Not one person who watched "The Monkees" on television in the 1960s could have ever imagined that, more than a half century later, they would still be a touring presence.

Yet, The Monkees (these days consisting of Michael Nesmith and Micky Dolenz) will be at the Chevalier Theatre in Medford on Friday, March 1, at 8 p.m. Tickets start at $42.

Nesmith and Dolenz will be performing songs from The Monkees' eponymous 1966 debut all the way through their recent album, "Christmas Party." VIP packages include access to soundcheck; a signed, hardbound copy of the tourbook; early entry to the show; and a commemorative VIP laminate.

Those keepsakes will find a nice home next to so many 1960s magazine covers that diehard fans raced out to the drugstore to collect back in the day when The Monkees also featured Peter Tork and the late Davy Jones.

Their music blended elements of pop, rock and psychedelia, and that mix fueled their meteoric rise to the top of the pop charts. Their first single, "Last Train to Clarksville," stayed atop the charts for 13 weeks in 1966. The follow-up, "I'm a Believer," also topped the charts, and a third single "A Little Bit Me, a Little Bit You," made it to No. 2.

Song after song made the charts, including "Pleasant Valley Sunday," "Daydream Believer" and "Valleri." The nostalgia wave of the 1980s caught The Monkees, who reunited and hit the top 20 with "That Was Then, This Is Now.



The group reunited off and on through the decades, but honestly, any chance to hear The Monkees is a night worth spending.