The three surviving original band members — guitarist Michael Nesmith, drummer Micky Dolenz, and bass player Peter Tork — will star in A Midsummer’s Night with The Monkees, presented by AC Entertainment and Broadway Series South, at 8 p.m. on Tuesday, July 23rd, in Raleigh Memorial Auditorium in the Duke Energy Center for the Performing Arts. (Diminutive British vocalist and tamborine player Davy Jones, a.k.a. “The Cute One,” died on Feb. 29, 2012 of a heart attack, at age 66; but his three American bandmates will include a touching tribute to Jones in A Midsummer’s Night with The Monkees.)
According to The Monkees official website:
“Following their sold out 2012 fall tour, Michael Nesmith, Micky Dolenz, and Peter Tork return to the concert stage this summer for a reprise. Because of the overwhelming demand from fans unable to see the limited run the trio undertook last November, The Monkees are bowing to popular demand, bringing their show to all new venues and markets this summer. Dubbed A Midsummer’s Night with The Monkees, the jaunt kicks off at Port Chester, NY’s Capitol Theatre on July 15th and wraps at Portland, OR’s Arlene Schnitzer Concert Hall on Aug. 18th….
“Last year’s tour elicited raves from both fans and critics alike. ‘…Nothing could have prepared the uninitiated for the powerful concert the Monkees delivered…,’ wrote Chrissie Dickinson in the Chicago Tribune, ‘It wasn’t just a recap of the band’s greatest hits. It was an emotionally disarming multimedia show that, for all its backward glance, felt fresh and electric.’
“The trio’s set list 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 [1966-68] 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.
“In many cases, this tour will mark the first concerts from The Monkees to some areas of the United States in decades. Antenna TV, who air ‘The Monkees’ series, will (in conjunction with The Monkees and Rhino) run a national contest to send lucky winners to one of the shows on the tour.”
SECOND OPINION: July 26th New York, NY Guitar World interview with Michael Nesmith, Micky Dolenz, and Peter Tork, conducted by Damian Fanelli: http://www.guitarworld.com/interview-michael-nesmith-micky-dolenz-and-peter-tork-talk-monkees-summer-tour-headquarters-and-what-they-learned-jimi-hendrix; July 23rd Durham, NC Indy Week interview with Micky Dolenz, conducted by Jim Allen: http://www.indyweek.com/scan/archives/2013/07/23/the-monkees-understand-mickey-dolenz-on-the-bands-reunion; July 19th Raleigh, NC News & Observer preview by Roger Friedensen: http://www.newsobserver.com/2013/07/18/3036392/the-monkees-raleigh-concert-will.html, July 16th New York, NY Rolling Stone preview by Rob Sheffield: http://www.rollingstone.com/music/news/the-monkees-return-with-michael-nesmith-20130716, April 29th interview with Micky Dolenz, conducted by Andy Greene: http://www.rollingstone.com/music/news/the-monkees-reveal-u-s-summer-tour-dates-20130429, April 1st interview with Michael Nesmith, conducted by Steve Appleford: http://www.rollingstone.com/music/news/q-a-michael-nesmith-on-solo-tour-and-being-the-difficult-monkee-20130401, and Nov. 9th review by Peter Holslin: http://www.rollingstone.com/music/news/monkees-delight-believers-in-reunion-tour-kickoff-20121109; and July 15th McLean, VA USA TODAY preview by Brian Mansfield: http://www.usatoday.com/story/life/music/2013/07/14/monkees-on-the-road-again/2515371/ and April 29th preview by Brian Mansfield: http://www.usatoday.com/story/life/music/2013/04/29/monkees-set-summer-tour/2121761/. (Note: To read Triangle Arts and Entertainment’s online version of the Aug. 1st Triangle Review review by Robert W. McDowell, click https://triangleartsandentertainment.org/2013/08/hey-hey-its-the-monkees-finally/.)
AC Entertainment and Broadway Series South present A MIDSUMMER’S NIGHT WITH THE MONKEES, starring original band members Michael Nesmith, Micky Dolenz, and Peter Tork, at 8 p.m. July 23 in Raleigh Memorial Auditorium in the Duke Energy Center for the Performing Arts, 2 E. South St., Raleigh, North Carolina 27601.
TICKETS: $71.05-$118.55 (including fees).
Duke Energy Center Box Office: 919-996-8700 or firstname.lastname@example.org (information only).
Ticketmaster: 800-745-3000 or http://www.ticketmaster.com/venueartist/115203/735678. SHOW: http://www.dukeenergycenterraleigh.com/event/the-monkees-4159.
AC Entertainment: http://acentertainment.com/.
Broadway Series South: http://www.dukeenergycenterraleigh.com/broadway-series-south.
A Midsummer’s Night with The Monkees (2013 summer tour): http://www.monkees.com/article/back-by-popular-demand-the-monkees-announce-summer-tour-a-midsummer-s-night-with-the-monkees and https://www.facebook.com/monkeestour (Facebook page).
The Monkees (group): http://www.monkees.com/ (official website), https://www.facebook.com/TheMonkees (Facebook page), https://twitter.com/MonkeesOfficial (Twitter page), and http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/The_Monkees (Wikipedia).
Micky Dolenz (drums/guitar): http://mickydolenz.com/ (official website) and http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Micky_Dolenz (Wikipedia).
Davy Jones (vocals and tamborine): http://www.davyjones.net/ (official website) and http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Davy_Jones_%28musician%29 (Wikipedia).
Michael Nesmith (guitar/keyboards): http://videoranch.com/ (official website) and http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Michael_Nesmith (Wikipedia).
Peter Tork (guitar/bass/banjo/keyboards): http://www.petertork.com/ (official website) and http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Peter_Tork (Wikipedia).
The Monkees (music videos): http://www.youtube.com/user/MisterMusicMan382?feature=watch (MisterMusicMan382’s YouTube Monkees music page).
The Monkees Archive (more music videos): http://www.youtube.com/user/TheMonkeesArchive?feature=watch.
“The Monkees” (1966-68 television series): http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/The_Monkees_%28TV_series%29 (Wikipedia) and http://www.imdb.com/title/tt0060010/ (Internet Movie Database).
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