March 25, 2013 |
In returning to the stage for his first solo U.S. tour in 21 years, singer-songwriter and part-time Monkees member Michael Nesmith demonstrated that his penchant for taking music above and beyond the norm remains fully intact. Over the course of his nearly two-hour show Sunday at the Canyon Club in Agoura Hills, the 70-year-old musician and his four-piece band turned in 17 songs spanning more than 40 years. He started with “Papa Gene's Blues,” a song from the Monkees' 1966 debut album and which he described as “one of the first songs I ever wrote,” and reached as far forward as “Rays,” the title track from his most recent studio album, released in 2006.
March 23, 2013 |
Once pegged as "the smart Monkee," singer, songwriter and guitarist Michael Nesmith is now embarking on his first U.S. solo tour in more than two decades. Nesmith shot to fame after "The Monkees" series premiered in 1966, and though he recently reunited with the band for a tour, it's now his turn to hit the road solo. The 70-year-old artist and his backing band will focus on the deep trove of country, folk and rock music he made after leaving the Monkees in 1970. Nesmith will hit the Canyon Club in Agoura Hills on March 24, with guest guitarist John Jorgenson dropping in for one number during the L.A.-area tour stop.
February 26, 2013 |
On the heels of last fall's reunion tour with other surviving members of the Monkees , Michael Nesmith will embark on his first major U.S. solo tour in more than two decades. The singer, songwriter and guitarist will open the run of shows March 21 in Franklin, Tenn., just outside Nashville, followed by a March 24 stop at the Canyon Club in Agoura Hills, the closest he'll come to Los Angeles proper. The tour will continue with performances March 26 in Santa Cruz and March 27 in San Francisco before more dates in Oregon, Washington, Colorado, Minnesota and a half-dozen other states before wrapping up with final stops April 16 in New York and April 17 in Washington, D.C. The full tour itinerary is available here . PHOTOS: Iconic rock guitars and their owners “The songs I'll play are a touch chronological and a touch thematic,” the 70-year-old Texas-born musician, long based in Northern California, said in a statement.
November 14, 2012 |
Times pop music staff writers Randy Lewis and Mikael Wood discuss the merits of the current reunion tour by the three surviving members of the Monkees in a Google Hangout. The group was assembled out of casting auditions for a 1960s TV sitcom about the misadventures of a struggling rock group, unexpectedly transforming the cast into a bond fide rock band that in 1967 sold more records than the Beatles or the Rolling Stones. The current tour of a dozen dates marks the band's first outing since the death earlier this year of singer Davy Jones, and the first time since 1969 that lead guitarist, songwriter and sometimes lead singer Michael Nesmith has participated in a U.S. tour with his former band mates.
November 11, 2012 |
Micky Dolenz and Peter Tork were doing what they could to keep the tone light Saturday night at the Greek Theatre, where the Monkees swung in for a stop on their first tour since the February death of the group's beloved frontman, Davy Jones. Introducing “Randy Scouse Git,” Dolenz acknowledged the dubious fashions of the Monkees' late-1960s heyday by donning a floral-patterned poncho similar to one he wore on the band's TV series. (He likened it accurately to a tablecloth.) And during “Your Auntie Grizelda,” Tork did a goofy soft-shoe shuffle that demonstrated how little the intervening decades have diminished his appealing sense of self-deprecation.
November 9, 2012 |
The Monkees haven't toured together in more than four decades, so it seemed only logical that at a rehearsal this week in North Hollywood, the band's three surviving members might not be in sync. But two days ahead of a short reunion tour that began Thursday in Escondido, Micky Dolenz, Michael Nesmith and Peter Tork communicated in a secret language as if it were still 1969. In the middle of a long jam, Nesmith, 69, took his hands off his vintage-style Gretsch guitar and began addressing Dolenz in an elaborate sequence of arm and hand signals (think of ground crew guiding a plane in at LAX)