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Could someone really do that to the Monkees name? Yes, they could do this. Micky, Peter, Mike and/or Davy's estate do not own any rights to the name and Time/Warner/AOL and Columbia/SONY are free to sell or license any or all of their rights to anyone, for any purpose. It is their property.
Mike Nesmith: The straight man. The leader. Tall cool Texan - often mistaken for serious by those who don't catch his subtle deadpan humor. Played the guitar. Often seen in sideburns and wearing a green wool hat.
Peter Tork: The Dummy (not in real life.) Played the bass, but also played guitar, banjo, piano etc. Often seen in mocassin boots & wearing his belt buckle off to the side (so he wouldn't scratch his guitar!)
Davy Jones: The Face. The cute one. The short one. The British one. Played the tamborine and maracas. Fell in love at least once a day, always got the girl. Often seen with stars in his eyes.
2012 - Micky, Peter and Michael embarked on a 12 city reunion tour with "An Evening With the Monkees"
2011 - Micky, Peter and Davy embarked on a 45th Anniversary reunion tour.
2004 - King Biscuit released the Uncut Monkees Live Summer Tour DVD, in very limited print run.
2003 - David Fishof has stated that, at this time, there are no plans for Davy & Micky to tour or record together, as The Monkees. The long awaited Monkees Season One DVD Box set is available. Season Two should follow, in the fall of 2003! New actors will don Monkee-suits in the fall of 2003, for Simon Fuller's planned remake of the series, to debut on NBC in the fall.
2002 - Davy and Micky continue to tour as the Monkees. Kicking off with a tour of the UK, they plan to play some smaller venues upon their return to the states. While it's not the same as packing stadiums, as the Monkees did in the late 60s, this is great news for fans who were hoping to be closer to the stage or perhaps get a chance to meet Davy or Micky! 2002 ended with the release of King Biscuit's "The Monkees Live Summer Tour" DVD.
2001 - The Monkees (except Nesmith) are touring again! That's right, they "may be coming to your town!" Please visit the Official Monkees 2001 Tour website for more information. (Note as of Jan. 2003, the Monkees 2001 tour website has been taken down and popups delivered upon trying to visit the site are not suitable for viewing by minors.)
2000- renewed interest resulted in the syndicated version of the series being aired on the Screen Gems Network, a VH1 Behind the Music special, a VH1 Biopic in the Original Movies series, entitled "Daydream Believers" and Rhino Handmade's limited numbered release of the Headquarters sessions, available only from Rhino Handmade
1996/7 - all four reunited for a new album, "Justus", a tv special on ABC, a Disney Documentary and a short tour of the UK. Micky, Davy and Peter remained together through the summer to tour the US.
Micky's return to the States after a successful career directing television in England has included touring with the off-broadway musical Grease!, doing a short set of dates with Davy, various television appearances, and his first ever solo art exhibit. He has directed for television, including episodes for Pacific Blue and Boy Meets World and in 1999, he replaced Davy Jones on the Teen Idols Tour with Peter Noone (of Herman's Hermits) and Bobby Sherman, to rave reviews. In addition to touring with the Teen Idols, Micky and his sister Coco toured with a show for children in the summer of 2000. A successful voice actor, Micky has done voicework for "The Tick" and "The Secret Adventures of the SpyDogs" Micky has launched his own commercial website, http://www.mickydolenz.com a fun site with bios, pictures and merchandise. Hey, Hey, Micky became a newlywed in 2002! Congratulations Micky and Donna! Through July of 2003, Micky starred as Zoser with the national touring company of the Elton John - Tim Rice musical "AIDA." He assumed the role on Broadway January 6, 2004. January 10 - June 3, 2005 New York area fans were treated to hearing Micky host the WCBS 101.1 FM morning show from 6am to 10am, each weekday. In 2006, Micky hit the bookshelves with Gakky Two Feet and Micky Dolenz Rockin Rollin Trivia
Nez has been busy across many media. On Christmas Day, 2012 he was issued a patent for his VR3D (video ranch 3D) technology. Also, in 2012, Nez delighted his European fans by embarking on a short European solo tour. In 2011, he was ordained a minister and officiated the wedding of two of his dearest friends. He has also been active on social media, letting fans know that he's gone back into the studio to revisit some of his existing titles. In addition to his post Monkees solo career and television program, he won the first ever music video grammy for "Elephant Parts" and is credited with the creation of MTV. In recent years, he's continued to produce and direct films, videos and television. His most recent solo album was an instrumental CD and booklet combination, "The Garden", for which he received a grammy nomination. He wrote and directed the Monkees special which aired on ABC and embarked on a short book signing tour to promote "The Long Sandy Hair of Neftoon Zamora," which began as an online effort. Nez was involved in a major lawsuit/countersuit with PBS through much of the 90s and made worldwide headlines upon his victory. He launched http://www.videoranch.com/ as a unique and artistic concept site to sell his albums, movies, etc. Log on to his site, find his webcam and you might even catch a glimpse of him. Nez is said to be expanding Video Ranch, writing another novel, working on bringing his long-awaited movie, "Fried Pies" to the big screen, working on his novel "American Gene" and has announced that his new album "Rays." will be offered on Videoranch via download (alternate method will be made available to those of us who do not do downloads.) There is some evidence to suggest that Nez, ever the philanthropist, might be supplying the local indigent deer population with hot coffee and hardy meals of fresh vegitation at his home.
Peter has worn many hats since his days as a Monkee, many of them out of the limelight. He now wears the hat of "cancer survivor," as well, having successfully defeated throat cancer and returned to the stage, where fans have been thrilled to hear him sing again. Peter has also made many guest appearances on television, including recurring appearances on both Boy Meets World and Seventh Heaven. With the announcement that Boy Meets World will return to the small screen in 2013, as Girl Meets World, to chronical the growing pains of Corey and Topanga's daughter, fans are hoping to Peter will again get to appear on the series in his former role of Topanga's father (feel free to write the big suits who decide such things to suggest this to them.) Peter has also remained active in music. In the early 80s, Peter formed The New Monks and, in the 90s, returned again to the music scene with his first solo album, "Stranger Things Have Happened" promoting the album on a clubs tour with friend and fellow acoustic guitar player James Lee Stanley. In December of 1996 he and James Lee released "Two Man Band" which was recorded live in studio. Two Man Band embarked on a tour of England and Norway in May and June of 2000. Also in 2000, Peter made guest appearances to promote VH1's biopic, popping up at both the open-call auditions and hosting the Monkees Marathon on VH1 which preceeded the movie. He toured as a member of The Monkees in 2001. He continues to tour and record with both his band, "The Shoe Suede Blues," and his friend, James Lee Stanley. In an interview, Peter disclosed that he is as happy playing for small audiences as for large, so long as he's playing.
Davy, who left us far too soon on Feb. 29, 2012, remained busy with all the things he loved, right up to the end. He made several guest appearances on television and held the role of Vince Fontaine in Grease! prior to Micky. He toured with Micky for several months in 1995, before heading off for a small solo tour of Japan. He achieved a lifetime goal of being a jockey by riding in several races in England (one resulted in a fractured leg during the 1996 tour!) Davy formed and toured with the Teen Idols through 1998 before leaving to pursue other interests. Davy toured, as a member of The Monkees in 2001 and 2002 and was the spokesperson for the Colonial Downs racing season in 2002. In Nov. 2002, he taped an episode of "Famous Homes and Hideaways" which aired 2003. He hosted "Meet the Royals" on A&E, continuing to tour and record as a solo artist and as a member of the Monkees, in addition to managing other bands, hosting infomercials and making guest appearances on TV. He also had and raced his own race horses and had rescued an old church in Beavertown, PA where he had planned to open a pop music museum and studio. We've been told that Davy was in Florida working with his beloved horses, when he had his heart attack.
Micky: March 8, 1945
married Samantha, - daughter Ami (1/8/69)
married Trina, - daughters, Charlotte (8/8/81), Emily (7/25/83), Georgia (9/3/84)
Currently married to Donna, no children
Mike: December 30, 1942
married Phyllis, - children, Christian (1/31/65), Jonathan (2/4/68), Jessica (9/10/70)
affair with Nurit Wilde - son Jason (8/7/68)
married Kathryn, no children
(unverified:) Currently believed to be an eligible bachelor.
Peter: February 13, 1942
married Jody, no children
married Reine, - daughter, Hallie (1/25/70)
married Barbara, - son, Ivan (12/22/75)
(details unknown) - daughter, Erica
(unverified:)Currently believed to be an eligible bachelor.
Davy: December 30, 1945
married Linda, - daughters, Talia (10/2/68), Sarah (7/3/71)
married Anita, - daughters, Jessica (9/4/81), Annabelle (6/26/88)
married Jessica, no children
Davy was married at the time of his passing.
The Season One DVD Box set was released May 13, 2003. The second season was released Nov. 18, 2003. Still prefer VHS? A few years ago, Rhino Records re-released the video box set containing all the episodes, 33 1/3 RPM and the original pilot. The VHS video box is out of print, again, and extremely difficult to find. (If you do find a new box, expect to pay between 3 and 4 hundred dollars.) Your best bet is to keep checking used shops and E-bay. (Expect to pay between 2 and 3 hundred for a complete used VHS box set.) Several episodes were also available at retail on individual VHS tapes that included 2 or more episodes per tape. HEAD, the Monkees movie, was made available at retail on both VHS and DVD.
"Two scalar fields that are important for inflationary theories are sometimes called the *inflation field* and the *Higgs field*. These fields fill the universe and show their presence by affecting the properties of elementary particles." -- "Big Bang Bust" Wired, July 1995.
"There is, we believe, a wraithlike presence throughout the universe that is keeping us from understanding the true nature of matter. It's as if something, or someone, wants to prevent us from attaining the ultimate knowledge. This invisible barrier that keeps us from knowing the truth is called the Higgs field. Its icy tentacles reach into every corner of the universe, and its scientific and philosophical implications raise large goose bumps on the skin of a physicist. The Higgs field works its black magic through -- what else? -- a particle. This particle goes by the name of the Higgs boson. ...This boson is so central to the state of physics today, so crucial to our final understanding of the structure of matter, yet so elusive, that I have given it a nickname: the God Particle." -- "The God Particle: If the Universe Is the Answer, What Is the Question" by Leon Lederman with Dick Teresi, 1993.
(Dan submitted:) 137 is a reference to the "fine structure constant" of quantum electrodynamics, which takes a value of very nearly 1/137.
Note: The discovery of the Higgs Boson, by scientists at the Hadron Collider, made international headlines in a big way, in the summer of 2012.
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|The Monkees: Greatest Hits Performed by The Monkees. For voice, piano and guitar chords. Format: piano/vocal/chords songbook. With vocal melody, piano accompaniment, lyrics, chord names, guitar chord diagrams and introductory text. Pop rock and 1960s. 96 pages. 9x12 inches. Published by Hal Leonard. (HL.306229)
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|Hey, Hey We're The Monkees Arranged by Michael Sweeney. Discovery Plus. Size 9x12 inches. Published by Hal Leonard. (8724632)
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|I'm A Believer Performed by The Monkees. Arranged by John Wasson. Contemporary Marching Band. Size 6.75x10.5 inches. Published by Hal Leonard. (3744413)
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|Songs Made Famous by The Mamas & Papas and The Monkees Performed by The Mamas and the Papas. Tune 1000 (General MIDI software). Floppy disk only. Size 5x7 inches. Published by Tune 1000. (631085)
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