The Monkees announced their 50th anniversary tour and new album, ‘Good Times!.’ The iconic band that got its start on a eponymous 1960s TV show will be hitting the road in celebration of half a century. Get the get the full itinerary of tour dates and the details on the much-anticipated album.

Micky Dolenz Peter Tork

Photo: Micky Dolenz, Peter Tork of The Monkees
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What began as rumor was confirmed by Rolling Stone that yes, the band has a new album in the works and will soon be back on the road. Yes, it’s been 50 years since the band — originally comprised of Micky Dolenz, Peter Tork, Mike Nesmith and the late Davy Jones — began as a television show in 1966. Back in the days before reality TV, they were a fictitious band in a scripted weekly series that emerged as a real band in the real world starting with a debut single, ‘Last Train To Clarksville’ released that same year.

And, rather than disappearing as an anomaly in music history they’ve gone on to endure and grow a fan base for half a century. Not to mention racking up an impressive 75 million in record sales including such iconic hits as ‘I’m a Believer’ and ‘Daydream Believer.’

Rolling Stone reports, that the new album, ‘Good Times!’ — yes, with the exclamation mark — will feature contributions and collaborations from Noel Gallagher, Rivers Cuomo, and Ben Gibbard among others. It’s being greeted with much fanfare as it’s their first album of new music in nearly 20 years, since 1997’s ‘JustUs.’ Its release date is set for June 10th on Rhino Records, a division of the company that is the band’s trademark holder.

And even more fascinating, this album will be a bit of a time capsule, taking us back to the 1960s, literally, with new recordings of songs from back in those long-ago days that the band never released including ‘Love to Love’ by Neil Diamond and ‘Wasn’t Born To Follow’ by Carole King and more. The track list hasn’t been announced, but these tidbits from RS’s report are quite intriguing. There are also original songs from back in the day, including the title track, which Harry Nilsson penned in the 1960s, but it was left unfinished; you can hear a demo version below.

Micky Dolenz said of the album, “One reason we don’t have a final track listing yet is because once we put the word out all these people said they wanted to get involved. He went on to say, “I began doing research and I realized that the whole indie rock scene is all about recapturing that 1960s jangly guitar sound of the Monkees, amongst many other groups, of course.”

As for the tour two of the three surviving members of the iconic band will be reuniting — Micky Dolenz and Peter Tork. Although Mike Nesmith joined in with some reunion performances in 2014 for the first time since the band originally split in 1971, he’s not scheduled to perform or to take part in the recording of the album. Dolenz tells RS that Nesmith is immersed in other endeavors including running his business.

Yes, 50 years later, the group reunites once again. Dolenz is quoted as saying of this surprising legacy, “Here I am, 70 years old…How the hell did that happen? But I’m more excited for this album and tour than I’ve been for anything in a long time.”

As Rolling Stone reports, the full list of tour dates is as follows:

May 18 – Fort Myers, FL @ Barbara B. Mann Performing Arts Hall
May 19 – Melbourne, FL @ King Center for the Performing Arts
May 20 – Tampa, FL @ Ruth Eckerd Hall
May 21 – Atlanta, GA @ Frederick Brown Jr. Amphitheater
May 24 – Charlotte, NC @ Blumenthal PAC – Belk Theater
May 26 – Washington, DC @ Warner Theatre
May 27 – Boston, MA @ The Wilbur Theatre
May 28 – Philadelphia, PA @ Keswick Theatre
May 29 – Red Bank, NJ @ Count Basie Theatre
June 1 – New York, NY @ The Town Hall
June 3 – Toronto, ON @ Casino Rama
June 4 – Windsor, ON @ The Colosseum at Caesars Windsor
June 5 – Cleveland, OH @ Hard Rock Live Northfield Park
June 7 – Fort Wayne, IN @ Foellinger Theatre
June 10 – Louisville, KY @ Louisville Palace Theatre
June 11th – Hammond, IN @ The Venue at Horseshoe Casino
June 12 – Indianapolis, IN @ Murat Theatre at Old National Centre
June 14 – Dayton, OH @ Rose Music Center at The Heights
June 28 – Dallas, TX @ AT&T PAC – Winspear Opera House
June 30 – Tulsa, OK @ Hard Rock Hotel & Casino
July 1 – Mayetta, KS @ Prairie Band Casino & Resort
July 16 – Hampton Beach, NH @ Hampton Beach Casino Ballroom
July 22 – Hot Springs, AR @ Oaklawn Racing and Gaming
September 14 – Tucson, AZ @ Fox Tucson Theater
September 15 – Phoenix, AZ @ Mesa Arts Center
September 16 – Los Angeles, CA @ Pantages Theatre
September 17 – Las Vegas, NV @ Primm Valley Casino Resorts
September 20 – San Francisco, CA @ The Warfield
September 21 – Modesto, CA @ Gallo Center For The Arts
September 23 & 24 – Lincoln City, OR @ Chinook Winds Casino Resort
September 25 – Seattle, WA @ The Moore Theatre
October 1 – Biloxi, MS @ Hard Rock Live
October 22 – Paso Robles, CA @ Vina Robles Amphitheatre
October 29 – Shippensburg, PA @ H. Ric Luhrs PAC

And with that, let the excitement and anticipation begin as the band rapidly approaches the landmark anniversary. Yes, 50 years of the Monkees and now a reunion tour and a new album, ‘Good Times!.’