The Monkees @ The Eventim Apollo, Hammersmith

4th September 2015
Review and Photography by Stephen Buss

The Monkees The Monkees

With nearly every seat at the Apollo filled, fans waited on tenterhooks, fidgeting and eager to jump up, so that they can sing along with their favourite band, back again for one night only.

 

The Monkees - Micky Dolenz and Peter Tork The Monkees – Micky Dolenz and Peter Tork

When The Monkees, now just Micky Dolenz and Peter Tork, finally took to the stage, they were greeted by a huge round of applause, after their long intro that included snippets from their classic songs and TV moments. Backed by a five piece band, to help fill the stage, Dolenz and Tork walked into strong red lighting and out towards an audience that all had their hands raised as they cheered. A few fans at the back to the chance to stand up for a better view of their childhood heroes.

 

The Monkees - Micky Dolenz and Peter Tork The Monkees – Micky Dolenz and Peter Tork

The Monkees may have started out as a made-for-TV group that were set to rival The Beatles and many thought that was impossible but tonight, with this crowd, it felt like they’d surpassed them.

 

The Monkees - Peter Tork The Monkees – Peter Tork

With their first show in the UK for four years, the duo picked some firm fan favourites to please their audience, who were all more than happy to slip back into their youth. The children who’d been brought along and probably had to hear their parents sing these song to them every day, were dancing all along the aisles.

 

The Monkees - Micky Dolenz and Peter Tork The Monkees – Micky Dolenz and Peter Tork

The lack of Davy Jones and Mike Nesmith’s had no impact on the show. It probably encouraged both Dolenz and Tork to play harder, louder and with as much passion as they could muster. The look on Dolenz’s face didn’t fall either, he smiled throughout the entire performance as if he was greeting old friends and was just happy to be back on stage once more. That feeling was shared with the crowd as they sang along and waved their hands to the beat of each track.

 

The Monkees - Micky Dolenz The Monkees – Micky Dolenz

Dolenz took the lead with vocals, backed by Tork as they both played the guitar. Dolenz then took to playing an acoustic beat on a seat drum to back Tork’s vocal leads. He managed to wow the crowd with perfect notes, while he played up his first big moment of the night. Stepping back again, they settled into their rhythm with Tork taking up the guitar and Dolenz dancing and singing with his bright yellow maracas. They continued to wow the crowd throughout the night and held everyone’s attention.

 

The Monkees - Peter Tork The Monkees – Peter Tork

With their 50 year celebration coming up next year and a large crowd from London already desperate for more, there’s no doubt that The Monkees will be back with an even bigger performance. I just can’t wait to be there again, ready to see their smiles once more.

Setlist

Last Train to Clarksville
Your Auntie Grizelda
A Little Bit Me, A Little Bit You
She
Mary, Mary
The Girl I Knew Somewhere
I’ll Be Back on My Feet
For Pete’s Sake
Randy Scouse Git
Words
No Time
Intermission
Tear the Top Right Off My Head
(part of song only)
Last Train to Clarksville
(Acoustic Bluesy Rendition)
Take a Giant Step
Sometime in the Morning
Midnight Train
Papa Gene’s Blues
Porpoise Song (Theme From “Head”)
Long Title: Do I Have to Do This All Over Again?
Goin’ Down
D.W. Washburn
(The Coasters cover)
Sugar, Sugar
(The Archies cover)
Saved by the Blues
Daydream Believer
(John Stewart cover)
Listen to the Band
That Was Then, This Is Now
(The Mosquitos cover)
(I’m Not Your) Steppin’ Stone
(Paul Revere and The Raiders cover)
Encore:
Pleasant Valley Sunday
(Carole King cover)
I’m a Believer
(Neil Diamond cover)
(Theme From) The Monkees
(Instrumental outro)

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