TOGETHERAGAIN TOUR Micky Dolenz & Davy Jones (1994-1995)
"It's like going to your own birthday party every night. It isn't like we're a new group and have an enormous hurdle to overcome. We get up there and talk, have fun, and the songs themselves stand up so well---that it's hard to mess them up. Musically, the late 1960s was a time for great songs. I think people are looking for that again. We have so many hits, it would be difficult to do anything else." -Micky Dolenz, commenting to the Syracuse Herald Journal, 9/1/95
THE SET LIST
Listen to the Band That Was Then, This Is Now She Hangs Out Last Train to Clarksville Look Out (Here Comes Tomorrow) She A Little Bit Me, A Little Bit You Sometime in the Morning Every Step of the Way D.W. Washburn Pleasant Valley Sunday Girl (Davy solo) Jimi Hendrix medley Since I Fell for You (Micky solo) Valleri Too Much Monkey Business (Chuck Berry cover/Micky lead vocal) It's Nice To Be With You Goin' Down Rainy Jane No Time I Wanna Be Free (I’m Not Your) Steppin’ Stone Daydream Believer Encore: I'm a Believer
Together Again cassette inlay liner notes (Troy Maynus)
The set lists for Together Again concerts often varied from show to show.
Also performed at various shows were "Circle Sky," "I'll Love You Forever," and Davy's solo song "It's Now."
THE TOUR SCHEDULE
July 19, 1994: Casino Magic, Bay St. Louis, Mississippi July 20, 1994: Casino Magic, Bay St. Louis, Mississippi August 5, 1994: Star Plaza Theatre, Merrillville, Indiana August 6, 1994: Three Rivers Regatta, Point State Park, Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania August 18, 1994: Milwaukee A La Carte, Milwaukee, Wisconsin August 19, 1994: Treasure Island Casino, Minneapolis, Minnesota August 20, 1994: Treasure Island Casino, Minneapolis, Minnesota September 17, 1994: Worlds of Fun Park, Kansas City, Missouri September 18, 1994: Worlds of Fun Park, Kansas City, Missouri June 10, 1995: KOOL-Radio Concert Series, Mile High Stadium, Denver, Colorado July 3, 1995: Aloha Tower, Honolulu, Hawaii August 3, 1995: Tobin Plaza, World Trade Center, New York, New York August 4, 1995: Frontier City Park, Oklahoma City, Oklahoma August 5, 1995:City Hall Plaza, Boston, Massachusetts August 11, 1995:Treasure Island Casino, Minneapolis, Minnesota August 12, 1995:Treasure Island Casino, Minneapolis, Minnesota August 13, 1995:FallFest, Oakton Park, Skokie, Illinois August 20, 1995:Humphreys Concerts by the Bay, San Diego, California August 26, 1995: Taste of Blue Ash City Festival, Blue Ash, Ohio August 31, 1995:Pine Knob Music Theatre, Clarkston, Michigan September 2, 1995: Cooper Stadium, Columbus, Ohio September 3, 1995:State Fair, Syracuse, New York (2 shows) September 10, 1995:Worlds of Fun Park, Kansas City, Missouri September 20, 1995:Oneida Casino, Green Bay, Wisconsin September 21, 1995:Oneida Casino, Green Bay, Wisconsin October 7, 1995:Sunrise Musical Theatre, Miami, Florida
Together Again cassette inlay (Troy Maynus)
When Micky and Davy appeared together in a television commercial in 1993, an offer was quickly made for The Monkees to reunite that year or in 1994. Plans for a full-fledged regrouping, however, were hampered by solo projects and a lack of rehearsal time. Two offers to tour the United Kingdom were also rejected when negotiations broke down between the band and promoters. Dolenz and Jones decided to work as a duo instead and embarked on a small tour, but not under the banner of the Monkees name. Billed as "Micky and Davy Together Again," the duo played small venues throughout 1994 with a show consisting of Monkees hits and their respective solo numbers. The outing proved successful enough that they returned with another round of concerts in 1995. A live recording from this era (taped in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania in August 1994) was released on cassette tape only and sold via the internet and at the Together Again concerts.
Micky played rhythm guitar for the entire show (except during his solo spot) and Davy would add his usual percussion parts. Micky told Monkee Business Fanzine that he expressed to Davy early on that he wanted to play rhythm guitar in their new show, saying he felt that rhythm guitar was integral to the Monkees' sound. The duo was accompanied by a backing band led by Jerry Renino (bass), who was a member of The Monkees' touring band in 1989 (and of the Peter Tork Project in the early 1980s). The other musicians were members of the duo's recent solo touring bands, including Dave Alexander (keyboards), Wayne Avers (lead guitar), VJ Riccitelli (drums), and Jimmy Riccitelli (keyboards).
The Monkees at the Hard Rock Cafe in Hollywood (1995)
In between Together Again concerts, Micky and Davy joined Michael and Peter on January 5, 1995 at the Hard Rock Cafe in Hollywood, California. In their first appearance together since 1989, The Monkees gathered to receive platinum and multi-platinum awards for their first five albums, which had recently been re-certified. With a large crowd of media and fans on hand, the quartet announced their commitment to celebrate The Monkees' 30th Anniversary in 1996. In conjunction with these plans, Rhino Records was already in the process of a huge reissue campaign, releasing a limited edition VHS box set of The Monkees television show plus the original Monkees albums on compact disc, digitally remastered with bonus tracks.
After the first batch of Together Again dates in 1994, Micky told Monkee Business Fanzine that he and Davy got along famously while working together for the first time since 1989. "We didn't have to discuss business," Micky said, adding that "it was just like 1967."
1995 platinum awards ceremony in Hollywood (Photo courtesy of Rhino Records)
These photos were taken by Fred Velez during a Together Again concert with Micky and Davy in New York City at the World Trade Center Plaza (1994) - click to enlarge.
(From the collection of Rich Blatt)
The 1995 platinum awards ceremony
The Monkees are joined by some of their children at the platinum awards ceremony (Photo by Nurit Wilde)
VHS box set
Nez waves to the crowd at the Hard Rock
On the set of "Boy Meets World" with new Monkees trading cards
The Monkees with Rhino founder Harold Bronson on the set of "Boy Meets World." Peter, Davy and Micky made a guest appearance on the show in 1995. (Photo retrieved from Albert Bryan Bigley Archives website)
Together Again era merchandise photo
THE 1995 PLATINUM AWARDS CEREMONY
TOGETHER AGAIN AUDIO & VIDEO
"Dolenz and Jones gave a cross-generational seminar on how to have fun& play entertaining music, too." -San Diego Tribune review of a Together Again performance in San Diego, California, 8/20/95