LOS ANGELES – Michael Nesmith, Micky Dolenz and Peter Tork will return to the concert stage in November 2012 for a historic, 12-date tour of the United States.
These performances will mark their first concerts together since 1997, and the first U.S. tour to feature Michael Nesmith since 1969. The jaunt kicks off Nov. 8, 2012, at the Escondido, Calif., Center for the Arts and wraps Dec. 2, 2012, at New York City’s prestigious Beacon Theatre.
Nesmith has reunited with the group over the years; his last stateside concert with the band was a rare private show in support of 1997’s “Justus” album. These dates also follow the unexpected passing of Monkees’ singer Davy Jones in February. Plans call for Jones to be saluted in the show’s multimedia content.
The upcoming shows are set to feature a selection of their classic hits, deep cuts from the group’s first five platinum albums (including some performed for the first time since the 1960s) and fan favorites from the soundtrack to the group’s cult film classic “Head” and Emmy®-award winning TV series. The show will encompass a full multimedia evening of music, rare films, and one-of-a-kind photographs.
Since the dates fall 45 years on from the band’s struggle to become legitimate music makers, the concerts will be highlighted by a set performed by just Nesmith, Dolenz and Tork. In 1967, the year The Monkees outsold The Beatles and The Rolling Stones, the group issued two No. 1 albums (“Headquarters” and “Pisces, Aquarius, Capricorn & Jones, Ltd”) which primarily featured The Monkees as a self-contained, musical unit. Each evening’s trio set will showcase numbers from these albums and present The Monkees’ electric garage band sound that they developed on their mid-1960s tours. To open and close the show, The Monkees will be augmented by a stellar crew of players to play the hand-picked setlist each evening.
Although Jones’ absence will undoubtedly be felt by The Monkees and their fans, the concerts will be an opportunity to share memories amid the music and movies that brought them together.
Dates, venues and cities include:
Nov. 8, 2012: California Center for the Arts, Escondido, Calif.
Nov. 9: The Arlington Theatre, Santa Barbara, Calif.
Nov. 9: Greek Theatre, Los Angeles
Nov. 11: Flint Center for the Performing Arts, Cupertino, Calif.
Nov. 15: State Theatre, Minneapolis
Nov. 16: The Chicago Theatre, Chicago
Nov. 17: Lakewood Civic Auditorium, Cleveland
Nov. 18: The Center For The Arts, Buffalo, N.Y.
Nov. 29: Keswick Theatre, Philadelphia
Nov. 30: State Theatre Regional Arts Center, New Brunswick, N.J.
Dec. 1: The Paramount, Huntington, N.Y.
Dec. 2: The Beacon Theatre, New York