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April 2, 2010 by  
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Dolenz, Jones and Tork

(March – April 1989)

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  • Last Train To Clarksville
  • A Little Bit Me, A Little Bit You
  • Pleasant Valley Sunday
  • Cuddly Toy
  • No Time
  • Your Auntie Grizelda
  • I’ll Be True To You
  • Goin’ Down
  • Shades Of Gray
  • Zilch / Randy Scouse Git
  • I Wanna Be Free
  • That Was Then, This Is Now
  • Valleri
  • Bach’s Two-Part Invention in F Major  (Peter’s keyboard solo)
  • Through The Looking Glass
  • Every Step Of The Way
  • Cripple Creek
  • Acoustic Set:
  • -When Love Comes Knockin’  (Davy)
  • -Sometime In The Morning  (Micky)
  • -Take A Giant Step  (Peter)
  • -Good Clean Fun  (Davy)
  • -Papa Gene’s Blues  (Peter)
  • -What Am I Doing Hangin’ ‘Round?  (Micky)
  • She
  • It’s Nice To Be With You
  • For Pete’s Sake
  • (I’m Not Your) Steppin’ Stone
  • Daydream Believer
  • Encore:
  • Ditty Diego / Monkees Rap
  • Listen To The Band
  • I’m A Believer
  • Davy’s solo song “Manchester Boy” was played during the acoustic set on 4/8/89 in Manchester, England.  At the 4/24/89 Reading, England show, “You And I” (Dolenz, Jones, Boyce and Hart version) was performed.


The Monkees’ first visit to Europe since 1967 brought a sell-out crowd to nearly every venue and the media extensively covered their return.  Most of the tour centered in the United Kingdom.  The Monkees were in such high demand that extra dates had to be added to the original schedule.  A performance in Holland on April 21, 1989 was broadcasted on European radio.  British band Seven opened up for the Monkees at most dates.  The tour kicked off with a press conference at London’s Hard Rock Cafe in early March.

The band undertook an exhaustive media campaign prior to the tour.  Amongst other things, UK record label K-Tel released the album “Hey Hey It’s The Monkees Greatest Hits” which jumped to #12 on the British charts and sold over 100,000 copies, spurred by a massive TV and radio campaign.  The album went gold, and the Monkees were presented with a gold record at the final show in Reading, England on April 24, 1989.

These critically acclaimed concerts included several of the skits performed during the 1987 North American tour.  A very well received acoustic set was added to the show, featuring Peter on the acoustic guitar.  Micky played the drums often, Peter switched back and forth between electric and lead guitar, keyboards and banjo, and Davy played the tambourine and maracas.  Yet another new band (with the horn section returning) was chosen to back the three Monkees on this tour.  The backing band consisted of Doug Trevor (rhythm guitar), Glyn Evans (bass), Frankie Hepburn (guitar), Martin Wilde (drums), Mark Hayley (keyboards), Lawrie Hayley (backing vocals), Mike Smith (saxophone), Noel Langley (trumpet) and Andy Bush (trumpet).

The Nesmith tribute songs in the acoustic set (“Good Clean Fun,” “Papa Gene’s Blues” and “What Am I Doing Hangin’ ‘Round?”) were played at selected concerts only.  “MGBGT” and “Every Step Of The Way” were added to or deleted from the set on any given night as well.

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