Last night, Micky, Peter, and the band performed in Biloxi, Mississippi at Hard Rock Live. A big thanks to Marley Roberts for submitting the setlist from the show:
They’re not saying it’s their farewell tour, but it’s hard to imagine the Monkees reaching a higher point than they’ve achieved in 2016. In a year when so many musical bright lights have gone dark, it’s reassuring to realize there are still a few good times left in, of all things, an occasional touring band that began as a fake rock group on a silly TV show and existed as such for only two years, a very long time ago. Along with helping to move the culture forward – and oh, yes they did, via pioneering rock videos, the indirect influence of “Head” on avant-garde cinema, and providing millions of kids with a gateway to the counterculture – they’ve also provided us with more than a fair share of inspiration. Talk about keeping it weird.
This evening, The Monkees performed in Austin, Texas at the Paramount Theatre. Here's a photo of the setlist, courtesy of Andrew Sandoval.
Check out this great group of ladies who traveled from Japan to see The Monkees live in concert this past weekend at the Moore Theatre in Seattle, Washington. Their guest appearance during "You Bring the Summer" was a big hit!
As promised, Micky, Peter, and the band were joined by Death Cab For Cutie's Ben Gibbard during last night's show at the Moore Theatre in Seattle, Washington. They performed "Me & Magdalena," Ben's stellar contribution to The Monkees' latest album, Good Times!
Ben hung around to take lead vocals on "Look Out (Here Comes Tomorrow)" - which can also be seen in the video above - and returned for "Pleasant Valley Sunday" and "I'm a Believer" in the encore:
UPDATE: The Monkees Tour Twitter account posted the following footage of The Monkees rehearsing "Me & Magdalena" with Ben Gibbard:
Last night The Monkees performed another show at Chinook Winds Casino Resort in Lincoln, Oregon. At Friday's concert, Peter and Micky debuted their version of "Me & Magdalena," and it returned to the set during Saturday evening's show. The song had previously been performed live with Michael Nesmith, who sang the lead vocal on the Good Times! studio version, at concerts in Arizona and California last week.
In the footage below, it seems Micky announces to the crowd that Ben Gibbard (guitarist and lead singer of Death Cab For Cutie), who wrote the song, will perform it with The Monkees at tonight's show in Seattle, Washington.
Whether in the show proper or at soundcheck, "Birth of an Accidental Hipster" is a showstopper! And Peter's banjo is a much welcomed addition. I almost wish it was featured in the studio version.
Last night The Monkees appeared in Lincoln, Oregon at Chinook Winds Casino Resort. Peter and Micky performed "Me & Magdalena" for the first time without Michael. It's a little rough around the edges, but will likely continue to be a highlight in the duo's live set:
“‘The Monkees’ was about, ‘We’ll get along, and be happy.’ And we represent that, even on stage. As entertainers, that’s our job. And it’s a very good job, if you ask me.”
September 16, 2016: Michael Nesmith’s final performance with The Monkees at the Pantages in Los Angeles, California. Megan and Craig review the show and discuss their feelings in the aftermath.
Ann Moses was the editor of Tiger Beat from 1966 – 1972, writing countless stories about The Monkees during their heyday. Ann also acted as Hollywood Correspondent to Britain's New Musical Express from 1968 - 1971. She has visited with The Monkees backstage during their most recent tours, and had the opportunity to interview Monkees archivist and tour producer Andrew Sandoval before Micky and Michael performed in Phoenix, Arizona last week. Andrew talks about The Monkees' 50th Anniversary, the current tour, and much more. Be sure to visit Ann on the web, too!
On the eve of Michael Nesmith’s final scheduled live performance with The Monkees, Megan and Craig meet up on the west coast to chat about Papa Nez – his levels of involvement (and non-involvement) with The Monkees post-reunion, his return in 2012, his absence on the stage in 2016 and the fanbase reaction to such.
Happy belated birthday to Monkees touring bassist John Billings, who celebrated the big 5-0 this past Friday in Los Angeles before The Monkees took the stage at the Pantages Theatre. Video is courtesy of his fellow band member, Dave Alexander.
After Friday evening's landmark gig in Los Angeles with Michael Nesmith, Micky Dolenz, Peter Tork, and the band traveled to Las Vegas, Nevada for a performance at Primm Valley Casino Resorts – Star of the Desert Arena. Here was the set list for Saturday night's show, courtesy of Sherri Hansen:
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
Papa Gene's Blues
Look Out (Here Comes Tomorrow)
Randy Scouse Git
For Pete's Sake
Let's Dance On
Do I Have To Do This All Over Again
What Am I Doing Hangin' 'Round?
Pleasant Valley Sunday
I'm a Believer
In Memoriam: Michael Nesmith
Dolenz sings Nesmith - The EP
Micky Dolenz Live!