The Monkees Cancel Remaining Tour Dates Due to Mike Nesmith Illness

Michael Nesmith Micky Dolenz
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Michael Nesmith and Micky Dolenz of The Monkees perform onstage at The Canyon Club on Oct. 20, 2017 in Agoura Hills, Calif.

If you have tickets to see The Monkees on tour this month, you'll have to keep those tickets until the new year.

The remaining four dates of The Monkees Present: The Mike & Micky Show tour, starting with Thursday night's (June 21) scheduled show at the Keswick Theater in Philadelphia, were canceled because of a health issue for Mike Nesmith. The shows will be rescheduled for January. The show featured the duo of Mike Nesmith and Micky Dolenz performing a mixture of well-known and “deep tracks” from the Monkees' catalog.     

The Monkees issued a statement late Thursday: “Michael Nesmith had a minor health issue today in advance of his tour date in Philadelphia tonight. He visited a local medical facility and, although the issue was not serious, was advised to rest for the next week, so unfortunately the remaining four dates on The Monkees Present: The Mike & Micky Show tour have been postponed until a later date. Nesmith has been dismissed from the hospital and is traveling back to his home in Carmel Valley. He is in good spirits and thanks all the fans for their support and understanding. He looks forward to getting back on the stage again soon.”

The remaining dates were Friday at the Beacon Theatre in New York City, Saturday at the Paramount in Huntington, N.Y., and Monday at the Count Basie Theatre in Red Bank, N.J.

Fellow Monkee Peter Tork also issued a statement on Facebook. “So sorry to hear about the postponed M&M tour dates. Here's hoping for a healthy and joyful return to the tour. Best of luck to you, my brothers.”

Earlier, tour manager Andrew Sandoval posted on his Facebook page, “I am sorry to report that the final four dates of The Monkees Tour will be postponed till January. Michael Nesmith has not been feeling well and will be recuperating in the meantime. We will return to the good clean fun as soon as possible.”  In a separate post, Sandoval also shot down a TMZ report, saying Nesmith had not collapsed onstage nor was he at the Keswick on Thursday at all.

During the tour, which was originally scheduled for 20 dates, the two Monkees performed an assortment of well-known and lesser-known songs including “Daydream Believer,” “Pleasant Valley Sunday,” “Listen to the Band,” “I'm a Believer,” “Good Clean Fun,” “Different Drum” (a song Nesmith wrote which was later a hit for The Stone Poneys with Linda Ronstadt), “For Pete's Sake,” “St. Matthew,” “Porpoise Song (Theme From 'Head'),” “Circle Sky,” “Auntie's Municipal Court” and “Me & Magdelena” from their most recent album, Good Times!