In an uncharacteristically positive article on The Monkees, under the headline “The Monkees Return, Terrific as Ever”, Rolling Stone Magazine has reviewed the band’s current 45th Anniversary tour. Previously, Rolling Stone founding editor and publisher Jann Wenner was assumed to be instrumental in keeping the band from getting inducted into the ‘Rock & Roll Hall Of Fame’. The recent Rolling Stone-article however contains quotes such as: “The Monkees have never been far from the heart of American culture. People are always glad when they show up. Their hits have never left the radio. And their first reunion tour in 10 years is a marathon. Last night at New York’s Beacon Theater, they played over two hours and did literally dozens of songs. Thirty-six songs? 40? Who’s counting? You can’t accuse the Monkees of phoning it in – this was an excellent show from a legendary pop band giving out much, much, much more than they had to.
Micky Dolenz, Davy Jones and Peter Tork seem to have fixed the glitches from their 2001 tour. Of course, Mike Nesmith has apparently hung up his shades and sideburns for good. But his absence just meant Peter sang the Mike songs, doing a new banjo-driven arrangement of “What Am I Doing Hangin’ Round”, which by any sane standard is one of the greatest pop songs ever.
The set list was just nuts, with one welcome surprise after another. They saved the really big hits for the final half hour – “Daydream Believer”, “Pleasant Valley Sunday”, “Last Train To Clarksville”. But nobody in the audience left or got restless. The Monkees left nothing out. It’s hard to imagine anybody disappointed by this show unless they just plain hate life. Or unless they’re a mega-python.”