Just saw the Monkees play a 50th Anniversary show in Washington, DC. I’ve seen their 20th in Sarasota, FL and their 30th in London, UK. I love them. I was born after the show was off the air but I grew up watching reruns in the 70’s and then on MTV in the 80’s. I’ve even got a Michael Nesmith lyric tattooed on my forearm, in his handwriting.
See, not kidding about my love of the band.
Headquarters was the first album where they had artistic control. Enjoy.
Michael just posted this on his Facebook page –
Notes from the road — summer 2013 Monkees tour
A friend of mine out here told me a story I found interesting so I thought I would pass it on.
A famous composer and wife — along in years — recently applied for life insurance for him. They expected it would be expensive given his age.
The agent asked what he was doing these days and the composer shyly dodged the question, but she spoke up and said they were traveling quite a bit. They were going from city to city by invitation to attend performances of his works and accolades from his fans.
The agent hardly skipped a beat and said “Oh, then we can add ten years to his life expectancy. We call it the “applause” factor”.
It made sense to me. Applause is appreciation and appreciation is increase. I think it is one of the reasons gratitude is such a powerful and happy state of mind.
I’ve certainly been getting my share on this tour. The crowds have been fantastic — singing along and shouting and clapping. They seem to be having the best time. I see huge smiles everywhere we are playing — young and old. I’m trying to give back as much as I get but its hard. I don’t think I have ever been on the receiving end of so much joy. Appreciation, indeed.
It makes me very happy, too — and it makes me feel good — physically feel good. Sometimes I find myself spontaneously laughing with delight in the middle of a song. I look out at the crowds and they are beautiful. I tell them so — but the comment pales in comparison to what they give to us.
It is a nice touch.
We are in Austin starting the Texas leg of the tour. Lots of friends here and lots to look forward too.
Austin is also the “hump” for us — the point in the tour when there are fewer dates before you than there are behind you — the halfway point.
We will celebrate with Aaron Franklin’s barbecue and a friendly hang at the Hotel tomorrow — a traditional “over the hump” road party. Just the band and crew and a few friends.
Another nice touch.
The Monkees at the Warner Theatre, 7/21/13. Peter Percival Patterson’s Pet Pig Porky going right into Pleasant Valley Sunday.
The Monkees at the Warner Theatre, 7/21/13. Listen to the Band
The Monkees at the Warner Theatre, 7/21/13. Daily Nightly / Mike as Moog
The Monkees at the Warner Theatre, 7/21/13. Words.
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”
“Sweet Young Thing”
“I’m a Believer”
“(I’m Not Your) Steppin’ Stone”
“You Told Me”
“You Just May Be the One”
“The Girl I Knew Somewhere”
“Early Morning Blues And Greens”
“Randy Scouse Git”
“For Pete’s Sake”
“Can You Dig It? ”
“As We Go Along”
“Daddy’s Song” (video montage from Head)
“Long Title: Do I Have to Do This All Over Again”
“What Am I Doing Hangin’ ‘Round?”
“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.
This was the last song of the show – Pleasant Valley Sunday.
This is song #7, the first of two encores. Band intros are at the end. Video is kind of wibbly*. Go-Go Dancer chick was all over the place in front of me.
*Thank you Love Actually / Keira Knightley.
One of the most amusing bits of the night was the following. Mike’s song, Daily Nightly was the first pop song to feature a Moog Synthesizer. Here’s how they performed it.
Also, Psychedelic go-go chick’s dancing hands make an appearance. I actually tapped her at one point because she was interfering with all of our views.
(This post goes hand in hand with this one, where Mike talks about how they decided to do it and how social media affects things today.)