Hey, hey, original Monkee Micky Dolenz is coming to the Lancaster Performing Arts Center and you can watch him play at 8 p.m., Nov. 8.
He will perform all of The Monkees’ hits, including “Last Train to Clarksville,” “I’m a Believer,” “Pleasant Valley Sunday” and “Daydream Believer.”
“I do them in their entirety,” Dolenz said in a telephone interview. “I don’t do medleys, or a reggae version of ‘Last Train to Clarksville.’”
Depending on the venue, he might perform a deep cut from one of The Monkees’ 13 studio albums.
“If I do non-Monkees stuff, it always will have a story attached, that gives it a raison d’être,” he said.
For example, Chuck Berry’s “Johnny B. Goode” is the song Dolenz played to audition for The Monkees’ television show in 1965.
“I had a cover band before The Monkees, but when I tell that story, it makes sense,” he said.
Dolenz will also include a Jimi Hendrix cover song in his show. Hendrix opened for The Monkees on their first tour, at Dolenz’s suggestion. He first saw Hendrix play guitar in New York.
“He was just known as this guy who plays guitar with his teeth,” Dolenz said.
A few months later, he saw the Jimi Hendrix Experience (with Mitch Mitchell and Noel Redding) at the 1967 Monterey Pop Festival.
“I was watching all of the other big, great acts and all of a sudden this guy comes on stage dressed in all this psychedelic stuff,” he said. “I recognized him. I said, ‘That’s the guy that plays guitar with his teeth.’ He was a huge hit.”
The Monkees were looking for an opening act and Dolenz suggested Hendrix. Hendrix played seven shows before his single hit.
“It broke and he became a headliner, and of course the rest is history,” Dolenz said.
Ike and Tina Turner and the Fifth Dimension also opened for The Monkees. In the 1980s during a Monkees resurgence, “Weird Al” Yankovic opened for them.
“It’s been a great ride,” Dolenz said.
The Monkees’ music, written by songwriters such as Neil Diamond, Neil Sedaka and Carole King, endures.
“It’s not uncommon to have two or three generations of people in the audience that know the music,” Dolenz said.
He recently finished the first leg of the “It Was Fifty Years Ago – A Tribute to The Beatles White Album” tour, with Todd Rundgren, Christopher Cross, Jason Scheeff and Joey Molland. The second leg picks up in December and includes a stop, Dec. 11 at The Wiltern in Los Angeles.
“It’s a great show. That was a great album, very eclectic album,” Dolenz said. “The other members are just great. Everybody’s having a great time. It’s been a lot of fun.”
He is looking forward to coming to the Lancaster Performing Arts Center.
“It’s nice to be near home, looking forward to it,” Dolenz said.
Tickets cost $39 for orchestra and $34 for balcony. For details, visit www.lpac.org, call 661-723-5950, or visit the LPAC box office at 750 West Lancaster Blvd.