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Monkees Announce 2013 Full Tour Dates!

April 29, 2013 by  
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The Monkees Reveal U.S. Summer Tour Dates

24-date tour kicks off July 15th in Port Chester, New York

The Monkees perform in Los Angeles, California.
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April 29, 2013 6:00 AM ET

The Monkees are returning to the road in July for a 24-date American tour they are dubbing “A Midsummer’s Night With the Monkees.” As was the case on their reunion tour in late 2012, it will feature surviving members Michael Nesmith, Micky Dolenz and Peter Tork. “The reaction to the last tour was euphoric,” Micky Dolenz tells Rolling Stone. “It was pretty apparent there was a demand for another one.”

The show will present the Monkees’ songs in chronological order, utilizing archival video and photographs to tell their story. The evening begins with early hits like “Last Train to Clarksville” and “I’m a Believer” before focusing on their 1967 LP Headquarters and then wrapping up with material from their final albums, such as “Pleasant Valley Sunday” and “Listen to the Band.”

Last year’s Monkees tour marked the group’s first American concerts with Michael Nesmith since he left the group in 1970. (He did reunite with the group for a brief U.K. tour in 1997.) “We always kept his songs in the setlist,” says Dolenz. “But when he sings the leads it brings a whole different feel and dynamic to the band . . . The two of us had such a nice blend on those early records. It was two-part harmonies like the Everly Brothers.”

Michael Nesmith’s mother invented Liquid Paper and left him a considerable fortune when she passed away. He mostly stayed clear from the music world during the past few decades, but around 2011 he began playing small solo gigs. “I saw him with the Watkins Family at Largo a couple of years ago,” says Nesmith. “This is before the Monkees reunited in 2011, and before David [Jones] passed. Mike said to me, ‘I just started listening to my own songs. I realized that stuff wasn’t half bad. Then I just started picking up my guitar and playing a bit. It sounded pretty good.'”

Monkees fans erupted with euphoria when he returned to the stage last year. “That went a long way towards convincing him that people do want to see him again and hear his songs,” says Dolenz. “It’s almost like, ‘How can you not do it?'”

Davy Jones passed away in February of 2012, and the group’s tour later that year paid tribute to him many times throughout the night. “This time we probably won’t lean so heavily on the David situation,” says Dolenz. “I think we have to move on. Everybody has to move on. He’ll always be remembered and acknowledged, but possibly not as much as on that particular tour. We will, of course, still perform ‘Daydream Believer’ and all the other hits.”

There are no firm plans beyond these summer dates in America, but Dolenz expects the tour to keep going. “I can be frank and tell you we are thinking about taking it everywhere,” he says. “There’s always been interest in Japan, Eurasia and Australia and New Zealand. There’s a huge fan base in South America and Brazil in specific, which we’ve never really tapped into. There’s also talk about Europe and the U.K.”

The Monkees haven’t recorded a new album since 1996’s JustUs. “I’d love to make a new one,” says Dolenz. “We haven’t had any discussions about that beyond, ‘Wouldn’t it be cool to have a new one?’ We’re just taking this whole thing one step at a time.”

Tickets for the tour begin going on sale May 3rd. Here are the complete dates:

7/15 Capitol Theatre, Port Chester, NY
7/16 Citi Performing Arts Center, Boston, MA
7/17 Count Basie Theatre, Red Bank, NJ
7/19 NYCB Theatre at Westbury, Westbury, NY
7/20 Mann Music Theatre, Philadelphia, PA
7/21 Warner Theatre, Washington, D.C.
7/23 Memorial Auditorium, Raleigh, NC
7/24 Ryman Auditorium, Nashville, TN
7/26 St. Augustine Amphitheatre, St. Augustine, FL
7/27 Mizner Park Amphitheatre, Boca Raton, FL
7/28 Ruth Eckerd Hall, Clearwater, FL
7/31 Long Center, Austin, TX
8/1 Arena Theatre, Houston, TX
8/2 Verizon Theatre, Grand Prairie, TX
8/3 Brady Theater, Tulsa, OK
8/5 Paramount Theatre, Denver, CO
8/9 Mesa Arts Center, Mesa, AZ
8/10 Green Valley Events Center, Henderson, NV
8/11 Humphreys, San Diego, CA
8/13 Terrace Theatre, Long Beach, CA NOT Aug 12th as stated on flyer per venue
8/14 Mountain Winery, Saratoga, CA
8/15 Uptown Theatre, Napa, CA
8/17 Benaroya Hall, Seattle, WA
8/18 Arlene Schnitzer Concert Hall, Portland, OR


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11 Responses to “Monkees Announce 2013 Full Tour Dates!”
  1. lisap56 says:

    Any info on pre-sale tickets! Thanks!

  2. stevewonder2 says:

    Good to see group come back “home” to Texas.
    Mike’s a native Texan; Mickey’s mom a Native from Austin.
    Peter, very nice yet a Connecticut Yankee, will have to suck-up “Texas power” for three concerts.
    God bless Texas and the Monkees!

  3. kbw says:

    Does anyone have the Presale code for Ticketmaster (I’m hoping to get tickets to the Long Beach concert). The site says that presales tickets go on sale May 2nd?

  4. bjk1966 says:

    I already bought my tickets for the Aug 14th show at the Winery in Saratoga Ca. Gonna get my pre-sales tickets for Clearwater Florida May 1st. Who knows I might even go to the Texas and Arizona shows..

  5. brad says:

    coming soon

  6. Gina says:

    tickets will go on sale here tomorrow 5/1 at 10 am your local time? what is your local time? I live on the east coast… plus will you have codes for the pre sale shows? also what shows will have VIP status etc? will all of them have it? thanks, Gina

  7. Ellen says:

    I’m also looking for pre-sale code for Long Beach for ticketmaster. I think it might be different in different markets. Long Beach pre-sale is Wed May 1st at 10 am and regular sale is May 2nd. (which seems to be run by Rhino) is where the pre-sale is not this site. Though I can’t find anywhere on their site to create a user name and password.

  8. hummergirl37 says:

    How do you use the pre sale code for the Count Basie show? There isn’t a button to purchase tickets (they say general public goes on sale 5/3). Thanks for any help.

  9. damicodesign says:

    Does anyone here know about the 3 cd box set that comes with the VIP ticket purchase? Does that get shipped to the ticket holder? The cost to have the VIP tickets shipped was only $4.50. Assuming it costs more to ship the box set, unless that shipping is included in the total package of the VIP tickets. And would that ship?

  10. orangelifejacket says:

    View NYDesi7
    This young talent opened for many artists including Mr.Dolenz, Mr.Noone, and Mr.Cassidy separately. High hopes that they request her if they bring their “Teen Idol” tour to New York. Actually, they should request Destiny whenever they perform on Long Island having her perform songs in addition to opening with The Anthem as she needs the exposure. Her YouTube account (NYDesi7) shows a variety of her singing styles: A. Franklin’s “Chain of Fools” a personal favorite. Anything that can help share her talent with the world would be greatly appreciated.

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