Last night, The Monkees completed the 20th show of their (ever expanding) 50th Anniversary Tour in Salt Lake City, Utah. Opening in Fort Myers, Florida on May 18, the tour traveled along the East Coast visiting such cities as Atlanta, Charlotte, Boston, Philadelphia, Washington, D.C., and New York before moving north for a couple of dates in Canada. And then it was back to the States for stops in Cleveland, Grand Rapids, Louisville, Indianapolis, Salt Lake City, and more. Micky, Peter, the band, their staff, and crew will now enjoy an 11 day break before starting up again on June 28 in Dallas, Texas. Here's a photo from last evening's show in Salt Lake City:
Shortly after the tour commenced, The Monkees released their first new studio album since 1996, Good Times! Produced by Adam Schlesinger and featuring Micky Dolenz, Michael Nesmith, and Peter Tork (as well as Davy Jones, who is heard on the vault track "Love to Love"), it debuted at #14 on the Billboard 200 (their best showing since 1968) and was greeted with near unanimous positive reviews and fanfare. Despite not being on the road, Nesmith has participated in multiple television, print, and radio interviews in an effort to promote the album, and even appeared "live" in New York City via Skype to sing "Papa Gene's Blues."
With the mini-break approaching, Monkees archivist and the producer of the tour, Andrew Sandoval, took a moment on Facebook to spotlight all of those involved:
In Memoriam: Michael Nesmith
Dolenz sings Nesmith - The EP
Micky Dolenz Live!