The Monkees have announced their full summer tour itinerary. The 24-date road trek has been dubbed, A Midsummer's Night With The Monkees, and kicks off on July 15th, at Port Chester, New York's Capitol Theatre and eventually winds down a little over a month later on August 18th at Portland, Oregon's Arlene Schnitzer Concert Hall. As with last winter's 12-date mini-tour, Mike Nesmith will once again join surviving members Micky Dolenz and Peter Tork for his second Monkees tour since 1997. Davy Jones died of a heart attack on February 29th, 2012 at age 66.
Micky Dolenz spoke about the band hitting the road for two years in a row, telling Rolling Stone: "The reaction to the last tour was euphoric. It was pretty apparent there was a demand for another one. . . I can be frank and tell you we are thinking about taking it everywhere. There's always been interest in Japan, Eurasia and Australia and New Zealand. There's a huge fan base in South America and Brazil in specific, which we've never really tapped into. There's also talk about Europe and the U.K."
Dolenz touched upon the fact that although Nesmith has stayed away from all but one of the Monkees reunion tours since 1986, his songs have always been heavily featured in the show: "We always kept his songs in the setlist. But when he sings the leads it brings a whole different feel and dynamic to the band. . . The two of us had such a nice blend on those early records. It was two-part harmonies like the Everly Brothers."
He revealed that unlike the 2012 concerts, which paid homage to Davy Jones throughout the show, this time out, the memorials will be somewhat scaled back, explaining, "This time we probably won't lean so heavily on the David situation. I think we have to move on. Everybody has to move on. He'll always be remembered and acknowledged, but possibly not as much as on that particular tour. We will, of course, still perform 'Daydream Believer' and all the other hits."
Dolenz wouldn't rule out the possibility of the Monkees regrouping for their first studio set since 1996's Justus, saying, "I'd love to make a new one. We haven't had any discussions about that beyond, 'Wouldn't it be cool to have a new one?' We're just taking this whole thing one step at a time."
Micky Dolenz explained that unlike nearly all of the Monkees peers from the '60s, because they auditioned for an already established and owned identity, the rights and licensing to the Monkees has nothing to do with Micky Dolenz, Peter Tork, Davy Jones, and Mike Nesmith: "The four of us, do not, did not, and have never owned the rights to the Monkees. We cannot use the name 'The Monkees' without permission from whoever happens to have bought the rights to the name and the logo -- which were never owned by us -- a lot of people never realized that."
Noted Beach Boys author, documentarian, and West Coast historian, Jon Stebbins told us that both culturally and musically, the Monkees are far more important than the rock community has ever recognized: "It's funny because if you think about it, they're one of the only iconic '60s bands that, y'know, you can have the four original members that we all know (what) their names were. I mean, how many other acts do we know the first names of all four guys? I mean, it's like nobody. . . Everybody wants to wash their hands of it now, but I don't know -- I don't understand that. I don't understand why, because their stuff holds up. Y'know the album tracks on their third and fourth albums are as good as any of the A-sides that anybody else was putting out around that time."
JUST ANNOUNCED: The Monkees tour dates (subject to change):
July 15 - Port Chester, NY - The Capitol Theatre
July 16 - Boston, MA - Citi Performing Arts Center
July 17 - Red Bank, NJ - Count Basie Theatre
July 19 - Westbury, NY - NYCB Theatre At Westbury
July 20 - Philadelphia, PA - Mann Center for Performing Arts
July 21 - Washington, DC - Warner Theatre
July 23 - Raleigh, NC - Memorial Auditorium
July 24 - Nashville, TN - Ryman Auditorium
July 26 - Saint Augustine, FL - St. Augustine Amphitheatre
July 27 - Boca Raton, FL - Mizner Park Amphitheatre
July 28 - Clearwater, FL - Ruth Eckerd Hall
July 31 - Austin, TX - The Long Center For The Performing Arts
August 1 - Houston, TX - Arena Theatre
August 2 - Grand Prairie, TX - Verizon Theatre At Grand Prairie
August 3 - Tulsa, OK - Brady Theater
August 5 - Denver, CO - Paramount Theatre
August 9 - Mesa, AZ - Mesa Arts Center
August 10 - Henderson, NV - Green Valley Ranch Resort & Spa
August 11 - San Diego, CA - Humphrey's Concerts By The Bay
August 12, 13 - Long Beach, CA - Terrace Theater
August 14 - Saratoga, CA - The Mountain Winery
August 15 - Napa, CA - Uptown Theatre Napa
August 17 - Seattle, WA - Benaroya Hall
August 18 - Portland, OR - Arlene Schnitzer Concert Hall