Too Bad

The Monkees cancel nine remaining tour dates, BBC News, August 11, 2011

This really is too bad. They had added a date in Albany, NY for September; billing it as, “An Evening with the Monkees.” It didn’t seem like it was going to be a straight-up concert; instead is was to be videos and discussions about songs and performances of rarely heard songs from Head.

When I first heard this news, I thought, “It’s Davy’s fault.” The BBC article confirms this suspicion from omission; only Mickey Dolenz and Peter Tork are quoted. From interviews  and solo performances, Davy Jones seems (to me) a bitter man; a person who thought his life should have turned out better.

In the mid-1990s I attended the Wolfman Jack Rock n’ Roll Jukebox Show at the Kowloon in Saugus, Massachusetts. The Shangra-La’s, Fabian, and Davy Jones all performed, with the Wolfman MC’ing. The SL were great. Fabian was THE BEST. Davy Jones went through the motions. Telling the same tired jokes I heard during the Monkee reunion tours of the mid-1980’s. For the finale, the SL and Fabian came out and sang together. No Davy on stage. I remember imaging Davy sitting in his dressing room, with a bottle, seething that he would not share the stage with such “has-beens.”

Really, it is too bad that one man spoiled it for everyone.

Update: Maybe it wasn’t Davy’s fault.

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