The surviving members of the Monkees have launched a short tour and while they may not "be coming to your town" they are generating excitement. Even Mike Nesmith, who has, for the most part, declined to take part in reunion tours, will be on hand.

The tour was in the planning stages since before the passing of Davy Jones back in February.

Dolenz, as usual, seems excited about playing in front of a live audience again.

Micky Dolenz says Michael Nesmith had planned to return to The Monkees before bandmate Davy Jones died last February. Nesmith has not performed with the group since the band played a handful of European dates in 1997. Dolenz, Nesmith and Peter Tork are set to reunite for a show at Chicago Theatre tonight. “The seeds of this were actually planted months before David’s death,” Dolenz told the Chicago Tribune. “We thought we should go out and do ‘Headquarters,’ which was the first album that we’d managed to get control over musically. Michael was expressing interest, and so were Peter and Davy and I. Then the tragedy struck and David passed.” Dolenz said he and his fellow musicians further discussed a possible reunion at a private memorial for Jones in Los Angeles, then decided to embark on a 12-city tour. “It did not become the ‘Davy Jones Memorial Tour’; that just sounded a little bit creepy,” Dolenz said. “However, there will be a tribute and homage, and I think all the fans will be very, very pleased.”