The Monkees at the State Theatre, 11/15/12

Categories: Last Night

When the band returned, Dolenz mentioned how the three of them discussed who would sing the next song, mentioning how Nesmith came up with the idea to let us sing it. "We don't own this song anymore, you do." And with that, Nesmith picked a young girl and a woman (with a prominent Monkees tattoo) out of the front row to sing lead vocals "In honor of our dearly departed friend" on "Daydream Believer," which was a nice touch, considering Davy's absence. "What Am I Doing Hangin' Round" closed out the main set rather tepidly, with Dolenz even nonchalantly checking his watch as the track drew to a close.

A halfhearted version of "Listen to the Band" started the encore and never quite found a spark, before the night closed with an audience-wide singalong on "Pleasant Valley Sunday," which sent everyone off smiling. And while Dolenz, Nesmith, and Tork did mostly everything they could to make up for the palpable absence of their lost friend, Jones' exuberance and stage presence was dearly missed during the show, and would have given the performance a much needed jolt that would have transformed a good experience into a truly great one. But at least the Monkees made all of us feel a little bit younger, if only just for the night.

Critic's Notebook:

Personal Bias: I remember my sisters watching the Monkees TV show pretty religiously growing up, but once I found out about the Beatles, I didn't give them much of a chance. But I've learned to appreciate their songs over the years.

The Crowd: Certainly skewed a bit towards the older side, obviously, but there were plenty of young people in the audience as well, with everyone there to have a good time.

Overheard In The Crowd: Lots of individual "I love you" calls out to each of the Monkees, and a girl who screamed loudly every time clips of belly dancers were projected on the screen.

Random Notebook Dump: Am I the only one upset/surprised that they didn't play the theme song to the Monkees? That song is a real jam.

Setlist:

Last Train To Clarksville

Papa Gene's Blues

Your Auntie Grizelda

She

Sweet Young Thing

I'm A Believer

(I'm Not Your) Steppin' Stone

I Wanna Be Free (Davy on video)

You Told Me

Sunny Girlfriend

You Just May Be The One

Mary, Mary

The Girl I Knew Somewhere

For Pete's Sake

Early Morning Blues And Greens

Randy Scouse Git

Daily Nightly

Tapioca Tundra

Goin' Down

The Porpoise Song (Theme From "Head")

Daddy's Song (Davy on video)

Can You Dig It

As We Go Along

Circle Sky

Long Title: Do I Have To Do This All Over Again

Daydream Believer

What Am I Doing Hangin' Round

Listen To The Band (Encore)

Pleasant Valley Sunday (Encore)



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4 comments
kozzie17
kozzie17

Great overview of the concert Erik. I too thought the pacing was a bit uneven. It was still great to see the three back together. Micky was in great form. The only other song I wish they would have performed, in addition to the (Theme From) The Monkees, was "Words". That would have completed the evening for me. Otherwise very solid. It might be the last time we see the remaining three back in the Twin Cities.

mommalemke
mommalemke

I was at the Cupertino concert and most of the crowd was in their 40s & 50's - hardly "old" by today's standards.  The guys sounded the same as they did when they were young and we enjoyed every second.  It was great to hear their own work featured and not just the pop songs. Thanks for the long winded, uneven review, I'm glad I could keep my eyes open to read it.

lfrattallone
lfrattallone

Thanks for the thorough review, but you seem surprised that people get old and that "old" people go to concerts. Yes, believe it or not, many of us who liked the Monkees when they and we were young can still hear, drive and even "slowly rise to our feet" to groove at a concert. 

Kathie Bursaw Rummelhoff
Kathie Bursaw Rummelhoff

Thanx for the extensive review. I had Mike Nesmith on facebook but, after awhile, I just couldn't quite understand his rambling posts. I wish I could've attended. My older brothers were Beatles "snobs" & thought i had no taste in music for adoring The Monkees. They, grudgingly, admitted that "Pleasant Valley Sunday" was a passable song. By the way, my favorite player was Mike Nesmith because of his caustic personality and stand-out musical ability.

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