In an interview published this morning on the Rolling Stone website, Micky surmised about future touring plans for The Monkees.
Though stressing that nothing concrete is set beyond this summer's round of concerts, Micky did hint at the idea of extending the tour outside of the United States. "I can be frank and tell you we are thinking about taking it everywhere," he said. "There's always been interest in Japan, Eurasia and Australia and New Zealand. There's a huge fan base in South America and Brazil in specific, which we've never really tapped into. There's also talk about Europe and the U.K."
The Monkees were last overseas in May 2011 when Micky, Davy and Peter began the group's 45th Anniversary tour in the United Kingdom, playing a series of shows that was highlighted by a sold-out performance at the Royal Albert Hall in London. The Monkees have not visited Japan since 1989, and the last extensive European tour was also conducted that year. (Michael did join the group for a brief U.K. run in 1997.)
It's been even longer since The Monkees visited the land Down Under. The group's most recent trek to Australia was in 1988 when Micky, Davy and Peter visited the country for a month's worth of dates. Michael Nesmith, however, hasn't appeared in Australia or Japan as a member of The Monkees since 1968 (though he did visit Australia as a solo artist in the 1970s).
The group's worldwide popularity sometimes resulted in certain songs being smashes on the charts in foreign countries while not even seeing single release in the United States or the United Kingdom. "Hard to Believe" spent four weeks at #1 in the Philippines in 1968, and "We Were Made For Each Other" peaked at #3 there that same year. Both "Listen to the Band" and "Good Clean Fun," two singles released in the United States in 1969 as the band's popularity was in a free fall, were big hits in Australia, reaching #8 and #13, respectively. The last original Monkees single, "Oh My My," while peaking at #98 in the United States, made it to #34 in Australia in 1970.
Japan, in fact, experienced the first rebirth of The Monkees in the 1980s even before Micky, Davy and Peter reunited for the mega-successful 20th Anniversary Tour of North America in 1986. When "Daydream Believer" was used in a Kodak commercial in Japan in 1980, Monkeemania was reborn there as the television show returned to the airwaves and Monkees albums were reissued, causing them to chart in that country once again. Demand for The Monkees was so high in Japan in the early '80s that Micky, Davy and Peter all toured the country individually between 1981 and 1982, playing to near-hysterical audiences.
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