Michael Nesmith Rushed to Hospital, Monkees Tour Canceled

Michael Nesmith, the guitarist for The Monkees, was rushed to the hospital before he took the stage in Pennsylvania Thursday afternoon.

Sources told TMZ Nesmith collapsed during a soundcheck at the Keswick Theater in Glenside, Pennsylvania. The 75-year-old was conscious, but was rushed to the hospital.

Read more: The Monkees Guitarist Michael Nesmith Rushed to Hospital, Tour Canceled

UPDATE (23 June 2018)—Michael Nesmith did not collapse at a soundcheck as previously reported by the website TMZ. See links below for the latest reports.

Further reading:

The Monkees Cancel Remaining Tour Dates Due to Michael Nesmith Illness (Billboard)

The Monkees’ Michael Nesmith Suffers ‘Minor Health Issue’ Forcing the Iconic Band to Cancel Its Last 4 Tour Dates (People)

Happy Together Tour 2018

Happy Together 2018

For many folks who love the great music of the 1960s, the Happy Together Tour has been a welcomed and gleefully anticipated annual concert event since 2010. Originally begun in 1984, the 2018 Happy Together Tour launches on June 7 in Jacksonville, Florida; and, as always, will feature The Turtles as headliners, along with other hitmakers from the ’60s-early ’70s era. This year, however, there’s a Turtle twist: Instead of Flo and Eddie, concertgoers will be treated to Flo and Ronnie! As The Turtles announced in January, Howard Kaylan (“Eddie”) is sitting out the tour this year due to a medical issue, and Ron Dante, best known as lead singer for The Archies, will be filling his spot on stage alongside Mark Volman.

“It’s a great honor to be asked by Mark and Howard to fill in this summer,” Ron shares. “I’m really looking forward to this tour especially as I get to sing all those classic Turtles songs. Can’t wait for the opening song to begin playing … I’ll be singing the Turtles songs true to the original records.”

In addition to The Turtles, this year’s lineup is as follows:

Chuck Negron formerly of Three Dog Night
Gary Puckett & The Union Gap
The Association
Mark Lindsay, former Lead Singer of Paul Revere & The Raiders
The Cowsills

This year’s Happy Together Tour encompasses some four dozen dates. Below is a list of the first stops on the tour:

June 7 – Jacksonville, FL, Florida Theatre
June 8 – Biloxi, MI, IP Casino Resort & Spa
June 9 – Montgomery, AL, Montgomery Performing Arts Center
June 10 – Clearwater, FL, Ruth Eckerd Hall
June 13 – Greensburg, PA, Palace Theatre
June 14 – Tarrytown, NY, Tarrytown Music Hall
June 15 – New Brunswick, NJ, State Theatre
June 16 – Lynn, MA, Lynn Auditorium
June 17 – Northampton, MA, Calvin Theatre
June 19 – Englewood, NJ, Bergen Performing Arts Center

The complete itinerary is included in the article below (or you can check out the artists’ websites).

The Turtles’ Howard Kaylan sitting out 2018 Happy Together Tour; trek’s full lineup and itinerary revealed

Also see:

Mark Volman excited about upcoming ‘Happy Together’ tour with The Turtles, but without Flo & Eddie

 

Brian Wilson to Have Back Surgery, Postpone May Concerts

Sending healing thoughts and good vibrations to Brian Wilson, who is preparing to go under the knife to relieve ongoing back pain. Unfortunately, the forthcoming surgery means that Brian has to postpone his concerts for the month of May.

Let’s all keep Brian in our thoughts and prayers, and remain optimistic that he is back on stage very soon!

The 13th Annual Andy Kim Christmas Show

Andy Kim 2015 crop

The 13th annual Andy Kim Christmas Show will take place at the Queen Elizabeth Theatre, Toronto, ON (Canada), on 6 December 2017. Begun in 2005 by the singer-songwriter (“Rock Me Gently,” “Sugar, Sugar”) for whom it is named, the Andy Kim Christmas Show has become an annual Toronto tradition, with proceeds benefiting various charitable organizations. Several years ago, Kim began adding a second holiday show in his birth city of Montreal, QC; this year’s event will be held at the Corona Theatre on 16 December 2017.

Proceeds from the Toronto show to benefit The Centre for Addiction and Mental Health (CAMH) Gifts of Light program.

Proceeds from the Montreal show to benefit Starlight Children’s Foundation.

To make a donation to either of these organizations, click on the link(s) above.

See also:

Andy Kim Facebook page

Edit 11/18/17—Andy Kim on The Morning Show, AM640, 15 November 2017 (audio only)

Edit 11/25/17—Andy Kim on The Stafford Show, 24 November 2017 (audio only)

Edit 11/25/17—Andy Kim discusses lineup for annual charity show on CP24 (video)

Highlights from a few past Andy Kim Christmas Shows

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2014:

Beach Boys Plan Tour to Celebrate 50 Years of ‘Fun Fun Fun’

The Beach Boys

The Beach Boys will celebrate 50 years of their indelible summer smash “Fun Fun Fun” with a sprawling tour that will take them across North America and parts of Europe throughout the summer and fall.

The trek kicks off May 25th at the Belvedere Festival Park in Louisville, Kentucky. After a few European dates, the group will return stateside for a gig at Jones Beach in Long Island, New York that will feature special appearances from Al Jardine and David Marks.

“Year after year, it’s been a great source of inspiration to see the happiness our music has brought to multiple generations of Beach Boys fans in so many parts of the world,” Mike Love said in a statement. “This summer I’m particularly excited for the Jones Beach show, which is such a terrific, iconic venue. It will be very special to share the stage with some old friends and bandmates, Al Jardine and David Marks.”

Read more:

via Beach Boys Plan Tour to Celebrate 50 Years of ‘Fun Fun Fun’ | Music News | Rolling Stone.

Andy Kim’s Christmas Show For CAMH To Feature All-Star Lineup

Andy Kim Christmas Show

Every holiday season for nine straight years Andy Kim has called up his closest musician friends and those he admires, from Rush’s Alex Lifeson to Sam Roberts, to join him at his Andy Kim Christmas Show in Toronto. Proceeds go to a charity of his choice. This year’s concert on Dec. 11 at the Virgin Mobile Mod Club is raising money for the Centre for Addiction and Mental Health (CAMH) Foundation’s Gifts of Light, which provides Christmas gifts for the hospital’s patients.

The Montreal-born and Juno award-winning singer-songwriter had nine Billboard Top 40 hits in the 1960s and 70s, including No. 1 smashes “Rock Me Gently” and “Sugar, Sugar.” To date, Kim has sold over 30 million records, according to the musician’s web site. His still untitled album is set for release in the spring on Arts & Crafts but he won’t be playing any new songs from it at the 2013 Andy Kim Christmas Show.

His all-star lineup this year features The Tragically Hip’s Gord Downie, Stars’ Amy Millan, Dan Hill, Kardinal Offishall, Sexsmith, treble charger, The Trews, Glass Tiger and — returning for their sixth Andy Kim Christmas Show — Brendan Canning and Kevin Drew from Broken Social Scene. All 540 tickets have already sold out at $30 apiece.

Read more:

Andy Kim’s Christmas Show For CAMH To Feature All-Star Line-up | Samaritanmag.com – The Anti-Tabloid.

Micky Dolenz on the Monkees’ Reunion With Michael Nesmith

The Monkees - Peter, Michael, Micky

Earlier this month, Monkees fans got the shocking news that reclusive guitarist Michael Nesmith will hit the road with the surviving members of the band for a fall tour. “It’s shocking to us, too,” says Monkee drummer-singer Micky Dolenz. “It just caught us all by surprise. It wasn’t this massive plan that people had been concocting for years or months or anything. It sort of happened organically.”

Read more:

via Micky Dolenz on the Monkees’ Reunion With Michael Nesmith | Music News | Rolling Stone.

Michael Nesmith on His Surprising Return to the Monkees

Michael Nesmith

When Davy Jones tragically passed away in February, many Monkees fans presumed it was the end of the group. Even members of the band thought it was probably over. “There is a faint chance we’ll continue,” Peter Tork told Rolling Stone. “I don’t know whether we could structure something without Davy. I had a couple of thoughts, but I don’t know if they’re workable.”

What he didn’t count on at the time was former Monkee Michael Nesmith returning to the fold. With the exception of a short European run of dates in 1997, Nesmith hasn’t participated in any of the Monkees many reunion tours since their split in 1971.

As Rolling Stone announced this morning, he’s had a change of heart and the three surviving members of the band will hit the road in November. We spoke with Nesmith via e-mail about the reunion tour and his other future plans.

(Read the interview by clicking the link below)

via QA: Michael Nesmith on His Surprising Return to the Monkees | Music News | Rolling Stone.

It’s official: The Monkees are reuniting with Michael Nesmith

The Monkees

Leave it to Monkee Michael Nesmith to let the cat out of the bag. Late Tuesday afternoon, Twitter and Facebook were abuzz with news that The Monkees were going to make a big announcement on Wednesday. A photo submitted by Rhino Records featuring only Nesmith, Micky Dolenz, and Peter Tork provided a tantalizing hint.

However, Nesmith, who last played with the group during their 1997 30th anniversary tour in the UK, took matters into his own hands and quietly announced on his official Facebook at 12:30 EST that the Monkees are indeed reuniting for 12 U.S. concerts come November.

(Read more by clicking the link below)

via It’s official: The Monkees are reuniting with Michael Nesmith for November shows – National Pop Culture | Examiner.com.

See also: Surviving Monkees to Launch First Tour in 15 Years on RollingStone.com

Ringo Starr: 72 and still going strong!

Ringo Starr and his All-Starr Band in Clearwater, FL, July 2012

Ringo Starr celebrated his 72nd birthday on July 7, 2012 in Tennessee, first at the Hard Rock Nashville—where at 12:00 noon local time he asked the world to join him in a wish for Peace & Love—and then at the Ryman Auditorium, where he performed with the 13th edition of his All Starr Band. Members of the group this year, along with Ringo, are Richard Page, Todd Rundgren, Mark Rivera, Gregg Bissonette, and newbies Steve Lukather and Gregg Rolie.

One of the stops on Ringo’s tour was Ruth Eckerd Hall in Clearwater, Florida, on July 1. I had the pleasure of attending that concert and have uploaded the photos I took to an album on Facebook. Click here to check them out; no Facebook account or login required!

The happiest of birthdays to my favorite Beatle. Here’s to many more years of music, entertainment … and Peace & Love.