The Monkees Announce 50th Anniversary Album and North American Tour

Stephanie Conlon

Fifty years ago, a television show and debut single titled, “Last Train to Clarksville,” began a musical monarchy known as The Monkees. Since then, The Monkees have become a pop icon. This summer, the band is celebrating this milestone by releasing a new album Good Times! This record, which was originally expected to be a greatest hits album like so many artists do, is the band’s first release of original material since their 1997 release JustUs.

The new record is expected to be a perfect harmony of old-meets-new and is full of tracks by Rivers Cuomo, Ben Gibbard and Noel Gallagher, along with songs written in the 60’s that were never recorded or released. “I began doing research and I realized that the whole indie rock scene is all about recapturing that 1960s jangly guitar sound of the Monkees, amongst many other groups, of course. One reason we don’t have a final track listing yet is because once we put the word out all these people said they wanted to get involved,” Micky Dolenz of the Monkees trio told Rolling Stone.

The album is set to release on June 10 and is said to have been progressing at an incredibly rapid pace. Even though there have been no formal recording sessions yet, “We’ve been talking a lot back and forth and sharing music via Dropbox and its coming along.”

Accompanying this new record is also the announcement of a North American tour, kicking off on May 18 in Fort Myers, Fla., which will run through the summer and end on Oct. 29 in Shippensburg, Penn. While the new music is highly anticipated, fans are the most eager to hear some of the classics that they have fallen in love with performed live like the iconic “Daydream Believer.” This tour is not one you want to miss out on.