Fri, Apr 3rd | 6:30 PM
Sunday, June 9, 2013 ♦ 7:00 PM
4544 N Lincoln Ave · Gary and Laura Maurer Concert Hall · 773.728.6000
The Monkees' Peter Tork skyrocketed to fame in 1966, but the stories and musical heritage of this gifted, articulate musician and storyteller have remained unheard - and unseen - until now. Still breaking new ground in a five decade career, Peter Tork lifts the veil on stage with his solo show, “In This Generation: My Life in the Monkees and So Much More.” Previously unseen photos and footage, unheard songs, and hits fans know and love come together powerfully and gracefully as Tork weaves the tale of a musical education in folk and pop that culminates in his early years as a performer in the clubs of Greenwich Village. But it is a move to California - and a recommendation by friend Stephen Stills - that leads Peter to an audition for a part in a TV series.
“Madness!! Auditions. Folk & Roll Musicians-Singers for acting roles in new TV series. Running Parts for 4 insane boys, age 17-21. Want spirited Ben Frank's-types.”
He passed the audition of course, and alongside Mike Nesmith, Davy Jones, and Micky Dolenz, became forever known as one of the Monkees. The Monkees were chart topping media sensations in both the ‘60s and ‘80s, with seven platinum albums to their credit.
“In This Generation: My Life in the Monkees and So Much More” brings to life onstage the roller coaster ride of blistering TV ratings, concert tours, recording sessions, magazine covers… The Beatles, The Wrecking Crew, Jimi Hendrix, Jack Nicholson, MTV, Japan, Reunion tours, and 45 off again, on again years with the group the late Davy Jones called “The brothers I never had” - The Monkees.
His early romance with blues and folk intensified Tork's interest in songs and songwriting, and many of his own compositions reflect that early dedication. Tork's "For Pete's Sake" was the closing theme of the TV show's second season - a well deserved placement and a considerable compliment, knowing that Monkees songs written by Carole King, Boyce and Harte, Neil Diamond, Harry Nilsson, and John Stewart all were in the running for that honor. The stories behind those songs are among the wealth of insights "In This Generation.”
Reissue producer Andrew Sandoval - who has overseen the legacy of the Monkees for more than 20 years, and arranged their acclaimed 2011 and 2012 tours - is producing the show alongside Peter.
Special guests Pisces, Aquarius, Capricorn & Norden, comprised of Old Town School faculty and students from the Monkees Ensemble and Psychedelic Go-Go, open the show.