Thursday, May 23, 2024

Monkees Semi-Reunion Tour Cut Short, NY Show Cancelled, as Mike Nesmith Takes Ill


If you were hoping to see The Micky and Mike Show Friday night at the Beacon Theater, I’ve got bad news for you.

The partial Monkees reunion has had to cancel New York and three more shows on the tour. Mike Nesmith, who hasn’t played Monkees material live on stage in decades, has taken ill.

According to a spokesman: “Michael Nesmith had a minor health issue today in advance of his tour date in Philadelphia tonight. He visited a local medical facility and, although the issue was not serious, was advised to rest for the next week, so unfortunately the remaining four dates on The Monkees Present: The Mike & Micky Show tour have been postponed until a later date. Nesmith has been dismissed from the hospital and is traveling back to his home in Carmel Valley. He is in good spirits and thanks all the fans for their support and understanding. He looks forward to getting back on the stage again soon.”

Peter Tork was not on this tour because apparently he doesn’t get along with Nesmith. Nesmith dropped out of the Monkees years ago because he didn’t get along with Davy Jones, who sadly died much too young. This tour was supposed to he recorded for a live album, but that may not be happening now. What’s wrong with Mike? Maybe he inhaled too much Liquid Paper. (His mom invented it years ago.)

I was kind of looking forward to hearing all those songs by Neil Diamond, Carole King, Boyce and Hart, and so on. I hope Mike is feeling better soon. Micky Dolenz will perform at the Grammys Special Merit concert in Los Angeles next month, singing “I’m a Believer” for Neil Diamond.

Roger Friedman
Roger Friedman
Roger Friedman began his Showbiz411 column in April 2009 after 10 years with Fox News, where he created the Fox411 column. His movie reviews are carried by Rotten Tomatoes, and he is a member of both the movie and TV branches of the Critics Choice Awards. His articles have appeared in dozens of publications over the years including New York Magazine, where he wrote the Intelligencer column in the mid 90s and covered the OJ Simpson trial, and Fox News (when it wasn't so crazy) where he covered Michael Jackson. He is also the writer and co-producer of "Only the Strong Survive," a selection of the Cannes, Sundance, and Telluride Film festivals, directed by DA Pennebaker and Chris Hegedus.

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