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THE MONKEES ANNOUNCE 2014 TOUR DATES

3/18/2014

The Monkees have announced the first dates of their 2014 itinerary. Mike Nesmith will once again join surviving members Micky Dolenz and Peter Tork for his third Monkees tour since 1997. Davy Jones died of a heart attack on February 29th, 2012 at age 66. So far, the initial nine dates rolled out only take in stops on the East Coast and the Midwest -- with more shows expected to be added soon.

 

Micky Dolenz told us he's amazed at how different the history of the Monkees is from all their late-'60s peers: "There was in a way, two Monkee bands; One was the cast of the television show that the producers had cast, and that were singing and paying on a lot of the early stuff -- but we had no control over what was going to be recorded. And then, after we fought for the right to do the music and did Headquarters -- that was the other Monkees group. That was like, the Monkees group that was just us singing and writing and playing the songs that we wanted. It's an unusual story, y'know, it's a very strange story."

  • Although Micky Dolenz and Peter Tork can be considered old road dogs on light of some of the grueling Monkees tours they’ve played since their 1986 reunion, we asked Dolenz how Mike Nesmith is dealing with being a “Monkee on tour”: "'Nez’ is getting his sea legs, y’know? He’d be the first one to tell ya — the first time we went out on the road (laughs), it was like, a helluva wake-up call — and he stepped up to the plate, but, y'know. . . But, he’d be the one to admit, that was a helluva wake-up call, y’know, hittin’ the road and doin’ four or five shows."

     
  • JUST ANNOUNCED: The Monkees tour dates (subject to change):
    May 22 - Hampton Beach, NH - Hampton Beach Casino Ballroom
    May 23 - Atlantic City, NJ - Borgata Hotel, Casino & Spa / Music Box
    May 24 - Newark, NJ - New Jersey Performing Arts Center
    May 25 - Huntington, NY - The Paramount
    May 27 - Bethlehem, PA - Sands Bethlehem Event Center
    May 30 - Detroit, MI - Fox Theatre
    June 4 - Kansas City, MO - Uptown Theater
    June 6 - Cincinnati, OH - PNC Pavilion At Riverbend
    June 7 - Northfield, OH - Hard Rock Rocksino Northfield Park

FAST FACTS

  • The Monkees ran for two seasons on NBC starting in September 1966, and won two Emmy's in 1967 -- "Outstanding Comedy Series" and "Outstanding Directorial Achievement In Comedy." But it was the show's music, much of it written by such top songwriters as Neil Diamond, Harry Nilsson, and Gerry Goffin & Carole King, which made it a lasting success.
  • The Monkees scored six Top Ten hits during the show's run, including the 1966 Number Ones "Last Train To Clarksville" and "I'm A Believer."
  • After the series ended in 1968, the "group," which had won the right to choose its own material, released the 1968 cult classic film Head, which was co-written by Jack Nicholson.
  • By 1970, with both Mike Nesmith and Peter Tork gone, Micky Dolenz and Davy Jones fulfilled their recording contract with the chart bomb Changes and called it a day.
  • Although Dolenz and Jones had done a 1976 tour of Japan with Monkees songwriters Tommy Boyce and Bobby Hart, it took MTV's re-airing of the series during the summer of 1986 to spur the group -- minus Nesmith -- to reform.
  • They have reunited numerous times over the past 25 years, most notably in 1996 when they released Justus, their first album as a foursome in 29 years.
  • Peter Tork was fired from the group by Dolenz and tour promoter David Fishoff in 2001, after which Dolenz and Jones performed briefly as the sole Monkees on tour.
  • In 2009, Peter Tork underwent surgery for Adenoid Cystic Carcinoma -- a cancer that usually grows slowly on a person's head and neck. He successfully underwent radiation treatment.

CHECK IT OUT: The Monkees on August 2nd, 2013 performing "Pleasant Valley Sunday" live in Dallas:


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