August 3, 1986 |
The Monkees, who will perform two shows today at the Mann Music Center, are one of the oddest pop phenomenons in the history of rock music. Conceived in cynicism, dedicated to the crassest commercialism, the Monkees nonetheless produced music that is still fun to listen to - their best work holds up. This judgment is based on a recent listen to Then & Now . . . The Best of the Monkees (Arista), a fine collection of the Monkees' greatest hits, plus one new song, "That Was Then, This Is Now. " Then & Now collects virtually all the Monkees' music worth owning, including such big hits as "Last Train to Clarksville," "I'm a Believer," "Pleasant Valley Sunday" and "Daydream Believer.
August 1, 1986 |
The Monkees will perform two shows at the Mann Music Center on Sunday. This is part of the group's national tour and includes three of the Monkees' original members: Micky Dolenz, Davy Jones and Peter Tork. (The fourth Monkee, Mike Nesmith, declined to tour.) In the mid- and late 1960s, the Monkees were four merry moptops making rock-and-roll - the television version of the Beatles, stars of a sitcom with music that, in retrospect, can be seen as the forerunner of rock videos.
November 23, 2012 |
It's been an intense year for Micky Dolenz, the singer, drummer, and director first made famous by his time as one of the Monkees, pop music's first televisual confection. And his time continues: The band is on the road for a 12-date tour that takes them to the Keswick Theatre on Thursday. This year Dolenz released a solo album, Remember , in which he covers songs most important to him, with cool stories attached. He covers the Beatles' "Good Morning, Good Morning" - because he was present, at Paul McCartney's invitation, during that tune's original recording for Sgt. Pepper's Lonely Hearts Club Band.
May 30, 1986 |
Hey, hey we're the Monkees People thought we monkeyed around But TV's made us stars again And now we're coming to your town!!! "We didn't exactly invent music videos," allows Monkee man Micky Dolenz. "After all, movie musicals had been around for decades. "But the Monkees were the first rock group created for TV and made by television. It blew the music establishment's mind, because we went around the system, 'cause we didn't 'pay our dues.' And some thick-headed critics killed us for not being self-contained, a 'real group.
May 30, 1986 |
Davy Jones was discussing the rigors of rehearsal, the wear and tear on the legs caused by cavorting on a practice stage. "The thing is," he said, "I'm not supposed to be 40 years old - I'm supposed to be 20. " Jones, you see, is a Monkee - one of the three Monkees who are together again for a 20th anniversary reunion tour that will begin at the Tropicana Hotel & Casino tonight. Joining him will be Micky Dolenz and Peter Tork (Michael Nesmith is not making the tour). And, yes, they're all supposed to be 20. They were freeze-dried at that age by television and a hit series, The Monkees, that turned these lads into instant superstars and darlings of the teeny-bopper set. It was a giddy ride on top, even though it lasted less than three years.
June 17, 2011
HEY, HEY, they're the Monkees ! And while they may not be coming to our town, they'll be close enough tomorrow night at Borgata Hotel, Casino & Spa in Atlantic City. For the first time in a decade, the Monkees - specifically, three-fourths thereof - are back on the road recreating the hits that, for a couple of years in the late-1960s, put them at the top of the pop music heap. While it's certainly a momentous occasion for those fans who remember the September 1966 debut of "The Monkees" on NBC-TV, the impetus behind this latest reunion is pretty mundane.
March 9, 2012 |
BEAVERTOWN, Pa. - In death, you could say, Monkees singer Davy Jones is on tour again. His funeral was Wednesday in West Palm Beach, Fla. Memorials are planned in Los Angeles, New York City, and his native England. But amid the global fanfare, legions of social-media-savvy fans are flocking to this rural Pennsylvania borough for a modest commemoration. Tiny Beavertown, 160 miles northwest of Philadelphia, is honoring Jones on Saturday with a four-hour event to celebrate his music and pay tribute to a fondly remembered resident.
January 14, 1994 |
Davy Jones says he's no longer the "squeaky little guy with the stars in his eyes who always gets the girl. " Yet he knows deep down that he will always be perceived as just that. Davy Jones, after all, was a Monkee. He will always be a Monkee. And this isn't such a terrible thing, he says. Jones currently is the guest star in Roger Minami's Pom Pom revue at Merv Griffin's Resorts Casino Hotel. The theme of this show is the music of the 1950s and '60s, which makes Jones a natural, since the Monkees were created in the mid '60s.
December 1, 2012 |
'Once upon a time" - as Peter Tork once succinctly narrated the Monkees' story - "four lads got together, not entirely by their own choice. " Over the course of nearly 50 years, the Monkees have evolved from a thrown-together sitcom cash-in on the mop-topped bands of the 1960s to pop icons on a par with those classic rockers. Still, the reunion of Mickey Dolenz, Peter Tork and Michael Nesmith at the Keswick on Thursday was once again not entirely by choice. The occasion, which marks Nesmith's first U.S. tour with the band since 1969, was prompted by the sudden death of Davy Jones in February.