priceless!

Anyway… I have to be perfectly frank here – the last time we saw the
Monkees live as a group, in the late 90s, I was not nearly as impressed as I
was last night. Maybe it was just that particular venue I was at on the last
tour (I tend to not travel around for more than one concert because I drive
too much on the weekends anyway, but I think that’s gonna change if they’re
doing it again this summer!), I don’t know. But last night – what a great
show! Those of you who still have shows to attend, I envy you. Those who are
not going this time – TRY to, or maybe we’ll all be able to catch them this
summer (here’s hoping, anyway!).

Sorry I don’t have a set list to offer – I was obsessing over my cameras! –
by I can report on some of their clothing πŸ™‚ Lots of shiny stuff that
interfered with my camera’s autofocus mechanism (come on guys, you’re killing
me here! :-). Davy came out at one point in this red shirt and I had to hang
onto my friend Deb for support, saying, “Ok, I’m officially eight years old
again” (the age when I discovered the Monkees). Oh yeah, and I love red!
Speaking of red, someone please tell me what is up with Peter’s shoes? Shiny
red rubber who-knows-whats… I took a close-up of them. Had to be done!

They all looked fabulous. At one point, Micky was standing in front of us in
leather pants, and Deb and I just looked at each other and giggled, not quite
believing A) We were that close and B) He was looking a little too good in
them! Frightening that this man is old enough to be our father. (But then who
wants to see their own dad in leather!!!) Also, speaking of Micky, during the
show he wished his girlfriend a happy birthday, which I thought was sweet.

They were ALL OVER the stage, all night. What energy, all three of them! And
the acoustic set… what a brillant idea to keep that in the show. (Think I
first saw it in ’89?) I was watching Davy watching Micky play the guitar,
very cool.

The horn section – priceless. Three guys and a chick. I honestly cannot
remember the girl’s name even though I have certainly seen her enough, but
Deb’s comment was “Must be tough to be the only girl on tour with them.” I
just looked at her. (I think I could deal with it just fine!)

(ed: Aviva is the Sax player)

The guys in the horn section played only on a few tunes, and the rest of the
time kept us entertained with interesting dance moves. Any time I did take my
eyes off the guys, it was generally to see what the horn section was up to!

About their special guests… Natural surprised me. Yes, I was skeptical of
this set-up at first, but it seems to make sense to me now after seeing it.
Generally, I’m not into that music, but they did put on a good show. (If
anyone’s bringing teenagers to these shows – or IS a teenager πŸ™‚ – they are
gorgeous, talented, and gracious when approached by concert attendees, it’s a
bonus!) It didn’t hurt that they were a bunch of good-looking boys. I do
stress BOYS… think I’d have gotten arrested if I talked to any of them for
too long! HAAA!

Ok, I’m done for now. My thoughts are still a bit jumbled (understandably!).
I do think I can return to my normal mild-mannered self before Peter returns
to the East Coast with Shoe Suede Blues – as long as Davy doesn’t tag along
in that red shirt, I’ll be fine and will be able to relax and appreciate
Peter’s talent without distractions… πŸ˜‰

—Maryann Treppiedi Jacobs (Hightstown, NJ)
Web “Dominatrix” of:
“I’ve been watching you with telephoto eyes… Won’t you Smile For The
Camera?” RLS


From: ~Ronni

Hey guys!
I went to the concert in Uncasville, CT, the Mohegan Sun concert, and
they were amazing!
I took my boyfriend, who’s not really into the Monkees, and he didn’t
expect to enjoy it as much as he did. They opened with a whole lot of old
stuff, which surprised me. I expected a LOT more newer stuff, solo stuff and
what not… but I was pleased when I knew all the words to the majority of
the songs. As always the guys were energetic, had GREAT stage presense, and
were just wonderful overall. Micky did a song that he said his mother sang to
him in the womb (when *he* was in the womb). He made little jokes (about that
big) of course… Peter played some stuff on the banjo and did Bach’s eighth
two-part invention on the keyboard, and I was ECSTATIC because that’s a piece
that I’ve learned to play.
My boyfriend and I spent the beginning of the second half of the show
making fun of Natural. I have a personal dislike for Backstreet-boy-wannabe
bands, and Natural definitely didn’t impress me at all.
They played a lot of Nesmith stuff during the second half, including
Papa Gene’s Blues. Davy put on a wool hat and dark sunglasses during it,
which, of course, the entire audience thought was absolutely hillarious.
I thought the show was absolutely amazing, personally, and wasn’t
disappointed in the least. I’m still in shock. I *saw* the Monkees… I was
trying to get my mother to let me stalk them, and to seduce one of the stage
hands into letting us go back, but it wasn’t gonna happen (although she
wanted to).
Among the old stuff they did, were all the singles, of course, Take a
Giant Step, Circle Sky, Listen to the Band, Shades of Grey, the Porpoise
Song, Long Title (Do I Have to Type This Out All Over Again?), Can You Dig
It, Look Out, Mary Mary, Goin’ Down, RSG, She Hangs Out…

~Ronni AKA Melanie Rose Frances Naomi Tork

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235 From: Brad Waddell
Date: Fri Mar 23, 2001 2:48am
Subject: SSB Update, Concert Reviews, Music Box Review

From: Donna

Hello Brad & All!

Sorry for the late notice, but “Dirt Duel”, the Adam-12 episode that
features Micky is on today on TV Land. Times are 10:00 a.m. Thursday 3/23
(eastern), and it repeats at 3:00 a.m. Friday 3/24 (eastern). It’s a good
episode and Micky is in quite a few scenes.

Donna <+><
“I know the plans I have for you, to give you a future and a hope, says the
Lord” Jeremiah 29:11

(ed: quoting davy “I was a bit late on that one” – watch for it, we’ll
catch it next time.)


From: “Bonnie Verrico”

Hi Everyone,

The venue for Shoe Suede Blues’ performance in Portland,
Maine has been changed due to the overwhelming response from
fans! Here is the new location of the show on Tuesday,
April 24, 2001:

State Theater
609 Congress Street
Portland, ME
Club 207-879-4525
Ticketmaster 207-775-3331
Tickets $12 advance/$15 door (same as before)

Also, because the venue is larger, the band will be
performing one long show instead of the
preveiously-announced 2 short shows that night.

Hope to see some of you there!

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


From: C. Brian Jasper

Below is my Goldmine Magazine review for the music box. your people will
get to read it first!

Monkees Music Box. Rhino R2-76706

With the Monkees latest reunion, Rhino has sure flooded the market with box
sets. This one coming on the heels of last fall s “Headquarters Sessions”,
and on the dawn of the “Summer of 1967: The Complete U.S. Concert
Recordings”, due May 9th.

The big question from fans, surrounding this box set is this: do I have to
do this all over again? Literally a reissue of a reissue, are the
remastered differences in these songs strong enough to merit us all to buy
these tracks, albeit loved and cherished as they are, again? The smaller
question is: if I do buy it, can I – on a clear conscience – take my old
Rhino box set Listen To The Band to the second hand shoppe as trade bait? I
can answer these questions in quick order.

Mike Nesmith was once quoted as siting the reason he didn t listen to, or
value very highly, the Monkees records was because of the lackluster sonic
range of the recordings. Nesmith felt like the Beatles “Rubber Soul” was
filled with depth and clarity compared to the Monkees efforts which (in
comparison, mind you) just sort of sounded flat and lifeless. Well, this
new revamped Rhino box set alleviates that feeling for Monkee aficionados
partially, but not entirely.

This set, nearly a mirror image of the 1991 rhino box, (save for a track or
two plus and/or minus), boasts sound quality improvement on a number of
tracks, however surprisingly not all; Rhino would have done themselves a
favor to have taken a closer listen to the old box, and maybe have
revisited some of their original production notes.

Right away the good work of finding the true original masters to these
songs coupled with new millennium mastering technology shines on cuts like
” The Monkees Theme”, “Last Train To Clarksville” and “Take A Giant Step” –
the latter which is laughably superior in clarity and detail over the old
box version, with the weightier presence you d purchase a remaster for.
Then comes “Papa Gene s Blues”. Huh-oh. What happened? Somebody dropped the
ball. The 1991 box version rips this one!

Most of these tracks are punchier than the single CD issues of the Monkees
catalog, as Rhino admittedly sacrificed in places on those CDs for the sake
of continuity. However, on this new box, the sky was supposed to be the
limit; yet some songs here just aren t as strong as their now said-to-be
out-dated old version masters. Take for example the case of “Sweet Young
Thing”. On this new box the stereo spectrum on this cut is flipped – with
the drums largely on the right channel instead of the left; and the
separation is not as dramatic. No clear cut winner here, just a huge
difference depending on your listening preference. There s no need to
continue track by track. This is pretty much my point for the remainder of
the set: if you ve grown accustomed to the mixes and masters used on 1991
box, then you will definitely want to hang on to it; if you ve never bought
the 1991 box – you probably ought to invest in one, as it is now, with this
release, officially out of print.

As for the remaining aspects of the Monkees Music Box, the art work is
again – as with the 1991 box – sadly adolescent. In fact, the nice cover
shot is a wash when you flip the set over only to see the track listing in
the same cartoon-ish font and color scheme – literally – as last years
Archies compilation (Repertoire 4804-WG). Open the box up, and worse:
cartoon characters of the individual Monkees are printed on the face of
each CD!

A golden opportunity to bring some deserved respect to this body of work,
and re-define Monkees legend for a new generation, blown again to crass and
(calculated?) commercialism. Final synopsis: mixed and remixed and
remastered, over it s predecessor, the Monkees “Music Box” is at best a
mixed bag.

-C. Brian Jasper, Goldmine


From: ” Sally Carpenter”

Two interesting items from the LA Life section of Los Angeles Daily
News. The “industry shutdown” mentioned in the first article refers to
possible strikes this summer by the screenwriters and screen actors.

Another film likely to be cutting its production schedule close,
with the industry shutdown breathing down movie producer’s necks, is Samuel
L. Jackson’s “No Good Deed.”:
It has a targeted start date of May 9 with Bob Rafelson
directing. That’s the Rafelson remembered by baby boomers as one of the
producers of the original “Monkees” TV show and the director of “Five Easy
Jackson–who has been hurrying from project to project since last
summer–will play a San Francisco cop who tries to help a friend find her
missing daughter and winds up taking on an international ring of bond
thieves in the flick.

Kristin Hersh says her admittedly broodings could’ve been penned
by the Monkees, “But only is something really horrible had happened to them.”
Don’t tell singing simians Davy, Peter, Micky and Mike, but Hersh
appears Saturday in a free show at Borders in Westwood.
Hersh, a founder of Boston’s now-defunct Throwing Muses, will
perform material from her fifth solo album, “Sunny Border Blue,” in which
she plays all the instruments.


From: “Steven Bradley”

‘Morning Glory: The Tim Buckley Anthology’ is released this week by Rhino.
The review in this week’s New Musical Express describes it as “two CD’s, 37
songs, one infinitely creative madman”.
Spanning nine of Buckley’s albums from 1966 to 1974, the set includes “the
original ‘Song To The Siren’, still stunning, reprieved here with it’s
never-before-released version from the Monkees TV show. Tim Buckley, dead at
28, was a unique voice and here’s the chart of it’s full progression”,
reports the NME, giving the album 8 out of 10.

As this is the first ever official release, we can expect a vastly improved
sound quality over the bootlegged versions, taped straight from the TV. Tim
was Micky’s guest on the ‘Frodis Caper’ episode that Micky directed, and was
the last programme to be shown in the Monkees second season.

meanwhile, in rainy England…

‘The Definitive Monkees’ compilation CD slips down the chart. Having entered
at number 15 two weeks ago, it dropped to 27 last week and 59 this week. The
boys are in good company, though, with the Beatles’ ‘1’ next to them at
number 59.


I reported on 4 February about the group ‘Hear Say’ manufactured by and for
television, drawing parallels with the Monkees. This week their debut single
is number one, and they are all over the newspapers. A successful
experiment, then, but I wonder if like the Monkees they will still be with
us 35 years after the launch…..


From: “Mary Scheib”


Did you see the review by Theresa Wiltz
in the Washington Post? She trashed the Monkees.
It’s terrible. She says they shouldn’t be out
touring, that they are has beens with no talent.
Even talks about receding hairlines.
Was in March 16 edition of Post.

I saw them at the State Theatre in Easton, Pa.
and I thought it was the best show since they
regrouped in ’86.
I wanted to email Ms. Wiltz but she did not
have an email address at the Wash Post website.



From: Lindsay

At there is an article about the group “O-town” that compares them to
the Monkees (No, I’m not an O-Town fan. I was supposed to be looking for a
book review, and somehow the word “Monkees” made its way to the search
box…). There are several Monkee mentions:

“Think “Real World” meets the Monkees. That’s the roundabout way O-Town, the
latest boy band, was created.”

“Just as the Monkees were created as much for their TV personas as their
musicianship, so did the O-Town Boys come together.”

For the full article:




Show Reviews:


From: Dori & Tara

My sister and I saw your concert at the Taj in Atlantic City on St.
Patrick’s’ Day. It was fabulous. This is the third time we saw them. Our
first time was in Atlantic City at Rum Point (Harrah’s stands there now). We
saw Davy, Mickey and Mickey’s sister Coco. Then we saw them again in
Atlantic City on there reunion tour in 1986. I guess we are fans that love
them. We are older as well as they are, but they sure look good and I think
they always will.

Again, we had a great time, it brought back childhood memories as well as
a great night out with the girls and seeing old friends. Thank you for the
memories, the Monkees will always shine on and live in our homes forever.
Thank you and hope this is not the end of the tours. Maybe you can do it
again soon. But always come back to Atlantic City so we can see you again
and again.

Fans from New Jersey.
Dori & Tara


From: Ronald L Cohen

I never thought the opportunity would again arise but I had the
of seeing the Monkees in concert once again at the Westbury Music Fair on
March 13. I’ve lost track of how many times I have seen them in person.
They just get better and better. Despite the aging — Micky being bald
and Davy going gray — It’s always a pleasure to see them.
Aside from the music being terribly loud, I loved it. They performed a
total of 26 songs from their own albums plus another 6 they did
individually. They performed five of Mike’s songs including a couple I
had never heard them do in concert before — “Papa Gene’s Blues” and
“Circle Sky”. They even took turns with the stanza’s with another one of
Mike’s leads — “What Am I Doing Hangin’ Round?” Another surprise was
“It’s Nice to be with You”. It’s not one of the standards and, if you are
not a great fan, you would not know where to find it in their
It was great watching each for their strengths in performing. Micky
bounced around the stage on only two songs. He generally stayed in one
place playing the guitar and singing although he did play the drums
twice. Davy continued to bounce around the stage almost continually
having a great time. Peter went from one instrument to another — various
guitars, banjo, keyboards. he even played his little Bach number. It was
great watching his professionalism.
It was announced that one of their concerts during this tour may be
taped for release on video. If this is actually done, it would be the
crowning addition to any Monkee fan’s collection. This is the way they
should be remembered. There is even talk that, if this tour is
successful, they might even play on Broadway.



From: mandy

my name is mandy and i am 15 years old. I saw The Monkees last night at the
Uncas Pavillion ( connecticut) and it was GREAT!!!! im still recovering! I
went through hell and back to see this concert since i live so far away. ( i
live in Rhode Island). But it was well worth it. Ive been a huge fan since 97
and never did i think i was going to be able to see them live!!! I certainly
can say that i am the happiest girl living! Since i lived so far away i didnt
get to listen to the local radio stations to win backstage passes, so that
bummed me out. but seeing them being happy and doing what they do best paid
for that. I was so busy taking pictures last night that i couldnt wait to get
them developed. Well i just came back from CVS and only about 2 pictures came
in clear enough( since i took the pictures with a cheesy disposable). so im
begging any of you munkee fans out thier if you have got any concert pictures
of the boys please send them to me at stellerangel116@a… you will make
my mlife happier than it already is!! tyhanx. and peace out!!!
a very, very, very, very, very, very, HUGE fan:

(ed: a number of show photos are now online at


From: Doris

I have to tell everyone about the show at the 9:30 club in DC, and ask a

I was so psyched to be in the second row, just 18 inches from the stage,
dead center! There were no seats, so we were all just standing, pressed
up against the stage. They sounded great! They looked great! And they
allowed cameras!

I had bought 3 pink roses, and had them each separately wrapped in clear
plastic and put individual cards in each one. I had read that Davy was
opposed to hunting, so I bought an anti-hunting bumper sticker and stuck
it in with his flower. The bumper sticker was facing out, so you could
read it from a distance, crystal clear. When “Girl” started, several
people who were too far back threw their flowers on stage, or had other
people pass them up and throw them on stage. But I was so close, I held
the flower out and he came forward and took it from me!!! Then he held
the flower up to his chest and sighed! The bumper sticker was facing
straight out towards the audience! I tried to take a picture, but I
wasn’t fast enough, and he leaned the flower up against a speaker and
kept singing. At the end of the song, someone scooped up all the
flowers and took them off stage.

***If anyone has a photograph of Davy holding flowers from the 9:30 Club
show, please get in touch with me! I saw a few flashes go off while he
was holding my flowers. Email me at sweetvegan@h… Thanks!***

At the end of the concert, I still had Micky’s and Peter’s flowers in my
hands. There just wasn’t a good time to hand them their flowers, since
both of them had guitars in their hands most of the time. As they were
taking their bows, I held the flowers out and yelled “Micky!” “Peter!”
Davy looked right at me, and really looked puzzled as to why Micky and
Peter wouldn’t take their flowers. Then they all left the stage, but it
was clear that they would come back for an encore, because Micky kept
egging us on to keep clapping. So I thought they would take the flowers
during the encore.

At the end of the encore, as they all took their bows, I again held the
flowers out and yelled “Micky!” “Peter!” They *still* ignored me, and
kept bowing. And again, Davy looked right at me. Finally, *Davy*
stepped forward and took the flowers, and made it a point to look at
the cards inside, and nodded to me like, “OK, I’ll give these to them.”
I nearly fainted! Just as they were leaving the stage, all three of
them stepped forward and we all stuck our hands out and they touched the
fingertips of the people in the front rows. At that point, both Micky
and Peter touched my hand, and I think that maybe they would’ve finally
taken their flowers then.

A fabulous show all around!


Help save the NJ black bears!


From: “ginger fitts”

Mohegan Sun Show

Got back from the show last night, Better than the Lowell Show!!! I
actually got to take 2 rolls of pictures
and they came out super! I was on the isle in the 16th row, but I kept
scootin up to the 5th row for pics!
Micky was wack! When he got to the kettle drum for RSG he started doing
the witch scene from Macbeth ,
cackle and all! Peter goes to him and says, “Micky, you’re beginning to
scare me.” to which Davy replies, “What do you mean beginning? he’s been
scaring me for 30 years!” They seemed to have loosened up more, having
more fun, bumping into speakers and stuff. Peter ackowledged his family in
the audience, “They came such a long distance to see me!” Micky wandered
off to his drums, saying “Micky needs drums..Micky need Prozac!” Four
words..Micky in leather pants! I hope they decide to tour again this
summer! I’ll be there!



Here are my two cents about the concert in Washingon DC.

As a fan, and this being my first concert, I thought it was wonderful. Alot
of fun, great music, and the comfort level and chemistry of those on stage
was great. I loved the backup musicians and was particularly impressed with
the saxiphonist/keybordist/ flutist/ etc. I did not catch her name, but she
did a great job (although there was just a slight tendency to be a bit sharp

As a professional musician myself, I also have to say that the show was
pretty tight. All three of the Monkees are obviously solid musicians, and I
personally enjoyed hearing each of them showcase their talents in both the
Monkees standards and with other songs too. It seems unfortunate that many
of the folks were less attentive whenever they did songs that were not
necessarily known as Monkees songs. I think I was one of only a few who was
really into Micky singing “Since I Fell For You”. Now that man KNOWS he can
sing some Blues! He really needs to consider putting out a blues or R & B
album. I have read several times that that is his favorite musical, genre and
it shows. He has a wonderful fluid quality to his voice which makes his
ability to deliver on some of those difficult phrases appear to be

Anyway, that’s it for my long two cents. I had a great time, took lots of
pictures, and was nice and close to the stage to boot.



From: Shelly Peace

just a note about the Mohegan Sun show……

It was awesome!!!!!!! Micky was great! I was really impressed with all three
of them, all the energy and fun they were having. My seat wasn’t that close
to the stage but the huge TV screens on either side made it a real theatrical
event, I brought my boyfriend, it was his first monkees concert ever I
believe I converted him, he had nothing but good to say about them, and him
being a singer himself!!! even the “boyband” Natural, kept us entertained,
they’re style was fresh with the slight metal egde to it. The Monkees were in
top form, It is definatly a must see concert!!!!

Second Generation Monkees lover
Shelly Peace


From: Laura

I went to the concert in Jacksonville and had a
lot of fun. I was also at the concert 5 years ago. I was very impressed
with Peter’s rendition of Bach. I think he is a true artist. But, Micky’s
Going Down blew me away!


One more thing, if any of you have applied for a NextCard credit card and
had any trouble with the image from the Monkees.Net web page, please see
this web page for information:

They have imposed restrictions on what sort of images can be used, but you
should still be able to get The Monkees on your credit card.


why can’t wait to see The Monkees in Vegas and Phoenix!

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236 From: Brad Waddell
Date: Mon Mar 26, 2001 7:30pm
Subject: TV Appearances, Nez tribute, the only bad review!

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: brad@m… 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
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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 (1sweeneym@h…)


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 – xxmonkeegirlxx@a…


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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237 From: Brad Waddell
Date: Fri Mar 30, 2001 1:51am
Subject: Tour Items, A summer tour?? Calling all small monkees fans!

If anyone wants me to purchase Monkees items for them on the current
concert tour, here are the details:

white t-shirt $30
black t-shirt $30
photo $5
mousepad $20
plush monkey $20

Payment can be made by either of the following services from your checking
account or credit card:

send payment to: brad@f…

Checks in the mail will not reach me in time. Add $4.00 per item for USA
shipping, $6 each for overseas shipping (surface)



From: “Kampert, Pat”

Hi Brad:

I’m a reporter for the Chicago Tribune’s KidNews section, geared to kids
8-14. I’m doing a story about how kids that age are really interested in a
lot of older music and wanted to contact some Monkees fans in that age group
to ask them why they enjoy the Monkees so much, and what kind of reactions
they get from their friends and family about their musical preferences. Is
it OK to post such a request for kids and/or their parents to contact me on
your message board?

Thanks for your help.

Patrick Kampert
Chicago Tribune


The Monkees official tour web site:

has put up some new tour pictures.


From: KitKat

Murder, She Wrote
60 min.
Families’ fortunes ride on a once-injured Thoroughbred whose trainer (Mickey
Rooney) is murdered. Catherine: Tippi Hedren. Wally: Don Murray. Tracy: Ami
Dolenz. Lloyd: Stephen Macht. Paul: Sean O’Bryan. Jill: Shawnee Smith. Angela

Mon 2 A&E
Mon 2 3:00 PM

Tue 3 10:15 AM Invisible Mom 2 SHOWTIME

Peace Out!


From: Jeff

MIME-Version: 1.0
Hello all,

Those of you in areas with stations that carry the syndicated (Monday-
Friday) version of “7th Heaven”: the original episode featuring Peter
is scheduled to air Monday, April 2.

The 100th episode of “7th Heaven” is being rerun the same night on
the WB at 8pm EST, also featuring Peter in the last ten minutes or so.



From: Michelle

Hey everybody,

Just thought everyone would like to know that I wrote
an email to that reporter who was nasty to the Monkees and their fans from
the Washington post. If you would like to do the same her email addy is


From: Bernita Myers

Our local paper has an article today about the upcoming schedule for the
two main concert venues in the Pittsburgh area:

“…If you grew up with Buffy and Jody (or even older sister Cissy), you’ll
be thrilled to know that the talent on tap at the Post-Gazette Pavillion
and the I.C. Light Ampitheatre this year includes a Mike Love-only version
of the Beach Boys as well as the Monkees, the Turtles and Tommy James….”

The schedule does not have the Monkees listed with either the “Summer
Oldies Celebration” or “That 60’s Show”. There is a statement following the
(sparse) confirmed dates at the I.C. Light Ampitheatre that says:
“Performers whose concert dates have not been set: The Monkees, Lyle Lovett
and the Beach Boys.”


This could mean that their tour is continuing into the summer. Or, it could
mean that Fishof is just keeping his options open, by including “The
Monkees” as a possibility.

I hope it’s the former. : ) The show that we saw in Columbus was great.
And this time I’ll make sure that I bring my camera!



From: Marlene

Hi, I had tickets to see Davy in concert in reading, PA. on Feb. 24th, that
one was rescheduled for April 22 according to the theater. Now, I have
just found out that on was cancelled and will not be rescheduled. This is
so horrible, now I have missed out on seeing Davy and The Monkees at all,
because I could only afford tickets to one concert and I purchased these
back in October, even before The Monkees announced their reunion tour…….

Thanks for reading this!



From: Bernita Myers

Columbus Concert Review

The show was great! The energy and enthusiasm were tremendous, both from
the audience and from the guys.

Peter and Davy both seemed to be really “on” and really connected. They
were both moving around the stage a lot, fooling around, and even dancing
together quite a few times. Davy would start something and catch Peter’s
eye and he’d follow along, or vice versa. Lots of eye contact with each
other and lots of grins. Micky wasn’t moving around quite as much, and when
he sang, seemed to be keeping his eyes closed a lot of the time. I saw
several times when Davy was trying to catch Micky’s eye, and then would
look at Peter and the two of them would launch into some silliness together.

All of them sounded wonderful. Micky’s voice was clear and strong (without
the overly dramatic/verging-on silly edge that he sometimes gets.) Peter’s
voice was also strong and Davy too – he didn’t lapse into some of the
warbley “Bee Gees” style that he had been doing recently.

The first half of the concert was “lighter”. They were more playful, joking
around more. The second half (after intermission and after “Natural”)
seemed more like the concerts in the UK; concentrating more on the music.
There was less banter and it seemed as though they just did one song right
after the other. And the music was louder. And tight. Everything just

I was pleased to see that their clothes were mostly all quite reasonable.
Nothing silly or over the top. No Elvis, no sombrero, no outfits that made
me feel like cringing. Micky’s hair was pony-tail free, and Davy’s hair
looked good; a little longer, with some grey. (My kids loved when Micky
pointed at Davy’s hair during one chorus of “Shades of Grey”). Peter’s hair
was standing up all over but I thought it looked kind of flattering.
(Although I heard my 8 year old saying: “I guess they were in a hurry to
get here just like we were. Peter didn’t even have time to comb his
hair…”) I didn’t buy the picture they were selling, but it was a very
flattering picture of all three.

“Natural” was fine. Cute young guys. A few of their songs were catchy. My
kids all still liked the Monkees better. I had two thoughts about Natural.
One thought is that the reason that they were performing in the middle of
the show was to give MD&P a longer break. Combining Natural’s set with the
intermission gave the guys a good 45 minute rest. I cannot really convey
the level of energy that Davy, Peter and Micky showed. That was one of the
things that my husband and sister both commented on – their intense energy.
My husband was especially sobered by the thought that this concert wasn’t
just a weekly event; it was sandwiched in a very busy schedule.

The other thought about Natural is that Davy, Micky and Peter must feel
pretty good about themselves. I would think it would be kind of
intimidating, as 50-somethings, to showcase some good-looking really young
kids right in the middle of their set. Of course the audience was there for
the Monkees, and even though Natural got quite a few shrieks and catcalls,
the Monkees were clearly the audience’s favorite.

A few surprises:

They sang “Look Out (Here Comes Tomorrow) which was not on any set list
that I’ve seen so far.

Micky only played drums for one song, (I think “Mary, Mary”) but he did
sing lead for it. (That’s not including the kettle drum for “Randy Scouse

There were some new jokes. And no “Tarzan” joke.

People had commented about the antics of the 3 horn players, and they
really were funny. They sort of danced or pantomimed during the songs they
weren’t playing on. Peter looked over at them and imitated them a few times.

A few disappointments:

I wish that they would each do something different for their solo song. I
understand that there wasn’t a lot of rehearsal time, but still; they all
do solo concerts and surely have something else up their sleeve. Peter’s
“Lucille” is my favorite of the bunch, but it would be fun to hear
something else from him. Micky does a good job on “Since I Fell For You”,
but he does a good job on *lots* of songs; I’d love to hear him crooning
something new. And, if I never hear “Girl” again, it would be fine with me!
Davy has some wonderful solo songs, and I am just sick of hearing “Girl”!

The merchandise was pretty limited. And pricey. I understand that they
didn’t have a lot of lead time to come up with tons of stuff. But I wonder
why they weren’t selling Monkee CDs or even solo CDs.


Davy and Micky joined Peter at the keyboard and they sang “Shades of Grey”,
with Davy and Peter each taking the lead for one verse. It was lovely.

The unplugged set. They could have done the whole show like that, as far as
I’m concerned. They were keeping up some of the bantering, but the music
and vocals were wonderful. It just sounded so fresh.

My 10 year old neice sat through the entire concert with the most
tremendous huge grin! Her eyes were glittering and she was just thrilled!

It was a really long concert. Not too long – they really covered quite a
lot of songs. Very satisfying. : )

hoping for a summer tour – I’d definitely see this show again!


From: Kim Land

Recent Monkees concert March 25, 2001 in Merrillville, Indiana

Hello, just wanted to say how much we enjoyed the Monkees concert in
Merrillville, Indiana, on Sunday, March 25, 2001.

The Monkees themselves, the quality of music, and the enthusiasm of
everyone connected with the show made it a really great experience.
Was really surprised to see the variety of age groups in the crowd – all
the way from teens to 60’s, and everyone seemed to be having as good a
time as we were. In spite of having seen the old TV show years ago I
didn’t realize how naturally funny Mickey and Peter are in person – all
three of them were so entertaining.

Really enjoyed hearing some of the compositions written by Mike Nesmith
too, which as we recall had not been included in the earlier concerts in
the late 90’s. The band members who played towards the back of the
stage who also doubled as dancers were hilarious and added a lot to the
show! Enjoyed the band Natural very much as well.

Hope you will be returning to Merrillville, Indiana in 2002 or 2003 – if
so, we’ll be there again, and with more of our friends!


Kim Land


From: Donna_M_Cusano

Hi Brad,

Had to put in my two cents about this Washington Post review. I thought the
Monkees were great in Atlantic City! Every time I see them, I feel six again!
(And that’s not such a bad thing since I’m turning 40 later this
summer!!!) And
I certainly do think they have grown old gracefully. Sounds like the writer is
a l little jealous and might want to consider a few nips and tucks.

On another note….can you post a note on the web site to ask anyone who might
have pics from the 3/16 concert to email me at dms81061@a… Would love to
get a copy and would be willing to pay. My camera died and I know there were a
lot of people taking pics. Thanks.



From: (Kelly O’Toole)

Columbus Concert

After 15 years and a 6 hour drive from Michigan, I finally got to live a
dream. I saw the Monkees on March 22 at the Palace Theatre in Columbus,

“Weren’t they good?/They made me happy”–these lines from “Listen to the
Band” summarize the evening. Micky, Davy and Peter looked and sounded
great. They were all that I’d hoped they would be. . .and more! What
impressed me most was the incredible energy
of all the performers. The Monkees gave 110%. A tremendous vibe hung in
the air, a vibe that the Monkees were happy to be performing together
and happy that we all came to see them. I felt as if they were giving
everyone a warm embrace.

The only damper on the evening, for me, was the migraine I’d been having
since that afternoon. Unfortunately, the medication I’d taken didn’t
even begin to relieve the pain, which is unusual. I felt ok until
Natural took the stage and played 5 times louder than the Monkees had.
Suddenly my head felt as if it had been the kettle drum Micky had banged
on during “Randy Scouse Git.” I got so hot I thought I might burst into
flames. My stomach was performing Riverdance.

My husband helped me outside for some fresh air. He left me on the
sidewalk, at my request, to make the 5 minute walk to our hotel for a
Migraine Ice. (It’s a gauze pad that adheres to your forehead and stays
cold for hours.) I’m sure anyone who saw me thought I was drunk, stoned
or crazy: I paced the sidewalk holding a cold damp towel (given to me
by a theatre employee–thank you!) to my head, trembling and muttering
prayers that I would stay well enough to make it through the Monkees’s
second set.

When my husband returned he steered me to a fairly empty section of the
balcony where few people would see me–the Migraine Ice doesn’t exactly
make a favorable fashion statement. We could still see well and because
I wasn’t blocking anyone’s view I was on my feet dancing and singing for
the rest of the show. The “Daydream Believer” singalong was awesome.

Afterward I curled into a fetal position until the theatre emptied and
then my husband helped me wobble back to the hotel. The migraine lasted
3 days, but I barely remember the pain. However, I’ll never forget the
magic of that concert. I feel lucky to have been there. I only wish I
could’ve thanked the Monkees personally for the fabulous concert and for
the immeasurable happiness they’ve brought me through the years. Thank
you, Monkees. And to all Monkees fans: Peace, love and good health.


From: Corleen LaVare

I saw the Monkees in Verona NY on March 21st. It was
the best thing i have ever seen! During “Look Out
(Here Comes Tomorrow) when Davy usually says “Mary I
love you” and then “Sondra I love you” he yelled “Mary
I love you” and he put his head on Peter’s shoulder
like he was crying and then he turned and yelled “and
Sondra loves Mary, it’s 2001 what can i say?” My mom,
my aunt, and a friend of ours and i stayed at the
hotel overnite. The hotel people told us that they
left and someone else said she saw them get on a bus,
so we finally gave up and went to do other things.
Mom and her friend (Bunny) went to the casino in the
hotel while my aunt and i headed for the pool. When
we got there we saw that the pool had closed at 10:00
(it was well after 11:00) so we started to head back
to the room. As we were waiting for the elevator, my
aunt started pounding on my arm and yelling “it’s
micky dolenz! micky is over there!” I laughed cuz i
thought she was joking. Then i heard someone who was
working with the band say “oh wow Micky Dolenz”
(sarcastically) and i turned around and HE WAS THERE!
(then i saw his face…now i’m a believer lol) So my
aunt and i rushed over to the casino and found mom and
bunny, then went off in search of micky. After
wandering around for about twenty minutes, we gave up
and headed to this restruant called the Emerald. Just
as we got there he walked out. Mom, Bunny and i
followed him down the hall (Aunt Debbie was hungry and
tired of stalking the poor man so she went into the
restruant). He went into a store so we waited for him
at the door. when he came out Bunny asked if he would
sign autographs for us; he said “sure”. Mom snapped a
picture of him signing (Bunny and i are just staring
at him) and then asked if could get a picture of him
with her daughter. He said “sure, which one is your
daughter?” (Mom is 40, Bunny is 45, and i am 17) and
then he put his arm around me and mom took the
picture. When he started to walk away i called out
“thank you” and he said “you’re welcome darlin'”. In
school yesterday my best friend gave me a necklace
that says “darling” because of that. i guess that is
all i have to say about it for now except that i am
trying to get that picture on the yahoo club Randy
Scouse Git2 but the scanner is giveing me a hard time.
AKA: CT the Davy-mauler-Micky-catcher
AKA: Darlin’


From: Christi York

Merrillville, IN show

What a show! This was my 3rd Monkees concert and was
the best! So far…. We sat in the 7th row and even
moved up in the middle of the show. The guys were
great and no matter what the critics say, so was the
While waiting to get into the theater, we met some
cool people. Jessica and Ashley were seeing them for
the first time and were soooo excited. There were
some empty seats around us so they got to join us
after intermission. I’m glad they had a good time.
Also in line, we met a little girl named Atlanta. She
was such a huge fan. She was singing songs that even
I didn’t know the words to. It is so neat to see fans
of so many ages.
Back to the show….
I took a blue glo stick in and it proved to be a
useful tool. Considering I was the only one with
anything ike it, the guys kept looking and waving. At
one point Davy was mocking me! If anyone is going to
a how, let me suggest that you taking something like
it. At the end of the show, when everyone crowds the
stage, I was waving the stick and Peter and Micky (my
absolute fave) came over and I touched them!!!! Micky
even touched the stick. Needless to say, the ‘blue
dork stick’ will not be thrown away.
All in all, an AWESOME show! the guys were great, the
band was great, and Natural was great! Looking
forward to the next tour.

Gotta love em….comicchicyork


From: Mary Bainter

Monkees – Merrillville

My husband and I and our four year old son went to the concert in
Merrillville, IN on Sunday. My husband would be a first generation fan, I
guess I am second generation, and our son – third? All we know for sure is
he thinks he IS Mike Nesmith.

I was really surprised at just how many little children were there.
Especially since it is very hard to find the Monkees on TV now. But I can
see there are a lot of young fans. And then there were those who had to be
at least in their 70’s & everyone in between.

The show was great – worth every penny. The guys were great. They had an
excellent band. They played just about everything we wanted to hear (after
all they didn’t have time to play every song they’ve ever recorded). We
were glad to hear Shades of Grey, The Porpoise Song, and other songs that
are not necessarily as well known as Last Train to Clarksville. We really
enjoyed their humourous conversation between songs too.

By the time of the intermission our son was getting tired and we were ready
for a little break. And I’m sure Micky, Davy and Peter needed one too. We
really thought having Natural play then was a good idea. My husband took
our son for a little walk (in hopes that it would help him stay awake for
the rest of the show). I took a short break and came back in for part of
their performance and it really was pretty good. I especially liked the
medley of Billy Joel songs they did.

When the Monkees came back on stage – we were refreshed and ready for more.
We especially enjoyed the encore songs when the guys came back out and just
about the whole audience was singing and dancing along with them.

We were seated towards the back but my husband went up near the front a few
times to take pictures. One time he took our son along so that he could see
the guys better. I think that was when he really understood that he was
seeing the real Monkees.

After the show we waited (with many others) around a stage door hoping to
get autographs or even just say “Hi!”. We waited probably close to an hour.
Then someone came and told us that the guys were staying in the hotel
(attached to the theatre). The man told us that Davy had went to his room
already but Micky was in the Restaurant/Bar and would probably give some
autographs. He wasn’t sure where Peter was.

So we went in. There were quite a few people waiting. We could see Micky at
the bar eating. We talked to some other families that had been at the show.
After Micky was done eating he signed some autographs and I was able to get
my son’s stuffed monkey signed. He said “Thank you, Darlin'” and I felt
like a teenager again.
It was certainly worth the wait.

Our only regret is that the concert is now over – and the rest of the
concerts are too far for us to travel to. I really hope the rumors about a
video being produced are true. We would certainly buy one, just to help us
remember all the details of a wonderful evening.

Mary Bainter


From: “jeanine d.”

Merrillville story….

As I sit down to write this, it is my intention to remain mature when
re-living my experiences over this past weekend in Merrillville, IN.
Please, please, please remember, I’m a 34 year old single mom of an 8
year old boy who has nothing but reality hitting her in her face 98% of
the time.

The Monkees have a way of making me forget all the little dramas of
daily life. I think that is what has kept me such an avid fan over the
years. They’re not like the other “teen idols” I worshipped as a
While the other “boys” have spent a great deal of their adult life
trying to prove themselves as serious artists and becoming bitter men,
the Monkees have remembered what the whole phenomenon was about. They
have fun with the fact that they were crazy, wacky boys and they know
that to the true fan there is no need to prove their talents.

Which brings me to the concert this weekend…

As the guys walked out on stage I was so happy! I couldn’t even clap or
scream initially, I was in awe. I really thought that I would never get
a chance to see the three of them together on a stage ever again. I
had heard Davy say in a television interview that he didn’t ever see
himself being part of a Monkee project ever again and I thought that I
would have to live on the memories of past concerts. Well I thank my
lucky stars I was wrong! WHATA NIGHT!

They all looked fabulous and they sounded even better. I had read some
postings and knew that the show would be long and that they would play
some songs that I had never heard them play in concert before (I really
don’t know how many shows I’ve seen) but all of the hype could not have
prepared me for what was to follow. The things that impressed me the

1) The “unplugged” set—All I could think was—Screw anyone who says
these guys aren’t talented.
2) All the songs from Head—I always tell people who doubt my Monkee
worshipping that if they could only hear some of their less popular
songs, they would convert.
3) Micky’s blues number—-he ALWAYS blows me away with that one
4) Pete’s Bach solo—all I can say is YOWZA!!

Although the concert was long, I was disappointed it was over as soon as
it was.

We left the concert and went back to the hotel bar where some drunk,
obnoxious men hit on me and my friend for a half hour while we relived
our night. Then when I had just got comfortable with my memories and my
Long Island Iced Tea, I turned around to see Micky walking up to the

(Here’s where you need to know that Micky, above all others, is the guy
I would most want to hang out with. You know that question, If you
could have a dinner party and invite three people dead or alive, who
would you invite???? Micky would get the invitation. Who cares about
the other two. Through all the bad times I’ve had I’ve always been
able to rely on him. I can pop in my videos and laugh at him or I can
play my CDs and dance around my house. In a way, he’s been my security
blanket. It goes way beyond that, but to go into it further may lead you
to question my sanity.)

Well there he is, sitting at the bar..with a zillion people around him.
All I could think was-That poor guy, he can’t even eat his burger in
peace—but GOD! I want to go say hi too! So I sat in my chair trying
to decide whether or not to let the guy have some privacy. Well he
didn’t get any privacy for what seemed like an hour. Finally the crowd
was gone and I decided I had to go get a picture, if he was willing, or
I would regret it for a long time. He posed for the picture and I was
happy. We aren’t best friends, in fact, I can’t remember if he even
said anything. But he was nice enough to smile and put his arm around
my waist and I will remember that for a REALLY long time.

As the night went on Peter showed up, I won’t say what he was up to, but
what WERE you up to Pete?!?!?

Davy came too. He wanted to watch the Oscars.

I just want to let all three of them know that last Sunday night, they
made this 34 year old single mom of an 8 year old boy very happy. I
hope that they realize the impact that they have on some of us. Their
concerts are some of the most treasured memories I have. I get to be
wild, wear funky clothes and be truly happy. Tuesday I had to go back
to work at my really conservative job and come home to help my little
one with his homework and cook dinner and pay the bills and do the
laundry..but in the middle of all of the chores and daily grind, I find
myself thinking about the three of them and smiling. This weekend will
keep me going for a long time. Just as their past concerts have so many
times before.

Love is the ultimate trip,


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