As Nesmith strummed his beautiful, 12-string guitar (modeled after the one he played in The Monkees TV series), he was such a wonderful addition to the performance, and his country-flavored voice sounded fantastic! One hilarious moment of the night was when the group performed "Daily Nightly" (previously discussed during Psychedelic Week here), a Nesmith-penned tune in which the studio recording featured one of the first use of a Moog synthesizer on a rock album. After joking about failing to find a Moog for the concert, Nesmith instead "sang" the wacky sounds of the Moog part as Dolenz sang the imagery-filled lyrics, and this had us crying with laughter. And of course, the audience shed other tears as well during the poignant video songs and tributes to the energetic and cheeky Davy Jones, who was missed but definitely not forgotten. Another touching moment was when it came time to perform Jones' signature tune "Daydream Believer," Dolenz said to the audience, "This song is no longer ours; it belongs to you," and randomly chose two girls to come up onstage and sing it.
And since I love posting music, here's one of the video songs featuring Davy Jones that was shown during the Head segment of the concert (which was instrumentally backed by the live band during the performance). Written by Harry Nilsson, "Daddy's Song" was one of the better parts of The Monkees' wild 1968 film, and features Jones dancing with Toni Basil (who later had a hit with "Mickey [You're So Fine]" in 1982). This guy seriously should have been on Dancing with the Stars! (Oh, and the bit at the end with Frank Zappa cracks me up).
While the concert tour concludes with "Listen to the Band" and "Pleasant Valley Sunday," I'll end this post with a favorite Nesmith song that was performed during the Headquarters portion of the evening. During their performance, they made sure to cover the exact instruments that they had played in the album recording with Tork on bass (although generally a guitarist and keyboardist), Micky on drums, and Nesmith on 12-string, just like the video clip from their TV show.
Thank you to The Monkees for another night to remember!