Monkees singer ‘retires from performing’ after end of tour

Kevin Mazur The Monkees legend Michael Nesmith has reportedly retired from performing following the end of his last tour. Reports suggest the 65-year-old singer has pulled out of an upcoming tour of Australia and…

Monkees singer 'retires from performing' after end of tour

Kevin Mazur

The Monkees legend Michael Nesmith has reportedly retired from performing following the end of his last tour.

Reports suggest the 65-year-old singer has pulled out of an upcoming tour of Australia and New Zealand before it has even begun.

His tour manager Mike Shepherd told UK news outlet Daily Star: “Last week, he was in Australia, playing gigs and we travelled on a private jet. I only saw him once.”

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The musician has received a lot of attention lately over a new piece of news, which describes Nesmith in a slightly new light, and makes his involvement in The Monkees more mysterious.

In the late ’60s, his partner Micky Dolenz, Davy Jones and Peter Tork joined songwriter Gerry Goffin and songwriter/producer Carole King in creating a band intended to record music for a “child’s fantasy”.

Nesmith took his part in the band at the behest of Goffin, and he reportedly told a BBC reporter last month, “I did come to some of the writing sessions, but the majority of the songs I didn’t produce.”

Michael Nesmith has a new album in stores, entitled What Is This Thing Called Love?

When asked why he felt he hadn’t been heavily involved in the tour or the movie The Monkees: The Movie, Nesmith replied: “I didn’t do anything. I didn’t want to be one of the Hollywood directors. I felt that I could be as active as I liked as an actor or as a guitarist. I never thought that it was a big thing for me to tour.”

Nesmith’s next single, ‘The Time Has Come’, is out now.

The Monkees films The Monkees, The Monkees II and The Monkees 3 haven’t featured Nesmith in any capacity.

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