The Monkees were conceived by producer Don Kirshner for a television show that would show-case a foursome of guys who performed hit pop-songs. The original line-up consisted of Davy Jones, Micky Dolenz, Peter Tork, and Michael Nesmith who entered the studio in 1966 to produce their first single, "Last Train to Clarksville". The single was released in August and hit #1 on the Billboard 100 and ignited Monkee-Mania across the United States. The accompanying television show was an enormous hit, and The Monkees released their self-titled debut in October, 1968. Initially only conceived for the small screen, a Monkees concert tour was developed and tour dates were scheduled following the massive success of the group. The Monkees first concert appearance was in December, 1968 in Hawaii where they were an instant hit. The Monkees also became an international sensation and eventually toured throughout the UK, Australia, Europe, and Japan.
They followed up the success with three more #1 albums including More of The Monkees, Headquarters, and Pisces, Aquarius, Capricorn & Jones Ltd.; all released within a year of each other and garnering them the distinction as the only recording group to score three #1 albums in a year. By 1968, a Monkees backlash emerged, the television show was cancelled, culminating with Tork leaving in 1969 and Nesmith leaving in 1970. The Monkees officially called it quits in 1971, but their legacy included two Emmy Awards and three #1 singles including their signature track "I'm a Believer". Their fortunes changed with the emergence of MTV which started playing re-run marathons of old Monkees episodes generating huge buzz for the group. The Monkees announced a reunion tour in 1986 and all original members reunited for the 20th Anniversary Tour that toured the world. In 1996, several of the original Monkees reunited for a highly successful 30th Anniversary Tour of America and they sold out two tour dates at London's famed Wembley Arena.
The Monkees continued to put out new material during their short-lived reunions and their catalog has been reissued throughout the decades. In total, The Monkees have sold nearly fifty million copies around the world since they emerged in 1966. In 2010, The Monkees announced that they will embark on the Here They Come!: 45th Anniversary Tour. This marks the sixteenth Monkees concert tour during their nearly fifty-year career and they will tour throughout North America and the UK this 2011. While their television show and their initial successful run in the '60s was short-lived; their cultural impact is unparalleled and their songs remain hits today on classic radio. Join The Monkees Reunion Tour this 2011 when they visit a venue near you. Use Eventful as your source for The Monkees tour dates and concert schedule information.