The Monkees live in Toronto, Ontario, Canada on August 7, 1989 (Photo by Cindy Andrews/Toronto Star)
1989 NORTH AMERICAN & JAPANESE TOUR Dolenz, Jones, and Tork (July - September 1989)
THE SET LIST
Hello Hello, I'm Back Again Pleasant Valley Sunday A Little Bit Me, A Little Bit You D. W. Washburn No Time Long Title: Do I Have to Do This All Over Again She Hangs Out Goin’ Down Your Auntie Grizelda Hangin’ By a Thread Zilch / Mary, Mary (or) Through the Looking Glass I Wanna Be Free That Was Then, This Is Now Valleri As We Go Along Sea Change Last Train to Clarksville Cripple Creek Acoustic Set: -When Love Comes Knockin’ (Davy) -Sometime in the Morning (Micky) -Take a Giant Step (Peter) What Am I Doing Hangin' 'Round? She Baby, You’ll Soon Be Sixteen (I’m Not Your) Steppin’ Stone Daydream Believer Encore: Ditty Diego (Monkees rap) Listen to the Band I’m a Believer
Later in the tour, “Mary, Mary” was dropped and “Through the Looking Glass” (with Peter on keyboards) was added. “Circle Sky” was played at the first couple of dates on the tour, but was dropped and replaced with "Goin' Down."
THE TOUR SCHEDULE
July 1: Red River Fair, Winnipeg, MB, Canada July 4: Fiddlers Green, Denver, Colorado July 6: Celebrity Theatre, Phoenix, Arizona July 7: Humphreys, San Diego, California (2 shows) July 8: Celebrity Theatre, Anaheim, California July 9: Universal Amphitheatre, Los Angeles, California * July 11: McCallum Centre, Palm Desert, California (2 shows) July 12: Circle Star Theatre, San Carlos, California July 16: Sun Marina, Okinawa, Japan July 18: Kudan Kaikan Hall, Tokyo, Japan July 20: Ink Stick Shibaura Factory, Tokyo, Japan July 22: Kosei Nenkin Hall, Shinjuku, Tokyo, Japan July 29: Valley Forge Music Fair, Devon, Pennsylvania July 30: Westbury Music Fair, Westbury, New York (2 shows) July 31: Garden State Arts Center, Holmdel, New Jersey August 1: Cape Cod Melody Tent, Hyannis, Massachusetts August 3: Club Casino, Hampton Beach, New Hampshire August 4:Starlite Music Theatre, Latham, New York August 5:Lake Compounce, Bristol, Connecticut August 7:Ontario Place, Toronto, Ontario, Canada (2 shows) August 8: Ontario Place, Toronto, Ontario, Canada August 9:Wolftrap, Vienna, Virginia August 10:Great Woods, Mansfield, Massachusetts August 11:New Jersey State Fair, Cherry Hill, New Jersey (2 shows) August 13:Melody Music Fair, North Tonawanda, New York August 14:Lulu’s Roadhouse, Kitchener, Ontario, Canada August 16:Mosque Auditorium, Richmond, Virginia August 17:Southern Star, Six Flags Over Georgia, Atlanta, Georgia August 18:Saenger Theatre, New Orleans, Louisiana August 19:Southern Star Amphitheatre, Houston, Texas August 20:Starplex Amphitheatre, Dallas, Texas August 24:Indiana Fairgrounds, Indianapolis, Indiana August 25:Entertainment Complex, Stevens Point, Wisconsin August 26:Masonic Hall, Toledo, Ohio August 27:Meadowbrook Music Festival, Rochester, Michigan August 29:Ohio Theatre, Columbus, Ohio August 30:Front Row Theatre, Cleveland, Ohio September 1:Walworth Fair, Elkhorn, Wisconsin (2 shows) September 2:Holiday Star Theatre, Merrillville, Indiana (2 shows) September 3: Six Flags Amusement Park, Eureka, Missouri
* = with Michael Nesmith
Acoustic set in Los Angeles (From the collection of MusicFan76)
The Monkees' 1989 summer tour featured one of their best stage shows ever, but the tour on the whole lacked the public enthusiasm and publicity that had surrounded the group's projects in 1986 and 1987. However, the trio had created a fresh show that included deep cuts from their song catalog, an acoustic set in the middle of the performance, and a new backing band to support them onstage. Songs like "She Hangs Out" and "As We Go Along" were played live for the first time while "D.W. Washburn" got its first airing in concert since the 1968 Far East Tour. "What Am I Doing Hangin' 'Round?" hadn't been played by the trio since the initial 1986 reunion and saw Peter take the lead vocal in Mike's absence. The acoustic set, first performed during the European tour earlier in 1989, remained in the show and continued to be a highlight.
(Photo by Henry Diltz)
Before the 1989 summer tour got underway, Micky and his manager had proposed a three-year plan for The Monkees that would culminate in 1991 with the band's 25th anniversary. Davy, however, was reluctant to tour the United States without a new album on the market. (Plans for a follow-up studio album to Pool It! had been in the works at the time and there were offers on the table, but nothing was ever recorded.) Jones also happened to have a lucrative offer on the table to play the lead role in Singin' in the Rain at the London Palladium. With Micky and his manager insisting that future recording deals and projects were in jeopardy without a summer tour, Davy agreed to go out on the road. Then, halfway through the tour, Micky suddenly told Davy and Peter of his intensions to pursue a solo career after the summer dates were completed. A rift developed within the group about Micky's decision as well as his preference to have his manager oversee Monkees activities. Later, as the tour started to wind down, Davy relayed in interviews that The Monkees would no longer be working together.
Los Angeles, June 1989 (Photo by Henry Diltz)
Before internal tensions arose, prospects for the band seemed high. There was still talk of making another Monkees movie or television special, and recording a new album seemed like the next step. A special event occurred on June 28 when all four Monkees were guests on The Mark & Brian Show on KLOS-FM in Los Angeles, California. (Audio of this appearance can be heard below.) The quartet sang "Papa Gene's Blues" and "Daydream Believer" live on the air with Peter playing acoustic guitar. Nesmith was present to hype his upcoming concert appearance with Micky, Davy, and Peter at the Universal Amphitheatre, an event that would coincide with The Monkees receiving a star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame. The full quartet also appeared on the radio with Rick Dees on KIIS-FM on June 30.
Micky in 1989 (Photo by Michael G. Bush)
After the promotional activities with Mike, the trio began the final leg of the 1989 world tour on July 1 in Winnipeg, MB, Canada. Micky played drums on most of the songs that he didn't sing the lead vocal. Peter supplied rhythm and lead guitar work, and played the banjo on "Cripple Creek" and "What Am I Doing Hangin' 'Round?". Davy added his usual percussion work. Two of Davy’s solo songs, “Hangin’ By A Thread” and “Baby, You’ll Soon Be Sixteen,” were added to the set, as was Peter’s solo song, “Sea Change,” which later was released on his 1994 solo album, Stranger Things Have Happened. The 1989 summer concerts opened up with an old Gary Glitter hit, entitled appropriately enough "Hello Hello, I'm Back Again." The Monkees appeared on The Pat Sajak Show and Nashville Now (the latter which included rare live television performances of "D.W. Washburn," seen below, and "What Am I Doing Hangin' 'Round?") to promote the tour. The backing band consisted of Jerry Renino (bass), Doug Trevor (rhythm guitar), Frankie Hepburn (guitar), Lawren Roper (drums), Jim Belin (keyboards), Lawrie Hayley (backing vocals), and brass players Les (last name unknown), Scott Wright, and Mike Schmitt.
Fun with the wool hat in '89
By 1989, the enthusiasm generated from the initial reunion in 1986 had subsided. As a result, overall attendance figures weren't as strong in America as they had been in 1986 and 1987. On the other hand, a lot of publicity was generated when Nesmith joined Dolenz, Jones, and Tork onstage in Los Angeles on July 9 at the Universal Amphitheatre. The following day, the four Monkees attended a ceremony in their honor when they received a star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame.
Despite a warm welcome in Japan where the group played their first concerts since 1968, the 1989 world tour ended on September 3 in Missouri to little fanfare. Because of bad feelings leftover from Micky's unexpected decision to embark on a solo career, The Monkees disbanded, ending the revival of the group that began with the celebration of their 20th Anniversary in 1986. Peter, in an interview with Monkee Business Fanzine, broached the topic of the band's internal relations at the time. "The specifics are that it wasn't all that bad. There was a communication block, and it continued because we knew that we'd go our separate ways soon and there'd be no need to communicate. None of us was too happy with the way the partnership ended but we shook hands when we said goodbye." The trio would not go back on the road again until 1996.
For articles, audio and more from the 1989 North American Tour, scroll through blog posts here.
1989 summer tour promo photo
The audio below (audience recording) is from a concert in Devon, Pennsylvania at Valley Forge Music Fair on July 29, 1989.
All four Monkees appeared on The Mark & Brian Show in June 1989 on KLOS Radio in Los Angeles, California. The quartet sang "Papa Gene's Blues" and "Daydream Believer" with Peter playing acoustic guitar. Mike appeared with the trio to hype his upcoming guest concert appearance.
Radio station Eagle 105 promotes the concerts at Humphrey's By The Bay in San Diego, CA on July 7, 1989.
More live audio and video from The Monkees' 1989 tour can be found here.