Updated Friday, August 26 @ 9am EST
Yesterday, Michael Nesmith posted a message on his Facebook page announcing that he will make his last appearance on The Monkees' current 50th Anniversary Tour (and perhaps his final as a Monkee) at a Los Angeles concert this September. Major media outlets have been covering this story:
"His message concluded with what reads like a farewell to his career as a Monkee."
"The Monkees' Mike Nesmith announced Aug. 19 on his Facebook page that he'll do one more show with fellow Monkees Micky Dolenz and Peter Tork on their 50th anniversary tour..."
"As Nesmith wrote, he anticipates the Los Angeles gig to be his last with the Monkees."
"Nesmith made the announcement on his Facebook page, stating that his appearance on September 16 at the Pantages Theater in Los Angeles will be his final performance with the Monkees."
UK Daily Mail: 'Looks like I’ve made it to the end': Michael Nesmith announces he will play one final gig with The Monkees
"Michael Nesmith has announced he will play one final show with his group before splitting for good."
"He also made statements that may be putting a cap on his involvement with The Monkees as a whole."
"Nesmith...said the Pantages show allows him to firmly close the book on his tenure with the band."
The Monkees' current 50th Anniversary Tour will make its way to Los Angeles on September 16 for a performance at the historic Pantages Theatre, and today on Facebook, Michael Nesmith confirmed that he will be joining his bandmates for this homecoming show.
Michael's message also seemingly hints that his future activities with The Monkees are coming to a conclusion. "I expect it will be fun, and a great way for me to sign out," Nez wrote. "I see the specter of the multiple Sinatra retirement/farewells — and this seems like the perfect time for me to step off, sit down and shut up. Hope I see you there. No, I don’t have any tickets. What a long strange trip, it’s been said...and it looks like I’ve made it to the end."
The Monkees' 50th Anniversary Tour commenced on May 18 but has featured only Micky Dolenz and Peter Tork. Nesmith, however, has joined both Dolenz and Tork this year at various other events, including an interview for CBS Sunday Morning, a SiriusXM Town Hall, and a radio guest spot in Louisville, Kentucky. He also "appeared" with Micky and Peter in New York City on June 1 via Skype, performing "Papa Gene's Blues," and joined the duo during the encore performance in Monterey, California on August 5. And of course, The Monkees' first album of all new material since 1996, Good Times!, features all three surviving members of the group.
Michael explained to fans earlier this year that a commitment to deliver his upcoming book, Infinite Tuesday: An Autobiographical Riff, prevented him from going on the road. Nez, however, has publicly kept the door open to playing with The Monkees. Micky and Peter have already performed 30 concerts in North America to positive reviews and enthusiastic audiences, and are currently on a break until September 4 when the tour resumes in Vancouver, British Columbia, Canada at the Pacific National Exhibition.
Michael's Facebook message also confirmed that he will not be joining Micky and Peter later this year for their tour of Australia and New Zealand, but did promise a busy 2017. "I...will be starting my Infinite Tuesday book tour in the first quarter of 2017, as well as some solo concerts, and other projects that will make it not possible to be with them on that tour [of Australia and New Zealand]."
Michael Nesmith confirms Los Angeles appearance with The Monkees this September and implies it will be his final performance with the group
UPDATE 4pm EST: Read more details and information about Michael Nesmith's announcement here.
I was hoping to see the 8-button Monkees shirts (as designed by Gene Ashman) available at the merchandise booth during this year's concerts...just for the novelty factor. Surely they would have been an instant hit!
Last night, Michael Nesmith appeared at the Golden State Theatre in Monterey, California in a benefit show for those affected by wildfires that have devastated the area since late July. Videoranch posted footage of Michael's performance, which included the following songs:
Papa Gene's Blues
A wildfire in Monterey County, California has been raging in private and public lands since July 22, burning over 67,000 acres. Michael Nesmith resides in the area and has provided updates on his Facebook page about the fires. Earlier today, it was announced that Nez will appear this Friday at the Golden State Theatre in Monterey in a benefit show for those affected by the continuing devastation. Michael performed at this same venue last Friday when he joined Micky Dolenz and Peter Tork during the final portion of The Monkees' concert there that evening, while also taking a moment to say thanks to firefighters from the stage.
Michael discussed the benefit concert on Facebook:
For more information and to purchase tickets, visit the Golden State Theatre's website.
Last Friday evening, Michael Nesmith joined Micky Dolenz and Peter Tork for his first appearance on The Monkees' 50th Anniversary Tour. All photos in this slideshow are courtesy of Central Coast Photography, unless otherwise noted.
Last night at the Golden State Theatre in Monterey, California, Michael Nesmith made his first appearance on The Monkees' 50th Anniversary Tour. Nez performed "Circle Sky," "Papa Gene's Blues," "What Am I Doing Hangin' 'Round?" and "I'm a Believer" with Micky, Peter, and the band. A complete set list is coming soon!
UPDATE 8/7: Here's the set list from the Monterey show:
Listen to the Band
Last Train to Clarksville
That Was Then, This Is Now
Your Auntie Grizelda
She Makes Me Laugh
A Little Bit Me, A Little Bit You
The Girl I Knew Somewhere
You Bring the Summer
Shades of Gray
Look Out (Here Comes Tomorrow)
Randy Scouse Git
For Pete's Sake
Johnny B. Goode
Higher and Higher
Let's Dance On
Long Title: Do I Have To Do This All Over Again?
I Was There (And I'm Told I Had A Good Time)
Pleasant Valley Sunday
Encore with Michael Nesmith:
Papa Gene's Blues
What Am I Doing Hangin' 'Round?
I'm a Believer
A while back, Michael shared this photograph (an early selfie?) on his Facebook page. It was taken while on tour with The Monkees in the summer of 1967.
Here are a sampling of a few other articles that have also appeared online since the announcement of Michael's appearance at the Monterey, California concert:
Michael Nesmith will make his debut appearance on The Monkees' current 50th Anniversary Tour this Friday evening in Monterey, California at the Golden State Theatre. "Surprises" for this particular show have been teased since late July, and tonight, Nez made it official on Facebook:
The 50th Anniversary Tour commenced on May 18 but to date has featured only Micky Dolenz and Peter Tork. Michael explained to fans earlier this year that a commitment to deliver his upcoming book, Infinite Tuesday: An Autobiographical Riff, prevented him from going on the road. Nez, however, has publicly kept the door open to playing with The Monkees at some point in the future. Micky and Peter have already performed 27 concerts in North America to positive reviews and enthusiastic audiences, and are currently on a short break until this Friday.
The Monterey show will be Michael's first live appearance with The Monkees since June 7, 2014 in Cleveland, Ohio. Nesmith, however, has joined both Dolenz and Tork this year at various other events, including an interview for CBS Sunday Morning, a SiriusXM Town Hall, and a radio guest spot in Louisville, Kentucky. He also "appeared" with Micky and Peter at the duo's concert in New York City on June 1 via Skype, performing "Papa Gene's Blues." And of course, The Monkees' first album of all new material since 1996, Good Times!, features all three surviving members of the group.
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Michael Nesmith's latest book, Infinite Tuesday: An Autobiographical Riff, is scheduled to be released on April 18, 2017. It will be available in hardback, as a Kindle and audio download, and on compact disc. Nesmith has previously published two other works: The Long Sandy Hair of Neftoon Zamora (1998) and The America Gene (2009).
Fans have been kept informed about Michael's newest project through his Facebook page, where Nez has posted about its progress, including a working title. "I’m about a third to half way through my new book, 'Listen to the Band,'" Nesmith wrote on January 24, 2015. "Don’t jump to any conclusions because of that title. The book is non-fiction and non-what you think. I do think you are going to like it — I am loving writing it." In July 2015, he elaborated further:
"It’s not a memoir but is sort of chronological. It follows my life as different bands come together and break up – all kinds of bands. Groups of extraordinary people who sweep into our lives, we play along with them for a while, then we all move on. This bandology, as I call it, has always impressed me, whether I am listening or playing."
Visit the stories below for more history about the development of Infinite Tuesday and Michael's comments on it: