The Monkees to Play Fox Theatre, 6/5
Fox Concerts presents The Monkees on Thursday, June 5 at 7:30PM Live at The Fox Theatre. Tickets are $100, $75, $60, $50, $40, $30, and are on sale Friday, March 28 at 10AM online at metrotix.com, by calling 314-534-1111, or in person at the Fox Theatre Box Office.
When four young men were cast in the television roles of a struggling rock band inspired by The Beatles' A Hard Day's Night, few could have predicted the impact The Monkees would make on music and pop culture at large, an impact that still reverberates nearly 50 years later.
Assembled in Los Angeles in 1965 by Robert "Bob" Rafelson and Bert Schneider for the television series The Monkees, the quartet of Micky Dolenz, Michael Nesmith, Peter Tork, and the late Davy Jones brought a singular mix of pop, rock, psychedelica, Broadway, and country to their music. The show itself, meanwhile, paid tribute not only to The Beatles, but also to the comedy stylings of The Marx Brothers and Laurel and Hardy as well as the pop-art sensibilities of Warhol and the emerging San Francisco psychedelic scene.
By the time the group's TV series aired its final new episode on March 25, 1968, the Monkees had seen three further albums top the charts - More of the Monkees, Headquarters, and Pisces, Aquarius, Capricorn & Jones, Ltd., all of which were released in 1967, staggeringly enough - while racking up several more hit singles, with "I'm a Believer," "(I'm Not Your) Steppin' Stone," "A Little Bit Me, A Little Bit You," "The Girl I Knew Somewhere," "Pleasant Valley Sunday," "Words," "Daydream Believer," "Valleri," and "Tapioca Tundra" all finding their way into the Billboard Top 40.
After the series' two-season run, the group went on to star in the cult feature film HEAD (co-written by Jack Nicholson) and a TV special (33 1/3 Revolutions per Monkee) while also continuing to record new material, but much as the '60s gave way to the '70s, the members of the Monkees eventually gave in to their individual musical interests and went their separate ways... for awhile.
In the wake of Jones's death on February 12, 2012, the surviving members of the Monkees reunited and performed a series concerts throughout November and December. The shows were received so triumphantly that Dolenz, Nesmith, and Tork returned the following summer for a tour dubbed "A Midsummer's Night with the Monkees," the success of which inspired the trio to hit the road again this May and June as well.