The CD, recorded last Oct. 19 in New York City, will be released next Tuesday, Oct. 22.
On the CD, Dolenz and his solo band, introduced by 104.3’s Jim Kerr, perform a 23-song set to a sold-out crowd. The tunes combine both Monkees and solo material. From the the Monkees catalog, there's "She,” “Last Train To Clarksville,” “Daydream Believer,” "I’m A Believer” and "D.W. Washburn." There's also “Sugar, Sugar” from his most recent solo album “Remember,” and covers of the Beatles' “Oh Darling” and Jimi Hendrix’s “Purple Haze.” Dolenz duets with sister Coco Dolenz on “Blackbird.”
“The album came out great! It captures all the excitement of our live show,” says producer Wayne Avers, also Dolenz’s musical director. “You can hear the crowd roar, as well as the high quality sound of a studio recording. Co-produced by John Billings and myself, we brought in a engineer to B. B. King’s with a high tech digital recording rig to fully capture exactly what was coming off the stage as well as the audience. No fancy studio tricks were needed. This truly represents what we do and sound like on stage.”
Among those in attendance for the show was actor Tony Danza.
Says Dolenz, “The first live show I remember doing was the Christmas show at my mom’s church. I was around four and I recited ‘Twas The Night Before Christmas.’ I actually remember it because I was scared to death and it surely traumatized me deeply. The next live show was with my sister Coco; and, the venue was our living room. The last gig I did before The Monkees was at a cocktail lounge in a bowling alley. Then Monkee Business and all of the insanity that ensued playing live in front of thousands of adoring fans and singing great classic hits. And, now, here I am 'Live at B.B. King's headlining and being supported by one of the best bands I have ever worked with. How cool is that?”
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