12 August 2019

Archie on Tour

HOTS INTRO ART

Hits Of The Sixties
Archie On Tour!
DC Hampton Jacobs presents
the Pop Culture Cantina History of
The Archies

Get ready for a history of The Archies that you've never heard before . . . something we specialize in here at Pop Culture Cantina!  In 1987, Archer St. Christopher "Archie" Andrews, Forsythe Jerome "Juggy" Jones and Reginald Whitney "Reggie" Mantle III formed a Punk-a-Billy trio in their hometown of Riverdale USA.  Originally known as The Juggz, they began to draw a following after changing their name to The Archies.  By the end of 1988, Mary Elizabeth "Betty" Cooper and Veronica Yvette "Roni" Lodge had joined the teenage group.   That same year, Roni's father arranged for them to begin recording for Kirshner Records. Under the supervision of producers Jeff Barry and Ron Dante, as well as executive producer Don Kirshner, they quickly evolved into a solid Pop/Rock performing unit.

Between 1988 and 1990, The Archies bagged a clutch of hit singles. These included "Bang-Shang-A-Lang", "Jingle Jangle", "Who's Your Baby?" and the legendary international chart-topper "Sugar, Sugar". However, by 1991 their working relationship with Mr. Kirshner had deteriorated to the breaking point! They found his directives overbearing and demanded creative control over their recordings.  When it wasn't forthcoming, the group decided to disband.  The members attended college, started families and (except for bass player Reggie) pursued non-musical careers. Guitarist Archie married up keyboard player Roni, and drummer Juggy wed percussionist Betty.

ROCKIN' & ROLLIN' AROUND THE WORLD

FANNY GABRIEL, JINX PONDEROSA AND SHERMAN SHASTA:
AGENTS WHO BOOKED THE ARCHIES AND THEIR
FABULOUS MUSIC INTO MAJOR CONCERT VENUES
ALL OVER THE WORLD

The September 11 terrorist attacks in 2001 brought The Archies back together. After playing benefit concerts for 9/11 terror victims, the band officially reunited. It signed with Archie Records, an indie label co-founded by Archie, Veronica and sound engineer Alan Mayberry. Nicholas Freund, a well-connected (and maybe Mafia-affiliated?) manager was also part of their new game plan. Thanks in no small part to his industry connections and promotional savvy, the adult Archies racked up a string of Gold and Platinum albums and singles: "Lady Jane", "Nobody But You", "Let's Get It On Today!" , "Glitter And Gold", "Hip Shaker", "Soul Deep Ska" and others.  (These are all real songs, BTW!)  While the band scored no Number One records in the USA between 2002 and 2014, their overall success far outstripped what they'd achieved in the late 1980s.

It might surprise people to know that this incarnation of The Archies only mounted six concert tours.  (That number doesn't include USO tours, which the group took part in on a regular basis.  The Archies were entertaining American troops as early as 1990, and by the year 2014 they'd joined fourteen USO caravans.)  There were two North-American tours in the early Thousands, and two World tours in the early Tens. The others were mini-tours of South America, Spain and Portugal, mounted in 2005 and 2008, respectively.

HOTS STAGE SETUP

STAGE SET-UP FOR THE ARCHIES' HOTS 
WORLD TOUR OF 2011

The paucity of live concerts has a simple explanation: Most of the group members didn't want to tour. Being in a Rock band was only ever a part-time proposition for them. As teenagers, The Archies were full-time high school students. As grown-ups, Archie, Roni, Juggy and Betty were all business owners, while Reggie and Trevor Smith (who joined the lineup in 2009) were in-demand session musicians. They had no intention of neglecting their "day jobs".  In fact, ample time to pursue other activities was a key condition of the band's reformation. 

 That said, everyone had to adjust their schedule to accommodate the group's runaway success!  Reggie resented how The Archies monopolized his time, and he was the first member to leave. Today, he and his wife Olga San Quentín are a popular duet act on the Tejano music circuit.  Archie is now a solo act.  Veronica is head of A & R at Republic International Music. Trevor is on his way to becoming one of the most powerful song publishers in the music trade; and Juggy runs a restaurant chain.  Betty divorced him in 2017, has remarried, and is now a cookbook author. The Archies went on indefinite hiatus back in 2014, but a decade from now they'll reform once again.  This third edition of the group replaces Reggie and Trevor with Toni Topaz and Kevin Keller.  Their recording and touring career will end in the year 2033 after scoring two back-to-back, chart-topping, triple-length albums!  Although they started out as a teenage novelty act, The Archies will depart the Pop scene as proven superstars.

HOT SWEET + LIVE, VOLS 2 + 3

ARCHIE RECORDS PLANNED THREE 
VOLUMES
OF HOT, SWEET + LIVE!  HOWEVER, A CENTURY WILL PASS
BEFORE THE FOLLOW-UPS IN THIS SERIES OF
CONCERT RECORDINGS FINALLY
HIT THE MARKET

Scarce though they were, Archies tours were very popular.  In fact, the two World tours were some of the most successful of their day. Most successful of all will be a 50-city round of farewell concerts in 2032, but the ¡Adios Amigos! Tour falls outside the scope of this review. Here you'll find set lists for the six tours the band mounted during its 2002-12 heyday. Pop-Art-Chie artist Stuffed Animal provides full-color "photos" of The Archies on the road. They're taken from the 2011 Hits Of The Sixties Tour program, which would be highly collectible if it existed!

A note on instrumentation: The Pop Culture Cantina chose to disregard the "classic" Archies band lineup: Archie on guitar and lead vocals, Betty on tambourine, Roni on organ, etcetera.  All of the adult members play multiple instruments and all of them sing lead!  Both on stage and in the recording studio, they routinely switch roles; generally speaking, though, Archie and Roni kick "axe", Betty blows sax, Juggy jams on drums and percussion, Reggie rocks the keyboards, and Trevor Smith bears down on bass.  These alternative Archies have also been known to wield harmonicas, fiddles, banjos, accordions, trumpets and various other joyful noisemakers in concert!

ARCHIE 60'S COSTUME

OFFICIAL ARCHIE ANDREWS BIO

LIKE A ROLLING STONE
North-American Tour
Summer 2003
The Archies:
Archie Andrews (music director), Betty Jones, Juggy Jones,
Roni Lodge-Andrews and Reggie Mantle
with Big Ethel + The Vixens (backing vocals)
Opening Act: Marrakesh Xpress (comedy)
Audio Producer: Alan Mayberry
Lighting Design: Bryan Suyako
Tour Booking Agent:
Ponderosa Concert Booking/Abigail "Jinx" Ponderosa
Tour Manager: Arsenio "Kix" Panunzio
Tour Sponsor:
Bartles + Jaymes Wine Coolers
25 cities

ARCHIES IN REHEARSAL

AN EARLY-MORNING BAND REHEARSAL IN
VANCOUVER, CANADA

This tour promoted The Archies' first two Platinum albums:
Archie Country! and Like A Rolling Stone.

Intro: 
Sugar, Sugar (Barry, Kim) - instrumental/
Start Me Up! (Jagger, Richards)- Juggy, vocal
(I Can't Get No) Satisfaction (Jagger, Richards) - Archie, vocal
Lonely Weekends (Charlie Rich) - Reggie, vocal
Get Off My Cloud! (Jagger, Richards) - Archie, Reggie, duet vocals
My Heart Skips A Beat (Buck Owens) - Archie, vocal
Tumblin' Dice (Jagger, Richards) - Betty, Veronica, duet vocals
The Last Time (Jagger, Richards) - Archie, Reggie, duet vocals
Time Is On My Side (Jerry Ragovoy) - Juggy, Betty, duet vocals
Under My Thumb (Jagger, Richards) - Veronica, vocal
Ruby Tuesday (Jagger, Richards) - Betty, vocal

Intermission

Jumpin' Jack Flash (Jagger, Richards)
- Betty, Veronica, duet vocals
Everybody (Tommy Roe) - Juggy, vocal
Diesel On My Tail (Jimmy Fagan) - Archie, Reggie, duet vocals
What's A Matter With You, Baby? (Jo Ann Campbell) - Veronica, vocal
Just Someone I Used To Know (Jack Clement)
- Veronica, Reggie, duet vocals
Street Fightin' Man (Jagger, Richards) - Juggy, vocal
Nineteenth Nervous Breakdown (Jagger, Richards)
- Archie, Reggie, duet vocals
Happy (Jagger, Richards) - Betty, vocal
Sugar, Sugar (Barry, Kim) - Archie, Veronica, duet vocals
Finale: 
When I Stop Leavin', I'll Be Gone (Kent Robbins)
 - Juggy, vocal

BETTY 60'S COSTUME

OFFICIAL BETTY JONES BIO

Encore/Substitute Songs (choice of 2):
Believe What You Say (Dorsey + Johnny Burnette)
- Archie, vocal
What You Got (Goffin, King) - Juggy, vocal
Dance Crazy Medley:
Keep On Dancin' (Jones, Young) - Reggie, vocal/
Let's Dance (Jim Lee) - Juggy, vocal/
You Make Me Wanna Dance (Jeff Barry) - Archie, vocal 
Bang-Shang-A-Lang (Jeff Barry) - Archie, vocal

HITS OF THE SIXTIES SESSION LOG_2

SESSION LOG FOR THE HOTS STUDIO ALBUM,
RECORDED 2011 @ CHAPEL OF ROCK,
SANTA BARBARA

RIVER-DEEP, MOUNTAIN-HIGH
North-American Tour
Summer 2004
The Archies:
Archie Andrews, Betty Jones, Juggy Jones,
Roni Lodge-Andrews and Reggie Mantle
with Dilton Doiley Briseño (music director)
Zoot Suit Muchachas (backing vocals)
and Big-Ass Brass (horn section)
Opening Act: Bridget (Pop balladeer)
Audio Producer: Alan Mayberry
Lighting Design: Dr. Lights/Winston Keyes
Tour Booking Agent:
Ponderosa Concert Booking/Abigail "Jinx" Ponderosa
Tour Manager: Arsenio "Kix" Panunzio
Tour Sponsor:
Bartles + Jaymes Wine Coolers
25 cities

JUGHEAD 60'S COSTUME

OFFICIAL JUGGY JONES BIO

Mounted to promote The Archies' Platinum Jeff + Ellie Songbook album,
this tour had no official title.  Fans dubbed it The River-Deep/
Mountain-High Tour and that name took hold in later years.

Intro: 
River-Deep, Mountain-High (Barry, Greenwich, Spector)
- instrumental/
Be My Baby (Barry, Greenwich, Spector) - Reggie, vocal
I'll Take You Where The Music's Playing (Barry, Greenwich)
- Juggy, vocal
Here She Comes (Barry, Greenwich) - Veronica, vocal
He Ain't No Angel (Barry, Greenwich) - Betty, vocal
Hanky Panky (Barry, Greenwich)
 - Betty, Veronica, duet vocals
Then He Kissed Me (Barry, Greenwich, Spector)
 - Betty, Juggy, duet vocals
Jeff + Ellie Medley #1:
Doo Wah Diddy Diddy (Barry, Greenwich)
 - Veronica, vocal/
Da Doo Ron Ron (Barry, Greenwich, Spector)
 - Archie, vocal
She Hangs Out (Barry, Greenwich, Leiber, Stoller)
- Juggy, Reggie, duet vocals

Intermission

Hip Shaker (Barry, Greenwich, Spector) 
- Veronica, Betty, duet vocals
Leader Of The Pack (Barry, Greenwich, Morton) 
- Veronica, Betty, duet vocals
Train From Kansas City (Barry, Greenwich, Hawkins)
- Veronica, vocal
Nobody But You (Barry, Greenwich) - Reggie, vocal
Tumblin' Dice (Jagger, Richards) - Betty, Veronica, duet vocals
Happy (Jagger, Richards) - Betty, vocal
Jeff + Ellie Medley #2: 
Goodnight, Baby (Barry, Greenwich, Venet) - Veronica, vocal/
Baby, I Love You (Barry, Greenwich, Spector) - Reggie, vocal
Hold On, Baby (Barry, Greenwich, Spector) - Betty, vocal
Chapel Of Love (Barry, Greenwich, Spector) 
- Betty, Veronica, duet vocals
River-Deep, Mountain-High (Barry, Greenwich, Spector) 
- ensemble vocal
Finale: 
Sugar, Sugar (Barry, Kim)
 - Archie, Veronica, duet vocals

A WITCH ON LATIN PIANO

SABRINA "BREE" SPELLMAN PLAYED PIANO 
ON THE ARCHIES' HARD-ROCKIN' LIVE VERSION
 OF "BLAME IT ON THE BOSSA NOVA"

Encore/Substitute Songs (choice of 2):
Here Comes My Baby (Cat Stevens) 
- Archie, Reggie, duet vocals
She Shot A Hole In My Soul! (Gayden, Neese) 
- Archie, vocal
True, True Love (Barry, Greenwich) - Betty, vocal
Sunshine (Barry, Bloom) 
- Archie, Juggy, Reggie, trio vocals

VERONICA 60'S COSTUME

OFFICIAL RONI LODGE-ANDREWS BIO

SPILL THE WINE
South-American Mini-Tour
Summer 2005
The Archies:
Archie Andrews, Betty Jones, Juggy Jones,
Roni Lodge-Andrews and Reggie Mantle (music director)
with Kevin Keller (backing vocals)
Opening Act: Carnitas
Tour Booking Agent:
Ponderosa Concert Booking/Abigail "Jinx" Ponderosa
Tour Manager: Arsenio "Kix" Panunzio
Tour Sponsor:
Cerveza Tecate
15 cities

HOTS PROGRAM CENTERFOLD
CENTERFOLD FROM THE HOTS TOUR PROGRAM

On this tour, The Archies performed songs from a forthcoming
album of Toni Wine ballads that ended up not being released.
"The Toni Wine Medley", only ever performed in South America,
was actually not part of that album.  Reggie Mantle, who served
as touring music director, translated some of the song lyrics
into less-than-perfect Spanish; The Archies sang those
translations on stage.  Audiences didn't seem to mind
the grammatical errors, but neither those translations
nor those songs were ever performed in concert
again.

Intro:
African Twist (Cynthia Ellis) - Veronica, vocal/
Be My Baby (Barry, Greenwich, Spector) - Reggie, vocal
River-Deep, Mountain-High (Barry, Greenwich, Spector) - ensemble vocal
I Wanna See Morning With Him (Levine, Wine) - Veronica, vocal
Lonely Weekends (Charlie Rich) - Reggie, vocal
Big City Miss Ruth Ann (Tom Lazoros) - Jughead, vocal
Love Me Like You're Gonna Lose Me (Levine, Wine) 
- Archie, Veronica, duet vocals
The Last Time (Jagger, Richards) - Archie, Reggie, duet vocals
María's Medley:
Take A Letter, Maria/Livin' La Vida Loca
(RB Greaves/Child, Gómez Escolar, Rosa)
- Reggie, vocal
A Groovy Kind Of Love (Bayer-Sager, Wine) - Betty, vocal

Intermission

Lowrider Medley:
Spill The Wine (War) - Archie, Juggy, Reggie, trio vocals/
Nobody But You (Barry, Greenwich) - Reggie, vocal
Hip Shaker (Barry, Greenwich, Spector) - Veronica, Betty, duet vocals
Hold On, Baby (Barry, Greenwich, Spector) - Betty, vocals
That's All I Ever Want From You, Baby (Barry, Greenwich) - Juggy, vocal
Time Is On My Side (Jagger, Richards) - Betty, Juggy - duet vocals
Soul Deep (Wayne Carson Thompson) - Archie, vocals
That's What Life Is All About (Levine, Wine) - Archie, vocal
Train From Kansas City (Barry, Greenwich, Hawkins) - Veronica, vocal
Take A Little Time Out For Love (Levine, Wine) - ensemble vocal
Sugar, Sugar (Barry, Kim) - Archie, Veronica, duet vocals

Encore Song:
Toni Wine Medley:
A Rose By Any Other Name (Levine, Wine) - Reggie, vocal/
What Are You Doing Sunday? (Levine, Wine) - Archie, vocal/
Candida (Levine, Wine) - Juggy, vocal

REGGIE 60'S COSTUME

OFFICIAL REGGIE MANTLE BIO

¡SALUDOS AMIGOS!
South-American Mini-Tour
with appearances in Spain and Portugal
Summer 2008
The Archies:
Archie Andrews, Betty Jones, Juggy Jones,
Roni Lodge-Andrews and Reggie Mantle
with Dilton Doiley Briseño (music director)
and Cochinada Brothers (backing vocals)
Opening Acts: various
Tour Booking Agents:
Ponderosa Concert Booking/Abigail "Jinx" Ponderosa
(South America)
Fanny B. Tender Concert Tours/Fanny Gabriel
(Spain, Portugal)
Tour Manager: Arsenio "Kix" Panunzio
Tour Sponsor:
Cerveza Tecate
15 cities

BETTY UPTOWN

BETTY SINGS A LIVE-IN-CONCERT LEAD 
ON "UPTOWN" WITH VOCAL BACKING 
BY ANDY YOSHIDA AND GAYME

This tour promoted The Archies' smash hit remake of "Sugar, Sugar"
in Spanish.  Songs from their Get It On Today! album were also
performed, and Archie sang his popular "Eric Carmen Medley"
for the first time.

Intro: 
Dance The Night Away (Van Halen) - Archie, vocal
Sunshine (Barry, Bloom) - Archie, Jughead, Reggie, trio vocals
I Don't Wanna Love You (Mann, Weil) - Reggie, vocal
Neil Diamond Medley:
Two-Bit Manchild/Practically Newborn
(Neil Diamond)
- Reggie, vocal
He Ain't No Angel (Barry, Greenwich) - Betty, vocal
Eres Tù (Juan Carlos Calderòn) - Betty, Veronica, duet vocals
Tumblin' Dice (Jagger, Richards) - Betty, Veronica, duet vocals
Let's Get It On Today! (Adams, Dante) - Archie, vocal
Don't Call It Love! (Allan, Dante) - Juggy, vocal
Soul Deep Ska (Wayne Carson Thompson) - Archie, vocal

Intermission

She Shot A Hole In My Soul! (Gayten, Neese) - Archie, vocal
Lonely Weekends (Charlie Rich) - Reggie, vocal
Midnight Show (Allan, Dante) - Reggie, vocal
Lady Jane (James, King) - Juggy, vocal
Sugar, Sugar en Español (Barry, Kim, Milstein) - Archie, Veronica, duet vocals
Nobody But You (Barry, Greenwich) - Reggie, vocal
Happy (Jagger, Richards) - Betty, vocal
God Bless Rock 'n' Roll (Allan, Dante) - Archie, vocal
Yellow Van (Allan, Dante) - Archie, Reggie, duet vocals
River-Deep, Mountain-High (Barry, Greenwich, Spector) - ensemble vocal

Encore Song:
Eric Carmen Medley:
Hey, Deanie!/Go All The Way/That's Rock 'n' Roll 
(Eric Carmen) - Archie, vocal

TREVOR 60'S COSTUME

OFFICIAL TREVOR SMITH BIO

RETURN TO ARCHIE COUNTRY
World Tour
Spring 2010
The Archies:
Archie Andrews, Betty Jones, Juggy Jones
Roni Lodge-Andrews and Trevor Smith
with Reggie Mantle (keyboards)
Cochinada Brothers (backing vocals) 
and Dilton Doiley Briseño (music director)
Opening Act: The Bingos (musical comedy)
Audio Producer/Lighting Design:
Alan Mayberry
Tour Booking Agents:
Ponderosa Concert Booking/Abigail "Jinx" Ponderosa
(North and South America)
Fanny B. Tender Concert Tours/Fanny Gabriel
(Europe, Australia)
Togo Tour Booking/Sherman Shasta
(Africa)
Band Box Booking/Todd Malabanan
(Asia)
Tour Manager: Arsenio "Kix" Panunzio
Tour Sponsor:
Heineken Lager
30 cities

ARCHIES IN KANSAS CITY

THE HOTS TOUR WAS PHENOMENALLY POPULAR
IN THE MIDWESTERN UNITED STATES

The Archies' first sold-out concert tour showcased the
Platinum Archie Country! and Return To Archie Country
albums as well as the soon-to-be-Gold
Èxitos en Español LP.

Bluegrass Intro: 
Foggy Mountain Breakdown (Earl Scruggs) - instrumental/
Wheeling, West Virginia (Greenfield, Sedaka) - Veronica, Betty, duet vocals
Love Of The Common People (Hurley, Wilkins) - ensemble vocal
Sugar, Sugar en Español (Barry, Kim, Milstein) - Archie, Veronica, duet vocals
Soul Deep Ska (Wayne Carson Thompson) - Archie, vocal
Maria's Medley:
My Marìa (Moore, Stevenson)/Take A Letter, Marìa (RB Greaves)
 - Reggie, vocal
Good Deal, Lucille (Miller, Theriot) - Reggie, vocal
I Fought The Law (Sonny Curtis) - Juggy, vocal
Up On Cripple Creek (Robbie Robertson) - Archie, Trevor, duet vocals
Jacky Daniels And You (Greenfield, Sedaka) - Betty, vocal

Intermission

Country 2 The City (Harper, Poindexter) - Juggy, vocal***
Eyes Of A New York Woman (Mark James) - Juggy, vocal
Reuben James (Etris, Harvey) - Trevor, vocal
Éxitos en Español Medley: 
¿Quièn Es Tu Novia?/Who's Your Baby? (Barry, Kim, Milstein)
 - Archie, Veronica, duet vocals/
Angelito Mìo/You Little Angel, You (Barry, San Quentin)
 - Archie, vocal
A La Linea/Get On The Line (Barry, San Quentin, Smith)
 - ensemble vocal
Train From Kansas City (Barry, Greenwich) - Veronica, vocal
Jet Airliner (Paul Peña) - Trevor, vocal
Let's Get It On Today! (Adams, Dante) - Archie, vocal
Walk A Mile In My Shoes (Joe South) - Betty, vocal
Finale: 
Lady Jane (James, King) - Juggy, vocal/
Sugar, Sugar (Barry, Kim)
 - Archie, Veronica, duet vocals

SABRINA 60'S COSTUME

OFFICIAL BREE SPELLMAN BIO

Encore/Substitute Songs (choice of 2):
Speedy González (Hess, Kaye, Lee) - Reggie, Trevor, duet vocals
Eric Carmen Medley:
Hey, Deanie!/Go All The Way/That's Rock 'n' Roll
(Eric Carmen) - Archie, vocal
Fire! Baby, I'm On Fire (Andy Kim) - Archie, Veronica, duet vocals
River-Deep, Mountain-High (Barry, Greenwich, Spector) - ensemble vocal

*Although Reggie Mantle took part in this tour, he was officially on leave from The Archies. Reg didn't become an active member again until 2011.

**Trevor Smith was Reggie's replacement while he was on suspension. Trev joined the band permanently at tour's end.

***Early in the tour, "Country 2 The City" replaced a comedy skit featuring Country songs written by members of The Archies. The skit songs were "Titty Twister" (A. Andrews, F. Jones, E. Mason), "Down On The Spanish Side" (A. Andrews, D. Briseño) and "On A Wrong-Way Street To Love" (Betty + Juggy Jones). This segment got a very mixed reaction; music director Dilton Doiley Briseño soon convinced the band to drop it.

MANN + WEIL MEDLEYS

CROWDS WENT WILD FOR THE ARCHIES'
SIZZLING MEDLEY OF "WALKIN' IN THE RAIN"
AND "YOU'VE LOST THAT LOVIN' FEELIN'"

HITS OF THE SIXTIES
World Tour
Summer 2011
The Archies:
Archie Andrews, Betty Jones, Juggy Jones,
Roni Lodge-Andrews, Reggie Mantle and Trevor Smith
with Bree Spellman (music director),
Sashimi Sisters, Andy Yoshida and Gayme
(backing vocals)
Opening Act: Garry Fawcett (Americana rocker)
Audio Producer/Lighting Design:
Alan Mayberry
Choreographer:
Andy Yoshida
Tour Booking Agents:
Ponderosa Concert Booking/Abigail "Jinx" Ponderosa
(North and South America)
Fanny B. Tender Concert Tours/Fanny Gabriel
(Europe, Australia)
Togo Tour Booking/Sherman Shasta
(Africa)
Band Box Booking/Todd Malabanan
(Asia)
Tour Manager: Arsenio "Kix" Panunzio
Tour Sponsor:
Heineken Lager
30 cities

DANCING BACKGROUND SINGERS

THE ARCHIES USED BACKING VOCALISTS ON
ALL THEIR CONCERT TOURS!  FOR THE HOTS TOUR,
THEIR BACKGROUND SINGERS DOUBLED AS
GO-GO DANCERS

This penultimate Archies tour was the only one in which all cuts 
of a current album were performed. Earlier hits were saved for encores.
HOTS was one of the most successful concert tours of 2011!

Intro: 
Mamacita (Mann, Weil) - Archie, Reggie, Trevor, trio vocals/
Blame It On The Bossa Nova (Mann, Weil) - Reggie, vocal
Talk To Me, Baby (Mann, Weil) - Juggy, vocal
Hungry! (Mann, Weil) - Trevor, vocal
Only In America (Leiber, Mann, Spector, Weil) - ensemble vocal
I Just Can't Help Believin' (Mann, Weil) - Jughead, vocal
Mann + Weil Medley #1: 
Soul + Inspiration (Mann, Weil) - Juggy, Reggie, duet vocals/
See That Girl (Mann, Weil) - Juggy, vocal
Mann + Weil Medley #2:
New World Comin'/Chico's Girl (Mann, Weil) - Veronica, vocal
Looking At Tomorrow (Mann, Weil) - Trevor, vocal
Uptown (Mann, Weil) - Betty, vocal
Magic Town (Mann, Weil) - Reggie, vocal

Intermission

On Broadway (Leiber, Mann, Stoller, Weil) - Jughead, vocal
We Gotta Get Out Of This Place! (Mann, Weil) - Archie, Trevor, duet vocals
I'm Gonna Be Strong (Mann, Weil) - Archie, vocal
Mann + Weil Medley #3: 
Walkin' In The Rain (Mann, Spector, Weil) - Betty, vocal/
You've Lost That Lovin' Feelin' (Mann, Spector, Weil) - Veronica, vocal
Glitter And Gold (Mann, Weil) - Archie, Trevor, duet vocals
Looking Through The Eyes Of Love (Mann, Weil) - Reggie, vocal
Home Of The Brave (Mann, Weil) - Betty, vocal
Kicks (Mann, Weil) - Trevor, vocal
Love Her! (Mann, Weil) - Jughead, vocal
It's A Happening World (Mann, Weil) - ensemble vocal
Finale: 
We Gotta Sing (Mann, Weil) 
- Archie, Reggie, Trevor, trio vocals/
Make Your Own Kind Of Music (Mann, Weil) 
- Betty, Veronica, duet vocals

HOTS TOUR PERSONNEL

ARSENIO "KIX" PANUNZIO, ALAN MAYBERRY 
AND NICHOLAS "BIG NIPSY" FREUND:
THE ARCHIES' SECRET WEAPONS BOTH
ON AND OFF THE ROAD

Encore/Substitute Songs (choice of 2):
Let's Get It On Today! (Adams, Dante) - Archie, vocal
Jet Airliner (Paul Peña) - Trevor, vocal
River-Deep, Mountain-High (Barry, Greenwich, Spector) - ensemble vocal
Sugar, Sugar (Barry, Kim) - Archie, Veronica, duet vocals

NO STUDIO RECORDINGS OF THE FOLLOWING SONGS EXIST!!!
What's A Matter With You, Baby?/
Keep On Dancin'/Here She Comes/African Twist/
Eric Carmen Medley/Spill The Wine/A Rose By Any Other Name/
What Are You Doing Sunday?/Dance The Night Away/
Eres Tù/ Foggy Mountain Breakdown/Up On Cripple Creek/
Country 2 The City (in English)/Mamacita/See That Girl/
You've Lost That Lovin' Feelin'/
We Gotta Sing
THE ARCHIES ONLY PERFORMED THEM IN CONCERT.

ARCHIES UNPLUGGED

PROMO FOR MTV'S 2033 "ARCHIES UNPLUGGED" SPECIAL

Bonus Feature:
ARCHIE ON TV!
Winter/Spring 2012

During the lifespan of Archie Records (2000-2015), The Archies made many TV appearances all over the world. These ranged from live performances to music videos to guest slots on TV series to bit parts in televised musical productions. Three times only, they headlined TV specials of their very own.  Their manager, Nicholas "Big Nipsy" Freund, was relentless in landing radio and TV gigs for them: That media exposure was a defensive maneuver against lingering airplay barriers. "Bubblegum Rock" stigma continues to dog the band to this day!

US OF ARCHIE

Three of The Archies' starring vehicles were telecast in North America.  The first was "U.S. of Archie", a 90-minute concert taped in Florida; it was one of many USO performances that The Archies logged over two decades.  This time, they entertained over two-thousand enlisted men and women at the Patrick Air Force Base Beach House; their hard-rocking repertoire, consisting of hits by Chuck Berry, Creedence Clearwater Revival and The Rolling Stones, was tailored for that audience.  Big Ethel + The Vixens, Chuck Clayton and Big-Ass Brass featuring Rey Cochino also took the stage.  Telecast on an obscure cable network on July 1st, 2003, the show wasn't seen by many people and isn't well-remembered.  However, the performances were outstanding and several were subsequently added to Armed Forces Radio playlists.  Over the years, the Beach House concert has acquired legendary status among Archies fans!  The "U.S. of Archie" soundtrack was issued on a rare Archie Fan Club album but will be marketed worldwide in the 22nd century, after the Walt Disney Company acquires the rights. 

"U.S. of Archie"
An Avatar/AFT Production
Producer for Armed Forces Television: 
Captain Drake J. Havisham
Producers: Paul + Marilyn Piket
Director: Raj Patel
starring The Archies:
Archie Andrews, Betty Jones, Juggy Jones,
RoniLodge-Andrews and Reggie Mantle
with Dilton Doiley Briseño, music director
Special Guest Stars:
Chuck Clayton
Big Ethel + The Vixens
Rey Cochino with Big-Ass Brass

Intro: RIP IT UP (AROUND THE BEND) -
THE ARCHIES with BIG ETHEL + THE VIXENS
START ME UP! - THE ARCHIES featuring JUGGY
WHO'S YOUR BABY? - THE ARCHIES
featuring ARCHIE + VERONICA
PROUD MARY - CHUCK CLAYTON
BAD MOON RISING - THE ARCHIES featuring REGGIE
ROLL OVER BEETHOVEN 
- CHUCK CLAYTON with BIG-ASS BRASS
SIMON SAYS - BIG ETHEL + THE VIXENS
JUMPIN' JACK FLASH - THE ARCHIES
featuring BETTY + VERONICA
TRAVELIN' BAND - THE ARCHIES
featuring ARCHIE
FORTUNATE SON - THE ARCHIES
featuring JUGGY
THE BLAXICAN SHUFFLE (ON LONELY WEEKENDS)
- REY COCHINO with BIG-ASS BRASS 
+ THE ARCHIES featuring REGGIE
GREEN RIVER - THE ARCHIES featuring BETTY
NADINE (IS THAT YOU?) - THE ARCHIES
featuring ARCHIE + JUGGY
DOWN ON THE CORNER - THE ARCHIES
featuring REGGIE
LODI - CHUCK CLAYTON
HAVE YOU EVER SEEN THE RAIN?
- CHUCK CLAYTON
LOOKIN' OUT MY BACK DOOR -
BIG ETHEL + THE VIXENS
SUGAR, SUGAR - THE ARCHIES
featuring ARCHIE + VERONICA
WHEN I STOP LEAVIN', I'LL BE GONE -
THE ARCHIES featuring JUGGY
Finale: AS LONG AS I CAN SEE THE LIGHT -
CHUCK CLAYTON, BIG ETHEL + THE VIXENS,
REY COCHINO + THE ARCHIES featuring BETTY

THE ARCHIES SALUTE LAURA NYRO

PROMO FOR THE 2032 PBS-TV SPECIAL "FOREVER LAURA NYRO"

The other two American specials are hour-long telecasts, and these will be much better known.  "Forever Laura Nyro", produced by Archie Americana Productions and licensed to the PBS network, will be a tribute to Archie's favorite songwriter.  The show will broadcast live from Austin, Texas in December 2032.  Highlights include Juggy Jones' fiery rendition of "Eli's Comin'", a sassy Betty Cooper/Toni Topaz duet on "Stoned Soul Picnic", Kevin Keller's exuberant same-sex spin on "Wedding Bell Blues" and Roni Lodge-Andrews' exquisite medley of "He's A Runner" and "Goodbye, Joe."  Public Television will hold the rights to this critically-acclaimed concert for thirty years; the DVD/CD will be one of their most popular fundraising perks! 

"Forever Laura Nyro"
An Austin City Limits Special
Producer for PBS Television: Tovah Margulies
Producer/Director for Archie Americana Productions: 
Chelsea Giles-Boone
The Archies:
Betty Cooper, Juggy Jones, Kevin Keller,
Roni Lodge-Andrews and Reggie Mantle
Special Guest Star: Toni Topaz
with Dilton Doiley Briseño, music director
and Fox Printemps, piano

WEDDING BELL BLUES
Lead vocals by Kelly
THE FLIM FLAM MAN
Lead vocals by Betty
SWEET BLINDNESS
Lead vocals by Toni
TIME AND LOVE
Duet vocals by Roni + Kelly
CALIFORNIA SHOESHINE BOYS
Lead vocals by Reggie
STONED SOUL PICNIC
Duet vocals by Toni + Betty
ELI'S COMIN'
Lead vocals by Juggy
EMMIE
Lead vocals by Kelly
BLOWIN' AWAY
Lead vocals by Reggie
MEDLEY:
HE'S A RUNNER/GOODBYE, JOE
Lead vocals by Roni
STONEY END
Lead vocals by Betty
AND WHEN I DIE
Lead vocals by Juggy
SAVE THE COUNTRY
ensemble vocal

Four months later in May 2033, MTV will document the band's final bow on the small screen.  Another Archie Americana production, this "Unplugged" concert will be pre-recorded at Holy Family Roman Catholic Church in Staten Island, New York.  Strumming guitars in a semi-circle and dressed in casual clothes, The Archies will exchange jokes, cherished memories and snippets of favorite songs including golden oldies by Jeff Barry, Ron Dante, Neil Diamond, Jackie DeShannon, Paul Simon, Carole King and The Bee Gees.  Laid-back atmosphere notwithstanding, all the musical content is well-rehearsed, and the group members' dazzling vocal performances enrapture the SRO audience.  Several extended standing ovations precede a final thunderous outpouring of admiration at the show's finale!  This will be the last time that Archie Andrews sings in public.

"Archies Unplugged!"
An MTV Special
Producer for MTV: Zion-Javier Cárdenas
Producer/Director for Archie Americana Productions: 
Chelsea Giles-Boone
The Archies:
Archie Andrews, Betty Cooper, Juggy Jones,
Kevin Keller and Roni-Lodge Andrews
with Fox Printemps (music director)
Special Guest Star: Toni Topaz

EVERYTHING'S ARCHIE
Ensemble vocal
BUILDING WITH A STEEPLE
Trio vocals by Roni, Betty + Kelly
NEIL DIAMOND MEDLEY:
CHERRY, CHERRY/YOU GOT TO ME/
SOMEDAY, BABY/I'M A BELIEVER
Duet vocals by Juggy + Archie
RIVER-DEEP, MOUNTAIN-HIGH
Ensemble vocal
LOVE OF THE COMMON PEOPLE
Ensemble vocal
EVERYBODY
Lead vocal by Juggy
SOUL DEEP SKA
Duet vocals by Archie + Toni
THROW DOWN A LINE!
Duet vocals by Toni + Betty
WHEN YOU WALK IN THE ROOM
Lead vocal by Betty
SUGAR, SUGAR
Duet vocals by Archie + Roni
GIRL!
Lead vocal by Kelly
MOTHER AND CHILD REUNION
Lead vocals by Toni
BELIEVE WHAT YOU SAY
Duet vocals by Archie + Juggy
A LA LINEA/GET ON THE LINE
Lead vocal by Archie
BARRY GIBB MEDLEY:
MORE THAN A WOMAN/FANNY BE TENDER/
NIGHTS ON BROADWAY/TO LOVE SOMEBODY
Lead vocal by Kelly/Juggy/Roni/Betty
CHAINS
Lead vocal by Veronica
SEVENTEEN AIN'T YOUNG
Duet vocals by Archie + Betty
MAKE YOUR OWN KIND OF MUSIC
Ensemble vocal

FURY IN MY SOUL

THE SOUNDTRACK TO "FOREVER LAURA NYRO" 
WILL BE RELEASED ON VINYL IN THE YEAR 2060

However, those end-of-career showcases are preceded by a bi-lingual TV spectacular: "Hits Of The Sixties"!  This 2012 promotional vehicle for the album of the same name was taped in Italy.  Contrary to popular belief, it was not tied in with the Hits Of The Sixties tour; the program was produced several months after that tour had ended. The Archies were in Italy to compete at the famous San Remo Music Festival.  Even though they only managed to win fourth place, their AfroPop-flavored entry "Twerk Signorina", was clearly the crowd favorite!  Afterwards, they flew into Rome for videotaping at Cinecittà, Italy's world-famous media complex.  The group was at its peak of popularity with Italian fans, and RAI Television's news division wanted to take advantage of that.  Their televised collaboration would prove lucrative for both parties.

HOTS ITALIAN TV SPECIAL_1

ITALIAN PROMO FOR THE 2012 ROCK-UMENTARY
"HITS OF THE SIXTIES" STARRING THE ARCHIES

Italian news personalities Curtiz Mastrangelo and Nicoletta Tommasi hosted the show; it was a semi-documentary that blended 1960s newscast footage with musical segments. The Archies shot those segments live in front of a studio audience. The group's nuevo-retro stage costumes generated nearly as much praise as the performances did; they were designed by Donatella Granito, a soon-to-be-world-famous couturier. Donatella is a distant cousin of Ron Dante, The Archies' former producer and studio mentor. Mr. D happened to be in Italy at this time, and at Archie's request, he graciously agreed to serve as music director for the program!

Despite its considerable entertainment value, the show is a legitimate historical document.  It's best described as "Rock-umentary", a mash-up of ABC-TV's 1964-6 Rock 'n' Roll series "Shindig" with CBS-TV's long-running educational omnibus "You Are There".  As go-go dancers in vintage '60s fashions posed and gyrated around them, The Archies set important events like the Kennedy assassinations, the erection of the Berlin Wall, the American Civil Rights struggle, the Vietnam war, 1968 riots, the Woodstock festival, Dr. Martin Luther King's "I Have A Dream" speech and the first Apollo moon landing to a gorgeous music soundtrack composed by Barry Mann and Cynthia Weil.  

Cameras captured "Hits Of The Sixties" in late January 2012 and it aired one month later in Italy. Ratings were so good, the special was re-broadcast several times; it was seen in Albania, Switzerland, Malta, Croatia and Slovenia as well as Italy. Despite persistent demand from Archies fans, this bi-lingual (Italian/English) production won't appear in DVD format until the mid-twenty-second century.  By that time, the Walt Disney Company will have acquired television rights.  Bootlegs will have to suffice until then!

"Hits Of The Sixties"
TV Special (Italy)
Producer: RAI Internazionale
Director: Ornella Barbuto
The Archies:
Archie Andrews, Betty Jones, Juggy Jones,
Roni Lodge-Andrews, Reggie Mantle and Trevor Smith
with Ron Dante (music director)

IT'S A HAPPENING WORLD
Duet vocals by Archie + Veronica
ON BROADWAY
Lead vocals by Jughead
BLAME IT ON THE BOSSA NOVA
Lead vocals by Reggie
UPTOWN
Lead vocals by Betty
CHICO'S GIRL
Lead vocals by Veronica
LOOKING THROUGH THE EYES OF LOVE
Lead vocals by Reggie
WE GOTTA GET OUT OF THIS PLACE!
Duet vocals by Archie + Trevor
LOOKING AT TOMORROW
Lead vocals by Trevor

HOTS TV SPECIAL COSTUMES

DONATELLA GRANITO AND SALON ZAZU
STYLED THE ARCHIES FOR THEIR
2012 ITALIAN TV SPECIAL

NEW WORLD COMIN'
Lead vocals by Veronica
I JUST CAN'T HELP BELIEVIN'
Lead vocals by Jughead
KICKS
Lead vocals by Trevor
GLITTER AND GOLD
Duet vocals by Archie + Trevor
THINGS 2 COME
Duet vocals by Archie + Trevor
YOU'VE LOST THAT LOVIN' FEELIN'
Lead vocals by Veronica
HOME OF THE BRAVE
Lead vocals by Betty
MAKE YOUR OWN KIND OF MUSIC
Ensemble vocal 

This special feature is dedicated to some great songwriters 
whose music proved powerful enough to preserve the sanity
of a homeless writer/artist: God bless Ritchie Adams, Gene Allan, 
Jeff Barry, Carole Bayer-Sager, Bobby Bloom, Ron Dante, 
Ellie Greenwich, Mick Jagger, Andy Kim, Irwin Levine, 
Barry Mann, Keith Richards, Cynthia Weil 
and Toni Wine!  Look for the story of The
Archies' final concert tour, coming to
Pop Culture Cantina in 2020.