Monkees for 50th Anniv. Tour + LP of New Music


Not just another Pleasant Valley Sunday for longtime fans, eh? Check links below to our earlier interview and photo gallery of the band.

By Barbi Martinez

At least a couple of us here at the BLURT braintrust whose name is NOT Uncle Blurt can claim card-carrying/original-viewer status for The Monkees TV show in the mid ‘60s. (And if you press us, at least one of us can claim an extremely close relative who saw a double bill of The Monkees and Jimi Hendrix when the short-lived touring teamup hit Charlotte, NC.)

Which is simply a shameless lead-in to a news item for the Rolling Stone-announced upcoming new album and tour from two of the surviving Monkees, Mickey Dolenz and Peter Tork. Recall that Dolenz and Tork, along with erstwhile member Michael Nesmith, toured a few years ago following Davy Jones’ sudden death in 2012; talks were subsequently held about how to commemorate the 50th birthday of the band, but as the 70-year-old Dolenz, er, diplomatically told RS, Nesmith’s on-again/off-again status eventually led Dolenz and Tork to resume touring without him (“Mike has a lot of other arrows in his quiver. For starters, he runs a big business. He’s also writing a book, which was the specific reason he gave me for not wanting to leave town again for any particular length of time.”) and at this point, any involvement Nesmith may have with that 50th tour and album are decidedly up in the air (“I don’t know what’s going to happen with that. Frankly, we don’t even have a recording schedule right now!… He’s always invited. And at times he has blessed us with his presence. I don’t see him going on the road, and certainly not for the whole grueling thing. I sure hope he does show up at some point and sing a couple of songs with us.”

Spoken like a true politician, Mickey.

Anyhow, incoming is Good Times! plus a North American tour, and the album is “the first collection of original material since 1997’s JustUs, and it will feature new songs by Noel Gallagher, Rivers Cuomo, Ben Gibbard and many more. Adam Schlesinger of Fountains of Wayne serves as producer on the new LP… Good Times! also features a handful of songs written for the Monkees back in the 1960s that they never got around to releasing, including Neil Diamond’s “Love to Love,” Boyce and Hart’s “Whatever’s Right” and Carole King’s “Wasn’t Born To Follow.” There’s also “I Know What I Know,” a new song by Mike Nesmith. The title track was written by Harry Nilsson and cut at a 1968 session with Nesmith on guitar, though never finished. The group plans to flesh out the tune, turning it into a virtual duet between Nilsson and Dolenz.”

Watch for the album to drop via Rhino on June 10, with the tour kicking off a month earlier, May 18, in Florida. Dates are listed below.

Go HERE to read our 2012 interview with Mickey Dolenz.

May 18 – Fort Myers, FL @ Barbara B. Mann Performing Arts Hall
May 19 – Melbourne, FL @ King Center for the Performing Arts
May 20 – Tampa, FL @ Ruth Eckerd Hall
May 21 – Atlanta, GA @ Frederick Brown Jr. Amphitheater
May 24 – Charlotte, NC @ Blumenthal PAC – Belk Theater
May 26 – Washington, DC @ Warner Theatre
May 27 – Boston, MA @ The Wilbur Theatre
May 28 – Philadelphia, PA @ Keswick Theatre
May 29 – Red Bank, NJ @ Count Basie Theatre
June 1 – New York, NY @ The Town Hall
June 3 – Toronto, ON @ Casino Rama
June 4 – Windsor, ON @ The Colosseum at Caesars Windsor
June 5 – Cleveland, OH @ Hard Rock Live Northfield Park
June 7 – Fort Wayne, IN @ Foellinger Theatre
June 10 – Louisville, KY @ Louisville Palace Theatre
June 11th – Hammond, IN @ The Venue at Horseshoe Casino
June 12 – Indianapolis, IN @ Murat Theatre at Old National Centre
June 14 – Dayton, OH @ Rose Music Center at The Heights
June 28 – Dallas, TX @ AT&T PAC – Winspear Opera House
June 30 – Tulsa, OK @ Hard Rock Hotel & Casino
July 1 – Mayetta, KS @ Prairie Band Casino & Resort
July 16 – Hampton Beach, NH @ Hampton Beach Casino Ballroom
July 22 – Hot Springs, AR @ Oaklawn Racing and Gaming
September 14 – Tucson, AZ @ Fox Tucson Theater
September 15 – Phoenix, AZ @ Mesa Arts Center
September 16 – Los Angeles, CA @ Pantages Theatre
September 17 – Las Vegas, NV @ Primm Valley Casino Resorts
September 20 – San Francisco, CA @ The Warfield
September 21 – Modesto, CA @ Gallo Center For The Arts
September 23 & 24 – Lincoln City, OR @ Chinook Winds Casino Resort
September 25 – Seattle, WA @ The Moore Theatre
October 1 – Biloxi, MS @ Hard Rock Live
October 22 – Paso Robles, CA @ Vina Robles Amphitheatre
October 29 – Shippensburg, PA @ H. Ric Luhrs PAC



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