Promotional bill for the 1986 Australian tour (From the collection of Kevin Schmid)
1986 'SOUND OF THE MONKEES' AUSTRALIAN TOUR Jones and Tork (February - March 1986)
"Every date was jammed not only with teary-eyed original fans but with wildly enthusiastic teenagers who appeared to sing along with the lyrics of every number. Each show was laced with the slapstick lunacy that the audience would have recognized from the television series, which had been rerun in Australia over the previous two years." -Glenn A. Baker, author of Monkeemania: The True Story of The Monkees
THE SET LIST
Last Train to Clarksville (Davy & Peter lead vocal) A Little Bit Me, A Little Bit You Steppin' Stone (Davy & Peter lead vocal) Valleri Cuddly Toy Your Auntie Grizelda I'll Be True to You Sometime in the Morning (Peter lead vocal) I'm in Love (With Six Girls) (Davy lead vocal) Daydream Believer What Am I Doing Hangin' 'Round? (Davy & Peter lead vocal) I’ll Love You Forever Peter's Oldies Medley: -Whole Lotta Shakin' -I Want You, I Need You, I Love You -Lucille Gonna Buy Me a Dog (Davy & Peter lead vocal) Shades Of Gray (Davy & Peter lead vocal) Star Collector I Wanna Be Free Cripple Creek Higher and Higher Randy Scouse Git (Davy & Peter lead vocal) Pleasant Valley Sunday (Davy & Peter lead vocal) Encore: I'm a Believer (Davy & Peter lead vocal)
(From the collection of Kevin Schmid)
Davy's solo song, "Rainy Jane," was also performed at select dates.
THE TOUR SCHEDULE
February 25: Port Macquarie, New South Wales, Australia February 26: Twin Towns Services Club, Tweed Heads, Australia February 27: Twin Towns Services Club, Tweed Heads, Australia February 28: Twin Towns Services Club, Tweed Heads, Australia March 1: Twin Towns Services Club, Tweed Heads, Australia March 2: Twin Towns Services Club, Tweed Heads, Australia March 4: Newcastle Club, New South Wales, Australia March 5: Hellenic Club, Canberra, Australia March 6: Gosford Central Club, New South Wales, Australia March 7: Manly Warringah Club, New South Wales, Australia March 8: Rooty Hill Club, New South Wales, Australia March 9: Ingleborn Club, New South Wales, Australia March 14: St. George Leagues Club, Sydney, Australia March 15: St. George Leagues Club, Sydney, Australia March 17: The Venue, Melbourne, Australia March 18: The Venue, Melbourne, Australia March 19: The Venue, Melbourne, Australia
In 1985 Peter Tork attended a concert in New York City featuring the 'Happy Together' tour that showcased several regrouped sixties rock and roll bands. The promoter of the tour, David Fishof, had already started to lobby Peter about the prospects of a Monkees reunion. Tork was impressed with the dynamics of the show and agreed to discuss potential plans about The Monkees returning to the concert stage. Fishof quickly began an effort to reunite the band.
This tour of Australia by Davy and Peter was the first of many concert tours the soon-to-be reformed Monkees would undertake during the next three years. Micky, who reportedly was the last to commit to a Monkees 20th Anniversary reunion (with the exception of Mike, who turned down the offer), remained in England where he had been working as a television and video director. With American music channel MTV airing the television series and Rhino Records already re-releasing the group’s nine original albums (the reissue campaign had initially begun in 1985), plans were underway for Dolenz, Jones and Tork to embark on a small 20th Anniversary reunion tour of the United States in the summer of 1986 to commemorate the occasion. Little did Davy and Peter know that when Micky eventually joined them later that summer in America that Monkeemania Part 2 would explode, ushering in a new era in the history of The Monkees.
Davy and Peter played to full houses everywhere on this Australian tour, visiting smaller clubs and theatres. The duo performed Monkees songs mixed with other material during the set. For the most part, they shared lead vocal duties on Micky’s songs.