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.