Micky Dolenz and Michael Nesmith are currently on the road bringing "The Monkees Farewell Tour" to over 40 cities in the United States. They may be coming to your town!
This post will be updated as the tour progresses.
Catch up with The Monkees Farewell Tour as it stopped in Portland, Sacramento, and San Jose this week, a week that also marks the 55th anniversary of the debut of The Monkees television series on NBC.
Micky Dolenz, Michael Nesmith, and their band return to the stage tomorrow night in Riverside, California!
Portland, Oregon (9/12/21)
Sacramento, California (9/14/21)
San Jose, California (9/15/21)
Andrew Sandoval is the producer of "The Monkees Farewell Tour" and author of The Monkees: The Day-By-Day Story. Today on Facebook, Andrew gracefully discussed a variety of topics that have surrounded the opening of Micky Dolenz and Michael Nesmith's current tour. You can read the full message below:
Monkees Farewell Tour - Night #2: Micky Dolenz & Michael Nesmith Live in Seattle (UPDATED WITH MORE VIDEOS)
Last evening, The Monkees Farewell Tour made its second stop in Seattle, Washington at the Moore Theater. Andrew Sandoval confirmed with the Live Almanac that the set list was the same as opening night.
Here's some footage from last night's show, including a stunning new arrangement of "Porpoise Song":
The first show of The Monkees' Farewell Tour is now complete. Micky, Michael, and the band performed this evening in Spokane, Washington and presented an eclectic set list that featured The Monkees' greatest hits, deep cuts, selections from their 2016 album, Good Times!, and more. A big thanks to Monkees author and historian Andrew Sandoval, who is producing the tour, for sending this picture of the set list to the Live Almanac.
In many ways, the set resembles the 2018-2019 "Mike & Micky" shows, but a couple of songs made their much anticipated live concert debut this evening in Spokane.
"Love Is Only Sleeping," a perennial favorite from The Monkees' fourth album, Pisces, Aquarius, Capricorn & Jones Ltd., is being performed for the first time, as is "While I Cry," a Michael Nesmith original from 1969's Instant Replay and another song fans have long held in high regard. "Through the Looking Glass," the opening track from Instant Replay, returns to the set for the first time since 1989.
"Different Drum," performed throughout the "Mike & Micky" shows and another Nesmith original, was the lead single from Micky's latest solo album, Dolenz Sings Nesmith.
The Monkees' official Facebook page posted photos of the items being sold at the merchandise booth on The Monkees' Farewell Tour, which opened tonight in Spokane, Washington:
Here they come, one more time!
With rehearsals now completed, Micky Dolenz and Michael Nesmith are ready to commence "The Monkees Farewell Tour" this Friday evening at First Interstate Center for the Arts in Spokane, Washington. The tour will open two days shy of the 55th anniversary of the debut of The Monkees television show on NBC. Micky, Nez, and their band are slated to visit 42 cities through November 14, with a final curtain call in Los Angeles at the Greek Theatre, site of several triumphant Monkees concerts since the 1980s.
Dolenz and Nesmith's last joint performance was on June 19, 2019 in Sydney, Australia at the historic Sydney Opera House. At that time, the duo closed a successful multi-leg tour entitled "The Monkees Present: The Mike & Micky Show" that had opened in 2018. They were scheduled to return to the road in 2020, but the Covid-19 pandemic resulted in multiple postponements.
As the concert industry continues to reopen during the Covid era, various venues hosting The Monkees' tour have recently announced special requirements for admittance into the shows. Please be sure to check the website of the venue you are attending, or call their ticket office for details regarding Covid safety guidelines.
Monkees historian and author Andrew Sandoval, who is producing the tour, addressed measures being instituted to keep everyone healthy. "All of us are taking every precaution possible to stay safe," Andrew wrote in a message sent out today to Beatland Books email subscribers. "Everyone on and offstage is fully vaccinated and wore masks for the entire rehearsal period and that is how it will remain for all those not onstage. Even the musicians in the band wore masks for rehearsal if they were not singing.
"Nevertheless, the spirits are high, especially when we have a lot of great music to share and with strong ticket sales, The Monkees have had to do less work in promotion and can just focus on what is important: resting and singing."
Monkees fans, surely feeling bittersweet at the prospect of their favorite group calling it a day, might be wondering if this is truly the end of the road. In an interview published today, Micky Dolenz puts it plainly when asked if it was hard to accept the prospect of a "final tour."
"Well, not really," Micky answered. "It was inevitable."
All these years later, Micky Dolenz and Michael Nesmith are still "too busy singing to put anybody down."
Join Micky, Michael, their band, crew, and fellow fans for The Monkees Farewell Tour. A complete list of tour dates appears below.
Enjoy the show!
"Monkees Farewell Tour" Concert Dates
9/10: Spokane, WA @ First Interstate Center for the Arts
9/11: Seattle, WA @ Moore Theater
9/12: Portland, OR @ Revolution Hall
9/14: Sacramento, CA @ Crest Theatre
9/15: San Jose, CA @ San Jose Civic
9/17: Riverside, CA @ Fox Performing Arts Center
9/18: El Cajon, CA @ The Magnolia
9/19: Phoenix, Arizona @ Celebrity Theatre
9/23: Austin, TX @ Stubb's Waller Creek Amphitheater
9/24: Grand Prairie, TX @ Texas Trust CU Theatre
9/25: San Antonio, TX @ Tobin Center For The Performing Arts
9/27: Midland, TX @ Wagner Noël Performing Arts Center
10/1: Memphis, TN @ The Soundstage at Graceland
10/2: Chattanooga, TN @ Tivoli Theatre
10/6: Birmingham, AL @ Iron City
10/7: Knoxville, TN @ Tennessee Theatre
10/8: Atlanta, GA @ Atlanta Symphony Hall
10/10: Orlando, FL @ Hard Rock Live
10/12: Fort Lauderdale, FL @ Parker Playhouse
10/13: Clearwater, FL @ Ruth Eckerd Hall
10/15: Savannah, GA @ Johnny Mercer Theatre
10/16: Jacksonville, FL @ Florida Theatre
10/18: Washington, DC @ Warner Theatre
10/19: Red Bank, NJ @ Count Basie Center
10/20: Tarrytown, NY @ Tarrytown Music Hall
10/22: Bethlehem, PA @ The Wind Creek Event Center
10/23: Atlantic City, NJ @ Ocean Casino Resort - Ovation Hall
10/24: New York, New York @ Town Hall
10/26: Burlington, VT @ Flynn Center for the Performing Arts
10/28: Huntington, NY @ The Paramount
10/29: Uncasville, CT @ Mohegan Sun Arena
10/30: Medford, MA @ Chevalier Theatre
11/1: Greensburg, PA @ The Palace Theatre
11/2: Detroit, MI @ Masonic Cathedral Theatre
11/3: Northfield, OH @ MGM Northfield Park - Center Stage
11/5: Rosemont, IL @ Rosemont Theatre
11/6: Milwaukee, WI @ Riverside Theater
11/7: Minneapolis, MN @ State Theatre
11/9: St. Charles, MO @ Family Arena
11/10: Kansas City, MO @ Uptown Theater
11/11: Salina, KS @ Stiefel Theatre
11/14: Los Angeles, CA @ The Greek Theatre
7a Records, the label that specializes in Monkees solo-related projects and more, recently announced that a couple of their titles are now available to stream and download on over 70 different platforms. And on top of that, vinyl lovers rejoice! Peter Tork's 1994 solo album, Stranger Things Have Happened, is coming soon on limited edition green vinyl.
Here's a rundown of 7a's latest activities:
In late 1980 Peter Tork formed a band called The New Monks, and shortly thereafter the group recorded a single, "(I'm Not Your) Stepping Stone"/"Higher and Higher." Last year, both songs were featured as bonus tracks on 7a's CD and vinyl editions of Peter's Stranger Things Have Happened album.
And now, for the first time, the single is officially available to stream or download:
Back in 2019, 7a revived Davy Jones' long out-of-print early 1980s live albums that were recorded and issued in Japan. Stream or download Davy Jones Live in Japan now:
Don't forget that this collection can still be purchased on compact disc and as a triple vinyl LP, and both of these versions contain exclusive bonus tracks.
In 1994, James Lee Stanley's Beachwood Records released Peter Tork's first ever solo album, Stranger Things Have Happened, featuring several notable guest musicians and friends including Stanley, Micky Dolenz, Michael Nesmith, Laurence Juber (Paul McCartney & Wings), Mackenzie Phillips, and Timothy B. Schmit (The Eagles). Last year, 7a celebrated Stranger Things with an expansive compact disc reissue while also pressing a limited edition splatter vinyl.
Fans can now pre-order 7a's latest incarnation of the album, this time on transparent green vinyl, which is set for release on September 10:
The official Monkees Facebook page has recently relayed information about the upcoming Monkees Farewell Tour featuring Micky Dolenz and Michael Nesmith, slated to begin in Spokane, Washington on September 10.
It was announced yesterday that Micky and Michael's October 3 appearance in Nashville has been canceled. Monkees manager Andrew Sandoval confirmed on Facebook that the venue, the Tennessee Performing Arts Center, was responsible for the cancellation. Refunds are available at point of purchase.
Furthermore, the duo's shows in The Woodlands, Texas on September 28 and 29 have been postponed due to safety concerns surrounding Covid-19. It has been suggested that if you have tickets for these particular shows to contact the venue about refunds.
Stay tuned to The Monkees Live Almanac for future updates, and please be sure to follow the site on Twitter and Facebook!
In a recent email to subscribers, Andrew Sandoval, author of The Monkees: The Day-By-Day Story, provided a detailed update on the shipping status of his new book, which is now expected to arrive in early September. As an added bonus, Andrew takes us back to the fall of 1966 with a compelling account of the initial recording session for The Monkees' signature hit single, "I'm a Believer."
Andrew's message appears below, and there's still time to pre-order a copy of Day-By-Day!
Greetings Beatland Readers!
As July 1966 ended, only Don Kirshner was sure of the Monkees’ success. When his trusted record makers – Snuff Garrett, Mickie Most, Carole King & Gerry Goffin – fell away, he remarkably switched gears to pull together an exceptional album – The Monkees – in just four weeks. And should the resulting release have any kind of success, he also had twelve songs (“All The King’s Horses”; “The Kind Of Girl I Could Love”; “I Don’t Think You Know Me”; “So Goes Love”; “I Won’t Be The Same Without Her”; “You Just May Be The One”; “I Can’t Get Her Off Of My Mind”; “Mary, Mary”; “Of You”; “(I Prithee) Do Not Ask For Love”; “(I’m Not Your) Steppin’ Stone”; “Whatever’s Right”) already in progress to comprise a second album.
“Everybody seemed enthusiastic, except Mike Nesmith. [He had] a big attitude right from the beginning and he said at one point, ‘I’m a producer too, and that ain’t no hit.’ So, it was like, ‘Oooo.’ To break the tension I made what I thought was an obvious joke. I said, ‘Well, Mike, it’s not finished. You’ve got to picture this with the strings and the horns.’ Which I thought there wasn’t going to be strings and horns [on it, but he would understand that] and he goes, ‘Well, maybe it could be something with strings and horns.’ Then he realized everybody laughed and the relationship goes down from there.”
It is unknown if allowing Nesmith to sing at all was a bit of psychological theater staged by Kirshner and Barry to get what they ultimately wanted (Micky on lead vocals). Either way, Donnie would later learn he was playing with fire if his intention was indeed to play Nesmith. “We got in the studio,” recalled Davy in May 1967, “and Mike didn’t sing it the way Donnie wanted him to sing it and Donnie asked Mike to sing it a certain way and Mike didn’t sing it that way. And during a break Mike just split; he just left…He wasn’t taken off lead. He chose to be taken off himself by leaving.”
The latest episode of The Monkees Pad Show features an exclusive interview with Barbara Hamaker, who worked in The Monkees' front office and also traveled with the group during their legendary 1967 summer tour. Known back then as "Barbara Monkee," she talks to host Joe Russo about her experiences with The Monkees during the height of Monkeemania, her interactions with luminaries like Jimi Hendrix, Bob Rafelson, and Bert Schneider, watching The Monkees jam with Frank Zappa, and much more. Enjoy this fantastic conversation via the link below, and be sure to follow The Monkees Pad Show on Facebook and Twitter!
In 1977 Michael Nesmith enjoyed a moderate worldwide hit with "Rio," the lead-off track from his eighth post-Monkees album, From a Radio Engine to the Photon Wing. During this period, Nez produced a promotional video for the song with director William Dear. That experience helped spur Michael's creation of the first music video television program, PopClips, which originally aired on the Nickelodeon cable network. In 1980, PopClips was sold to Warner/Amex Satellite Entertainment Company, who ultimately developed PopClips into MTV.
After leaving The Monkees in 1970, Michael's interest in production later resulted in the formation of his own corporation in 1974, Pacific Arts, to manage and develop various media projects. In the post-PopClips era, Nez released Elephant Parts on VHS and Betamax, a collection of comedy skits and music videos that won the first-ever Grammy Award for Music Video in 1981. Later in 1985, Television Parts, a comedy-variety series featuring Jerry Seinfeld, Jay Leno, Whoopi Goldberg, Gary Shandling, and many others debuted on NBC. Both productions were hosted and produced by Nesmith. Pacific Arts continued to flourish and by the late 1980s had become a leader in the burgeoning home video market.
As MTV celebrates its 40th anniversary this week, take a look back at the history of the channel and Michael's influence:
Fans of The Monkees' album Pool It! are sure to enjoy this lively and revealing discussion about the group's 1987 LP, led by Mark Kleiner (host of the Nesmith, Tork, Goffin & King podcast who has also penned superlative liner notes for various 7a Records releases) and his longtime friend and former Monkees pen pal, Lee Baber. Watch and listen as Mark and Lee welcome guests like producer Roger Bechirian (who expresses his desire to undertake a remix of the album), session guitarist Mark Christian, songwriters Michael Levine ("Since You Went Away") and Tom Teeley ("Don't Bring Me Down"), Monkees collector Ed Reilly, and graphic designer Delana Bettoli.
Thanks also goes to Mark Kleiner for sharing this photo of The Monkees taken by Rick Barham during filming of the music video for "Heart and Soul," the lead single from Pool It! Rick acted as the gaffer during the video's production.
Annabel Jones, Talia Jones Rosten, and Sarah Jones McFadden are featured in the latest issue of Sidelines Magazine. The ladies share stories about their dad and his love of horses, discuss the establishment of the Davy Jones Equine Memorial Foundation, and more in this interview with Kimberly Gatto:
Monkees author, historian, and producer Andrew Sandoval recently appeared on the latest episode of the podcast Ranking The Beatles, where he talks about the relationship between The Beatles and The Monkees, creating reissue packages from a fan's perspective, his new book, how his parents sneaked him into a Wings concert in 1976, interesting Monkees tidbits, what Andrew considers to be The Monkees' holy grail, and much more.
Listen now by clicking the link below, or stream it on Spotify!
Late last year, fans pushed The Monkees over the top when the vinyl-only label Run Out Groove placed the group's 1966 eponymous debut album in the running to be pressed as an expanded deluxe edition double LP featuring previously unreleased songs and mixes. After some lengthy production delays, customers have started to receive their orders over the last couple of weeks.
Fast forward now to another vote, a different album, but the exact same results!
Earlier this summer, Run Out Groove conducted another contest to decide their next release, and this time The Monkees' sophomore album, More Of The Monkees, claimed victory and is now set to receive the same deluxe style treatment as The Monkees.
Pre-orders are now open until August 17, 2021 for two different versions of the album, which include a standard black vinyl pressing as well as a limited edition transparent green vinyl edition. More details can be found below, along with links to pre-order. (UPDATE 7/28/2021: According to Monkees.com, the release date for the green vinyl edition is set for April 15, 2022.)
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