The Monkees are a nearly 50-year-old band who haven't put out any new music since the mid-1990s. But with the news that Michael Nesmith will perform a solo show at The Kessler on Wednesday, October 30, this could easily be called The Year of the Monkees in Dallas.
That's because this will be the third local appearance in 2013 by either a member of the band or the band itself. Peter Tork played a solo date at Granada Theater on June 1, and he joined surviving bandmates Nesmith and Micky Dolenz for a full Monkees concert at Verizon Theatre in Grand Prairie on August 1.
Unfortunately, unless he announces new dates during the holidays, Dolenz will not put on a solo show in Dallas in 2013, leaving the dream of a complete Monkees bonanza unfulfilled.
Prior to his current reunion with Tork and Dolenz in the wake of the death of former bandmate Davy Jones in 2012, Nesmith — who partially grew up in Dallas — had famously eschewed anything to do with The Monkees. Now, in addition to shows with them, Nesmith is recommitting to his solo work, going on his first U.S. solo tour in more than 20 years.
Although he hasn't put out a new album since 2006's mostly instrumental Rays, Nesmith has released a string of new songs over the past couple of years through his website.
Tickets for Nesmith's show are now on sale through The Kessler, ranging anywhere from $25 for standing room to $600 for eight-person suites. Given the size of the venue and the The Monkees' ability to still draw a crowd, you'd better get your seats soon.