Last night in Madison, Wisconsin at Overture Center for the Arts, Micky Dolenz and his band concluded a string of limited engagement shows meant to honor the legacy of The Monkees.
"Micky Dolenz Celebrates The Monkees," produced by Monkees historian and author Andrew Sandoval, opened on April 5 at the famed Ryman Auditorium in Nashville, Tennessee (where The Monkees performed live in 2013 and also filmed an appearance with Johnny Cash in 1969). The Live Almanac covered the Nashville debut, complete with video footage, photographs, set list, and a look at the tour merchandise.
Joining Micky onstage for these special shows were members of The Monkees' touring band, featuring Coco Dolenz, Wayne Avers, John Billings, Rich Dart, Pete Finney, Alex Jules, and Emeen Zarookian.
At each stop, Michael Nesmith, Davy Jones, and Peter Tork were honored with individual video and song tributes, and the set list included numbers that haven't been aired in some time, with "Valleri" (performed in the style of the first recorded version), "Look Out (Here Comes Tomorrow)," "Saturday's Child," "Can You Dig It," "Sometime in the Morning," "No Time," "Let's Dance On," "D.W. Washburn," and "That Was Then, This Is Now" all making appearances. During the pre-show, fans were treated to rare and unique audio selections playing over the house speakers, carefully curated by producer Sandoval in playlists that varied from city to city.
The promotional materials for the "Celebrates The Monkees" shows also advertised rare photos and film from Micky's personal archives. Some of the highlights projected on the screen behind the band included footage of The Monkees rehearsing at the Hollywood Bowl in 1967, Micky, Davy, and Michael atop the RCA Building, filming a Kool-Aid commercial and more all from 1969, home movies, outtakes from the 1986 video shoot for "That Was Then, This Is Now," and The Monkees inside the recording studio.
Micky will return to the road later this month, performing concerts and making various personal appearances throughout the summer. Check out Micky's current itinerary to see if he is coming to your town!
In the meantime, enjoy some performances below from different cities on Micky's "Celebrates The Monkees" tour (tribute videos screened for Michael, Davy, and Peter can be seen in the Akron, Ohio footage) and don't forget the Live Almanac's previous coverage of opening night in Nashville, Tennessee.
April 6: Richmond, Kentucky @ EKU Center for the Arts
April 8: Nashville, IN @ Brown County Music Center
April 9: Cincinnati, OH @ The Andrew J Brady ICON Music Center
April 11: Wheeling, West Virgina @ The Capitol Theatre (more)
April 12: Akron, Ohio @ Goodyear Theater
Thanks to the Monkees Forever YouTube channel for providing the complete show in Akron, Ohio. Watch the tribute videos for Michael Nesmith (11:50) and Davy Jones (29:00) below, as well as footage of The Monkees rehearsing at the Hollywood Bowl (45:10):
The tribute video for Peter Tork begins at 14:10:
April 15: Riverside, IA @ Riverside Casino & Golf Resort
April 16: Madison, WI @ Overture Center for the Arts
Listen to an engaging and spirited conversation with Monkees author and producer Andrew Sandoval as he joins hosts Joe Kennedy and Dave Gebroe on an episode of the Discograffiti podcast. The trio assess the recorded works of The Monkees beginning with their 1966 debut all the way through 1967's Pisces, Aquarius, Capricorn & Jones Ltd., and everything in between. And be sure to stay tuned for Part 2!
UPDATE 3/28/2022: Andrew Sandoval joins Joe and Dave to continue the saga of The Monkees, covering the years 1968 to the present:
Micky Dolenz will hit the road this April for a special series of shows designed to pay tribute to his longtime bandmates Davy Jones, Michael Nesmith, and Peter Tork. "Micky Dolenz Celebrates The Monkees" opens on April 5, 2022 at the historic Ryman Auditorium in Nashville, Tennessee and will close in Madison, Wisconsin on April 16 at Overture Center for the Arts.
Joining Micky onstage will be the members of "The Mike & Micky Show" band: Wayne Avers, Emeen Zarookian, Gemma Dolenz, Rich Dart, Alex Jules, John Billings, and Pete Finney.
"We will be fully delving into The Monkees' songbook, as well as Micky's personal archive of films and photos to create a unique evening of memories," said manager Andrew Sandoval earlier today on social media. "It will give Micky and the band an opportunity to share the music he made alongside Davy, Peter, and Michael and reminisce on their journey as brothers for five decades. We have also been talking about Micky singing some songs he's never done on stage before, as well as pulling out older Monkees album tracks that have not been performed in many years. It is unclear if we will be doing anything beyond these nine shows in this format, but we are truly looking forward to being together again to celebrate the Monkees in song."
Tickets go on sale this Friday, February 11 but presales will begin on Tuesday, February 9 with the presale code CELEBRATE for all shows. Check out the official press release with tour dates below, as well as the most up-to-date press coverage regarding the announcement of the tour.
OFFICIAL PRESS RELEASE
Micky Dolenz of The Monkees will embark on a special series of concert dates in April 2022. Honoring the contributions of his bandmates – the late Davy Jones, Mike Nesmith & Peter Tork – in song and with personal multimedia footage of the legendary performers, Dolenz will celebrate their lasting legacy on record and film. Launching on April 5 at Nashville's Ryman Auditorium, the tour will end on April 16 at Madison’s Overture Center For The Arts.
April 5: Nashville, TN @ Ryman Auditorium
April 6: Richmond, KY @ EKU Center For The Arts
April 8: Nashville, IN @ Brown County Music Center
April 9: Cincinnati, OH @ The Andrew J Brady ICON Music Center
April 11: Wheeling, WV @ The Capitol Theatre
April 12: Akron, OH @ Goodyear Theater
April 13: Joliet, IL @ Rialto Square Theatre
April 15: Riverside, IA @ Riverside Casino & Golf Resort
April 16: Madison, WI @ Overture Center For The Arts
Rock Cellar: Micky Dolenz to Pay Tribute to Davy Jones, Mike Nesmith and Peter Tork with ‘Micky Dolenz Celebrates the Monkees’ Tour in April
People.com: Micky Dolenz to Celebrate Late Monkees Bandmates with New Tribute Tour: 'Like My Brothers'
Fox News: Micky Dolenz, last surviving Monkees member, to embark on tribute tour: ‘Like my brothers’
UPDATE 4/1/2022: Andrew Sandoval discussed the upcoming tour and more in a post on Facebook today:
Monkees historian, author, and producer Andrew Sandoval is joined by John Billings and Alex Jules, members of The Monkees' touring band, in a special episode of Zilch dedicated to the memory of Michael Nesmith. Listen to the show, hosted by Ken Mills, below:
Micky Dolenz may be coming to your town in 2022! Micky will return to the road this year, performing live in concert while also making a variety of personal appearances that will provide fans the opportunity to meet Micky in person. Dates, venues, and links to purchase tickets to currently scheduled events can be found below.
Monkees historian and author Andrew Sandoval is producing Micky's appearance on the Beach Boys Good Vibrations Cruise in late March, billed as "Micky Dolenz celebrates The Monkees." And from there, Micky will be appearing with Felix Cavaliere of The Rascals for a series of special shows on the East Coast.
But wait, there is more to come! Andrew Sandoval has relayed to the Live Almanac that fans should expect more Dolenz concert dates to be announced in February. "The intention is to do something special for and with the fans; paying tribute to Davy, Peter, and Michael and performing some unique things," Andrew said. (UPDATE: "Micky Dolenz Celebrates The Monkees" was announced on February 7, 2022.)
Stay tuned to the Live Almanac for all of the latest updates, and be sure to follow the site on Facebook and Twitter!
SOLO DATES FOR SUMMER 2022 & BEYOND
June 16: 28th Annual Hot Summer Nights / Sherman, Texas
July 21: Kenan Auditorium - UNCW / Wilmington, North Carolina
July 22: Duke Energy Center for the Performing Arts / Raleigh, North Carolina
July 23: FabFest / Charlotte, North Carolina
November 22: Des Plaines Theatre / Des Plaines, Illinois
September 9: Black Bear Casino Resort @ Otter Creek Event Center / Carlton, Minnesota
April 29-May 1: Chiller Theatre Expo / Parsippany, New Jersey
July 8-10: London Film and Comic Con / London, England
August 27: Hot Wheels Weekend / Marysville, Michigan
September 24-25: Retro Con @ Greater Philadelphia Expo Center / Oaks, Pennsylvania
April 23: American Music Theatre / Lancaster, Pennsylvania
April 24: Keswick Theatre / Glenside, Pennsylvania
May 12: Count Basie Center for the Arts / Red Bank, New Jersey
May 14: Patchogue Theatre for the Performing Arts / Patchogue, New York
June 3: Palladium Times Square / New York, New York
June 4: Lynn Auditorium / Lynn, Massachusetts
October 22: Celebrity Theatre / Phoenix, Arizona
March 25-28: Beach Boys Good Vibrations Cruise / Miami, Florida to Nassau, Bahamas
April 5: Ryman Auditorium / Nashville, Tennessee
April 6: EKU Center For The Arts / Richmond, Kentucky
April 8: Brown County Music Center / Nashville, Indiana
April 9: The Andrew J Brady ICON Music Center / Cincinatti, Ohio
April 11: The Capitol Theatre / Wheeling, West Virginia
April 12: Goodyear Theater / Akron, Ohio
April 13: Rialto Square Theatre / Joliet, Illinois
April 15: Riverside Casino & Golf Resort / Riverside, Iowa
April 16: Overture Center For The Arts / Madison, Wisconsin
Monkees historian and producer Andrew Sandoval has announced a special musical tribute to Michael Nesmith that will air on his long-running Come to the Sunshine radio program tomorrow, December 20, 2021 from 6-9 PM Eastern (3-6 PM Pacific). You can listen to the show on WFMU's Rock'N'Soul Radio.
Andrew shared the following preview on Facebook:
Andrew Sandoval's special, "A Musical Meditation on Michael Nesmith," along with the playlist and accompanying chat session, is now archived courtesy of WFMU.
Andrew Sandoval talks about how the drive to go out and say thank you to the fans on one last tour revivified Michael Nesmith this fall
Monkees historian, producer, and manager Andrew Sandoval is the author of The Monkees: The Day-By-Day Story. In a message posted on Facebook earlier today, Andrew marked the passing of Michael Nesmith:
It is with deep sadness that I mark the passing of Michael Nesmith. We shared many travels and projects together over the course of 30 years, which culminated in a Monkees farewell tour that wrapped up only a few weeks ago.
This July, the vinyl-only label Run Out Groove released The Monkees' eponymous debut album as an expanded deluxe limited edition double LP featuring previously unissued songs and new mixes. For this presentation, Monkees historian Andrew Sandoval, along with mastering engineer Kevin Grey, cut lacquers from the analog stereo tapes for the first time since its original pressing in 1966.
Run Out Groove's version of The Monkees arrived on two 180 gram records, featuring a gatefold jacket and never-before-seen photos and new liner notes by Sandoval. And now, you can check out this Run Out Groove exclusive below, courtesy of longtime Live Almanac contributor Ben Belmares.
Sandoval updates on "Day-By-Day" shipping + notes from the road on Monkees Farewell Tour (UPDATED 9/24)
In a message sent earlier today to subscribers of his Beatland Books email list, Andrew Sandoval, author of The Monkees: The Day-By-Day Story and the group's manager/tour producer, provided the latest shipping status updates regarding his new book. He also took time to report on the early days of The Monkees Farewell Tour, which stops in Austin, Texas this Thursday!
Read Andrew's message below, along with a timely postscript:
Dear Beatland Reader:
The Monkees On Tour
Hours after sending the message above, Andrew posted the following on Facebook :
UPDATE 9/24/2021: Now shipping!
In a brand new interview with The Phoenix Times, Andrew Sandoval talked about his forthcoming book, The Monkees: The Day-By-Day Story. Speaking with Robrt L. Pela, Andrew revealed that a lot of attention was devoted to the albums produced towards the end of The Monkees' original incarnation. "Those records are a major focal point of my revised book," he said.
Read more of the interview with Andrew via the link below:
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:
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.”
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!
This past February, Monkees fans received the news they had long been anticipating when Monkees historian, producer, and manager Andrew Sandoval officially announced the brand new edition of his groundbreaking book on the group, The Monkees: The Day-By-Day Story. Set to ship in August, Andrew's original work has been rewritten, redesigned, and expanded to an incredible 740 pages! You still have time to order a copy of this limited edition tome via Beatland Books.
The Live Almanac is now happy to share an exclusive interview with Andrew, recorded in late May, where he talks with Paris Stachtiaris. Monkees fans are likely to recall Paris as the co-host of Headquarters ("The only radio show in America dedicated to The Monkees") that originally aired from 1987 to 1990 on WBAU-FM, the former radio station of Adelphi University in Long Island, New York. In 2019 Paris returned to broadcasting, with co-host Ben Brown on the HCS Radio Network.
Throughout this two-part interview, Andrew talks to Paris about the various stages of his career in music, including being a Grammy-nominated record producer and the host of the long-running Come to the Sunshine show. Andrew also discusses his role in The Monkees returning to the concert stage in 2011, the circumstances surrounding the abrupt end to that tour, how close all four Monkees came to reuniting in 2012 before Davy Jones passed away, the Good Times! era, future Beatland Books projects, missing links in The Monkees' tape vault, and much more!
The deadline is fast approaching to officially pre-order your copy of Andrew Sandoval's 740 page opus, The Monkees: The Day-By-Day Story. And don't forget: the various editions of Day-By-Day will be produced in limited combined quantities. There is no plan to keep this book in print perpetually and an electronic version will not be offered. Pre-order now via Beatland Books!!
In the meantime, check out the latest news update from Andrew about Day-By-Day and much more, and then be sure to view the official unboxing video for the three distinct versions of the book, which also happens to feature a very interesting soundtrack!
Andrew has also previously provided two other updates about Day-By-Day, accompanied by exclusive photographs, through the Beatland Books email list. These are must reads! (UPDATED 9/21/2021 to include latest information)
With the recent release of Dolenz sings Nesmith and the announcement of a Monkees Farewell tour in May, Zilch host extraordinaire Ken Mills welcomes back Andrew Sandoval as he talks about the tour and Micky's new solo album, as well as his upcoming book, The Monkees: The Day-By-Day Story, and much, much more.
"We have a lot to celebrate right now," Andrew said.
Back in February, Monkees fans received the news they had long been anticipating: Andrew Sandoval officially announced the brand new edition of his groundbreaking book on the group, The Monkees: The Day-By-Day Story. Now set to ship in August, Andrew's original work has been thoroughly rewritten, redesigned, and expanded to an incredible 740 pages!
Andrew initially asked customers to reserve a copy of the book which acted as an intention to order. Now the time has come to formally pre-order and provide payment.
Remember that the various editions of Day-By-Day will be produced in limited combined quantities (2,000 total to be exact). There is no plan to keep this book in print perpetually and an electronic version will not be offered.
Andrew has provided a detailed update on Facebook, including why the release date was pushed back, a breakdown on shipping options, and much more. You can read his message below and also watch a brand new video that provides a sneak peek inside the book.
Monkees Book Ordering News from Andrew Sandoval
The good news is The Monkees: The Day-By-Day Story is in production after last minute additions and polishing. It is now 740 pages! For those who reserved the super deluxe edition, the supplement has swelled to 40 pages – it really looks great! You can see samples of the 3 different editions of the book at Beatland Books – I will try and upload some further videos later in the weekend.
The increased size means that all of the costs of the book went up, but I will of course honor the original prices if you pre-order your book between now and June 30th. Now the not so great news: although production is on schedule to be completed in June as promised, the books will not arrive at the Port of Long Beach (where they filmed Head in April 1968) until July and the printer is estimating it may take a full 3 or 4 weeks for the container to make a short trek to the nearby shipping center. This is due to increased traffic in the port since the pandemic. That means late July or early August shipping for the preorders.
Many people have written and wondered why they would need to preorder if they already reserved a book. The fact of the matter is that no one has actually paid for their books yet (that is except for me)! So, if you are sincere about buying a book, the store is now open. We will keep track of all orders and anyone who doesn’t pre-order will lose their reservation on June 30th. You may chose to wait to order if any stock is left on the books, but the prices will go up $25 on each edition (to reflect my increased production costs). I am only making 2,000 books and will suspend all sales in September when I focus fully on producing the Monkees’ tour. This is it! I have no plans to keep the book in print – I will NOT be doing a digital version. It is a limited edition collector’s book that should retain its value.
My team and I actually took extra time with not only the contents of the book, but also how it would ship to you. This book will be shipped by a professional facility and not by me personally. Because of the physical size of the book, shipping outside of the United States is quite expensive. I was in shock when I first saw the rates and went the extra mile to get better prices wherever I could, but I do not set the rates of shipping or fuel or control the universe. I know!
These are the simple facts:
740 page Flexibound Open Edition weighs 11 pounds – boxed 14x10x3.5 inches
740 page signed & numbered Deluxe Edition in a Slip Cover weighs 13 pounds – boxed 14.5x10x3.5 inches
740 page signed & numbered Super Deluxe Edition with extra 40 page booklet weighs 16 pounds – boxed 15.5x11x4.5 inches
You may now turn your reservation into a preorder at our shop. This is the only way to guarantee you will get one of the 2,000 books being produced. Note: If you do not act on your reservation by June 30, 2021 it will be considered abandoned. If you wish to change your order or quantity at this time, you may do it in your pre-order. If you signed up for our waitlist, you may also preorder now and we will take you off of the waitlist.
Because so many people changed their reservations and made excessive multiple reservations, we are not sending out individual invoices. Pick what you want from the shop and we will consider your reservation fulfilled. If you do not preorder a book by June 30th we will know you do not wish to keep your reservation and we will release more books for preorder.
How much do the books cost? Preorder prices are $75 for the flexibound/$175 for the Deluxe in Slipcover/$225 for Super Deluxe in clamshell case with additional 40-page book. Shipping and tax are calculated once you place the book(s) in your cart.
We do not offer combined shipping; each book comes individually boxed and with Priority mail on the Flexibound and Deluxe, we found the Medium flat rate box was the best option, but it only allowed one book per box. There is no other flat rate box that fits this book and no flat rate box that fits the Super Deluxe. Media Mail is also an option in the United States.
I think you will love the book! I showed the samples to Michael & Micky and they were both shocked at the size and price (they each told me I didn’t charge enough - lol)! Looking forward to you having your book – let the preorders begin - visit Beatland Books.
This Friday, Dolenz sings Nesmith, the highly anticipated new release from 7a Records, will be available worldwide on CD, vinyl, and as a digital download. The album features Micky Dolenz reimagining select tracks from the songbook of his longtime friend and bandmate, Michael Nesmith. Pre-orders are now available, and be sure to take advantage of the great prices being offered by Import CDs.
Collected below are recent articles and interviews with Micky about this long-simmering project, along with some early (and glowing) reviews!
"Dolenz sings Nesmith" Press Coverage and Interviews
Micky Dolenz Finally Gets His Wish; Singing Michael Nesmith Songs on New Album (New York Independent)
Micky Dolenz on Why the Monkees Are Doing a Farewell Tour and His New 'Dolenz Sings Nesmith' Album (Variety)
Monkee Time: Micky Dolenz Album of Mike Nesmith Songs Unexpectedly Sells Out at Amazon, Reorders Coming (Showbiz 411)
Micky Dolenz sings the songs of Monkees bandmate Michael Nesmith in latest solo album (Cleveland.com)
Andrew Sandoval and Micky Dolenz From The Monkees Talk New Album "Dolenz Sings Nesmith" (Music Vibes with DC Hendrix podcast)
I’m Still Standing: Micky Dolenz on 'Dolenz Sings Nesmith,' the Monkees Farewell Tour & More (Rock Cellar)
Reviews of "Dolenz sings Nesmith"
An Unexpected Career Highlight – "Dolenz Sings Nesmith" by Micky Dolenz Surpasses All Expectations And Gives 7a Records Its Crown Jewel (Records, CDs and Music)
Micky Dolenz album instills Monkee Mike Nesmith's songs with new relevance in age of Covid-19 (New York Independent)
And if that's not enough to get you excited about the album, a pre-release party was held this past weekend on Zoom where hosts Tim Powers and Jodi Ritzen welcomed 7a's Glenn Gretlund, Christian Nesmith (who produced the album), Circe Link, Andrew Sandoval, and Micky himself! Check out the entire session below, which also features samples from each track on Dolenz sings Nesmith.
UPDATE 6/7/2021: More great news about Dolenz sings Nesmith from 7a Records:
The window to reserve your copy of Andrew Sandoval's brand new book, The Monkees: The Day-By-Day Story, closed on March 22. If you didn't make a reservation, you can now place your name on a waitlist in the event that any spots become available. In the meantime, check out these videos where Andrew unboxes samples of all three editions of his upcoming book. Get ready for a workout!