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