Three of the four original Monkees, Michael Nesmith, Micky Dolenz and Peter Tork, will hit the road in November for a 12-date U.S. tour. Move over Justin Bieber; they’re the original Believers.
A source confirmed to TheImproper tonight (Aug 8) that the tour will mark the first time the original band members have played together in nearly 15 years.
“This seems like a good time to do this – the right time,” said Nesmith. “Who knows when we will get another chance?”
Lead singer Davy Jones, 66 the fourth Monkee, died suddenly Feb. 29 of a massive heart attack. He’d toured previously with the group and had been trying since 2010 to put together a reunion with all four original members.
The band actually started out as a television act. They were signed to play four zany, manic musicians in a take off on the early Beatles, who had swept the nation. The show was light-hearted and comical. The Monkees were all talented musicians, and the show, which aired for two and a half years, gave the group a platform to showcase their musical talent.
The band’s heyday coincided with the show, but they continued to make music into the 1970s. Dolenz said the group worked with the best songwriters in the business, including Carol King and others. Dolenz later made a tribute album to the artist.
Their latest tour will kick off at Escondido’s California Center for the Arts on Nov. 8th and finish at the Beacon Theatre in New York City on December 2nd.
The Monkees will perform a selection of their biggest hits and deeper cuts from their first five albums. They’ll also showcase music from their film “Head” and their TV series. The tour will also feature a multimedia show filled with rare films and photographs.
Nesmith and Tork have been reluctant in the past to tour as The Monkees. Dolenz and Jones have toured together and on their own over the past 10 years. Dolenz has continued to perform solo and in group acts as well. His new album Remember hits stores on Sept. 25.
“The Monkees really becoming a band was like the equivalent of Leonard Nimoy really becoming a Vulcan,” Dolenz said at one time. Yet, the band had a successful career.
Their hits included “(Theme From) The Monkees,” “Last Train to Clarksville,” “(I’m Not Your) Steppin’ Stone,” “A Little Bit Me, a Little Bit You,” “Pleasant Valley Sunday,” “Daydream Believer” and “I’m a Believer.” At their peak in 1967, the band sold more records than The Beatles and Rolling Stones combined.