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The British Are Coming: CNN Special Presentation of ‘THE SIXTIES Features Micky Dolenz Premieres Thursday, Jan. 30

Micky Dolez of The Monkees

Multiple Emmy® Award-winning executive producers Tom Hanks and Gary Goetzman (HBO’s John Adams and The Pacific), and Emmy® Award-winning producer Mark Herzog (History’s Gettysburg) of Herzog & Company (HCO), will reignite the landmark musical revolution of 1964 in this special presentation from their CNN Original Series. The one-hour special, THE SIXTIES: The British Invasion will premiere on CNN/U.S. on Thursday, Jan. 30 at 9:00pmET and PT. The full 10-part episode CNN Original Series THE SIXTIES will begin in May 2014.

The British Invasion begins with the breakthrough performance of The Beatles on The Ed Sullivan Show, which was watched by a record-setting 73 million viewers, blazing a culture-changing path through America fifty years ago next month. The Beatles’ success was quickly followed by other British bands hoping to conquer the hearts of American teens. Those siren calls of The Animals, The Kinks, The Hollies, The Dave Clarke 5, The Who, and The Rolling Stones are all revisited in this paean to the power of the music that defined a generation – and remain vital and relevant today.

The Ed Sullivan Show introducing The Beatles to America aired on Feb. 9, 1964, and their thrilling, mesmerizing appearance launched a revolution in fashion, hairstyles, advertising, politics, and sexual mores that have influenced virtually every aspect of modern American life. Throughout the special, soul song legend Smokey Robinson; Graham Nash (of The Hollies and Crosby, Stills, Nash, and Young); Ahmir“Questlove” Thompson, music journalist, record producer and drummer for the Grammy® Award-winning band The Roots; rock columnist David Wild; Micky Dolenz of the American musical group, The Monkees; and more, all provide insights into how the “British invasion” was actually a reciprocal flow of influences back and forth with American artists. The legendary era of Bob Dylan, Motown, The Beach Boys, and others, laid down the beats that formed the soundtrack of a generation.

THE SIXTIES: The British Invasion follows the strong ratings success of THE SIXTIES: The Assassination of JFK (1963), which was seen by 21.0 million total viewers and 8.2 million viewers in the coveted 25 to 54 age demo. The Assassination of JFK (1963) and The British Invasion will air again when full THESIXTIES series launches in May 2014. The 10 episodes of THE SIXTIES focus on the indelible impact of technology, drugs, music, “free love,” and civil rights, bringing new insights to the landmark events and extraordinary people which shaped our history and character as Americans – and changed the world.

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Mike Nesmith Will Join Micky Dolenz for the 2014 Monkees Convention

For Monkees Fans, this is 49 years in the making! Be a part of history as Mike Nesmith joins Micky Dolenz for his FIRST ever Monkee Convention being held at the Hilton Meadowlands in NJ March 14, 15 and 16th of 2014.

Promoters Phyllis Paganucci and Jodi Blau Ritzen of Then and Now Events have announced that not only will Mike Nesmith be joining Micky Dolenz at the convention, he will also be performing his new show Movies of the Minds Saturday March 15 at 9pm. Tickets are available on wwww.monkeesconvention2014.com.

This magical weekend will include performances from Micky Dolenz, Coco Dolenz, Christian Nesmith and Circe Link, Jonathan Nesmith, Jessica Nesmith. Actress Ami Dolenz will be signing copies of her new children’s book and answering a Q and A along with her sisters artist and photographer Emily Dolenz and Micky’s youngest daughter actress and business partner in Dolenz & Daughters Fine Furniture Georgia Dolenz. With all of their families in attendance, The Monkees will also be presented with their awards of induction into the American Pop Music Hall of Fame as voted on by the fans late last year. No celebration would be complete without a special tribute to the late and great Davy Jones. Other guests of the convention who will be greeting fans and signing autographs will be Butch Patrick, Donna Loren, Valerie Venet, Henry Diltz, Gary Stroble, Gary DeCarlo, Geri Reischel, May Pang, Larry Storch, Beatles Artist Shannon, David and Jennifer Alexander, The Monkeemobile and more.

Along with incredible performances from Buddy Blanc’s Romeo Delight with special guest Micky Dolenz, Coco Dolenz will perform, Circe Link performing a full show, Jonathan Nesmith with members of The Outerspaces and Mother of Winter, The Characters, The Frodis Capers, The Monkeephiles, The 1910 Fruit Gum Co, you can look forward to singing late into the night with fan favorites of last year The Blue Meanies. Sunday we are excited to present Britton Payne’s off broad way show Here We Come~A Monkee Parody. This show has gotten rave reviews from all who have attended its performances.

There are sure to be surprise performances as well with a lineup of legends like this.

There will be meet and greets opportunities with all of our guests.

A Monkees Memorabilia Market Place will be open as well.

For tickets to the convention and for the tickets to the Movies of the Mind Show starring Mike Nesmith (a limited engagement) and hotel information please visit www.monkeesconvention2014.com and for updates you can check out the facebook page Monkees Convention.

Note As of now Monkee Peter Tork has a conflicting schedule and is not set to appear.

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Micky Dolenz Releases Live CD From B.B. Kings Blues Club

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.”

Monkees Announce 2013 Full Tour Dates!

The Monkees are returning to the road in July for a 24-date American tour they are dubbing “A Midsummer’s Night With the Monkees.” As was the case on their reunion tour in late 2012, it will feature surviving members Michael Nesmith, Micky Dolenz and Peter Tork. “The reaction to the last tour was euphoric,” Micky Dolenz tells Rolling Stone. “It was pretty apparent there was a demand for another one.”

The show will present the Monkees’ songs in chronological order, utilizing archival video and photographs to tell their story. The evening begins with early hits like “Last Train to Clarksville” and “I’m a Believer” before focusing on their 1967 LP Headquarters and then wrapping up with material from their final albums, such as “Pleasant Valley Sunday” and “Listen to the Band.”

Last year’s Monkees tour marked the group’s first American concerts with Michael Nesmith since he left the group in 1970. (He did reunite with the group for a brief U.K. tour in 1997.) “We always kept his songs in the setlist,” says Dolenz. “But when he sings the leads it brings a whole different feel and dynamic to the band . . . The two of us had such a nice blend on those early records. It was two-part harmonies like the Everly Brothers.”

Michael Nesmith’s mother invented Liquid Paper and left him a considerable fortune when she passed away. He mostly stayed clear from the music world during the past few decades, but around 2011 he began playing small solo gigs. “I saw him with the Watkins Family at Largo a couple of years ago,” says Nesmith. “This is before the Monkees reunited in 2011, and before David [Jones] passed. Mike said to me, ‘I just started listening to my own songs. I realized that stuff wasn’t half bad. Then I just started picking up my guitar and playing a bit. It sounded pretty good.’”

Monkees fans erupted with euphoria when he returned to the stage last year. “That went a long way towards convincing him that people do want to see him again and hear his songs,” says Dolenz. “It’s almost like, ‘How can you not do it?’”

Davy Jones passed away in February of 2012, and the group’s tour later that year paid tribute to him many times throughout the night. “This time we probably won’t lean so heavily on the David situation,” says Dolenz. “I think we have to move on. Everybody has to move on. He’ll always be remembered and acknowledged, but possibly not as much as on that particular tour. We will, of course, still perform ‘Daydream Believer’ and all the other hits.”

There are no firm plans beyond these summer dates in America, but Dolenz expects the tour to keep going. “I can be frank and tell you we are thinking about taking it everywhere,” he says. “There’s always been interest in Japan, Eurasia and Australia and New Zealand. There’s a huge fan base in South America and Brazil in specific, which we’ve never really tapped into. There’s also talk about Europe and the U.K.”

The Monkees haven’t recorded a new album since 1996′s JustUs. “I’d love to make a new one,” says Dolenz. “We haven’t had any discussions about that beyond, ‘Wouldn’t it be cool to have a new one?’ We’re just taking this whole thing one step at a time.”

Tickets for the tour begin going on sale May 3rd. Here are the complete dates:

7/15 Capitol Theatre, Port Chester, NY
7/16 Citi Performing Arts Center, Boston, MA
7/17 Count Basie Theatre, Red Bank, NJ
7/19 NYCB Theatre at Westbury, Westbury, NY
7/20 Mann Music Theatre, Philadelphia, PA
7/21 Warner Theatre, Washington, D.C.
7/23 Memorial Auditorium, Raleigh, NC
7/24 Ryman Auditorium, Nashville, TN
7/26 St. Augustine Amphitheatre, St. Augustine, FL
7/27 Mizner Park Amphitheatre, Boca Raton, FL
7/28 Ruth Eckerd Hall, Clearwater, FL
7/31 Long Center, Austin, TX
8/1 Arena Theatre, Houston, TX
8/2 Verizon Theatre, Grand Prairie, TX
8/3 Brady Theater, Tulsa, OK
8/5 Paramount Theatre, Denver, CO
8/9 Mesa Arts Center, Mesa, AZ
8/10 Green Valley Events Center, Henderson, NV
8/11 Humphreys, San Diego, CA
8/12 Terrace Theatre, Long Beach, CA
8/14 Mountain Winery, Saratoga, CA
8/15 Uptown Theatre, Napa, CA
8/17 Benaroya Hall, Seattle, WA
8/18 Arlene Schnitzer Concert Hall, Portland, OR

Michael Nesmith of the Monkees Announces 2013 Solo U.S. Tour Dates

by Dave Swanson

After the huge success of last year’s Monkees tour, the usually reclusive Mike Nesmith has been recharged and is embarking on his own solo tour this spring. Nesmith took to Facebook to deliver this information today (Jan. 28). The dates are listed below.

“This is the tour to break in the show,” he wrote. “See if you like it, earn the promoters confidence, and see if anybody comes. If it goes well we will keep going later in the summer/fall and hit the states we missed on this half-lap of the U.S. If it goes poorly we will stare blankly into the future and post pictures of cute animals and food.”

Two weeks ago, Nesmith teased his fans – also on Facebook – with the news of an upcoming solo tour in an amusing and offbeat post. “I thought the man and woman at the door might be from a religious group,” he wrote. “I was wrong. It was an easy mistake to make, it turns out they were from TIAPWWGAI (The International Association of People Who Wont Go Away) and I had been per-approved for membership. I found out later that acceptance in the club is automatic at a certain
age. I wondered how they got my name and they said they heard I was going on tour in the U.S. this Spring.”

The band for this tour will consist of Nesmith on guitar, bassist Joe Chemay, Paul Leim on drums and Boh Cooper on keyboards. Rock on, Papa Nez!

Michael Nesmith 2013 Tour Dates:

3/21 – Nashville, Tenn.
3/24 – Los Angeles, Calif.
3/26 – Santa Cruz, Calif.
3/27 – San Francisco, Calif.
3/29 – Portland, Ore.
3/30 – Seattle, Wash.
4/3 – Boulder, Colo.
4/5 – Minneapolis, Minn.
4/6 – Chicago, Ill.
4/7 – Detroit, Mich.
4/9 – Munhall, Pa.
4/11 – Northampton, Mass.
4/12 – Rahway, N.J.
4/13 – Boston, Mass.
4/15- Philadelphia, Pa.
4/16 – New York, N.Y. 4/17 – Alexandria Va.

Weekend Concert Pick: "An Evening With The Monkees" At The Beacon Theater, Sunday, 12-2, 8PM



By Anne M. Raso

Monkees
fans around the world are still in shock over the untimely
death
of Davy Jones earlier this year
and most think the group is simply not the real deal without the sunny song and
dance man who had been doing the large club and small theater circuit on a
regular basis before his untimely passing. But out of all bad comes some good
(as the old saying goes), and Michael Nesmith–who had only played with the
band twice (in Tokyo and London) since their breakup 40-plus years ago
made the announcement he would be joining up with the current Monkees tour
shortly after a memorial in LA at Micky’s ex-wife Samantha Juste’s house. It
surprised everyone more than a…well, out of control barrel of monkeys!
There are many rumors about Nesmith
rejoined with his old goofy band mates–from big money to being unable to tour
in the past due to hearing problems that have since been corrected through
surgery. But the reunion with Nesmith happened “organically” after
Jones passed away according to Micky Dolenz. Nesmith himself said to
showbiz411.com “This seems like a good time to do this – the right time.
Who knows when we will get another chance?”
Davy’s
death was of particular grief to us here at The Mac Wire since we had interviewed him many times over the years and were about to
reschedule an interview that couldn’t happen due to time constraints at BB
King’s in Times Square only a few days before his death in the West Palm Beach
area! This writer was lucky in that at the BB King’s show earlier this year, Davy cajoled
me from the stage after I was bold enough to run up and take flash photos. He
made believed he was annoyed at me, said he was calling the cops–and then told
me to have a drink on the keyboard player. I gave thumbs up as the drummer did
a rim shot!
The
current Monkees tour has been getting many great reviews, and has sold out. The
show at the Beacon promises to be one of the highlights of the fans have never
gotten to hear Nesmith do the songs he made popular as part of America’s answer
to The Beatles! We will be there with bells on…. or rather, with tambourines
glued to our hips, in honor of Jones (who was introduced at his shows in later
years as “the world’s greatest tambourine player”).
There are
no tickets left for the show, which starts at 8:00 at the Beacon Theater on
Sunday, but it is legal to buy them from people selling them at face value on
the street. (Just for the record, all The Monkees’ East Coast dates sold out in
ONE DAY!) So we suggest you try to buy up one of those tickets in front of the
show–be sure to get there about an hour before show time for that opportunity.
And just for the record, the Last Train To Clarksville DOES NOT STOP at 74th
and Broadway where the theater is located, LOL!
For more
info on the Monkees and their current tour dates, go to
www.monkees.net (which to us is the ultimate fan
site) or
www.monkeeland.com.

(Photos Courtesy Rhino Records.)


The Mac Wire Review: Micky Dolenz At B.B. Kings October 20. 2012

On Friday night The Mac Wire was invited to see Micky Dolenz perform at B.B. King’s Blue Club in New York City. We had a blast!  The house as we expected sold out and Micky was in top form. A reader sent in this review.  Let us know if you were there too: 

   I’ve seen Micky Dolenz several times in the past few years and have really loved every single show. First: His voice which Rolling Stones, yes, Rolling Stone, called one of the best in rock ‘n roll, never fails to surprise. The Guardian in the U.K. last year compared his voice to a magical mix of Roy Orbison and Freddie Mercury; and, in many ways, he’s never sounded better than today. I’ve always been struck his exemplary choices of song styles; “I’m A Believer” rocks, but his choice of songs like, “D.W. Washburn,” from Smokey’s Joe’s Café (written by Leiber and Stoller), is nothing sort of impeccable. Last night he appeared at B.B. King’s with his band; he’d appeared there before at numerous charity events (i.e., Rockers On Broadway) but, last night was his first as the headliner. Also promised in the show were several numbers from his excellent new album Remember. And, as the icing on the cake, the whole show was being recorded as a live CD/DVD for release.

After a tremendous introduction by Q104.3’s Jim Kerr – a Dolenz confident for many years and arguably one of the nicest guy in radio – Micky joined his band on stage beginning with “That was Then, This Is Now” for what one of his best and strongest shows ever. Wearing a elegant-John Varvatos jacket, hat and tinted-glasses, Dolenz began on a somewhat reserved note, but built strongly and quickly had the crowd behind him in fast fashion. He deftly segued into “She” which the crowd went crazy for. This Boyce/Hart song is always a crowd pleaser and last night, it was rendered as good as ever. A highlight of his show was his take on the famous Archies’ record “Sugar, Sugar,” recreated for his new album; as a saucy and suggestive dance. As he told it from the stage, it could well have been a Monkees song, but the powers-that-be at the time didn’t make it happen, but the song had long continued to fascinate him and as he told this story to the album producer David Harris; Harris then created this wonderful new take on the Ron Dante-song. The crowd went into overdrive. Having listened to the 1969 original, probably too many times (but, hey, who hasn’t) his take was a most welcomed re-configured version. 

     Micky calls Carole King’s “Sometime In The Morning” his “Layla.” It’s a lovely song and he re-creates it lovingly again on the new CD. “Last Train To Clarksville” followed and the few remaining audiences members who weren’t yet into the show came into the fold. “Purple Haze,” “Cryin’ In The Rain,” his sister Coco performing “A Different Drum” and “White Rabbit” followed to much applause. Then came his tribute to fallen-Monkee Davy Jones, which included “Daydream Believer” and “A Little Bit Me, A Little Bit You.” The sudden and unexpected death of Jones is still sinking in and a cold and sobering chill shot through the venue as he performed these songs in proper remembrance; the re-grouped Monkees tour next month, will indeed be a somewhat different affair. Needless to say, it should be some show to see, with Mike Nesmith back in the fold. 
    
    Then came, perhaps my favorite part of the show, with his take on The Beatles’ “Oh Darling,” and his new take on his song “Randy Scouse Git,” featuring a breathtaking guitar solo from Wayne Avers; who without question is Micky’s secret weapon here. It’s easy to see why he has so ably backed Dolenz for quite some time; his whole band, including Dave Alexander, Rich Dart, Coco, and, David Billings, just stellar. I have to say that this current version of his solo band is the best I’ve yet seen. It was quite an audience too with actor Tony Danza and entourage sitting front and center applauding Micky’s every move; for those who don’t know or recall, Micky’s eldest daughter Ami appeared with Danza in the 1989 movie She’s Out of Control. We also saw Micky’s able assistant Jane Blunkell and PR-mouthpiece David Salidor running about as well. Steve Walter from The Cutting Room was present too. Great night; tremendous show. It was indeed a magical night.
   

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!

Micky Dolenz Live At B.B. Kings October 19—Recording Live Album!

Micky Dolenz, who as part of the legendary Monkees – who will re-group with the surviving members, Michael Nesmith and Peter Tork for a series of shows this November – has sold in excess of 65 million records, will have his next solo album, Remember, released on September 25.
If all that weren’t enough, Dolenz will appear in a series of performances of Hairspray marking the 25th anniversary of the original film, in Indianapolis and Baltimore; where he will essay the role of Wilbur Turnblad. He had appeared in London’s West End in 2010 reprising the same role as well as a U.K.-national tour the following year.
Hairspray: In Concert! Will additionally star filmmaker, writer, and artist John Waters as the narrator. Waters of course created and directed Hairspray, the popular cult comedy hit in 1988.
Says Dolenz, “I love B.B. Kings!   It’s an incredible place to play and I can’t wait to record my live album at this legendary venue.”