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Set List: Monkees - Boston, MA

by John Reed

After the untimely passing of Davy Jones in 2012, it seemed like the chancey of another Monkees tour was not possible. Flashing forward to later in 2012, and the unexpected happened as Mike Nesmith, who, except for a brief 1997 UK tour and a cameo or two at a Monkess gig, rejoined the band for tour dates. Those dates went so well that the surviving trio just started up a summer jaunt called “A Midsummer's Night With the Monkees" (presented by MassConcerts), which stopped at the Citi Performing Arts Center in Boston, MA on Tuesday July16th.

While idea of a Monkees concert sans the band most popular member may have been a little hard to comprehend to some, the band’s stellar set on Tuesday put any worries people may have had to rest.

The standard opening of Last Train to Clarksville, was followed by a sharp take on Nesmith’s Papa Gene’s Blues. Nesmith appeared to be in good voice (and in a great mood – which was a relief to see as he is sometimes labeled (unfairly that is) as the “moody” Monkee) and he verified this when he pulled out the rarely played, The Kind Of Girl I Could Love, from the band song vault.

After Mickey Dolenz’s hit-parade double shot of I’m a Believer and I’m Not Your Stepping Stone (a song about a groupie, which went way over the bands huge original teenybopper following in the 60’s), the band did almost the entirety of their 1967 Headquarters record. The is where Nesmith really shined as he took control over a trio of songs from the record (Headquarters is that album the band is most proud of, as they had total control over it - and the one where they were finally allowed to play their own instruments), You Told Me, Sunny Girlfriend, and You Just May Be The One was a cool trip back to the early days of the Summer of Love and, except for the fact that the Beatles Sgt. Pepper came out so shorty after this (overshadowing Headquarters and everyone else in the music world), Headquarters truly might have given the band the all of credibility they so deserved.

Really taking the crowd back to the 60’s, Dolenz donned a dashiki and played timpani for his clever tune Randy Scouse Git and followed it up with a slick duet with Peter Tork on Words (one of the bands best psychedelic laced songs).

Returning to the album theme, the band doled out a handful of songs from their cult movie Head, the highlight being an outstanding take of Circle Sky. The band paid tribute to fallen comrade Jones as they left the stage and played a video clip from Head of Jones lip-synching and dancing his heart out to Daddy’s Song, which was followed up when the band pulled an audience member from the crowd to sing Daydream Believer.

The set ending What Am I Doing Hanging Round once again brought Nesmith into the forefront with the songs tale of missed opportunity with a south of the border lass - led to the climactic encore of Listen To The Band and possibly the groups best song ever, the Carol King penned Pleasant Valley Sunday. Saying that it was worth the price of admission just to see Nesmith re-create the song famous guitar lick onstage is an understatement.

To say the band is reborn would be clich├ęd’ – but I can’t think of a better way to describe a band that many thought was over – but who still have plenty of gas in their Monkeemobile.

The set list:
  • Last Train to Clarksville (from The Monkees, 1966)
  • Papa Gene's Blues (from The Monkees, 1966)
  • Your Auntie Grizelda (from More of The Monkees, 1967)
  • The Kind Of Girl I Could Love (from More of The Monkees, 1967)
  • She (from More of The Monkees, 1967)
  • Sweet Young Thing (from The Monkees, 1966)
  • I'm a Believer (from More of The Monkees, 1967)
  • (I'm Not Your) Steppin' Stone (from More of The Monkees, 1967)
  • You Told Me (from Headquarters, 1967)
  • Sunny Girlfriend (from Headquarters, 1967)
  • You Just May Be the One (from Headquarters, 1967)
  • Mary, Mary (from More of The Monkees, 1967)
  • The Girl I Knew Somewhere (Non-Album single, 1967)
  • Early Morning Blues and Greens (from Headquarters, 1967)
  • Randy Scouse Git (from Headquarters, 1967)
  • For Pete's Sake (from Headquarters, 1967)
  • No Time (from Headquarters, 1967)
  • Words (from Pisces, Aquarius, Capricorn & Jones, 1967)
  • Daily Nightly (from Pisces, Aquarius, Capricorn & Jones, 1967)
  • Tapioca Tundra (from The Birds, the Bees & the Monkees, 1968)
  • Goin' Down (from Pisces, Aquarius, Capricorn & Jones, 1967)
  • Porpoise Song (Theme From "Head") (from Head, 1968)
  • Can You Dig It? (from Head, 1968)
  • Circle Sky (from Head, 1968)
  • As We Go Along (from Head, 1968)
  • Long Title: Do I Have to Do This All Over Again? (from Head, 1968)
  • Daydream Believer (from The Birds, the Bees & the Monkees, 1968)
  • What Am I Doing Hangin' 'Round? (from Pisces, Aquarius, Capricorn & Jones, 1967)
  • Listen to the Band (from The Monkees Present, 1969)
  • Peter Percival Patterson's Pet Pig Porky (from Pisces, Aquarius, Capricorn & Jones, 1967)
  • Pleasant Valley Sunday (from Pisces, Aquarius, Capricorn & Jones, 1967)


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