Last week, we learned the Monkees are planning a return just in time for their 50th anniversary with a new album dubbed Good Times! Remaining band members Micky Dolenz and Peter Tork have enlisted some key songwriting help from Weezer’s Rivers Cuomo and Death Cab for Cutie’s Ben Gibbard, and Rolling Stone reports Noel Gallagher and Paul Weller have also teamed up to pen a song for the forthcoming comeback album.

According to Dolenz, the album is still in production. Gallagher and Weller are currently writing the lyrics for their contribution, and Cuomo is reworking his song “She Makes Me Laugh.” Gibbard and Zach Rogue’s songs -- “Me & Magdalena” and “Terrifying,” respectively -- are both written and ready to be recorded.

“They’re all keeping with our sensibility,” Dolenz said. “I just keep calling it that jangly guitar pop sound, though I used to call it ‘progressive bubblegum.’”

The album will also boast ‘60s-era songs the band never recorded, including cuts written by Neil Diamond (“Love to Love”), Boyce and Hart (“Whatever’s Right”) and Carole King (“Wasn’t Born to Follow”). As of right now, there aren’t any plans for Mike Nesmith to contribute vocals or guitar to the first Monkees album in 20 years, however, he has written a song titled “I Know What I Know.” He also appears on the title track, which dates back to a 1968 session with Harry Nilsson. Dolenz and Tork have updated the song for Good Times! with the former’s vocals.

Good Times! is due out June 10 via Rhino. The band will also embark on a tour; check out a list of stops, along with the album artwork, below:


The Monkees Tour
May 18: Fort Myers, FL - Barbara B. Mann Performing Arts Hall
May 19: Melbourne, FL - King Center for the Performing Arts
May 20: Tampa, FL - Ruth Eckerd Hall
May 21: Atlanta, GA - Frederick Brown Jr. Amphitheater
May 24: Charlotte, NC - Blumenthal PAC - Belk Theater
May 26: Washington, DC - Warner Theatre
May 27: Boston, MA - The Wilbur Theatre
May 28: Philadelphia, PA - Keswick Theatre
May 29: Red Bank, NJ - Count Basie Theatre
June 1: New York, NY - The Town Hall
June 3: Toronto, ON - Casino Rama
June 4: Windsor, ON - The Colosseum at Caesars Windsor
June 5: Cleveland, OH - Hard Rock Live Northfield Park
June 7: Fort Wayne, IN - Foellinger Theatre
June 10: Louisville, KY - Louisville Palace Theatre
June 11: Hammond, IN - The Venue at Horseshoe Casino
June 12: Indianapolis, IN - Murat Theatre at Old National Centre
June 14: Dayton, OH - Rose Music Center at The Heights
June 28: Dallas, TX - AT&T PAC – Winspear Opera House
June 30: Tulsa, OK - Hard Rock Hotel & Casino
July 1: Mayetta, KS - Prairie Band Casino & Resort
July 16: Hampton Beach, NH - Hampton Beach Casino Ballroom
July 22: Hot Springs, AR - Oaklawn Racing and Gaming
Sept. 14: Tucson, AZ - Fox Tucson Theater
Sept. 15: Phoenix, AZ - Mesa Arts Center
Sept. 16: Los Angeles, CA - Pantages Theatre
Sept. 17: Las Vegas, NV - Primm Valley Casino Resorts
Sept. 20: San Francisco, CA - The Warfield
Sept. 21: Modesto, CA - Gallo Center For The Arts
Sept. 23-24: Lincoln City, OR - Chinook Winds Casino Resort
Sept. 25: Seattle, WA - The Moore Theatre
Oct. 1: Biloxi, MS - Hard Rock Live
Oct. 22: Paso Robles, CA - Vina Robles Amphitheatre
Oct. 29: Shippensburg, PA - H. Ric Luhrs PAC

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