Monkees’ Dolenz and Nesmith Open Farewell Tour

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Micky Dolenz, on the second night of the 2021 tour

Micky Dolenz and Michael Nesmith have begun what’s being billed as the Monkees’ Farewell Tour. The run was supposed to begin in April 2020 but the shows were postponed – twice – due to the pandemic. The 2021 tour, now with more than three dozen dates, began on September 10 and continues into November, and features “all the hits, deep cuts, and fan favorites.” At the opening night concert, Dolenz and Nesmith played 31 songs including such classics as “Last Train to Clarksville,” “Daydream Believer,” and “Pleasant Valley Sunday,” along with such LP cuts as “Sweet Young Thing” and “Papa Gene’s Blues.” Watch several performances from the 2021 tour below.

Tickets are available here. The remaining itinerary is below.

Michael Nesmith, on the 2021 tour’s second night

The two remaining members of the famed pop group have toured together in recent years, and released an album in 2020, The Monkees – The Mike & Micky Show Live, a 24-track collection recorded in March 2019.

When it was originally booked for 2020, the tour was billed as “A Night of Magic Music & Memories.” It’s now called ”The Monkees Farewell Tour with Michael Nesmith and Micky Dolenz.”

The pair are wearing their trademark headwear: a fedora for Dolenz, and wool hat for Nesmith.

The following clips are from the 2021 tour’s second performance, on Sept. 11 at the Moore Theatre in Seattle.

Watch Dolenz sing Nesmith’s “Mary, Mary,” which appeared on More of the Monkees

Watch Dolenz sing his 1967 song, “Randy Scouse Git”

Watch Nesmith sing his song “Circle Sky,” which closed the evening’s first set

Here are “The Girl I Knew Somewhere” and “(I’m Not Your) Steppin’ Stone”

Related: Our detailed look at the Monkees’ incredible first year

Watch them perform “Daydream Believer” and “Pleasant Valley Sunday” to close the main set on Sept. 11

Dolenz, who turned 76 on March 8, released a new album on May 21, 2021, his first new solo studio effort in nine years, comprised entirely of songs Nesmith wrote throughout his career. Dolenz Sings Nesmith, produced by Nesmith’s son, Christian Nesmith, comes from 7a Records.

Nesmith, who turned 78 last December 30, is the subject of a recent release, Different Drum: The Lost RCA Victor Recordings, with 22 tracks drawn from the vaults.

Thanks to issaquahwa for the videos.

The Monkees Farewell Tour (Tickets are available here and here)

Sep 10 – Spokane, WA – First Interstate Center for the Arts
Sep 11 – Seattle, WA – Moore Theatre
Sep 12 – Portland, OR – Revolution Hall
Sep 14 – Sacramento, CA – Crest Theatre
Sep 15 – San Jose, CA – San Jose Civic
Sep 17 – Riverside, CA – Fox PAC
Sep 18 – El Cajon, CA – The Magnolia
Sep 19 – Phoenix, AZ – Celebrity Theatre
Sep 23 – Austin, TX – Stubb’s Waller Creek Amphitheater
Sep 24 – Dallas, TX – Majestic Theatre
Sep 25 – San Antonio, TX – Tobin Center
Sep 27 – Midland, TX – Wagner Noel PAC
Sep 28 – The Woodlands, TX – Dosey Doe – The Big Barn
Sep 29 – The Woodlands, TX – Dosey Doe – The Big Barn
Oct 01 – Memphis, TN – Graceland
Oct 02 – Chattanooga, TN – Tivoli Theatre
Oct 06 – Birmingham, AL – Iron City
Oct 07 – Knoxville, TN – Tennessee Theatre
Oct 08 – Atlanta, GA – Atlanta Symphony Hall
Oct 10 – Orlando, FL – Hard Rock Live Orlando
Oct 12 – Ft. Lauderdale, FL – Parker Playhouse
Oct 13 – Clearwater, FL – Ruth Eckerd Hall
Oct 15 – Savannah, GA – Johnny Mercer Theatre
Oct 16 – Jacksonville, FL – Florida Theatre
Oct 18 – Washington, DC – Warner Theatre
Oct 19 – Red Bank, NJ – Count Basie Center
Oct 20 – Tarrytown, NY – Tarrytown Music Hall
Oct 22 – Bethlehem, PA – The Wind Creek Event Center
Oct 23 – Atlantic City, NJ – Ocean Casino Resort
Oct 24 – New York, NY – The Town Hall
Oct 26 – Burlington, VT – The Flynn
Oct 28 – Huntington, NY – The Paramount
Oct 29 – Uncasville, CT – Mohegan Sun Arena
Oct 30 – Medford, MA – Chevalier Theatre
Nov 01 – Greensburg, PA – The Palace Theatre
Nov 02 – Detroit, MI – Masonic Cathedral Theatre
Nov 03 – Northfield, OH – MGM Northfield Park
Nov 05 – Rosemont, IL – Rosemont Theatre
Nov 06 – Milwaukee, WI – Riverside Theater
Nov 07 – Minneapolis, MN – State Theatre
Nov 09 – Saint Charles, MO – Family Arena
Nov 10 – Kansas City, MO – Uptown Theater
Nov 14 – Los Angeles, CA – Greek Theatre

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  1. Hotman550
    #1 Hotman550 4 May, 2021, 13:15

    Had the first 4 albums on vinyl and CD when you were The Monkees

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  2. Bam320
    #2 Bam320 5 May, 2021, 00:32

    It says the there’s a date for Sep 19 – Phoenix, AZ – Celebrity Theatre. You click the link for Ticketmaster, says there’s dates playing in AZ?

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    • Greg Brodsky
      Greg Brodsky 5 May, 2021, 10:07

      Some of the venues apparently don’t use Ticketmaster.

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      • Guy Smiley
        Guy Smiley 12 May, 2021, 15:39

        Correct. The Milwaukee venue doesn’t use Ticketbastard, for instance, so it won’t be on their site. Milwaukee’s Riverside and Pabst Theaters are owned by the same group and do their own ticketing.

        For shows not with TM (B) fans should call the venue or go their website for info.

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  3. Jack Polcyn
    #3 Jack Polcyn 12 May, 2021, 05:50

    Why isn’t Las Vegas on the tour????????

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    • Robert
      Robert 12 September, 2021, 17:38

      Andrew Sandoval said there was a Vegas venue that had a hold but it pulled out.

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    • Wayne
      Wayne 13 September, 2021, 05:00

      At least they are doing it in your country, what about us in UK and other countries.

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  4. Edyrhe
    #4 Edyrhe 12 May, 2021, 13:59

    North Carolina?
    Greensboro, Raleigh, Durham, Charlotte? I’d do anything to go. I’d walk to see Mike and Mickey.
    I understand if you can’t though. ❤❤

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  5. Guy Smiley
    #5 Guy Smiley 12 May, 2021, 15:36

    Sad to see M&M hang it up, but Father Time remains undefeated. Looking forward to seeing them in Milwaukee!

    Really, I just hope the pandemic continues to decline and the guys stay healthy. There have been questions about Nez’s recent health. Stay well, guys!

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  6. Cathy Robinson
    #6 Cathy Robinson 12 May, 2021, 16:22

    Wish they were coming to Colorado

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  7. Megan Lee
    #7 Megan Lee 12 September, 2021, 13:08

    There is no Las Vegas on the tour? I wish they were coming Las Vegas.

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  8. Pete
    #8 Pete 13 September, 2021, 00:55

    No Omaha Nebraska? We are fans too!

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  9. Jazzman7b5
    #9 Jazzman7b5 15 September, 2021, 20:49

    I grew up with 60s, 70s Rock. The appeal of this farewell journey for the surviving members of a Made-for-TV pop band… does elude me.

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    • Guy Smiley
      Guy Smiley 16 September, 2021, 22:24

      Get over it, “Jazzman.”

      Made for TV? Yes. So?

      The Monkees hits are among some of the best pop-rock of the 60s. Gonna tell me “I’m a Believer,” “I’m Not Your Stepping Stone,” and “Pleasant Valley Sunday” aren’t great records? If you only know the hits, there’s even better deep cuts.

      They weren’t allowed to play on the early records, but they had talent and fought for the right to play. They did, and the records got even better. Pisces, Aquarius, Capricorn & Jones Ltd. is a gem of an album.

      Michael Nesmith is a country rock pioneer and one of the great songwriters of our time. Linda Ronstadt has her first hit with his “Different Drum,” the Butterield Blues Band covered his “Mary, Mary” while the Nitty Gritty Dirt Band and many others have covered his songs too.

      Check out their trippy, crazy movie “HEAD,” and have your mind blown. Great music, including the epic “Porpoise Song.,” the four Monkees, alone, showing their chops on stage playing “Circle Sky,” and one of the weirdest, most lysergic films ever made.

      Micky Dolenz remains, in his mid 70s, one of the best pop-rock vocalists around. Dude’s an ageless wonder.

      Tom Petty was a huge fan. Elvis Costello and Michael Stipe are fans. Their terrific 2016 album Good Times! Is a power pop gem that includes contributions from fans like Andy Partridge (XTC), Ben Gibbard (Death Cab For Cutie), Noel Gallagher (Oasis) and Paul Weller (The Jam).

      In the words of Bob Dylan (Who played The Monkees on his old radio show) “Don’t criticize what you don’t understand.”

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  10. Cathy
    #10 Cathy 17 September, 2021, 21:15

    It would have been nice, if Michael Nesmith had worn his trademark green wool hat like he did during the 1960s TV series.

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    • Squinkle
      Squinkle 20 September, 2021, 15:32

      I remember reading LONG ago that Mike tossed his hat out into the audience at one of the very first concerts the Monkees played in early ‘67.

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