"Monkees Farewell Tour" with Michael Nesmith & Micky Dolenz to celebrate 55 years of Monkeemania (UPDATED 5/10 WITH NEW DATES)
In what surely will be a bittersweet moment for many fans, The Monkees Tour Facebook page has just posted the news that Michael Nesmith and Micky Dolenz will conduct a "Monkees Farewell Tour" beginning in September 2021, capping a storied career while also marking five and a half decades of Monkeemania.
Opening night of Michael and Micky's final curtain call will occur in Spokane on September 10, two days shy of the 55th anniversary of the debut of The Monkees television show on NBC. The tour is currently slated to visit 37 cities and will conclude in Los Angeles at the Greek Theatre on November 14, site of several triumphant Monkees concerts since the 1980s.
Nesmith and Dolenz last toured in 2019 and were scheduled to return to the road in 2020, but the COVID-19 pandemic resulted in multiple postponements. The list of "Farewell" dates include some of the shows originally planned for that tour.
The official press release and a confirmed list of concert dates appear below. Tickets and VIP packages for select stops on "The Monkees Farewell Tour" are currently available, while most others go on sale on Friday, May 7.
This is a breaking news story. Stay tuned to The Monkees Live Almanac for further updates!
Press Release for "Monkees Farewell Tour"
Michael Nesmith and Micky Dolenz of The Monkees will embark on their farewell tour in September 2021. Commemorating 55 years of Monkeemania, the tour will embrace major markets in North America through the fall, launching on September 10 in Spokane and ending back where it all began in Los Angeles at The Greek Theatre on November 14. Their critically acclaimed concerts feature the voice of Dolenz (who sang The Monkees' biggest hits: "I'm A Believer," "Last Train To Clarksville," "Pleasant Valley Sunday" and "Steppin' Stone") and the group’s primary songwriter, Nesmith (who wrote such classics as "Mary, Mary," "Papa Gene's Blues," "You Just May Be The One" and "Listen To The Band," to name but a few).
Tickets and VIP packages for some dates of "The Monkees Farewell Tour" are on sale now, with more going on sale later this week. Most shows will NOT have VIP Soundchecks, and the presale code is FRODIS. (Update: VIP Soundchecks will be occurring only at the postponed 2020 dates.)
"The Monkees Farewell Tour" will feature songs that span the band's entire career – from their 1966 self-titled debut album to 2016's Good Times! Their most recent release, The Monkees – The Mike & Micky Show Live, was issued in April 2020 and became their 17th Billboard charting album release. In addition to their hits, their farewell shows will spotlight songs featured on their Emmy-winning TV series ("The Girl I Knew Somewhere," "You Told Me," "Randy Scouse Git," "Goin' Down" and "For Pete's Sake") as well as music from their feature film Head ("Circle Sky" and "As We Go Along"). Plus some rarely performed deep cuts (such as "Auntie's Municipal Court") and tracks from their most-recent studio album, 2016’s Good Times! ("Me & Magdalena" and "Birth Of An Accidental Hipster").
This farewell tour will mark the end of a unique project that began in 1965 when four young men were cast in a television show about a struggling rock band that was inspired by The Beatles' A Hard Day’s Night. Few could have predicted the impact The Monkees would have on music and pop culture at large, one that still reverberates more than 50 years later.
"Monkees Farewell Tour" Concert Dates
NEW! 9/10: Spokane, WA @ First Interstate Center for the Arts
9/11: Seattle, WA @ Moore Theater
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
9/24: Dallas, TX @ The Majestic Theatre
9/25: San Antonio, TX @ Tobin Center For The Performing Arts
9/28: The Woodlands, TX @ Dosey Doe
9/29: The Woodlands, TX @ Dosey Doe
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: Biloxi, MS @ IP Casino Resort and Spa
10/16: Jacksonville, FL @ Florida 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
NEW! 11/3: Northfield, OH @ MGM Northfield Park - Center Stage
NEW! 11/5: Rosemont, IL @ Rosemont Theatre
11/6: Milwaukee, WI @ Riverside Theater
NEW! 11/7: Minneapolis, MN @ State Theatre
11/9: St. Charles, MO @ Family Arena
11/10: Kansas City, MO @ Uptown Theater
11/14: Los Angeles, CA @ The Greek Theatre
Tour Press Coverage
Monkees.com: The Monkees Announce Farewell Tour Dates
Rolling Stone: The Monkees Announce Farewell Tour
San Diego Tribune: The Monkees’ 2020 tour, postponed a year by COVID pandemic, has now become the group’s 2021 farewell tour
Ultimate Classic Rock: Monkees Announce Fall 2021 Farewell Tour
Best Classic Bands: The Monkees’ Dolenz and Nesmith Set Farewell Tour
Brooklyn Vegan: The Monkees announce Farewell Tour
Rock Cellar: Michael Nesmith & Micky Dolenz Announce The Monkees Farewell Tour Dates
Rhino Insider: The Monkees Announce Farewell Tour Dates
People: The Monkees Announce 2-Month Long Farewell Tour with Stops Across North America
Fox: The Monkees announce farewell tour dates with surviving members
Stereoboard: The Monkees Announce Farewell US Tour For Fall
Yahoo: The Monkees Announce 2-Month Long Farewell Tour with Stops Across North America
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Long revered by Monkees fans, Douglas acted as producer of two of the group's most acclaimed albums, Headquarters and Pisces, Aquarius, Capricorn & Jones Ltd., along with some of their best single sides, including "Daydream Believer," "Goin' Down," "Pleasant Valley Sunday," "Words," and "The Girl I Knew Somewhere." Joe's brand new interview is all the more special since Chip has granted relatively few interviews in recent years. Highlights include an inside look at the recording sessions for Headquarters, original video, plus an exclusive airing of an unreleased vintage Davy Jones recording, "Bright Sunny Day."
Listeners can look forward to a "Part 2" of the interview where Chip discusses his work on the Pisces album and much more. For now, enjoy Joe's conversation with Chip Douglas below, and don't forget to follow The Monkees Pad podcast on Facebook. You can also read more about Chip in the archives of The Monkees Live Almanac.
"The Girl I Knew Somewhere" has long been considered one of the most significant songs in The Monkees' canon. It was first attempted at RCA Hollywood on January 16, 1967, a significant day in Monkees history as it marked their first true "group" recording session and helped fuel an already bourgeoning internal power struggle between The Monkees and Don Kirshner.
Written by Michael Nesmith, and featuring Peter Tork's whimsical harpsichord performance, the song went through different iterations in the recording studio, including lead vocals from both Nesmith and Micky Dolenz. On its own merits, it reached the Billboard Top 40 as the flipside of "A Little Bit Me, A Little Bit You" and was featured prominently on The Monkees' television show.
Check out this recent piece by Stephen Lewis where he examines what is probably the Live Almanac's favorite Monkees song, and enjoy a few different versions of "The Girl I Knew Somewhere" in the videos below!
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Neko Chohlis first met Micky Dolenz when the two attended college together in Los Angeles in the early 1960s. From that friendship with Micky, Neko became involved in the Monkees project, traveling with the group throughout 1967, and later providing artwork for Monkees albums and picture sleeves (seen below). Today, Neko is known for his work as an abstract artist.
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7a Records has re-released Peter Tork's 1994 solo album, Stranger Things Have Happened, on compact disc and vinyl, along with bonus tracks! Below is the latest review of the set, courtesy of The Beat, that was posted on 7a's Facebook page.
Monkees fans: don't be left hangin' 'round! Andrew Sandoval is currently accepting reservations through March 15, 2021 (UPDATE: now through March 22) for the brand new edition of his classic book, The Monkees: The Day-By-Day Story, exclusively via his website Beatland Books. At 732 pages and fully illustrated in color, this will be the definitive tome on The Monkees.
Meanwhile, check out an interview with Andrew published today by The Second Disc, linked below. And take a peek at the artwork that will be the slipcover on the Deluxe Edition of Andrew's book, as well as the cover of the 32-page extra book of rare photos exclusive to the Super Deluxe Edition!
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Don't miss Andrew's latest interview, an illuminating conversation with Craig Smith on The Pods & Sods Network podcast about Day-By-Day and much, much more. Listen via the link below, and be sure to reserve your preferred version of Andrew's book by March 15! (UPDATE: Reservations are now being accepted through March 22, 2021.)
Here's another great interview with Andrew on the BC the Beatles podcast:
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The Live Almanac will be providing a live feed below once everything gets underway, so stay tuned!
Watch Andrew's interview with Jodi below, which includes a guest appearance by Micky Dolenz, as well as the official reveal of the extra collectible item (not sold separately) that will come with your purchase of the Super Deluxe Edition of Andrew's Day-By-Day book:
And, don't forget to listen to Andrew on the Zilch podcast with host Ken Mills by clicking the image below:
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In the latest issue of Record Collector, the album received three stars (out of four) in a review by Daryl Easlea, seen below courtesy of 7a's Facebook page.
Here's a real treat: Parade magazine conducted an interview yesterday with Micky Dolenz, Coco Dolenz, legendary photographer Henry Diltz, and Monkees producer Chip Douglas on their Facebook page in promotion of It's Christmas Time Once More, a collection of holiday classics recorded by Davy Jones.
The album, originally issued in 1991 as It's Christmas Time Again, was re-released in November 2020 after being given a contemporary treatment featuring Davy's original vocals along with brand new guest appearances by Micky, Coco, Henry, and Davy's singer/songwriter daughter Annabel Jones, all overseen by The Monkees' celebrated producer Chip Douglas (Headquarters, "Daydream Believer," and more).
It's Christmas Time Once More is now available to download on iTunes and stream on Apple Music, Amazon, and Spotify. You can also purchase a compact disc edition from the official Davy Jones Shop.
Enjoy the interview below or watch it here.
Micky Dolenz recently stopped by The Dead Life podcast to chat with host Allison Dubois:
And, Michael Nesmith talks all about Timerider, the 1982 action film starring Fred Ward that was co-written, scored, and co-produced by Michael Nesmith (and released on VHS by Michael's former company Pacific Arts), on the Paradox Parkway podcast:
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The article below, "The Monkees: All New Tracks to Satisfy the Faithful," was originally published in Pulse!, a magazine that was available at Tower Records locations in the '80s. It includes comments from the album's producer, Roger Bechirian. Thanks to Keith Combs who shared the article on Facebook a while back, and I thought it would be nice to archive it in the Live Almanac's Pool It! category. Thanks, Keith!
This ad for Pool It! and "Heart and Soul" was included in the same issue of Pulse!:
While we're on the subject, here's a rare behind the scenes photo of Peter, Micky, and Davy during filming of the "Heart and Soul" video in Los Angeles in July 1987:
Finally, earlier this fall Henry Diltz shared this outtake from the Pool It! album cover photo session on his Facebook page:
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