The Monkees 5/6/21

Micky Dolenz feels the Monkees‘ farewell tour is a bittersweet situation, and admitted that the band’s latest chapter carried on longer than he thought it would. Dolenz and Mike Nesmith have over 30 shows planned as part of the group’s final “The Monkees Present The Mike & Micky Show” trek.

Since Nesmith rejoining him and the late-Peter Tork back in 2012 following Davy Jones‘ death, Dolenz said that age has played a more important role in band decisions than ever before: [“That just kind of happened organically, and I think it was just Mike and I, y’know, lookin’ at each other and (thinking) ‘How much longer can you do this stuff?’ Y’know (laughs)? So, it certainly is not because there isn’t a demand. But, I think just being realistic; I’m 76, ‘Nez’ is 77, or 78, or somethin’ like that. I’m lovin’ the singing and doing the shows, but the traveling is very wearing. And we’re doin’ it in pretty reasonable, comfortable style. I don’t think there’s more than three (shows) in a row.”] SOUNDCUE (:31 OC: . . . in a row)

Micky Dolenz told us that he and Mike Nesmith were very cognizant that they were performing a revue of the Monkees’ catalogue — rather than actually selling the show as being “The Monkees”: [“Mike and I did not feel comfortable calling it ‘The Monkees’ with only two of us. When Davy passed, Mike and Peter and I were, like, ‘What do we do now?’ But, the fans really wanted us to go out and sing the songs again. And that was supposed to be the last one. And then, y’know, the fans said, ‘Please, we want more.’ It always was, sort of, an organic thing.”] SOUNDCUE (:23 OC: . . . an organic thing)

Set for release on May 21st is Micky Dolenz’ take on a number of Mike Nesmith’s tunes, titled Dolenz Sings Nesmith. The album, which is being released on the Monkees-based rarity label 7a Records, was produced by Nesmith’s eldest son Christian Nesmith, who also tours as part of his father and Dolenz’ Monkees revue.

  • The Monkees “Farewell Tour” dates (subject to change):
    September 11 – Seattle, WA – Moore Theater
    September 14 – Sacramento, CA – Crest Theatre
    September 15 – San Jose, CA – San Jose Civic
    September 17 – Riverside, CA – Fox Performing Arts Center
    September 18 – El Cajon, CA – The Magnolia
    September 19 – Phoenix, AZ – Celebrity Theatre
    September 24 – Dallas, TX – The Majestic Theatre
    September 25 – San Antonio, TX – The Tobin Center For Performing Arts
    September 28, 29 – The Woodlands, TX – Dosey Doe
    October 2 – Chattanooga, TN – Tivoli Theatre
    October 6 – Birmingham, AL – Iron City
    October 7 – Knoxville, TN – Atlanta Symphony Hall
    October 8 – Atlanta, GA – Atlanta Symphony Hall
    October 10 – Orlando, FL – Hard Rock Live
    October 12 – Fort Lauderdale, FL – Parker Playhouse
    October 13 – Clearwater, FL – Ruth Eckerd Hall
    October 15 – Biloxi, MS – IP Casino Resort and Spa
    October 16 – Jacksonville, FL – Florida Theatre
    October 19 – Red Bank, NJ – Count Basie Center
    October 20 – Tarrytown, NY – Tarrytown Music Hall
    October 22 – Bethlehem, PA – The Wind Creek Event Center
    October 23 – Atlantic City, NJ  – Ocean Casino Resort at Ovation Hall
    October 24 – New York, NY – Town Hall
    October 26 – Burlington, VT – Flynn Center For The Performing Arts
    October 28 – Huntington, NY – The Paramount
    October 29 – Uncasville, CT – Mohegan Sun Arena
    October 30 – Medford, MA – Chevalier Theatre
    November 1 – Greensburg, PA – The Palace Theatre
    November 2 – Detroit, MI – Masonic Cathedral Theatre
    November 6 – Milwaukee, WI – Riverside Theater
    November 9 – Caint Charlse, MO – Family Arena
    November 10 – Kansas City, MO – Uptown Theater
    November 14 – Los Angeles, CA – The Greek Theatre

TL; DR

  • Micky Dolenz said that he and Mike Nesmith of the Monkees quitting the road is a natural thing, telling us: “I’m 76, ‘Nez’ is 77, or 78, or somethin’ like that. I’m lovin’ the singing and doing the shows, but the traveling is very wearing.”

DID YOU KNOW???

  • 2020’s The Monkees – The Mike & Micky Show Live hit Number 13 on Billboard Top Albums chart, 178 on the Billboard 200, Number Two on the Internet Albums list, Number Three on Current Pop Albums, and Number 45 on the Current Digital Albums chart.