This summer, The Monkees are celebrating their 50th anniversary with both a new album, and a tour that kicks off with three Florida shows.
Good Times!, the new album, will be released on June 10, 2016. It features all three surviving band members – Micky Dolenz, Michael Nesmith, and Peter Tork.
For their first album in 20 years, the band recorded tracks written specifically for the band by some of the music world’s most gifted songwriters, including Rivers Cuomo (Weezer), Ben Gibbard (Death Cab For Cutie), Andy Partridge (XTC), and Zach Rogue (Rogue Wave) as well as a song co-written by Noel Gallagher and Paul Weller. The album also includes songwriting contributions by Nesmith (“I Know What I Know”) and Tork as well as producer Schlesinger.
To help bring the anniversary full circle, The Monkees completed songs that were originally recorded and written for the group during the 60s, including “Love To Love” by Neil Diamond, which features a vintage vocal by the late Davy Jones.
The tour for Good Times! will feature Dolenz and Tork (Nesmith has declined to tour), and it will kick off May 18 with a show in Fort Myers, FL.
It then moves to Central Florida for a show at King Center for the Performing Arts in Melbourne, on May 19. Tickets for that show are $35 – $99.75, and are available at kingcenter.com.
The last chance to catch them in Florida is May 20, at Ruth Eckerd Hall in Clearwater. Tickets for that show are $52.50 – $102.50. and are available at rutheckerdhall.com.
For more information on the 50th anniversary tour, or Good Times!, visit monkees.com.
To get you in the mood for the show, here is the video for “She Makes Me Laugh” from the new album:
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