Micky Dolenz - Ram’s Head On Stage - Annapolis, MD
Tuesday, July 29, 2014
By Frank Caesar Branchini
Our roving Beatle Brunch Reporter, Frank Branchini, found his way through the crowd, parking himself at Table 300, front of the stage, but close the dressing room side. There were only a handful of tickets available for the show and nearly everyone in the audience was a first generation fan, ready to experience an intimate concert by Micky Dolenz. Taking the stage he wore a black hat, rectangular glasses, a blue shirt with a black vest and jacket. His left arm was heavily bandaged remarking that he was attacked by 19 Somali pirates at The Annapolis Yacht Club, fending them off with the little plastic sword from a Vodka Martini, but one guy got him with a knife and a nectarine. It was a hilarious story with a neat local reference.
Micky looked and sounded great. He was accompanied by his sister Coco, a large pleasant-looking woman with reddish hair and, in my humble opinion, she was sensational. Members of his band including Coco have all been in The Monkees touring band. Aviva Maloney was in Davy Jones’ band.
On stage Micky told the story of Jimi Hendrix opening for The Monkees, and then he sang a bit of 'Purple Haze' to demonstrate, ending with chants of “We Want The Monkees”, “We Want Davy”, “We Want Micky”.
He introduced his daughter, Charlotte who was in the audience. She was seated at the table next to me.
Micky and Coco sang 'Bye Bye Blackbird' and 'Cryin’ in the Rain' - a lovely Carole King song which was a hit for The Everly Brothers, and one of the best performances of the evening. Then Coco took the lead on 'Different Drum' - Fantastic! 'Daydream Believer' had the audience singing along and yet another high point of the evening, 'A Little Bit Me, A Little Bit You' - a wonderful song written by Neil Diamond. Micky said that 'Sugar Sugar' was supposed to have been recorded by The Monkees, but this happened at a time when the group was allowed to choose their own material and they declined to record it. He segued into a slow, slightly jazzy version of the song.
He talked about visiting The Beatles at Abbey Road during a recording session. He figured it would be groovy and dressed appropriately in his best sixties finery - paisley jeans and tie-dyed underwear. Arriving at the studio he found The Beatles in jeans and t-shirts with George Martin in the control booth wearing a three-piece suit. John Lennon looked at him and said, “Hey Monkee Man.“ Immediately, Micky blasted into the blistering, 'Oh Darling' The Beatles were recording at the time. Coco followed with an incredible performance of 'White Rabbit'. If Cathy Richardson ever decides to leave The Starship, Coco would be a suitable replacement.
The encore was 'Gimme Some Loving' and after Micky said, “I sang this song long before Shrek,” introducing, 'I’m A Believer'.
When the concert ended there was a meet and greet - the longest line I can ever remember at Ram’s Head and I was holding up the rear. A man who worked with the band walked up and down the line saying that Micky would not pose for photographs but you could take photos, but that changed somehow when I got to the front to see Micky who was signing any object placed in front of him, not interacting with anyone at all, in fact, he didn’t even make eye contact. Ah, celebrity, however it was a great evening. Coco and the band are really outstanding and complement him well. I thoroughly enjoyed Micky Dolenz on stage and can't wait to see him again.
- Mary Mary
- I’m Not Your Stepping Stone
- That Was Then, This Is Now
- Sometime in the Morning
- DW Washburn
- Last Train to Clarksville
- Johnny B. Goode
- Purple Haze
- Bye Bye Blackbird (duet with Coco)
- Cryin’ in the Rain (duet with Coco)
- Different Drum (Coco)
- Daydream Believer
- A Little Bit Me, A Little Bit You
- Sugar Sugar
- Oh Darling
- Goin’ Down
- White Rabbit (Coco)
- Pleasant Valley Sunday
- Gimme Some Lovin’
- I’m A Believer
- Micky Dolenz, vocals
- Coco Dolenz, vocals
- Dave Alexander, keyboards - vocals
- Wayne Avers, guitar
- John Billings, bass
- Rich Dart. Drums
- Aviva Maloney, keyboards, sax