Legendary 60s pop-rock band The Monkees announced on Wednesday (Aug. 8) that they will tour together for the first time since singer Davy Jones died of a heart attack in February.
The 12-date fall U.S. tour will include all three surviving Monkees: Michael Nesmith, Micky Dolenz and Peter Tork. The trek marks the first time in 15 years that Nesmith will join the group on tour; the last time he joined The Monkees was for a short European tour in 1997.
According to Rolling Stone, the setlist will span The Monkees’ career, from their TV series to their movie “Head” to more obscure tracks from their studio albums.
“I never really left,” says Nesmith of his time with the group. “It is a part of my youth that is always active in my thought and part of my overall work as an artist. It stays in a special place, but like things in the past it fades in and out in relevance to activities that are current. Getting together with old friends and acquaintances can be very stimulating and fun and even inspiring to me. We did some good work together and I am always interested in the right time and the right place to reconnect and play.”
The Monkees plan to salute Jones in a multimedia show with rare photographs and videos. “David’s presence and his past will be throughout the show,” Nesmith continues. “He will be missed in his absence, but very much on our minds and in our heart. We will include some of the songs he sang, and do our best.”
The tour begins Nov. 8 in Escondido, CA, and will wrap up on Dec. 2 in New York City. Check out the tour dates below to see if you can say hey hey to The Monkees in your town:
Nov. 8 – Escondido, CA (California Center for the Arts)
Nov. 9 – Santa Barbara, CA (The Arlington Theatre)
Nov. 10 – Los Angeles, CA (Greek Theatre)
Nov. 11 – Cupertino, CA (Flint Center for the Performing Arts)
Nov. 15 – Minneapolis, MN (State Theatre)
Nov. 16 – Chicago, IL (The Chicago Theatre)
Nov. 17 – Cleveland, OH (Lakewood Civic Auditorium)
Nov. 18 – Buffalo, NY (The Center for the Arts)
Nov. 29 – Philidelphia, PA (Keswick Theatre)
Nov. 30 – New Brunswick, NJ (State Theatre Regional Arts Center)
Dec. 1 – Huntington, NY (The Paramount)
Dec. 2 – New York, NY (The Beacon Theatre)
So sad with Davy’s passing, but Monkees fans have to be happy about the surviving members getting together.