The 76-year-old made the announcement that he will begin a special tour in April to honor the lives of his late comrades Mike Nesmith, Peter Tork, and Davy Jones. The performances will include well-known songs, intimate tales, and never-before-seen video from the star’s vaults.
Dolenz said in a statement that he believed it was vital to assemble the fans and properly commemorate the lives of Davy, Mike, and Peter. People have been writing to him and asking that he pay tribute to The Monkees in a way that appropriately recognizes their remarkable effect.
They were like his brothers since they spent so much time together, and he said he wanted to share some of the immense joy they shared together.
Following the passing of Nesmith at the age of 78 in December, the guitarist was left as the last surviving member of the well-known 1960s TV stars-turned-musicians. Their final tour had just come to an end.
At the time of Nesmith’s demise, Dolenz expressed that he’s sad. He had lost a close friend and companion. He is very appreciative that they were able to spend the previous several months together singing, joking, and acting silly. He’ll really miss everything. Particularly the schtick Nez, rest in peace. He adores him.
Jones, 66, passed away in 2012. At the age of 77, Tork died in 2019.
The humorous escapades of a quartet traveling about Los Angeles in a customized Pontiac GTO known as the MonkeeMobile were the focus of the Bob Rafelson and Bert Schneider-created television series “The Monkees.” 1967’s Emmy for outstanding comedy series went to the program.
Six of the new Monkees songs included in each episode went on to become Top 10 Billboard successes throughout the course of the show’s two-year run. “I’m a Believer,” “Daydream Believer,” and “Last Train to Clarksville” were the other three songs to make it to the top. In 1967 alone, they scored four No. 1 albums.
Jones was the group’s endearing lead vocalist, with a British accent and boyish good features. Dolenz eventually took on the role of the eccentric drummer, but he had to pick up drumming on the fly. The bass player was represented by folk-rock artist Tork, who was hilariously ignorant. The band’s lead guitarist was Nesmith, who had a serious but innocent demeanor and a twangy Texas accent.
Following the end of the program in 1968, the band set off on a protracted concert tour where they performed several of their songs live in front of enthusiastic crowds. Sometimes, Jimi Hendrix served as their opening act.
The group disbanded in 1970. In order to make a new album, “Justus,” for the Monkees’ 30th anniversary, Nesmith persuaded the other members to get back together. For this album, all four members wrote the songs and played the instruments.