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Older but, hopefully, still as daft - original Monkees: Peter Tork, Davy Jones and Micky Dolenz.

Older but, hopefully, still as daft - original Monkees: Peter Tork, Davy Jones and Micky Dolenz.

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Hey hey– the Monkees are back in town!

The original TV boyband is back together for their first UK tour in 12 years... celebrating their 45th anniversary .

British-born Davy Jones, Micky Dolenz and Peter Tork return to perform at Sheffield City Hall on Friday, May 20.

Selling 50 million discs with hits such as Daydream Believer, Last Train to Clarksville, I’m a Believer and (I’m Not Your) Steppin’ Stone, The Monkees provided the soundtrack to teenage lives on both sides of the Atlantic, from the 60s onwards.

With their TV series being repeated throughout the 1980s, a whole new legion of fans were exposed to their crazy antics.

Controversially created for TV, they eventually broke their shackles and became a respected band in their own right, embedded in the revolutionary 1960s pop fraternity.

The Beatles were one of The Monkees’ biggest supporters – with John Lennon naming them “the Marx Brothers of Rock”.

In fact, in 1967, The Monkees outsold both The Beatles and The Rolling Stones combined.

Following the TV show, the band went on to tour the world, release hit albums and singles, make a cult psychedelic, surreal film (1968’s Head) and inspire generations of bands to follow their winning formula.

Without The Monkees, it’s debatable whether the Backstreet Boys, That, Boyzone, Busted and JLS, would have existed.

Even the Sex Pistols made (I’m Not Your) Steppin’ Stone part of their repertoire. Tickets from: £32.50; Box office: 01142 789 789. www.sheffieldcity hall.co.uk