The Monkees Launch New Album & New Tour With A Stop At Celebrity Theatre Tuesday, April 14, 2020
PHOENIX, AZ – Danny Zelisko Presents An Evening With The Monkees at 7:30 p.m. on Tuesday, April 14, 2020, at the historic Celebrity Theatre. Tickets go on sale this Monday, November 18th at www.celebritytheatre.com. Every ticket purchased includes your choice of a CD or digital copy of The Monkees’ new album!
Michael Nesmith and Micky Dolenz of The Monkees will launch a new tour and release their first-ever live album as a duo on April 3, 2020. The tour will feature songs that span the band’s entire 50+ year career – from their 1966 self-titled debut to their most recent studio album 2016’s Good Times. Produced by The Monkees’ archivist Andrew Sandoval & mixed by Christian Nesmith, the 24-track collection titled The Monkees Present: The Mike & Micky Show LIVE was recorded live in March 2019. It includes performances of all three of the band’s #1 hits: “Last Train To Clarksville,” “I’m A Believer” and “Daydream Believer.” In addition to those hits, the live album also spotlights many of Nesmith’s finest compositions, including several songs that were never performed live during the Monkees’ heyday, like “St. Matthew” and “Auntie’s Municipal Court.” Dolenz takes the spotlight singing hits like “Pleasant Valley Sunday,” “Randy Scouse Git,” “Mary, Mary,” “Goin’ Down,” “For Pete’s Sake,” and “Porpoise Song.”
“An Evening With The Monkees” is the latest chapter in Monkee-mania, a saga that began in 1965 when four young men were cast in a television show about a struggling rock band that was inspired by the Beatles’ A Hard Day’s Night. Few could have predicted the impact The Monkees would have on music and pop culture at large, one that still reverberates more than 50 years later.
Formed in Los Angeles for the eponymous television series, the quartet of Dolenz, Nesmith, the late Peter Tork, and the late Davy Jones brought a singular mix of pop, rock, psychedelia, Broadway, and country to their music. The Monkees’ first single, “Last Train To Clarksville,” was released in 1966 and quickly headed for the top spot of the Billboard charts as a part of the band’s self-titled debut album. By the time the series aired its final new episode on March 25, 1968, The Monkees had seen three further albums top the charts — More of the Monkees, Headquarters, and Pisces, Aquarius, Capricorn & Jones, Ltd. All were released in 1967, staggeringly enough, racking up several more hit singles, with “I’m A Believer,” “(I’m Not Your) Steppin’ Stone,” “A Little Bit Me, A Little Bit You,” “The Girl I Knew Somewhere,” “Pleasant Valley Sunday,” “Words,” “Daydream Believer,” “Valleri,” and “Tapioca Tundra” all finding their way into the Billboard Top 40. The final tally: 16 million albums and 7.5 million singles sold in a mere 2 1/2 years.
To celebrate the Monkees’ 50th anniversary in 2016, the surviving members of the band recorded the critically acclaimed album Good Times. Much like the Monkees’ early albums, it featured tracks written for the band by a group of gifted songwriters, including Ben Gibbard (Death Cab for Cutie), Rivers Cuomo (Weezer), Andy Partridge (XTC) and more.
Doors open at 5:30 p.m. Reserved tickets* ($45.75, $65.75, $85.75, and a limited number of VIP packages) go on sale at 10 a.m. this Monday, November 18th at Celebrity Theatre, 440 N. 32nd St., in Phoenix, or online at www.celebritytheatre.com. *Every ticket purchased includes your choice of a CD or digital copy of the new album, The Monkees Present: The Mike & Micky Show LIVE, to be released on April 3, 2020. Patrons will receive instructions via email on how to redeem your album after ticket purchase. To charge by phone, call 602-267-1600. All tickets are subject to sales tax, facility and ticketing surcharges. All ages welcome.