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The Monkees kick off the first reunion tour since the death of Davy Jones

By November 13, 2012

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The Monkees finally got a full reunion tour with Mike Nesmith, but unfortunately only after the death of the band's resident Brit heartthrob, Davy Jones, who passed away in February after a heart attack. Appearing at the first show of a planned 12-date tour Thursday in Escondido, CA, the band paid tribute to its fourth member with a giant screen behind the stage which played Davy's signature song "I Wanna Be Free."

The rest of the band's back catalog was hauled out, too, focusing on hits like "I'm a Believer" ("I was singing this long before Shrek," quipped Micky Dolenz) and fan favorites like "Mary, Mary," including an entire section of the show devoted to their criminally underrated 1968 filmic freakout Head. When it came time for "Daydream Believer," Davy's usual star turn, the band asked two random fans to come up and sing it, with the crowd joining in on the chorus: according to Mike, he and Micky had discussed it backstage and came to the conclusion that now "(the song) belongs to you." The tour ends on December 2 in New York.

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