An article featured in the San Jose Mercury News features an interview with Micky Dolenz and discusses the upcoming tour. Here are a few highlights from the article and the interview with Micky:
Dolenz, Tork and Jones had been discussing this type of concert concept a year ago. "Somebody came up with the idea, said, 'You know, there's a lot of bands that are going out and they're playing like their whole album, start to finish, some classic album of theirs. And it might be a great idea to go out and do 'Headquarters,'' which was like a seminal album in the Monkee world."
So, this tour features the entire 1967 "Headquarters" album, as well as earlier and later tunes. It was the third Monkees LP, but first following what Dolenz calls "the palace revolt." Led by Nesmith, the band rebelled against the Monkee TV show's music maven, Don Kirshner. From that point forward, the foursome chose their songs, writing many of them, and playing their own instruments...That led to some of their finest recordings.
After Jones' passing, Dolenz and Tork had to rethink The Monkees' future. They wanted to honor their friend.
"Mike and Peter and I were at a memorial together in Los Angeles, discussing all this," Dolenz recalls. "And what should we do? Should we do anything? Should we do a memorial concert? And if we do, where do we do it? Because David had friends all over the place, and family, New York and England, and here and there. So we thought, maybe we'll do two or three. And that sort of blossomed into this current tour.
"But, having said that, I don't want to be misleading. It is not, officially, the Davy Jones Memorial Tour. However, he will be remembered. There will be a tribute and an homage."
"I'm so glad to see that Mike is out touring again. He's doing a solo tour right now in the U.K., which is fantastic. Then, after the Monkees tour, he's going to do some touring in the spring, here in the States, which is wonderful.
"I'd seen him at an event, where he did a little acoustic set. And he said, yeah, he was thinking of getting back on the road and doing some performing. I was totally encouraging, because I'm a huge Mike Nesmith fan."
In other news, Michael Nesmith has completed his short tour of the United Kingdom, his first solo shows there since the late 1970s. His last live appearances in the UK were with The Monkees during the 1997 Justus tour. Check out monkeebootlegs.com on Facebook for some fan reviews and links to live audio. YouTube also features several fan-uploaded videos from the shows.
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