For only the 4th time in their nearly 50 year history The Monkees will play in St. Louis on Thursday June 5 at The Fabulous Fox Theatre. Granted, a good chunk of that time the group was split up this will be the 18th year they have toured in some shape or form as a group.
Still, only 3 times in 17 previous tours could St. Louisans catch the band live is not the best of odds. The last time the band played here was 1996 for their 30th Anniversary Tour.
The Monkees are an American icon, having sold millions of records (their first four albums went at least double platinum), three Billboard #1 singles, 10 top 40 singles and four #1 albums, their songs invoke instant memories of watching the highly successful television show that spawned their careers. Hits like “I’m a Believer”, “Last Train to Clarksville” and “Daydream Believer” are instant classics.
They have been praised from everyone from The Beatles to U2 and have had their songs covered by notable acts such as The Sex Pistols, Run-D.M.C., Smashmouth and The Replacements and many more.
Davey Jones’ unfortunate passing in 2012 just solidifies the fact that people don’t live forever, not even Monkees. So, taking a gamble on catching them at their next St. Louis gig, given their rare visits to the Gateway City may be a regret held for a long time.