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The Monkees map out 45th anniversary tour

on February 21, 2011, 2:30pm

The Monkees celebrate their 45th anniversary in 2011, and in celebration, three members of the iconic American outfit will hit the road for their first UK tour in 12 years. The trio of Davy Jones, Peter Tork, and Mikey Dolenz will launch the 10-date trek in Liverpool on May 12th, reports The Daily Telegram. They’ll then make stops in UK cities such as Manchester, London, and Birmingham before concluding their travels in Nottingham on May 25th.

As recent as 2009, Jones had dismissed any chance that The Monkees would get back together, noting that “it’s not a case of dollars and cents. It’s a case of satisfying yourself. I don’t have anything to prove. The Monkees proved it for me.” The band’s fourth founding member, Michael Nesmith, did not find a change of heart, however, as he will not be participating in any of the forthcoming performances.

Viewed by America’s answer to The Beatles, The Monkees were initially formed in 1966 for the American television series of the same name. However, the band’s popularity would ultimately grow beyond the small screen; members gained control over musical output, and hits such as “I’m a Believer” and “Daydream Believer” helped the band push 50 million records worldwide.

The Monkees 2011 Tour Dates:
05/12 – Liverpool, UK @ Echo Arena
05/14 – Manchester, UK @ Apollo
05/15 – Newcastle, UK @ City Hall
05/16 – Glasgow, UK @ Clyde Auditorium
05/19 – London, UK @ Royal Albert Hall
05/20 – Sheffield, UK @ City Hall
05/21 – Birmingham, UK @ NIA
05/23 – Plymouth, UK @ Pavillions
05/24 – Cardiff, UK @ CIA
05/25 – Nottingham, UK @ Royal Centre

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