Here are some highlights of an article that appeared on the website of the Boston Globe.
Andrew Sandoval, the musician and archivist producing the tour, thinks it’s important to focus on the original arrangements.
“We actually sit and listen to the records together before we go into rehearsals,” says Sandoval. “What do the fans really want? Do they want us to show how great we’ve become or how we can pull off a cool solo in the song that wasn’t there? No, they want us to honor the songs as we did them then.”
Micky Dolenz relates his own experience seeing the Everly Brothers reunite in England in the 1980s.
“I remember thinking, ‘God, I hope they do all those hits. ‘Cathy’s Clown’ and ‘Wake Up Little Susie,’ ” remembers Dolenz. “And I got there and I was blown away. They played everything as I remembered it and I was singing and standing up there and crying and I remember thinking, if I ever get asked to get back and sing some of those Monkees tunes, I’m going to sing them like I remember.”
Why is Nesmith back? He had actually started talking to his former bandmates just before Jones died about doing a tour with them. Last year, the trio played a string of shows, but didn’t get to Boston.
“The best reason I can give is because it is so much fun – and maturing may have something to do with it – but not because I fear it will be the last time around,” Nesmith writes in an e-mail.
“Part of the fun of growing up is not having to act any certain way — and Monkees fans always traveled their own path,” he continues. “They stayed fans while their contemporaries ridiculed them and they are still fans. So to play live for the codger boppers while the new fans discover the music and silliness and share it is a lot of genuine fun — and that’s hard to come by.”