ENGLEWOOD, N.J. -- "Hey, hey it’s the Monkees" this November in Englewood, as the Bergen Performing Arts Center presents "The Monkees -- Good Times: The 50th Anniversary Tour" on Sunday, Nov. 20.
Two of the three remaining original members, Micky Dolenz and Peter Tork, will play the hits that made the Monkees one of the most popular bands of the 1960s.
When four young men were cast in the television roles of a struggling rock band inspired by the Beatles' "A Hard Day's Night," few could have predicted the impact the Monkees would make on music and pop culture at large.
The television series "The Monkees" featured the quartet of Micky Dolenz, Michael Nesmith, Peter Tork and Davy Jones, and they brought a mix of pop, rock, psychedelica, Broadway, and country to their music.
The Monkees' first single, "Last Train to Clarksville," was released in August 1966, hitting No. 1 and serving as advance publicity for their series, which debuted in September. The self-titled debut album arrived in stores a month later, and it headed for the top spot of the Billboard charts, where it sat for 13 of the 78 weeks it remained in the Top 200.
By the time the group's TV series aired its final new episode on March 25, 1968, the Monkees had seen three further albums top the charts -- "More of the Monkees," "Headquarters," and "Pisces, Aquarius, Capricorn & Jones, Ltd.," all of which were released in 1967. They racked up several more hit singles, including "I'm a Believer," “(I'm Not Your) Steppin' Stone" and "Daydream Believer."
After the series two-season run, the group starred in the cult feature film "Head," co-written by Jack Nicholson, and a television special, "33 1/3 Revolutions per Monkee," while also continuing to record new material. The Monkees eventually went their separate ways.
Dolenz, Jones and Tork reunited for a 20th anniversary tour, and Nesmith joining them for the Los Angeles date of the tour. In the wake of Jones' death in 2012, the others performed a series of concerts.
Now, Dolenz and Tork carry on that tradition with a full evening of magic music and multi-media splendor, including clips from their Emmy Award-winning series. Their new show features all of the Monkees hits, plus an intimate acoustic set and solo spots for each.
Tickets range from $49 to $129. Buy them online -- here -- or at the Box Office at 201-227-1030. Groups over 10 can also get a discount, either in person or by calling.
The show is set to begin at 7:30 p.m. BergenPAC is at 30 North Van Brunt St., in Englewood.
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