I’ve already starting playing Headquarters and Pisces, Aquarius on repeat. Several things make this tour worth getting excited about:
- Micky and Peter learned (with Davy of course) how to put on a kick-ass, entertaining show and they performed it as recently as last year. Micky and Peter can teach Mike how “it’s done these days”. I didn’t see them in the U.K. in ‘97 but I expect this go-round with Mike will surpass those shows in polish, professionalism, musical punch, and laughs.
- The Micky/Davy/Peter edition of the band had a lot of multimedia smarts in their show already. Mike can only up the ante there (his work at Videoranch is evidence). Davy’s appearances on video (hologram?) should be memorable.
- The loss of Davy and the likelihood of this being the last tour for the other three adds poignancy (no doubt) but also should push The Monkees and their band to make this brief tour an exemplary part of their 46-year legacy.
- Nesmith is unlikely to drop out of such a brief tour. ;-)
- There is no substitute for Mike singing Mike’s songs.
- Personally I haven’t seen Mike (with his band during “The Prison” shows at SF’s Palace of Fine Arts) since ‘76 and Micky and Peter since ‘96 at Universal Amphitheater, so I’m likely to have a good time even if they don’t totally live up to my high expectations.
- I don’t think the three guys would have committed to this tour unless they knew they could deliver.
Anyone else seeing them in Cupertino?