Micky Dolenz to appear at "James Burton and Friends" benefit concert with Sammy Hagar, Queen's Brian May, and others (UPDATED)
On November 12, legendary musicians will gather at Nashville's Schermerhorn Symphony Center for "James Burton and Friends," a concert event benefiting the James Burton Foundation. Mr. Burton, who was inducted into the Rock & Roll Hall of Fame in 2001, is a famed guitarist who has played on numerous recordings, and he also acted as a session musician for The Monkees in the 1960s. The Burton Foundation supports music education for those in need through guitar donations and music instruction to schools, hospitals, and community service organizations.
Micky Dolenz is scheduled to be a part of the benefit concert and will take the stage with Mr. Burton, Sammy Hagar, Brian May (Queen), Joe Walsh (The Eagles), Jason Scheff (Chicago), Paul Shaffer (The Late Show with David Letterman), and many more. Tickets are still available!
UPDATE 11/14/2019: Footage and more from the Burton benefit concert:
"It Was Fifty Years Ago Today," a tribute to The Beatles' White Album, co-starring Micky Dolenz, Christopher Cross, and Todd Rundgren, is currently on the road, stopping this evening in Milwaukee, Wisconsin, with plenty of more shows to come! Micky and company recently discussed the tour, their love of The Beatles, and more with The Maine Edge.
UPDATE 10/5/2019: Media Mikes reviewed the show and noted the set list from the Kansas City, Missouri performance, and Forgotten Hits provided a recap of the tour's stop in St. Charles, Illinois.
UPDATE 10/9/2019: The Glorious Corner reviewed the performance at Connecticut's Ridgefield Playhouse, noting Micky's performances of "Rocky Racoon," "I'm So Tired," and "Why Don't We Do It In The Road."
UPDATE 10/25/2019: Parklife DC recapped the final show of the first leg of the tour at the Warner Theatre in Washington, D.C., and also included a full rundown of the set list. The tour resumes on November 30 in Greensburg, Pennsylvania.
Singer, songwriter, and pioneer, Michael Nesmith, will visit the GRAMMY Museum for an intimate discussion on his celebrated career and recent work, moderated by Scott Goldman. Following the discussion, Nesmith will perform live. Starting in the Texas folk scene in 1963, Nesmith quickly blossomed into a brilliant tunesmith during his time on the Emmy award-winning The Monkees. His melodic, country-tinged songs were regularly featured on the band’s multi-million selling albums and singles, but he heard a greater creative calling to find his own voice as a record maker. During 1968, Nesmith ventured to Nashville and formed the band the First National Band (pedal steel virtuoso Red Rhodes, bassist John London, and drummer John Ware). After being signed to RCA by A&R man Felton Jarvis, the band released a few critically acclaimed albums, including Magnetic South (1970), followed by Loose Salute (1970) and Nevada Fighter (1971), which spun off the chart hits “Joanne,” “Silver Moon,” “Nevada Fighter” and “I’ve Just Begun To Care (Propinquity).” In January 2018, Michael Nesmith sold out The Troubadour in West Hollywood, performing his First National music for the first time in four decades. Songs like “Different Drum” (a Top 20 hit for Linda Ronstadt & The Stone Poneys), “Some of Shelly’s Blues” (covered by the Nitty Gritty Dirt Band), and The Monkees’ classic, “Papa Gene’s Blues” filled the room with warmth and splendor. Nesmith will once again perform this music and share stories from his recent autobiography, Infinite Tuesday, while on tour in October 2019.
UPDATE 10/2/2019: Here is video of the performance portion from Michael's appearance last night at the Grammy Museum in Los Angeles. The set list included "Different Drum," "Joanne," "Some of Shelly's Blues," "Silver Moon," and "Papa Gene's Blues." Nez was backed by the First National Band Redux.
And earlier today, the Grammy Museum tweeted about Michael's appearance:
Michael Nesmith & The First National Band Redux to appear at California musical festival in October (UPDATED WITH LINK TO VIDEO FOOTAGE)
Sunday, October 6, 2019: Hardly Strictly Bluegrass Music Festival / Lindley & Marx Meadows in Golden Gate Park / San Francisco, California
This is a free event - no tickets are required
Michael Nesmith & The First National Band Redux return to the concert stage this October - Tickets on sale Friday, July 26!
October 2: Lobero Theatre / Santa Barbara, California
October 3: Largo at the Coronet / Los Angeles, California
October 5: Fremont Theater / San Luis Obispo, California
A pre-sale for the Santa Barbara concert will take place Thursday, July 25. The code for the Lobero Theatre presale is "LEO." The pre-sale begins Thursday, July 25 at 10am PT, and ends at 10pm PT that evening.
Andrew Sandoval spoke about the upcoming shows on Instagram:
"It Was Fifty Years Ago Today," a tribute to The Beatles' White Album and co-starring Micky Dolenz, Christopher Cross, and Todd Rundgren, will be on tour this September and October. Tickets in most markets go on sale Friday, June 7! Rolling Stone covered the announcement of the tour:
September 21: Golden Nugget / Atlantic City, New Jersey
September 24: Ruth Eckerd Hall / Clearwater, Florida
September 25: Au-Rene Theater at the Broward Center / Fort Lauderdale, Florida
September 26: MSU Riley Center / Meridian, Mississippi
September 28: Akron Civic Theatre / Akron, Ohio
September 29: Norton Center/ Danville, Kentucky
October 1: Arcada Theatre / St. Charles, Illinois
October 2: Pabst Theater / Milwaukee, Wisconsin
October 3: Muriel Kauffman Theatre / Kansas City, Missouri
October 5: The Cabot / Beverly, Massachusetts
October 6: Capitol Center for the Arts / Concord, New Hampshire
October 7: Collins Center for the Arts / Orono, Maine
October 8: Ridgefield Playhouse / Ridgefield, Connecticut
October 10: St. George Theatre / Staten Island, New York
October 11: Berklee PAC / Boston, Massachusetts
October 12: NYCB Theatre at Westbury / Westbury, New York
October 13: Mayo PAC / Morristown, New Jersey
October 15: Keswick Theatre / Glenside, Pennsylvania
October 17: Count Basie Center for the Arts / Red Bank, New Jersey
October 18: Garde Arts Center / New London, Connecticut
October 19: Wind Creek Event Center / Bethlehem, Pennsylvania
October 20: Warner Theatre / Washington, D.C.
UPDATE: A second leg of the tour has been added!
November 30: Palace Theatre / Greensburg, Pennsylvania
December 1: Aronoff Center / Cincinnati, Ohio
December 2: Arcada Theatre / St. Charles, Illinois
December 4: Verizon Wireless Theatre / Grand Prairie, Texas
December 5: Paramount Theatre / Denver, Colorado
December 6: Celebrity Theatre / Phoenix, Arizona
December 7: Westgate Las Vegas Casino & Resort / Las Vegas, Nevada
December 8: Magnolia Performing Arts Center / El Cajon, California
December 11: The Wiltern / Los Angeles, California
December 15: Jackson Rancheria / Jackson, California
Exclusive: Famous Devotees of the Beatles’ “White Album” Going Out on Tour This Summer Including Micky Dolenz, Todd Rundgren, Christopher Cross
On May 4, Micky Dolenz and his band (Coco Dolenz, Wayne Avers, Rich Dart, John Billings, and Dave Alexander) performed at Haugh Performing Arts Center in Glendora, California. Thanks to Jason Cunningham for the set list, and to Lisa Golden for the photo!
That Was Then, This Is Now
A Little Bit Me, A Little Bit You
Sometime in the Morning
Randy Scouse Git
Sgt. Pepper’s Lonely Hearts Club Band
The Girl I Knew Somewhere
Last Train to Clarksville
Johnny B. Goode (Chuck Berry)
Purple Haze (Jimi Hendrix)
Me & Magdalena (sung by Micky and Coco)
Different Drum (Michael Nesmith - sung by Coco while Micky took a break)
Take a Giant Step
For Pete’s Sake (Dedicated to Peter Tork)
White Rabbit (Jefferson Airplane - sung by Coco while Micky took a break)
Daydream Believer (Dedicated to Davy Jones)
Pleasant Valley Sunday
Gimme Some Lovin’ (The Spencer Davis Group)
I’m a Believer
On Saturday, April 27, Micky Dolenz will join longtime friend (and fellow Hollywood Vampire) Alice Cooper at Cooper’s Annual Rock & Roll Fundraising Bash, benefiting free music, dance, art, recording, and video classes for teenagers at Alice Cooper’s Rock Teen Center.
January 15-17: Fallsview Casino Resort / Niagara Falls, Ontario, Canada
April 13: Stage 954 - The Casino @ Dania Beach / Dania Beach, Florida
April 14: Southwest Florida Event Center / Bonita Springs, Florida
May 4: Haugh Performing Arts Center / Glendora, California
June 29: Helwig Winery / Plymouth, California
July 4: San Diego County Fair Solid Gold Concert Series / Del Mar, California
July 5: The Coach House / San Juan Capistrano, California
July 6: The Rose / Pasadena, California
July 7: The Canyon / Agoura Hills, California
August 17: Huntington Park / Columbus, Ohio
August 24: Sugar Creek / Hinton, Oklahoma
September 22: Arcada Theatre / St. Charles, Illinois
September 27: The Theatre at Grand Prairie / Grand Prairie, Texas (with The Fab Four)
November 8: Lancaster Performing Arts Center / Lancaster, California
November 9: Kirkland Performance Center / Kirkland, Washington
Micky is also performing with Michael Nesmith this March and June in "The Monkees Present: The Mike Nesmith & Micky Dolenz Show." Click the image below for more information:
"It Was Fifty Years Ago Today," a tribute to The Beatles' White Album and co-starring Micky Dolenz, Christopher Cross, and Todd Rundgren, will be on tour this September and October. Click the following image for tour dates:
And, Micky already has concerts scheduled for 2020!
February 8, 2020: Micky Dolenz, the Voice of The Monkees, with the Tucson Symphony Orchestra
February 9, 2020: Micky Dolenz, the Voice of The Monkees, with the Tucson Symphony Orchestra
February 12, 2020: Katharine Hepburn Center / Old Saybrook, Connecticut
February 13, 2020: The Center For Arts Natick / Natick, Massachusetts
February 14, 2020: Palace Theatre / Manchester, New Hampshire
February 21, 2020: My Father's Place Supper Club / Rosyln, New York (3pm show)
February 21, 2020: My Father's Place Supper Club / Roslyn, New York (7pm show)
February 22, 2020: Sellersville Theater / Sellersville, Pennsylvania (3pm show)
February 22, 2020: Sellersville Theater / Sellersville, Pennsylvania (8pm show)
March 27, 2020: Beatles on the Beach @ Theater at Old School Square / Delray Beach, Florida
May 9, 2020: Fermilab Ramsey Auditorium / Batavia, Illinois
Keep checking back for updates!
Last week, the Live Almanac covered the January 22 performance by Michael Nesmith and pedal steel extraordinaire Pete Finney at the Coach House in San Juan Capistrano, California. Michael and Pete performed a series of shows this month that highlighted the 1972 album And The Hits Just Keep On Comin' that was recorded by Nesmith and Red Rhodes.
Sherri Hansen has now shared her set of photos from the show at the Coach House with the Live Almanac. Thanks, Sherri!
Sherri also shared her video footage:
Thank you very much to Kevin Barry for sharing his photos and videos from Michael Nesmith and Pete Finney's performance last evening at the Coach House in San Juan Capistrano, California. Nez and Pete will conclude this current round of shows highlighting the 1972 Nesmith album And The Hits Just Keep On Comin' in Mill Valley, California tomorrow night at the sold-out Sweetwater Music Hall.
The set list in San Juan Capistrano was the same as Tuesday night's show at the legendary Troubadour in West Hollywood. Notably, both Micky Dolenz and Chip Douglas were in attendance at the Troubadour.
Last week, Micky Dolenz performed a series of sold-out performances at Avalon Theatre at Fallsview Casino Resort in Niagara Falls, Ontario, Canada. Check out a report from the show along with some photos:
You can view Micky's set list from these shows here and here, thanks to Scott Catton. You'll note that Micky performed "Kicks," a track The Monkees covered during their 1986 recording sessions for Then & Now...The Best of The Monkees. Micky added the song to his solo show in 2018.
Michael Nesmith, along with Pete Finney on pedal steel, continue their mini-tour tomorrow evening at the famed Troubadour in West Hollywood, California as they highlight Michael's 1972 album, And The Hits Just Keep On Comin'. Here's a review of opening night in Seattle:
And don't forget about Michael's recent conversation with the Los Angeles Times:
Finally, thanks to Tracy Robison for sharing his video footage of Nez and Pete from the second stop of their tour in Grants Pass, Oregon at the Rogue Theater:
This past Thursday night in Seattle, Washington, Michael Nesmith, along with pedal steel guitarist Pete Finney and special guest Ben Gibbard, performed the first in a series of shows highlighting his classic 1972 album, And The Hits Just Keep On Comin'. Here is the set list, thanks to Andrew Sandoval:
Two Different Roads
Tomorrow & Me
Some of Shelly's Blues
Keys To The Car
The Upside Of Goodbye
With Special Guest Ben Gibbard
Papa Gene's Blues
The Crippled Lion
Nine Times Blue
Recently on Facebook, Michael Nesmith talked about his upcoming tour with pedal steel guitarist Pete Finney that will highlight his 1972 album, And The Hits Just Keep On Comin', and more:
Here is a message from the stream. The show you are about to see is a show Red Rhodes and I put together in 1974 based loosely on the “Hits” album (And the Hits Just Keep On Comin’, 1972) we had just made. The record was different from the live show by a difference so subtle I hadn’t noticed, until night after night of playing, on one of those nights, we got airborne.
For me this music is the most fun to play especially when Red would hit the secret switch. Magic. Untethered to space and time. Riding the space unconfined.
Then, sadly Red was gone, and with him, his little secret switch. So it appeared that after the few shows we did in England, and a few in the States, the career of the First National Band would end. To say I wandered a few years is an embarrassing understatement -- but I did, always waiting for the little switch.
I found it after playing a short tour with Pete Finney. I found out he had the switch, too. Turns out, all steel-players do --- some use it, some don’t. The switch comes bound to the steel-player and then includes whatever instrument they are playing so the sound is unique to their musical swirl.
Come ride those swirls with Pete Finney and me and let him slide us away to this land and time where we all play.
Don't miss Nez and Pete this January! And in the event you haven't heard, Ben Gibbard & Scott McCaughey will be the duo's special guests on opening night in Seattle! Ben is the lead vocalist and guitarist of Death Cab For Cutie who also wrote "Me & Magdalena" for The Monkees' 2016 album, Good Times! Scott is a respected singer/singwriter whose band The Minus 5 released Of Monkees and Men in 2016, described as "an imaginative tribute to the Monkees’ legacy in music and popular culture." Scott also co-wrote the title track with Peter Buck (R.E.M.) from The Monkees' new holiday album, Christmas Party, and was closely aligned with R.E.M. as an auxiliary musician in the studio and on stage with the group from 1994 until their their breakup in 2011.
Here's a complete list of tour dates and ticket links for Michael Nesmith and Pete Finney in January 2019:
January 17: Neptune Theatre / Seattle, Washington
January 19: The Rogue Theater / Grants Pass, Oregon
January 20: Sofia Center For The Arts / Sacramento, California
January 22: Troubadour / West Hollywood, California
January 24: The Coach House / San Juan Capistrano, California
January 26: Sweetwater Music Hall / Mill Valley, California
Just announced! Michael Nesmith and Micky Dolenz will embark on a tour of Australia and New Zealand in June 2019. These concerts will represent Michael's first "Monkees" shows in Australia since 1968 (he last performed there as a solo act in 1977). Micky, along with Peter Tork, played to audiences in Australia and New Zealand most recently in 2016 during The Monkees' 50th Anniversary Tour.
"The Mike & Micky Show" officially returns to the road this March when it stops in 12 US cities before making its way down under.
Tour dates for Australia and New Zealand can be found below, and tickets go on sale Friday, December 14!
June 8: Isaac Theatre Royal / Christchurch, New Zealand
June 9: Great Hall / Auckland, New Zealand
June 10: Michael Fowler Centre / Wellington, New Zealand
June 12: Queensland Performing Arts Centre / Brisbane, Australia
June 15: Palais Theatre / Melbourne, Australia
June 16: Astor Theatre / Perth, Australia
June 18: Sydney Opera House / Sydney, Australia
Monkees Farewell Tour
Dolenz sings Nesmith