Micky Dolenz has just announced the release of MICKY DOLENZ LIVE AT B. B. KING’s, recorded last October 19 at the club’s outpost in NYC.
Introduced by Q104.3’s Jim Kerr, Micky and his solo band deliver a solid 23-song set to the sold-out crowd (which included a very enthusiastic Tony Danza front-and-center); from the astonishing Monkees-catalog: “She,” “Last Train To Clarksville,” “Daydream Believer,” “I’m A Believer,” to a sampling from his most recent solo album Remember (“Sugar, Sugar”) as well as such Dolenz favorites as “D. W. Washburn,” from the play Smokey Joe’s Café which he appeared in; and, a full-on version of The Beatles’ “Oh Darling” and Jimi Hendrix’s “Purple Haze.”
There also an inspired duet with his band-mate, and sister Coco Dolenz, on “Blackbird.”
Adds Dolenz, “The first live show I remember doing was the Christmas show at my mom’s church. I was around four and I recited ‘Twas The Night Before Christmas.’ I actually remember it because I was scared to death and it surely traumatized me deeply. The next live show was with my sister Coco; and, the venue was our living room. The last gig I did before The Monkees was at a cocktail lounge in a bowling alley. Then MonkeeBusiness and all of the insanity that ensued playing live in front of thousands of adoring fans and singing great classic hits. And, now, here I am LIVE AT B. B. King’s headlining. And, being supported by one of the best bands I have ever worked with. How cool is that?
Says producer Wayne Avers (and, Dolenz’s musical director), “The album came out great! It captures all the excitement of our live show; you can hear the crowd roar, as well as the high quality sound of a studio recording. Co-produced by John Billings and myself, we brought in a engineer to B. B. King’s , with a high tech digital recording rig, to fully capture exactly what was coming off the stage as well as the audience. No fancy studio tricks were needed; this truly represents what we do and sound like on stage.”