Michael Nesmith of The Monkees is in the midst of a 19 city tour of the United States that lasts from October 27 through November 24. It's called the 'Movies of the Mind' Tour and the concerts will reflect on the highlights of Nesmith’s music career. Nesmith performed in Austin at One World Theatre on October 29 and Examiner was honored to attend.
Nesmith stated, “This tour amplifies and expands the notion started a few tours ago of the 'Movies of the Mind.' As an introduction the songs are placed in a setting for the audience, just a simple straight-ahead notion of where the song might live: a setting like the setting for a gemstone in a ring or a bracelet or on a necklace. The songs and performances and arrangements remain the centerpiece so it is an evening of music well played. But the 'Movies of the Mind' idea has been so well received that I have refined it and brought a few more songs into the concept."
With the exception of “Listen to the Band,” the tour will focus primarily on Nesmith’s post-Monkees work, both solo and with the First National Band. This body of work has been described by Rolling Stone as “the greatest music never heard.”
Michael Nesmith executive produced the movies 'Repo Man', 'Timerider', and 'Tapeheads.' He was the first winner of the Grammy Award for Video of the Year for his 1981 long-form video 'Elephant Parts.' Nesmith is also the inventor and founder of Videoranch3D, for which he holds a patent.
“I hope these tours will increase the interest and serve as a way for people to discover this music,” Nesmith adds. “It is a lot of music created over a lifetime and I believe people will enjoy finding it once they do. I am having a lot of fun and loving the performances, so I want them to grow in attendance and frequency and do more. The players are all wonderful and inspired by the show so it is a great evening."
“We are going back to many places we have already played, where the shows were sold out and there was a demand for repeat performances. But for the most part this tour goes to new venues in new areas where we hope to introduce new audiences to this music and presentation," said Michael Nesmith. “I think it makes for a great evening out,” he concludes. “At least for me it does.”
Michael is offering pre-orders for the upcoming 'Movies Of The Mind' live album on the Videoranch 3D website. It is available in standard, deluxe and super deluxe editions.
Michael Nesmith’s Movies of the Mind U.S. Tour dates:
Wednesday, October 30 in Dallas, TX at the Kessler Theater
Friday, November 1 in Birmingham, AL at the WorkPlay SoundStage
Saturday, November 2 in Atlanta, GA at the Variety Playhouse
Monday, November 4 in Vienna, VA at The Barns at Wolf Trap
Tuesday, November 5 in Annapolis, MD at the Rams Head On Stage
Thursday, November 7 in Bayshore, NY at the Boulton Center for the Performing Arts
Friday, November 8 in Phoenixville, PA at The Colonial Theatre
Sunday, November 10 in Shirley, MA at The Bull Run Concert Series
Monday, November 11 in Fall River, MA at the Narrow Center for the Arts
Tuesday, November 12 in Engelwood, NJ at the Bergen Performing Arts Center
Thursday, November 14 in Elyria, OH at the Stocker Arts Center
Friday, November 15 in Chicago, IL at the City Winery
November 17 and 18 in Franklin, TN at The Franklin Theatre
Tuesday, November 19 in St. Louis, MO at the Old Rock House
Thursday, November 21 in Ferndale, MI at The Magic Bag
Friday, November 22 in Bloomington, IN at the Buskirk-Chumley Theater
Saturday, November 23 in Chicago, IL at the City Winery
Sunday, November 24 in Milwaukee, WI at Turner Hall Ballroom