The Monkees coming to Ruth Eckerd Hall in Clearwater
Your Humble Soundcheck Editor cannot lie: Back in the '80s, he used to watch a lot of The Monkees on Nick at Nite. This is how he became that kid who would go around singing such songs as Last Train to Clarksville, I'm A Believer, Daydream Believer, Pleasant Valley Sunday and of course that famous theme song.
It is surprising, given the cheery nature of their music, that the Monkees could have devolved into enough bickering and in-fighting to support several episodes of Behind the Music. Which is why they don't perform as much as a lot of other oldies and classic-rock acts.
But that's going to change in 2011. Three of the Monkees -- Davy Jones, Micky Dolenz and Peter Tork -- are embarking on a 45th-anniversary reunion tour, their first in a decade. The tour's second stop: June 4 at Ruth Eckerd Hall in Clearwater.
"But where," you are asking, "is the fourth Monkee, Michael Nesmith?" Well, remember all that bickering and in-fighting we mentioned? In the past 15 years, he's been at the center of a lot of it. He was not mentioned in an official tour announcement. So this is probably the closest we'll get to a full-on Monkees reunion.
But that's okay for now, as long as we get to see them live. The Monkees were a big influence on the Beatles, after all.
-- Jay Cridlin, tbt*. Photo: Getty Images.