Michael Nesmith Returns, Following Heart Surgery

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Despite undergoing quadruple bypass heart surgery this summer, Michael Nesmith is touring in September to promote his recent live album with the First National Band Redux. A 12-date tour, which began September 7 in Houston, Tex., is packed into a roughly two-week schedule with what he calls a “great band, great players.” (Watch several songs below.)

The Houston Chronicle reports that Nesmith got emotional at the Heights Theater and had “tears run down his face during a three-song solo mini-set” during the 90-minute performance.

In June, the final four dates of his duo tour with fellow Monkees member, Micky Dolenz, was abruptly canceled for what was initially described as “minor health issue.” It was subsequently revealed that Nesmith was diagnosed with congestive heart failure. Those dates have since been rescheduled for 2019. Tickets for “The Mike and Micky Show” are available here.

Watch Nez on September 11 in Nashville

Earlier this year, the 75-year-old singer-songwriter staged a reunion of his other groundbreaking group, the First National Band. Calling it the First National Band Redux, Nez played the famous Troubadour in West Hollywood. That performance was released on July 27 by 7a Records, a British label specializing in Monkees-related material. The Chronicle report indicated that two of Nesmith’s sons are performing with him on the tour.

Watch Nesmith perform on opening night, September 7, including his own well known song, “Different Drum”

 

Posted by Michael Nesmith on Friday, September 7, 2018

 

Nesmith sounded in great spirits in a recent note on his Facebook page: “My health is stabilizing and I have green-lit the rest of the tour that I had to cancel with Micky. Not sure what might happen in the future but looking forward to the dates that will start (in just a few weeks — yikes!) in Houston. Then on to Austin, Dallas and places Northeast!

“Great band, great players — music sounds better than ever. See you on stage.” (See the itinerary below.)

Upon leaving the Monkees in 1970, says a press release for the FNB album, Nesmith started the pioneering country-rock outfit the First National band. The FNB released three albums—Magnetic South, Loose Salute and Nevada Fighter—”that sold very little on their initial release, but have since been heralded as absolute classics that helped shape country rock.”

With the passing of original members John London and Red Rhodes, says the press release, “It was thought the FNB would never perform again. But the internet went into meltdown late last year when Nez announced he was assembling a new posse of musicians to honor this music and take it out on the road again.”

Related: Q&A with Michael Nesmith

Watch three tunes from the Troubadour concert

Michael Nesmith and First National Band Redux 2018 Tour (Tickets are available here and here)

Sep 13 – Chicago, IL – Old Town School of Folk Music
Sep 14 – Royal Oak, MI – Royal Oak Music Theatre
Sep 15 – Kent, OH – The Kent Stage
Sep 17 – Alexandria, VA – The Birchmere
Sep 19 – Somerville, MA – Somerville Theatre
Sep 20 – New York, NY – Concert Hall at the NY Society for Ethical Culture
Sep 22 – Phoenixville, PA – Colonial Theatre
Sep 23 – Ridgefield, CT – Ridgefield Playhouse

Watch another favorite from September 11 in Nashville

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  1. Guy Smiley
    #1 Guy Smiley 18 June, 2018, 21:12

    Why does this list only 14 songs? A different site I was just at lists 21 tracks.

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    • Greg Brodsky
      Greg Brodsky 18 June, 2018, 22:58

      21 it is! We’ve corrected the item, Guy, and fired the intern.

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      • Guy Smiley
        Guy Smiley 19 June, 2018, 23:58

        Well I’m glad someone got fired for that blunder!

        No I’m not. Just kidding. And I hope you are too.

        Also, “vinyl-only” bonus tracks are a drag.

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