I loved The Monkees. As a child, I watched the show on reruns in the 70’s. As a teen I watched MTV bring back Monkee mania. The first time I saw them in concert was July 4th, 1986, at the Sarasota County Fairgrounds. It was their 20th Anniversary tour and it was just Davy, Micky and Peter. It was amazing to the seventeen year old me.
Eleven years later, I was a married mother of two living in London. On March 19, 1997, I got to see the 30th anniversary show with Mike. Beyond amazing. I always loved his songs and seeing him perform them live was great. Fast forward to March 6th, 2001. We saw Davy, Micky and Peter perform in Atlanta. It was weird – it was all acoustic.
It is 2012. I still love the Monkees. I was saddened to hear of Davy Jones’ passing in February. I follow Mike on Facebook and posted his thoughts here. He’s very eloquent and sometimes verbose but he is a wordsmith and I enjoy reading what he writes.
For a month or so he’s been posting about a tour that he is doing in the UK this October. Yesterday, a cryptic post appeared on his page – “We may be coming to your town.” The Monkees Facebook page posted this –
At midnight EST Mike posted the following:
So the big news from here is that I made the most amazing gazpacho tonight — miracle gazpacho. A miracle because I have no idea how I did it and could never do it again.
But the really big news — astounding — is that I suddenly understand that it is the red Bell pepper that makes the gazpacho red — not the tomato — which is what I always thought. Amazing.
Another jaw dropper was that the only cracker I had left — a very nice garlic and chive flat bread cracker — fell out of the bag it was in because I was inadvertently holding it upside down and it fell on the floor and broke into dozens of pieces.
So just as I was about to eat the miracle gazpacho the only cracker I had was useless in pieces on the floor. Talk about drama — man its just so hard sometimes.
But that’s all the news from here. Nothing else much to report. 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.
That’s really all I’ve got. Going to bed now. I’ll post pictures of the cracker and the gazpacho tomorrow, maybe. Maybe not.
And then look what I found on TheMonkees.net –
Some people are upset that this tour is happening after Davy is gone. Honestly, I’m not bothered by it. As a tiny peep, I might have liked Davy’s songs because they were cute but as an adult, they seem too sweet and a little contrived. Mike’s stuff was always my favorite. Seeing him do Listen to the Band / The Porpoise Song in London was a highlight of the show. I’m sure Davy’s hits can be done by Micky, or even another singer if they choose. The three toured for years without Mike and it’s OK with me if the remaining three tour without Davy.