This theory hit me as Peter, Micky, and Michael were singing Davy's signature hit, "Daydream Believer" while a now iconic 60's clip of the song rolled behind them. The juxtaposition of the "then & now" made me think about how real and organic the past few years have been. The surviving Monkees have managed to share the process of grieving the loss of Jones with their fans. In addition, with the advent of social media, fans can experience tour season virtually in real time, be it through Peter's posts on facebook, Micky on twitter, or Nez on instagram. It's an exciting time to be a fan of a band that has been connecting with fans for close to 50 years.
|The Monkees in concert, 6.2.2014|
Had The Monkees truly called it quits in 1970, their legacy would have been cemented in rock history. In my opinion, however, a good chunk of the band's relevance has continued to blossom since their mammoth 1986 reunion. Here's hoping they keep this train rolling for a long time to come.