Although some fans thought it was odd for Mike Nesmith to decide to tour with the Monkees once Davy Jones was dead, Micky Dolenz says that plans were in the works for a four-man tour last year. Nesmith, who has passed on most of the Monkees reunion tours, barring an ill-fated 1997 UK run, also sat out last year's 45th anniversary tour. Davy Jones died on February 29th at age 66 of a heart attack.
Dolenz, who along with Nesmith and Peter Tork, is currently on the road delivering a hit-packed and deep cut show, told The Ventura County Star how the current trek came to happen: "At the end of last year, we'd already started talking about other projects. One was an idea about doing (our 1967 album) Headquarters in its entirety. It sounded like a great idea. But then the holidays came along, and when David passed away in February, it looked like everything was going to come to a standstill."
He went on to explain, "Mike and Peter and I were here in Los Angeles, and everyone wanted us to do a memorial concert. We tried to figure out where we would do it because David had friends and family all over the place. So that and the Headquarters idea evolved into a 12-city tour. Though we're not calling it the 'Davy Jones Memorial Tour,' he will definitely be remembered and there will be a tribute and homage to him."
Micky Dolenz told us that out of the four, he and Davy Jones shared a particularly strong bond: "David and I hung out together, we had similar backgrounds, so we tended to gravitate toward each other, 'cause I guess for the show-business; but also, we had children. We got married and had children at the same time in Los Angeles."
Dolenz explained that cross-promoting the Monkees using all the popular mediums of the day was a cutting edge marketing technique that paved the way for how all future pop bands would eventually be sold: "The thing the Monkees did was -- the project, not us, four guys -- but the Monkees 'project,' was really the first time that the television and radio and record industry had sort of had this convergence. There'd been slight, little bits of crossover here and there; people like Ricky Nelson, y'know, and like, Paul Peterson from The Donna Reed Show, um, but not nearly to the level that happened with the Monkees."
The Monkees tour dates (subject to change):
November 29 - Glenside, PA - Keswick Theatre
November 30 - New Brunswick, NJ - State Theatre
December 1 - Huntington, NY - The Paramount
December 2 - New York, NY - The Beacon Theatre
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