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Dolenz sharing holiday spirit and Monkees history

Micky’s Monkees Christmas
WHEN: Saturday, Nov. 24 (8 p.m.)
WHERE: Manship Theatre at the Shaw Center for the Arts (100 Lafayette
St.) Louisiana
ADMISSION: $40-$60


Micky Dolenz

Music critic
Published: Nov 23, 2007

Micky Dolenz exploded into national fame when the Beatles-inspired TV
series, The Monkees, debuted in 1966. The show’s high-energy comedy,
songs written by top tunesmiths of the day and the charismatic four
young men who starred as a fictional band called the Monkees made it
an instant hit.

At the crest of Monkeemania, the Monkees replaced the maturing,
fame-weary Beatles on the covers of American teen magazines. Although
the diminutive Davy Jones won the hearts of millions of girls, it was
Dolenz who sang The Monkees series’ theme and many of the group’s hit
singles and album tracks.

Dolenz, Jones and fellow Monkees Peter Tork and Michael Nesmith sold
more than 65 million records. They performed for thousands of
screaming fans and starred in the 1968 cult classic, Head, written by
no less than Jack Nicholson.

When Dolenz brings his Micky’s Monkees Christmas to the Manship
Theatre Saturday, he’ll embrace his inescapable Monkees legacy. In
addition to traditional Christmas music and “Rockin’ Around the
Christmas Tree” and “Jingle Bell Rock,” Dolenz will perform such
Monkees hits as “Last Train To Clarksville,” “I’m A Believer” and
“Daydream Believer.”

While Davy Jones sang the original recording of “Daydream Believer,”
Dolenz doesn’t let that stop him from singing it at his solo shows.

“I acknowledge that David sang it,” Dolenz said last week from his
home in Los Angeles. “And David does the same thing in his show (when
he sings material originally performed by Dolenz).”

Dolenz also plays guitar during his performances and, depending on
the venue, he may assume his Monkees role as a drummer. He’ll be
joined Saturday by a six-piece band and his sister, Coco, who sang
backup for Monkees recordings.

“Our parents taught us how to sing when we were kids,” Dolenz said.
“We do a couple of songs we learned when we were kids. We’ve been
singing together for so long that we have an incredible, Everly
Brothers kind of harmony thing going on. So she’s an integral part of
the show.”

After Monkeemania ebbed in the late ’60s, Dolenz appeared in
theatrical productions on Broadway and in London and directed and
produced television programs in the United States and England. Still,
he knows that mention of the Monkees may always be the first line in
any print or broadcast story about him.

“The same thing happens with Paul McCartney and whoever,” Dolenz
said. “I don’t mind that, because I understand how success can
overshadow anything else I’ve ever done.”

Yet there was a time when Monkeemania was a dim and distant memory.
In 1977, Dolenz went to London to star in the Harry Nilsson musical,
The Point. He stayed in England for 12 years, becoming a
producer-director for the BBC and London Weekend Television. He also
directed music videos and the Monty Python-associated film, The Box.

But Dolenz was thrust into Monkeemania again in 1986, the 20th
anniversary year of the Monkees’ TV debut. MTV rebroadcast the
series; Dolenz and Tork recorded a new album; the original Monkees
recordings were reissued; and Dolenz, Tork and Jones performed a
reunion tour.

The renewed attention was a shock.

“I hadn’t sung, hadn’t heard anything about the Monkees,” Dolenz
said. “And I came over here and it just exploded. We were the biggest
tour that year.”

During the 20th anniversary tour Dolenz developed a fresh
appreciation for the Monkees.

“After revisiting the music and looking at the TV shows and doing
interviews, I realized that, if you go back to the genesis of it,
it’s not so surprising.”

The Monkees’ TV series and movie, Dolenz said, benefited from such
behind-the-scenes talent as producers Bob Rafelson and Bert Schneider
and writers Paul Mazursky and Jack Nicholson. Monkees songs were
written by Neil Diamond, Carole King and Gerry Goffin, Tommy Boyce
and Bobby Hart, Paul Williams, Carole Bayer Sager and Neil Sedaka.

“And then you put the four of us into the mix,” Dolenz said. “I like
to think we had something do to with it. You add all of that up, all
of those incredibly talented people and, well, it’s not such a
surprise. The whole becomes greater than the sum of its parts. It’s
that little bit of magic that happens in show business.”


From: “rrfingerhead”

Over @ Rhino’s site on the Monkees section, Andrew Sandoval has done
some new podcast interviews w/ Nez & Bobby Hart (from 2006).

The Nez one talks about Nez’s new plans for his website, CD re-issues
(pending) of his solo catalog and Witcha Train remix CD reissue for

Also: Rhino has taken over the domain from Micky.

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