Friday, June 22, 2018

The Friday Flash

Came home to some sad news last night …

The remaining four dates of The Monkees Present The Mike And Micky Show have been cancelled (some reports say postponed) after Michael Nesmith had to be taken to the hospital yesterday.  He was released but advised to rest for a week so has now already headed home to do so.  (Various reports throughout the day reported that Mike had collapsed on stage during the band's soundcheck Thursday afternoon at the Keswick Theatre in Glenside, PA, where The Monkees were scheduled to perform last night.  Other stated that Michael fell ill back at the hotel before even leaving for the soundcheck and still others said he had collapsed the night before.  All reports agree, however, that last night's show in Pennsylvania and the remaining two in New York and one in New Jersey have either been cancelled or postponed to be rescheduled at a later date.)

Glad we got to see them when we did last Thursday Night at The Copernicus Center here in Chicago. (You can catch that review here:
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David Salidor, PR Rep for Micky Dolenz (who was scheduled to see BOTH Monkees shows tonight and tomorrow night in New York) sent us this official statement to share with our readers:

Michael Nesmith had a minor health issue today in advance of his tour date in Philadelphia tonight. He visited a local medical facility and, although the issue was not serious, was advised to rest for the next week, so unfortunately the remaining four dates on The Monkees Present: The Mike & Micky Show tour have been postponed until a later date. Nesmith has been dismissed from the hospital and is traveling back to his home in Carmel Valley. He is in good spirits and thanks all the fans for their support and understanding. He looks forward to getting back on the stage again soon.

Seems like this past week has been dominated by Monkees News and McCartney News.

Paul created quite a buzz with his appearance on The Late, Late Show with James Corden last night, the release of a brand new single (“Come On To Me” and “I Don’t Know”), the announcement that he would be releasing a brand new album in September as well as headlining at this year's Austin City Limits Music Festival in October and his official confirmation that a special, deluxe anniversary edition of The Beatles' White Album would be released later this year to commemorate the 50th Anniversary of this landmark LP.  (The publicity campaign worked … even people who don't typically follow this kind of thing were talking about Paul this week!)

Speaking of which …

Did you catch the carpool karaoke segment?  Quite emotional.

Hi Kent! 
Another fact and fun filled edition of Forgotten Hits! You keep bringing it.  Thank you!
Just listened to the new Macca. Wow - he’s still rocking it. The Come On To You track is an ear worm that only Paul can create!  Still on indefinite repeat in my brain. Soon he may be able to quit his greeter’s job at Sam's Club. Fingers crossed.
Gearing up for Cornerstones at Milwaukee Summerfest.  Definitely can’t wait. We are on the Uline stage at, I think, 3 pm. I believe George Thorogood will be Destroying soon after. 
We’ve added some cool songs for our longer sets including an extended Shadows classic cover of Got My Mojo Working - possibly the fastest song ever committed to vinyl!  But Mike Borch is up to the challenge!  Teddy Aliotta is lubing up his Hohner blues harp as we speak.
After the show we will be cruising the fest with cheese curds and a brew in hand taking in the awesome entertainment. And keeping Milwaukee famous.
All the bands are ready to rock.
See you there! 
Rock on!! 

And, speaking of Jim Peterik, we got this email from a reader earlier this week …

I just finished watching a show called Classic Rock Live on AXS TV. This episode was a tribute to Jim Peterik, and included performances by Survivor (with the late Jimi Jameson), .38 Special, Lynyrd Skynyrd, Night Ranger, and Starship. Jim Peterik and the Ides accompanied the various guests who played some of their greatest hits. The Survivor and .38 Special selections were those written or co-written by Jim, but I am unsure what the connection was with the others.
The show was filmed at the Soundstage venue and dated 2012. I also noticed in the credits the names Martha Davis and Ray Parker but did not see them (must have been edited out). All in all, a good show - I was particularly happy to see  Jimi Jameson, was surprised to see Dave Bickler come out to sing Eye of the Tiger, and enjoyed Mickey Thomas sing Fooled Around and Fell in Love and We Built This City.
AXS TV typically airs its shows multiple times. This one is worth looking for.
Bob Verbos
I'll have to keep an eye out for this one … I've never seen it but it sounds great.
Maybe Jim can shed some additional light on the circumstances.  It almost sounds like a Deluxe Edition of Jim Peterik's World Stage!  (kk)