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March 27, 2011 by  
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From: tracyb and Randi Waddell

Tuesday November 28 5:15 PM ET
Hey, hey — the Monkees set to tour again

By Gary Graff

DETROIT (Reuters) – Hey hey, they’re the Monkees again.

Three members of the made-for-TV pop quartet, formed in 1965 for an NBC
sitcom about a Beatles-like band, plan to reunite next year for their first
tour together in more than four years, producer David Fishof said Tuesday.

Davy Jones, Micky Dolenz and Peter Tork will embark in March on a 15-city
“Monkee Mania Returns 2001” tour, the New York-based producer said. If the
outing is successful, Fishof hopes to extend it around the world, possibly
even including an extended stay on Broadway.

“I went back with it because I really feel there’s a market for them. The
time’s right,” said Fishof, who produced the Monkees’ successful reunion
tours in 1986 and 1987. Those tours were spurred by the rebroadcast of the
series on cable music network MTV at that time.

With hits such as “Daydream Believer,” “I’m a Believer,” ”Last Train to
Clarksville” and “(I’m Not Your) Steppin’ Stone,” the Monkees inhabited
the top of the pop charts during the TV show’s 1966-1968 run on NBC and have
sold tens of millions of albums. The group also released a poorly received
feature film, “Head,” in 1968 before breaking up at the end of 1969.

Despite acrimonious relationships, the Monkees have reunited several times
during the past 15 years. In 1996 the original quartet, including Mike
Nesmith, recorded a new album, ”Justus,” and did a short tour. Nesmith
ultimately dropped out while the other three Monkees performed in North
America that year. Jones went on to tour in a “Teen Idols” nostalgia
package with Bobby Sherman and Peter Noone of Herman’s Hermits.

Fishof said a recent episode of cable channel VH1’s “Behind the Music”
dedicated to the band as well as the network’s original movie about the
group’s career has rekindled interest and even drove sales of the Monkees’
most recent “Greatest Hits” album to more than 500,000 copies.

One of the shows on the upcoming tour will be filmed for a TV special and a
subsequent home video release, Fishof said. Rhino Records, meanwhile, plans
to release a reconfigured version of the 1991 box set “Listen to the Band”
to coincide with the tour. The itinerary for the tour has not been set.


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