My solo tour kicks off tomorrow at the Stagecoach Festival in Coachella Valley, then up the coast and ending in Portland.
Something unique and special has happened for this tour that I want to share. I have been thinking about the right way to post this in a public forum because I want to share it with you without divulging anything private about who is involved
Someone has bought tickets and a conversation reception pass for every single show.
That means they will be at every show, and after every one, will have a short chat with me one-on-one, and I will sign whatever they would like, and we will take pictures together – the usual meet and greet activity.
Astounding. The time and resource put into this amazes me.
The cost of the tickets.
The cost of the Conversation Reception pass.
The cost of the travel.
The cost of the time.
The unqualified support.
I won’t tell you who it is.
That is very much their own business, and I would never want that made public in any case, but I have to publically acknowledge this level of dedication somehow.
I am so grateful for it, and genuinely touched by it.
These kinds of tours– the small venues and clubs – for this kind of show, are rare because they are very hard to mount at this level. Getting musicians of this caliber in a small venue is almost impossible. It’s why Symphony orchestras need such support from the communities they serve.
On a tour like this all the money that comes in goes to the production. I take no money, and in this particular case even the musicians and crew have taken reduced fees to bring this show on the road.
It is, above all, a labor of love and an encouragement of growth and expansion.
What we love is the performance moment — the live performance where everyone is at the same place at the same time experiencing their own individualized sense of a collective consciousness.
It is real nourishment for everyone who participates.
That is why the support of someone like our “patron” who gives so completely is very important and worthy of the deepest gratitude. Not just from me and the band and crew but everyone who is benefited by it.
Just to know that we connect at all is enough to sustain us, but to feel such loyalty brings a feast of gratitude from all of us.
There is much that can be said here, but suffice to say “Thank you” to our hidden benefactor for such a display of affection.
It is a thank you straight from our heart and it needs to be said publicly.
You are one of those extraordinary people out there who support so willingly and never assume anything other than the enjoyment of their own commitment.
You are a lesson to us. You are one of our best reasons to do this.
-Michael Nesmith, April 26, 2014
Monkees Farewell Tour
Dolenz sings Nesmith