"The group billed as The Monkees now contains only two original members...What Wembley got was singer Davy Jones, looking as boyish as any graying fifty-something in black leather strides has a right to, and Micky Dolenz, drummer/singer - similarly trousered. Accompanying them was a highly efficient eight-piece band...The Monkees possess some of the most innocently thrilling tunes in pop." -The London Times review of The Monkees' performance at Wembley Arena in London, 3/28/02
THE TOUR SCHEDULE
January 11: Casino Rama, Rama, Ontario, Canada January 12: Casino Rama, Rama, Ontario, Canada January 25: Grand Casino Mille Lacs, Onamia, Minnesota (two shows) March 21: Clyde Auditorium, Glasgow, Scotland March 23: Telewest Arena, Newcastle, England March 24: Sheffield Arena, Sheffield, England March 26: Manchester Arena, Manchester, England March 27: NEC, Birmingham, England March 28: Wembley Arena, London, England March 30: Vicar Street, Dublin, Ireland April 5: B.B. King Blues Club, New York, New York April 6: B.B. King Blues Club, New York, New York April 7: Westbury Music Fair, Westbury, New York April 9: Celebrity Theatre, Phoenix, Arizona April 12: Providence Performing Arts Center, Providence, Rhode Island April 13: Hampton Beach Casino Ballroom, Hampton Beach, New Hampshire April 14: Fairmont Copley Plaza Hotel, Boston, Massachusetts (private show) May 25: Louisville Zoo Amphitheater, Louisville, Kentucky May 26: Soldiers Memorial Plaza, St. Louis, Missouri May 31: Star Plaza Theatre, Merrillville, Indiana June 1: Meadowbrook Music Festival, Rochester Hills, Michigan June 2: Paramount Kings Island Theme Park, Kings Mills, Ohio June 8: Mohegan Sun, Uncasville, Connecticut June 9: Brookhaven Amphitheatre, Farmingville, New York June 13: Galaxy Theatre, Santa Ana, California (two shows) June 14: House of Blues, Los Angeles, California June 15: Fillmore, San Francisco, California June 22: The Odeon, Cleveland, Ohio June 23: Heinz Field, Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania June 29: Paramount Arts Centre, Aurora, Illinois July 5: Beau Rivage Casino, Biloxi, Mississippi July 9: Fort Erie Racetrack, Fort Erie, Ontario, Canada July 10: Hiawatha Casino, Sarnia, Ontario, Canada July 11: Windsor Slots, Windsor, Ontario, Canada July 12: Colonia Downs, New Kent, Virginia July 13: Hatch Shell, Boston, Massachusetts July 20: Billy Bob’s Texas, Forth Worth, Texas August 16: Sportsdome, Brewster, New York August 17: North Shore Music Theatre, Beverly, Massachusetts August 21: Disneyland, Anaheim, California August 22: Disneyland, Anaheim, California August 23: Disneyland, Anaheim, California August 25: Ventura Theatre, Ventura, California August 30: Sam’s Town Live, Las Vegas, Nevada September 7: Electric Factory, Philadelphia, Pennsylvania September 8: Oyster Festival, Norwalk, Connecticut September 14: Benson Auditorium at Harding University, Searcy, Arkansas
Poster showing original UK tour dates
The year 2002 began with Dolenz, Jones and the 2001 backing bandperforming scattered concerts in North America, which included two shows in Toronto, Ontario, Canada and two in Minnesota in the month of January. The Canadian shows, in particular, were a huge success, with the duo attracting 10,000 people over two nights during their stay. CBS Television had a camera crew in attendance at the Minnesota concerts filming a segment they included on 48Hours on May 1, 2002.
Micky and Davy later embarked on a short arena tour of Scotland, England, and Ireland during the month of March. (The Monkees were originally scheduled to appear in UK arenas in the fall of 2001. The UK tour was rescheduled for March 2002 after the tragic events in New York City, Pennsylvania, and Washington, D.C. in the United States on September 11, 2001.) The duo arrived early to promote the shows on British television and radio. The opening act for the UK tour was Murmurs of Irma, a group discovered by Davy Jones. Despite the show's now Vegas-like presentation, in their reviews of the tour, the British media were much kinder this time around, compared to the mostly negative reviews the 1997 UK tour garnered.
The 2001 backing band accompanied the duo on the UK dates, who were now advertised as "The Monkees...featuring Micky Dolenz and Davy Jones" (or "The Stars of The Monkees...Micky Dolenz and Davy Jones"). The setlist remained generally the same as the 2001 summer shows, with Peter Tork's material removed. New on-stage banter was also featured. Micky played rhythm guitar and on occasion, the drums, and Davy supplied percussion work and also played acoustic-electric guitar. A new live recording, Monkeemania 2002 Live in Toronto, was sold at merchandise booths during the UK tour and at subsequent North American dates.
The set list for the concerts performed in the United Kingdom in March:
Last Train to Clarksville Look Out (Here Comes Tomorrow) The Girl I Knew Somewhere A Little Bit Me, A Little Bit You Randy Scouse Git (featuring Micky playing the tympani drum) Mary, Mary (Micky on drums) It's Nice To Be With You Goin' Down That Was Then, This Is Now Is You Is or Is You Ain't My Baby? (Davy solo) Papa Gene's Blues No Time Circle Sky I Wanna Be Free / I'll Love You Forever For Pete's Sake Valleri Since I Fell for You (Micky solo) Porpoise Song (Theme from Head) Listen to the Band Daydream Believer Encore: Pleasant Valley Sunday (I’m Not Your) Steppin’ Stone I'm a Believer Also played on various nights were "She Hangs Out," "Girl," and the "Oliver medley." Davy’s solo song “Manchester Boy” was played on March 26, 2002 in Manchester, England.
2002 Monkees tour poster
Some of the new bits added during the UK tour earlier in 2002 became a regular part of the North American concerts, including Davy challenging Micky to sing the "Monkees Theme" in various foreign languages, of which Micky readily complied.
Micky played guitar and joined Davy during "I Wanna Be Free" and "I'll Love You Forever," traditionally done solo by Jones on Monkees tours. Micky continued to play rhythm guitar throughout the entire show (except during his solo spot and "Mary, Mary") while Davy provided percussion work and occasionally played guitar.
The duo performed “Hey Ra Ra, Happy Birthday, Mickey Mouse” during the concerts at Disneyland in California in late August. Released as a solo single by Davy in 1978, it was the official theme song for the fiftieth-birthday celebration of Mickey Mouse that year. Micky’s sister Coco joined Micky and Davy for two songs during these shows as well, performing “Bye Bye Blackbird” and “Boogie Woogie Bugle Boy of Company B.”
As the 2002 tour progressed, enthusiasm among the public for Monkees activities had dried up and the crowds got smaller and smaller. Micky and Davy came off the road in September 2002 and would not work together again until the 2011 Monkees tour.
The set list for the April - September 2002 North American concerts:
Last Train to Clarksville A Little Bit Me, A Little Bit You The Girl I Knew Somewhere Randy Scouse Git (featuring Micky playing the tympani drum) Mary, Mary (Micky on drums) It's Nice To Be With You Goin' Down Look Out (Here Comes Tomorrow) Papa Gene's Blues You and I (Justus version) No Time Circle Sky Girl (Davy solo) That Was Then, This Is Now Valleri Since I Fell for You (Micky solo) I Wanna Be Free / I'll Love You Forever Porpoise Song (Theme from Head) Listen to the Band Daydream Believer Encore: Pleasant Valley Sunday (I’m Not Your) Steppin’ Stone I'm a Believer Also played on various nights were "For Pete's Sake" and "She Hangs Out."
The 2002 backing band [left to right]: Eric Biondo, Greg Briggler, Wayne Avers, Sam Albright, Jerry Renino, Dave Alexander, Aviva Maloney, and Sandy Genarro (Photo by Henry Diltz)