The Monkees' Peter Tork: Clean, Sober, & Calmer
Sunday, August 4, 2013
The Monkees' Peter Tork: Clean, Sober, & Calmer
Peter Tork of the Monkees says that clean living is the predominate feature on the current Monkees tour. Back in 2009, Tork underwent surgery for Adenoid Cystic Carcinoma -- a cancer that usually grows slowly on a person's head and neck. He's since undergone radiation treatment and made a full recovery.
Tork, who made his bones in the early-1960's Greenwich Village folk scene with the likes of Stephen Stills and John Sebastian, told The Hollywood Reporter that although once the ultimate flower child, he's a teetotaler these days: "I liked my acid; I enjoyed it. I have not taken a mind-altering substance for 30-odd years. I was a partier back then, and I'm a clean liver now. It suits me just as much now as it did back then. All of us are more sedate. We are more appreciative of the joys of company and chatting and laughter, and not drinking and screaming and yelling. We all are calmer. It's not a good or bad thing. It's who we are now versus then."
He went on to talk about the return for two tours running of Mike Nesmith, who apart from one brief UK tour in the 1990's, has refrained from hitting the road with the band until last year: "He's always been the question mark. Mike has, and had, other ambitions. He's giving what he's got to this. He's here and he's committed, and you can see it. He's not holding anything back on this tour, nor (did he on) the last one. He has other things he wants to do. But he's not going, 'I can't stand this; I've got other things to do.' Michael isn't doing that. The result is I sense a lot of commitment from him on this. We're getting along brilliantly."
Noted Beach Boys author, documentarian, and West Coast historian, Jon Stebbins says that as we approach the 45th anniversary of the band's golden era ending, its time for rock fans to finally acknowledge the incredible quality of the group's catalogue: "The worst of what they left behind is awful, but so is what the worst of what the Beach Boys left behind, y'know -- and a lot of other people -- I mean, its awful. But the very best of what they left behind is as good as anything in that era. But, it's like, I'm responsible enough to know the difference between the Monkees and The Partridge Family. I mean, there's nothing there that's going to nourish you. The Monkees had a ton of stuff there that is great, that stands the test of time. Some of the very best stuff of its time." 
The Monkees tour dates (subject to change):
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

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