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article imageReview: The Monkees rock The Paramount in Huntington, New York Special

By Markos Papadatos     May 27, 2014 in Music
Huntington - "Hey, Hey, it's The Monkees." On May 25, the iconic rock group The Monkees played a show at The Paramount in Huntington, Long Island.
The Monkees consists of such acclaimed musicians as Micky Dolenz, Peter Tork and Michael Nesmith. They were backed by a 7-piece band.
They opened their set with "Last Train to Clarksville" as videos were playing in the big screen from their own television show and they immediately broke into "Papa Gene's Blues."
Peter sang the lead on "Your Auntie Grizelda" and he was dancing around, showing his immense energy, and Michael took lead on "The Kind of Girl I Could Love."
Micky changed the pace with the upbeat "She" and Michael sang lead on "Sweet Young Thing," as Peter accompanied them on banjo.
"Are there any Monkee fans out there?" Micky asked The Paramount crowd. "We are blessed to have some of the greatest songwriters writing for us, including Neil Diamond," he added, and they went on to sing the Diamond-penned chart-topping single "I'm a Believer."
Micky incorporated "(I'm Not Your) Steppin' Stone" as a crowd sing-along, playing the tambourine and displaying his raspy vocals.
"You Told Me" featured Michael on lead and Peter on banjo, meanwhile "Sunny Girlfriend" was uplifting and fun.
Michael sang lead on "You Just May Be the One," with Micky and Peter on soaring harmonies. Their backing band had their maracas shaking on "Mary, Mary" and Michael lent his velvet vocals on "The Girl I Knew Somewhere" as Peter played the keyboards.
"Shades of Gray" was an emotional high point in their set, especially since they paid tribute to the late Monkees member Davy Jones, where images of him played in the big screen. This bittersweet vocal featured Micky on lead and Peter on keyboards.
Prior to singing "For Pete's Sake," Peter joked that the Monkees got together in 1925. "Fate had its way. It turned out for the best," he added.
The rocking "No Time" demonstrated a more serious and heavier side to their music, and Micky nailed lead vocals on subsequent tunes "Goin' Down" and the poignant "Porpoise Song."
"Circle Sky" was more mellow thanks to Michael's lead and all three members rocked on "What Am I Doing Hanging' 'Round."
Their performance of the classic "Daydream Believer" garnered them a deserving standing ovation from The Paramount audience.
Barbara Goldsmith, fan and attendee remarked, "I thoroughly enjoyed the show that The Monkees put on tonight. They all sounded great even after all these years."
The Verdict
Overall, The Monkees' music resonated well with the fans, and this concert is a substantial indication that they belong in the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame. Along with The Marshall Tucker Band, The Monkees are one of the most long-overdue bands for this prestigious honor. All three musicians (Peter, Michael and Micky) are living legends, their music is timeless and they were able to introduce it to a newer audience.
For more information on The Monkees and their tour dates, visit their official website.
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