Despite pre-tour jitters that tickets for the 2014 shows were moving slowly at the box office, various email reports to the Live Almanac suggested that this weekend's stops in Detroit, Michigan and Merrillville, Indiana were indeed well attended. Online seating maps (as viewed on Ticketmaster's website) showed that of all of the shows on the tour schedule, Detroit, in particular, had a lot of seats still available. However, three different reports from Detroit attendees noted that turnout at the Fox Theatre was good.
Earlier concerts on the tour's itinerary have seen fans report strong houses (though seemingly short of being sold out). Concertgoers at the Atlantic City, New Jersey and Bethlehem, Pennsylvania shows emailed the Live Almanac to say that the shows were packed. It's possible that ticket buyers are waiting until the last minute to purchase tickets, perhaps doing so at the door that evening. (I have been unable to confirm if the box office lines at various venues have been busy on the evening of the show.) The May 24 concert at the New Jersey Performing Arts Center, however, also saw a lot of seats unsold on the day of the group's appearance there. Two different reports from people who attended that show said the orchestra was mostly full, but the upper tiers were more sparse. The NJPAC reportedly moved attendees with tickets in the fourth tier of seating to the third tier.
Before the tour started, some fans started to wonder if the market for The Monkees had become oversaturated. After the resounding success of the 2012 tour and the overall healthy sales for the 2013 shows, the group has been a consistent live attraction for the last several years. Prior to the 2014 tour, exactly 70 concert dates in the United States have been performed since 2011. It's clear that Michael's return in 2012 after Davy passed spiked interest after an already solidly-performing tour in 2011 that featured only Davy, Micky, and Peter. However, since that time, Michael has undertaken a large amount of solo shows in between the recent Monkees tours. Steep ticket prices in the midst of a lethargic economy might also be a factor, and there's always the possibility that Davy's absence could be impacting ticket sales for some casual Monkees concertgoers at this point.
Reviews for the 2014 tour haven't been an issue. The critical response to the shows has once again been very strong (you can read some of them by visiting the homepage and looking under 'Recent Blog Highlights). YouTube footage shows that the audiences have been quite enthusiastic, too.
No official numbers for this year's Monkees tour have been made available to date.
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