Here's the set list for the first half of tonight's show in Fort Myers, Florida, courtesy of Derek Miner:
(Theme From) The Monkees [video with both openings side by side]
Listen to the Band
Last Train to Clarksville
That Was Then, This Is Now
Your Auntie Grizelda (Micky on drums)
Saturday's Child (Micky on drums)
She Makes Me Laugh
A Little Bit Me, A Little Bit You
The Girl I Knew Somewhere
Shades of Gray (with Davy's original vocal)
Randy Scouse Git
For Pete's Sake (Micky on drums)
Don't Do It
Higher and Higher
Let's Dance On
Lots of surprises in the first half!
It's great to see the show start with Michael Nesmith's "Listen to the Band," and that the voice of Davy Jones is featured during "Shades of Gray." For the first time ever, The Monkees performed "She Makes Me Laugh," the initial single from their upcoming album Good Times! And "Saturday's Child," a song that was first aired on the 2011 Monkees Tour, returned to the show in Fort Myers.
As advertised a couple of days ago, "Steam Engine" has made its live concert debut. A song written and produced by Chip Douglas and recorded in 1969, "Steam Engine" has long been a fan favorite despite it never being treated to an official release on one of the original Monkees albums. It was first heard on "The Monkees on Tour" episode when it aired in syndication in 1971. "Steam Engine" was finally issued on record in 1979 on an Australian hits compilation, and has since appeared on numerous other Monkees collections.
"Don't Do It" is a pre-Monkees song recorded by Micky Dolenz in 1965 but not released until 1967.
"Higher and Higher" makes a return to the set list for the first time since the 2001 Monkees tour. Long a favorite of Peter's, he recorded this Jackie Wilson song in 1981 and released it as a single (along with a cover of "Steppin' Stone"). Peter's version features his banjo up front and center in the arrangement, and has been a crowd pleaser at past shows.
Another song making its debut on a Monkees set list is "Let's Dance On" (from the group's debut album in 1966). It was also featured during the first season of the television show.
Here's the set list for the second half of the concert, courtesy of Derek Miner:
Mary, Mary (Micky on drums)
Circle Sky (Micky on drums)
Porpoise Song (Micky drums on coda)
Long Title: Do I Have To Do This All Over Again
Heart and Soul
Papa Gene's Blues
Little Girl (from Good Times!)
What Am I Doing Hangin' 'Round?
Daydream Believer (with Davy's original vocal)
Pleasant Valley Sunday
I'm A Believer
There's another nice nod to Davy with his original vocal being included during the performance of "Daydream Believer."
The Monkees' 1987 single "Heart and Soul" was last played live by the band on their 1997 summer tour. Peter also debuted his song "Little Girl," which will be included on the forthcoming album Good Times! The second half of the show also featured a selection of songs that Michael Nesmith made famous as a member of The Monkees, including "Papa Gene's Blues," "Circle Sky," and "What Am I Doing Hangin' 'Round?"
Micky and Peter were accompanied onstage tonight by their longtime touring band:
Wayne Avers – Musical Director/Guitar
Dave Alexander – Keyboards/Vocals
John Billings – Bass
Rich Dart – Drums
Coco Dolenz – Vocals / Percussion
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