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Surviving Monkees Michael Nesmith, Micky Dolenz, and Peter Tork return to the concert stage this November for a historic, 12-date tour of the United States. These performances will mark their first concerts together since 1997, and follow the unexpected passing of their musical comrade Davy Jones in February. Plans call for Jones to be saluted in the show’s multimedia content.
The jaunt kicks off at Escondido’s California Center for the Arts on Nov. 8 and wraps at New York City’s prestigious Beacon Theatre on Dec. 2. They play the Arlington Theater in Santa Barbara Nov. 9 and the Greek Theatre in Los Angeles Nov. 10.
The trio’s shows are set to feature a selection of their classic hits (such as “Last Train To Clarksville,” “I’m A Believer” and “Pleasant Valley Sunday”), deep cuts from their first five platinum albums (including some performed for the first time since the 1960s) and fan favorites from the soundtrack to their cult film classic “Head” and their Emmy®-award winning television series.
The show will encompass a full multimedia evening of music, rare films and one-of-a-kind photographs.
Since the dates fall 45 years after the band’s epic struggle to become legitimate music makers, the concerts will be highlighted by a set performed by just Nesmith, Dolenz and Tork.
In 1967, the year they outsold The Beatles and The Rolling Stones, The Monkees released two No. 1 albums (“Headquarters” and “Pisces, Aquarius, Capricorn & Jones, Ltd”) which primarily featured the four as a self-contained, musical unit. This fall, each evening’s trio set will showcase numbers from these albums and present the electric garage band sound The Monkees developed on their mid-1960s tours.
To open and close the show, The Monkees will be augmented by a stellar crew of players to play the hand-picked setlist each evening.
These dates are the first U.S. Monkees tour to feature Michael Nesmith since 1969. He has reunited with the group over the years; his last stateside concert with the band was a rare private show at Billboard Live on Sunset in support of 1997’s “Justus” album (I was there as Rhino Media Relations department co-director and shot the ancient digital photos archived here with a Kodak DC-40).
As Nesmith told Rolling Stone’s Andy Greene, he’s back in the Monkees fold for this tour because “I feel this is the start of the ending for me here — or more precisely, as Churchill had it — the end of the beginning. Now is the time.”
Although Jones’ absence will undoubtedly be felt by The Monkees and their fans, his bandmates look forward to paying homage him, and to performing for their many new fans who have discovered their music through repeats of “The Monkees” TV show on Antenna television, continued play on classic rock radio, or via social media. It’s a must-see for all true Monkees fans.
|8||California Center for the Arts||Escondido, CA|
|9||The Arlington Theatre||Santa Barbara, CA|
|10||Greek Theatre||Los Angeles, CA|
|11||Flint Center for the Performing Arts||Cupertino, CA|
|15||State Theatre||Minneapolis, MN|
|16||The Chicago Theatre||Chicago, IL|
|17||Lakewood Civic Auditorium||Cleveland, OH|
|18||The Center For The Arts||Buffalo, NY|
|29||Keswick Theatre||Philadelphia, PA|
|30||State Theatre Regional Arts Center||New Brunswick, NJ|
|1||The Paramount||Huntington, NY|
|2||The Beacon Theatre||New York, NY|
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In addition to his “Peeples Place at KHTS” blog, Stephen K. Peeples is a writer/reporter for KHTS News (www.hometownstation.com) and SCVNews.com, and host, writer and co-producer of the weekly “House Blend” music and interview television show on SCVTV, community television for the Santa Clarita Valley (www.scvhouseblend.com). A former SCV music and entertainment columnist for The Signal (2004-2011) and drummer with SCV jazz group RainTree (www.raintreejazz.com, 2010-2011), Peeples is a Grammy-nominated record producer (“Monterey International Pop Festival,” MIPF/Rhino, 1992), an award-winning radio producer (“The Lost Lennon Tapes,” Westwood One, 1988-1990) and an award-winning online editor (The Signal website, 2007-2011). For more information, email firstname.lastname@example.org or visit www.stephenkpeeples.com.