The Monkees' Micky Dolenz announces new tour to pay tribute to The Beatles' 'White Album'
The comparison between the Monkees and the Beatles are endless for Sixties fans, but at least one member of the Monkees had a lot more to do with the Fab Four than some fans may realize.
When the Beatles were recording Sgt. Pepper's Lonely Hearts Club Band, Paul McCartney invited Micky Dolenz down to help record the track "Good Morning Good Morning," and Dolenz always considered this moment a milestone in his career, occuring right in the middle of The Monkees TV run. He even included it in his memoir-esque 2012 album Remember, covering the song and telling TheMonkees.net, “It was the first Beatles session I’d ever been at, and it burned into my brain.”
A year later, the Beatles would release the self-titled album known to fans as The White Album, and Dolenz would be so struck by the iconic album that recently, he announced he will join other rockers whose careers have been touched by the Beatles in paying tribute to The White Album with a tour that celebrates its 50-year anniversary last year.
According to Rolling Stone, Dolenz will be joined by Todd Rundgren, Christopher Cross, Chicago singer Jason Scheff and Badfinger guitarist Joey Molland for the tour that's been dubbed It Was 50 Years Ago Today. In addition to performing Beatles covers from their influential record, fans can expect to hear songs from each artist's separate, notable catalogs. So if you've ever wanted to see Dolenz go from "Pleasant Valley Sunday" to "While My Guitar Gently Weeps," here's you chance.
The tour will start in New Jersey this September and end in Washington, D.C. in October. See all the dates below:
Sept 21 – Atlantic City, NJ @ Golden Nugget
Sept 28 – Akron, OH @ Akron Civic Theatre
Sept 29 – Danville, KY @ Norton Center
Oct 1 – St. Charles, IL @ Arcada Theater
Oct 2 – Milwaukee, WI -@ Pabst Theater
Oct 5 – Beverly, MA @ Cabot Theater
Oct 6 – Concord, NH @ Capitol Center For The Arts
Oct 7 – Orono, ME @ Collins Center For The Arts
Oct 8 – Ridgefield, CT @Ridgefield Playhouse
Oct 10 – Staten Island, NY @ St. George Theater
Oct 11 – Boston, MA @ Berklee PAC
Oct 12 – Westbury, NY @ Theatre @ Westbury
Oct 13 – Morristown, NJ @ Mayo PAC
Oct 15 – Glenside, PA @ Keswick Theatre
Oct 17 – Red Bank, NJ @ Count Basie Theater
Oct 18 – New London, CT @ Garde Arts Center
Oct 20 – Washington, DC @ Warner Theatre