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Namespaces Article Talk. Views Read Edit View history. Help Learn to edit Community portal Recent changes Upload file. Download as PDF Printable version. DISC: 1. Theme From The Monkees. Saturday's Child. I Wanna Be Free. Tomorrow's Gonna Be Another Day. Papa Gene's Blues. Take A Giant Step. Toward the end of the tour, some dates were canceled due to poor ticket sales, and the tour failed to re-establish the band commercially, with no single entering the Top 40 in Dolenz remarked that the tour "was like kicking a dead horse.
The phenomenon had peaked. This left Dolenz and Jones to record the bubblegum pop album Changes as the ninth and final album by the Monkees released during its original incarnation. By this time, Colgems was hardly putting any effort into the project, and they sent Dolenz and Jones to New York for the Changes sessions, to be produced by Jeff Barry.
In comments for the liner notes of the re-release of ChangesJones said that he felt they had been tricked into recording an " Andy Kim album" under the Monkees name.
Except for the two singers' vocal performances, Changes is the only album that fails to win any significant praise from critics looking back 40 years to the Monkees' recording output. Dolenz contributed one of his own compositions, "Midnight Train", which was used in the re-runs of the Monkees TV series. September 22, marked the final recording session by the Monkees in their original incarnation, when Jones and Dolenz recorded "Do It in the Name of Love" and "Lady Jane".
The single was not credited to the Monkees in the U. Both Jones and Dolenz released multiple singles as solo artists in the years following the original break-up of the Monkees. The duo continued to tour throughout most of the s.
Partly because of repeats of the television series The Monkees on Saturday mornings and in syndication, The Monkees Greatest Hits charted in The LP, issued by Arista Recordswho by this time had possession of the Monkees' master tapes, courtesy of their corporate owner, Screen Gems, was actually a re-packaging of an earlier compilation LP called Refocus that had been issued by Arista's previous label imprint, Bell Recordsalso owned by Screen Gems.
Nesmith had not been interested in a reunion. Tork claimed later that he had not been asked, although a Christmas single credited to Micky Dolenz, Davy Jones and Peter Tork due to legal reasons was produced by Chip Douglas and released on his own label in This was the first albeit unofficial Monkees single since Other semi-reunions occurred between and Tork also recorded some unreleased tracks for Nesmith's Countryside label during the s, and Dolenz by then a successful television director in the United Kingdom directed a segment of Nesmith's TV series Television Partsalthough his segment was ultimately not included when the series' six episodes were broadcast by NBC during the summer of Brushed off by critics during their heyday in the late s as manufactured and lacking talent, the Monkees experienced a critical and commercial renaissance two decades later.
Their original albums began selling again as Nickelodeon began to run their old series daily. MTV promotion also helped to resurrect a smaller version of Monkeemania, and tour dates grew from smaller to larger venues and became one of the biggest live acts of and A new greatest hits collection was issued, reaching platinum status.
By this point, Nesmith was more amenable to a reunion, but forced to sit out most projects because of prior commitments to his Pacific Arts video production company. In Septemberthe three rejoined to play Australia again, Europe and then North America, with that string of tours ending in September Nesmith again returned at the Universal Amphitheatre, Los Angeles, show on July 10, and took part in a dedication ceremony at the Hollywood Walk of FameLets Dance On - The Monkees the Monkees received a TV star there in The Beach Boys - The Monkees & The Beach Boys (CD) The success, however, was not without controversy.
The Best of The Monkees. Some copies of the single and album credit the new songs to "the Monkees", others as "Micky Dolenz and Peter Tork of the Monkees ". Reportedly, these recordings were the source of some personal friction between Jones and the others during the tour; Jones typically left the stage when the new songs were performed.
Ina new television series called New Monkees appeared. Other than being centered around a boy band quartet, it bore no resemblance to the earlier series or group.
The New Monkees left the air after 13 episodes. In the s, the Monkees continued to record new material. The band also re-issued all the original LPs on CD, each of which included between three and six bonus tracks of previously unreleased songs or alternate takes; the first editions came with collectable trading cards. The trio also appeared together, as themselves, in the film The Brady Bunch Movie.
Their eleventh album Justus was released in It was the first since on which all four original members performed and produced. The trio of Dolenz, Jones, and Tork reunited again for a successful 30th anniversary tour of American amphitheaters inwhile Nesmith Lets Dance On - The Monkees them onstage in Los Angeles to promote the new songs from Justus.
For the first time since the brief reunion, Nesmith returned to the concert stage for a tour of the United Kingdom inhighlighted by two sold-out concerts at Wembley Arena in Wembley ParkLondon. This was a very fitting venue, as from 30 June to 2 July the Monkees had been the first group to headline on their own at the Empire Pool, as the Arena was then called.
The full quartet also appeared in an ABC television special titled Hey, Hey, It's the Monkeeswhich was written and directed by Nesmith and spoofed the original series that had made them famous.
Following the UK tour, Nesmith declined to continue future performances with the Monkees, having faced harsh criticism from the British music press for his deteriorating musicianship. Tork noted in DVD commentary that "InNesmith had learned a reasonably good version of the famous 'Last Train to Clarksville' guitar lick, but inMike was no longer able to play it" and so Tork took over the lead guitar parts.
Nesmith's departure from the tour was acrimonious. Jones was quoted by the Los Angeles Times as complaining that Nesmith "made a new album with us. He toured Great Britain with us.
Then all of a sudden, he's not here. Later, I hear rumors he's writing a script for our next movie. Oh, really? That's bloody news to me. He's always been this aloof, inaccessible person Tork, Jones, and Dolenz toured the United States inafter which the group took another hiatus until when they once again reunited to tour the United States.
However, this tour was also accompanied by public sniping. Dolenz and Jones had announced that they had "fired" Tork for his constant complaining and threatening to quit. Tork was quoted as saying that, as well as the fact he wanted to tour with his own band, "Shoe Suede Blues. Micky Dolenz and Davy Jones fired me just before the last two shows of our 35th anniversary tour.
I'm both happy and sad over the whole thing. I always loved the work onstage—but I just couldn't handle the backstage problems. I'd given them 30 days notice that I was leaving so my position is that I resigned first and then they dropped me. Thank God I don't need the Monkees anymore I'm a recovering alcoholic and haven't had a drink in several years.
I'm not against people drinking—just when they get mean and abusive. I went on the anniversary tour with the agreement that I didn't have to put up with drinking and difficult behavior offstage. When things weren't getting better, I gave the guys notice that I was leaving in 30 days for good. Tork later stated in that the alcohol played only a small role and Tork then said, "I take full responsibility for the backstage problems on the tour.
We were getting along pretty well until I had a meltdown. I ticked the other guys off good and proper and it was a serious mistake on my part. I was not in charge of myself to the best of my ability — the way I hope I have become since. I really just behaved inappropriately, honestly. I apologized to them. Jones and Dolenz went on to tour the United Kingdom inbut Tork declined to participate. Jones and Dolenz toured the United States one more time as a duo inand then split to concentrate on their own individual projects.
With different Monkees citing different reasons, the group chose not to mark their 40th anniversary in In OctoberJones stated that a reunion marking the band's 45th anniversary was a possibility. For the next three months Images from their series and films flashed on a huge screen behind them; even Rolling Stonewhose owner, Jann Wenner, has vowed to keep them out of the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame, gushed. On August 8,the band cancelled ten last-minute shows due to what was initially reported as "internal group issues and conflicts",  though Tork later confirmed "there were some business affairs that couldn't be coordinated correctly.
We hit a glitch and there was just this weird dislocation at one point. And it was great, the best time we've had because we're all on the same page now. We jelled onstage and off. But then more dates were being added. And more. And then the next thing we knew, they were talking about Japan, Australia, Brazil, and we were like, 'Wait a second. This is turning into something more than a tour.
Then there was the travel, getting to the next venue with no time to revive. The audiences were great. But, let's face it, we're not kids. The 45th anniversary tour was the last with Jones, who died of a heart attack at age 66 on February 29, The brief tour marked the first time Nesmith performed with the Monkees sinceas well as the first without Jones. During one point, the band went quiet and a recording of Jones singing "I Wanna Be Free" played while footage of him was screening behind the band.
For Jones' signature song, "Daydream Believer", Dolenz said that the band had discussed who should sing the song and had concluded that it should be the fans, saying "It doesn't belong to us anymore.
It belongs to you. The Fall tour was very well received by both fans and critics, resulting in the band's scheduling a date summer tour for Dolenz and Tork toured as the Monkees in without Nesmith's participation. Nesmith stated that he was busy with other ventures, although Dolenz said that "He's always invited. Good Times! With the release of the album, the band, featuring Dolenz and Tork, commenced their 50th anniversary tour. Nesmith did not participate in most of the tour, again citing other commitments.
He did, however, make a few appearances throughout the summer ofappearing virtually via Skype to perform "Papa Gene's Blues" at one concert and in person for a four-song encore at another. In September, he replaced Tork on the tour for two dates while Tork attended to a family emergency. After Tork returned to the tour, Nesmith performed with the band for a concert at the Pantages Theatre in Hollywood on September 16, which he stated would likely be his final concert appearance with the Monkees.
After the end of the 50th anniversary tour, Dolenz, Tork, and Nesmith spent engaging in solo activities. InNesmith toured with a revived version of the First National Band and stated that he was in negotiations with promoters to tour again with Dolenz later in the summer. Though the pair played Monkees music and promoted the tour under the Monkees banner, Nesmith stated that "there's no pretense there about Micky and I being the Monkees.
We're not. The tour was cut short in Junewith four shows left unplayed, due to Nesmith having a health issue. He and Dolenz announced March as make-up dates for the missed shows. He was in the hospital for over a month and the health issue had persisted since early in the tour. In Lets Dance On - The MonkeesNesmith and Dolenz announced an additional eight shows had been added to the Mike and Micky Show tour. In addition to newly recorded material from the three surviving Monkees, two songs feature vocals from Davy Jones.
Peter Tork died of cancer on February 21, It was announced on May 4, that the rescheduled dates will be billed as a farewell tour.
Controversy hit early in concerning the Monkees' studio abilities. Dolenz told a reporter that the Wrecking Crew provided the backing tracks for the first two Monkees albums, and that his origin as a drummer was simply that a Monkee had to learn to play the drums, and he only knew the guitar. But the Monkees toured the U. The front pages of several U. They were derisively dubbed the " Pre-Fab Four" and the Sunday Mirror called them a "disgrace to the pop world".
Dishwater… You can't knock anybody for making it, but people like the Monkees? Episode No. Nesmith responded, "I'm fixin' to walk out there in front of fifteen thousand people, man! If I don't play my own instrument, I'm in a lot of trouble! The liner notes for the re-release of this album quote Nesmith: "The press went into a full-scale war against us, talking about how 'The Monkees are four guys who have no credits, no credibility whatsoever and have been trying to trick us into believing they are a rock band.
Number 2, for the press to report with genuine alarm that the Monkees were not a real rock band was looney tunes! It was one of the great goofball moments of the media, but it stuck. Those people who talk about 'doing their own thing' are groups that go and play in the clubs that hold 50 people, while we're playing to 10, kids. You know, it hurts me to think that anybody thinks we're phony, because we're not. We're only doing what we think is our own thing.
Rolling Stone reported on October 11,that Tork believed the Monkees did not receive the respect they deserve. It was revealed that we didn't play our own instruments on the records much at the very moment when the idealism of early Beatlemania in rock was at its peak.
So we became the ultimate betrayers. After Headquartersthe Monkees started using a mixture of themselves playing along with other musicians, including members of the Wrecking Crew and Candy Store Prophets along with other musicians such as Stephen StillsNeil Youngand Harry Nilsson ; but they still wrote, sang, produced, and played on their remaining albums, except for their final offering from the original incarnation The Beach Boys - The Monkees & The Beach Boys (CD)Changeswhich was recorded after Nesmith and Tork had left the group and featured Dolenz and Jones singing to the backing tracks of what Jones referred to in the liner notes of the reissue that album as "a rejected Andy Kim album".
In the same liner notes, Jones stated that he was unhappy about that recording and claimed that it was not a real album. The final album featured one Dolenz composition. Tork commented on some of the controversy when writing about Jones's death: "When we first met, I was confronted with a slick, accomplished, young performer, vastly more experienced than I in the ways of show biz, and yes, I was intimidated.
Englishness was at a high premium in my world, and his experience dwarfed my entertainer's life as a hippie, basket-passing folk singer on the Greenwich Village coffee house circuit.
If anything, I suppose I was selected for the cast of 'The Monkees' TV show partly as a rough-hewn counterpart to David's sophistication. Furthermore, critics said, the Monkees' first albums—remember albums? I felt this criticism keenly, coming as I did from the world of the ethical folk singer, basically honoring the standards of the naysayers. We did play as a group live on tour.
Critics of the Monkees observed that they were simply the " Pre-Fab Four", a made-for-TV knockoff of the Beatles ; however, the Beatles themselves took it in stride and even hosted a party for the Monkees when they visited England.
The Beatles were recording Sgt. Pepper's Lonely Hearts Club Band at the time of the Monkees' visit and as such, the party inspired the line in the Monkees' tune " Randy Scouse Git ", written by Dolenz, which read, "the four kings of EMI are sitting stately on the floor.
George Harrison praised their self-produced musical attempts, saying, "It's obvious what's happening, there's talent there. They're doing a TV show, it's a difficult chore and I wouldn't be in their shoes for the world.
When they get it all sorted out, they might turn out to be the best. Nesmith attended the Beatles' recording session for " A Day in the Life " at Abbey Road Studios; he can be seen in the Beatles' home movies, including one scene where he is talking with John Lennon. During the conversation, Nesmith had reportedly asked Lennon "Do you think we're a cheap imitation of the Beatles, your movies and your records? I've never missed one of your programs. When the Beatles were recording Sgt. Peppers, Phyllis and I spent a few days with John and wife Cynthia Lennon at their home, and one in the studio with "the boys.
The minute I had the wherewithal—cachet and money—I raced to London and looked up John. During the '60s it seemed to me London was the center of the World and the Beatles were the center of London and the Sgt Pepper session was the center of the Beatles. It was an extraordinary time, I thought, and I wanted to get as close as I could to the heart of it.
But like a hurricane the center was not stormy or tumultuous. It was exciting, but it was calm, and to an extent peaceful. The confidence of the art permeated the atmosphere. Serene—and really, really fun. Then I discovered the reason for this. During that time in one of our longer, more reflective, talks I realized that John was not aware of who the Beatles were. Of course he could not be. Do You Feel It Too. Don't Bring Me Down. Don't Call On Me.
Don't Listen To Linda. Don't Wait For Me. Dream World. Dyin' Of A Broken Heart. Early Morning Blues And Greens. Every Step Of The Way. For Pete's Sake. Forget That Girl. French Song. Gettin' In. Gonna Build A Mountain. Gonna Buy Me A Dog. Good Clean Fun. Hard To Believe. Heart And Soul. Hold On Girl. How Insensitive. I Believe You. I Love You Better. I Never Thought It Peculiar. I Wanna Be Free. I'll Love You Forever. I'm A Believer. I'm Not Your Steppin' Stone. If I Knew.
If You Have The Time. It's Got To Be Love. It's My Life. It's Not Too Late. Just A Game. Kellogg's Jingle. Ladies Aid Society. Lady's Baby. Last Train To Clarksville. Let's Dance On.
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