Monday, 10 August 2015 16:41

A Pleasant Valley Saturday! The Day The Monkees Played St. Louis!

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Above: During a break on the 1967 summer tour, The Monkees filmed music videos for their TV show at the Rainbow Room in Chicago, Illinois.

Hey Hey it's The Monkees! Right Here In St.
It was 48 years ago last weekend, Saturday August 5, 1967, that I, along with 11,000 plus frenetic teens (and some adults),  packed a sold-out Kiel Auditorium for the Monkees first-ever concert in St. Louis, Mo.. The concert took place a mere eleven months since The Monkees TV show made it's debut and made the Pre-Fab Four next big thing in pop music. While it wasn't as exciting a moment for me as The Beatles' visit to our city a year earlier (August 21, 1966), it was still an electrifying concert and one that I would never forget.

June 9: Hollywood Bowl, Los Angeles, California
June 30: Empire Pool, Wembley, London, England
July 1: Empire Pool, Wembley, London, England (2 shows)
July 2: Empire Pool, Wembley, London, England (2 shows)
July 8: The Coliseum, Jacksonville, Florida *
July 9: Convention Hall, Miami Beach, Florida *
July 11: The Coliseum, Charlotte, North Carolina *
July 12: Coliseum, Greensboro, North Carolina *
July 14: Forest Hills Stadium, New York, New York *
July 15: Forest Hills Stadium, New York, New York *
July 16: Forest Hills Stadium, New York, New York *
July 20: Memorial Auditorium, Buffalo, New York
July 21: Civic Center, Baltimore, Maryland
July 22: Boston Garden, Boston, Massachusetts
July 23: Convention Hall, Philadelphia, Pennsylvania
July 27: War Memorial, Rochester, New York
July 28: Cincinnati Gardens, Cincinnati, Ohio
July 30: Chicago Stadium, Chicago, Illinois
August 4: St. Paul Auditorium Arena, Minneapolis, Minnesota
August 5: Kiel Auditorium, St. Louis, Missouri
August 6: Veterans Memorial Auditorium, Des Moines, Iowa
August 9: Memorial Auditorium, Dallas, Texas
August 10: Sam Houston Coliseum, Houston, Texas 
August 11: State Fair Coliseum, Shreveport, Louisiana
August 12: Municipal Auditorium, Mobile, Alabama
August 13: Olympia Stadium, Detroit, Michigan 
August 17: Mid-South Coliseum, Memphis, Tennessee
August 18: Assembly Center Arena, Tulsa, Oklahoma
August 19: Coliseum, Oklahoma City, Oklahoma
August 20: Denver Coliseum, Denver, Colorado
August 25: Seattle Center Coliseum, Seattle, Washington
August 26: Memorial Coliseum, Portland, Oregon
August 27: The Coliseum, Spokane, Washington

* = with with The Jimi Hendrix Experience

The Monkees' 1967 summer tour occurred at the height of Monkeemania, visiting 28 different cities in the United States and England throughout July and August.  Before the tour officially kicked off, the band played a triumphant show in front of a hometown crowd on June 9 in Hollywood, California at the Hollywood Bowl, in front of an audience of over 17,000.  Just five days earlier, The Monkees had attended the 19th Primetime Emmy Awards where the group's television series took home two awards, including 'Outstanding Comedy Series.'  Throughout the tour, The Monkees' third album, Headquarters, was at #2 on the charts behind The Beatles' Sgt. Pepper's Lonely Hearts Club Band.  The Monkees also traveled to England where they played five shows at Wembley's Empire Pool, and were later joined by The Jimi Hendrix Experience, who opened up several concerts in the United States.  The instrumental lineup was similar to the regional tour completed throughout late 1966/early 1967 with Micky on drums and tympani, Mike on lead guitar, Peter on bass, keyboards, and banjo, and Davy playing tambourine and maracas.  Davy would also occasionally play bass when Peter moved to keyboards and he would relieve Micky on drums during "Randy Scouse Git" and towards the end of “Mary, Mary.” Unfortunately, Jimi Hendrix quit The Monkees tour before he came to St. Louis due to the fact crowd made up of mostly teenage girls kept screaming "We want The Monkees!" during most of his performance. Opening acts on the rest of The Monkees' '67  U.S. summer tour included The Sundowners, who also provided instrumental backup during the solo segments, and Lynne Randell.

The 1967 summer concerts, which generally lasted around 65 minutes, included a psychedelic light show, one of the first concert tours to feature such techniques. Images of The Monkees along with other footage, like civil rights marches in Montgomery, Alabama, were projected on a large screen behind the band. The last three North American dates (Seattle, Washington on 8/25/67; Portland, Oregon on 8/26/67; and Spokane, Washington on 8/27/67) were recorded with the intent of releasing a live album. That album did not see the light of day until it was finally released as Live 1967 in 1987. The August 12 performance at the Municipal Auditorium in Mobile, Alabama is a widely circulated bootleg recording. Summer 1967: The Complete U.S. Concert Recordings features four complete concerts from this tour, and was previously available as a limited edition release from Rhino Handmade in 2001.

The Monkees Set List For The St. Louis, Mo. concert on August 5, 1967 (in the order the songs were performed).

Last Train to Clarksville
You Just May Be the One
The Girl I Knew Somewhere
I Wanna Be Free
Sunny Girlfriend
YourAuntie Grizelda
Forget That Girl
Sweet Young Thing
Mary, Mary
Cripple Creek  (Peter solo)
You Can’t Judge a Book By the Cover  (Mike solo)
Gonna Build a Mountain  (Davy solo)
I Got a Woman  (Micky solo)
I’m a Believer
Randy Scouse Git
(I’m Not Your) Steppin’ Stone
Below are some live concert photos taken during The Monkees first performance in St. Louis, Mo. on August 5, 1967.
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Fans gather at the Kiel Auditorium in St. Louis, Mo. on August 5, 1967
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Michael Nesmith
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Michael Nesmith & Peter Tork
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Davey Jones
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Mickey Dolenz
Below is the review of The Monkees St. Louis concert at Kiel Auditorium as it appeared the next day (August 6, 1967) in the St. Louis Post-Dispatch newspaper. It also features a great interview with Mike Nesmith at the Hilton Inn where The Monkees stayed while in St. Louis.
And of course, I had to buy the Official Monkees 1967 U.S.A. Summer Tour Program (see below) for a buck!
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