The Monkees, known for being the original TV boy band, are to reform for their first UK tour in 12 years. It will coincide with their 45th anniversary. British-born Davy Jones, Micky Dolenz and Peter Tork will all return to perform in front of their UK fans.
The Monkees, who produced some of the biggest hits of the 60s, will be touring the length of the country including a special show at the legendary Royal Albert Hall in London.
Known as the original television boy band, they are the example to all those who have since found musical fame via television. Selling over 50 million records with big hits such as Daydream Believer, Last Train to Clarksville, I’m a Believer and (I’m Not Your) Steppin’ Stone, The Monkees were the soundtrack to teenage lives on both sides of the Atlantic from the ‘60s onwards.
A whole new legion of fans were exposed to their crazy antics in the 1980s, when the television show was repeated.
At the time, a band created for TV was seen as controversial. However, they eventually broke their shackles and became a respected band in their own right, embedded in the revolutionary 1960s pop fraternity.
The Beatles were one of The Monkees’ biggest supporters with John Lennon naming them “the Marx Brothers of Rock”. Shockingly, in 1967 The Monkees outsold both The Beatles and The Rolling Stones combined.
Following the TV show, the band went on to tour the world, release hit albums and singles, make a cult psychedelic film – 1968’s Head – and inspire generations of bands to follow their winning formula to success.
The tour will take place in May 2011, kicking it all off at Liverpool’s Echo Arena on May 12th and ending at Nottingham Royal Centre on May 25th.