Newspaper article St Louis Post-Dispatch (MO)

Dolenz, Tork Celebrate 50 Years of Monkee Business

Newspaper article St Louis Post-Dispatch (MO)

Dolenz, Tork Celebrate 50 Years of Monkee Business

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It's been 50 years 50! since the Monkees first appeared on TV and declared: "We're the young generation, and we've got something to say."

OK, they're not so young anymore. But Monkee Micky Dolenz has something to say about getting together with fans for a tour to celebrate such an auspicious anniversary.

"I just feel blessed," Dolenz says from by phone from a tour stop in Atlantic City. "I feel blessed to have been part of it, at the time as well as now. But 50 years it's like, bizarre.

"Think about it this way: In 1966, when we started and the Beatles were out and the Stones and everybody, it would have been the equivalent of an act coming around that had a Top 10 hit in 1916. Enrico Caruso, maybe."

The Monkees have been hitting the reunion circuit every few years for the last three decades. The significant difference this time is that they have a new album, "Good Times," which not only garnered rave reviews and charted in the Top 20 of the Billboard 200, but features vocals by all four original Monkees. Davy Jones, who died in 2012, appears on the album thanks to an archival recording. Mike Nesmith, who hadn't participated in much Monkee business over the years, appeared on several tours after Jones' death and is on the album, but after one final show in September left Dolenz and Peter Tork to carry on as a duo.

The new album, Dolenz says, "happened very quickly. We talked to the record company about what to do for the 50th, and the idea of an album came up. But what kind of album?"

At the same time, some unfinished tracks from the '60s surfaced. "One of them, 'Good Times,' is a song that (the late singer/ songwriter) Harry Nilsson had written," Dolenz says. "Harry laid down a demo vocal, but being Harry, he didn't do anything halfway. It's an incredible vocal."

Also found was "Love to Love," which had a finished vocal by Jones on it. …

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