The Monkees at the State Theatre, 11/15/12
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.
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.
Last Train To Clarksville
Papa Gene's Blues
Your Auntie Grizelda
Sweet Young Thing
I'm A Believer
(I'm Not Your) Steppin' Stone
I Wanna Be Free (Davy on video)
You Told Me
You Just May Be The One
The Girl I Knew Somewhere
For Pete's Sake
Early Morning Blues And Greens
Randy Scouse Git
The Porpoise Song (Theme From "Head")
Daddy's Song (Davy on video)
Can You Dig It
As We Go Along
Long Title: Do I Have To Do This All Over Again
What Am I Doing Hangin' Round
Listen To The Band (Encore)
Pleasant Valley Sunday (Encore)