Founding member Michael Nesmith has announced he’ll rejoin The Monkees one last time. Nesmith said in a Facebook post he plans to join surviving members Peter Tork and Micky Dolenz for their Sept. 16 show at The Pantages Theatre in Los Angeles as part of The Monkees’ 50th-anniversary tour. Tork and Dolenz kicked off the tour in May without Nesmith, who last performed onstage with the band in 2014 but contributed to this year’s reunion album Good Times!
“Been talking to Micky and Peter about the Los Angeles Pantages Monkees concert and have agreed to come down to play that show with them. They are putting together a world tour after that—off to Australia and New Zealand, and other points global in what sounds like a great time,” Nesmith wrote. “I, on the other hand, will be starting my ‘Infinite Tuesday’ book tour in the first quarter of 2017, as well as some solo concerts, and other projects that will make it not possible to be with them on that tour. So this seemed like the right opportunity for me to get together with them as Monkees.”
Released in May, Good Times! marked the first album of new Monkees material in two decades, and the first since the death of Davy Jones, who passed away due to a heart attack in 2012. The album was co-produced by Fountains of Wayne’s Adam Schlesinger and featured a host of marquee songwriters, including Schlesinger, Andy Partridge, Rivers Cuomo, Ben Gibbard, Noel Gallagher and Paul Weller. They also revived an old Harry Nilsson single (the title track), Gerry Goffin and Carole King’s “Wasn’t Born to Follow” and an old Neil Diamond song, “Love to Love,” that was originally intended to appear on 1967’s Headquarters. Despite the album’s warm reception from critics, only Cuomo’s “She Makes Me Laugh,” Partridge’s “You Bring the Summer” and the Schlesinger co-write “I Was There (And I’m Told I Had a Good Time)” have been played on the 50th-anniversary tour.
Nesmith, who turns 74 in December, said the Pantages show allows him to firmly close the book on his tenure with the band. In 1970, he was the second member to quit the group (Tork was the first) and he declined to participate in a 20th-anniversary tour in 1986, although, in a move similar to his decision this year, he did join the group onstage when that tour made it to Los Angeles.
“I expect it will be fun, and a great way for me to sign out,” he wrote. “I see the specter of the multiple Sinatra retirement/farewells—and this seems like the perfect time for me to step off, sit down and shut up.”