But on a much brighter note, it was announced last month that the three surviving members of the band – Peter Tork, Micky Dolenz, and Michael Nesmith – have decided to reunite for a concert tour this fall.
Billed as An Evening with the Monkees, the 12-date tour will be the first time the trio have performed together in 15 years.
Earlier this year Dolenz took part in the Happy Together Tour, performing Monkees hits on a nostalgia-fueled traveling bill that also featured Flo & Eddie of the Turtles and the Buckinghams. Dolenz, Tork, and the late Jones have also frequently reunited for Monkees reunion tours over the years.
However arguably the biggest cache to this current reunion tour is the addition of the famously reclusive Nesmith. Frequently known as the “missing Monkee,” the singer/guitarist has generally avoided most attempts to involve him in past Monkees reunions.
The Monkees came to fame in the mid-to-late Sixties as a prefab TV version of the Beatles. However with the well-scrubbed and cheeky charisma of the group’s four members, well-constructed vocal harmonies, and many of the best songwriters in the business penning songs for them, the Monkees produced a number of hits that can now be regarded as legitimate classics from the era.
They also famously attempted to give Jimi Hendrix his big break in America by featuring the Experience as their opening act. Unfortunately at the time, the legendary guitar hero’s wild-man antics proved too much for the Monkees’ teeny-bopper audience.
The An Evening with the Monkees tour kicks off in in early November in Escondido, CA and wraps in New York December 2nd. The band are schedule to appear at the Greek in L.A. on November 10.