Micky Dolenz, Davy Jones, and Peter Tork, better known as The Monkees, a 1960s made for television band that went on to record a slew of top selling songs, are reuniting for a tour that will begin in the UK this summer.
The trio, absent fourth member Michael Nesmith, will appear on England’s “The One Show” today (Feb. 21) to confirm the rumors. It will be their first tour in 20 years.
Prior to the press announcement, Jones confirmed a new round of shows to begin in the U.K., where they perform ten initial dates in May.
A tentative 30-date U.S. is also in the works and is targeted to kick off on June 3, 2011.
Why get back together, after all these years? After all, band members are all in the 60s.
Eric Lefcowitz, author of the recently-released book “Monkee Business: The Revolutionary Made-For-TV Band” says the group still has a loyal fan base.
“Especially in this day and age, when it’s difficult to sell tickets and legacy rock acts are disappearing. Plus, it’s just a fun brand.
“Hearing Micky belting out hits like ‘I’m A Believer’ and ‘(I’m Not Your) Steppin’ Stone,’ and Davy’s classic performance of ‘Daydream Believer,’ is usually worth the price of admission,” he said.
On a human interest level, there is also Tork’s recent throat cancer ordeal and hard-earned recovery.
“Peter’s courage in the face of such a major health scare is also compelling this time around,” Lefcowitz says.
Tork battled the disease and went straight back to performing live shows with his band, Shoe Suede Blues, within months of completing treatment.
“A Monkees tour always produces some drama,” he adds.
“From 1967, when Jimi Hendrix opened for them, to 1997 when they last toured together as a foursome, there’s always some intrigue.
“When you think about it, there aren’t any other TV show casts touring, unless you include recent arrivals like ‘Glee’ and ‘American Idol.’ So The Monkees are a rare breed, indeed.”