Micky Dolenz and Michael Nesmith will conclude their tour of New Zealand and Australia on June 18 at the famed Sydney Opera House. Earlier today, Micky posted this message on his Facebook page:
Melbourne, Australia Set List: Nez delivers on promise to perform "Grand Ennui" during return to the Palais
In a post on Facebook yesterday, Michael Nesmith talked about The Palais Theatre in Melbourne, Australia, site of the recording of his 1977 live album and the current stop on his tour with Micky Dolenz. Nez ruminated about his band then and now, the slide guitar work of son Christian, and one of his best loved solo cuts, "Grand Ennui."
Long ago memories include the "Live at the Palais" album I made here on the stage of the Palais. Quite a different venue it was in 1977. It has been remodeled and from the pictures I see is now a stunning reincarnation of the original. When I go to soundcheck I will listen for remnant noise of that concert -- although I doubt I will hear anything, really. Just see a low smoke from a dying fire burning my eyes.
Here is the set list from last evening's performance by Micky, Michael, and the band, which included "Grand Ennui" in the second act, at The Palais Theatre in Melbourne, Australia, courtesy of Andrew Sandoval:
Micky Dolenz and Michael Nesmith continue their current tour of Australia tomorrow with a show at the Palais Theatre in Melbourne, Australia. Micky and Peter Tork performed at the Palais in late 2016, and the venue was also the source of Michael's 1978 album, Live at The Palais.
And for those inquiring, the set lists for all shows Down Under after opening night in Christchurch, New Zealand on June 8 have remained the same. (Check out the Christchurch set list here.) Thanks to Andrew Sandoval for confirming these details!
Micky Dolenz & Michael Nesmith discuss The Monkees, their current tour of Australia, Peter Tork's parties, building gyrocopters, and more
"With Micky and me, it was love at first sight," says Nez. "We just clicked and we'd always be making silly jokes. We'd joke that one day we'd do the Mike and Micky Show – and here we are."
Michael Nesmith and Micky Dolenz continue to promote their current tour in Australia, this time with an appearance on The Weekly with Charlie Pickering.
Thank you very much to Andrew Sandoval for sharing the set list from the first show Down Under on "The Mike & Micky Tour."
Micky and Nez were interviewed today by Angela Bishop on the Australian morning talk show Studio 10. "The Mike and Micky Show" debuts down under this Saturday evening in Christchurch, New Zealand.
"The Mike & Micky Show" has arrived Down Under! Micky and Nez will commence their tour of Australia and New Zealand this Saturday in Christchurch, New Zealand. The duo appeared on Australian news program The Project earlier today:
The Monkees' official Facebook page shared some photos of today's promotional activities in advance of opening night:
Micky and Michael were also guests on The Conversation Hour, a podcast which can be downloaded through the link below:
The label Music on Vinyl has issued a limited edition (1,000 copies) of Michael Nesmith's second album with The First National Band, 1970's Loose Salute, on 180 gram audiophile transparent vinyl. Thanks a lot to Live Almanac contributor Ben Belmares for providing his scans of the release.
The Monkees appeared on the NBC comedy program Laugh-In, hosted by comedians Dan Rowan and Dick Martin, on October 6, 1969, five days before the release of the group's eighth album, The Monkees Present. In this clip, Micky, Davy, and Michael participate in the "Joke Wall" segment that was featured at the end of almost every episode of Laugh-In:
Michael's familiar blonde Gretsch guitar (below, left) has been at his side since returning to the concert stage with The Monkees in 2012. It's not, however, the original blonde Gretsch that Michael owned in the 1960s, but a reproduction. His current blonde Gretsch guitar is a twelve string Country Classic I. It was custom made for him by Gretsch when he did a concert for them in the 1990s at the NAMM Show, a music products industry trade event. This was also the guitar used during recording sessions for the 1996 Monkees album, Justus.
The Gretsch sunburst guitar (below, right), reminiscent of the Gretsch Viking guitar Michael played in the 1960s, was given to Nez by Andrew Sandoval in 2013. Michael played both guitars during the 2018 and 2019 "Mike & Micky Show" tour. (And that's pedal steel extraordinaire Pete Finney in the background of the photo below!)
If you are wondering what happened to Michael's original blonde Gretsch, it was stolen in the 1970s (along with Michael's white Gibson guitar, most famously seen during the "Circle Sky" live sequence in Head). Nez spoke about his affection for these instruments on Facebook in 2010, as well as his desire to have them returned. "I know they are out there still and I miss them and would like to have them back after all these years. Whoever has ended up with them, please return them, no questions asked. They were and are an important part of my life."