The show is shaping up nicely.
It will be the same band as last solo tour – Paul Leim on rhythms, Joe Chemay on bass, Chris Scruggs on steel, mandolin, guitars, etc. and Boh Cooper on Keys.
This concert will also follow the same format as the last one but with different songs. Instead of going all the way back to my very early stuff I will use more songs from Ranch Stash and forward from there. I will only be performing solo Nez tunes including Different Drum, Joanne, Shelleys Blues, and Silver Moon.
The only Monkees song might be Listen to the Band – because it is so much fun to play – but I haven’t decided yet. I will wait to see how it all sounds in rehearsal.
And no video screen. (I still haven’t worked out how to do that to suit the music and the movies of the mind).
But the later songs from Elephant Parts, Infinite Rider, Photon Wing, and Tropical Campfire’s are going to get to come out and play – maybe even a song or two from The Newer Stuff album -- and with these players it should be a great time and great music.
I will still try to keep the cinematic themes and little narratives as introductions throughout and I am writing those up now.
Over the years I have been writing songs in what painters and cartoonists call “multi-panels”, like “Calico Girlfriend-9xBlue-Lil’ Red Rider” – the triptych at the beginning of Magnetic South.
I really enjoy playing this form live because the songs have the time to unfold – unlike the short pop tunes that don’t need to – and since they are multilayered they use the time well to settle in and deliver the nuances of the ideas. I’ll do several of these during the evening.
And I will also explore several of the cuts as a triptych from The Prison. That was very successful last tour and we love playing it.
What is still not clear is whether I will be able to do the Conversations after show –the “meet and greet”. The production problems with this are complex and very expensive. Venues have to stay open and Staff and Security all have to stay an extra hour so the costs get very high.
Still, I did enjoy them very much last time – loved meeting people and friends – so I am working on the economics of it and the logistics with the notion that if I can do it, I will. However as of now they are not scheduled and there are no tickets for this. Right now it is just a hope of mine.
Finally, I expect another date or two to get added to the schedule and maybe an extra show here and there but there is nothing set about that – which is to say there might be some minor changes in the schedule. The only confirmed shows are the ones listed on the schedule at videoranch.com. We start in Phoenix on the 27th of October and end in Milwaukee on the 24th of November.
The closer I get the more excited I am that I am going out again. I love doing these shows – playing this music live – I guess you all know that by now -- and I am forever grateful that you give me this opportunity. I will work hard to live up to your all gracious encouragement and support.
Monkees Farewell Tour