Here they come yet again! The surviving Monkees — Micky Dolenz,Michael Nesmith and Peter Tork — have scheduled a new series of U.S. tour dates in the late spring. So far, Pollstar has listed nine confirmed shows, running from a May 22 concert in Hampton Beach, New Hampshire, through a June 7 performance in Northfield, Ohio.
The Monkees announced their plans to hit the road again during the group’s annual fan convention in New Jersey over the weekend. This trek will mark the third straight series of Monkees shows to include Nesmith, who began touring with the band again for the first time in years in November 2012 following the death of Davy Jones earlier that year.
Dolenz tells ABC News Radio that it’s been a pleasure to have Nesmith back with The Monkees and getting to hear him sing some of the songs he wrote and originally performed with the group.
“We have actually done, over the years, [a lot of Nesmith's tunes] without Mike,” Micky explains. “In my solo show I do probably three or four Nesmith tunes, ’cause he’s such a great writer, but having him be there and singing the lead…it was amazing.”
Dolenz points out that the reason Nesmith hadn’t taken part in Monkees tours for many years had nothing to do with any bad blood between him and the other band members — he simply had gotten away from music and was very involved in other endeavors, such as his Pacific Arts Video company. Micky says the positive response Mike has been receiving at the shows has inspired him to keep performing with the band.
“He just had so much fun gettin’ out there, and I think [he enjoyed] getting some feedback from thousands [of fans],” says Dolenz. “This is like thousands and thousands and thousands of people appreciating his presence, his writing, his songs, his music…And that’s what Mike is about…it’s all about his performance and his writing mainly.”
While a full list of tour dates have yet to be officially announced, Dolenz reports that the outing will consist of “12 or 15 dates” and will hit “markets that we did not play” during the last two tours.
Micky says that moving forward, the band will continue to do “smaller, more concise tours.”
He explains, “Going out for six months, I’m just getting too old, and I wanna be at home in my garden…I hate the travel part.” Dolenz adds, with a laugh, “In fact, they pay me to travel, I sing for free.”
Here is a list of upcoming Monkees concert, according to Pollstar:
5/22 — Hampton Beach, NH, Hampton Beach Casino Ballroom
5/23 — Atlantic City, NJ, Music Box at the Borgata
5/24 — Newark, NJ, New Jersey Performing Arts Center
5/25 — Huntington, NY, The Paramount
5/27 — Bethlehem, PA, Sands Bethlehem Event Center
5/30 — Detroit, MI, Fox Theatre
6/4 — Kansas City, MO, Uptown Theater
6/6 — Cincinnati, OH, PNC Pavilion
6/7 — Northfield, OH, Hard Rock Rocksino Northfield Park
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