On August 7, 1986, I sat in the Poplar Creek Music Pavilion, in breathless anticipation, surrounded by fans who loved the Monkees as much as I did. As I sat through the opening acts, I couldn’t wait to see the musical idols of my childhood.
When I was growing up, the Monkees’ television show was aired every day at 5:00 p.m. My brother and I never missed a show. We were proud of our Monkees’ album collection, which included every album they had recorded.
The 20th Anniversary Tour
This concert was part of the Monkees’ 20th anniversary tour that took place in 1986. Mickey Dolenz, Davy Jones and Peter Tork played over 100 concerts that year. Michael Nesmith joined them for only one of those dates. 
The Monkees knew their audience well and sang every song we wanted to hear. The list included such famous hits as “Last Train to Clarksville”, “I’m a Believer”, “Pleasant Valley Sunday” and “Daydream Believer”. They also included some of the zany humor we loved from the television show. They even surprised us by playing a few new songs.
A Grown-up’s Venue
The audience assembled for this concert was slightly older than usual for this type of venue. There were no young adults behaving in a way that distracted us from the performance. We enjoyed singing along to our favorite hits and were respectful of each other.
Mutual Respect and Appreciation
That respect emanated from the performers, as well. The Monkees seemed to value us as their loyal fans. They recognized that we had appreciated their authentic musical talent when others had dismissed them as lip-syncing actors. This appreciation was evident in the professionalism of the production as well as their interaction with the fans after the show.
That was Then; This is Now
Two years ago, I had the opportunity to see Mickey Dolenz in a solo concert. He gave an excellent performance. I have always considered Mickey the best vocalist of the group and his voice sounded better than ever. He sang one of my favorite songs of his, “Sometime in the Morning” as well as several hits that had previously featured Davy Jones. Afterward, when I saw him at the product table, his manner was brusque and unwelcoming. It was sad to see that although the talent remained, the respect for his audience was gone.
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