(NORTHERN CALIFORNIA) -- In a reprise of his U.S. tour earlier this year, Michael Nesmith will embark on a 21-date, 19-city tour of the East Coast, Midwest and South from October 27 through November 24. Dubbed the "Movies of the Mind Tour," the shows will touch on the highlights of Nesmith's 50-year music career.
elaborates on the concept: "This tour amplifies and expands the notion
started a few tours ago of the Movies of the Mind. As an introduction
the songs are placed in a setting for the audience just a simple
straight-ahead notion of where the song might live a setting like the
setting for a gemstone in a ring or a bracelet or on a necklace. The
songs and performances and arrangements remain the centerpiece so it is
an evening of music well played. But the Movies of the Mind idea has
been so well received that I have refined it and brought a few more
songs into the concept.
Nesmith is a musician, songwriter,
actor, producer, novelist, businessman and philanthropist, well known
for his start as the singing, wool-capped, Gretsch guitar-slinging
co-star of the Monkees television series (1966-68). His songs were
recorded not only by the Monkees ("Papa Gene's Blues," "The Girl I Knew
Somewhere," "Mary, Mary," and "Listen to the Band" among others) but
also by Linda Ronstadt & the Stone Poneys ("Different Drum"), the
Nitty Gritty Dirt Band ("Some of Shelley's Blues") the Butterfield Blues
Band and Run-DMC ("Mary Mary").
He executive-produced the
movies Repo Man (1984), Timerider, and Tapeheads and founded Pacific
Arts, a record, film and video production house and book publisher. He
was the first and only winner of the Grammy Award for Video of the Year
for his 1981 long-form video Elephant Parts. He is also the inventor and
founder of Videoranch3D, for which he holds a patent.
notable exception of "Listen to the Band," the tour will focus primarily
on Nesmith's post-Monkees work, both solo and with the First National
Band. This body of work has been described by Rolling Stone as "the
greatest music never heard."
"I hope these tours will increase
the interest and serve as a way for people to discover this music,"
Nesmith adds. "It is a lot of music created over a lifetime and I
believe people will enjoy finding it once they do. I am having a lot of
fun and loving the performances, so I want them to grow in attendance
and frequency and do more. The players are all wonderful and inspired by
the show so it is a great evening.
"We are going back to many
places we have already played where the shows were sold out and there
was a demand for repeat performances but for the most part this tour
goes to new venues in new areas where we hope to introduce new audiences
to this music and presentation.
"I think it makes for a great evening out," he concludes. "At least for me it does."
Michael Nesmith's Movies of the Mind U.S. Tour
Sun., Oct. 27 PHOENIX, AZ MIM Music Theater
Tues., Oct. 29 AUSTIN, TX One World Theatre
Wed., Oct. 30 DALLAS, TX The Kessler Theater
Fri., Nov. 1 BIRMINGHAM, AL The WorkPlay SoundStage
Sat., Nov. 2 ATLANTA, GA Variety Playhouse
Mon., Nov. 4 VIENNA, VA (DC metro) The Barns at Wolf Trap
Tues., Nov. 5 ANNAPOLIS, MD Rams Head On Stage
Thurs., Nov. 7 BAYSHORE, NY YMCA Boulton Center for the Performing Arts
Fri., Nov. 8 PHOENIXVILLE, PA (PHILADELPHIA metro) The Colonial Theatre
Sun., Nov. 10 SHIRLEY, MA The Bull Run Concert Series
Mon., Nov. 11 FALL FIVER, MA Narrow Center for the Arts
Tues., Nov. 12 ENGLEWOOD, NJ Bergen Performing Arts Center
Thurs., Nov. 14 ELYRIA, OH (CLEVELAND metro) Stocker Arts Center
Fri., Nov. 15 CHICAGO, IL City Winery
Sun., Nov. 17 FRANKLIN, TN (NASHVILLE metro) The Franklin Theatre
Mon., Nov. 18 FRANKLIN, TN (NASHVILLE metro) The Franklin Theatre
Tues., Nov. 19 ST. LOUIS, MO Old Rock House
Thurs., Nov. 21 FERNDALE, MI (DETROIT metro) The Magic Bag
Fri., Nov. 22 BLOOMINGTON, IN Buskirk-Chumley Theater
Sat., Nov. 23 CHICAGO, IL City Winery (encore performance)
Sun., Nov. 24 MILWAUKEE, WI Turner Hall Ballroom