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MICKY DOLENZ, LEAD SINGER AND DRUMMER OF THE MONKEES WILL GIVE FANS SPECIAL OPPORTUNITY TO MEET HIM AT J&R MUSIC WORLD CD SIGNING, NYC, OCTOBER 17

Micky Dolenz, will be in NYC from October 14th-20th and has just confirmed a CD signing at J&R Music World onWednesday, October 17th, starting at 12:30 pm. On October 19th he’ll play a very special show at BB King’s which will be recorded for a later Live Album release. Micky just released his new album, Remember (Waterfront Ent. Group/RoboRecords and Universal Music Distribution), which features many songs that mark great milestones in his life, as well as some new songs that offer insight as to where the artist is now. This album was released worldwide on September 25, 2012 with a launch party at Capitol Studios in LA September 26. Press response has already been tremendously supportive including features in the LA Times, AOL Spinner and the lead in a roundup in USA TODAY. This has been an enourmously busy time for Micky, who in addition to this solo release and tour, has been rehearsing for a Monkees reunion tour which kicks off in November.

Produced and largely arranged by David Harris, Remember promises classic tunes that will evoke some cherished memories from listeners of all ages. Dolenz opens up a time capsule of pop hits from decades ago, updating them with a tone that is reminiscent of his younger days as a Monkee and appreciative of the music that continues to inspire him.

The lyrics of the warm ballad, “Remember,” encapsulate this nostalgia—“Remember is a place from long ago / Filled with everything you know / Life is just a memory / Close your eyes and you can see / Think of all that life can be.”

“Remember had just been finished when we heard the tragic news of Davy Jones’ passing” added Rob Christie, President of Robo Records/Waterfront Ent. “which made the theme all the more poignant for Micky.”

The track list of Remember portrays an “audio scrapbook of the important songs in my life that had meant something to me for one reason or another,” according to Dolenz. He incorporates new versions of classic songs, re-imagined. The original writers of these songs range from some of his pals to The Beatles, Carole King, Harry Nilsson, and Neil Diamond.

One of Dolenz’ most exciting memories lies behind his cover of The Beatles’ “Good Morning Good Morning.” He reminisces, “One day, Paul [McCartney] invited me down to Abbey Road studios for a new album they were doing [Sgt. Pepper’s Lonely Hearts Club Band]. I must have expected some kind crazy, love-festival, Beatlemania event so I got dressed accordingly. I must have looked like a cross between Ronald McDonald and Charles Manson!” He was surprised when he got to the studio, since it had plain white walls and the only people there were the Fab Four in jeans and t-shirts, just playing their music. John Lennon called out, “Hey Monkee Man!” and offered to play Dolenz a song they had been working on… “Good Morning Good Morning.” This song was “burned into my neural pathways forever,” he says. And now he performs his own version of it as the lead track on Remember.

Remember also features a cover of the Chuck Berry classic, “Johnny B. Goode,” in homage to the start of his Monkeescareer. “The song was my audition piece for The Monkees, and that’s the song that got me the gig which changed my life forever.” After The Monkees began skyrocketing, Dolenz developed his musical personality even further.

“Several of these tracks are songs that I had been offered [in the past] by incredible song writers and I had turned them down for some stupid reason or another. They went on to become big hits for other artists,” according to Dolenz. For example, “‘Sugar Sugar’ was supposed to be the next Monkees song.” It was the song that caused a historic revolt between The Monkees and their producers. Of course, it went on to become a huge number one hit for the Archies… a cartoon band! Dolenz explains, “I never wanted to do the song, but producer David Harris did an incredible arrangement for this new album and talked me into it. It’s now become one of my favorites on the album!”

Dolenz felt he couldn’t have released this album without including his most famous vocal track of The Monkees, “I’m a Believer,” written by Neil Diamond. “The song became such an important track in my career.” In the re-imagined version on Remember, Dolenz wanted to do something completely different with it. “I’ve always wanted to do a country version of this song, and this was my opportunity. And yes, kids… I recorded this long before Shrek,” Dolenz jokes.

For Micky Dolenz, the friendship that evolved along with the music-making magic was another inspiration for the theme of this album. “We hit upon the title ‘Remember’ because of my dear friend Harry Nilsson, who I was very close to. I was actually there when he wrote the song [“Remember”]… and it stayed with me for the rest of my life.”

Micky Dolenz’ Remember is an enjoyable and fun audio scrapbook of Dolenz’ most cherished memories. It is sure to be a special treat for all audiences ~ Get ready to take a trip down memory lane!

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Micky Dolenz, Lead Singer and Drummer of The Monkees Announces Upcoming Solo Album, ‘Remember’, Poised for Worldwide Release on September 25, 2012

Micky Dolenz, lead singer and drummer of The Monkees is gearing up to release his new album, Remember, which features many songs that mark great milestones in his life, as well as some new songs. This album is scheduled to release worldwide on September 25, 2012 (Waterfront Ent. Group/RoboRecords and Universal Music Distribution).

Produced and largely arranged by David Harris, Remember promises classic tunes that will evoke some cherished memories from listeners of all ages. Dolenz opens up a time capsule of pop hits from decades ago, updating them with a tone that is reminiscent of his younger days as a Monkee and appreciative of the music that continues to inspire him.

The lyrics of the warm ballad, “Remember,” encapsulate this nostalgia—“Remember is a place from long ago / Filled with everything you know / Life is just a memory / Close your eyes and you can see / Think of all that life can be.”

“Remember had just been finished when we heard the tragic news of Davy Jones’ passing” added Rob Christie, President of Robo Records/Waterfront Ent. “which made the theme all the more poignant for Micky.”

The track list of Remember portrays an “audio scrapbook of the important songs in my life that had meant something to me for one reason or another,” according to Dolenz. He incorporates new versions of classic songs, re-imagined. The original writers of these songs range from some of his pals to The Beatles, Carole King, Harry Nilsson, and Neil Diamond.

One of Dolenz’ most exciting memories lies behind his cover of The Beatles’ “Good Morning Good Morning.” He reminisces, “One day, Paul [McCartney] invited me down to Abbey Road studios for a new album they were doing [Sgt. Pepper’s Lonely Hearts Club Band]. I must have expected some kind crazy, love-festival, Beatlemania event so I got dressed accordingly. I must have looked like a cross between Ronald McDonald and Charles Manson!” He was surprised when he got to the studio, since it had plain white walls and the only people there were the Fab Four in jeans and t-shirts, just playing their music. John Lennon called out, “Hey Monkee Man!” and offered to play Dolenz a song they had been working on… “Good Morning Good Morning.” This song was “burned into my neural pathways forever,” he says. And now he performs his own version of it as the lead track on Remember.

Remember also features a cover of the Chuck Berry classic, “Johnny B. Goode,” in homage to the start of his Monkeescareer. “The song was my audition piece for The Monkees, and that’s the song that got me the gig which changed my life forever.” After The Monkees began skyrocketing, Dolenz developed his musical personality even further.

“Several of these tracks are songs that I had been offered [in the past] by incredible song writers and I had turned them down for some stupid reason or another. They went on to become big hits for other artists,” according to Dolenz. For example, “‘Sugar Sugar’ was supposed to be the next Monkees song.” It was the song that caused a historic revolt between The Monkees and their producers. Of course, it went on to become a huge number one hit for the Archies… a cartoon band!Dolenz explains, “I never wanted to do the song, but producer David Harris did an incredible arrangement for this new album and talked me into it. It’s now become one of my favorites on the album!”

Dolenz felt he couldn’t have released this album without including his most famous vocal track of The Monkees, “I’m a Believer,” written by Neil Diamond. “The song became such an important track in my career.” In the re-imagined version onRemember, Dolenz wanted to do something completely different with it. “I’ve always wanted to do a country version of this song, and this was my opportunity. And yes, kids… I recorded this long before Shrek,” Dolenz jokes.

For Micky Dolenz, the friendship that evolved along with the music-making magic was another inspiration for the theme of this album. “We hit upon the title ‘Remember’ because of my dear friend Harry Nilsson, who I was very close to. I was actually there when he wrote the song [“Remember”]… and it stayed with me for the rest of my life.”

Micky Dolenz’ Remember is an enjoyable and fun audio scrapbook of Dolenz’ most cherished memories. It is sure to be a special treat for all audiences ~ Get ready to take a trip down memory lane!

Neil Diamond Set For Walk of Fame

Neil Diamond will celebrate the 40th anniversary of his Hot August Nights album by unveiling a star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame next month.

The singer will be honored with the 2,475th star on August 10 – in front of the Capitol Records Building.

Hollywood Chamber of Commerce officials have been trying to nail Diamond down to a date for years.

Spokeswoman Ana Martinez tells WENN, “We finally were able to pin him down for a date to dedicate his star. This is one busy man and we are thrilled to honor this legendary performer.”

The Monkees Pay Tribute To Davy Jones

The Monkees drummer Micky Dolenz says he had a premonition that Wednesday would be a terrible day after suffering bad dreams “all night long.”

The group’s British-born frontman Davy Jones died early on Wednesday after suffering a massive heart attack at the age of 66, and a heartbroken Dolenz reveals he had a feeling something was wrong hours before he learned of Jones’ passing.

In a statement, the singer/drummer says, “Can’t believe it… Still in shock… had bad dreams all night long.

“My love and prayers go out to Davy’s girls and family right now.”

Bassist Peter Tork has also issued his sentiments about Jones’ unexpected death, stating: “It is with great sadness that I reflect on the sudden passing of my long-time friend and fellow-adventurer, David Jones.

“His talent will be much missed; his gifts will be with us always. My deepest sympathy to (Jones’ widow) Jessica and the rest of his family. Adios, to the Manchester Cowboy.”

And former Monkee Mike Nesmith has also bid a fond farewell to his old pal.

In a lengthy post on Facebook.com, the guitarist writes, “That David has stepped beyond my view causes me the sadness that it does many of you. I will miss him, but I won’t abandon him to mortality. I will think of him as existing within the animating life that insures existence. I will think of him and his family with that gentle regard in spite of all the contrary appearances on the mortal plane.

“David’s spirit and soul live well in my heart, among all the lovely people, who remember with me the good times, and the healing times, that were created for so many, including us. I have fond memories. I wish him safe travels.”

Meanwhile, Star Trek icon William Shatner, singer Nancy Sinatra and veteran crooner Neil Diamond are among those who have also paid tribute to the late star via Twitter.com.

Diamond writes, “I’m sad to hear about Davy Jones. The Monkees were such a sensation that it was a thrill for me to have them record some of my early songs.”

The Monkees’ most famous tune, I’m a Believer, was written by Diamond.

Hey Hey They’re Monkees! Two New Complete Season DVDs To Be Released on September 27

On September 27, Eagle Rock Entertainment will release both television seasons of The Monkees in two separate boxed sets. This is the first time in over 10 years that both seasons have become available on DVD, since their original Rhino Records release. [MSRP $39.98 per set]

The 32 half-hour episodes of Season #1, contained on six discs, originally aired in 1966. It was the first time on American television that a situation comedy keyed in on the zany escapades of a Beatles-styled rock band. The type of stylized new-age cinematic techniques (ala A Hard Day’s Night) were coupled with music from some of finest songwriters in America (Gerry Goffin/Carole King, David Gates, Neil Diamond, Barry Mann/Cynthia Weil). The terminally cute vocalist Davy Jones, guitarist Mike Nesmith, bassist Peter Tork and drummer Micky Dolenz catapulted songs such as “I’m A Believer,” “(I’m Not Your) Steppin’ Stone,” “Daydream Believer,” “Last Train To Clarksville” and “Pleasant Valley Sunday” into huge hits. Bonus features for the first season include commentary from the band and the show’s directors, trivia for each episode, a 16mm version of the original pilot, discography and vintage Monkees Kelloggs commercials.

The 26 episodes of 1967’s Emmy Award-winning Season #2, spread out over five discs, contains bonus commentary, trivia and discography. One can see a maturation in musical style between the two seasons as Jones, Nesmith, Tork and Dolenz actually transform themselves into that which they, at first, portrayed as actors. Their innate comedic talents, coupled with their obvious musical ingenuity, makes both seasons a fascinating time capsule of the 1960s.

Ultimately, all four proved themselves to be talented musicians, vocalists and songwriters in their own right who fought and won the freedom to make their own music. The Monkees aired on NBC television for two seasons, allowing the group to continue to record and tour for years afterwards.

Monkee Micky Dolenz Comes To Copiague’s Tanner Park Friday (July 22)

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.” 

The Mac Wire Goes To The Rock and Roll Hall Of Fame Induction For 2011




By Anne M. Raso 

(Photos: Anne Raso and Splash) 
 


(March 15)—Last night's Rock And Roll Hall of Fame induction was special simply because for so many years, Alice Cooper fans have been circulating petitions to get the original shock rock group 
into the Hall--and it was about time. Backstage, it was great to see all the guys together 
(with the exception of guitarist Glen Buxton who passed away in late 1997). But it seems that 
Alice's snake Cugina Clutter was one of the biggest stars of the press room--we got the whole scoop on what it eats (dead rats) and why it is so tame from her handler, Debbie (apparently, snakes just get use to be
handled by humans and get kind of friendly after awhile).
    
Last night's festivities in the press room were kicked off by Neil Diamond's funny entrance where 
he simply snapped the media and paps with his iPhone from in front of the press room stage. Other 
exciting nominees and presenters that came to visit us included Neil Diamond on his own (as mentioned before), presenter Doors sticksman John Densmore with Elektra founder Jac Holzman, Leon Russell with presenter Elton John, Darlene Love with presenter Bette Midler (who gave the most 
hilarious speech of the night, hinting in her special way that she has been waiting a long time to get into
the Rock Hall herself), presenter Rob Zombie with the whole surviving original Alice Cooper band and Lloyd Price on behalf of the late Specialty Records label owner Art Rupe. Neil Young presented to Tom Waits but we just watched the presentation and then had to go catch themacwire.com mobile
back to Jersey!
   
Besides getting to do the usual quick Q&A and photo ops that the media gets there in the 
Hilton Room where the Rock Hall press room is set up, we got schmooze a little out in the Waldorf 
Foyer and took a peek at what was happening inside on monitors set up. It looks like Bette Midler 
was enjoying a schmoozefest with Neil Young, along with Bruce Springsteen hanging out with Michael Douglas and Catherine Zeta-Jones (who was sitting next to NJ's most famous citizen). Michael J. Fox was there and billionaire hedge fund operator Ray Davilo got the "primo" seat in the house  at center stage...original rumors were that Ray Davies was going to get that seat but it was a different 
Ray! 
 
Our favorite moments of the evening--besides petting and holding Alice's snake--were the stellar Alice Cooper reunion performance with Rob Zombie joining in and the montage of vintage shots of Darlene Love. Besides having one of the great sets of pipes from the Wall Of Sound era, she apparently was also the ultimate Mod! It was also nice to catch up with John Densmore, not having seen him in 15 years---the last time we saw him was at the now-defunct Tramp's in Chelsea and we still recall what a fabulous show he put on. He looked dapper in a charcoal sequined suit and bolo tie that were out of character...but he wore them well. Speaking of wearing something well, we adored Dr. John's purple suit, 
trinket-embellished cane and natural snakeskin "pimp shoes" which he told the press that he actually got "at the pimp store"!
 
We took a bunch of candid and posed shots last night, so please enjoy! We apologize to any stars we took photos of from their "bad side" but we always thought that it was the "bad side" that made rock and roll interesting in the first place!




Check out this  cool interview Rolling Stone  did with Alice and his original bandmates backstage at the Rock Hall 2011 induction ceremony. We'll be putting up more stories and photos shortly, so stay tuned!