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Ovation: Surviving Monkees To Reunite For Davy Jones Tribute Tour.

08/12/2012

When I was a kid, I lived for Saturday morning cartoons.  My younger brother and I shared a bedroom on the second floor of our house and my parents slept on the ground floor.  I remember, excited by the opportunity to watch cartoons, sitting at the top of the stairs shouting “Is it 7:00 yet”!” at the top of my lungs.  Of course, my parents’ intentions were to sleep in on Saturday mornings and my shouts prevented them from doing so.

I remember when The Monkees was a Saturday morning program, mixed in among the animated staples of Scooby Doo, Where Are You? and, Looney Tunes and the other “live action” programs like The Banana Splits.  I loved them all and, back then, Saturday mornings on network television was really the only opportunity to see them.  We didn’t have a Cartoon Network, DVDs, DRVs or DV-anything else.  We only had Saturday mornings.  I loved Saturday mornings and I loved The Monkees.

Most thought the show was a blatant attempt to cash in on the success and popularity of the Beatles as the group of four encountered interesting events and predicaments that while including their music within each episode’s quickly paced comedy.  They always looked like they were having fun.

Recently, the surviving Monkees, Michael Nesmith, Micky Dolenz and Peter Tork (fourth member, Davy Jones, died of a heart attack in February 2012) announced that they would reunite for a short tour this fall.  The Davy Jones Tribute Tour is scheduled to begin in Escondido, California on November 8, 2012 and run for twelve concerts.  Rumor has it that, if the tour is successful, they’ll bring their music to England for additional performances.

This comeback marks the first time the group has played together since 1997.  The tour will include performances of their biggest hits accompanied by a multi-media show filled with rare films and photographs.  I think it would be interesting to hear their music, live, without the playful vocals of Davy Jones.  Some of the songs that they recorded are still as enjoyable today as they were forty-plus years ago.  Here’s another bit of nostalgia to get your foot tapping.

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7 Comments
  1. The cynic in me thinks these “tours” are just an excuse for the surviving members to get together and make some money.

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  2. wcdameron permalink

    Here we come, walking down the street….I used to love hearing the opening song.

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  3. Nora permalink

    Trust me, Mike Nesmith is set for a very nice life a few times over-he is not in this for the money!

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