Micky Dolenz, Monkees move forward in the post-Davy Jones era

Micky Dolenz, Mike Nesmith and Peter Tork on 'The Monkees' set in 1966. 'I don't look at (The Monkees) as a band,' Dolenz says. 'It was a cast for a television show that became a band. It's more like musical theater to me. … I'm playing the role of Micky, the wacky drummer.'

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Micky Dolenz, Mike Nesmith and Peter Tork on "The Monkees" set in 1966. "I don't look at (The Monkees) as a band," Dolenz says. "It was a cast for a television show that became a band. It's more like musical theater to me. … I'm playing the role of Micky, the wacky drummer."

Here they come ...

The three surviving Monkees — Micky Dolenz, Peter Tork and Mike Nesmith — will appear at the Arlington Theatre in Santa Barbara tonight and the Greek Theatre in Los Angeles on Saturday as part of a 12-city nationwide tour, the group's first since the passing of fourth member Davy Jones from a sudden heart attack at age 66 this past February.

The Monkees were a phenomenon in the 1960s, created to capitalize on Beatlemania, but for an American television audience. In time, the quartet decided to become a real group and play their own instruments. To the music world's surprise, they showed a great deal of talent on their subsequent albums.

After "The Monkees" series was canceled in 1968, the group slowly disintegrated. Beginning in 1986, successful reunion tours brought Dolenz, Tork and Jones back together regularly — but Nesmith rarely participated. His appearance on this tour marks only the second time since 1969 that he's taken part in a Monkees tour; his last jaunt with the group came in 1997.

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Comments » 2

iamapotatohead writes:

Time to retire boys.

mtnbikrtn writes:

I'm glad Mike is showing up.

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