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The Monkees Announce 'Midsummer' Reunion Tour

Image: The Monkees Announce 'Midsummer' Reunion Tour 2012 photo of Michael Nesmith, Micky Dolenz and Peter Tork of The Monkees in performance.

Tuesday, 30 Apr 2013 10:44 AM

By Michael Mullins

Pop-rock group The Monkees, known for a string of hit songs starting in the 1960s with a television show for which the quartet was brought together, have announced a 'Midsummer' tour, their second reunion since original member Davy Jones died last year.

The band reunited once before in 2011 and then did a reunion tour after Jones' death of a heart attack at 66 in February 2012.

The summer show will be a multimedia look into the band’s song catalog. The group's hits include "Last Train to Clarksville", "I'm a Believer", "Pleasant Valley Sunday", and "Daydream Believer".

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Dubbed "A Midsummer's Night With the Monkees," the tour will begin July 15 at the Capitol Theatre in Port Chester, N.Y., and take the band coast to coast, playing at 24 venues in 34 days.

The group's three surviving members Micky Dolenz, 69, Peter Tork, 71, Michael Nesmith, 70 made the announcement on Monday in Rolling Stone.

"The reaction to the last tour was euphoric," Dolenz told Rolling Stone. "It was pretty apparent there was a demand for another one."

The shows will begin with their mid-60s hits while archival video and photographs play behind them, telling their story as a band over the nearly 50 years they have been performing, reported Rolling Stone, then conclude with songs from their final albums, such as "Pleasant Valley Sunday" and "Listen to the Band."

Nesmith rejoined the band in 2011, having stepped away from music after he inherited a sizable fortune from his mother, who invented Liquid Paper.

The Monkees routinely paid tribute to Jones throughout their tour last year.

"This time we probably won't lean so heavily on the David situation," says Dolenz. "I think we have to move on. Everybody has to move on. He'll always be remembered and acknowledged, but possibly not as much as on that particular tour. We will, of course, still perform 'Daydream Believer' and all the other hits."

Though the band has yet to set any additional tour dates beyond the scheduled ones, Dolenz said the band plans to continue touring after mid-August.

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Tickets for the tour go on sale May 3. Following are the dates and locations:

•  7/15 Capitol Theatre, Port Chester, N.Y.
•  7/16 Citi Performing Arts Center, Boston
•  7/17 Count Basie Theatre, Red Bank, N.J.
•  7/19 NYCB Theatre at Westbury, Westbury, N.Y.
•  7/20 Mann Music Theatre, Philadelphia
•  7/21 Warner Theatre, Washington, D.C.
•  7/23 Memorial Auditorium, Raleigh, N.C.
•  7/24 Ryman Auditorium, Nashville, Tenn.
•  7/26 St. Augustine Amphitheatre, St. Augustine, Fla.
•  7/27 Mizner Park Amphitheatre, Boca Raton, Fla.
•  7/28 Ruth Eckerd Hall, Clearwater, Fla.
•  7/31 Long Center, Austin, Texas
•  8/1 Arena Theatre, Houston
•  8/2 Verizon Theatre, Grand Prairie, Texas
•  8/3 Brady Theater, Tulsa, Okla.
•  8/5 Paramount Theatre, Denver
•  8/9 Mesa Arts Center, Mesa, Ariz.
•  8/10 Green Valley Events Center, Henderson, Nev.
•  8/11 Humphreys, San Diego, Calif.
•  8/12 Terrace Theatre, Long Beach, Calif.
•  8/14 Mountain Winery, Saratoga, Calif.
•  8/15 Uptown Theatre, Napa, Calif.
•  8/17 Benaroya Hall, Seattle
•  8/18 Arlene Schnitzer Concert Hall, Portland, Ore.

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