Skip to comments.Here They Come: The Monkees To Go On Tour
Posted on 08/08/2012 3:46:23 PM PDT by GSWarrior
The Monkees are to perform their first live shows since Davy Jones died in February.
Mike Nesmith is joining Micky Dolenz and Peter Tork for a 12-date US tour in November.
The concert will see the three surviving members of the band play together again for the first time in 15 years.
Nesmith, who had shunned previous reunions, was quoted by Rolling Stone magazine as saying: "This seems like a good time to do this - the right time. Who knows when we will get another chance?" Nesmith, Dolenz and Tork will kick off their tour on November 8 in Escondido in California, wrapping up on December 2 in New York.
The surviving Monkees said the 12 dates would highlight Jones "in the show's multimedia content"
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They should have a hologram of Davy Jones just like they did with Tupac Shakur!
I guess in the computer age those “Liquid Paper” royalties ain't exactly booming.
I’m a Nez fan too however he is a flaming, leftist elitist. Very active in....ummm ...Santa Fe , hoetey toetey scociety.
And how nice of him to join now that Davey is dead.
Maybe he has some regrets for not performing earlier.
That said Nez was incredible, way ahead of his time. His Video Ranch started out as a great idea but has fallen into self promotion.
Was not aware of Nesmith’s politics, but am not surprised. Likely most of the artists I like are lefties.....which means I would never go to hear them speak at a rally, but will still enjoy their music.
Royalties? His mother sold the company years ago to Gillette for about $45 million.
I don’t think Michael Nesmith is hurting financially.
Your first name wouldn't happen to be "Marcia", would it? ;)
Repo Man and Lyle Swan the Timerider were great flicks. The opening scene of Timerider with the old man at the fire was priceless.
LMAO......so well put. Some will get that; many won’t. :)
Dolenz is great; Nesmith is talented but a self-absorbed asshole; Tork is ....well, Tork.
Without Jones, they can’t really be the Monkees. Maybe...Monk.
It’s like.....shoot, pick one; how about Van Halen touring without Michael Anthony; not as much for his bass work (which was superb) but that amazing voice on backup vocals and harmonies. Just not the same.
Bands never cease to amaze me. They establish identities; they get their own character via the personalities that accomplish this: their voices, their instruments.
Then.....they feel they can just shed one or two key members who DEFINED that sound and everyone will just shrug it off.
Rarely happens. Deep Purple, AC/DC, a few others hugely benefited from the addition of new lead singers. Still, a rarity.
Agreed. I see the show just to see Nesmith. I loved “Infinite Rider on the Big Dogma.”
One of the first groups that turned out to be media creations and frauds. Never liked them even after they finally learned how to play their instruments.
I don't know. I think that maybe before February might have been a better time.
I’d have to agree. A favorite from my youth: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=M_pu6V6_BEA
Same here, a real bummer! Merle Haggard, Willie, I am so disappointd when the spout thwcleftist stuff. To Nez’s credit he isn’t national AFAIK.
Keeps it local.
His website was the big problem for me. For a lefty he is very capitalistic.
Wanting to be paid for his work is fine but he says one thing, does another.
Do you have any of his cd’s? I have a couple and they are great!
A friend of mine dated Mickey and worked as a dancer on the TV show. She still sees these guys all the time and is really into that whole thing.
John Mayall and the Bluesbreakers
I have purchased 3 Nez CDs in the last 6 months and I like them all.....they are hard to dislike actually. I have Nevada Fighter, Magnetic South, and Tropical Campfires.
I suppose they’ll have a Hendrix reunion opening act...
A nationwide tv show.....millions of people listening to them on the radio.....selling records like crazy......
“We’re the young generation, and we’ve got something to say!”
This is it! The truth in a statement that will speak about our generation throughout eternity!
“Hey! Hey! We’re the monkeys!”
Yep, they nailed it with that one.....guess I’ll go eat a banana and swing in the trees.
I remember as a kid, running around the neighborhood on Halloween and trying to fill up my bag with candy as fast as I could so I could get back home in time to watch ‘The Monkees’. I still have my ‘Last Train to Clarksville’ 45.
Of course there was a Car.
I’d really like to see this. I was sorry I missed the last tour. I thought I’d seen them enough times (mostly with Nesmith), but when I realized how deep into their catalogue they were going for the sets, I regretted not having gone. This would be cool because no album or prior tour featured this configuration. There were two albums without Tork, one with just Dolenz and Jones, and one reunion album without Nesmith, but Dolenz-Tork-Nesmith will be a first.
The Doobie Brothers
Wow, going for the Most Obnoxiously Uninformed Post of the Day prize? Do you also believe that Mikey died from Pop Rocks and Pepsi?
and yet here you are.
You can call the Monkees a contrived, made for TV, Beatles rip off/spin off, designed to sponge off the suddenly materialized teeny-bopper crowd....and you would be pretty much right. But the songwriting was solid and for what they were, bubble-gum finger snappers, the songs hold up surprisingly well. I liked the days when good harmony, arrangement and background vocals were considered important.
Sorry, Ace, but it was well known back when these guys appeared that they did NOT KNOW HOW TO PLAY THEIR INSTRUMENTS. They were a creation from nothing and then they got lessons to learn how to play their instruments.
My buddies and I were amazed at how untalented these "pretty" guys were and how they could be thrust into big bucks without knowing their craft. Won't budge. I am obnoxiously informed.
And, if I'm not mistaken, after their kiddie like shows each week, they even had closing titles that admitted that their musical presentations were "augmented" by studio musicians.
I accept your apology!
It was great. My wife and I both agreed it was probably the most enjoyable concert we've ever seen, and I've seen a LOT. All those hits plus songs that surprised me they performed. They were happy to be together and it showed!
Not sure what you mean.
These guys were the Milli Vanilli of their day, but at least they did learn to play their instruments.
They weren't better.
Genesis, although it was a current band member taking over vocal duties after Gabriel left.
Is this really necessary?
The only one, in that group, that didn’t play their ‘instrument’ at the time of the making of the Monkees, was Mickey Dolenz.
He was originally a guitar player and needed lessons to learn how to play the drums.
By the time the Monkees began touring in 1966, Dolenz could ‘hold his own’ on the drums.
Peter Tork and Mike Nesmitt were musicians from an early age.
Nesmitt could actually play several instruments by age 9 and Peter Tork was already playing with local bands before being hired for the Monkees.
All this information is out there on the net.
He took over for Jello Biafra when the Dead Kennedys reformed.
A few years ago, when the Herman's Hermits were going on tour without Peter Noone, there was discussion of using Davey Jones for vocals. It never happened but the idea was great. Maybe the three remaining Monkees should see if Peter Noone is available. (Guess not - I see that Peter Noone and the Herman's Hermits are on tour next month in Canada.)
Sorry, but I stand by the common knowledge of that time and the fact that most of their early shows admitted that their music was augmented by studio musicians . . . probably because they were still taking lessons.
What--ever (as Jerry Springer's guests would say), their music was lame and their shows were low grade. And the little guy who looked and sounded like a girl was too much.
Well then your ‘common knowledge’ is wrong.
Although there probably were studio musicians used at different points during recording, Tork and Dolenz hardly needed ‘lessons’ on how to play.
I really find it fascinating that you would refuse to research the information on these guys that is all over the net with not only Wiki entries, but personal biographies as well, and would rather stand by your assumptions.
Seems a bit obtuse to me.
But, as you say , whatever.
Nesmith came from the LA folkie circuit. He most certainly could play. The others not so much, I guess.
I know a guy who used to be a backstage guitarist for the Commodores. Apparently the on stage guitarist couldn’t play.
The funniest clip I remember was where Frank Zappa was dressed up as Mike and Mike was playing Zappa and pretending to interview him.
Where are they playing? The Lawrence Welk Theater?
I hear they booked the Shady Oaks Rest Home.
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