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John Lennon called Micky Dolenz 'Monkey Man'
by Katie Hickox, Beatles News Liverpool reporter
The Monkees' Micky Dolenz treated fans to a selection of old and new songs he has recorded as a solo artist along with classic Monkees' hits at two sold out shows at the Liverpool Cavern Club's Live Lounge Tuesday on the last day of International BeatleWeek Festival organized by Cavern City Tours in Liverpool.
The Tearaways, a Beatles tribute band, opened the show, followed by another tribute band McDonald's farm, and former Ringo Star record producer Mark Hudson who played some great Beatles classics. Then Micky came on stage, backed by 60's tribute band The Rockits.
Micky even sang one Beatles song, Oh Darling from the Abbey Road album, which had the packed standing room only audience singing along with this great blues Beatles classic. He then he brought the house down with Daydream Believer.
|Micky Dolenz at the Cavern|
Micky also shared some great stories like how he successfully auditioned to become a Monkee after playing Chuck Berry's Johnny B. Goode with his original band, "Micky and the One Nighters," 51 years ago in 1965. He walked down memory lane by playing the first big Monkee's hit 1966 single Last Train to Clarksville that he said "started it all" for the Monkees by being their first hit single which put them on the map. He said his favorite Monkees song was Pleasant Valley Sunday written by Gerry Goffin and Carole King.
He recalled his 1967 visit to London to meet what he jokingly called "The Royal Family" in England, aka The Beatles. He laughed when John Lennon took to calling him "Monkey Man" when he met him. At the Abbey Road studios, John had him listen to the demo version of "Good Morning, Good Morning" that was being worked on as part of the Sgt. Pepper album.
Micky said how "fortunate to have great songwriters of the sixties such as Carole King, Neil Diamond" who both wrote great hit songs for the Monkees.
He said that the great Jimi Hendrix opened for their early Monkees concerts and would start the show playing Purple Haze, which Micky played the beginning of, and then Jimi would have his opening song interrupted by thousands of girls who would shout "We want the Monkees!" Little did these young teenage girls know back in 1966/67 what a fantastic performing artist Jimi Hendrix would become and the irony wasn't lost on Micky as he reminisced those early concerts and how their young fans only wanted to hear the Monkees play.
After the show, this reporter was fortunate to meet up with Wayne Avers, who has been Micky's lead band member and has played lead guitar for 25 years. He said he's really enjoyed working with Micky and getting the chance to play the Monkees classic hit songs that he grew up with and loved. Micky thanked members of McDonald's Farm and the "LadyBugs" vocal backup duo who accompanied him and Wayne.
To learn more about Micky Dolenz' upcoming concert dates, go to www.mickydolenz.com.
Published September 1, 2016
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