The Monkees

Season 1 Episode 32

The Monkees on Tour

Aired Monday 7:30 PM Apr 24, 1967 on NBC
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The Monkees on Tour
For the first season finale of The Monkees TV series, David Jones opens the show with a special thanks and appreciation to the devout Monkee fans for their loyal support during the show's past year. The other three Monkees, dressed as elderly bearded men, arrive to carry him out of the room to have him help them across the street.

The show then departs from its story format to present films of a Monkees concert in Phoenix, Arizona on January 21, 1967. At a heliport, mobs of excited teenagers await the arrival of The Monkees on their first personal appearance tour following their NBC-TV series' stunningly successful first season on the air. Here is an intimate view of the combo, thrilled by the first real contact with their fans. From preconcert jitters to postconcert elation, this amazing episode show's each boys' triumph, and records his past fears and present doubts, as they horse around (literally!) at a corral, clown around at a mall, chase swans, and yuk it up at a restaurant. On their way to their final performance, David Peter, Michael and Micky try to control the rising tension. In a burst of exuberance they drive The Monkeemobile to the KRUX radio station, find a disc jockey and take over his studio-having bound and gagged him-and conduct a wild "advice to the public" session, as "The Girl I Knew Somewhere" joyfully intrudes the soundtrack. The big night arrives, as police battle fans to keep them from mobbing their heroes.

Then the concert itself, at Phoenix's Arizona Veterans Memorial Coliseum, commences, wherein the boys are seen (but barely heard!) performing a medley of Monkeetunes and other somesuch-"Last Train To Clarksville," "Sweet Young Thing," "Mary, Mary," "Cripple Creek," (Peter) "You Can't Judge A Book By Looking At The Cover," (Michael) "I Wanna Be Free," (David) "I Got A Woman," (Micky) and "(I'm Not Your) Steppin' Stone"-capturing all the excitement and wonder of youth. We see each of The Monkees reminiscing on the past, savoring the triumph of the present. The deafening screams and applause prove to the audience, and to the boys themselves, which is just as important, their success as topflight entertainers. The boys are rushed from The Coliseum, and are driven away in their limousine to begin another concert gig.moreless

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  • An interesting inside look at a day in the life of The Monkees as a band

    "The Monkees on Tour" is a unique episode of the series, and the only one that departs from the sitcom form to give us a mini-documentary of a day in the life of The Monkees as a band. The title "The Monkees on Tour" is actually a bit of a misnomer, at least as far as we generally think about tours, since the two performances used on this episode took place in between days of filming and recording, and were not part of an extended tour per se. And the events have been rearranged a bit: the "kidnapping" of a radio station actually occurred the evening before the earlier of the two concerts, not that same day.

    But the real interest of this episode, to me at least, lies in the short interview segments, which show a bit of how hectic their life had become and that there were drawbacks to their success: Micky's feeeling that what he's doing isn't really very important; Peter's need for quiet after the noise from the concerts and the loneliness that can come from trying to avoid the admiring throngs. Still, once they are performing onstage they seem to be in their element and actually having a good time, despite the fact that they can't even hear the music they're playing over the screams of the crowd. Overall, it's a fascinating behind the scenes look at one aspect of the Monkees phenomenon.


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    • Tag: As "I'm A Believer," pervades the sound track, Mike, in a final touch, pays tribute to other combos—The Rolling Stones, The Mamas And The Papas, and The Lovin' Spoonful—and with a humility that adds charm to the evening's glory, thanks The Beatles for showing the way.

    • The songs in the concert sequence are: "Last Train To Clarksville," "Sweet Young Thing," "Mary, Mary," "Cripple Creek," (Peter solo) "You Can't Judge A Book By Looking At The Cover," (Michael solo) "I Wanna Be Free," (Davy solo) "I Got A Woman," (Micky solo) and "(Im Not Your) Steppin Stone".

    • The 21 Aug 67 repeat of this episode featured the new songs: "Randy Scouse Git" and "Words" and a CBS Saturday morning repeat featured yet another new tune: the heretofore unreleased song "Steam Engine."

    • Features the songs: "The Girl I Knew Somewhere," a brief snippet of the album version of "(Theme From) The Monkees," and "I'm a Believer."