Here's an interview with Micky where he discusses his new album, Remember, as well as the upcoming Monkees tour.
Here are a few highlights from the interview regarding the tour:
"The rehearsals for the new Monkee tour are going quite well. It's mainly been Mike and I and I'm, basically, teaching him his songs! (laughs) He hasn't done them in 40 years! He's very enthusiastic. We're taking it very slow. It's a really interesting, different dynamic (compared to Davy Jones being in the band). He hasn't done these songs in many, many years, these original Monkee tunes that he wrote and sang. David, Peter or I've been singing them over the years. So, we've been noodling and woodshedding (as he calls it) all of these tunes because I'm going to be playing drums on a few songs. Just the three of us because we're going to be doing a Headquarters (The Monkees classic 1967 album where they took over the reigns and played most of the instruments) mini set within the whole narrative of the show."
"The show's going to be very interesting because it's kind of going to take the story of The Monkees through music. We're going to start with the early songs then, go into Headquarters, which just us (playing) and then, in answer to your next question, there will be a wonderful tribute, an homage, to the late, great Davy Jones in song and in video."
"It kind of started out as a conversation we (the members of The Monkees) had at a (private) memorial for Davy about doing a memorial concert. We said, ‘Let's do a memorial concert.' This is, like, months ago. Actually, it started earlier than that. At the last Monkee tour, we talked about doing a 45 year anniversary of the release of Headquarters. These days, people perform a whole album (in concert). So, we started talking about that long ago. And, of course, David passed and then we had a (private) memorial and thought, ‘Let's do a memorial concert.' But where are you doing to do it? L.A., because David had people here? Or New York or England or all over the place? That sort of morphed into this twelve city tour. It's not the Official Davy Jones Memorial Tour but there is an element of that and there is this element of a tribute, an homage. So, if you haven't bought your ticket to The Greek, do it! (laughs) (Goes into his carny voice) I got yer tickets right here. I'm scalpin' them!' (laughs)"
When asked how emotional the first few dates of the tour will be, Micky responded: "Well, I've been doing an homage and a little bit of a tribute to David in all of my shows since then. I've done quite a few of my solo shows since then. I sing a couple of his songs and we have video up that (Monkees manager/ historian) Andrew Sandoval did. They did some wonderful video for the last Monkee tour and I talk about him."
"It's been a number of months now (since Davy's passing) and you don't ever get over it easily (or) ever because it's like losing a sibling and that's something you don't ever really get over. I have three siblings and they're all doing fine but I knew him for 45 years and I probably spent more time with him than some of my siblings after I left home. So, you never get over it. He'll always be there in my mind and heart."
As for recording a cd and/or dvd of one of the concerts of the upcoming tour, Micky said that they were talking about all of that. "The short answer is, I don't know. Whether or not it goes past this twelve city tour, I can't tell you that either because we have to find out at the end of twelve cities, we haven't killed each other! (laughs) That's way down the road. Nobody's talked much further than these twelve cities because we all have other plans. Mike is going out on the road. He's doing a solo tour in England, which is wonderful. He said to me he wants to get back out there and start performing which is great because he hasn't done that in years. He also has a little spring tour going on in the States. We'll see what happens after that. In January, I'm doing Hairspray concert performances with the Baltimore Philharmonic and the Indianapolis Philharmonic. John Waters will be narrating, which will be kind of cool. So, who knows what happens after all of that."
Micky Dolenz Live
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