You will be reading this issue just after the Monkees have finished their Wembley concerts. We, of course, had to go to press before the concerts, so I will just say that I hope all of you who were able to get there, especially the hundred lucky winners of our free front stall seats, enjoyed every minute of the show. Certainly that special episode, which the BBC showed on 10th June, gave us all a marvellous preview of what to expect.
Just after the last edition went on sale, RCA announced that the boys’ new single would be released on 16th June. Immediately I heard I rang Micky in Hollywood and he was thrilled to bits when I told him that I thought that “Alternate Title”, which he wrote, was the best number on the new L.P. and thoroughly deserved to be released as a single. “Do you really mean that?” said Micky, and it took quite a bit of convincing, to assure him that I did.
Vincent O’Dowd of Dublin has written to me pointing out that the Monkees’ television programme was shown on Irish T.V. two months before any of us saw it in Britain and “Last Train to Clarksville” reached number one in the Irish hit parade, before it got into the British charts. Then he had a big knock at the British Monkee fans for not waking up sooner. How could we Vincent, when we hadn’t seen the boys? But we’ve certainly caught up on you since.
See you next month.