Just back from the 2014 Monkees Convention in New Jersey! Here is my report, complete with super-rare pics of the fans, merch, events, and the Monkees themselves! A great time was had by all, so look below for a "you-are-there" account of this wild weekend! Click images to enlarge!
|Above: Colossal crowds line up at registration booths to start |
the show! At times, it was "standing room only" status!
|Above: Tons of fans (from around the globe) came armed with |
custom-made shirts, pillows, hats, banners, and throw rugs,
festooned with personal Monkees-themed event pics!
|Above and below: Let's venture into the dealer's room, where lots |
of rare goodies were on display! Dig this cleverly-adorned booth!
Hardcore Monkees fans will get the gag immediately! Pics below
courtesy Natalie Panaia!
|Above: Another fun fan-produced item found, aimed squarely at super-fans! |
Funny! Who created this? I ain't talking! Utter secrecy! "Secrecy, secrecy, secrecy.."
|Above: Custom t-shirts were available at every turn, including these |
gems! Take a close look at the clever detail on these tees!
|Above: A talented artist works on an exacting portrait of Michael Nesmith!|
|Above and below: Scott Murray, the proud owner of this amazing custom guitar |
(complete with autographs) shows it off to waves of awed fans!
|Above: Another collector displays his "Monkees Gretsch" |
guitar model, also emblazoned with signatures!
|Above: It's me, with Mike's son, Jonathan Nesmith, one of the |
nicest (and most talented) guys you'll ever meet!
|Above: There's no need to fear! Monkeeman is|
here! Dig this fan's exacting costume!
|Above: Another fan in a fantastic custom shirt!|
|Above: Fans are interviewed for a local magazine piece! Young|
and old, guys and girls, black and white, they all have their own
Monkees-related stories! Note the "Mike Nesmith" proxy (Kristy
Hoffman) in the background!
|Above: At the show, I was asked to sign tons of the covers I drew for |
MONKEE BUSINESS FANZINE, my comics, and (for some reason) the cover
of Kristy Hoffman's copy of the 1976 MONKEES GREATEST HITS album!
|Above: Got to see the Boyce & Hart documentary, THE GUYS WHO WROTE 'EM, put |
together by Rachel Lichtman (who also hosted the screening)! Great film, full of previously
unseen pics and footage of not only B&H, but the Monkees, too!
|Above: Michael Nesmith signs for the fans! Mike was presented with anything |
you can plaster a signature upon! Posters, shirts, toys, CDs and LPs, guitars…
He engaged each fan in conversation, and was his usual witty self!
|Above: Mike signs the 1967 HEADQUARTERS record album!|
|Above: Michael adds his signature to a fan's Monkeemobile die-cast! Mike and I |
had to convince the fan that the real Monkeemobile was parked right downstairs!
BONUS! Click below to watch Michael sign the Monkeemobile toy!
|Above: What did I have Michael sign? This 1996 catalog cover, which already |
sports the signatures of the other three Monkees, who signed it at a '96
"meet-and-greet" event in Charlotte, North Carolina! It's bordered by
attached pics of me and the Monkees (and their famed mode of
transportation) from various previous events...
|Above and below: Did somebody mention the Monkeemobile was making |
an appearance at the show? Here it is, graced by my presence!
|Above pic courtesy MONKEES CONVENTION FaceBook page!|
BONUS BONUS! Click below to see the Pop Hall of Fame Induction!
BONUS BONUS! During the convention, Michael also presented his amazing "Movies of the Mind" live show, backed by a fabulous band! Click below to see (and hear) one of the most exciting portions of the set, as Mike performs some of the INFINITE RIDER cuts that fans have loved for over thirty years now! Thanks to "Spikedrice" for this and the above video clip!
|Above: The Monkees are ready for the awesome onslaught of fevered fans, looking |
for their chance to snap a personal pic with them! Photo by David Levin!