The Monkees back together again

Do you remember The Monkees? Well, those fun-lovin’ psychedelic pop stars have reformed (again) and, later this year, will embark on a 50th anniversary tour of Australia and New Zealand.

The ‘Prefab Four’, as they were known after being put together for a television series in 1965, will begin a 10-date tour of ‘down under’ minus front man Davy Jones, who passed away in 2012 and guitarist Mike Nesmith, who is still with the band but no longer tours.

So, The Monkees are down to two original members – Micky Dolenz and Peter Tork – and they’ll be playing a bunch of Monkees’ classics as well as new tracks from their new album Good Times!, which was released in May this year.

The Monkees may have had an unconventional beginning but in 1967, the band outsold The Beatles and Rolling Stones combined, making them one of the most successful pop music acts of the 60s.

Why not watch a video of one of the Monkees’ biggest hits, then and now?

I’m a Believer music video (then)

I’m a Believer live music video (now)

Or get reacquainted with the original television series?

The Monkees – Here Come The Monkees pilot episode

Were you, or are you, a fan of The Monkees? Do you recall a favourite ‘Monkee’ moment?

Read more about The Monkees’ 50th anniversary tour.

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Written by Leon Della Bosca

Leon Della Bosca has worked in publishing and media in one form or another for around 25 years. He's a voracious reader, word spinner and art, writing, design, painting, drawing, travel and photography enthusiast. You'll often find him roaming through galleries or exploring the streets of his beloved Melbourne and surrounding suburbs, sketchpad or notebook in hand, smiling.


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