It was 46 years ago tonight (December 3rd, 1966)

…that the Monkees made their first live appearance.



During the 1966 Honolulu show, the Monkees performed solely as a four-piece band, with Dolenz on drums, Nesmith on guitar, Tork on bass, organ and banjo, and Jones alternating between tambourine, maracas and drums. The show’s producers had them play in the out-of-the-way destination hoping that if the group flopped, news would be slow to travel to the mainland.


Shortly before his death, Davy Jones, who pushed for the group to perform live from the time the show hit, said that he still considered performing live his main stock in trade.