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By Dave Richards Erie TImes-News staff blogger
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Posted: February 29th, 2012
Davy Jones, R.I.P. Clarks to play PI Downs

What a shocker today: Davy Jones, lead singer of the Monkees, died of a heart attack, reported Billboard magazine and other sites.
His rep reportedly confirmed he died Wednesday morning.. He was 66 years old.
I remember meeting him, along with Micky Dolenz and Peter Tork, when the Monkees played one of their first 1986 20th anniversary shows at the Warner Theatre. Promoters back then were unsure anyone would want to see a boy band after that many years, so they booked initial dates in theaters. Erie had the third date on the tour.
You know what happened: Another round of Monkee mania began. The Erie show sold out and before the summer ended they were playing before thousands at amphitheaters.
When my then-wife Ginger heard the Monkees were coming in 1986, she practically grabbed me by the throat and said, “You WILL get us a meet and greet.”
They came out after the show, still clearly buzzing about the response to their concert. Women shrieked. The crowd shot to their feet when the Monkees emerged and proceeded to sing along to their biggest hits.
It was 1966, all over again. And Ginger, once more, was smitten by Davy.
The first thing I thought, upon seeing him, was, “Wow, someone is shorter than I am.” Jones was not the tallest rock star on the block. But he, Peter and Micky were bubbly and friendly after the show. Ginger was beside herself.
“I was weak at the knees,” she recalled. “It was awesome. God, he was so cute.”
They all signed a drumstick for us and our concert tickets, too.
The Monkees, of course, not only left the world some brilliant pop singles — “I’m a Believer,” “(I’m Not Your) Stepping Stone,” “Daydream Believer,” “Last Train to Clarksvlle” — but their classic NBC show. For the time, it was innovative in the way it was shot and assembled, with super-fast cuts and off-the-wall humor and occasional pop songs mixed in. They were witty and charming,, too, which helped.
The band was so popular that another David Jones changed his name so people wouldn’t confuse him with the Monkee guy. He became, of course, David Bowie.
By 1968, after their last No. 1 hit “Valleri,” it all ended rather quickly. But with the success of the 1986 comeback tour, the Monkees came together for occasional tours, including 1987, 1989, 1997 and 2001. Most were without Michael Nemenz, of course.
That hardly mattered. Davy and Micky were always the focus.
Bye, bye, Davy.
But say hello to the Clarks. They’ll return to Erie at a different place — Presque Isle Downs & Casino — on March 30-31. Also, Chris Higbee will return to the casino on March 23-24; it’s been awhile since he played there.

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