The Monkees’ Mike Nesmith and Micky Dolenz will touch on all aspects of the legendary band’s 50-year career when they kick off their tour Friday, June 1, at Chandler Center for the Arts.
“This is the first time Mike and I have done a show together—just the two of us,” Dolenz says.
Over the years, Nesmith has sporadically joined original members of The Monkees on tours as he keeps busy with his business, Videoranch. Previously, Dolenz toured with Davy Jones, who died in 2012.
“A few years ago, Peter (Tork) and I went on the road, just the two of us, because Nes couldn’t make it that year,” Dolenz explains. “Somebody brought up the topic of Nes and I touring together, and we met and chatted about it a couple of times and we thought, ‘Why not?’”
Nesmith and Dolenz, along with a backing band, will celebrate The Monkees’ career, from their 1966 debut hit “Last Train to Clarksville,” to their 2016 album, Good Times. The Mike and Micky Show will incorporate all the classic songs including “I’m a Believer,” “Daydream Believer,” “Pleasant Valley Sunday,” and “Listen to the Band.” Songs from Nesmith’s band, First National Band, will be included as well.
“We always do the big Monkees hits in their entirety—no medleys or anything—so that doesn’t change a whole lot,” Dolenz says.
Choosing the touring musicians was a collaborative effort for Dolenz and Nesmith. “For me, the musicians obviously have to be able to play the music and have the sensibility for that kind of music,” he says. “The Monkees’ music is pop rock.
“I have tended to surround myself with people who enjoy the music. You can hire a musician who plays really well, but isn’t crazy about the music. But it’s also important to have people who travel well. On tour, we have a joke. ‘They pay us to travel. We sing for free.’ Any musician would probably agree with that.’”
The Monkees Present the Mike and Micky Show, Chandler Center for the Arts, 250 N. Arizona Avenue, Chandler, 480.782.2680, chandlercenter.org, 7:30 p.m. Friday, June 1, $48-$88.