1VaBlue1

February 21st, 2019 at 2:06 PM ^

I guess he finally got to Clarkesville?

But seriously, RIP...  The Monkeys were put together as nothing more than a money-making response to the Beatles.  I'm not a big Beatles fan, but the Monkeys were nowhere near that level musically or culturally.  That said, they had some good songs, a 'decent' TV show, and an overall good career.  

Fishbulb

February 21st, 2019 at 2:09 PM ^

For a manufactured band whose TV show only lasted two seasons, they did very well for themselves and had very solid staying power. They all had talent, but as Mike Nesmith said, none of them would have chosen each other had they formed a band on their own. That said, they made it work back in their day and in their reunions since. 

Crisler 71

February 21st, 2019 at 6:27 PM ^

They weren't even hired as musicians.  The music on the show, like the music on the Daydream Believer clip below was all dubbed.  It was only when they realized that they could tour that they learned to play.  I think Nesbit could play some, but not the rest.

RIP though

Memory must be gone.  Forgot that Peter could also play but the show wouldn't let him and used all studio musicians instead

darkstar

February 21st, 2019 at 3:24 PM ^

This year has started off especially rough for some of the 60s-80s icons.  Mean Gene Okerlund. Dean Wormer's wife.  Albert Finney. Carol Channing. Bob "Super Dave" Einstein. Captain (from Captain & Tennille).

So RIP to Peter Tork. Used to watch the Monkees show when I was a kid before there were 500 channels of other garbage even if I didn't get the jokes.

GoBlueBill

February 21st, 2019 at 5:04 PM ^

Guy i used to work with was always telling us how he went to see The Monkees at the Grande ballroom.

He said he and everyone else there just went to see Hendrix and after he was done everyone left . 

Can you imagine taking a teenage daughter to see the Monkees and then them seeing and dealing with the Hendrix crowd ? 

 

Kick Out The Jams

February 21st, 2019 at 5:28 PM ^

Hendrix was the opening act for the Monkees when their U.S tour began in July 1967.  The Monkees heard him in England earlier in the year and wanted him on their tour.  Hendrix wasn't very well known in the U.S yet (For example, first LP released in May, "Purple Haze" single not released until August).

After about a half dozen dates, both groups realized the ridiculousness of the pairing and Hendrix dropped out.

Monkees/Hendrix never actually played at the Grande, but the Monkees did play at Olympia on that tour.

I believe Hendrix didn't play at the Grande until early 1968.