For the Monkees’ Micky Dolenz, there’s a high school-style reunion component to being part of a package like the “Happy Together Tour.”
“I’ve known some of these guys, like, 40 years,” says Dolenz, 65, who was the “wacky drummer” for the Monkees and continues to maintain both music and acting careers, including a recent run in “Hairspray” on London’s West End. “Flo and Eddie (of the Turtles), I’ve known them since ’66 or ’67. I don’t even remember when I met Mark Lindsay (of Paul Revere & the Raiders) — probably around the same time.
“We would cross paths either in Hollywood, on the Strip going to a club, going to the Troubadour to see Elton John when he first showed up or just hanging out at parties. And over the years we have bumped into each other on the road, tour buses passing in the night, things like that. So, yeah, there is a little bit of that reunion feel to this.”
Dolenz will release a new album of Carole King covers, titled “King For a Day,” on Aug. 24, paying tribute to the co-writer of Monkees hits such as “Pleasant Valley Sunday” and “Sometime in the Morning.” But he promises that his “Happy Together” set will be filled with what he knows fans want to hear — Monkees music.
“Everybody is expecting that,” Dolenz says, “and I don’t mind doing them at all. And I do them in their entirety, too; I don’t do medleys or change them up and do a reggae version of ‘Last Train to Clarksville’ or something.
“I believe that you sort of have this unspoken contract with an audience when you do a show like this. I’m pretty critical about it; I have the band go back and occasionally revisit the original recordings to make sure we have the right guitar tones and arrangements and everything. Basically, I think it’s important that the audience can sing along, and it’s the same song they remember.”
The “Happy Together Tour” with the Turtles featuring Flo & Eddie, Micky Dolenz of the Monkees, the Grass Roots featuring Rob Grill, the Buckinghams and Mark Lindsay of Paul Revere & the Raiders plays at 7:30 p.m. Sunday, May 30, at the DTE Energy Music Theatre, Sashabaw Road east of I-75, Independence Township. Tickets are $35.50 pavilion, $10 lawn. Call 248-377-0100 or visit www.palacenet.com.
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