Following the template set on their 2016 comeback album, Good Times!, the Monkees will release their first holiday collection on October 12th, titled Christmas Party. The album features new vocals by Micky Dolenz, Michael Nesmith, and Peter Tork — with the late Davy Jones featured on two vintage recordings.
Fountains Of Wayne leader Adam Schlesinger produced the set, which includes covers of such Christmas standards as “Merry Christmas, Baby,” Paul McCartney's “Wonderful Christmastime” and Wizzard's yuletide hit “I Wish It Could Be Christmas Every Day.” The Monkees also cover Alex Chilton's Big Star classic “Jesus Christ” — featuring R.E.M.'s Peter Buck, with Mike Nesmith teaming up with his sons for a pair of new numbers. Also contributing are Rivers Cuomo of Weezer and XTC's Andy Partridge.
Shortly before his 2012 death Davy Jones told us although he was always satisfied by the modern-era Monkees live shows, he regretted that the band's studio reunions never came close to living up to the group's classic '60s work: “We were a new band in 1987, and we should've gone in and recorded some good stuff. We made a mistake with (our comeback album) Pool It; that was a mediocre attempt. And then again, when we did (1996's) Justus, we got Mike Nesmith producing, who's not been in the business — or not in the mainstream. . . He's a great producer, he's a great writer, y'know he's a great behind-the-scenes kind of a man, but he doesn't know what's happening on the street.” in Phoenixville, Pennsylvania at The Colonial Theatre.
Micky Dolenz will next perform on September 28th in Findlay, Ohio at the Marathon Center of Performing Arts.