The Monkees Schedule First Tour Without Davy Jones
The surviving members of the Monkees have announced that they will head out on their first tour as a group since the death of singer Davy Jones in February of this year.
The tour, which will run from early November to early December of this year, will also mark the first tour of any kind the group has performed in 15 years, with their most recent outing being a short stint in the U.K. in 1997.
The first show of the tour will be held at the California Center for the Arts on November 8, and the tour is scheduled to run through a December 2 appearance at the Beacon Theatre in New York City. In between those dates, the band will also visit Santa Barbara, Calif.; Los Angeles; Cupertino, Calif.; Minneapolis; Chicago; Cleveland, Ohio; Buffalo; Philadelphia; New Brunswick, N.J. and Huntington, N.Y.
Monkees member Mike Nesmith said this seems like the perfect time for a tour.
“This seems like a good time – the right time,” he said. “Who knows when we will get another chance?”
It was also announced that Davy Jones will be saluted “in the show’s multimedia content,” according to a statement. Jones died of a heart attack at the age of 66.
Jones was the only Englishman in the group that was put together to star in the television show “The Monkees,” which ran on NBC from 1966-1968. The show was inspired by the Beatles, and in particular their film “Hard Day’s Night.”
The group’s first self-titled album was released the same year their television show premiered, and featured the hit “Last Train to Clarksville,” as well as the well-known “(Theme from) The Monkees.” The More of the Monkees album was released the following year, and featured one of the band’s all-time biggest hits, “I’m a Believer,” which was written by Neil Diamond.