The Monkees to celebrate 45th Anniversary with 1st live performances in a decade

Music News | Mar 2nd, 2011

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Here they come…again…hey, hey, it’s The Monkees! 45 years after their groundbreaking show and hit singles first took televisions and record players by storm, original Monkees members Davy Jones, Micky Dolenz and Peter Tork are proud to announce a new tour to dazzle five decades’ worth of fans. An Evening with The Monkees – The 45th Anniversary Tour launches on June 3rd at Atlanta’s Chastain Park and rolls through more than 30 cities before concluding July 15th in Los Angeles. These shows mark the first live performances by the band in a full decade, and are sure to draw yet another generation of fans to their one-of-a-kind mix of music and comedy.

“We need to share this music once again as people want to hear music from times that made them happy,” said Davy Jones. “The records are being played all the time. And, the fans are still there… So, we’re going to do it.” Micky Dolenz added, “I’m looking forward to getting back together with my old buddies for some good ol’ rock and roll.” Peter Tork concludes, “Each one of the tours we do is more fun than the one before.”

Tickets go on sale beginning on March 4th. Fans should check local listings and for updated ticketing and tour information.

On The Monkees 45th Anniversary Tour, audiences will get a full multimedia experience celebrating nearly a half-century of the band’s legacy. Jones, Dolenz and Tork will appear live on stage to perform all of their mega-hits including “I’m a Believer,””Last Train to Clarksville,” “Daydream Believer,” “Pleasant Valley Sunday,” “(I’m Not Your) Steppin’ Stone,” “Valleri” and, for the first time ever onstage, songs from their classic albums and rarely heard selections from their cult classic movie, Head. In addition, songs and videos will be broadcast throughout the venue to provide a soundtrack before and after the main show, featuring Monkees rarities as well as covers by the legions of past and present artists they’ve influenced over their long career.

Formed in Los Angeles in 1966, The Monkees debuted on television screens with their eponymous NBC series and #1 hit single “Last Train to Clarksville.” The show was a smash success over its two-season run, winning two Emmy Awards. While becoming pop culture icons, the band’s musical accomplishments were just as impressive, as The Monkees are among the top-selling artists of all time. They scored a dozen Billboard Top 40 hits-outselling both The Beatles and The Rolling Stones in 1967-as well as Top 10 hits in more than 25 countries. The Monkees are the only artists ever to have four #1 albums in the same year, and they also enjoyed the top-grossing tours of both 1967 and 1986, when they performed 145 dates in North America alone. MTV and Nickelodeon’s re-broadcasts of original episodes of The Monkees ignited a whole new era of “Monkeemania” in the 1980s, as younger generations discovered the group for the first time. Throughout the 1990s and 2000s, the band’s original members have reformed for albums of new material as well as anniversary tours and TV specials. The Monkees tour in 2011 will continue their epic legacy into yet another decade.

An Evening with The Monkees – The 45th Anniversary Tour North American Itinerary

Fri. June 3 Atlanta, GA Chastain Park
Sat. June 4 Clearwater, FL Ruth Eckerd Hall
Sun. June 5 Pompano Beach, FL Pompano Beach Amphitheater
Mon. June 6 Jacksonville, FL Florida Theatre
Wed. June 8 Glen Allen, VA Innsbrook Snagajob Pavilion
Thurs. June 9 Morristown, NJ Mayo Center for the Performing Arts
Fri. June 10 Uncasville, CT Mohegan Sun Casino
Sat. June 11 Niagara Falls, ONT Fallsview Casino Resort
Sun. June 12 Niagara Falls, ONT Fallsview Casino Resort
Wed. June 15 Lowell, MA Lowell Memorial Auditorium
Thurs. June 16 New York, NY Beacon Theatre
Fri. June 17 Westbury, NY Theatre at Westbury
Sat. June 18 Atlantic City, NJ The Borgata
Sun. June 19 Vienna, VA Filene Center at Wolftrap
Mon. June 20 Hershey, PA Hershey Theatre
Wed. June 22 Pittsburgh, PA Stage AE
Thurs. June 23 Detroit, MI Fox Theatre
Fri. June 24 Columbus, OH LC Lifestyle Pavilion
Sat. June 25 Cincinnati, OH Aronoff Center
Sun. June 26 Indianapolis, IN Murat Theatre
Wed. June 29 Waukegan, IL Genesee Theatre
Thurs. June 30 Merrillville, IN Star Plaza Theatre
Fri. July 1 Minneapolis, MN Minneapolis Zoo Amphitheatre
Sat. July 2 Minneapolis, MN Minneapolis Zoo Amphitheatre
Tues. July 5 Denver, CO Paramount Theatre
Fri. July 8 Tacoma, WA Pantages Theater at Broadway Center
Sat. July 9 Portland, OR Sleep Country Amphitheater
Sun. July 10 Saratoga, CA Mountain Winery
Wed. July 13 Bakersfield, CA Fox Theatre
Thurs. July 14 Santa Ynez, CA Chumash Casino
Fri. July 15 Cabazon, CA Morongo Casino
Sat. July 16 Los Angeles, CA The Greek Theatre

More concert dates to be added.


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