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Micky Dolenz of The Monkees opens up about new live album (Includes interview)

On their new album, he said, “Rhino and the producer wanted to document Mike and I doing the show for heritage sake. We were getting such great reaction from the fans that they planned on recording multi-track recordings of a few of the shows. Everybody just thought it was a good idea and that it would work.”

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“This album is very different than a Monkees show,” he admitted. “As far as the album goes, I like it. I understand that the feedback from the reviews has been pretty good. I gather that people are liking it. We are having a great time performing live. The fans are there to hear the hits for the most part such as ‘Last Train to Clarksville,’ ‘Pleasant Valley Sunday,’ ‘Daydream Believer’ and ‘I’m a Believer.’ The hardcore fans, who have heard them a million times, like to hear different album cuts.”

Speaking of “Last Train to Clarksville,” this past November as Digital Journal reported, Dolenz celebrated 53 years of the tune reaching the top of the Billboard Hot 100 charts.

His April 2020 tour dates got postponed due to the Coronavirus pandemic, and he hopes that they will be rescheduled at a future time. “Let’s hope they are going to happen. Let’s keep our fingers crossed. You never know,” he said.

Dolenz praised the Beatles “White Album” tribute tour for being a “great tour.” “What a tragedy for Christopher Cross who has been battling COVID-19. I hope he is okay,” he said.

In March of 2019, Dolenz performed at The Paramount in Huntington on Long Island, where he was treated with a carrot cake for his 74th birthday at the time, and a customized sign for his furniture store.

Micky Dolenz of The Monkees surprised with a special sign for his furniture company  which he runs w...

Micky Dolenz of The Monkees surprised with a special sign for his furniture company, which he runs with his daughter
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For his fans, he concluded, “Stay safe. Stay indoors and stay home. Wash your hands too. The virus doesn’t discriminate. Everybody is getting infected. All it takes is one mistake. If you do have to go out, be extra careful. Keep your distance and hopefully, we will all make it through.”

To learn more about Micky Dolenz and his music, check out his official website.

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Markos Papadatos is Digital Journal's Editor-at-Large for Music News. Papadatos is a Greek-American journalist and educator that has authored over 16,000 original articles over the past 15 years. He has interviewed some of the biggest names in music, entertainment, lifestyle, magic, and sports. He is a five-time consecutive "Best of Long Island" winner, and in the past two years, he was honored as the "Best Long Island Personality" in Arts & Entertainment, an honor that has gone to Billy Joel six times.

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