Wednesday, May 15, 2013

The Monkees Tour: 1960’s Band Hitting The Road Again In 2013

The Monkees Tour: 1960’s Band Hitting The Road Again In 2013

Here we come
Walking down the street
We get the funniest looks from
All the whippersnappers we meet!

Hey, hey they’re the Monkees and they are touring again.

No, really.  The “Pre-fab” is hitting the road this summer to play 24 concerts routed all over the United States.

I feel like I need to snap a picture of today’s newspaper and post it in this blog.  That way you’ll be sure this isn’t a story from a year or a decade gone-by.

Don’t worry.  You’re internet is working fine.  No one has hacked your computer.  The Monkees are indeed touring in the summer of 2013.

The Monkees Tour
Their upcoming trek is called “A Midsummer’s Night with the Monkees.”  It launches July 15 in Port Chester, New York and ends Aug. 18 in Portland, Oregon.

They band has routed major cities like Boston, Philadelphia, Houston and Denver but they are playing small to midsized arenas like The Mann Center, Ryman Auditorium, and Benaroya Hall.

The Monkees Songs
“A Midsummer’s Night with the Monkees” will present their catalog of hits in a rather unique way.  They are planning to perform their songs in chronological order.  That means “Last Train to Clarksville” (August, 1966) and “I’m a Believer” (November, 1966) will be their first two songs right out of the gate.

Don’t get up leave.  There are still a bunch of great songs to come including “Pleasant Valley Sunday,” “Mary Mary,” “Randy Scouse Git,” and “What Am I Doing Hangin’ Round?”  If they’re true to their word, and who has ever known a Monkee to lie, they should finish on “That was Then, This Is Now” their last top 20 single.

The Monkees Daydream Believer
The 2012 Monkees tour was a tribute to Davy Jones.  He passed away in February of that year.  While that tour inspired their upcoming jaunt, the band has already said they will acknowledge Jones but “possibly not as much as on [their previous] tour.”

Don’t worry, The Monkees—Mickey Dolenz, Peter Tork, and Michael Nesmith—will still perform Jones’ section of the band’s tome.  That means fans with Monkees tickets should expect to hear classic cuts like “Daydream Believer,” “Valleri,” “A Little Bit Me, A Little Bit You” and “Cuddly Toy.” 

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