Monkee-ing around in Sheffield

Pictured (L-R) Peter Tork, Davey Jones and Micky Dolenz of The Monkees pose during portrait session to announce the band's 45th anniversary tour.
Pictured (L-R) Peter Tork, Davey Jones and Micky Dolenz of The Monkees pose during portrait session to announce the band's 45th anniversary tour.

Hey hey! It’s The Monkees and they’re taking to the road in May to celebrate their 45 Anniversary and with a stop off at Sheffield City Hall on Friday 20 May 2011.

The original TV boyband are back together for their first UK tour in 12 years. British-born Davy Jones, Micky Dolenz and Peter Tork return to perform in front of their British fans. The Monkees, responsible for some of the biggest hits of the 60s, will be touring the length of the country including a memorable show at the legendary Royal Albert Hall in London.

Selling 50 million records with hits such as Daydream Believer, Last Train to Clarksville, I’m a Believer and (I’m Not Your) Steppin’ Stone, The Monkees provided the soundtrack to teenage lives on both sides of the Atlantic from the ‘60s onwards. With their TV series being repeated throughout the 1980s, a whole new legion of fans were exposed to their crazy antics.

Controversially created for TV, they eventually broke their shackles and became a respected band in their own right, embedded in the revolutionary 1960s pop fraternity. The Beatles were one of The Monkees’ biggest supporters with John Lennon naming them “the Marx Brothers of Rock”. In fact in 1967, The Monkees outsold both The Beatles and The Rolling Stones combined.

Following the TV show, the band went on to tour the world, release hit albums and singles, make a cult psychedelic, surreal film (1968’s Head) and inspire generations of bands to follow their winning formula.

Without The Monkees, there would be no Backstreet Boys, no Take That, no Boyzone, no Busted and no JLS. Even the Sex Pistols made (I’m Not Your) Steppin’ Stone part of their repertoire.

To clear up unfinished Monkee Business, don’t miss your chance to see the seminal TV show band ‘sing and play’ as The Monkees celebrate over four decades at the top, on tour in the UK this May.

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