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WHAT 1970 WILL BRING FOR THE MONKEES
Monkee Spectacular #16, August 1968
Valleri's note: Just for kicks, I'm putting after each prediction, in my own little italics, whether this came true or not, as well as information pertaining to which way it went.
Have you ever wondered what your faves will be doing years from now? Well, here's a few groovy ideas for you to think about during the next few months. How many of them will come true? Only the Monkees know for sure.
Two years from now everyone is going to be two years older. You can dig that, right? But what will two years mean to people like the Monkees, who literally live from day to day in the eyes of their fans?
Will everyone be looking at some groovy new group in two years and only say on rare occasions, "I wonder what ever happened to the Monkees?" Or will everyone still be looking at the Monkees and asking the same old questions like "When will they break up?"
Well, don't fall out of your groove, but here're a few predictions that might just blow your mind!
THE MONKEES won't release as many records as they do now. (Each Monkee will have his own songs, which he will probably produce. They won't sing together as often because they'll be going in seperate directions musically.)
This was already holding true in late '68, when this magazine came out, with Birds Bees. If you wanna count breaking up as releasing fewer records be my guest.. only 4 records were released after this was issued.
THE MONKEES will appear in more "major" magazines in in-depth interview, so you'll see more of them in print than you did before. (Except fan magazines. They won't print as much as they do now on the Monkees, so start saving back issues.)
True and false. The guys made TV appearances on more major, adult shows, but didn't necessarily appear in adult magazines. Tiger Beat predicted well on the second part (and so they should've.. they're a magazine, aren't they?) that they'd print less on the guys. By 1970, they only printed on Davy, and that was piddly stuff.
THE MONKEES won't spend as much time in Los Angeles. (They'll take more vacations in places like New York and England.)
False. Mike ventured to Nashville breifly later in the year, but the rest stayed put. Micky imported Samantha from England.
MIKE won't live in Los Angeles. (He'll be commuting from somewhere in the West where he will have bought a ranch and built a house for Phyllis and his children.)
False. The Nesmiths lived in Los Angeles for basically the rest of the time they were together, with the exception of the time Phyllis left him in 1968 (see Mike Without Phyllis).
ONE OF THE MONKEES -- maybe two -- will have gotten married. (Probably Peter, despite what he says about never getting married again. Second choice: Micky.)
Eh.. half right. Micky was already married by this point (July 12, 1968) but I guess it hadn't hit the presses yet. Peter wasn't remarried, to Reine Stewart, until 1971.
DAVY JONES wil have accepted a solo acting role, probably in a major movie. (And the other guys won't have minded.)
False again. Davy never accepted any real acting roles unless he was on Broadway, and even that was in the mid '70s. His first post-Monkees movie appearance was in 1995's The Brady Bunch Movie. That is, unless you count "Getting Davy Jones," but that was TV.
MICKY will also do a solo acting appearance. (He'll have several cameo parts, not a major role.)
Kinda sorta false. For 1970 it is. Micky accepted several small parts in movies throughout the 1970s, like Linda Lovelace for President and others. But none in 1970 or before that.
PETER will appear on variety-talk shows to sing his own material and talk with the hosts. (He'll still be in his folk-rock bag.)
Just like Micky's prediction above. Peter appeared on several TV talk shows and music shows after the Monkees, but none in the '70s; mostly in the '80s. (Reference: our TV Appearances Guide.)
PETER's hair will be longer and his clothes will be wilder. (He'll be the extremist of the group.)
Hit the nail on the head. Peter sported a big bushy beard on the Australia tour later that year, and grew his hair hippie-style after the Monkees ended. Not really much about the clothes though, but definitley the extremist.
DAVY will not be as adept musically as the other Monkees but he'll be the best actor. (His bag has never been music. He's always been an actor first.)
Half and half. Davy recorded several solo albums, most independent, following the Monkees, including one in 1971. He did do a lot of Broadway and off-Broadway acting appearances, though.
Despite the success of "Untitled," THE MONKEES won't make but one or two movies as a group. (They'll still do an occasional TV special.)
Eep! Where'd they get this?! Untitled, which, for those who don't know, later became known as HEAD, was the only movie the Monkees ever made. They also made only one TV special (very occasional indeed), "33 1/3 Revolutions Per Monkee."
THE MONKEES won't tour as much. (Because they'll have the same problem as the Beatles do now. First, they'll be bored with it and secondly, they won't be able to reproduce their own sound.)
Pretty false. The Monkees did tour, minus Peter, in late 1969 and Micky and Davy toured together in early 1970.
THE MONKEES will argue more among themselves than they do now. (They'll be producing their own records and handling more of their own careers and that means there will be a four-way hassle between very strong-willed guys.)
Arguments include breaking up, right? By 1970, Peter had left due to this stuff, Mike had too. Arguing.. yes, that definitley happened.
THE MONKEES will be together as a group, but they'll be talking about breaking up in 1971. (The reason isn't that they'll be going their seperate ways in show business and they'll feel it is unfair to each other to stay together as a group.)
Yeah! It'll be secret marriages and alcohol and country music.. right? Yes. Anyway, that's untrue, the guys were already very broken up by 1971 and shoulda been. They'd have slitted each others' throats if they were together any longer.
EVEN IN 1970, you won't like there predictions. (What do YOU think the Monkees will be doing in 1970?)

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