The Monkees coming to Boca Raton for bittersweet concert

Beloved ‘60s pop-rock icons the Monkees will make a bittersweet swing through Boca Raton this summer for their first concert here since the 2012 death of Davy Jones near his South Florida home.

Michael Nesmith, Micky Dolenz and Peter Tork reunited last fall for a popular 12-stop, cross-country tour --- Nesmith’s first dates with the band since a scattering of 1997 shows in Britain. The summer tour will be an extension of those fall shows, which included tributes to Jones that may not leave a dry eye in the house.

Tickets for the trio’s July 27 performance at Mizner Park Amphitheater in Boca Raton go on sale Friday at 10 a.m. at all Ticketmaster outlets and at 800-745-3000. Reserved seats are $35.50-$121.50.

Presale tickets and VIP packages go on sale at Monkees.com at 10 a.m. Wednesday and at Ticketmaster.com 10 a.m.-10 p.m. Thursday (password: heyhey).  The VIP pack includes a copy of the upcoming deluxe reissue of “The Monkees Present” from Rhino Handmade.  

Along with such hits as “Last Train To Clarksville,” “I’m A Believer,” “Pleasant Valley Sunday” and “(I’m Not Your) Steppin’ Stone,” the concert will feature a multimedia retrospective of rare film and archival photographs.

Nesmith, Dolenz and Tork will be backed by a seven-piece band for part of the show, but also perform an unaccompanied set of tracks from their 1967 album “Headquarters.”

In a November review of a sold-out Chicago Theater performance by the Monkees for the Chicago Tribune,  Chrissie Dickinson called the evening   “an emotionally disarming multimedia show that, for all its backward glance, felt fresh and electric.”

She also described moving tributes to Jones, who died of a heart attack in Indiantown in February, 2012 at age 66.

“The greatest emotional wallop came during ‘Daydream Believer,’ a signature hit originally sung by Jones. Dolenz explained that the band had been in a quandary as to who would sing it. They decided to let the audience do the honors. ‘This song belongs to you now,’ Dolenz said.” 

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