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.”
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.
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.
Goldmine article on recent Rock and Roll Hall of Fame inductee Don Kirshner.
I’ve heard all the arguments related to the inclusion of the late Don Kirshner, who received the Rock Hall’s Ahmet Ertegun Award for Lifetime Achievement in 2012. He wasn’t a singer. He wasn’t a musician. He was the guy who supervised the music for “The Monkees” TV show and created The Archies, for crying out loud. To those who object to his inclusion, these achievements are not considered “real” rock and roll. But to many, Don Kirshner was the man with the golden ear. He was the Don Draper of the music world, heading Aldon Music with his partner, Al Nevins, in New York’s famed Brill Building. The Aldon publishing offices employed a stable of talented songwriting teams: Neil Sedaka and Howard Greenfield; Carole King and Jerry Goffin; Barry Mann and Cynthia Weil; Jerry Leiber and Mike Stoller; Burt Bacharach and Hal David; Doc Pomus and Mort Shuman; and Jeff Barry and Ellie Greenwich. At the height of Aldon’s productivity, 18 writers were on the staff, which included the likes of Neil Diamond and Jack Keller. Collectively, this one-of-a-kind talent factory was the soundtrack for much of the late 1950s through the late 1960s.