Flashback: Davy Jones Plays His Final Show With the Monkees


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5 years in the past this week, Monkees singer Davy Jones died of a sudden heart attack whereas tending to his horses at a farm in Indiantown, Florida. (He had the misfortune of dying on intercalary year day making it onerous to mark the precise anniversary.) He'd been extraordinarily lively proper till his demise, making it all of the extra surprising. "For me David was The Monkees," Mike Nesmith told Rolling Stone shortly after Jones handed away. "They have been his band. We have been his aspect males. He was the focus of the romance, the stunning boy, harmless and approachable."

One yr earlier than Jones died the Monkees (minus Nesmith) put apart a decade of acrimony to hit the street in honor of their 45th anniversary. Their earlier tour ended fairly badly when Peter Tork walked away because of circumstances that have been by no means fairly defined. "We have been getting alongside fairly nicely till I had a meltdown," he told Rolling Stone in 2011. "I ticked the opposite guys off good and correct and it was a critical mistake on my half." 

Time appeared to have healed the injuries and in 2011 they put collectively a powerful multimedia present that managed to highlight 37 songs, together with deep cuts like "I Do not Assume You Know Me" and "Someday In The Morning" alongside large hits like "I am a Believer" and "Daydream Believer." "It is onerous to think about anyone disillusioned by this present until they only plain hate life," wrote Rolling Stone's Rob Sheffield in a rave evaluate of the present at New York's Beacon Theater.

The tour ran from Might to late July and was supposed to select up in late August for an additional month of dates, however these have been referred to as off with out rationalization. "I am not likely at liberty to get into element about what occurred," Tork told Rolling Stone shortly afterwards. "However there have been some enterprise affairs that could not be coordinated appropriately. We hit a glitch and there was simply this bizarre dislocation at one level. I can not say something extra with out moving into the stuff that we now have to maintain down. We have to work on these things outdoors of the general public eye."

That ultimate present earlier than the "glitch" was held at Milwaukee's Marcus Ampitheater on July 23rd, 2011. A fan close to the entrance row managed to seize Davy's efficiency of "Daddy's Music" from the Head soundtrack, which you'll be able to watch proper right here. He continued to play solo exhibits till a few week earlier than he died, however this was his final time performing with the Monkees.