Monday, April 29, 2013

The Monkees to Play the Ryman July 24

Posted By on Mon, Apr 29, 2013 at 3:16 PM

Monkee, noted folk performer, bona-fide video pioneer and heir to the Liquid Paper fortune, Michael Nesmith, played a sold-out show at Franklin Theatre back in March, and that's something that not one but two Scene staffers were particularly jazzed on. Well, according to a press release recently sent the Cream's way, Nesmith will return to Middle Tennessee (no, not Clarksville) on July 24, and this time he'll be bringing his two fellow surviving Monkees, Peter Tork and Micky Dolenz, with him.

The Monkees have just announced a monthlong string of tour dates — it's a tour that they're calling A Midsummer's Night With the Monkees, presumably because it takes place in the middle of the summer and the shows happen at night — which will take them from Port Chester, N.Y., to Portland, Ore. It's only the group's second batch of American concerts with Nesmith since he left the group in 1970 — last year's reunion tour took place after the death of founding member Davy Jones — and the eighth stop on the tour is Nashville's Ryman Auditorium. Here's a little sampling of what daydream believers can expect:

The trio’s setlist will feature a selection of their classic hits (such as “Last Train to Clarksville,” “I’m a Believer,” “Pleasant Valley Sunday” and “(I’m Not Your) Steppin’ Stone,” deep cuts from their first five platinum albums (including some performed for the first time since the 1960s) and fan favorites from the soundtrack to their cult film classic Head and their Emmy®-award winning television series. Plus, a few surprises!

The show will encompass a full multimedia evening of music, rare films and one-of-a-kind photographs culled from the archives. Backed by the same stellar crew of musicians from their 2012 run, Nesmith, Dolenz and Tork will also perform an unaccompanied set as a trio. This foray into tracks from their 1967 homespun #1 long player, Headquarters, is sure to be among the highlights of the upcoming dates.

Pre-sale and VIP ticket packages go on sale at The Monkees' website on Wednesday, May 1, at 10 a.m., and general tickets for the Ryman show will be available here on May 3 at 10 a.m.

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