Although the show would last only two seasons, the impact the Monkees had on music cannot be ignored. Their first four albums went to Number 1 and included such hits as "Last Train to Clarksville," "I'm a Believer," "(I'm Not Your) Steppin' Stone" and "Pleasant Valley Sunday."
A mid-2013 Monkees concert is a powerful reminder of why these guys were such big stars in the mid-'60s. The band's three surviving members — Michael Nesmith, Micky Dolenz and Peter Tork — dole out the hits like a vintage jukebox at a family-style restaurant. But a modern Monkees show serves up a good deal more, including a pinch of the banter that made the Monkees everyone's favorite wise-cracking, prefab pop band — and, perhaps best of all — a generous serving of Nesmith's music.
Earlier this month, for one night only, I went from being one of four guitarists in a Monkees tribute band to being the only guitarist in a band supporting two actual Monkees — Peter Tork and Micky Dolenz. To make things even weirder, I used a Les Paul that once belonged to Tim Sult of Clutch, just so I could say that guitar went from Clutch to the Monkees in just over a year.
The three surviving members of The Monkees -- Michael Nesmith, Micky Dolenz and Peter Tork -- will hit the road in November for a brief 12-date tour. The performances will mark Nesmith's first live appearances with the band since 1997.