Here they come, walking down the street... Accidental heroes of the 60s, The Monkees are still one of the most beloved bands of today. Grab the last train to Monkeesville and get ready to shout, "I'm a believer.
Those with The Monkees tickets will be able to see the band play on a few select dates over the summer at locations across the US , including the River City Casino in St. Louis, the Mayo Performing Arts Center in New Jersey, the American Music Center in Pennsylvania, and the NYCB Theater in New York. After that, their loyal British fans will be rewarded with gigs in the UK, including Eventim Apollo in London and the Moseley Folk Festival in Moseley Park.
The Monkees were initially conceived in the 60s as the topic of a reality TV show. As the world's first truly manufactured boy band, they were intended to piggyback off the unprecedented popularity of The Beatles. The four members -- Mickey Dolenz, Michael Nesmith, Peter Tork, and Davy Jones -- were chosen mainly for their looks and acting ability, and the fact that they had some musical talent was a bonus. Their first single, "Last Train To Clarksville," was released before the show aired to generate interest, and to everyone's surprise, it became a hit.
Last Train To Clarksville" was released before the show had aired and intended to generate a little media interest in the band. Songwriters Tommy Boyce and Bobby Hart deliberately referenced The Beatles in the track, basing the riff on "Paperback Writer" and including the lyric "oh no no no" as a reply to The Beatles' "she loves you, yeah yeah yeah." To everyone's surprise, the song wound up becoming a monster hit on both sides of the Atlantic. The follow-up, "I'm A Believer," proved an even bigger hit, remaining at No. 1 on the UK Singles Chart for four weeks.
The Monkees released four successive No. 1 albums: The Monkees; More Of The Monkees; Headquarters; and Pisces, Aquarius, Capricorn & Jones Ltd. In 1968, they walked away from the TV show and took complete control of their image, releasing the movie and soundtrack album, Head, in 1968. Though the album failed to achieve the commercial success of their first albums, it helped establish them as a serious musical band in their own right and paved the way for future musical endeavours.
Those with the Monkees tickets will be able to experience a concert with three of the original four members. Expect lots of onstage hijinks as they tear through their backlog of hits, now performed with a large ensemble band. Most of their gigs aside from festival dates are fully seated, but it's not unheard of for audience members to get up and start dancing in the aisles.
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