Here they come, one more time!
With rehearsals now completed, Micky Dolenz and Michael Nesmith are ready to commence "The Monkees Farewell Tour" this Friday evening at First Interstate Center for the Arts in Spokane, Washington. The tour will open two days shy of the 55th anniversary of the debut of The Monkees television show on NBC. Micky, Nez, and their band are slated to visit 42 cities through November 14, with a final curtain call in Los Angeles at the Greek Theatre, site of several triumphant Monkees concerts since the 1980s.
Dolenz and Nesmith's last joint performance was on June 19, 2019 in Sydney, Australia at the historic Sydney Opera House. At that time, the duo closed a successful multi-leg tour entitled "The Monkees Present: The Mike & Micky Show" that had opened in 2018. They were scheduled to return to the road in 2020, but the Covid-19 pandemic resulted in multiple postponements.
As the concert industry continues to reopen during the Covid era, various venues hosting The Monkees' tour have recently announced special requirements for admittance into the shows. Please be sure to check the website of the venue you are attending, or call their ticket office for details regarding Covid safety guidelines.
Monkees historian and author Andrew Sandoval, who is producing the tour, addressed measures being instituted to keep everyone healthy. "All of us are taking every precaution possible to stay safe," Andrew wrote in a message sent out today to Beatland Books email subscribers. "Everyone on and offstage is fully vaccinated and wore masks for the entire rehearsal period and that is how it will remain for all those not onstage. Even the musicians in the band wore masks for rehearsal if they were not singing.
"Nevertheless, the spirits are high, especially when we have a lot of great music to share and with strong ticket sales, The Monkees have had to do less work in promotion and can just focus on what is important: resting and singing."
Monkees fans, surely feeling bittersweet at the prospect of their favorite group calling it a day, might be wondering if this is truly the end of the road. In an interview published today, Micky Dolenz puts it plainly when asked if it was hard to accept the prospect of a "final tour."
"Well, not really," Micky answered. "It was inevitable."
All these years later, Micky Dolenz and Michael Nesmith are still "too busy singing to put anybody down."
Join Micky, Michael, their band, crew, and fellow fans for The Monkees Farewell Tour. A complete list of tour dates appears below.
Enjoy the show!
"Monkees Farewell Tour" Concert Dates
9/10: Spokane, WA @ First Interstate Center for the Arts
9/11: Seattle, WA @ Moore Theater
9/12: Portland, OR @ Revolution Hall
9/14: Sacramento, CA @ Crest Theatre
9/15: San Jose, CA @ San Jose Civic
9/17: Riverside, CA @ Fox Performing Arts Center
9/18: El Cajon, CA @ The Magnolia
9/19: Phoenix, Arizona @ Celebrity Theatre
9/23: Austin, TX @ Stubb's Waller Creek Amphitheater
9/24: Grand Prairie, TX @ Texas Trust CU Theatre
9/25: San Antonio, TX @ Tobin Center For The Performing Arts
9/27: Midland, TX @ Wagner Noël Performing Arts Center (CANCELLED)
10/1: Memphis, TN @ The Soundstage at Graceland
10/2: Chattanooga, TN @ Tivoli Theatre
10/6: Birmingham, AL @ Iron City
10/7: Knoxville, TN @ Tennessee Theatre
10/8: Atlanta, GA @ Atlanta Symphony Hall
10/10: Orlando, FL @ Hard Rock Live
10/12: Fort Lauderdale, FL @ Parker Playhouse
10/13: Clearwater, FL @ Ruth Eckerd Hall
10/16: Jacksonville, FL @ Florida Theatre
10/18: Washington, DC @ Warner Theatre
10/19: Red Bank, NJ @ Count Basie Center
10/20: Tarrytown, NY @ Tarrytown Music Hall
10/22: Bethlehem, PA @ The Wind Creek Event Center
10/23: Atlantic City, NJ @ Ocean Casino Resort - Ovation Hall
10/24: New York, New York @ Town Hall
10/26: Burlington, VT @ Flynn Center for the Performing Arts
10/28: Huntington, NY @ The Paramount
10/29: Uncasville, CT @ Mohegan Sun Arena
10/30: Medford, MA @ Chevalier Theatre
11/1: Greensburg, PA @ The Palace Theatre
11/2: Detroit, MI @ Masonic Cathedral Theatre
11/3: Northfield, OH @ MGM Northfield Park - Center Stage
11/5: Rosemont, IL @ Rosemont Theatre
11/6: Milwaukee, WI @ Riverside Theater
11/7: Minneapolis, MN @ State Theatre
11/9: St. Charles, MO @ Family Arena
11/10: Kansas City, MO @ Uptown Theater
11/11: Salina, KS @ Stiefel Theatre
11/14: Los Angeles, CA @ The Greek Theatre
4/1/22: Savannah, GA @ Johnny Mercer Theatre (RESCHEDULED)
Monkees Farewell Tour
Dolenz sings Nesmith