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Sunday, August 18, 2013

Tonight in Music: The Monkees

Posted by Ned Lannamann on Sun, Aug 18, 2013 at 10:00 AM


THE MONKEES
(Arlene Schnitzer Concert Hall, 1037 SW Broadway) It wasn't supposed to end that way. When Davy Jones died of a heart attack in February 2012, it was only a few short months after the Monkees' 45th anniversary tour—a reunion tour that was cut short by rumored conflicts between the three participating Monkees: Jones, Micky Dolenz, and Peter Tork. I saw that tour when it came to the Sleep Country Amphitheater in 2011, and one could tell something was off; that show left an unhappy taste in my mouth, feeling more like a cruise-ship revue than a concert by a band I've cherished since childhood. That unfortunate tour was almost the final word on a group whose legacy of spectacular '60s pop has been characterized by its long uphill struggle toward critical reevaluation from the rock snobs who denounced them as pre-fab TV stars. That they were, but their records reveal multitudes more: perfect pop from pop's greatest era. So when Dolenz and Tork announced a tour with remaining Monkees holdout Michael Nesmith, it was puzzling but very welcome news. Nesmith recently played a weird, great show of his solo stuff at the Aladdin, and seeing him back with the other two living Monkees should not only add a jolt to their performances, it will act as the best possible tribute to Jones' memory. Expect many tears to flow during the sing-along to "Daydream Believer." NED LANNAMANN Also see My, What a Busy Week!

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