On June 18, 2018, "The Mike & Micky Show" stopped at Sony Center for the Performing Arts in Toronto, Ontario. Check out excellent footage from this concert below that recently appeared on YouTube, and thank you to Tom B. for alerting the Live Almanac about these videos!
Micky Dolenz will hit the road this April for a special series of shows designed to pay tribute to his longtime bandmates Davy Jones, Michael Nesmith, and Peter Tork. "Micky Dolenz Celebrates The Monkees" opens on April 5, 2022 at the historic Ryman Auditorium in Nashville, Tennessee and will close in Madison, Wisconsin on April 16 at Overture Center for the Arts.
Joining Micky onstage will be the members of "The Mike & Micky Show" band: Wayne Avers, Emeen Zarookian, Gemma Dolenz, Rich Dart, Alex Jules, John Billings, and Pete Finney.
"We will be fully delving into The Monkees' songbook, as well as Micky's personal archive of films and photos to create a unique evening of memories," said manager Andrew Sandoval earlier today on social media. "It will give Micky and the band an opportunity to share the music he made alongside Davy, Peter, and Michael and reminisce on their journey as brothers for five decades. We have also been talking about Micky singing some songs he's never done on stage before, as well as pulling out older Monkees album tracks that have not been performed in many years. It is unclear if we will be doing anything beyond these nine shows in this format, but we are truly looking forward to being together again to celebrate the Monkees in song."
Tickets go on sale this Friday, February 11 but presales will begin on Tuesday, February 9 with the presale code CELEBRATE for all shows. Check out the official press release with tour dates below, as well as the most up-to-date press coverage regarding the announcement of the tour.
OFFICIAL PRESS RELEASE
Micky Dolenz of The Monkees will embark on a special series of concert dates in April 2022. Honoring the contributions of his bandmates – the late Davy Jones, Mike Nesmith & Peter Tork – in song and with personal multimedia footage of the legendary performers, Dolenz will celebrate their lasting legacy on record and film. Launching on April 5 at Nashville's Ryman Auditorium, the tour will end on April 16 at Madison’s Overture Center For The Arts.
April 5: Nashville, TN @ Ryman Auditorium
April 6: Richmond, KY @ EKU Center For The Arts
April 8: Nashville, IN @ Brown County Music Center
April 9: Cincinnati, OH @ The Andrew J Brady ICON Music Center
April 11: Wheeling, WV @ The Capitol Theatre
April 12: Akron, OH @ Goodyear Theater
April 13: Joliet, IL @ Rialto Square Theatre
April 15: Riverside, IA @ Riverside Casino & Golf Resort
April 16: Madison, WI @ Overture Center For The Arts
Rock Cellar: Micky Dolenz to Pay Tribute to Davy Jones, Mike Nesmith and Peter Tork with ‘Micky Dolenz Celebrates the Monkees’ Tour in April
People.com: Micky Dolenz to Celebrate Late Monkees Bandmates with New Tribute Tour: 'Like My Brothers'
Fox News: Micky Dolenz, last surviving Monkees member, to embark on tribute tour: ‘Like my brothers’
UPDATE 4/1/2022: Andrew Sandoval discussed the upcoming tour and more in a post on Facebook today:
The tributes continue to pour in for Michael Nesmith, this time from UK-based magazine Shindig!, which features Nez on the cover of its current issue:
7a Records recently delivered exciting news for Monkees fans when it announced Dolenz Sings Nesmith - The E.P. was set for release on March 18, 2022 on 10" colored vinyl and via all digital platforms. The extended play disc, featuring four songs from the sessions that yielded Micky Dolenz's critically acclaimed 2021 solo album Dolenz sings Nesmith (produced by Michael's son, Christian) includes "Soul-Writer's Birthday," a previously unreleased Michael Nesmith composition that Nez originally copyrighted in October 1967 but never recorded.
And now, due to popular demand, a compact disc version of the EP will also be made available on the release date. Pre-order links for US and UK customers can be found below, including the option to obtain an autographed copy from Micky's official online store.
Rounding out the track list on Dolenz Sings Nesmith - The E.P. are some of Michael's most celebrated songs, two of which were originally recorded during the Monkees era and later featured on Michael's RCA solo albums ("The Crippled Lion" and "Some of Shelly's Blues"), and "Grand Ennui," the opening track from Nevada Fighter, the third and final album released by Nez and The First National Band.
Monkees historian, author, and producer Andrew Sandoval is joined by John Billings and Alex Jules, members of The Monkees' touring band, in a special episode of Zilch dedicated to the memory of Michael Nesmith. Listen to the show, hosted by Ken Mills, below:
Micky Dolenz may be coming to your town in 2022! Micky will return to the road this year, performing live in concert while also making a variety of personal appearances that will provide fans the opportunity to meet Micky in person. Dates, venues, and links to purchase tickets to currently scheduled events can be found below.
Monkees historian and author Andrew Sandoval is producing Micky's appearance on the Beach Boys Good Vibrations Cruise in late March, billed as "Micky Dolenz celebrates The Monkees." And from there, Micky will be appearing with Felix Cavaliere of The Rascals for a series of special shows on the East Coast.
But wait, there is more to come! Andrew Sandoval has relayed to the Live Almanac that fans should expect more Dolenz concert dates to be announced in February. "The intention is to do something special for and with the fans; paying tribute to Davy, Peter, and Michael and performing some unique things," Andrew said. (UPDATE: "Micky Dolenz Celebrates The Monkees" was announced on February 7, 2022.)
Stay tuned to the Live Almanac for all of the latest updates, and be sure to follow the site on Facebook and Twitter!
March 25-28: Beach Boys Good Vibrations Cruise / Miami, Florida to Nassau, Bahamas
April 5: Ryman Auditorium / Nashville, Tennessee
April 6: EKU Center For The Arts / Richmond, Kentucky
April 8: Brown County Music Center / Nashville, Indiana
April 9: The Andrew J Brady ICON Music Center / Cincinatti, Ohio
April 11: The Capitol Theatre / Wheeling, West Virginia
April 12: Goodyear Theater / Akron, Ohio
April 13: Rialto Square Theatre / Joliet, Illinois
April 15: Riverside Casino & Golf Resort / Riverside, Iowa
April 16: Overture Center For The Arts / Madison, Wisconsin
April 23: American Music Theatre / Lancaster, Pennsylvania
April 24: Keswick Theatre / Glenside, Pennsylvania
May 12: Count Basie Center for the Arts / Red Bank, New Jersey
May 14: Patchogue Theatre for the Performing Arts / Patchogue, New York
June 3: Palladium Times Square / New York, New York
June 4: Lynn Auditorium / Lynn, Massachusetts
October 22: Celebrity Theatre / Phoenix, Arizona
SUMMER 2022 SOLO DATES
June 16: 28th Annual Hot Summer Nights / Sherman, Texas
July 21: Kenan Auditorium - UNCW / Wilmington, North Carolina
July 22: Duke Energy Center for the Performing Arts / Raleigh, North Carolina
July 23: FabFest / Charlotte, North Carolina
There's fresh news today from 7a Records as the label has announced Dolenz sings Nesmith - The E.P., coming March 18, 2022 on 10" colored vinyl and via all digital platforms. Last year's Dolenz sings Nesmith album featured Micky Dolenz reimagining select tracks from the songbook of his longtime friend and bandmate, Michael Nesmith, and was met with critical acclaim. The EP includes "Soul-Writer's Birthday," a song Nez copyrighted in 1967 but never recorded.
Check out 7a's press release for Dolenz sings Nesmith - The E.P. below, along with links to pre-order the vinyl version.
OFFICIAL PRESS RELEASE:
7A Records announces the release of a brand new 10" EP by Micky Dolenz featuring four Nesmith compositions, including the first ever release of 'Soul-Writer’s Birthday.' "Dolenz Sings Nesmith - The EP" will be released on March 18.
UPDATE 2/11/2022: Have a listen to the vinyl test pressing of Dolenz sings Nesmith - The E.P. courtesy of 7a Records:
Rhino's Start Your Ear Off Right campaign is back for 2022. Each Friday through this month Rhino is releasing limited edition vinyl titles, including The Monkees' fourth consecutive number one album, 1967's Pisces, Aquarius, Capricorn & Jones Ltd. Pressed on translucent green vinyl, it's available only at participating brick and mortar retail outlets, but can also be purchased through online vendors like Bull Moose.
Thank you to longtime Live Almanac contributor Ben Belmares for sharing his scans of the album!
Earlier today it was announced that The Monkees will grace the cover of the upcoming March 2022 issue of MOJO. Featuring an interview with Micky Dolenz and a piece by David Fricke, look for it in bookstores soon. You can also purchase a copy online or select the digital download option.
MOJO offered previews of the issue on their website:
"As the world mourns Michael Nesmith, MOJO celebrates the ’60s phenomenon who transcended prefab pop – and the solo flights of their coolest member. His legacy: country-rock, MTV, that hat and more."
"In honor of the recently departed Michael Nesmith – the cool muso heart of the Monkees – and with the help of an exclusive new Micky Dolenz interview, we celebrate the group once dubbed the Prefab Four and explore the insanity of their ’60s rise and fall."
In his latest piece for Rolling Stone, senior writer Andy Greene goes behind the scenes of the Monkees Farewell Tour and reveals his last interactions with Michael Nesmith:
*** UPDATE 1/10/2022 ***
Hello readers of the Monkees Live Almanac,
I understand the passion that surrounds a variety of topics discussed in Mr. Greene's article linked above, and the public comments left on this blog post to date reflect those passions. However, it is my desire to keep this forum from becoming overly personal in comments made about one person or the next. As a result, I deleted several comments.
Thank you for your consideration and understanding.
In late November, voting commenced for the 16th Annual "Coolest Song of the Year" listener poll courtesy of the Sirius XM channel, Little Steven's Underground Garage. Micky Dolenz was nominated for his version of the Monkees classic, the Michael Nesmith-penned "Circle Sky," as heard in a brand new arrangement on Micky's 2021 solo album, Dolenz sings Nesmith.
A few hours ago, Micky shared the news on Facebook that "Circle Sky" has taken top honors in the poll:
Happy New Year!
Rounding out the top 10 of the "Coolest Song of the Year" poll results were the following songs and artists:
#10: "You’re So Good To Me" (Grip Weeds)
#9: "Sway Little Player" (Shang Hi Los)
#8: "Atomic Love” (Prima Donna)
#7: "Save Me" (Stupidity)
#6: "Do The Resurrection!" (Gentlemen Rogues)
#5: "Out For Blood" (Jennie Vee)
#4: "Run Baby Run" (Southern Culture On The Skids)
#3: "Shattered" (Marc Ribler)
#2: "Wreckless Abandon" (Dirty Knobs)
Just last week, Micky received more critical acclaim for Dolenz sings Nesmith when Rolling Stone editor Rob Sheffield listed Micky's version of "Propinquity" as one of the best songs of 2021.
Thank you for supporting The Monkees Live Almanac for another year. The loss of Michael Nesmith earlier this month was sorrowful, but it's especially heartening to know that he was able to bid a fond farewell during his performances with Micky Dolenz this fall. Listen to the band, indeed.
In tribute to Nez and in the spirit of the season, here's Michael's rendition of "Snowfall," the 1941 composition by Claude Thornhill and Ruth Thornhill, which has been recorded by a variety of performers over time. Nez's version, featuring his son Jonathan, was included on The Monkees' holiday album, Christmas Party.
Monkees historian and producer Andrew Sandoval has announced a special musical tribute to Michael Nesmith that will air on his long-running Come to the Sunshine radio program tomorrow, December 20, 2021 from 6-9 PM Eastern (3-6 PM Pacific). You can listen to the show on WFMU's Rock'N'Soul Radio.
Andrew shared the following preview on Facebook:
Andrew Sandoval's special, "A Musical Meditation on Michael Nesmith," along with the playlist and accompanying chat session, is now archived courtesy of WFMU.
"A moving, lovingly produced record that truly celebrates the breadth of Mike Nesmith's unique talents as a songwriter and performer"
UPDATED 3/10/2022 - newest links appear at the bottom
New York Times (print version): Michael Nesmith, the 'Quiet Monkee' and a Music Video Pioneer, Dies at 78
Variety: Monkees’ Manager on Michael Nesmith’s Final Months: ‘He Died Knowing They Were Beloved — He Finally Got It’
CNN: Michael Nesmith had wrapped a Monkees tour only weeks ago. His manager says he 'went out on top'
Deadline: Micky Dolenz Remembers Michael Nesmith: "I’ll Miss It All So Much"; Brian Wilson, Carole King, Others Pay Tribute
People.com: 'Heartbroken' Micky Dolenz Pays Tribute to Monkees Bandmate Michael Nesmith: 'Lost a Dear Friend'
Billboard: Michael Nesmith & The Monkees Set a Billboard Chart Record in 1967 That Still Stands Today
Daily Mail: The Monkees singer and guitarist Mike Nesmith dies 'from natural causes' at home in LA aged 78 - leaving Micky Dolenz as the last surviving member of the 1960s band
The Hollywood Reporter: Michael Nesmith, Singer, Songwriter and Guitarist of The Monkees, Dies at 78
Pittsburgh Post-Gazette: Monkees legend Michael Nesmith, who played the Civic Arena in one of the band's first live shows, dies at 78
Advocate New Orleans: Sixth grade girls stalk Monkee in the French Quarter, get autographs, give kisses
Carmel Magazine: Celebrating the Lives of Three Internationally Known and Locally Beloved Talents Who Called Carmel Home
Andrew Sandoval talks about how the drive to go out and say thank you to the fans on one last tour revivified Michael Nesmith this fall
In Memoriam: Michael Nesmith
Dolenz, Jones, Boyce & Hart returns
Dolenz sings Nesmith - The E.P.
50th Anniversary Editions
Micky Dolenz Live!