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 The Monkees 2014 Tour
The surviving Monkees (seems weird to write that) are beginning their 2014 tour on May 22nd at The Hampton Casino Ballroom in NH. It will probably be the last chance to see Mike Nesmith with Tork and Dolenz so I plan to get my tickets Friday morning. Mike was always my favorite of the 4, but the others were all a close second.


Thu Mar 20, 2014 2:43 pm
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With Davey Jones gone why bother? That's like Paul and Ringo trying to tour as The Beatles.

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It doesn't matter to me that Jones is gone with respect to enjoying the music performed by the other three. Ticket sales surely haven't been hurt either.


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i would dig seeing this. a friend saw them in boston and said they were great.

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I'm sure they'll have a lovely tribute to Davy during the show that won't leave a dry eye in the audience


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I'll bet that Mark is going to be going to this show. I don't think he ever misses an opportunity to see The Monkees when they come around. As far as the whole Mike thing, I think it's great that he FINALLY decided to rejoin Mickey and Peter after Davy died--but I find it so ironic and sad that it seemed to take Davy's death to get him back in the fold. I know he was all about doing his own stuff rather than rehashing the past (or whatever it was), but it would have been so great to have seen a tour with ALL FOUR members onboard (seems like there was one such tour a couple decades ago?). It's so unfortunate that now we will never be able to see another full reunion.

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I remember that reunion they had back in 1986 for the 20th anniversary. It was sponsored by MTV in conjunction with them of starting to air the Monkees TV show that year. I don't remember if they performed together or just appeared on MTV, with Mike joining at the last minute.


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i got tickets.

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I've seen The Monkees on all but one of the reunion tours since 1986. Probably the best MIcky/Peter/Davy shows were 1987, when they pulled out a lot of deeper cuts, had a stage filled with 60s memorabilia and Weird Al as an opener, and the last Davy tour in 2011 when they
again performed a lot of rarely-done-live songs.

The recent Mike tours have been among the best of their shows I've seen, dropping a lot of the comedy banter (that frankly hadn't changed much since the 80s tours) and focusing on the music and musicianship. They have an ace
backing band to fill out the sound and recreate the feel of the original recordings (including a good friend of mine on drums, which has led to some nice backstage tours for me at the last few shows I attended), and Mike, while looking
considerably older, is still the same old Mike, at turns both extremely silly and extremely cool. It's great to finally be able to hear the Nesmith songs done live, and honestly I don't think the shows suffer from Davy's absence. That could
just be due to the fact that I've seen him live so many times, and now I'm enjoying the "alternate show". All four guys sang lead on songs during the group's run, so a lack of Davy doesn't decimate the setlist, really.

Even though Hampton Beach was where I first saw the guys in 1986, and the thought that this might be the final tour and seeing them again there would bring it full circle for me, I passed on that date and got tickets
for Huntington, NY, as I really don't like the ticketed seating setup at the Casino Ballroom. Really uncomfortable small tables in long rows that they cram 4 adults into in uncomfortable chairs, sometimes with your
back to the stage. I've seen them two or three times there and it wasn't too bad, but after the last Casino Ballroom show I went to a few years ago, I decided it was only general admission/standing shows there
for me. The Mrs. and I went to NY/NJ to see two shows on the first recent Mike tour (2012), as those were the closest dates to home, and we didn't know if it would ever happen again. Who would have thought that they
would do two more tours after that? We saw them again last year at the former Wang Center in Boston as well. So, when the dates for this most recent tour were announced, we looked at the venues and decided
it would be fun to make that NY trip again, even though they were opening the tour in our home state.

Mike hasn't toured in the US with The Monkees since 1969. He appeared for an encore with them at the Greek Theatre in L.A. in 1986 on the first reunion tour and did three songs, and in 1989 did a full concert with the group
at the Universal Ampitheater, which coincided with the guys getting a star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame. He was mainly a businessman in the 80s and 90s, which kept him away from doing any touring. He did rejoin
the band for a short tour in the UK in 1997, but bailed on continuing the tour when it came to the US, which caused a bit of internal strife that kept him and the other three apart for a decade. Apparently plans were afoot for
a tour of all four just before Jones died. The notion was that they'd do the HEADQUARTERS album in its entirety. I've heard that Davy wasn't interested in this, as he wasn't as involved as the other three on that album, so
it's possible that were he still alive, you may have still seen a Nesmith/Dolenz/Tork tour without Jones.

Anyway, I'm looking forward to the show in May. I'll be really curious to hear what any board members who attend think about it. I'm going to assume that it'll be similar to the other recent Nesmith shows I've seen, with some
tweaks to the setlist. As to whether this will be the last tour, who knows. They guys aren't getting any younger, but they do seem to be re-energized in this configuration, and the crowds are still coming out to eat it up. I think
these twice-a-year short tours are more to their liking than the year-long ones of the 80s, so who knows?

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I went to the opening night show at the Hampton Beach Casino and it was a great time. As I previously wrote, the main reason for attending was to see Mike Nesmith with the band. I'll admit that I would have killed to see all four of them together, but this show was just plain fun to be at. Papa Gene's Blues and What Am I Doing Hangin' 'Round? are two of my favorites and of course Mike played his 12 string Gretsch guitar. The crowd was overly enthusiastic and as expected just about everyone was wiping their eyes during Daydream Believer. If they decide to tour again I'll definitely attend more than one show.

If interested there is a complete audio recording of the 6/1 show via this website. Just scroll down a bit and you'll see the link. http://www.monkeesconcerts.com/blog/category/2014-monkees-tour


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Had great time at the Huntington, NY show. The Mrs. and I stopped at the Lyndhurst Estate in Tarrytown on the way down, where the two
DARK SHADOWS films were shot in the early 70s. Amazing place. Also drove by the AMITYVILLE HORROR house, which was neat to see.

The show was great. Similar setlist to the last tour (maybe two new songs in and one or two out), but lots of energy and great arrangments
of the tunes. Less on-stage banter than before, which I didn't really miss. Nez was really funny at times, as were members of the backing
band, being silly in the background to amuse themselves and each other. The "show behind the show", as it were.

Cool to see a huge age range at the show, which has pretty much always been the case at the reunion shows I've attended. We had a mother
in her 30s in front of us with her 6-year-old daughter (who was literally bouncing up and down with excitement as showtime approached), and
two senior citizens next to us. Also saw several teenagers who were really into it, which was cool. Loved the video screen imagery, too, which
one of Nez's son's put together. Different from the content on previous tours, heavy on footage and stills from the show.

Got to go backstage for the "Aftershow" gathering, courtesy of my pal Rich Dart, the backing band drummer. Nice to get to catch up with him a
bit and watch the Monkees pose for photos and glad-hand a bit with the attendees. Very low-key and mellow, in a nice green room area a floor
below the stage. Got to meet Vance Brescia, who wrote "That Was Then, This Is Now", a really funny and cool guy.

I've heard rumblings that this short tour was a test run for another, maybe longer, one in the fall. I hope this works out, as they've been getting better
and better with each subsequent outing in this new Nez-filled formation.

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it was a great show. i would see them again

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