As soon as I saw the advertising for The Monkees I was very keen to see them; sure it was just two of them – but in a way it’s the two that mattered most. And anyway you can’t bring people back from the dead, you either go and see the remaining members and make the most of it – and hope they do as well – or you don’t go.
I was lucky to get review comps and luckier still to find myself in the front row! I took my good mate Jon along – he’s a big Monkees fan – and we loved the show. I mean it was messy, for sure. There were notes missed and fluffed and so on – sure. But there was also a brilliant setlist, far more interesting than I might have picked ahead of seeing it. The big hits, of course. But more rewarding was the choice of deeper cuts.
I wrote a review of the gig – and was so thrilled to have seen it. It was a hard show to recommend though. I know plenty of people that were upset with it, or would have walked out, but I just didn’t feel that way. I respected it for the chance to see these guys. And the band was good. It was a perfect set and a very good night. And I can’t say I expected a Monkees gig in 2019 to be as good as this.
They’ve recently released a live album from the tour – and that’s great too.
Stubs is an occasional feature here at Off The Tracks – looking back through the ticket-stub box and remembering how the show went down.