The Monkees reunite for a new LP, tour

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UNITED STATES - JANUARY 01: (AUSTRALIA OUT) American group The Monkees posed with Sammy Davis, Jr. in 1966. Left to right: Peter Tork, Davy Jones (1945-2012), Sammy Davis, Jr. (1925-1990). Mickey Dolenz and Mike Nesmith. (Photo by GAB Archive/Redferns)
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LOS ANGELES - AUGUST 1967: Davy Jones, Mickey Dolenz, Peter Tork and Mike Nesmith on the set of the television show The Monkees in August 1967 in Los Angeles, California. (Photo by Michael Ochs Archives/Getty Images)
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ST. PAUL, MN - SEPTEMBER: Rock band the Monkees (L-R) Peter Tork, Davy Jones, and Micky Dolenz perform at the Minnesota State Fair in St. Paul, Minnesota in September 1987. (Photo by Jim Steinfeldt/Michael Ochs Archives/Getty Images)
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Musicians Davy Jones, Micky Dolenz, Peter Tork and Michael Nestmith performing at 'The Monkees Concert on Access Hollywood' on July 7, 1997 at the Universal City Walk in Universal City Walk in Universal City, California. (Photo by Ron Galella, Ltd./WireImage)
(L-R) Micky Dolenz, Michael Nesmith, Davy Jones and Peter Tork of The Monkees receive a Hollywood Walk of Fame Star on July 10, 1989 at the Hollywood Walk of Fame in Hollywood, California. (Photo by Ron Galella, Ltd./WireImage)
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The Monkees, the made-for-TV group that produced a stream of hits in the '60s and ended up selling more than 75 million records worldwide, are reuniting for a tour, as originally reported by Rolling Stone.

According to the group's website, the group is assembling a mix of songs for a new album titled "Good Times!" to celebrate its 50th anniversary (their hit TV show first aired in 1966) and its first LP in 20 years. The material is penned by such artists as Rivers Cuomo (Weezer), Ben Gibbard (Death Cab for Cutie), Andy Partridge (XTC) and Zach Schwartz (Rogue Wave). The album will drop June 10.

"Good Times!" will also include songs by founding member Michael Nesmith, the one musician in the group considered a natural songwriter in his own right, as well as fellow original bandmate Peter Tork. Other tracks include contributions by Harry Nilsson and Neil Diamond. The LP, the first by the group that won't include former teen hearthrob Davy Jones, who died in 2012, will be produced by Adam Schlesinger (Fountains of Wayne/Ivy).

The latest incarnation of the band will be anchored by Tork and Micky Dolenz, who was the lead vocalist on such hits as "Last Train to Clarksville," "Pleasant Valley Sunday" and "I'm A Believer" — songs that put the group on a commercial level with the Beatles and the Rolling Stones. Nesmith will not be participating on the tour.

The 31-date, small-to-midsize venue tour will include stops in New York (June 1 at Town Hall) and Los Angeles (Sept. 16 at the Pantages).


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