MICKY DOLENZ, the lead-singer of the legendary group The Monkees (who are just wrapping up the first-leg of their summer, 45th Anniversary tour) comes to Long Island, this Friday, at Copiague’s Tanner Park. Tanner will be Dolenz’s first date on his own summer-tour, which includes a series of dates around the country.
Says Dolenz, “It’s been a particularly active spring and summer; I finished up the U.K. production of ‘Hairspray’ (where he essayed Wilbur Turnblad) in May; started The Monkees-tour with tens shows in the U.K., and have been crossing the country ever since. It’s been just great; we’re doing all the songs and the reaction has just been great … really tremendous.”
The artist says the his solo shows contain a bunch of different songs, including several songs from his critically-praised solo album of last year called KING FOR A DAY (Gigatone Records); which had the artist performing 13 songs from writer Carole King. “The Monkees had some of the best songwriters ever, Neil Diamond, Nilsson, Boyce and Hart, Paul Williams, and of course, Carole, so it was a real joy to make that album. It’s something I wanted to do for years.” Dolenz and his band will perform “Sometime In The Morning” and “Crying In The Rain” from that album.
He’ll also perform some of the classic Monkee-hits in their original form. “I think it’s only fair to let the audience hear what they want to hear. A reggae-version of one of our hits might not be the smartest thing to do, right?”
He’ll continue with both shows until at least October and then there are some pending offers from some Broadway-shows waiting for him. “I’ve done AIDA, GREASE, HAIRSPRAY … and, love it. Musical theater is a tremendous outlet to flex those other muscles.”