The Monkees started out as a marvelous mock Beatles-esque group on television. For years they entertained audiences with their kitch humor and funny ideas that John Lennon and friends made famous. The group was inspired by the Beatles' film A Hard Day's Night. They wanted to devise a television series about a rock 'n' roll group similar to the titular band. They might not have been as prolific as the aforementioned band they were poking fun at, they were actually talented musicians. Like many of the bands in that era, they began making records that were pop and eventually explored rhythm and blues and then ventured into psychedelic rock after the summer of love in 1967. Their pinnacle record Head based off of their feature film of the same name was an amazing display of what they were capable of as a serious music making outfit.

After being a group on and off for years, this past summer the Monkees started their long awaited tour. Not since 2002 have they played together. Sure, The Zombies might be making their rounds, but they’ve been touring for a long time unlike The Monkees. Their long awaited tour started in the UK in May and then played such major states as Florida, Georgia and California. Though this is great news, all good things can’t last. According to The Saratogian, the television sensations have canceled the rest of their tour: “due to internal group issues and conflicts.” Here are the canceled dates:

The Monkees 2011 Tour Dates:
08/26 – Westbury, NY @ NYCB Theatre at Westbury
08/27 – Hyannis, MA @ Cape Cod Melody Tent
08/28 – Hampton Beach, NH @ Hampton Beach Casino Ballroom
08/31 – Upper Darby, PA @ Tower Theatre
09/07 – Englewood, NJ @ Bergen Performing Arts Center
09/09 – Albany, NY @ Times Union Center
09/10 – Bushkill, PA @ Mt Laurel Pocono Mountain Performing Arts Center
09/23 – Coquitlam, BC @ Red Robinson Show Theatre

This is a highly unpleasant thing for the fans of this group. Though I was never a fan of their music, I can see this being quite the devastation for most people. The group hadn’t been touring at all, and major states like Massachussetts and New York will have to miss out on the group's sprawling psychedelics. I sure hope that the members will sort things out, if not for the fans, for my generation who is in need of groovy tunes like The Monkees made. One can only hope. Tickets will be reimbursed from the venue where they were bought from.

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