You can see Davy Jones in the background covering for Micky on the drums:
Below is the text of Micky's Facebook post about Stephen Hawking:
I had the pleasure of meeting Stephen Hawking as he and I were leaving a restaurant in Cambridge, England sometime around the year 1980.
He, of course, had no idea who I was but I was well versed in who he was as I have always been, and continue to be, a student of science and particularly quantum physics and cosmology.
Needless to say, we have lost one of the greatest minds in science (which, BTW, is a word directly translated from the Latin word “scire” which simply means - “know”.)
He obviously loved to “know” things and will certainly be remembered right up there with all of the other greatest men and women who attempted to know the truth: Copernicus, Galileo, Ada Lovelace, Tycho Braye, Kepler, Newton, Madame Curie, Einstein, Rosalind Franklin, Feynman, etc.
Science is about knowing - or at least attempting to know the truth about our natural world: without subjectivity, without snake oil salesmen, without wishing and hoping.
Stephen Hawking exemplified this notion and, given the extraordinarily difficult reality of his physical existence, he will surely go down in history as one of the greatest knowers that the world has ever seen.
Los Angeles, California
Micky has several solo dates coming up, including a free show on March 16 at Mohegan Sun in Connecticut:
You can also see Micky perform this weekend in The Villages, Florida:
Michael Nesmith has just posted a new message on Facebook where he talks about meeting with Micky Dolenz tomorrow to begin production for their June concert tour. Here what Nez had to say:
Heading to LA tomorrow for meeting and a hang with Mick. Have to cook up the M&M shows. Right now no clue what to do other than Monkees songs -- which are of course a lock.
I didn't expect to go out again singing Monkees songs -- but here I am looking at dates with Mick for the month of June -- the beginning of Summer, I think -- dates are posted at most of the Monkees sites and here -- but the set list doesn't exist yet.
M and I will sit around and sing, try to find out what makes sense with the two of us -- maybe the occasional guest.
As I write this I put on Chris Smither's "Live as I'll Ever Be" and its lifting me up into the skies of songs -- opening up settlements where we might perch and gaze out for miles and miles and sing and play the Music.
If all goes as planned I think we will put together a fine show.
I love singing with Mick -- this will be the first time an M&M show will be realized -- after all these years.
As I say I suppose we will play the deep cuts from the Monkees catalog -- and songs M&I have written over the years -- and as we are blessed we will find the space that the great live players find over the years -- those deep and real places that are undeniable, that leave no question unanswered -- and to me that is a definition of Smithers concert and his magic acoustic guitar. So I am listening closely to him-- learning what I can.
Maybe M&M can "Kill the Blues" like Chris --
Anyway, I'm looking forward to the trip and to seeing Mick appear singing along beside me in the same room. One of my life's gifts and blessings.
The general on sale for tickets to "The Monkees Present: The Mike Nesmith & Micky Dolenz Show" began yesterday. In a message on Twitter, tour producer Andrew Sandoval relayed that he was pleased with the initial sales reports:
6/2/18 Los Angeles, CA- The Orpheum (presale is 2/22)
Venue pw- BELIEVER
6/3/18 San Diego, CA- Humphreys Concerts (presale is 2/22)
Promoter pw- GV2018
6/5/18 Anaheim, CA- City National Grove (presale is 2/22)
Venue pw- BELIEVER
6/12/18 Denver, CO- The Paramount Theatre (presale is 2/22)
Venue pw- BELIEVER
6/14/18 Chicago, IL- Copernicus Center (presale is 2/22)
BandsinTown pw- VALLERI
Venue pw- TOMORROW
Me TV FM pw- DAYDREAM
Ticketfly pw- BELIEVER
6/15/18 Huber Heights, OH- Rose Music Center (presale is 2/22)
Venue pw- BELIEVER
And don't forget to check out the post from yesterday with more presale information for other stops on the tour!
Last Updated: 2/23/2018 @ 5:30am EST
Numerous articles have appeared online covering the announcement of the tour. Most of them are fairly similar with quotes from the official press release and the Rolling Stone feature. Below are some highlights:
Citi Presents Little Steven’s Underground Garage at the Basie – The Monkees Present: The Mike Nesmith & Micky Dolenz Show*
*Michael Nesmith and Micky Dolenz of The Monkees will visit the Count Basie Theatre June 25th for their first-ever national tour as a duo, with E-Street Band guitarist, Rock & Roll Hall Of Famer and Disciples Of Soul leader Steven Van Zandt on board as host.
A big thanks to Jodi Ritzen for compiling all known presale codes for the upcoming Michael Nesmith and Micky Dolenz tour. Be sure to check out her website, Monkee Meet & Greets!
The Monkees Tour Facebook page has also provided presale codes:
6/1/18 Chandler, AZ-- Chandler Center for the Arts (presale is NOW)
venue pw- CCPRE
ticketmaster pw- TMPRE
6/8/18 Stockton, CA-- Bob Hope Theatre (presale is 2/21)
Promoter pw- DAYDREAM
Venue pw- BELIEVER
KRVR pw- KRVR
KVIN pw- KVIN
KHITS pw- KHITS
6/9/18 Stateline, NV-- Harrahs Tahoe (presale is 2/21)
Facebook pw- TOTAL
Total Rewards pw- ESCAPE
Premium Ticketmaster pw- MONKEES
6/18/18 Toronto, Canada- Sony Centre (presale is NOW)
Promoter pw- THEMONKEES
6/21/18 Glenside, PA-- The Keswick Theatre (presale is 2/21)
Venue pw- MONKEES
6/22/18 New York, NY-- Beacon Theatre (presale is 2/21)
Live Nation pw- ANTHEM
It's official! Michael Nesmith and Micky Dolenz will commence a 16-city concert tour on June 1 in Chandler, Arizona. Produced by Monkees archivist and author Andrew Sandoval, here is the complete list of dates (which arrived first via Rolling Stone) for "The Monkees Present: The Mike Nesmith & Micky Dolenz Show."
June 1: Chandler Center For The Arts / Chandler, Arizona
June 2: The Orpheum / Los Angeles, California
June 3: Humphreys Concerts by the Bay / San Diego, California
June 5: The Grove / Anaheim, California
June 6: The Mountain Winery / Saratoga, California
June 8: Bob Hope Theatre / Stockton, California
June 9: Harrah's Lake Tahoe / Stateline, Nevada
June 12: The Paramount / Denver, Colorado
June 14: Copernicus Center / Chicago, Illinois
June 15: Rose Music Center / Huber Heights, Ohio
June 16: Cain Park / Cleveland, Ohio
June 18: Sony Center for the Performing Arts / Toronto, Ontario, Canada
June 19: Centre in the Square / Kitchener, Ontario, Canada
June 21: Keswick Theatre / Philadelphia, Pennsylvania
June 22: Beacon Theatre / New York, New York
June 23: The Paramount / Huntington, New York
June 25: Count Basie Theatre / Red Bank, New Jersey
Tickets and VIP packages will go on sale February 23 at Monkees.com. VIP Packages include access to soundcheck, a signed, hardbound copy of the tour book, early entry to the show, and a commemorative VIP laminate. (UPDATE 2/26/2018: A concert in Huntington, New York has been added to the tour schedule. The link to purchase tickets now appears above.)
"These 16 special performances will feature songs that span the group's entire career – from its 1966 eponymous debut to 2016’s Good Times," reads the press release, which appears in full below. "The shows will highlight many of Nesmith's compositions, including some that have never been performed live."
Both Michael and Micky also issued statements about the upcoming performances. "I love being onstage with Micky," Nesmith says. "We've been collaborating for over 50 years, so it's hard to believe it’s never been just the two of us. I'm excited to dust off some tunes that I haven’t played for a long time too." Dolenz agreed, adding: "Right from the get-go, I admired Mike's songs," he said. "When we used to get together around the campfire to sing in the early days, we were always doing his songs. We always had such a great a vocal blend; he was the one who encouraged me to write songs of my own. I've always been a big fan and now we finally get to do the Mike & Micky show that we riffed on back when we were shooting The Monkees."
The press release also discusses Peter Tork's absence from the tour. "Original Monkee Peter Tork will not take part in the tour," it reads. "Instead, he’s focusing on Relax Your Mind, a new album by Peter Tork and Shoe Suede Blues that honors the music of Lead Belly. The album is available now via CD Baby and Bandcamp. “I have in general made no secret of the fact that all these recent years of Monkees-related projects, as fun as they’ve been, have taken up a lot of my time and energy. Moving forward, I have blues projects that I want to give my attention to, hence Relax Your Mind. So, I’m shifting gears for now, but I wish the boys well, and I’ve learned to never say never on things further down the line.”
THE PRESS RELEASE
LOS ANGELES – Michael Nesmith and Micky Dolenz of The Monkees will hit the road in June for their first-ever national tour as a duo. Billed as “The Monkees Present: The Mike & Micky Show,” these 16 special performances will feature songs that span the group’s entire career – from its 1966 eponymous debut to 2016’s Good Times. The shows will highlight many of Nesmith’s compositions, including some that have never been performed live. The tour also includes two shows in Canada, which represent Nesmith’s first “Monkees” concerts since the band played there in 1969.
Tickets and VIP packages will go on sale February 23 at Monkees.com. VIP Packages include access to soundcheck, a signed, hardbound copy of the tour book, early entry to the show and a commemorative VIP laminate.
"I love being on stage with Micky,” says Nesmith. “We’ve been collaborating for over 50 years, so it’s hard to believe it’s never been just the two of us. I’m excited to dust off some tunes that I haven’t played for a long time too. These are going to be some fun shows.”
"Right from the get-go, I admired Mike's songs. When we used to get together around the campfire to sing in the early days, we were always doing his songs,” says Dolenz. “We always had such a great a vocal blend; he was the one who encouraged me to write songs of my own. I've always been a big fan and now we finally get to do the Mike & Micky show that we riffed on back when we were shooting The Monkees."
Original Monkee Peter Tork will not take part in the tour. Instead, he’s focusing on Relax Your Mind, a new album by Peter Tork and Shoe Suede Blues that honors the music of Lead Belly. The album is available now via CD Baby and Bandcamp.
“I have in general made no secret of the fact that all these recent years of Monkees-related projects, as fun as they’ve been, have taken up a lot of my time and energy. Moving forward, I have blues projects that I want to give my attention to, hence Relax Your Mind. So, I’m shifting gears for now, but I wish the boys well, and I’ve learned to never say never on things further down the line.”
“The Monkees Present: The Mike & Micky Show” is the latest chapter in Monkee-mania, a saga 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.
Formed in Los Angeles for the eponymous television series, the quartet of Dolenz, Nesmith, Tork and the late Davy Jones brought a singular mix of pop, rock, psychedelia, Broadway and country to their music. The Monkees’ first single, “Last Train to Clarksville,” was released in 1966 and quickly headed for the top spot of the Billboard charts, where it would ultimately sit for 13 of the 78 weeks it remained in the Top 200. (Two decades later, in the midst of a new burst of Monkee-mania, The Monkees popped back onto the charts, bringing the total number of weeks to 102.)
By the time the series aired its final new episode on March 25, 1968, the Monkees had seen three further albums top the charts --More of the Monkees, Headquarters, and Pisces, Aquarius, Capricorn & Jones, Ltd. All were released in 1967, staggeringly enough, racking up several more hit singles, with “I’m A Believer,” “(I’m Not Your) Steppin’ Stone,” “A Little Bit Me, A Little Bit You,” “The Girl I Knew Somewhere,” “Pleasant Valley Sunday,” “Words,” “Daydream Believer,” “Valleri,” and “Tapioca Tundra” all finding their way into the Billboard Top 40. The final tally: 16 million albums and 7.5 million singles sold in a mere 2 1/2 years.
After the series’ two-season run, the group went on to star in the cult feature film Head (co-written by Jack Nicholson) and a TV special (33 1/3 Revolutions Per Monkee) while also continuing to record new material. But as the ’60s gave way to the ’70s, the members of the Monkees eventually gave in to their individual musical interests and went their separate ways . . . for awhile.
In February 1986, after MTV broadcast a marathon of The Monkees, Dolenz, Jones, and Tork reunited for a 20th anniversary tour, with Nesmith joining them onstage for the Los Angeles date of the tour. In 1996, all four members of the group reunited for a new album (Justus) and TV special (Hey, Hey, It’s the Monkees).
In the wake of Jones’s death on February 29, 2012, the surviving members of the Monkees reunited and performed a series of concerts. The shows were received so triumphantly that Dolenz, Nesmith and Tork returned the following summer for a tour dubbed, “A Midsummer’s Night With the Monkees.”
To celebrate the Monkees’ 50th anniversary in 2016, the surviving members of the band recorded the critically acclaimed album Good Times. Much like the Monkees’ early albums, it featured tracks written for the band by a group of gifted songwriters, including Ben Gibbard (Death Cab for Cutie), Rivers Cuomo (Weezer), Andy Partridge (XTC) and more. To support the album, Dolenz and Tork launched a successful tour that featured Nesmith on four shows.
An announcement of "The Monkees Present: The Mike Nesmith & Micky Dolenz Show" is imminent. Earlier this afternoon, two dates appeared on Ticketmaster/Live Nation, with tickets advertised as going on sale this Friday, February 23:
June 1: Chandler Center for the Arts / Chandler, Arizona
June 9: South Shore Room at Harrah's Lake Tahoe Resort and Casino / Stateline, Nevada
Speculation about Michael and Micky hitting the road was confirmed by Nez himself last month in an interview with Rolling Stone. "This isn't Monkee Michael and Monkee Micky going out," Nez told Andy Greene. "If we go out on another tour and we do it and use the Monkees logo and name to promote it, it will be very different than a Monkees show. I mean, it'll be Monkees music, but there's no pretense there about Micky and I being the Monkees. We're not. We're the remnants, but we'll have a good time if we do it."
The article also featured a quote from Peter Tork explaining his absence. “I’m shifting gears for now, but I wish the boys well,” Peter said, noting his desire to focus on current projects with Shoe Suede Blues. “And I’ve learned to never say never on things further down the line."
Stay tuned to the Live Almanac for more details coming soon!
UPDATE #1 @ 4:20PM EST: Ticketmaster is listing a pre-sale for the Chandler, Arizona show that will begin tomorrow, Tuesday, February 20 at 10am MST.
Ticketmaster is also listing a pre-sale for the Stateline, Nevada show that will begin on Wednesday, February 21 at 10am PST.
The Chandler Center for the Arts in Arizona has the following description on their website about the show:
"Join Mike Nesmith & Micky Dolenz of The Monkees as they present an intimate evening of hits, deep cuts and magical harmonies. Backed by a full band, the duo will touch on every era of their fifty-year-career: from their 1966 debut hit, 'Last Train To Clarksville,' to their 2016 Billboard Top 10 album, Good Times. In their first-ever tour as a duo, Mike & Micky will bring to you all of their classic songs including 'I'm A Believer,' 'Daydream Believer,' 'Pleasant Valley Sunday,' 'Listen To The Band' and so many more."
UPDATE #2 @ 5:25PM EST: The listing for the Stateline, Nevada concert, along with the pre-sale link, has been removed from both Live Nation and Ticketmaster websites.
UPDATE #3 @ 6:30PM EST: Tour dates and venues, along with information about VIP packages, are expected to be released tomorrow morning at 10am EST.
UPDATE #4 @ 9PM EST: Andrew Sandoval, Monkees archivist, Grammy-nominated producer, and author, will be producing the tour:
UPDATE #5 ON 2/20/2018 @ 9AM EST: Tour dates have been announced early by Rolling Stone.
This Henry Diltz photograph that was embellished by Barbara Lorraine turned up in the Live Almanac's Facebook feed. Looks great, Barbara!
Last night at the Alex Theatre in Glendale, California, Micky Dolenz participated in a benefit concert for the Autism Think Tank. The show was presented by the Wild Honey Foundation and spotlighted the music of Buffalo Springfield. Richie Furay, Buffalo Springfield co-founder, was also part of the event, and Monkees archivist and producer Andrew Sandoval played in the band.
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