The Monkees At Olympia 1967

We are all sad at hearing Davy Jones passed today. Check out a radio commercial I found promoting their 1967 show in Motown featuring an opening act by the name of [lastfm link_type=”artist_info”]Jimi Hendrix[/lastfm].

We had to cancel the first Detroit date because of the riots-Mickey Dolenz

[lastfm link_type=”artist_info”]The Monkees [/lastfm]played the The Fox Theatre last summer for their 45 Anniversary Tour. The first time they played in Detroit, it was at The ‘Old Red Barn”, Olympia Stadium.

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Unused Monkees concert ticket 1967/Getty Images

The show was originally set for July 29 of 1967. Tickets cost a whopping $6 bucks! That was a lot of babysitting their fans had to do for those tickets. Ironically, the show had to be rescheduled because of the riots that broke out in Detroit right around that time. The guys came back to a much more peaceful Motown on August 13.

What a lot of people probably don’t remember was [lastfm link_type=”artist_info”]The Monkees[/lastfm] opening act, a new up and coming artist by the name of [lastfm link_type=”artist_info”]Jimi Hendrix[/lastfm]. Jimi was well-known by that time in Europe, but the Detroit gig was pretty much his U.S. concert debut.

Check out a classic Kenner 13 radio commercial I found, voiced by legendary Keener jock Scott Regan, promoting the show. It’s a cool look into some Detroit concert history, as we celebrate the life of Davy Jones.

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  1. Paula says:

    I am a big fan of the Monkees since i was a child. I would watch their show every week. Davy Jones was my favorite as i know he was by many other fans. I just went and saw them at the Fox Theatre July 23rd. 2011. It was a great concert!! I was amazed how Davy was all over the stage. It was like he was a teenager. I also saw them at Freedom Hill. He will be missed by many. RIP Davy Jones.

  2. Paula says:

    I wrote July 23rd. It was June 23rd. I saw them at the Fox Theatre.

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