The Monkees recruited Rivers Cuomo to write a song for their new album, and it went as well as you’d expect

"It sounds like it's about a little girl and I'm 70 years old"

Rivers Cuomo

    The Monkees are marking their 50th anniversary as a band by releasing an album containing material written by songwriters new and old. One such collaborator is Weezer frontman Rivers Cuomo, and the initial draft of his song left much to be desired, as The Monkees’ Micky Dolenz explained to Rolling Stone.

    “We all agree that the lyrics in the Rivers Cuomo song needed to be aged up a little but,” Dolenz explained. “It sounds like it’s about a little girl and I’m 70 years old, so Rivers is re-writing the lyrics.”

    The album, entitled Good Times!, also promises songs written by Noel Gallagher, Death Cab For Cutie’s Ben Gibbard, Neil Diamond, and Carol King, with production by Fountains of Wayne bassist Adam Schlesinger.

    Good Times!, out June 10th, marks The Monkees’ first release following the passing of singer Davy Jones in 2012. According to Rolling Stone, Michael Nesmith is not expected to participate in the album, leaving Dolenz and Peter Tork to record as a pair.

    Good Times! Artwork:

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    In support, Dolenz and Tork will embark on a US Tour beginning in May. Find those dates below.

    The Monkees 2016 Tour Dates:
    05/18 – Fort Meyers, FL @ Barbara B. Mann Performing Arts Hall
    05/19 – Melbourne, FL @ King Center for the Performing Arts
    05/20 – Tampa, FL @ Ruth Eckerd Hall
    05/21 – Atlanta, GA @ Frederick Brown Jr. Amphitheater
    05/24 – Charlotte, NC @ Blumenthal PAC – Belk Theater
    05/26 – Washington, DC @ Warner Theatre
    05/27 – Boston, MA @ The Wilbur Theatre
    05/28 – Philadelphia, PA @ Keswick Theatre
    05/29 – Red Bank, NJ @ Count Basie Theatre
    06/01 – New York, NY @ Town Hall
    06/03 – Toronto, ON @ Casino Rama
    06/04 – Windsor, ON @ The Colosseum at Caesars Windsor
    06/05 – Cleveland, OH @ Hard Rock Live Northfield Park
    06/07 – Fort Wayne, IN @ Foellinger Theatre
    06/10 – Louisville, KY @ Louisville Palace Theatre
    06/12 – Indianapolis, IN @ Murat Theatre at Old National Centre
    06/14 – Dayton, OH @ Rose Music Center at The Heights
    06/28 – Dallas, TX @ AT&T PAC – Winspear Opera House
    06/30 – Tulsa, OK @ Hard Rock Hotel & Casino
    07/01 – Mayetta, KS @ Prairie Band Casino & Resort
    07/16 – Hampton Beach, NH @ Hampton Beach Casino Ballroom
    07/22 – Hot Springs, AR @ Oaklawn Racing and Gaming
    09/15 – Phoenix, AZ @ Mesa Arts Center
    09/16 – Los Angeles, CA @ Pantages Theatre
    09/17 – Las Vegas, NV @ Primm Valley Casino Resorts
    09/20 – San Francisco, CA @ The Warfield
    09/21 – Modesto, CA @ Gallo Center For The Arts
    09/25 – Seattle, WA @ The Moore Theatre
    10/01 – Biloxi, MS @ Hard Rock Live
    10/22 – Paso Robles, CA @ Vina Robles Amphitheatre
    10/29 – Shippensburg, PA @ H. Ric Luhrs PAC