In the spring of 2013, Peter Tork embarked on a solo tour entitled "In This Generation." Produced by Monkees archivist Andrew Sandoval, the show highlighted Peter's eclectic career in music.
In this video, filmed on June 1, 2013 at The Granada Theater in Dallas, Texas, Peter delivers an inspired performance of the Monkees classic "Pleasant Valley Sunday."
A sold out performance at the Grammy Museum in Los Angeles last evening marked the end of what has to be considered Peter Tork's most acclaimed round of solo concerts to date. The 'In This Generation Tour: My Life in the Monkees and So Much More' show, co-produced by Peter and Monkees historian Andrew Sandoval, played a little over a dozen cities around the United States since early May. Reviews were universally positive and many fans posted on various internet forums that the show was the best they'd seen Peter perform over the years. Featuring varied setlists from night to night and an accompanying multimedia presentation, it was also reported by concertgoers at most stops that Peter took the time to autograph items and take pictures with fans after the performance.
Below is a film Peter made as a college student in the early 1960s entitled The Love Potion, which was screened at the start of each 'In This Generation' show:
Check out additional photos of Peter's performance at San Francisco's Great American Music Hall here.
Peter has a few shows left on his 'In This Generation' tour. Check out tour dates and links to purchase tickets here.
Listen to Peter perform "If I Could Shimmy Like My Sister Kate" on the opening night of his current In This Generation tour. Peter performed this song sporadically on the first Monkees tour.
This photo is courtesy of Cynthia Perkins. She noted that "Lady Madonna" was not performed in Buffalo, New York despite it being on the setlist. It looks like Peter is switching up his set during these early shows on the 'In This Generation' tour.
Just a note...the setlist posted yesterday for the first show at the Iridium in New York did not include "Take a Giant Step," which was performed in Buffalo. It's the first video below, along with "Cripple Creek" and "Shades of Gray."
A big thanks to Richard Silverberg who just submitted a report from Peter's 3pm show at the Iridium in New York, New York. Here's the setlist:
1. Long Title: Do I Have To Do This All Over Again
2. Joshua Fit The Battle Of Jericho
3. The Fox
5. Cripple Creek
6. I Want You, I Need You, I Love You
7. If I Could Shimmy Like My Sister Kate
8. Come On In
9. Last Train To Clarksville
10. She Hangs Out
11. Shades of Gray
12. For Pete's Sake
13. Leavin' in the Morning
14. Lady's Baby
15. Tear The Top Right Off My Head
17. Peter Percival Patterson's Pet Pig Porky
18. Easy Rider
19. Crash Course In The Blues
20. Gettin' In
Richard's report of the show:
The concert started with a silent film of a very young Peter. Four Monkees songs were played during the film: "When Love Comes Knockin'," "I Don't Think You Know Me," "I Can't Get Her Off My Mind" and "The Kind of Girl I Could Love." Also featured was the opening credits of the movie "Easy Rider" where onstage he played the song he submitted for the film. He played mostly acoustic guitar during the performance, and the banjo on "Cripple Creek" and piano on "Shades of Gray."
Here's another review that was posted on the Steve Hoffman Music Forums by user JuanTCB:
Caught the matinee Tork gig at Iridium this afternoon and I couldn't be more impressed. It was just Peter on mainly guitar (with a bit of banjo and piano), basically detailing his musical influences/experiences from childhood up through the end of the '60s (including his rejected "Easy Rider" theme which was very cool to finally hear). He looked great, played fantastically, was surprisingly strong of voice, and was funny as hell. And really gracious while signing and posing for pics afterwards, too. The whole gig had a very mellow, engaging, coffee-house kind of vibe. Peter & Andrew Sandoval put together a really cool little show - if you're on the fence about checking it out, go without reservation!
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Thanks to Al Bigley for the submission. I'm still looking for a complete setlist!
Peter's solo tour, dubbed 'In This Generation,' opens tonight at Sportsmens Tavern in Buffalo, New York. For a complete listing of tour dates and links to purchase tickets, check out this previous blog post here.
The Monkees Tour Facebook page posted the following message earlier today:
Tonight marks the debut of Peter Tork's one man show: In This Generation. Peter will be screening rare film clips, lifting the lid on family photos and performing a career spanning selection of tunes including "Come On In," "Tear The Top Right Off Of My Head," "Take A Giant Step," "Daydream Believer" and many more.
Peter covers a wide variety of topics in this April 25 interview on WNPR in Connecticut, including his relationship with Stephen Stills, fame, Shoe Suede Blues, his upcoming solo tour, The Monkees and more.
According to The Monkees' Facebook page (as well as the 2012 Tour Facebook page), Peter will be performing songs like "Lady's Baby," "Tear the Top Right Off My Head," "Come on In," and "Prithee" (along with "Take a Giant Step" and "I'll Spend My Life With You") on his upcoming 'In This Generation' solo tour.
A full listing of dates appears below. Click on the venue's name to purchase tickets.
Friday, May 3....Sportsmens Tavern, Buffalo, New York
Sunday-Monday, May 5-6....Iridium, New York, New York
Friday, May 10....Capitol Center for the Arts, Concord, New Hampshire
Saturday, May 11....Infinity Hall, Norfolk, Connecticut
Saturday, May 18....The River Club Music Hall, Scituate, Massachusetts
Tuesday, May 21....The Birchmere, Alexandria, Virginia
Thursday, May 23....Salt, Stanhope, New Jersey
Friday, May 24....Sellersville 1894 Theatre, Sellersville, Pennyslvania
Sunday, May 26....Rams Head Tavern, Annapolis, Maryland
Friday, May 31....The Dosey Doe, Woodlands, Texas
Saturday, June 1....The Granada Theater, Dallas, Texas
Wednesday, June 12....Triple Door, Seattle, Washington
Friday, June 14....Great American Music Hall, San Francisco, California
Monday, June 17....The Grammy Museum, Los Angeles, California
Peter will play a concert at the Grammy Museum in Los Angeles on June 17. An updated list of dates for Peter's upcoming tour, courtesy of Examiner.com, appears below. Peter's show is being co-produced by Monkees historian, author and archivist Andrew Sandoval, and will feature unseen photos and footage in a performance that will highlight Peter's musical career.
On his upcoming 'In Your Generation' tour:
“The most significant different in this tour is that there will be a lot of retrospective, and discussion and surveys. It'll be like a visiting history lecture," he said. "Rather than just do a song I remember from my Greenwich Village days, I will say this is a song from my Greenwich Village days...I learned it from Richie Havens.”
On whether or not there will be a Monkees tour in 2013:
“I would say that there's a good chance that there will be one this year. It's not confirmed. We're in discussions and the discussions seem cordial and amiable. And things seem to be lining up," he says. "As soon as we know for sure, we'll make a very big deal of it. You bet.”
Concert dates and venues for Peter's upcoming solo tour were recently announced. Check Ticketmaster or the venue's website for on-sale dates and ticket prices.
May 3: Sportsmens Tavern - Buffalo, NY
May 5: Iridium - New York, NY (3pm and 8pm)
May 10: Capitol Center for the Arts - Concord, NH
May 11: Infinity Hall - Norfolk, CT
May 23: Salt - Stanhope, NJ
May 24: Sellersville 1894 Theatre - Sellersville, PA
May 26: Rams Head Tavern - Annapolis, MD
June 12: Triple Door - Seattle, WA
June 14: Great American Music Hall - San Francisco, CA
For more information about Peter's solo tour, click here.
Peter Tork will be appearing in New York City at the Iridium Jazz Club for two shows on May 5. Tickets are on-sale and can be purchased here.
For more information about Peter's new show (which is being co-produced by Monkees archivist and producer Andrew Sandoval), check this previous blog post here.
Peter Tork is debuting a new show, which is being co-produced by Monkees historian and archivist Andrew Sandoval. Only one date has been scheduled as of this blog post, in New Hampshire at the Capitol Center for the Arts, on Friday, May 10, 2013. Tickets for the show go on-sale on Friday, March 8 at 11am. Here's the press release that appears on the Capitol Center for the Arts website:
The Monkees’ Peter Tork skyrocketed to fame in 1966, but the stories and musical heritage of this gifted, articulate musician and storyteller have remained unheard --and unseen-- until now. Still breaking new ground in a five-decade career, Peter Tork lifts the veil on stage with “In This Generation: My Life in the Monkees and so much more." Previously unseen photos and footage, unheard songs, and hits fans know and love come together powerfully and gracefully as Tork weaves the tale of a musical education in folk and pop that culminates with his early years as a performer in the clubs of Greenwich Village. But it is a move to California, and a recommendation by friend Stephen Stills, that leads Peter to audition for a part in a TV series.
“Madness!! Auditions. Folk & Roll Musicians -- Singers for acting roles in new TV series. Running Parts for 4 insane boys, age 17-21. Want spirited Ben Frank's-types.”
He passed the audition of course, and alongside Mike Nesmith, Davy Jones, and Micky Dolenz, became forever known as one of The Monkees -- chart topping media sensations in both the 60s and 80s, with seven platinum albums to their credit.
“In This Generation: My Life in the Monkees and so much more” brings to life onstage the roller coaster ride of blistering TV ratings, concert tours, recording sessions, magazine covers, The Beatles, The Wrecking Crew, Jimi Hendrix, Jack Nicholson, MTV, Japan, Reunion tours, and 45 off-again on-again years with the group that the late Davy Jones called “The brothers I never had.”
His early romance with blues and folk intensified Tork’s interest in songs and songwriting, and many of his own compositions reflect that early dedication. Tork's song "For Pete's Sake" was the closing theme of the TV show's second season --a well deserved placement and a considerable compliment, knowing that songs written by Carole King, Boyce and Hart, Neil Diamond, Harry Nilsson, and John Stewart all were in the running for that honor. The stories behind those songs are among the wealth of insights featured "In This Generation.”
Reissue producer and writer Andrew Sandoval, who has overseen the legacy of the Monkees for over 20 years and arranged their acclaimed 2011 and 2012 tours, is producing the show alongside Peter.
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