The Monkees Present the Mike & Micky Show, Tuesday, June 12, 8 p.m., 1621 Glenarm Place, Denver, paramountdenver.com
uch like John, Paul, George and Ringo during the British Invasion, The Monkees’ Davy Jones, Mike Nesmith, Micky Dolenz and Peter Tork were high-profile ‘60s heartthrobs, their images emblazoned on countless teen magazine covers and schoolgirl notebooks. But unlike the Fab Four, the Monkees were actually a pre-fab Hollywood construct, four young actor-musicians who passed their auditions for the TV comedy series about a band that lives together, lip-synchs catchy pop songs, and navigates its way through weekly plot twists. The group, whose early hits were largely written by the Hollywood songwriting duo Tommy Boyce and Bobby Hart, eventually came into their own as musicians and songwriters, but soon went their separate ways to varying degrees of solo success. This current tour finds Mike Nesmith and Micky Dolenz carrying on The Monkees legacy, which makes sense since they were arguably the band’s most talented musicians. Nesmith, the one in the wool hat whose mother made a fortune as the inventor of Liquid Paper, earned acclaim with a string of relatively twangy albums and long-form videos. Dolenz, meanwhile, continued to fly under the radar, having been hidden behind the drum kit while handling the lead vocals on signature Monkees songs like “Pleasant Valley Sunday,” “I’m a Believer,” “Stepping Stone” and the once-inescapable “Last Train to Clarksville.” Of course it’s been several decades since all those magazines and notebooks were consigned to landfills throughout the country. But much of the music actually holds up surprisingly well, making this a worthwhile opportunity to indulge in ‘60s pop nostalgia with musicians who can still bring it to life.