October 13, 2023 – Showtime: 7:00pm, Doors Open: 6:00pm
Tickets & Parking – Tickets: $53.00-$98.00 Parking: $15.00
Suites – 12 Person: $1,100; 24 Person: $2,000
In the fall of 1965, Micky Dolenz was one of 400 applicants who responded to a trade ad that announced auditions for a new TV show about a rock band. The Monkees‘ debut single, “Last Train to Clarksville,” featuring Micky on lead vocals, hit the charts on September 10, 1966, and rocketed swiftly to number one. Two days later, the television show debuted on NBC to great success. The TV ratings remained high for two seasons, and the show won two Emmy awards.
Micky and his fellow “TV bandmates” actually went on to become a real live rock band that first toured North America from late December 1966 to May 1967, and then began a US / UK summer 1967 tour that featured (at Micky’s invite, following the Monterey Pop Festival) none other than guitar legend Jimi Hendrix as the opening act for the first few dates.
In 1986, the popular cable channel MTV re-broadcast episodes of The Monkees, exposing a whole new generation to the show and “Monkeemania.” At one point in 1987, there were seven Monkees’ albums on Billboard’s Top 200 LPs chart.
Ultimately, The Monkees achieved their greatest success not as a TV show but as viable recording artists, selling in excess of 65 million units, and achieving worldwide success. Their first four albums—The Monkees (1966); More of The Monkees (1967); Headquarters (1967); and Pisces, Aquarius, Capricorn, & Jones, Ltd. (1967) all reached the number-one position on the charts and launched three number-one singles: “Last Train to Clarksville,” “I’m a Believer” (both with lead vocals by Micky), and “Daydream Believer.” The group’s first five albums also went platinum.
Since their formation The Grass Roots have charted 29 singles; 13 of which went gold followed by 2 gold albums and 1 platinum album. In the entire history of Rock n’ Roll, only 9 bands (including The Beatles) have charted more hits on Billboard’s Hot 100 than The Grass Roots.