The Monkees Information
American pop band, The Monkees, assembled in Los Angeles in 1965 by Robert "Bob" Rafelson and Bert Schneider for the American television series, "The Monkees." The group was composed of Micky Dolenz, Michael Mesmith, Peter Tork and Davy Jones.
The television show aired from 1966-1968. Band member Micky Dolenze describes it at first as being "a TV show about an imaginary band... that wanted to be The Beatles but that was never successful." Then the group became a real band. Dolenz said, "The Monkees really becoming a band was like the equivalent of Leonard Nimoy really becoming a Vulcan."
The group started on the show but it was cancelled in 1968. The band continued to record music on their own through 1971. In 1986, however, the sitcom revived. They had multiple series of reunion tours and new records throughout the 90s and until 2011. They haven't always been successful but some of their main hits include "I'm a Believer," "Pleasant Valley Sunday" and "Daydream Believer." The band outsold The Beatles and the Rolling Stones in 1967 and has sold over 65 million copies of albums and singles worldwide since their conception.
Davy Jones sadly passed away in February, 2012 but the surviving members have announced a brief reunion tour for November 2012. Beginning November 8 at the California Center for the Arts, the tour will conclude a month later at the Beacon Theatre in NYC on December 2.