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Aug 8, 2012 11:48 AM by Joe Bevans

Monkeys tour without Jones

NEW YORK (AP) - The Monkees will perform their first live shows since star Davy Jones died in February. Michael Nesmith, Micky Dolenz, and Peter Tork announced Wednesday that the group will launch a 12-date U.S. tour in November. It's the band's first tour since 1997. Jones died of a heart attack on Feb. 29 at age 66. The group starred in its own NBC television show in 1966 as a made-for-TV band seeking to capitalize on Beatlemania sweeping the world. Jones rocketed to the top of the music charts with The Monkees, captivating audiences with hits including "Daydream Believer" and "I'm a Believer." The tour kicks off Nov. 8 in Escondido, Calif. It wraps on Dec. 2 in New York. It will highlight Jones "in the show's multimedia content."

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