According to a May 27 report from Digital Journal, The Monkees brought down the house at Huntington's Paramount, with an eclectic set that featured over a dozen classic pop rock tunes. Micky Dolenz, Peter Tork and Michael Nesmith, each of whom are founding members of The Monkees, still rock just as hard as they did in the '60s, but they had a seven-piece backing band to help them through the set.
Davy Jones, the Monkees' other founding member, passed away in 2012. Despite Jones' absence, Dolenz, Tork and Nesmith held their own in front of a sellout crowd at Long Island's hottest performance arts venue. The Monkees opened with the classic sing-a-long "Last Train to Clarksville," before dipping into tracks off some of their lesser-known records.
After each song, the crowd was treated to video clips from the Monkees' television show. The clips added a nice nostalgic touch to the evening. "Papa Gene's Blues" was the second song of the night, before the band kicked into high gear with "Your Auntie Grizelda." Tork took the lead on that one, and he showcased his dancing skills as the crowd roared.
Nesmith stole the show on "The Kind of Girl I Could Love," and then Dolenz had the opportunity to showcase his vocal chops on "She." Later in the evening, Nesmith took lead vocal duties on "Sweet Young Thing," with Dolenz rocking out on banjo. Elsewhere, The Monkees delivered a rollicking rendition of the Neil Diamond-penned "I'm a Believer."
The Monkees' set also included "(I'm Not Your) Steppin' Stone," as well as "You Told Me" and "Sunny Girlfriend." The band had the crowd moving and shaking throughout much of their 90-minute set, but it was their encore of "Daydream Believer" that really got people jumping.
The Monkees have several concert dates left on their tour, including stops in Missouri and Ohio. Their current tour ends with a date on June 7 at the Hard Rock Rocksino Northfield Park in Northfield, Ohio. Music fans should definitely check them out because they are as good as ever.