The Monkees: Season 1, Episode 32

The Monkees on Tour (24 Apr. 1967)

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With the scripted sitcom antics taking a backseat, this episode shows the group on a real concert tour.

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Producer-director Robert Rafelson presents a filmed documentary on The Monkees as they fly to Phoenix, AZ in January 1967 for a concert during the run of their television series. Arriving at Phoenix, the Monkees are greeted with loud enthusiasm by a mostly-young crowd at the local airport. Rafelson's camera then follows the boys as they have breakfast at their hotel and drive to local radio station KRUX and take it over to become guest DJs for the day. Finally comes the night of the concert as the group performs before some ten thousand screaming fans, and amid the din we see individual clips of the boys as each one of them explains in voice-over their experiences as popular performers and their dreams for the future. Written by Michael Daly

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KRUX-AM was a major Top-40 station in Phoenix at the time and sponsored the Monkees' concert that evening. See more »

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Mike: We'd like to thank everybody, for making it a great stay. We'd like to thank The Rolling Stones for being a great group. We'd like to thank The Mamma's and Papa's for making it good. We'd like to thank Lovin' Spoonful for making it happy, but most of all we'd like to thank the Beatles for starting it all up for us.
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Mary, Mary
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First season closes with a documentary
6 January 2014 | by (Youngstown,Ohio) – See all my reviews

"The Monkees on Tour" was a wise choice to close out the first season (32nd broadcast- Apr 24 1967, 30th in production), a documentary shot at LA radio station KRUX (Jan 21), and their Phoenix concert the following night (Jan 22). We see them enjoying the benefits of fame, the value of time spent alone, and how it feels to have become a real working band, as opposed to their unchanging status on the series as a chronically unemployed one (which most groups at the time could relate). Their takeover of the radio station, which happened in every city they performed, features brief shots of two debut LP covers- THE MONKEES and MEET THE BEATLES. The main song featured is a repeat of Nesmith's "The Girl I Knew Somewhere," while watching brief, live concert snatches of popular Monkees tunes "Last Train to Clarksville," "Sweet Young Thing," "Mary, Mary," "I Wanna Be Free," and "I'm a Believer." We also get to enjoy solo spots from each member, with Peter alone with banjo playing and singing "Cripple Creek," a bluegrass number of unknown origin, dating back to the early 20th century; Nesmith singing "You Can't Judge a Book by the Cover," a 1962 hit for Bo Diddley, composed by Willie Dixon; and Micky 'James Brown' Dolenz belting out "I Got a Woman," actually a Ray Charles song dating from 1954 (which became his very first hit), all three of which would be retained for the summer tour that only ended Aug 27 1967. The whole thing concludes with Nesmith name-dropping The Rolling Stones ('a great group'), The Mamas and the Papas ('making it good'), The Lovin' Spoonful ('making it happy'), and 'most of all, we'd like to thank The Beatles for starting it all up for us!'


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