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The Monkees to play Paso Robles as part of 50th anniversary tour

Mickey Dolenz and Peter Tork of The Monkees, pictured here circa 1970, will perform Oct. 22 at Vina Robles Amphitheatre in Paso Robles.
Mickey Dolenz and Peter Tork of The Monkees, pictured here circa 1970, will perform Oct. 22 at Vina Robles Amphitheatre in Paso Robles. Getty Images

Classic pop rock band The Monkees will perform in Paso Robles this fall.

Two of the original Monkees, Micky Dolenz and Peter Tork, are celebrating the band’s 50th anniversary with a tour that includes an Oct. 22 concert at Vina Robles Amphitheatre.

Known for hit songs including “Daydream Believer,” “I’m a Believer” and “Pleasant Valley Sunday,” The Monkees got their start as the cast members of an Emmy Award-winning television show about a fictional band.

Soon after “The Monkees” premiered on NBC in 1966, however, the four actors-musicians — Dolenz, Tork, Michael Nesmith and the late Davy Jones — became a real band. They continued to record music until 1971, coming together years later for a series of reunion tours and recordings.

Dolenz, Nesmith and Tork recently recorded the group’s first new album in 20 years, “Good Times!” The album, produced by Adam Schlesinger of Fountains of Wayne, will be available on CD and digital download on June 10 and on vinyl on July 1.

In addition, the band is releasing the TV show “The Monkees” on Blu-ray for the first time this spring. The 10-disc collection, which will include the 1968 movie “Head,” goes on sale April 29.

Tickets for The Monkees’ Oct. 22 concert cost $50 to $70, and go on sale at 10 a.m. Friday.

For more information, call 286-3680 or visit www.vinaroblesamphitheatre.com.

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