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Mike Nesmith and the surviving Monkees to tour this fall
Mike Nesmith will reunite with fellow Monkees Micky Dolenz and Peter Tork for a twelve concert U.S. tour set for this November.
Nesmith is teaming up with the surviving Monkees on stage for the first time in 15 years.The concerts are also the group’s first shows since the passing of Davy Jones last February.
Nesmith humorously announced the tour on his Facebook page at the end of a post talking about the “miracle”gazpacho he had cooked at home last night, and the Mars Rover’s latest mission. “Nothing else much to report" Nesmith said." I see they put a car on Mars—that was kind of amusing of course. And Micky and Peter and I are going to do twelve concerts in November here in the States”. Hours before, Nesmith mysteriously posted, “We may be coming to your town” with no other details.
Nesmith only previously toured with the reunited Monkees in March 1997 for a series of British concerts promoting their album and TV special “Justus”. Coincidentally, Nesmith will perform solo concerts in London, Manchester, and Glasgow this October. He made just two guest appearances onstage in Los Angeles during the 1980’s with Jones, Dolenz, and Tork. Three months ago, he performed a short set at San Francisco’s Great American Music Hall.
Nesmith also recently announced on his Facebook page that he had been experiencing eyesight problems beginning in 2007. By January 12 of this year, Nesmith said he was legally blind. With a recommendation from a fellow musician, Nesmith made an appointment with a Monterey, California area opthamologist. Nesmith was diagnosed with cataracts, followed up with successful eye surgery. Perhaps the eye problems and passing of Jones has inspired Nesmith to perform more in public.
Jones’s last shows with Tork and Dolenz as The Monkees came last summer during the group’s 45thAnniversary Tour of the U.S. and the U.K. Dolenz has an album titled “Remember” set for release next month. Tork recorded the album, “Cambria Hotel” with his band Shoe Suede Blues in 2007. Nesmith’s most recent solo album was 2006’s “Rays”. His musician son Christian will be joining his father and the other Monkees onstage for the upcoming tour.
The Monkees tour begins on November 8 in Escondido, California, ending December 2 in New York City. Presale tickets will be available tomorrow for the Cupertino,Minneapolis, Chicago, Philadelphia, New Brunswick,Huntington, and New York City shows. The Escondido show's presale starts this Friday, while the Los Angeles and Cleveland area concert ticket presale takes place on August 16. Tickets for The Monkees Santa Barbara concert go on sale Saturday.
The Monkees 2012 tour dates:
11/8 Escondido, CA - California Center for the Arts-
11/9 Santa Barbara, CA - The Arlington Theatre
11/10 Los Angeles, CA - Greek Theatre
11/11 Cupertino, CA - Flint Center for the Performing Arts
11/15 Minneapolis, MN - State Theatre
11/16 Chicago, IL - The Chicago Theatre
11/17 Cleveland, OH - Lakewood Civic Auditorium
11/18 Buffalo, NY - The Center For The Arts
11/29 Philadelphia, PA - Keswick Theatre
11/30 New Brunswick, NJ - State Theatre Regional Arts Center
12/1 Huntington, NY - The Paramount
12/2 New York, NY - The Beacon Theatre
Universal Amphitheatre, Los Angeles1989
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