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1960s television band’s music still holds up Monkee mania

June 22, 2011 by  
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Hey, Hey, they’re The Monkees. And they’re back again for their 45th anniversary tour, which finds Davy Jones, Micky Dolenz and Peter Tork coming to Stage AE in Pittsburgh tonight. What’s amazing is the fact the ’60s television show band lasted this long.

“I didn’t think I’d last this long,” laughed Dolenz, calling from Boston. “If I knew I was going to live this long I’d have taken better care of myself, but I’m not surprised anymore. By now every reunion we’ve had has been so successful and the music has stood up so well over the years. When we had the first big reunion in 1986, that was a surprise because it was the biggest tour of that year. That’s the first time I realized it had left an indelible mark on the American cultural landscape.”

Formed in Los Angeles in 1966, The Monkees debuted with an eponymous NBC series and No. 1 hit single “Last Train to Clarksville.” The show ran for only two seasons while winning two Emmy Awards and drawing more viewers than “Gilligan’s Island” in the 1967 Monday night time slot. Musically, the band stood toe to toe with the giants of the era, outselling both The Beatles and The Rolling Stones in 1967.

via Youngstown News, 1960s television band’s music still holds up Monkee mania.

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