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Concert Review: The Monkees magic casts its spell at Echo Arena

May 13, 2011 by  
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THEY were the group regarded as the TV answer to The Beatles. It seemed fitting, then, that 45 years after they were formed, The Monkees were kicking off their 12-date reunion tour in the city where it all began.

The last time Davy Jones, Peter Tork and Micky Dolenz last shared a stage together was 14 years ago, and despite a truncated, rather sparsely filled Arena, anticipation was high.

I’m a Believer was the first song, and if it was a reference to their confidence they could pull off another tour it was well founded.

Wearing a raking black trilby, Micky Dolenz still had rock ’n’ roll running through him like letters through a stick of rock, while Peter Tork grooved away in a red silk Mandarin shirt and the ladies still screamed for Manchester-born and one-time Corrie actor Davy Jones, even if he does bear a passing resemblance these days to Ken Barlow.

“I used to be a heart-throb,” joked Davy. “Now I’m a coronary.”

But, judging by Mrs Davy Jones, the slinky Cuban dancer who joined him on stage for a shimmy to Daddy’s Song, he’s still got it.

Missing member Michael Nesmith was referenced early, with surprising candour. If the audience didn’t sing, said Micky – they sang and danced all through it – they would be involuntarily entered into a Nesmith lookalike competition. “Boo,” said Davy. “A fate worse than death,” muttered Tork.

via Concert Review: The Monkees magic casts its spell at Echo Arena – Liverpool News – News – Liverpool Daily Post.

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