The Monkees' current 50th Anniversary Tour will make its way to Los Angeles on September 16 for a performance at the historic Pantages Theatre, and today on Facebook, Michael Nesmith confirmed that he will be joining his bandmates for this homecoming show.
Michael's message also seemingly hints that his future activities with The Monkees are coming to a conclusion. "I expect it will be fun, and a great way for me to sign out," Nez wrote. "I see the specter of the multiple Sinatra retirement/farewells — and this seems like the perfect time for me to step off, sit down and shut up. Hope I see you there. No, I don’t have any tickets. What a long strange trip, it’s been said...and it looks like I’ve made it to the end."
The Monkees' 50th Anniversary Tour commenced on May 18 but has featured only Micky Dolenz and Peter Tork. Nesmith, however, has joined both Dolenz and Tork this year at various other events, including an interview for CBS Sunday Morning, a SiriusXM Town Hall, and a radio guest spot in Louisville, Kentucky. He also "appeared" with Micky and Peter in New York City on June 1 via Skype, performing "Papa Gene's Blues," and joined the duo during the encore performance in Monterey, California on August 5. And of course, The Monkees' first album of all new material since 1996, Good Times!, features all three surviving members of the group.
Michael explained to fans earlier this year that a commitment to deliver his upcoming book, Infinite Tuesday: An Autobiographical Riff, prevented him from going on the road. Nez, however, has publicly kept the door open to playing with The Monkees. Micky and Peter have already performed 30 concerts in North America to positive reviews and enthusiastic audiences, and are currently on a break until September 4 when the tour resumes in Vancouver, British Columbia, Canada at the Pacific National Exhibition.
Michael's Facebook message also confirmed that he will not be joining Micky and Peter later this year for their tour of Australia and New Zealand, but did promise a busy 2017. "I...will be starting my Infinite Tuesday book tour in the first quarter of 2017, as well as some solo concerts, and other projects that will make it not possible to be with them on that tour [of Australia and New Zealand]."