1989 EUROPEAN TOUR Dolenz, Jones, and Tork (March - April 1989)
"Vivid, fast and funny...the prefab three were definitely back with a vengeance, and left the audience applauding loudly, waving their arms, tapping their toes and making enough noise to drown out the PA system. We were definitely all believers last night."
-Nottingham Evening Postreview of The Monkees' concert at the Royal Concert Hall in Nottingham, England on April 5, 1989
THE SET LIST
Last Train to Clarksville A Little Bit Me, A Little Bit You Pleasant Valley Sunday Cuddly Toy No Time Your Auntie Grizelda I’ll Be True to You Goin’ Down Shades of Gray Zilch / Randy Scouse Git I Wanna Be Free That Was Then, This Is Now Valleri Bach’s Two-Part Invention in F Major (Peter's keyboard solo) Through the Looking Glass MGBGT Every Step of the Way Cripple Creek Acoustic Set: -When Love Comes Knockin’ (Davy) -Sometime in the Morning (Micky) -Take a Giant Step (Peter) -Good Clean Fun (Davy) -Papa Gene's Blues (Peter) -What Am I Doing Hangin' 'Round? (Micky) She It’s Nice To Be With You For Pete’s Sake (I’m Not Your) Steppin’ Stone Daydream Believer Encore: Ditty Diego (Monkees rap) Listen to the Band I’m a Believer
Davy’s solo song “Manchester Boy” was played during the acoustic set on April 8, 1989 in Manchester, England.
At the April 24, 1989 Reading, England show, “You and I” (Dolenz, Jones, Boyce & Hart version) was performed.
THE TOUR SCHEDULE
March 17: Harrogate International Centre, Harrogate, England March 18: Liverpool Empire, Liverpool, England March 19: Edinburgh Playhouse, Edinburgh, Scotland March 20: Aberdeen Capitol Theatre, Aberdeen, Scotland March 21: Newcastle City Hall, Newcastle, England March 23: Gloucester Leisure Centre, Gloucester, England March 24: Newport Leisure Centre, Newport, Wales March 25: Royal Albert Hall, London, England (2 shows) March 26: Oxford Apollo, Oxford, England March 27: Brighton Dome, Brighton, England March 28: Exeter Plaza Centre, Exeter, England March 29: Bournemouth International Centre, Bournemouth, England March 31: Fairfield Halls, Croydon, England April 1: Colston Hall, Bristol, England April 2: Portsmouth Guildhall, Portsmouth, England April 3: Corn Exchange, Cambridge, England April 5: Royal Concert Hall, Nottingham, England April 6:Sheffield City Hall, Sheffield, England April 7:Hull City Hall, Hull, England April 8:Manchester Apollo, Manchester, England April 9: The Hippodrome, Birmingham, England April 10:DeMontfort Hall, Leicester, England April 12:Crawley Leisure Centre, Crawley, England April 13:The Wintergardens, Margate, England April 14:The Opera House, Blackpool, England April 15:Carlisle Sands Centre, Carlisle, England April 17:Glasgow Pavillion Theatre, Glasgow, Scotland April 20:Hammersmith Odeon, London, England April 21:Amsterdam, Holland April 22:International Leisure Centre, Brentwood, England April 23:Theatre Royal, Hanley, England April 24:Rivermead Centre, Reading, England
Rehearsing in the UK (Photo by Michael G. Bush)
The Monkees’ first visit to Europe since 1967 brought a sell-out crowd to nearly every venue along with a huge wave of publicity surrounding their return. Most of the shows centered around the United Kingdom with dates in England, Scotland, and Wales. A concert was also held in Amsterdam, Holland on April 21, portions of which were broadcasted live on European radio. (The Amsterdam show was also filmed and later screened on Holland television in May.) Demand for tickets was so high that extra cities were added to the schedule and matinee performances were tacked onto several venues, including the Royal Albert Hall in London. There were offers and subsequent discussions of extending the tour into Ireland and other parts of Europe during May, but the band decided to take a break before the planned summer tour of North America and Japan.
Sold out in Manchester (Photo by Michael G. Bush)
The tour kicked off with a press conference at London's Hard Rock Cafe on March 8. The Monkees undertook an exhaustive publicity campaign prior to and during the tour, making appearances on several British talk shows. Amongst other things, UK record label K-Tel released the album Hey,Hey, It's The Monkees Greatest Hits which jumped to #12 on the British charts and sold over 100,000 copies, spurred by a massive TV and radio campaign. The album went gold, and The Monkees were presented with a gold record at the final show in Reading, England on April 24, 1989.
(Photo by Michael G. Bush)
The shows in Europe combined some of the elements from the 1986 and 1987 North American tours along with some fresh additions. A very well received acoustic set was added, featuring Peter playing acoustic guitar. Micky played the drums often, Peter switched back and forth between rhythm and lead guitar, keyboards and banjo, and Davy played the tambourine and maracas. A new band was chosen to support the trio and consisted of Doug Trevor (rhythm guitar, who was also a member of The Cherokees, the group that opened for The Monkees in Australia in 1968), Glynn Evans (bass), Frankie Hepburn (guitar), Martin Wilde (drums), Mark Hayley (keyboards), Lawrie Hayley (backing vocals), Mike Smith (saxophone), Noel Langley (trumpet), and Andy Bush (trumpet). British band Seven opened for The Monkees at most dates.
The Nesmith tribute songs in the acoustic set ("Good Clean Fun," "Papa Gene's Blues," and "What Am I Doing Hangin' 'Round?") were played at select concerts only. "MGBGT" and "Every Step of the Way" were added to or deleted from the set on any given night as well.
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The Monkees receive a gold album at the last show of the European tour in Reading, England (ktel.com)