The Monkees “Farewell Tour,” with the song stylings of Micky Dolenz and Michael Nesmith, has proved the group’s talent transcends time and loss. Fans have come out of pandemic cocoons to welcome their favorite group as the now duo has traveled across the United States.
The Monkees ‘Farewell Tour’ Brings Past to Present
A fateful TV pilot inspired by the Beatles’ “A Hard Day’s Night” brought the four young lads together in 1965. “The Monkees” Emmy winning show would be just the beginning for the group of newfound friends. The success of their series led to the release of their self-titled debut album in 1966. Syndication and an abundance of talent have kept The Monkees relevant allowing for new generations of fans to continuously grow since their introduction.
In an array of embodiments, the four members have returned to the stage in the 2000s to entertain adoring fans in a new decade. Dolenz with Davy Jones and Peter Tork toured in 2011. In 2012 Jones suddenly passed away from a heart attack. Shock and sadness fell upon fandom and Nesmith found himself back in tune with his bandmates to carry on touring for a few years.
Celebrating the 50th anniversary of the band in 2016 had Dolenz and Tork taking over as a duo while Nesmith took a break. The anniversary year was celebrated as well with the release of the band’s first album since 1996 “Justus.” “Good Times!” proved The Monkees’ highest chart-topping LP in 48 years.
In 2018 Nesmith stepped back in when health concerns prevented Tork from performing. Tork, unfortunately, passed after fighting cancer. The two remaining bandmates toured as “The Mike and Micky Show” throughout 2019.
Touring and performing were sidelined while a world coped with a serious pandemic. This
allowed the time needed for Dolenz to create a new album of his own – with aid from Nesmith.
The Monkees “Farewell Tour” arrived on the heels of the Monkees’ beloved drummer’s “Dolenz Sings Nesmith” release in which he sings songs written by his bandmate Nesmith. Dolenz proved his wonderful range on the album and the bandmates prove their still amazing never-ending talent performing hits old and new in person.
Also, during pandemic, in April 2020 “The Monkees – The Mike & Micky Show Live” was released – the group’s 17th Billboard charting album.
The Monkees ‘Farewell Tour’ Celebrates Old and New Hits
Saying a final farewell is bittersweet for fans and the remaining group members. The concert proves a cathartic experience in a way similar to a memorial. Fond memories of the bandmates lost fill one’s mind listening to remaining members sing in melodic glory.
Dolenz and Nesmith carry on in beautiful harmony as if all four members are on stage while bringing their own contemporary sense of song styling. Not only did they perform fan favorites of the past but also newfound hits. Dolenz certainly proves his years of talent as he wowed the audience taking over Jones’ vocals for “Daydream Believer.”
The Monkees “Farewell Tour” was not just a concert but a time to reminisce. Wonderful stories were shared by both Dolenz and Nesmith. Nez mesmerized the audience with his folksy dialog about The Monkees and his songwriting. While the group celebrated their many hits written by well-known outsiders, Nesmith is to be commended for his wonderful contributions as well. The audience cheered as Nesmith sang the song he wrote for The Monkees, “Good Clean Fun,” with the telling lyric “Cause I told you I’d come back, and here I am.”
Shifting from the tried and true songs of their TV stardom days to modern remixes off Dolenz’s “Dolenz Sings Nesmith,” and brand new songs from their “Good Times!” album. Dolenz took delight in telling the story of how the TV show turned down Nez’s “Different Drum” – stating at the time that it wasn’t a song The Monkees would sing. A young Linda Ronstadt picked it up to turn it into a hit. Dolenz has his own recent U.K. chart-topping version.
The Monkees ‘Farewell Tour’ Showcases Endless Talent
No one could dare state that Dolenz and Nesmith have not stayed relevant. Although no longer 20-somethings now for a while, the two perform as if they still are.
Their hit 2016 LP proved The Monkees still could turn out modern hits collaborating with newer songwriters. For The Monkees’ “Farewell Tour” the duo sang “Birth of an Accidental Hipster,” written by The Jam’s Paul Weller and Oasis frontman Noel Gallagher specifically for The Monkees. Performed as well was the song written by Ben Gibbard of Death Cab for Cutie – “Me & Magdalena.”
Ending the show the guys sang to the loving audience their tried and true hit, “Daydream Believer.” throughout the program the fans gave sporadic standing ovations with the ultimate thank you of an entire audience, standing, cheering, and singing along to the final number.
The tour proves to be a hit as fans bid a tearful goodbye to two men who have shared most of their lives. No one contemplated that the band would become more than just a simple TV show. Yet, it helped change the landscape of music providing a “friendly” avenue during the very somber time of war and civil unrest. The spirit of beyond talented playful boys, even after death and in their stage of men of a certain age, is truly celebrated in The Monkees “Farewell Tour.”
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