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The Monkees – Peter Tork

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I was a child of the 1970s. Reruns of The Monkees show were a highlight of my tv viewing youth.

Yesterday, Peter Tork died. I think Neil Gaiman said it really well –

I got to see them in 1986 when it was Davy, Micky, and Peter. Even better, I got to see them in London in 1997 when the 4 had a reunion for Justus. The show was phenomenal.

The Monkees – Pleasant Valley Sunday- Live

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The Monkees at the Warner Theatre, 7/21/13. Peter Percival Patterson’s Pet Pig Porky going right into Pleasant Valley Sunday.

Monkees Tour 2013 Set List

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The Monkees had their first show of their 2013 Tour last night at the Capitol Theater in Port Chester, New York. Rolling Stone has already put a review up.

They include a set list.

“Last Train To Clarksville”
“Papa Gene’s Blues”
“Your Auntie  Grizelda”
“The Kind Of Girl I Could Love”
“She”
“Sweet Young  Thing”
“I’m a Believer”
“(I’m Not Your) Steppin’ Stone”
“You Told  Me”
“Sunny Girlfriend”
“You Just May Be the One”
“Mary, Mary”
“The  Girl I Knew Somewhere”
“Early Morning Blues And Greens”
“Randy Scouse  Git”
“For Pete’s Sake”
“No Time”
“Words”
“Daily Nightly”
“Tapioca  Tundra”
“Goin’ Down”
“Porpoise Song”
“Can You Dig It? ”
“Circle  Sky”
“As We Go Along”
“Daddy’s Song” (video montage from Head)
“Long Title: Do I Have to Do This  All Over Again”
“Daydream Believer”
“What Am I Doing Hangin’ ‘Round?”

Encore:
“Listen To The Band”
“Peter Percival Patterson’s Pet Pig  Porky”
“Pleasant Valley Sunday”

They’ve added WORDS, one of my favorite Micky songs. I love this song so much, I quoted it on my Senior yearbook page. Also love Peter’s bits – I prefer his serious singing over his silly stuff.

The Monkees – Sweet Young Thing

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I’m on my way to see the Monkees tonight in Huntington, NY.

I AM SO FREAKING EXCITED!!! (Hi, my name is Kara and I have had a thing for Mike Nesmith for, well, 86% of my life.)

Here they are from 11/11 in Cupertino, CA, performing Sweet Young Thing  – it’s kinda acoustic and it showcases Peter’s banjo playing.

 

Monkees Tour Set List

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The hubster sent me a set list from one of the Monkees shows that’s already occurred.

Last Train to Clarksville
Papa Gene’s Blues
Your Auntie Grizelda
She
Sweet Young Thing
I’m a Believer
(I’m Not Your) Steppin’ Stone
I Wanna Be Free (video featuring Davy Jones)
You Told Me
Sunny Girlfriend
You Just May Be the One
Mary, Mary
The Girl I Knew Somewhere
For Pete’s Sake
Early Morning Blues and Greens
Randy Scouse Git
Daily Nightly
Tapioca Tundra
Goin’ Down
Porpoise Song (Theme from Head)
Daddy’s Song
Can You Dig It?
Circle Sky
Do I Have to Do This All Over Again?
Daydream Believer
What Am I Doing Hangin’ ‘Round?

Encore:
Listen to the Band
Pleasant Valley Sunday

The first thing that jumped out at me was “You Told Me”. Thought I’d go to youtube and find a video from the original show. HAH. I can do you one better – a video from their Escondido show on 11/8/12.

Mike Nesmith Touring with the Monkees Broke Ticketmaster

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As I blogged this past Wednesday, Michael Nesmith posted on Facebook that he would be doing twelve shows late this year with Micky Dolenz and Peter Tork. As they don’t, at this time at least, have any shows scheduled for the DC area, the hubster and I decided that a Friday show in NJ would be the best bet.

I am a Ticketmaster pro. In the old days before the internet (yes, there used to be a time when everyone did not have a computer in their home), I’d head to the local TM outlet and wait in line for tickets. Then they went online and I learned to have the page loaded and to keep refreshing at onsale time. I’ve snagged second row seats to shows, fifth row to Paul McCartney, more ticket #1’s to general admission shows than I can count – it’s usually not an issue.

The word must have been out about these tickets going on sale. I have never, ever gotten a pop-up from Ticketmaster telling me basically to just relax as so many people are trying to buy tickets. I have never ever had the Captchas load so freaking slowly. I have never ever had so many pages that said from the first search right as tickets go on sale “nothing available”. I searched for 10 minutes before finally seeing a single seat available in what had to be the last row of the venue. After about 30 minutes what did I see?

SOLD OUT. In about 30 minutes. Man…

OK. On to venue choice number 2 – Huntington, NY. Their onsale was at 10:30. Again – with searching best available – nothing to look at, search after search. Finally found seats in the balcony in the back. Not worth it. Next show choice is Chicago with onsale at 11:00. My initial thought was tie the show in to a weekend visit with the big kid. After about six empty searches found seats about 30 rows back. Then I realized I’d have to pay $1,000 in airline tickets to get there. As the Medium Fry is in school, we’d have to fly in the afternoon of the show. In November. To Chicago. With my luck, there’d be a snowstorm here and there and we’d miss it. No Chicago for us.

As this is a concert I do not want to miss, I sucked it up and went to StubHub. I found 6th row seats at the Huntington Show. I would love to ask the seller what their secret is to Ticketmaster.

The Monkees are going on tour. With Mike.

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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.