Monkees have one more night together in Clearwater
Three of the four original Monkees - Michael Nesmith, left, Micky Dolenz and Peter Tork - had the crowd on their feet Sunday night at Ruth Eckerd Hall. Kevin Howe
Published: July 29, 2013
Updated: July 29, 2013 at 08:23 AM
Hey, hey, The Monkees were back at Ruth Eckerd Hall Sunday night. Walking onstage after their TV show's theme, they kicked off with a rousing "Last Train to Clarksville," that brought the near sell-out crowd to its feet for a long ovation. Each Monkee introduced another but the largest roar was reserved for Mike Nesmith, who hasn't toured with the band, well, in forever. Minus beloved front man Davy Jones, who died last year, Micky Dolenz, Peter Tork and Nesmith ran through a wicked pace of hits early in the show including "I'm a Believer," "She" and "Steppin' Stone."
On a large screen behind them, clips from the show, interviews and performances ran simultaneously. Dolenz made a point to tell youngsters that "I'm a Believer" was a hit "before Shrek." Backed by a seven-piece band, The Monkees tapped into "Headquarters," the album where they busted their manufactured boy band persona and found their creative footing. And though Jones wasn't center stage shaking a tambourine, he was there in spirit and in countless clips - including his appearance as Marcia's date for the dance, causing women to squeal. Many in the crowd sported old Monkee T-shirts and more than a few shook mini tambourines purchased at the memorabilia table.