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Monday, December 10, 2012

The Monkees @ The Paramount, LI (12/1/12)

"That was really good, even though there wasn't any explosions." That was Casey's comment after seeing The Monkees perform at The Paramount in Long Island, just over a week ago. The only other show he's ever been to was a KISS/Mötley Crüe concert (here) and it was full explosions, so he only has that as a guide.

We listen to The Monkees on a regular basis at home and in the car so Casey and Chloe are very familiar with their songs. The Monkees were also the first band I ever got into (their show used to rerun on Saturday mornings). Our seats were great, seven rows from center stage (although the people in front of my mom – she went too – stood the whole time, blocking her view).

This particular Monkees tour was quite special in that Michael Nesmith was participating. He's always been the hold-out when it comes to Monkees reunions. He, Micky Dolenz and Peter Tork performed 29 songs spanning their short-lived time as a band – including lots of deep cuts you normally don't hear.

Unfortunately, there was one key thing missing, Davy Jones. He passed away last February. (Fortunately, I had the honor of meeting and working with Davy back in 2010.) We originally had tickets to see The Monkees with Davy Jones (no Nesmith) over a year ago, but they abruptly canceled the tour. I later found out it was due to Davy wanting more money. But Davy was at The Paramount in spirit and represented in videoclips. In fact, the most emotional moment of the night came toward the end, when the trio and a randomly chosen audience member led the crowd in a massive singalong to Davy's hit, “Daydream Believer.”

Below are some videos I recorded of the show. The first one being “Pleasant Valley Sunday”, which was actually the closing song of the show (you'll notice Casey didn't want me filming him, he can be a grouch at times). I recorded that one in it's entirety. The other two songs I recorded all of were Nesmith's "Papa Gene's Blues" and "Circle Sky". I also recorded snippets of a bunch of other songs, which I strung together forming a 10 minute Monkees medley.

“Pleasant Valley Sunday”

"Papa Gene's Blues"

"Circle Sky"

"Monkees Medley" (ending of 'Last Train to Clarksville', band intros, 'Sweet Young Thing', 'Steppin' Stone', 'Randy Scouse Git', 'Daily Nightly', 'Porpoise Song', 'As We Go Along', 'Daydream Believer', and 'Listen to the Band')

Here's the complete setlist from the night...

1. Last Train to Clarksville
2. Papa Gene's Blues
3. Your Auntie Grizelda
4. She
5. Sweet Young Thing
6. I'm a Believer
7. (I'm Not Your) Steppin' Stone
8. I Wanna Be Free (Davy on video)
9. You Told Me
10. Sunny Girlfriend
11. You Just May Be the One
12. Mary, Mary
13. The Girl I Knew Somewhere
14. For Pete's Sake
15. Early Morning Blues and Greens
16. Randy Scouse Git
17. Daily Nightly
18. Tapioca Tundra
19. Goin' Down
20. Porpoise Song (Theme From "Head")
21. Daddy's Song (Davy on video)
22. Can You Dig It?
23. As We Go Along
24. Circle Sky
25. Long Title: Do I Have to Do This All Over Again?
26. Daydream Believer (Vocals sung by audience)
27. What Am I Doing Hangin' 'Round?
28. Listen to the Band
29. Pleasant Valley Sunday

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