The surviving members of The Monkees have announced plans to reunite on the stage, for the first time in 15 years.
Micky Dolenz, Peter Tork, and Michael Nesmith will launch the tour in Escondido, CA, at the California Center for the Arts, on November 8, 2012, ending at NYC’s Beacon Theater on December 2nd. The tour is scheduled to make 10 other stops, in between. ”This seems like a good time to do this,the right time,” says Nesmith. “Who knows when we will get another chance?” The tour also marks the first time the band will tour, since the death of Davy Jones, last February. The band intends to honor Jones, during the multi-media portion of their show.
The Monkees will be performing songs from their film Head, from their television show, and from their first five albums. The multi-media portion of the show will feature rare photographs and film clips.
Aside from the reunion tour, The Monkees will host the first David T. Jones Memorial Convention on March 1-3, 2013, to commemorate the first anniversary of Jones’s death. The band released the following press release, explaining the event and the lineup:
You are invited to join fellow fans from all the world to mark the one-year anniversary of Davy Jones’ passing with a celebration of the former teen idol’s life, and his band, The Monkees at the The David T. Jones Memorial Monkees Convention, March 1-3, 2013 at The Sheraton Hotel and Conference Center, 2 Meadowlands Plaza, East Rutherford, New Jersey.
There will be live concert performances, special guest interviews, autograph and photo opportunities, question and answer sessions; a mammoth Monkees music & memorabilia marketplace and rock & roll flea market, art exhibits, film and video showings, the “David T. Jones Message of Hope” book project, plus much more.
Headlining the memorial convention are former Monkees Micky Dolenz and Peter Tork. Other Special Guests of Honor includes actor Christopher Knight, who played Peter Brady in the Brady Bunch, on which Davy Jones appeared; TV personality Butch Patrick, who is best known as Eddie Munster from “The Munsters” – Butch appeared in one of the Monkees’ TV episodes; singer Ron Dante, who was the lead singer in the Archies and was one of Davy Jones’ record producers; singer Gary DeCarlo who was the lead singer in the band Steam (“Na Na Hey Hey Kiss Him Goodbye”) and appeared with Davy Jones on Davy’s last PBS TV concert appearance; actresses Donna Loren and Arlene Martel, who each appeared in Monkees television episodes; and world famous rock & roll artist Shannon, known for her “7 Faces of Beatles” collection will be introducing her “7 Faces of Davy” collection specifically for this event. Other guests are being added.
Performing live over the three-day extravaganza will be members of Davy Jones’ touring band along with popular Monkees tribute bands including “The Characters,” who played many of the Monkees Conventions through the years and also backed up Micky, Davy and Peter; “The Blue Meanies,” who performed at a Davy Jones tribute at NY’s BB Kings club; and “Loose Salute” who specialize in Mike Nesmith songs. The very rare Monkeemobile will also be on display.
The David T. Jones Memorial Monkees Convention is being presented with the blessings of Davy’s family, and funds will be raised to support the former Monkees’ favorite charity, The Davy Jones Equine Memorial Fund. Jones was an avid horseman and this charity ensures the continuing care of the horses he so loved.
This event is open to all ages, and the hotel is offering special reduced convention rates for guests wishing to stay overnight. Join fellow fans and music lovers from all over the country and overseas as they take the Last Train To Clarksville (actually the Meadowlands) to be a Believer! The weekend guarantees fun-filled activities and attractions with Music, Memories, Monkees and much more. Tickets are now on sale, including special weekend passes.
The March 1-3, 2013 David T. Jones Memorial Monkees Convention is produced by Phyllis Paganucci of Then & Now Events in association with Liverpool Productions. Davy, Micky and Peter Tork, were all the special guests at the very last national Monkees Convention produced on the East Coast in 1987, and this production team has reunited after twenty-five years to bring fans the ultimate celebration possible in memory of Davy Jones.