November 14, 2012
For fans of The Monkees, the group's Chicago Theatre concert Friday will be both bittersweet and intriguing. The late Davy Jones is gone, and the long-absent Michael Nesmith returns. Jones, the heartthrob Englishman of the quartet, died of a heart attack in February at the age of 66. Nesmith, who has not performed with The Monkees since a brief run of European dates in 1997, will join Micky Dolenz and Peter Tork for the band's tour. "The seeds of this were actually planted months before David's death," says Dolenz. "We thought we should go out and do 'Headquarters,' which was the first album that we'd managed to get control over musically. Michael was expressing interest, and so were Peter and Davy and I. Then the tragedy struck and David passed."
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8 p.m. Friday at Chicago Theatre, 175 N. State St.; $63-$78; 800-745-3000 or ticketmaster.com